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Nicholas Bryar Massenburg daybook

 Collection
Identifier: MS 374
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The Massenburg daybook covers the years 1852-1861. The daily entries deal primarily with agricultural and weather conditions, and progress reports. Social and personal activities are also noted (marriages, deaths, illnesses, meetings, church sermons, etc.). Sales of land, equipment, and slaves are sometimes noted, as well as prices. There are numerous monthly summaries, and a yearly list of all slaves and overseers at Massenburg’s farms at Woodleaf (bought in 1830) and Egypt. A list of slaves and their ages is at the end of the book. Notations from February 2, 1855 through April 17, 1855 were made by another person as Massenburg was ill with pneumonia.

Dates

  • 1852 - 1861

Creator

Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from this item must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Bryar Massenburg, planter of Franklin County, N.C., owned Woodleaf and Egypt plantations. Massenburg married Lucy Henry Davis in December 1831 and they had nine children who lived to maturity, among them, Lucy Cargill Massenburg.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet ( (1 bound volume))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Nicholas Bryar Massenburg, planter of Franklin County, N.C., owned Woodleaf and Egypt plantations. In this daybook, Massenburg describes weather conditions, social activities, and sales of land and equipment. Yearly lists of slaves, their ages and overseers are also included.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Miss Elizabeth Morford, 1983.
Title
Guide to the Nicholas Bryar Massenburg daybook, 1852-1861
Status
Completed
Date
2008
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA