Collection Number: 05783-z

Collection Title: George Wesley Johnson Farm Journal, 1853-1866

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Abstract Farm journal, 1853-1866, kept by George Wesley Johnson, a white merchant, postmaster, farmer, landowner, and enslaver in Davie County, North Carolina. The journal primarily documents daily farm operations, including what he planted, the methods he used, and the crops he yielded, as well as observations he made about the weather. Johnson also described his family life, business relationships, and his community. Other topics include the purchase of an enslaved person in 1857; the recovery of a lost enslaved boy who had nearly frozen to death; the start of the Civil War and the impact of inflation and other wartime conditions; building a house; and travel to Philadelphia, Pa.
Creator Johnson, George Wesley, active 1853-1866.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 George Wesley Johnson Farm Journal #05783, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William G. Johnson Jr. in January 2019 (Acc. 103539).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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George Wesley Johnson of Davie County, North Carolina, was a merchant, postmaster, and farmer; he owned land and at one point enslaved 39 people. His son, Francis Marion Johnson, was a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and also served in the Confederate Army.

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Farm journal, 1853-1866, kept by George Wesley Johnson, who was a white merchant, postmaster, farmer, landowner, and enslaver in Davie County, North Carolina. The journal primarily documents daily farm operations, including what he planted, the methods he used, and the crops he yielded, as well as observations he made about the weather. Johnson also described his family life, business relationships, and his community. Other topics include the purchase of an enslaved person in 1857; the recovery of a lost enslaved boy who had nearly frozen to death; the start of the Civil War and the impact of inflation and other wartime conditions; building a house; and travel to Philadelphia, Pa.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Chaitra Powell and Nancy Kaiser, February 2019

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, February 2019

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