||Papers are concerned with the administration of the estate of Willie Belcher. The bulk of the papers are statements and receipts for clothing and educating the Belcher daughters. A number of papers relate to their guardian, Dr. Mercer, and to medical and other expenses involved in caring for the estate, which included a number of slaves. Of particular interest is the large number of items showing the expenses of a "genteel" education for young women of the antebellum period.
|Access restriction||Joyner- No access restrictions.|
||Belcher Family Papers (#67), Special Collections Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
||Joyner- Gift of Mrs. F. B. Everett.
|Biographical note||Willie Belcher was a wealthy planter of Edgecombe County, N.C. He and his wife, Martha Belcher, had two daughters, Mary Jane (Mollie) Belcher and Martha Ann Belcher. After the death of Mrs. Belcher, Dr. John R. Mercer was appointed guardian for the two daughters.|