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Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923

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099. Kate Ferguson to F.R. Barker -- January 11th (ca. 1864)
099. Kate Ferguson to F.R. Barker -- January 11th (ca. 1864) Kate Ferguson, wife of Samuel Wragg Ferguson, writes to her husband's godmother. This undated letter was apparently written after Samuel Ferguson's promotion to brigadier general in the Confederate army. She relates how "Ferguson's command is now resting from his last terrible raid" and that "Capt Nugent and William Barker have not yet returned from Deer Creek." 4p.
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338. Lease between R.W. Disher and James B. Heyward -- May 21, 1885
338. Lease between R.W. Disher and James B. Heyward -- May 21, 1885 Lease agreement between R.W. Disher and James B. Heyward for unknown property in Summerville, South Carolina. 3p.
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155. Ledger for Vernizobre Bank Construction ca. 1860
155. Ledger for Vernizobre Bank Construction ca. 1860 Ledger for Vernizobre Bank construction (bank termed as a repair to a river) ca. 1860, including entries dated 1859. Ledger itemizes expenses associated with the building of Vernizobre bank and includes payments to various landowners for use of their slave hands and carts. 4p.
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321. Legal complaint between William C. Bee and Godfrey Blake -- 1871
321. Legal complaint between William C. Bee and Godfrey Blake -- 1871 Legal complaint between William C. Bee and Godfrey Blake concerning the adjudication of several large tracts of lands bequeathed by Charles Heyward. 9p.
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336. Legal Release to James B. Heyward -- June 18, 1884
336. Legal Release to James B. Heyward -- June 18, 1884 Legal release from William Henry Heyward & Esther Heyward to James B. Heyward. This document grants the title and rights to certain properties of Esther Heyward to James B. Heyward in exchange for property bequeathed to William and Esther by their grandfather. This document is apparently a renewal of an earlier release signed by all parties that was lost during the war. 5p.
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272. Agreement between Thomas B. Ferguson and Freedmen -- February 20, 1866
272. Agreement between Thomas B. Ferguson and Freedmen -- February 20, 1866 Lengthy contractual agreement between Thomas B. Ferguson and the freedmen and women workers at Dean Hall Plantation. The contract, approved by the Freedmen's Bureau, outlines the conditions of employment for the freedmen including, "comfortable quarters" and one acre of land, monetary penalties for unexcused absences, ten hour work days, and rules concerning tools, work animals and plantation upkeep. One term in the contract, crossed out, specified that the freedmen were to receive one-half of the entire crop though it was amended later to one-third. 4p.
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350. Mrs. Thomas Fuller to cousin -- n.d.
350. Mrs. Thomas Fuller to cousin -- n.d. Letter from a Mrs. Thomas Fuller thanking an unnamed cousin for her condolences on the death of her daughter. 2p.
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309. Letter from Freedmen's Bureau to Thomas B. Ferguson -- November 7, 1866
309. Letter from Freedmen's Bureau to Thomas B. Ferguson -- November 7, 1866 Letter from A. E. Niles of the Freedmen's Bureau to Thomas B. Ferguson at Dean Hall Plantation affirming the dismissal of a freedmen laborer from Ferguson's employ. 1p.
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281. A. J. Samson to James B. Heyward -- March 10, 1866
281. A. J. Samson to James B. Heyward -- March 10, 1866 Letter from A. J. Samson to James B. Heyward notifying him that he has been elected an honorary member of the newly formed association of Charleston area survivors of the 1st regiment of South Carolina Volunteers. The association aims to help comrades still suffering from the war and to preserve the regiment's history. 1p.
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296. A.L. Gillespie to Thomas B. Ferguson -- May 29, 1866
296. A.L. Gillespie to Thomas B. Ferguson -- May 29, 1866 Letter from A.L. Gillespie to Thomas B. Ferguson informing him he is sending three freedmen and supplies to Dean Hall. 3p.
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195. A.M. Jones to James B. Heyward -- June 10, 1863
195. A.M. Jones to James B. Heyward -- June 10, 1863 Letter from A.M. Jones to James B. Heyward requesting employment as an overseer of Myrtle Grove Plantation. Jones writes "we are enveloped in a most distructive (sic) dreadfull war without any reasonable knowledge of the end" and he fears that his employers, who run a "mill at Black Creek," are preparing to abandon it. Despite having "no experience as a rice planter," he begs James for employment noting that he has "a little knowledge in the management of negroes." 2p.
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365. Ada Henry to sister Lou -- ca. 1863
365. Ada Henry to sister Lou -- ca. 1863 Letter from Ada Henry to sister Lou concerning friends and family in England and India. The letter is undated, although Henry references the recent death of Stonewall Jackson and the troubles in America. The connection to the Heyward or Ferguson families is unclear. 6p.
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041. Alice Izard Heyward to Henrietta Manigault Heyward -- March 10, 1822
041. Alice Izard Heyward to Henrietta Manigault Heyward -- March 10, 1822 Letter from Alice Izard Heyward to her mother-in-law Henrietta telling her she is sending some flannel via "Capt. Morgan" and is looking forward to a trip to the "Elms." 2p.
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049. Letter to James B. Heyward -- December 9, 1834 (sender unknown)
049. Letter to James B. Heyward -- December 9, 1834 (sender unknown) Letter from an unknown sender in "Rose Hill" to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. The letter writer mentions several mutual friends and family and informs James of weddings and social events in Beaufort and Charleston. The writer also mentions James' grandfather's trips to attend to plantation affairs in Pon Pon, a new house being built along the Ashepoo and other trips to Hilton Head and "Hunting Islands." 4p.
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057. Letter to James B. Heyward -- June 4, 1835 (sender unknown)
057. Letter to James B. Heyward -- June 4, 1835 (sender unknown) Letter from an unknown sender in Charleston to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. The letter writer informs James of the news of family and friends including many well-known Charleston families. She also mentions a devastating fire that recently occurred that burned through parts of Meeting, East Bay, Market, Pinckney, Hasell and Guignard streets writing "it is really gloomy to ride in that part of the Town now for the last winter's fire meets this one just at the Market." 4p.
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056. Letter to James B. Heyward -- April 27, 1835 (sender unknown)
056. Letter to James B. Heyward -- April 27, 1835 (sender unknown) Letter from an unknown sender in Rose Hill to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. The writer provides rich details on the news of scores of friends and family. 4p.
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051. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- January 21, 1835
051. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- January 21, 1835 Letter from Aunt "Elzh" at "Rose Hill" to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. His aunt writes about the family, how ice has destroyed their avenue of oaks, and comments on how the legislature in Columbia is attempting to make the college there the only one in the state and turn Charleston College into a preparatory school. 4p.
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053. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- February 27, 1835 (sender unknown)
053. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- February 27, 1835 (sender unknown) Letter from Aunt "Elzh" at "Rose Hill" to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. In addition to updating James on family news, the writer comments on the historic low temperatures of the winter, the destruction of St. Philips Church in Charleston due to fire, and the presence of elephants and other "Beasts" in town, presumably overwintering circus animals. 4p.
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061. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- September 19, 1835
061. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- September 19, 1835 Letter from Aunt "Elzh" in Charleston to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. She write James that the health of his grandmother has forced her to take a trip upstate to Flat Rock and that his brother Nat met her in Columbia via "the RailRoad as far as Branchville, and then took his Horse and went on." She writes of family members and friends travelling in Europe and that "Strangers fever is rather more prevalent than some years back...owing to...so many cellars being left open, and water collecting in them." 4p.
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059. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- July 31, 1835
059. Aunt to James B. Heyward -- July 31, 1835 Letter from Aunt (?) "Elzh" in Charleston to James B. Heyward in Cambridge, Mass. "Elzh" catches James up on all the news of friends and family in Charleston, Beaufort and elsewhere and mentions a new law passed by the Legislature "preventing coloured People from teaching." 4p.
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