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Guide to the Devereux Family papers, 1791-1936 and undated

Abstract

The Devereux family lived in Raleigh, N.C. They were a prominent and wealthy family before the Civil War. This collection is largely concerned with personal and family affairs; the chief correspondents in the collection are Thomas Pollock Devereux (1793-1869), his sister-in-law Sarah Elizabeth Devereux, his son John Devereux (1819-1893), daughter-in-law Margaret (Mordecai) Devereux (1824-1910), and Robert L. Maitland of New York, a business associate. Subjects covered by the letters include camp life in the Civil War, plantations, slaves and real estate.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Devereux Family papers
Extent
3.0 Linear feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection is largely concerned with personal and family affairs. The chief correspondents in the collection are Thomas Pollock Devereux (1793-1869), his sister-in-law Sarah Elizabeth Devereux, his son John Devereux (1819-1893), daughter-in-law Margaret (Mordecai) Devereux (1824-1910), and Robert L. Maitland of New York, a business associate. A few letters relate to the Civil War careers of John Devereux, chief quartermaster of North Carolina, and his son, Thomas Pollock Devereux, and describe camp life.

Postwar papers concern land sales, lawsuits over estates, and involvement in the French spoliation claims. There are also comments on slaves and manumission, Dare County, lumbering, the Lane and Mordecai families, cranberry culture, and land surveys. There are financial and legal papers, writings of Margaret Devereux, clippings, and genealogical material; a family reminiscence by Margaret Devereux; a recipe book; a composition book of Annie Lane Devereux; a personal and professional ledger, 1821-1839, of Thomas Pollock Devereux; and a plantation account book, 1842-1863, of John Devereux, relating to Barrow, Montrose, and Runiroi plantations and giving extensive lists of slaves with names, dates of birth, purchase, or death; and other notations.

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Contents of the Collection

Information folder
Box 1
Correspondence, 1857-1858
Box 1
Correspondence, 1850-1856
Box 1
Correspondence, 1846-1849
Box 1
Correspondence, 1842-1845
Box 1
Correspondence, 1791-1841
Box 1
Genealogy
Box 1
Correspondence, 1885-1936
Box 1
Correspondence, 1859-1869
Box 1
Correspondence, 1870-1873
Box 1
Clippings (Obituaries), 1884-1922
Box 2
Miscellany
Box 2
Financial papers, 1850s
Box 2
Financial papers, 1860-1876, n.d.
Box 2
Financial papers, 1840s
Box 2
Legal papers, 1776
Box 2
Writings, 1839-1865, n.d.
Box 2
Legal papers, 1842-1876
Box 2
Legal papers, 1894-1910
Box 2
John Devereux Plantation Account book, 1842-1863
Box 3
Recipes: Mrs. J. Devereux
Box 3
Annie Lane Devereux Composition Book
Box 3
Thomas Pollock Devereux Personal Ledger, 1821-1839
Box 3
Account book, circa 1860
Box 3

Historical Note

The Devereux family lived in Raleigh, N.C. They were a prominent and wealthy family before the civil war.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Devereux family papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Devereux Family papers were purchased by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1972.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rubenstein Library Staff

Accessions described in this finding aid: 72-33