Finding Aid of the Mann/Midyett Family Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1751/1941">1751 - 1941</date>, PC.5101

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Finding Aid of the Mann/Midyett Family Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1751/1941">1751 - 1941</date>, 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
Extent
0.47 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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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 include correspondence, receipts, deeds, financial information, and ephemera. There are also many documents on the sale, purchase, and hiring out of slaves belonging the Mann and Midyett families. One document written by William Midyett in 1815, forbids the sale of a slave named Peggy and allows her to choose with which of his heirs she would live. Some of the documents in this collection are very fragile. This collection came from the estate of Arthur Louis Midgette, Sr., the superintendent of the Elizabethan Gardens from 1959-1987, who passed the documents to his children, Nancy Midgette Murry and Robert G. Midgette.

Arrangement Note

This collection is divided into three main series: Family Papers, Financial Papers, and Slave Documents.

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

Collection Contents
Finding Aid
1:1.1
Financial Papers
6595
Slave Documents
6604
Family Papers
6574

Subject Headings

  • Mann family
  • Midyett family
  • Deeds--North Carolina
  • Shipwrecks--North Carolina
  • Slaves--North Carolina
  • Carteret County (N.C.)
  • Currituck County (N.C.)
  • Dare County (N.C.)
  • Hatteras (N.C.)
  • Hyde County (N.C.)
  • Nags Head (N.C.)
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)
  • Stumpy Point (N.C.)
  • Tyrrell County (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

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

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Kelly R. Grimm, January, 2010
  • Encoded by Kelly R. Grimm, January, 2010