Guide to the Jarratt-Puryear Family Papers, 1807-1918


Collection contains chiefly correspondence relating to the Clingman, Jarratt, Poindexter, and Puryear families, early settlers of Surry County, N.C., together with a genealogical table. Subjects include the slave trade between North Carolina and Alabama, 1830-1835; North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction, conditions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill prior to the war, plantation accounts, the distillation and sale of whiskey, and business affairs. Correspondents include William James Bingham, John Adams Gilmer, and Zebulon Vance.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Jarratt-Puryear family papers
1807-1918, bulk 1843-1879
3 Linear Feet, 6 boxes, 2,349 items (including 4 vols.)
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains papers of the related Jarratt, Puryear, Clingman, Poindexter and Cash families, and especially of Isaac A. Jarratt, soldier in the War of 1812, landholder, merchant, and distiller.

The collection concerns family matters and local affairs; the education of Mary Jarratt at St. Mary's College, Raleigh, North Carolina; the education of Augustus Jarratt at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and conditions at the university preceding the Civil War; Isaac Jarratt's partnership with Tyre Glen in the slave trade between Alabama and North Carolina, 1830-1835; the Creek War of 1836; United States relations with Mexico, 1842; a survey of Wilson, North Carolina, 1851. frontier conditions in Texas; the Civil War, including troop movements in North Carolina and Virginia, conditions in the Confederate Army, conscription, lists of absentees, official orders for enrolling new age groups, conscription lists, casualty lists, payments to widows, and home conditions; freedmen, including letters from former slaves inquiring about relatives Jarratt's efforts to get whiskey during the war; North Carolina politics after the war; whiskey taxes; conditions in California; a Texas counterfeit affair in which A. B. Clingman was unjustly suspected; the business affairs of the Jarratt family; the administration of the estates of Samuel L. Davis, William Doss, Sally Doss, and Polly Sapp by Isaac Jarratt and of the estate of Richard Clauselle Puryear (d. 1867) by Jarratt and by his son, Richard Clingman Puryear (b. 1848); and the law practice of Richard Clingman Puryear, including the collection of many claims, 1870-1900.

Volumes include a plantation account book, 1834-1881, containing lists and prices of slaves bought and sold in 1834 and 1835; a plantation account book, 1866-1871, recording supplies and cash advanced to tenants; an administration book, 1845-1848, concerning the estate of Matthew A. Doss; and a ledger, 1869-1870, of Isaac A. Jarratt & Sanderford, a general mercantile firm, containing the records of the sale of whiskey.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1807-1849
Box 1
Correspondence, 1850-1853
Box 2
Correspondence, 1859-1869
Box 3
Correspondence, 1870-1918
Box 4
Correspondence, undated
Box 5
Legal papers, 1826-1899
Box 5
Bills and receipts, 1811-1859
Box 5
Bills and receipts, 1860-1885
Box 6
Printed matter, undated
Box 6
Clippings, undated
Box 6
Penmanship exercises, undated
Box 6
Misc. materials, undated
Box 6
Administration book, 1845-1848
General note

Book belonging to Isaac A. Jarratt, Surry County, NC.

Volume F:1936
Ledger, 1869-1870
General note

Belonging to Isaac A. Jarratt of Huntsville, Yadkin County, NC. From catalog "Although apparently the records of a mercantile firm, this volume contains little besides records of the sale of whiskey."

Volume L:1937
Account book, 1832-1881
General note

Account book of Isaac A. Jarratt, Huntsville, Yadkin County, NC.

Volume M:1934
Account book, 1865-1872
General note

Account book of Isaac A. Jarrett, Huntsville, Yadkin County, NC.

Volume M:1935

Historical Note

The Clingman, Jarratt, Poindexter, and Puryear families were early settlers of Surry County, North Carolina.

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