Collection Number: 03672-z

Collection Title: Horlbeck Family Book, 1853-1920

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Abstract The Horlbeck family, white South Carolina real estate and business owners in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and throughout Charleston District, owned more than two hundred enslaved people on Boone Hall Plantation. The collection is one volume used chiefly as an inventory of enslaved people and real estate holdings in Charleston District, S.C., 1853-1854. Some of the pages in this volume were used as a child's scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings, circa 1920.
Creator Horlbeck (Family : Charleston, S.C.)
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 Horlbeck Family Book #3672-z, 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
Purchased from Edward C. Fales of New Hampshire in February 1964.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Horlbeck family, white South Carolina real estate and business owners in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and throughout Charleston District, owned more than two hundred enslaved people on Boone Hall Plantation. A brickyard and probably other business enterprises were conducted on the property. Around 1817, brothers John Horlbeck (1776-1837) and Henry Horlbeck (1771-1846) purchased a tract of land known as Boone Hall in Christ Church Parish, Charleston District, S.C. In the mid-1800s, the Boone Hall property was turned over to four of Henry Horlbeck's eleven children: John (1817-1892), Henry (1800-1872), Daniel (1807-1879), and Edward (1809-1893). The property remained in the Horlbeck family until the 1930s. The family also owned a building and architectural business often cited as "H. Horlbeck and and Brothers."

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This collection consists of one volume. Writing appears on 32 of the volume's 516 pages.

The volume was first used by brothers John, Henry, Daniel, and Edward Horlbeck in 1853-1854, chiefly as an inventory of enslaved people and real estate holdings. The following descriptions are of the pages used by the Horlbeck brothers. Pages 13, 27, 61, 65, 81, 85, 89, 91, 93, 95, 99, and 473 were given headings and were set up by the Horlbeck brothers to be used for bookkeeping; only one or two entries, dated 1853 or 1854, appear per page.

Pages 3-4: Inventory of John Horlbeck's assets and liabilities, including lists of real estate held in Charleston and Mount Pleasant and a record of enslaved people held with their monetary value.

Pages 13: "Stock Account."

Pages 19: "Boone Hall."

Pages 37: "Expense Account."

Pages 61: "James Merrill."

Page 95: List of enslaved people.

Pages 99: "Cash."

Pages 368: List of real estate holdings of Henry, Daniel, Edward, and John Horlbeck, 1 January 1854.

Pages 369-379: Inventory of enslaved people held by the Horlbecks, 1 January 1854. About 225 slaves are listed. Names, ages, how acquired, values, and some death dates are noted.

Pages 387: Stocks and accounts of Henry, Daniel, Edward, and John Horlbeck, January 1854.

Pages 399: Profit and loss of the Horlbeck brothers' real estate holdings, January 1854.

Pages 403: Accounts paid and received of John Horlbeck, January 1853-January 1854.

Pages 469: "Inventory of Assets and Liabilities of H Horlbeck and Brothers," 1 January 1854.

Pages 473: "Stock" of Henry Horlbeck and brothers.

Pages 477: "Profit and Loss of Henry Horlbeck and Brothers," 1 January 1854.

Pages 483: List of debits and credits of John Horlbeck, 1 January 1854.

Many pages between 454 and 516 were used as a scrapbook (circa 1920) of baseball cards, pictures, cartoons, and articles cut from magazines and newspapers dealing chiefly with baseball and returning World War I soldiers. No inventory entries appear to be covered by these clippings.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Alice Thomas, April 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Conscious Editing Work by: Dawne Howard Lucas, July 2020. Updated abstract, scope content, biognote, and subject headings.

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