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|Abstract||William Hargrove was a planter of Granville County, N.C. The collection includes a plantation record book, 1799-1850, of William Hargrove of Granville County, N.C., with family, slave, and stud records, and accounts for taxes, a store, a leather leather business, personal expenses, and other matters. Also, scattered correspondence, chiefly from Hargrove and Sturdivant relatives in the Missouri River Valley.|
|Creator||Hargrove, William, b. 1776.|
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William Hargrove, the son of planter John Hargrove (d.1793) and his wife Amy, was born in Granville Co., N.C., in 1776. He remained in that county, farming around Lynesville (present day Townsville) and Williamsboro, both now part of Vance County. In 1798, he married Holly Dodson (1778-1806) with whom he had four daughters, including Polly Ann Hargrove (b. 1801) and Nancy J. Hargrove (b. 1803). His wife died in 1806, and, in 1807, he married Susan Sturdivant of Dinwiddie County, Va. William and Susan had at least seven children, including William Turner (b. 1808), Hester (b. 1813), John (b. 1815), Elizabeth R. (b. 1818), Susan (b. 1820) and Robert S. (b. 1823).
William Hargrove's son John travelled in the western states on business for his father, visiting Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. He eventually returned to Granville County to farm on his father's estate and served as an aid-de-camp to Governor Charles Manly in 1849. John Hargrove had at least two children, Emma and Mollie, who attended the Salem Female Academy. The Hargroves were related to several other Granville County families that are mentioned frequently in the papers, especially the Sturdivant, Smith, and Hanks families. Members of these families, along with some of the Hargroves, emigrated to Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi in the 1830s and 1840s.Back to Top
This collection consists of papers and an account book of the Hargrove family of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., in particular those of William Hargrove, his son John Hargrove, and his daughter Elizabeth R. Hargrove. The papers consist of correspondence of members of the Hargrove family with friends and relatives, with a few financial and legal documents. The account book, 1801-circa 1850, lists purchases and sales for William Hargrove's plantation in Granville County, N.C., and includes slave lists, stud records for livestock and horses, records of agricultural expenses, and notes on planting and harvests, as well as some genealogical information on the Hargrove family. There are typed transcriptions of all items in the collection, including the account book.Back to Top
Arrangement: chronological (typed transcriptions are interfiled with originals).
Correspondence of members of the Hargrove family of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., along with a few other papers. The correspondence begins in 1800 with a letter to Susan Sturdivant of Dinwiddie County, Va., from a friend in Georgia describing social life in Hancock County, including a Masonic ball, family matters, and everyday life. A letter dated 29 Dec 1814 to William Hargrove from "Camp Peach Orchard" gives an acquaintance's impressions of the horrors of the War of 1812, including the high mortality of soldiers due to disease, the poor conditions in camp, and secessionist sentiments. In 1839, there are several letters to William Hargrove from his son, John Hargrove, written during the latter's journey west on business, which discuss coal mines in Kentucky and general living conditions in that state, agricultural and financial conditions in Mississippi, and Polk's election to the governorship of Tennessee, as well as his father's business concerns and some social matters.
In the 1840s and 1850s, correspondence continued between family members, mostly concerning family news, deaths, and illnesses. One letter, dated 1848, describes one family's move to Arkansas through Tennessee, mentioning the difficulties of the trip, and the terrain, local customs, housing, and typical food of Arkansas. There are two letters about the education of John Hargrove's children in North Carolina; a letter dated 1890 to John Hargrove from Robert A. Martin of Petersburg, Va., asking his impressions of the general character of one Patrick Edgar, an Irishman, and giving his own unfavorable opinion of that "big tramp and crank"; and an undated letter informing his sister of the death of John Hargrove.
Other papers include the will of John Hargrove, the father of William Hargrove, 1790; a certificate appointing John Hargrove, son of William Hargrove, as aid-de-camp to Governor Charles Manly in 1849; three receipts, 1873-1874, for the tuition and board of Emma and Mollie Hargrove at the Salem Female Academy; and a 1930 newspaper clipping from the Sunday Star News of Wilmington, N.C., describing the history of Williamsboro, N.C.
Account book belonging to William Hargrove of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C. This volume, which has loose sheets of paper and other sets of bound pages inserted into it, contains birth records for William Hargrove's slaves; stud records for his horses and cattle; lists of household and plantation expenses; blacksmith and store accounts; tax records; planting and harvest notes; and some genealogical information on the Hargrove family.
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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top