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|Abstract||The collection is chiefly bills, receipts, and some family correspondence, chiefly 1853-1857, of members of the Benson family, farmers of Alamance County, N.C., Gentryville, Mo., and Arkansas. Also included are gubernatorial election returns for Orange County, N.C., 1838 and 1840.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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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
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Correspondence, bills and receipts, accounts, and other papers of the Benson family of Alamance County, N.C., Dallas County, Ark., and Gentryville, Mo.
Correspondence consists mainly of letters to William Benson (fl. 1829-1884) from his brothers in Missouri and Arkansas. Letters, 1840-1857, discuss prices of land, livestock, and various crops; the appointment of an agent to sell land in North Carolina; and routine family matters, including the health of family members and visits from friends and relatives. Also included are a postcard, 1884, from William Benson to his son Burwell Stadler Benson, and a letter, 1914, from J. H. Vernon.
Financial and legal papers mostly pertain to William Benson and include bills, receipts, accounts, promissory notes, and other papers. Also included are tax receipts and scattered other papers, 1819-1850, of Edward Benson; the will of William McAdams, 1833, naming Edward Benson as executor and papers concerning the administration of McAdams's estate; and a few papers, 1859, pertaining to the affairs of Rachel Graham, for whom William Benson was trustee.
Miscellaneous items include abstracts of election results in Orange County, N.C., for 1838 and 1840; a price list, 1877, for the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company; and detailed instructions for processes such as curing tobacco.Back to Top