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William Henry Wills papers, 1712-1892, Halifax and Washington counties, North Carolina : also Florida, Georgia, and Maryland.

Author: William H Wills; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, ©1992.
Series: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series J., Part 12,, Tidewater and Coastal Plains North Carolina ;, reels 41-43.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Manuscript : Microfilm   Archival Material : English
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This collection documents the life of itinerant ministers of the Methodist Protestant Church and church administration between 1840s-1890s, with information on circuit travel, camp meetings, finances, arbitrations and trials, race relations within the church, and local, state, district, and national administration. Other topics include marriage and family life; boarding school life; plantation affairs; general  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
Correspondence
Sources
Diaries
Named Person: William H Wills; William H Wills; Cary Whitaker; Wills family; Whitaker family.
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William H Wills; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
OCLC Number: 259810884
Notes: Title from reel guide.
Accompanied by a printed reel guide.
Description: 3 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.
Series Title: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series J., Part 12,, Tidewater and Coastal Plains North Carolina ;, reels 41-43.

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This collection documents the life of itinerant ministers of the Methodist Protestant Church and church administration between 1840s-1890s, with information on circuit travel, camp meetings, finances, arbitrations and trials, race relations within the church, and local, state, district, and national administration. Other topics include marriage and family life; boarding school life; plantation affairs; general merchants; slavery; politics; Civil War camp life; and women teachers in the postbellum period. There are letters from students at Chowan Female Institute, Warrenton Female College, Baltimore Female College, and the University of North Carolina; from teachers in several locations, including the Oxford Orphan Asylum. Civil War letters are from soldiers in the 2nd, 17th, and 43rd North Carolina regiments, and from a slave who travelled with the 2nd and 43rd regiments. Religious papers include reports, trial documents, sermons, essays (most written by a woman), circuit class books, and marriage licenses. Plantation papers include correspondence and legal and financial materials relating to cotton planters in eastern North Carolina and Florida. There are also a few travel diaries documenting journeys in the antebellum South, and a diary commenting on life in Key West, Miami, and Tampa, Fla. William H. Wills was a general merchant, an itinerant Methodist Protestant minister, and a cotton planter in Halifax County, N.C. His wife was Anna Whitaker Wills (1817-1893), and his children included Reverend Richard H. (1836-1891), George Whitaker (1842-1864), Mary (1848-1941), Lucy (b. 1844), and Edward (b. 1846). Other prominent Wills family members were Dr. Cary Whitaker (1782-1858) of Enfield, N.C., and Jackson County, Fla.

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