Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Boykin Family Papers at UNC at Chapel

I happened upon this reference page of historical slave documents in the possession of
Manuscripts Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Manuscripts DepartmentCB #3926, Wilson LibraryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill NC 27514-8890Phone: (919) 962-1345Fax: (919) 962-4452E-mail: MSS@email.unc.edu
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Services: photocopying available

BOYKIN FAMILY PAPERS, #78, 1748-1932
Family, business, and military papers of the Boykin family of Camden, South Carolina. Mainly business and plantation papers, the collection contains slave bills of sale; a typescript narrative entitled "The Tell-Tale Letter Picked Up by a Slave" (1865); and transcriptions of letters concerning John W. DeSaussure's emancipation of his slaves (1865). Post-Civil War materials contain the paper "Articles of Agreement between Freedmen and Women and S. Boykin" (1868) and letters concerning labor problems on plantations (1865-1881).

Chiefly letters from John Witherspoon, Presbyterian clergyman, teacher, and planter, of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and his wife Susan Davis Witherspoon, to their daughter, Susan Witherspoon McDowell, and her husband, William D. McDowell, of Camden, South Carolina. Contains discussions of the Witherspoon planting endeavors including the management of slaves on "Tusclum," the family plantation, and the sale of these slaves (1852). Microfilm available.

This information may prove valuable in determining how my ancestors changed hands during slavery

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