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Guide to the Patrick H. Cain papers, 1783-1940

Abstract

Merchant, tobacco merchant, landowner, distiller, and State Representative, from Mocksville and Settle (Davie Co.), N.C.

Personal, legal, business, and financial papers of Patrick H. Cain and the Cain family, from Davie County, N.C. Included are letters describing life and social customs in Georgia; the education of women; student life at Normal College (later Trinity College, then Duke University) and at the University of North Carolina; Western migration; prices of products and services, the value of slaves, and the wages of freedmen; and the life of Confederate soldiers and military actions at First Manassas and Gettysburg. Legal papers consist of land grants, deeds, mortgages, arrests and summonses for debts, promissory notes, and material relating to the administration of various estates. Financial records include tax receipts and accounts. There is one volume of patient accounts, 1906-1925, belonging to Dr. John Cain. Correspondents include George Burgess Anderson, Francis Asbury, Samuel Ashe, Kemp P. Battle, John Joseph Bruner, D. R. Bruton, Lyman Copeland Draper, David Moffatt Furches, William H. Hayes, William Hill, Hamilton C. Jones, Leonidas Polk, Zebulon Vance, and Jonathan Worth.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Cain, Patrick H.
Title
Patrick H. Cain papers, 1783-1940
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 2,904 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Personal, legal, business, and financial papers of the Cain family. Included are letters describing life and social customs in Georgia, 1824-1827; school life at girls' academies, 1843-1856, at Normal College (later Trinity College), 1855-1856, at a seminary, 1869, and at the University of North Carolina, 1871-1880; Western migration and Western lands; business methods; prices of products and services, the value of slaves, and wages and tenancy of freedmen; the life of Confederate soldiers, including accounts of military activities, especially First Manassas and Gettysburg, and comments on conditions in the army and on officers, Jefferson Davis, and Abraham Lincoln.

Legal papers consist of land grants, deeds, mortgages, arrests and summonses for debts, promissory notes, and material relating to the administration of various estates. There are broadsides concerning Jonathan Worth and W. W. Holden. Financial records consist of tax receipts; accounts, 1889-1895, kept in advertising booklets; and a ledger containing patient accounts, 1906-1925, belonging to Dr. John M. Cain, Patrick Cain's brother. There are many manuscript volumes in the collection, chiefly financial.

Correspondents include George Burgess Anderson, Francis Asbury, Samuel Ashe, Kemp P. Battle, John Joseph Bruner, D. R. Bruton, Lyman Copeland Draper, David Moffatt Furches, Will H. Hayes, William Hill, Hamilton C. Jones, Leonidas Polk, Zebulon Vance, and Jonathan Worth.

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Contents of the Collection

Titles of series were taken from box labels.

1824-1912
(3 folders)
Box 1
1913-1940
Box 2
1783-1856
(3 folders)
Box 2
1857-1924
(4 folders)
Box 3
1811-1850s
(5 folders)
Box 4
1860s-1890s
(4 folders)
Box 5
1900-1940
(2 folders)
Box 6
Miscellany and Printed Material
Box 6
Volumes
(approximately 24)
Box 7
Volumes
Box 8
Bound manuscript volume
Box F:6868

Historical Note

Patrick H. Cain was born in 1815 in Davie County, N.C., the son of Daniel Cain and Elizabeth Hutchins. Patrick Cain married Susan Wilder Cheshire and had the following children: William Gaston, John Manley, Betty Ann, Millard Fillmore, Robert Lee.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Last Will and Testament of Daniel Cain of Davie County, NC, 1844, 1849 [Patrick Cain was the executor; contains names of slaves] (NC State Archives, Raleigh, N.C.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Patrick H. Cain Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Patrick H. Cain Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1957.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Willeke Sandler and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, March 2012

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.