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Guide to the Mordecai Purcell papers, 1778-1901 and undated

Abstract

Quaker farmer, fruit-grower, and broom-maker from Frederick County, Virginia.

The Mordecai Purcell papers span the years 1778-1901 and contain correspondence, bills, receipts, business and legal papers, and a ledger relating to Quaker farmer Mordecai Purcell, his brother, John Purcell, and the Cather family (John Purcell married Adaline J. Cather), living in Virginia.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Purcell, Mordecai.
Title
Mordecai Purcell papers 1778-1901 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 520 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

The Mordecai Purcell papers span the years 1778-1901 and contain correspondence, bills, receipts, business and legal papers, and a ledger relating to Quaker farmer Mordecai Purcell, his brother, John Purcell, and the Cather family (John Purcell married Adaline J. Cather).

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Contents of the Collection

Papers, 1837-1883 and undated
Box 1
Papers, 19th century and undated
Box 1
Ledger, 19th century and undated
Box 2

Historical Note

Mordecai Purcell, a Quaker farmer, fruit-grower, and broom-maker, first lived in Loudoun County, Virginia, then moved to Frederick County near Winchester in 1834. He never married. He appears in Confederate Army rolls as a private, 2nd regiment, Virginia Infantry, but he may have been a supporter of the Union. He is quoted in the Southern Claims Commission records as being harshly treated by Confederates in 1864, but his claim was not approved. According to a history of the county, John Purcell, Mordecai's brother, was in California for the gold rush but it is not known if the materials refer to that period.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Mordecai Purcell Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1956.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Jen Snow, June 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 56-096.

This collection has been given basic processing: 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.