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Peoples Family Papers

Identifier: MS0575

Scope and Contents

This collection contains items created by Richard Peoples (1790-1870), his siblings, children and grandchildren and neighbors in Providence Township. The material was created in Peoples' capacity as a plantation owner, postmaster, general store owner and community banker. There is a large assortment of deeds and payment receipts from neighbors and relatives in Providence Township and particularly Hemphill's Store. There are several handwritten letters that were received at the Hemphill's Store post office as well as some that were written to Peoples by friends and relatives. There are also several lists of goods bought at stores in Peoples' neighborhood and subscription payments for newspapers such as the Mecklenburg Jeffersonian and Western Democrat. The collection contains a poem about the Mecklenburg Volunteers in the Mexican-American War and payments made by citizens of the county for their support. Finally, there are several pages of insurance payments to the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, which was located in Raleigh and operated from 1849 until it collapsed at the end of the Civil War. Some of the insurance policies in this collection may have been taken out on slaves due to the cost of the premiums, however, this cannot be said for certain. Some of the family names found in this collection are: Peoples, Hunter, Rea, Alexander, McLaughlin, Harris, Black, Sharpe, Kirkpatrick, Springs, Hood, Grier and Wallace.


  • 1800s

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The Peoples Family papers are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Peoples family of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina originated with John Peoples (1765-1829) who was born in Virginia and migrated south to the Hopewell district of Mecklenburg County as a young man. John married Hannah Stinson and had 6 children, one of which was Richard Peoples (1790-1870), who created most of the material in this collection. Richard moved to Providence township and built a two-story log house held together with wooden pegs along McAlpine's Creek. He was very active in his community, where he served as Postmaster at Hemphill's Store for nearly 30 years between 1829 and 1858 and was also an Elder at Sardis ARP Church. Peoples was a cabinetmaker and made all types of furniture including cupboards, wash stands and tables. He also operated a general store beside the Providence-Waxhaw Road and served as a Justice of the Peace and a banker in his community. Richard married Jane Harris (daughter of Hugh Harris and Martha Robison) and had a large family of 10 children, two of whom (Matthew Henry Peoples and Isaac Newton Peoples) were killed during the Civil War. The youngest of Richard and Jane's children was Richard Ramsey Peoples (1841-1922), who inherited his father's plantation and home on McAlpine Creek. Richard Ramsey Peoples was a Confederate soldier and served on the Board of Elders for Sardis ARP Church for over fifty years. He was married three times and had five children with his second wife, Margaret Montgomery, the second of which was James McDill Peoples (1873-1939), who inherited the family plantation upon his father's death. James worked as a farmer on his family's land and attended Sardis ARP Church, as his family had done for years. The old Peoples home burned in 1930 but many of the documents were saved.


1.25 Linear Feet


Papers documenting the Peoples family of Providence Township in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina with a particular focus on material generated by Richard Peoples (1790-1870). Contains deeds, purchase lists, estate appraisals, letters, subscriptions, obituaries, newspaper articles and genealogical materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Emma Peoples Smith, 2018.

Related Materials

Alexander and Ramsey Families Papers (MS 162), Alexander Family Papers (MS 30), John B. Alexander Papers (MS 218), M.A. Alexander Civil and Criminal Docket Books (MS 555), William Tasse Alexander Papers (MS 256), Arthur and Farrar Families Papers (MS 65), Banks Family Papers (MS 164), Rufus Clay Barringer Papers (MS 223), Caldwell and Davidson Family Papers (MS 208), Carpenter Family Papers (MS 282), Cochran Family Papers (MS 223), Davidson Family Papers (MS 188), James H. Evans Papers (MS 444), Nicholas Biddle Gibbon Papers (MS 78), Irwin Family Papers (MS 359), Jetton Family Papers (MS 366), Knox Family Papers (MS 403), McCoy Family Papers (MS 409), Mecklenburg and Lincoln County Land Records (MS 28), John L. Morehead Papers Concerning Land Transactions (MS 90), Patterson Family Papers (MS 341), Pharr and Walker Families Papers (MS 197), J. Walter Potts Family Papers (MS 402), Rankin Family Papers (MS 365), Springs Family Papers (MS 73), Sarah Young Papers (MS 14)

Processing Information

The collection was processed in 2018 by Andrew Pack.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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