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Guide to the Person Family Papers, 1754-1971

Abstract

Family active in Louisburg, Franklin Co., N.C. and also in Nash Co., N.C.

Correspondence, accounts, diary (1869), bills, deeds, wills, legal documents, and other papers (largely 1829-1897). The bulk of the collection relates to Thomas A. Person and his family, and includes letters written from Harrison Co., Tex., and New Orleans (ca. 1850s); student letters from various North Carolina schools (1835-1860); letters of Confederate soldiers concerning military life; and family and business letters with Civil War reminiscences. The early material mostly concerns Thomas A. Person's father, Presley Carter Person, of Louisburg, N.C., and the settlement of his estate. Later material concerns patent medicines manufactured by a member of the family. Other correspondents and names mentioned include W. P. Montgomery, Harriett Person Perry, Levin Perry, Theophilus Perry, Jesse H. H. Person, Joseph Arrington Person, M. P. Person, and Willie Mangum Person. Addition comprises primarily land deeds and surveys, other deeds of sale, receipts, personal wills, and other financial information. Also includes personal correspondence and memory books. An 1834 deed of gift to John W. Harris from P. C. Person includes five named slaves, one gray horse, 12 head of cattle, and 12 head of sheep. An 1808-1864 ledger book of Presley Person includes Person family genealogy and names and birth dates of his slaves and of the slaves owned by his son, Thomas A. Person. Other names mentioned include Matthew Culpepper, Arthur W. Person, Prudence Person, and W. M. Person.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Person Family
Title
Person Family papers 1754-1971
Language of Material
English
Extent
6 Linear Feet, 3000 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Correspondence, accounts, diary (1869), bills, deeds, wills, legal documents, and other papers (largely 1829-1897). The bulk of the collection relates to Thomas A. Person and his family, and includes letters written from Harrison Co., Tex., and New Orleans (ca. 1850s); student letters from various North Carolina schools (1835-1860); letters of Confederate soldiers concerning military life; and family and business letters with Civil War reminiscences. The early material mostly concerns Thomas A. Person's father, Presley Carter Person, of Louisburg, N.C., and the settlement of his estate. Later material concerns patent medicines manufactured by a member of the family. Other correspondents and names mentioned include W. P. Montgomery, Harriett Person Perry, Levin Perry, Theophilus Perry, Jesse H. H. Person, Joseph Arrington Person, M. P. Person, and Willie Mangum Person.

Addition (05-110) (200 items, 1.7 lin. ft.; dated 1754-1971 and undated) comprises primarily land deeds and surveys, other deeds of sale, receipts, personal wills, and other financial information. Also includes personal correspondence and memory books. An 1834 deed of gift to John W. Harris from P. C. Person includes five named slaves, one gray horse, 12 head of cattle, and 12 head of sheep. An 1808-1864 ledger book of Presley Person includes Person family genealogy and names and birth dates of his slaves and of the slaves owned by his son, Thomas A. Person. Other names mentioned include Matthew Culpepper, Arthur W. Person, Prudence Person, and W. M. Person.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, accounts, diary (1869), bills, deeds, wills, legal documents, and other papers (largely 1829-1897). The bulk of the collection relates to Thomas A. Person and his family, and includes letters written from Harrison Co., Tex., and New Orleans (ca. 1850s); student letters from various North Carolina schools (1835-1860); letters of Confederate soldiers concerning military life; and family and business letters with Civil War reminiscences. The early material mostly concerns Thomas A. Person's father, Presley Carter Person, of Louisburg, N.C., and the settlement of his estate. Later material concerns patent medicines manufactured by a member of the family. Other correspondents and names mentioned include W. P. Montgomery, Harriett Person Perry, Levin Perry, Theophilus Perry, Jesse H. H. Person, Joseph Arrington Person, M. P. Person, and Willie Mangum Person.

Information folder
Box 1
Papers, 1767-1863
Box 1
Papers, 1864-1897
Box 2
Papers, 1897-1915
Box 3
Financial papers, 1774-1863
Box 3
Financial papers, 1864-1914
Box 4
Undated papers
Box 4
Financial volumes
Box 4
Undated papers
Box 5

Addition (05-110) (200 items, 1.7 lin. ft.; dated 1754-1971 and undated) comprises primarily land deeds and surveys, other deeds of sale, receipts, personal wills, and other financial information. Also includes personal correspondence and memory books. An 1834 deed of gift to John W. Harris from P. C. Person includes five named slaves, one gray horse, 12 head of cattle, and 12 head of sheep. An 1808-1864 ledger book of Presley Person includes Person family genealogy and names and birth dates of his slaves and of the slaves owned by his son, Thomas A. Person. Other names mentioned include Matthew Culpepper, Arthur W. Person, Prudence Person, and W. M. Person.

This container list accompanied this accession from the donor and has been only slightly modified to correct and/or add to dates and names. Some materials need conservation treatment before use.

1754-1854, authorization from John Earl Granville of London to attorneys in N.C.
Box 1
1803, receipt from Matthew Culpepper to Dr. Isaac Hillard
Box 1
1805, 1817, fifteen pages prepared for court record of property acquired by grant or purchased over a period of time. Property located in Warren County, Franklin County, Halifax County, Raleigh, Fayetteville and the State of Tennessee
Box 1
1808, deed from John Culpepper to Osborne Culpepper
Box 1
1808-1864, ledger book of Dr. Presley C. Person, Franklin County Trustee.
Box 1
Includes the listing of his marriage, his children’s birth dates, and names of his slaves with birth dates (all in back of book).
Box 1
1809, sale of lot 30 in town of Louisburg from John Perry to Jesse Person
Box 1
1812, Promisary note by John Ward to Matthew Culpepper
Box 1
1813, sale of lot 25 in town of Louisburg from Jeffrey’s to William Freeman, recorded in 1819
Box 1
1814, license issued to Matthew Culpepper by state of N.C. to make distilled spirits for one month
Box 1
1814, payment of taxes by Matthew Culpepper
Box 1
1815, payment of taxes by Matthew Culpepper
Box 1
1816, payment of taxes by Matthew Culpepper
Box 1
1816, copy of C. Wright’s will
Box 1
1822, deed of trust for tracts of land sold by Sheriff Jordan Denson to take care of debts-foreclosure in Franklin County, North Carolina
Box 1
1825, list of town of Louisburg citizens paying corporation tax
Box 1
1825, list of people who have paid taxes in town of Louisburg
Box 1
1825, true copy-ordinance of town of Louisburg levying $1.00 poll tax and twenty cents on each $1.00 real property
Box 1
1827, list of taxables of Captain Darby
Box 1
1828, ordinance of town of Louisburg for poll tax and real property tax
Box 1
1828, deed from J.J. Alston to P.C. Person
Box 1
1828, deed between P.C. Person and Jesse Person
Box 1
1828, deed from J.J. Alston, Sr. to J.J. Alston, Jr.
Box 1
1829, Matthew Culpepper account for Jno. Arrington. Account paid in 1832
Box 1
182?, Order of Court template letter-not addressed to anyone
Box 1
182?, valuation of town property in Louisburg
Box 1
1830, sale by Matthew Culpepper to Jno. Arrington for Brandy
Box 1
1831, bill from Matthew Culpepper to Jno. Arrington, Sr.
Box 1
1834, deed-gift to John W. Harris from P.C. Person consisting of 5 negros (named), one gray horse, 12 head of cattle, and 12 head of sheep
Box 1
1837, deed sale by Charles Johnston to Jesse Person
Box 1
1840, deed from Benjamin Davis and wife to Jesse Person and subsequent registration by William Whitfield
Box 1
1840, court order for Drury Andrew (also includes 1842, property of Ann Debnam to be sold to satisfy debt)
Box 1
1845, agreement between P.C. Person and Azariah Card for overseer job of his land
Box 1
1845, listing of property of P.C. Person
Box 1
1845, deed from Sheriff Guston Perry to Joseph A. Person and Weldon E. Person
Box 1
1845, affidavit from Sheriff of Franklin County that personal property of William Montgomery had been taken to satisfy debts.
Box 1
1846, reward of merit for Harriet E. Person
Box 1
1847, account of sale of personal property of P.C. Person
Box 1
1849, account of Thomas A. Person to J.G. King
Box 1
[1851, book titled “The Element of Moral Science” written by Francis Wayland. Book was owned and signed by Harriet Person in 1853: removed from accession and cataloged separately.]
Box 1
1852, authorization to Thomas Person and others to hold pole for elections
Box 1
1853, personal letter from H. Person to his sister
Box 1
1853, memory book of Harriet E. Person
Box 1
Needs conservation treatment before use.
Box 1
1858, notes of Joseph J. Davis relative to collections to be made for Sally Person
Box 1
1860, receipt from Louisburg Female College for the partially paid tuition of W.E. Person’s two daughters.
Box 1
1860, receipt from Louisburg Female College to W.E. Person for the tuition of his two daughters signed by C.C. Anderson
Box 1
1861, order from Elais Carr to Mr. Bartholomew ordering two blade saws and a boor (hog)
Box 1
1862, letter from Jesse H. Person to his mother during Civil War
Box 1
1863, resolution from camp near Culpepper, VA honoring the bravery and service of Jesse H. Person who was killed at Gettysburg
Box 1
1864, receipt from John Foster to Thomas Person for service rendered as overseer
Box 1
1864, portion of document by Confederate States of America as a receipt of twenty two hundred dollars from Mrs. Sarah Person for bonds
Box 1
1864, letter from A.P. Person to his brother about farming
Box 1
1865, private letter from Anna Person to her Uncle Tom
Box 1
1865, photocopy of parole issued to A.A. Person by USA for fighting in Civil War
Box 1
1866, note from C.H. Champion to T.A. Person about cutting hay
Box 1
1868, personal letter from Cousin Hattie to Cousin Harriet
Box 1
1893, personal letter from Aunt Tempie from Arthur Person
Box 1
1906, 1909, 1915, list of newspapers found in accession, but discarded
Box 1
1910, memory book of Marguerite Person from classmate at Louisburg College
Box 1
1911, several affidavits as to the ability of Mrs. P.J. Person to write her will
Box 1
1913, receipt for Mary Montgomery paid on note of W.P. Montgomery
Box 1
1914, order of Railroad Telegraphers card of J.H. Person
Box 1
1914, survey map of plat of A.W. Person’s residence lot
Box 1
1914, receipt of Mary Montgomery to satisfy judgment in Superior Court of Franklin County
Box 1
1917, letter from E.H. Malone (lawyer) to Mrs. Montgomery
Box 1
1917, resolution presented to General Assembly by Franklin County Ladies and passed re Veterans and flags
Box 2
1918, transfer of deed of trust from R.W. Hicks to Josephine Williams (additional notes added to the document in 1940)
Box 2
1918, promisary note by W.M. Person to W.M. Person to W.P. Montgomery
Box 2
1920, deed from W.M. Person and wife Prudence A. Person to A.W. Person
Box 2
1920, copy of will of Mrs. W.T. Montgomery
Box 2
1922, holograph will of Prudence A. Person
Box 2
after 1923, booklet giving the “Argument of W.M. Person: The Crucifixion of Tax-payers of North Carolina” in the Supreme Court of N.C.
Box 2
1924, newspaper clipping re: Louisburg College Campaign, The Franklin Times
Box 2
1926, sale of property by A.W. Person
Box 2
192?, newspaper clipping on death of Judge Cook
Box 2
1931, personal checks of Arthur W. Person written on First National Bank which were returned to him because the First National Bank closed because of the Depression
Box 2
1933, invitation to Louisburg Female College Commencement Exercises
Box 2
1936, original and copy of title, mortgage, and other legal documents to land owned by A.W. Person and wife, Louisburg, Franklin County, N.C.
Box 2
1941, Office of N.C. Governor, Selective Service, appointing A.W. Person member of Draft Board for District No. 1
Box 2
1948, map of lot in Franklin County, N.C. surveyed for A.W. Person
Box 2
1957, one share of stock in Green Hill Country Club purchased by A.W. Person
Box 2
1963, a State Magazine featuring Franklin County
Box 2
1971, aerial photocopy of farm from U.S. Department of Agriculture and letters on farm certification
Box 2
Undated, valentine to Harriet Person
Box 2
Undated, copy of Dr. William M. Person’s will
Box 2
Undated, plat of land of Thomas Person
Box 2
Undated, affidavit by Mrs. Joseph Blake as to the last will of William Montgomery
Box 2
Undated, personal information about Thomas Person
Box 2
Undated, provosts Marshall’s Office in Weldon, N.C. to Thomas Person thanking him for getting flour but unable to have delivered because of closed road
Box 2
Undated, brochure relative to raising money to build Franklin Dormitory at Louisburg College
Box 2
Undated, photograph of a man
Box 2
Undated, newspaper article regarding the lynching of a Louisburg man
Box 2
Undated, building information about a house built for Thomas A. Person called “Old Place of Louisburg” at 603 N. Main St.
Box 2
Undated, newspaper clipping of photograph of Senator William Person
Box 2
Undated, miscellaneous photographs of land
Box 2
Undated, miscellaneous papers on loans and payments
Box 2
Undated, miscellaneous receipts (four folders)
Box 2
Undated, loose materials
Box 2
1886, diploma of Prudence Person from Louisburg Female College
Box 3
1887, Supreme Court certificate issued to William M. Person to practice law
Box 3
1889, sheet music by Mrs. Joe Person
Box 3
1911, certificate to Mrs. Wiley M. Person from the United Daughters of the
Box 3
1917, survey and, 1956, legal description, of A.W. Person Estate, Nash Co., N.C.
Box 3

Historical Note

Family active in Louisburg, Franklin Co., N.C. and also in Nash Co., N.C.

Genealogy List

DateEvent(s)
1768 Nov. 13Mary Person born
1774 July 28Dr. Presley C. Person born
1807 Oct. 22Dr. Presley C. Person and Mary Person married
1808 Oct. 8Thomas Person born. Later married Abiah.
1809 Dec. 10Lucy Person born
1811 July 7Joshua Perry Person born
1812 Sept. 15Mourning R. Person born
1814 Jan. 23Joseph Abringham Person born
1815 May 15Levin Person born
1817 April 21Anthony Person born
1819 March 19Weldon Edwards Person born
1820 Aug. 9Presley C. Person born
1822 March 7Willie A. Person born
1824 Feb. 28Mary C. Person born
1826 June 3Lucy Person died
1843Mourning R. Person married John W. Harris

Dr. Presley C. Person and Mary Person's slaves and birth dates

DateEvent(s)
1808Champion(?)
1810Hasy(?)
1811Louis
1812Mariah
1813Harriet
1814Clusey
1815Thursney(?)
1816Dick
1816Nelson
1818Isesy(?)
1818Rachel
1819Maple(?)
1820Essex
1829Seeley
1822Henry
1822Frederick
1823Peter
1824Burwell
1820Anachile(?)
1825Robert Hill
1825Ellen
1825Lucy
1826Dice
1826Isaac(?)
1827Caroline
1827Nancy
1828Mariah
1828Rosetta
1828Matilda
1830Rudy
1830Ellick
1830Cany Benton(?)
1830Emily
1830Ephrom
1830Rebecca
1832John
1832Easter
1833Emily

Thomas A. Person and wife Abiah's slave and birth dates

DateEvent(s)
1832Nash Pete
1834Harriet
1835Robin
1836Iain
1836Mal
1837Roger
1837Isham
1838Alford
1838Mill
1839Selvy(?)
1839Herrily
1840Mariah
1840Ann
1841Iam
1842Lucy
1842Izabella
1843Frank
1843Fred
1844Chany
1845Bob
1845Isaac
1846Dun
1847Daniel
1848Sarrir
1847Abner
1849Osbun
1850Green(?)
1850Matilidy
1852Dennis
1852Cary
1854Beck
1854Amy
1854Dick Dirt
1854Delun
1856Penny
1856Arch
1857Lewis
1857Anderson
1859Sallie
1854John
1858Dennis
1860Beck
1860Fred
1860Ester
1861Jef
1861Ellick
1861Alford
1862Isham
1862Morgin
1863Mary Oliver
1863Nancy
1863Linny
1864Lawrence
1864Iad
1862Isham(?)

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Person Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Person Family Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1944 and 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by RL Staff, 2005

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: unnumbered 1944 accession, 2005-0110

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.