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|Abstract||The Hargrave family were white immigrants from England who moved first to Virginia in 1635 and eventually settled in Guilford County and Davidson County, N.C. The collection includes bills, receipts, and a list, 1824-1866, that document people enslaved by the Hargraves and freedmen who became tenant farmers; financial materials, 1787-1921, including deeds for plantation land near Lexington, Davidson County, N.C., and routine bills and receipts; and letters, 1839-1918, some from family friends, one of whom moved to Texas; another who had witnessed Zachary Taylor's 1850 funeral in Washington, D.C., and wrote about the political climate in the capital; and another who was serving with American forces in France during World War I. Also included is an 1899 catalog from the Premo Camera Company and several photographs of the 1899 harvest at the Hargrave farm.|
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The white Hargrave family emigrated from England to Virginia in 1635, eventually moving to Guilford County, N.C., where Jesse Hargrave was born in 1777. In 1804, he moved to what is now Davidson County, N.C.. He became a very successful merchant and purchased land that stretched from the town limits south to the Yadkin River, as well as land along what would become Main Street in Lexington.
In 1822, Jesse Hargrave worked to establish the county of Davidson and was elected, with William Bodenhamer, to represent the county in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In this position, the two representatives and Senator Alexander Cladcleugh sponsored legislation to make Lexington the center of the county and the county seat of government. Jesse Hargrave, Benjamin Rouseville, and Alexander Caldcleugh sold 25 acres to the state for the sum of fifty cents to serve as the site for the county courthouse.
Jesse Hargrave and his wife Elizabeth Jane Lindsay had seven children: Robert L., Samuel, Alfred, John, Franklin, Jesse Hamilton, and Susan. Samuel and Alfred both served in the North Carolina state legislature. Jesse Hamilton Hargrave managed to keep his property through the American Civil War.Back to Top
The Hargrave family were white immigrants from England who moved first to Virginia in 1635 and eventually settled in Guilford County and Davidson County, N.C. The collection includes bills, receipts, and a list, 1824-1866, that document people enslaved by the Hargraves and freedmen who became tenant farmers; financial materials, 1787-1921, including deeds for plantation land near Lexington, Davidson County, N.C., and routine bills and receipts; and letters, 1839-1918, some from family friends, one of whom moved to Texas; another who had witnessed Zachary Taylor's 1850 funeral in Washington, D.C., and wrote about the political climate in the capital; and another who was serving with American forces in France during World War I. Also included is an 1899 catalog from the Premo Camera Company and several photographs of the 1899 harvest at the Hargrave farm.Back to Top
This series includes letters to Henry C. Clark to Jesse Hamilton Hargrave. Clark was particularly interested in the political climate regarding enslavement of people. One of the longest letters describes Clark's presence in Washington, D.C., during President Taylor's funeral in 1850. He described the prevailing attitude about Taylor's presidency and the political situation that developed after his death. Also included are letters from George Smith, a friend who moved to Texas. Smith asked Hargrave to take care of various business matters for him in North Carolina and described his environment in Texas. He described Texas as an excellent place to earn money. However, in 1849, Smith wrote that he was headed for California to find gold. Another member of the Hargrave family received a letter, 1918, from Archie Worsitt, an American soldier on the front lines in World War I who recorded his impressions of France.
Deeds and receipts relating to the financial matters of the Hargrave family. Deeds are for plantation land in Davidson County, N.C., near Lexington, N.C. Receipts are for various items including tuition at Greensboro Female College for T. Hargrave, periodical subscriptions to Graham's Magazine and The Weekly N.C. Standard, medical bills, groceries, taxes, and other items.
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People enslaved by the Hargrave family are documented in financial and legal papers. Included are a summons from a Davidson County, N.C., court for ruling on a court matter involving enslavement of an individual named Tom; an 1847 quit claim conveyance of rights relating to an enslaved girl; a bill of sale for an enslaved person; an 1848 list of 34 enslaved people sold by Jesse Hamilton Hargrave under power of attorney for Mary W. Hargrave; an 1853 printed receipt documenting Mack, an individual enslaved by Jesse Hargrave who was hired out to James D. Eckles and Francis Pace; an 1856 receipt for the purchase of an enslaved person; and an 1858 receipt for three enslaved people. Also included is an agreement dated 1866 between formerly enslaved people and Jesse Hamilton Hargrave that these freedmen would work as tenant farmers on the plantation in return for one-fifth of their crop.
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The catalog of the Premo Camera Company of Rochester, N.Y., including all their cameras, lenses, films, and accessories.
Photographs of harvesting at the Hargrave Farm in Lexington, N.C.
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Processed by: Jennifer Rawlings, July 1998
Encoded by: Jennifer Rawlings, July 1998
Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009
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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