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Collection Number: 03240

Collection Title: A. H. Arrington Papers, 1744-1909.

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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.

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1800 items)
Abstract The collection documents Archibald Hunter Arrington, of Nash County, N.C., a white plantation and business owner and a Democratic congressman who held local, state, and national offices; his first wife Mary Jones Arrington (1820-1851); his second wife Kate Wimberly Arrington (1834-1871); his son John Peter Arrington (fl. 1851-1895), who was a sheriff of Nash County; his brother Samuel L. Arrington (fl. 1806-1866), who ran the family plantations in Montgomery County, Alabama; and the enslaved and freed people who provided the labor on the plantations. Papers relate to Arrington's agricultural and business pursuits in Nash County, N.C., and Montgomery County, Ala. Records documenting enslaved and freed people include provisions accounts, bills of sale, hiring out contracts, labor contracts for freed people, wills and estate inventories, and lists with ages and birthdates of enslaved people. Other materials include receipts for cotton sales; accounts with merchants; land records; and items relating to the purchase and sale of other goods and services. There are also business letters relating to the running of the family's plantations and personal letters that discuss family matters. Items relating to Arrington's political activity include a few published speeches and some notes on laws regulating the oversight of enslaved people; a series of letters, 1857-1858, to Arrington from D. K. McRae (1820-1888) on the latter's gubernatorial campaign and other matters; letters to Arrington reporting on voting and political alignment in Confederate regiments; a number of form letters to Arrington, in his capacity as a local official, from postwar military governments; and other letters that briefly comment on political matters, including letters from Bartholomew Figures Moore (1801-1878) and William Theophilus Dortch (1824-1889). Also included are several 1893 endorsements collected by J. P. Arrington in his quest for an appointment as deputy collector for the Internal Revenue.
Creator Arrington, A. H. (Archibald Hunter), 1809-1872.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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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 Archibald Hunter Arrington Papers #3240, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. R. H. Gregory, Sr., of Rocky Mount, N.C., in October 1956, and her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Marrow of Tarboro, N.C., in February 1960 and in September 1965.
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Conscious editing by Nancy Kaiser, July 2022: abstract, headings, biographical note, scope content note, container list.

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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.

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Archibald Hunter Arrington (1809-1872), son of John (1764-1844) and Elizabeth Arrington (d. 1815), was a white plantation and business owner, an enslaver, and a U.S. and Confederate congressman, and local official of Nash County, N.C. On 24 April 1839, he married Mary Jones Arrington (1820-1851), daughter of Peter (circa 1768-1837) and Barbara Arrington (d. circa 1847), also of Nash County, N.C., with whom he had two children, Mary (fl. 1848-1883) and John Peter (fl. 1851-1895), who served as sheriff of Nash County. Mary died, and, in 1855, Archibald married Kate Wimberly (1834-1871). Children of the second marriage included Thomas Mann (1857-1918), Archibald Hunter (1858-1892), Samuel Lewis (1860-1918), Robert Wimberly (1863-1928), George Wimberly (1864-1885), and Joseph Calhoun (1867-1897).

The Arringtons were among the wealthiest families of antebellum North Carolina. They owned a number of plantations and enslaved people in Nash County, N.C., and in Montgomery County, Alabama, where Archibald's brother, Samuel L. Arrington (fl. 1806-1866), lived. In addition to agricultural pursuits, Archibald was active in politics on the national, state, and local levels. In the 1840s, he was elected as a Democrat to the 27th and 28th Congresses, but was defeated in his 1844 re-election bid. He also served in the North Carolina Secession Convention and was elected, in 1861, to the first Confederate Congress, but once again lost his bid for re election. In 1866, he served as a delegate to the Union National Convention in Philadelphia. At the local level, he served as chairman of the Nash County Court of Common Pleas, 1866-1867, and as Nash County commissioner, 1868.

Source: Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.

Not much is known about the enslaved and freed people who are documented in the collection beyond their names and the names of the people who enslaved them or hired them after the American Civil War. In some cases birth and death dates and family relationships are available. Among the many enslaved people represented in the collection are the following:

1830s, Nash County, N.C.: Peter, Alston, Ned, Cary, Sofia, Frederick, George, Ruthe, Delsy, Arthur, Bob, Dolly, Cherry Ann, Turner, Old Rose, Violet, Charlotte, Isham, Lary, Peggy, Harry, Chana, Cromwell, Lary, Carly, Little Peggy, Martha, Mary, Cady and her daughter Martha, Sister, Joseph, Ruinny, Thomas, Kiziah, Alston (alias Shaver), Anthony, Ellick, Henry, Dennis, John, Turner, Alford, Daphny, Esther, Susan, Nancy, Mike, Dick, Solon, Merica, Mary, Aasty, Harriet, Hannah, Caroline, Millny, Jerrymiah, Peter, William, Judy, Jenny, Tom, Hardy, Gram, Harriet, Leaive, Luke (blacksmith), Jacob, Amos, William, Lucinda, Sally, Sarah and her children (Mariah, Leah, Burton, Henry, Robert), Abram, Anthony, Jenny, Ian, Murica, Bryant, Silvia, Peter, Solomon, Elbert, Daniel, Mary, Nancy, Terripe(?), Lucy, Frances, Pleasant and her children (Key, Andrew, and Penny), Millny and her child William, Peggy, Mariah-Willis, Fid(?), Mirna, Moses, Harriet, Celia, Tilley, Jack, Chany, Willis, Polly, George, Malvina, Arthur (blacksmith), Davy (blacksmith), Isham (blacksmith), Ferry, Charlotte and her child Tom, Mariah and Sylvia (child), Lear, Louisa and her child Alice, Sherwood, Chany and her children (Stepny and Alsy).

1840s, Montgomery County, Ala.: Willis (child), Chany (woman).

1850s, Montgomery County, Ala.: Sarah (about 23 years old in 1856), Virginia (16 years old in 1859).

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The majority of the papers relate to Arrington's agricultural and business pursuits in Nash County, N.C., and Montgomery County, Ala. Records documenting enslaved and freed people include provisions accounts, bills of sale, hiring out contracts, labor contracts for freed people, wills and estate inventories, and lists with ages and birthdates of enslaved people. Other materials include many receipts for cotton sales; accounts with merchants; land records; promissory notes and records of notes due; partnership agreements and mercantile records; sales of stock; insurance policies and premiums; Confederate tax-in-kind documents and receipts; and miscellaneous receipts for physicians' services, educational tuition, tools, transportation, blacksmith work, and other goods and services.

There is also correspondence, with many of the letters relating to business matters. Among the correspondents are: Samuel L. Arrington, who lived in Alabama and assisted his brother in the management of the Montgomery plantations; a succession of overseers, concerning their contracts and reporting on plantation affairs; members of the Arrington, Williams, Mann, and related families concerning family property and inheritances; William T. Dortch, giving legal opinions on cases of bankruptcy and in property and tenant questions, and about charges of misconduct leveled against Arrington by Jesse J. Walker in 1868; and Bartholomew F. Moore, also commenting on legal cases and the postwar political climate of North Carolina. There is also correspondence with general merchant factors and commission merchants, including Lehman, Durr, & Co. and John H. Murphey of Montgomery, Kader Biggs & Co. of Norfolk, Va., and DeRosset & Brown of Wilmington, N.C.

There are also personal letters that discuss family news, including births, marriages, and deaths; courtship, especially of Kate Wimberly; illnesses of family members; education; travel; Arrington's living arrangements while serving in the U.S. and Confederate Congresses; and other matters.

Few items relate to Arrington's political activity. There are however, some materials, 1841-1845, relating to his congressional career and others concerning his experiences at the Secession Convention and in Confederate Congress. These include a few published speeches and some notes on laws regulating the oversight of enslaved people; a series of letters, 1857-1858, to Arrington from D. K. McRae (1820-1888) on the latter's gubernatorial campaign, his concern over political alignments, lack of adequate financing, general campaign strategy and platform, and conviction that he had a better chance of winning than Arrington would have had; letters to Arrington reporting on voting and political alignment in Confederate regiments; a number of form letters to Arrington, in his capacity as a local official, from postwar military governments; and other individual letters that briefly comment on political matters. Also included are several 1893 endorsements collected by J. P. Arrington in his quest for an appointment as deputy collector for the Internal Revenue.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Other Personal Papers, 1824-1909 and undated.

About 720 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly business letters discussing such matters as crop prices, land purchases, sales of enslaved people, notes due, and market conditions. Also included are personal letters that discuss family news, such as births, marriages, courtship, illnesses, and deaths. Political letters are chiefly concerned with state and local politics. There is little mention of Arrington's U.S. congressional career.

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About 250 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly business letters and a few personal letters. There are a few political letters, including 21 January 1841 on railroads and local elections; 19 July 1853 requesting aid in defeating the "Raleigh clique"; a series of letters in 1858 on state elections, 31 October 1861, and 1 November 1861 on voting in Confederate Army camps; and 20 January 1864 on mistakes made by the Confederate Congress. There are also some materials relating to the Secession Convention, 1861, and the Confederate Congress, 1861-1863.

In volume 1, 1824, there are copies of letters by Arrington relating to the appointment of Thomas N. Mann as political agent to Guatemala and the arrangements for his trip there aboard the U.S.S. Hornet; Mann died en route. Addressees include: James Monroe, John Q. Adams, Thomas Mann, Daniel Brent, and T. T. Tucker. Volume 2, 1841-1845, belonging to A. H. Arrington, and volume 3, circa 1861-1862, belonging to Mary E. Arrington, include miscellaneous verses and songs. Volumes 1 and 3 also include a few accounts.

Folder 1

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1824 (volume 1)

Folder 2

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1841-1845 (volume 2)

Folder 3

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1840-1849

Folder 4

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1850-1854

Folder 5

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1855-1857

Folder 6

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1858

Folder 7

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1859-1860

Folder 8

Correspondence and other personal papers, circa 1861-1862 (Volume 3)

Folder 9

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1861-1865

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About 450 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters chiefly relating to agricultural pursuits, especially cotton production and sales. Letters also discuss post Civil War economic conditions, the U.S. government's 1866 seizure of Arrington's Alabama cotton and other political and family matters, such as education and health. Correspondents include William T. Dortch, who offered legal opinions on cases of bankruptcy, property and tenant questions, and charges of misconduct leveled against Arrington by Jesse J. Walker in 1868; and Bartholomew F. Moore, also commenting on legal cases and the post Civil War political climate of North Carolina, including the impeachment of Governor Holden in 1870-1871. In 1893, there are a series of letters endorsing J.P. Arrington's application for the job of deputy collector for the Internal Revenue.

Folder 10

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1866

Folder 11

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1867

Folder 12

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1868

Folder 13

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1869

Folder 14

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1870

Folder 15

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1871-1872

Folder 16

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1873-1880

Folder 17

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1881-1887

Folder 18

Correspondence and other personal papers, 1888-1909

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About 20 items.

Miscellaneous invitations, a list of property belonging to W. R. Cathcart, and other items.

Folder 19

Correspondence, Undated

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About 80 items.

Deeds, rental agreements, plats and surveys, and other real property records of the Arringtons and related families. The majority of these records are for property in North Carolina and Alabama.

Folder 20-21

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Folder 21

North Carolina land records, 1744-1859

23 items.

Colonial and antebellum land records of the Arringtons and related families, including deeds, rental agreements, plats and surveys, and other real property records. Most of this property was in or near Nash County, N.C.

Folder 22

North Carolina land records, 1867-1897

15 items.

Post Civil War land records of the Arringtons, including deeds, rental agreements, plats and surveys, and other real property records. Most of this property was located in or near Nash County, N.C.

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Alabama, 1820-1860

41 items.

Antebellum land records of A. H. Arrington and others, including deeds, land grants, rental agreements, plats and surveys, and other real property records. Most of this property was located near Montgomery, Ala.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-03240/1

Alabama land grants

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About 1000 items.

Arrangement: topical and chronological.

Chiefly papers relating to the Arrington family's agricultural and business pursuits in North Carolina and Alabama. Records documenting enslaved and freed people include provisions accounts, bills of sale, hiring out contracts, labor contracts for freed people, wills and estate inventories, and lists with ages and birthdates of enslaved people. Also included are overseer contracts; promissory notes and records of notes due; partnership agreements and mercantile records; insurance policies and premiums; Confederate tax-in-kind documents and receipts; other miscellaneous receipts; and documents relating to the military government of postwar North Carolina.

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About 545 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.1.1. Financial and Legal Papers for North Carolina and Surrounding States, 1789-1868.

About 230 items.

Chiefly papers relating to Arrington's agricultural and business pursuits in Nash County, N.C. Records documenting enslaved and freed people include provisions accounts, bills of sale, hiring out contracts, labor contracts for freed people, wills and estate inventories, and lists with ages and birthdates of enslaved people. Also included are receipts for cotton sales; accounts with merchants; overseer contracts; wills and estate inventories, notably those of James N. Mann, Peter Arrington, and A. H. Arrington; promissory notes and records of notes due; partnership agreements and mercantile records; insurance policies and premiums; Confederate tax-in-kind documents and receipts; and miscellaneous receipts for physician's services, educational tuition, tools, transportation, blacksmith work, and other goods and services.

A few scattered Papers, 1789-1839, are of John Arrington (1764-1844), Peter Arrington (circa 1768-1837), and other Arrington relatives. The volumes are chiefly account books. Volume 5 includes the estate accounts of James N. Mann (d. 1853); Volume 11, the estate accounts of Barbara Arrington (d. circa 1847); Volume 7, an inventory of notes due A. H. Arrington; and Volume 8, the birthdates of enslaved people and family members, along with occasional death dates and dates of when enslaved people were purchased by the Arringtons. Several of these volumes include information from the immediate post Civil War period and the early years of Reconstruction. Also included are the following wills: John Arrington, 10 June 1830; Peter Arrington, 8 June 1837; Richard Arrington, 17 November 1838; John Bowden, 13 February 1854 copy of an 1825 will; Raford Boon, 16 March 1854 copy; and A. H. Arrington, 24 August 1859 draft.

Folder 24

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1729-1829

Folder 25

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1830-1839

Slavery era records include:

  • 10 June 1830: the will of John Arrington documents that Peter, Alston, Ned, Cary, Sofia, Frederick, George, Ruthe, Delsy, Arthur, Bob, Dolly, Cherry Ann, Turner, Old Rose, Violet, Charlotte, Isham, and Lary were bequeathed to Samuel L. Williams; Peggy, Harry, Chana, Cromwell, Lary, Carly, Little Peggy, Martha, Mary, Cady and her daughter Martha, Sister, Joseph, Ruinny, Thomas, Kiziah, Alston (alias Shaver), and Anthony were bequeathed to Elizabeth Ann Williams; Ellick, Henry, Dennis, John, Turner, Alford, Daphny, Esther, Susan, Nancy, Mike, Dick, Solon, Merica, Mary, Aasty, Harriet, Hannah, Caroline, and Millny were bequeathed to Archibald Williams. Jerrymiah, Peter, William, and Judy already had been sold by Henry G. Williams.
  • 8 June 1837: the will of Peter Arrington documents that Jenny, Tom, Hardy, Gram, Harriet, Leaive, Luke (blacksmith), Jacob, Amos, William, Lucinda, Sally, Sarah and her children Mariah, Leah, Burton, Henry, and Robert were bequeathed to Barbara Arrington; Abram, Anthony, Jenny, Ian, Murica, Bryant, Silvia, were bequeathed to Mary Arrington; Peter, Solomon, Elbert, Daniel, Mary, Nancy, Terripe(?), Lucy, Frances, Pleasant and her children Key, Andrew, and Penny were bequeathed to Barbara Sandford Arrington; Millny and her child William were bequeathed to Peter Arrington for use by his daughter Mourning Screws; Peggy and Mariah-Willis were bequeathed to Mary T. Drake; Fid(?), a boy, and Mirna, a girl, were bequeathed to Harriet Adeline Drake; Moses was bequeathed to Richard Armstrong Drake; Harriet and Celia were bequeathed to the children of Elizabeth Cooper (Thomas J. A. Cooper, William Cooper, George Cooper, Nirvana Cooper, and Nancy Barin); Tilley, Jack, Chany, Willis, Polly, George, Malvina, and Arthur (blacksmith) were bequeathed to Arthur, Lewellin, John, Peter, Mary, and Barbara Arrington
  • November 1837: Petition to the Court documenting Tilly, Jack, Chany, Willis, Polly, George, Malvina, Davy (blacksmith), Isham (blacksmith), and Arthur (blacksmith).
  • 15 November 1837: receipt for purchase of Ferry, an enslaved boy of about 12 years of age, by Archibald H. Arrington from Yancy and Jordan
  • 17 November 1838: will of Richard Arrington documenting that the enslaved people would be divided among his wife and children, with the exception of the 5 enslaved people who were in the possession of Richard and Temperance Arrington. None of the enslaved people are named.
  • 8 February 1838: receipt for purchase of Charlotte and her child Tom by Archibald H. Arrington from Samuel L. Arrington.
  • 7 March 1839: Account of Sale of Property of Richard Arrington documents the sale of the following enslaved people: Mariah and Sylvia, a child, were sold to Peter Arrington; Lear was sold to Samuel Arrington; Louisa and her child Alice were sold to Henry G. Williams; Sherwood was sold to W. H. Edwards; and Chany and her children Stepny and Alsy were sold to Ted Battle.

Folder 26

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1840-1849

Folder 27

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1850-1853

Folder 28

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1854 (volume 4)

Folder 29

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1854-1856

Folder 30

Estate accounts of James N. Mann (d. 1853), 1853-1857 (volume 5)

Folder 31

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1856-1857 (volume 6)

Folder 32

Inventory of notes due A. H. Arrington, 1854-1858 (volume 7)

Folder 33

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1857-1858

Folder 34

Birthdates of enslaved people and family members, 1758-1859 (volume 8)

Occasionally includes death dates and dates of when enslaved people were purchased by the Arringtons.

Folder 35

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1859

Folder 36

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1860

Folder 37

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1861-1862

Folder 38

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1846-1865 (volume 9)

Folder 39

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1855-1865 (volume 10)

Folder 40

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1863-1865

Folder 41

Estate accounts of Barbara Arrington (d. circa 1847), 1847-1868 (volume 11)

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About 315 items.

Laborer contracts and accounts with freed people; general orders of the Second Military District, North Carolina and South Carolina, to local county officials; state and local election returns for 1868; cotton accounts; insurance papers; and documents, 1872-1882, relating to the settlement of A .H. Arrington's estate. Volumes 12-17 are laborers' accounts; Volumes 18 and 19 include information on the settlement of A. H. Arrington's estate; and Volume 20 includes the sheriff accounts of J. P. Arrington.

Folder 42

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1866

Folder 43

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1867

Folder 44

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1868

Folder 45

Laborer accounts, 1868 (volume 12)

Folder 46

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1869

Folder 47

Laborer accounts, 1869 (volumes 13-14)

Folder 48

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1870

Folder 49

Laborer accounts, 1871 (volume 15)

Folder 50

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1871-1873

Folder 51

Laborer accounts, 1872 (volume 16)

Folder 52

Laborer accounts, 1874 (volume 17)

Folder 53

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1872-1875 (volume 18)

Includes settlement of A. H. Arrington estate.

Folder 54

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1872-1880 (volume 19)

Includes settlement of A. H. Arrington estate.

Folder 55

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1873-1880

Folder 56

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1872-1882

Folder 57

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1883-1895 (volume 20)

Includes sheriff accounts of J. P. Arrington.

Folder 58

Financial and legal papers for North Carolina and surrounding states, 1881-1897, 1909

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About 450 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

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About 295 items.

Chiefly papers relating to Arrington's agricultural and business pursuits in Montgomery County, Ala. Records documenting enslaved and freed people include provisions accounts, bills of sale, hiring out contracts, and labor contracts for freed people. Other materials are receipts for cotton sales; accounts with merchants; overseer contracts; promissory notes and records of notes due; mercantile records; and miscellaneous receipts for physician's services, educational tuition, tools, transportation, blacksmith work, and other goods and services.

Folder 59

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1840-1851

Slavery era records include:

  • 26 January 1846: contract in which A. H. Arrington hired out Willis, an enslaved boy, to Willoughby S. Williamson in Montgomery, Ala.
  • 26 January 1846: contract in which A. H. Arrington hired out Chany, an enslaved woman, to Francis Pharoah in Montgomery, Ala.

Folder 60

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1852-1856

Folder 61

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1857-1859

Slavery era records include:

  • 3 February 1856: Receipt for purchase of Sarah, about 23 years old, by A. H. Arrington from Joseph S. Foster in Montgomery County, Ala.
  • 9 February 1859: Receipt for purchase of Virginia, 16 years old, by A. H. Arrington from Thomas A. Orn in Montgomery County, Ala.

Folder 62

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1860

Folder 63

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1861-1865

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About 145 items.

Laborer contracts and accounts with freed people, cotton accounts, merchant accounts, and miscellaneous receipts. Volume 21 contains laborer accounts.

Folder 64

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1866

Folder 65

Laborer accounts, 1866-1867 (volume 21)

Folder 66

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, 1867-1868

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11 items.

Miscellaneous accounts and receipts.

Folder 67

Financial and legal papers for Alabama and other old southwest states, Undated

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