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James R. J. Cochran papers

Identifier: MS0299

Scope and Contents

This collection is primarily composed of financial records of James R.J. Cochran of Concord, North Carolina. The billheads from a variety of local merchants provide documentation regarding the types of businesses which operated in Concord and Cabarrus County in the late nineteenth century. They document the services available to local residents and tax rates of the time. One letter from J.B. Nelson in Atlanta, Georgia describes an upcoming lynching in 1891.


  • Creation: 1843 - 1899


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Though the papers in this collection concern primarily the Cochran family of eastern Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties in North Carolina, we do not know a great deal about this family. The papers in this collection indicate that J.R.J. was actually James R.J. Cochran. The chattel mortgages in a related collection (Mss 423, the Cochran family papers) indicate that the Cochrans were farmers and that they raised cotton, corn and wheat. Other members of the Cochran family are J.R. Cochran, R.J. Cochran, J.R.J. Cochran, John R. Cochran, and J.B. Cochran. Because of the nature of the records in this collection, we cannot be certain what the relationships were between them, though they must have been closely related. ---------------------- Sources:The Cochran Family Papers, 1823-1889, Mss 423, UNC Charlotte Library. The James R.J. Cochran Papers, 1818-1908, Mss 299, UNC Charlotte Library.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Financial records of a resident of Cabarrus County, N.C. Contains decorative bill heads from local merchants, including Odell Curtis & Co., Dove & Bost Dealers, Miss Nannie Alexander, Cannons & Fetzer, and D.P. Dayvault. Also includes a letter from J.B. Nelson regarding lynchings in Atlanta, Georgia in 1891.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Tony Crumbley, 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Jean Moats and James Kusik, 2003.

James R. J. Cochran papers
James Kusik
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Repository Details

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

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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