Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Nicholas Bryar Massenburg daybook, 1852-1861 MS 374



creator Massenburg, Nicholas Bryar, -1867
Title: Nicholas Bryar Massenburg daybook
Dates: 1852-1861
Abstract: Nicholas Bryar Massenburg, planter of Franklin County, N.C., owned Woodleaf and Egypt plantations. In this daybook, Massenburg describes weather conditions, social activities, and sales of land and equipment. Yearly lists of slaves, their ages and overseers are also included.
Identification: MS 374
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 bound volume)
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Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical Note

Nicholas Bryar Massenburg, planter of Franklin County, N.C., owned Woodleaf and Egypt plantations. Massenburg married Lucy Henry Davis in December 1831 and they had nine children who lived to maturity, among them, Lucy Cargill Massenburg.


Scope and Contents

The Massenburg daybook covers the years 1852-1861. The daily entries deal primarily with agricultural and weather conditions, and progress reports. Social and personal activities are also noted (marriages, deaths, illnesses, meetings, church sermons, etc.). Sales of land, equipment, and slaves are sometimes noted, as well as prices. There are numerous monthly summaries, and a yearly list of all slaves and overseers at Massenburg’s farms at Woodleaf (bought in 1830) and Egypt. A list of slaves and their ages is at the end of the book. Notations from February 2, 1855 through April 17, 1855 were made by another person as Massenburg was ill with pneumonia.


Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from this item must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects
Plantation life
Slavery

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nicholas Bryar Massenburg daybook, 1852-1861, MS 374, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Miss Elizabeth Morford, 1983.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Massenburg daybook

N.B. Massenburg daybook. Ledger book (folio), bound in suede.