|Scope and content
||Collection reflects the social and economic lives of the Amis, Puryear, and Clark families. Amis family correspondence consists largely of notes and letters concerning the sale of brandy and corn. Receipts record business transactions such as the purchase and sale of horses, lumber, tobacco, iron, and corn. Receipts for medical services include prices and prescriptions for the family and its slaves. Clark family correspondence includes two letters written during the War of 1812 that concern life as a soldier. Other letters concern health-related topics, agricultural concerns, estate matters, and the education of family members. Legal and estate papers consist of receipts for land transactions and taxes, promissory notes, bonds, and lists of outstanding debts. Estate materials contain Clark family genealogical information. Financial papers include accounts and receipts, including receipts concerning slaves. Medical receipts document payments for attending ailing slaves and for treating family maladies. Puryear family papers include land deeds, tax receipts, contracts, and promissory notes. Business material includes receipts for services rendered, papers concerning slaves, and tobacco-related items. Financial papers contain receipts and accounts for personal and household goods, receipts for tuition, and medical receipts for visits, treatments, and medicines.
|Access restriction||No access restrictions.|
||Amis-Clark-Puryear Papers (#474), Special Collections Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
||Gift of Mr. Michael Cable.
|Biographical note||John Puryear owned 63 slaves and 1,214 acres of land along Clark's Creek, Granville County, N.C. Archibald Clark and his family, of Mecklenburg County, Va., owned a considerable amount of land in Granville County, N.C. William Amis, a planter, slave owner, and lawyer, lived in the Abraham Plains district of Granville County. In 1804, he married Elizabeth Puryear.|