Mann and Midyett Family Papers, PC.5101

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Mann and Midyett Family Papers, PC.5101

Abstract

The Mann and Midyett families have had a long presence in Northeastern North Carolina and can trace their roots back to the early 18th century. The papers in this collection are from the descendents of Joseph and Elizabeth Lockhart Mann, and William and Esther Midyett. The Mann and Midyett Family Papers include correspondence, receipts, deeds, financial information, and ephemera. There are also many documents on the sale, purchase, and hiring out of slaves belonging to the Mann and Midyett families.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mann and Midyett Family Papers
Call Number
PC.5101
Creator
Midyett family
Date
1751-1941 and undated
Extent
0.47 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5101, Mann and Midyett Family Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Mann and Midyett Family Papers, 1751-1941 and undated, includes correspondence, receipts, deeds, financial information, and ephemera. There are also many documents on the sale, purchase, and hiring out of people enslaved by the Mann and Midyett families. One document written by William Midyett in 1815, forbids the sale of an enslaved woman named Peggy and allows her to choose which of his heirs would retain her enslavement. Some of the documents in this collection are very fragile.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into three series: Family Papers, Financial Papers, and Documents Related to Enslaved People.

Biographical Note

The Mann and Midyett families have had a long presence in Northeastern North Carolina and can trace their roots back to the early 18th century. The papers in this collection are from the descendents of Joseph and Elizabeth Lockhart Mann, and William and Esther Midyett.

Joseph and Elizabeth Lockhart Mann married in January 1781. They had three children, Dorcas (1781), Sarah (1783), and Thomas Mann (1784). In 1804, Joseph and Elizabeth's daughter Sarah married Lewis Midyett, who was born in 1782, the son of William and Esther Midyett. Lewis and Sarah had six children before Sarah's death in 1818. Lewis Midyett then married Charlotte Pledger. Charlotte and Lewis had approximately seven children together. Lewis Midgett died in 1851. The papers in this collection come from Lewis Midgett's line, as well as Thomas Mann's line.

Both the Mann and Midyett families were slave holders and lived in Stumpy Point, North Carolina, on the mainland. They owned plantations and also earned their livings in various maritime activities such as fishing. Members of the later generations of the Midyett family had distinguished careers in the United State Lifesaving Service.

Contents of the Collection

1. Family Papers, 1751-1940s and undated

Correspondence, 1824-1929

1824-1847, 1824-1847
1925-1929, 1925-1929
Box 1
Ephemera, undated
Box 1
Marriage Certificate, Lewis Midyett and Sally Mann, 1804
Box 1
Mann and Midyett Family Birth Records, 1751-1841
Box 1
Deeds, undated
Box 1
Baum Point of Land on Pasture Tract, Manteo, 1876
Box 1
Public Notices, undated
Box 1
Seaman's Protection Certificate, Marcus L. Midgett, 1857
Box 1
Court Summons, Dare County,1875-1876
Box 1
Doctor Statement for "Mr. Midyett", 1850
Box 1
Inventory of Joseph Mann Estate, undated
Box 1
W. Combs Estate, undated
Box 1
Information on Schooners owned by William Midyett and Lewis Midyett, 1815-1841
Box 1
Sale of the Schooner Climax to Lewis Midyett, undated
Box 1
Sale of the Property of the Wrecked Schooner Julia A. Mister in Nags Head, 1851
Box 1
"To the Freemen of the Eighth Congressional District", 1845
Box 1
Last Will and Testament of Edward Mann, 1816
Box 1
World War II Ration Books, Elma and Leo Midgette, 1940s
Box 1

2. Financial Papers, 1797-1941

Receipts, 1797-1941

1797-1873, 1797-1873
Box 1
1919-1941, 1919-1941
Box 1
IOUs, 1809-1848
Box 1
Purchase Orders, 1830-1850
Box 1
Account of Rents of Edward Mann's Plantation at Stumpy Point, North Carolina, 1818-1821
Box 1
Mann Family Accounts, 1798-1848
Box 1
Louis (Lewis) Midyett and Family Accounts, 1815-1850
Box 1

3. Documents Related to Enslaved People, 1798-1833

"Family Slave" Documents, 1798-1822
Box 1
"Hiring Out" Contracts for Eben, Enslaved by the Mann Family, 1817-1833
Box 1
Deed of Gift of Persons Enslaved by William Midyett, 1815
Box 1
Division of Enslaved People Between Thomas Mann and Lewis Midyett, 1804
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Mann family
  • Midyett family
  • African Americans--North Carolina--Dare County--18th century
  • Shipwrecks--North Carolina--Outer Banks
  • Slavery--North Carolina--Dare County--19th century
  • Slavery--North Carolina--Dare County--18th century
  • African Americans--North Carolina--Dare County--19th century
  • Dare County (N.C.)--History--18th century
  • Stumpy Point (N.C.)--History--19th century
  • Dare County (N.C.)--History--19th century
  • Stumpy Point (N.C.)--History--18th century
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Nancy Midgette Murray and Robert G. Midgette in 2008.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, January 2010.