Collection Number: 01783-z

Collection Title: Jane Gurley Papers, 1830-1841

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Size 25 items
Abstract Jane Gurley (Active 1830-1841), a white woman living in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C., received letters from Matilda Gurley (later Matilda Turner), an enslaved person formerly of Windsor but living at that time in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tenn., and from Nancy C. Walton in La Grange, Tenn., and Rebecca Haywood in Louisburg, N.C., both of whom were white cousins of Gurley. The letters of Matilda Gurley (later Matilda Turner) contain news of and seek information about her community of enslaved family and friends both in Brownsville and Windsor. Letters from Walton, Haywood, and others concern family and friends, church, and community affairs.
Creator Gurley, Jane, Active 1830-1841.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Jane Gurley Papers #1783-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. W. H. Darden of Windsor, N.C., in October 1950.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Jane Gurley (Active 1830-1841) was a white woman living in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C. She had a son named William Peterson, and cousins Ann (Nancy) C. Walton in La Grange, Tenn., and Rebecca Haywood in Louisburg, N.C., all of whom were white.

Matilda Gurley (later Matilda Turner) was an enslaved woman who lived first in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C., and later in Brownsville, Haywood County, N.C. In 1830, she wrote that she and the family were living with Doctor Jones. In 1836, she wrote "I fall to that part of Mr. Turner's estate," which likely accounts for her name change.

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Jane Gurley (Active 1830-1841), a white woman living in Windsor, Bertie County, N.C., received letters from Matilda Gurley (later Matilda Turner), an enslaved person formerly of Windsor but living at that time in Brownsville, Haywood County, Tenn., and from Nancy C. Walton in La Grange, Tenn., and Rebecca Haywood in Louisburg, N.C., both of whom were white cousins of Gurley. The letters of Matilda Gurley (later Matilda Turner) contain news of and seek information about her community of enslaved family and friends both in Brownsville and Windsor. Letters from Walton, Haywood, and others concern family and friends, church, and community affairs.

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Contents list

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About 25 items.
Folder 1

1830-1838 #01783-z, Series: "Papers, 1830-1841. " Folder 1

Letters of Matilda Gurley (later Matilda Turner) are dated 9 September 1830 and 9 September 1836.

Folder 2

1839-1841 and undated #01783-z, Series: "Papers, 1830-1841. " Folder 2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

Conscious Editing Work by: Nancy Kaiser, July 2020. Updated abstract, subject headings, biographical note, scope and content note, and container list.

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