Collection Number: 05646-z

Collection Title: McArthur Family Papers, 1779-1883

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Size About 30 items
Abstract The McArthur family of Richmond County, N.C., were white farmers who enslaved people, including Sook (Sucky), Frank, Effy, William, Caleb, Sarah, John, Harriet, Archy, Peter, and Caty. The collection consists of wills, petitions, land deeds, surveys, and other records, 1779-1883, that document the legal and financial relationships of the McArthurs, the people they enslaved, and members of the Graham family.
Creator McArthur (Family : Richmond County, N.C.)
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 McArthur Family Papers #05646-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Elizabeth and Mary McArthur in August 2015 (Acc. 102305).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The McArthur family were white farmers in Richmond County, N.C., who enslaved people, including Sook (Sucky), Frank, Effy, William, Caleb, Sarah, John, Harriet, Archy, Peter, and Caty. White family members included Colin McArthur and Catharine McLucas McArthur, daughter of Archibald McLucas. They had four sons, Peter McArthur, Hugh McArthur, Samuel McArthur, and Colin McArthur; daughters, Catharine Douglas, Mary Hasty, and Sarah; and several grandchildren Nancy Fairly, Catharine Fairly, Elizabeth Hasty, Samuel Hasty, Colin McArthur Jr. and Sarah McArthur. John Graham of Richmond County, N.C., had at least two sons, John Graham and Peter Graham.

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The McArthur family of Richmond County, N.C., were white farmers who enslaved people, including Sook (Sucky), Frank, Effy, William, Caleb, Sarah, John, Harriet, Archy, Peter, and Caty. The collection consists of wills, petitions, land deeds, surveys, and other records, 1779-1883, that document the legal and financial relationships of the McArthurs, the people they enslaved, and members of the Graham family.

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

The McArthur family of Richmond County, N.C., were white farmers who enslaved people, including Sook (Sucky), Frank, Effy, William, Caleb, Sarah, John, Harriet, Archy, Peter, and Caty. The collection consists of wills, petitions, land deeds, surveys, and other records, 1779-1883, that document the legal and financial relationships of the McArthurs, the people they enslaved, and members of the Graham family.

Folder 1

1779-1834 #05646-z, Series: "McArthur Family Papers, 1779-1883." Folder 1

Survey report for George Graham by Edm. Lilly, 1779, 1785; land deed of Lott Strickland to George Grimes, 1784; land deed, Colin McArthur, 1792; land deed, George Graham, 1794; land deed of George Graham to George Graham Jr., 1796 (2); survey report for A. McLucas by Welch, 1817; will, Colin McArthur, 1811, 1827, in which he bequeathed Sook (Sucky?), a girl enslaved by him, to his wife Catherine; deed, George Graham to John Graham, 1831 (2); deed, George Graham to Peter Graham, 1831 (2); deed, John Graham to Peter Graham, 1833; will, Catharine McLucas McArthur, 1834, in which she bequeathed to her heirs the people she enslaved: Frank, Effy, Sucky (Sook?), William, Caleb, Sarah, John, Harriet, Archy, Peter, Caty, and the firstborn child of Caty, upon reaching 12 months of age.

Folder 2

1841-1883 #05646-z, Series: "McArthur Family Papers, 1779-1883." Folder 2

Land deed, Colin McArthur, 1841; land deed, Colin McArthur, 1845; list of property sold by estate of John Hasty, 1842; petition of Christian Shaw for dower, against other Shaw family members, 1843-1844; plat of land owned by Colin McArthur, 1854; deed, John Fairly to Charles Patterson, 1860, 1883; sale of land, Nancy Cox to Colin McArthur, 1879, 1898; land deed, L.W. McLaurin to Colin S. McArthur, 1882; land deeds, Peter McRae, 1883 (2).

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05646/1

1780-1794 #05646-z, Series: "McArthur Family Papers, 1779-1883." OPF-05646/1

Land deed, State of North Carolina, no. 381, Lott Strickling, 1780; State of North Carolina, no. 98, George Graham, 1787; survey report for George Graham by Matthew Covington, 1793; land deed, state of North Carolina, no. 749, Archibald Lucas, 1794.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05646/2

1794-1808, undated #05646-z, Series: "McArthur Family Papers, 1779-1883." OPF-05646/2

Deed, State of North Carolina, no. 600, Duncan McFarlin, 1794; deed, State of North Carolina, no. 897, George Graham, 1797; land deed, state of North Carolina, no. 1137, Colin McArthur, 1798-1799; land deed, State of North Carolina, No. 1491, George Graham, 1808; land deed, State of North Carolina, no. 672, George Graham, undated.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2017

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, January 2017

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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