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Collection Number: 05503

Collection Title: Clegg Family Papers, circa 1840s-1920s

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract The collection of the white Clegg family of Moore, Chatham, and Forsyth Counties, N.C., contains account ledgers and time books for the family's farms, mercantile businesses, and gold and mineral mines; scattered financial documents, many in poor condition; documents from the mid-1870s pertaining to the establishment of a Moore County, N.C., chapter of the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry; copies of an 1890s political newsletter titled "The Shooting Stick"; correspondence received by Marie Clegg in the late 1890s; and William Russell Clegg's University of North Carolina law school notebooks from circa 1905. Clegg family members represented in the collection include Isaac N. Clegg (1823-1864), Thomas J. Clegg (1828-1862), and William Baxter Clegg (1834-1912). Several of the ledgers and time books have entries for enslaved people and formerly enslaved people, usually listed with only a first name. Also included is a copy of a January 1865 letter addressed to a colonel in the Confederate States of America Army explaining why a man enslaved by William Baxter Clegg could not be conscripted to work on fortifications near Wilmington, N.C. Acquired as part of the Southern Historical Collection.
Creator Clegg (Family : Moore County, N.C.)
Language English
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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 Clegg Family Papers #05503, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Russell Clegg in August 2011 (Acc. 101479).
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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Clegg family members represented in the collection include brothers Isaac N. Clegg (1823-1864), Thomas J. Clegg (1828-1862), and William Baxter Clegg (1834-1912). The brothers owned farms and mercantile stores and other businesses in Chatham, Forsyth, and Moore Counties, N.C.

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This summary description was created in June 2019 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Laura Hart

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