Inventory of the William K. Perrin Papers 1820-1858, 1732-1902 Perrin, William K., Papers, 1732-1902 Mss. 95 P42

Inventory of the William K. Perrin 1820-1858, 1732-1902

A Collection in the
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Collection Number Mss. 95 P42


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Repository
Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
Collection number
Mss. 95 P42
Title
William K. Perrin Papers, 1820-1858, 1732-1902.
Extent
ca. 200 items.
Creators
Nicolson family, Perrin family, Wyndham Kemp, Robert W. Nicolson, Sarah T. Nicolson, William K. Perrin.
Language
English
Abstract
Business papers, legal papers, and accounts of William K. Perrin and his family, including items concerning the hiring out and management of slaves.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

William K. Perrin Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Gift: Acc. No. 1995-18; ca. 200 items, 4/17/1995.


Biographical/Historical Information

William K. Perrin was the son of John and Elizabeth Carter Perrin. In 1833, he married Mrs. Sarah T. Nicolson, daughter of Ralph Wormeley of Middlesex County, Virginia and widow of George D. Nicolson. (Their children were Robert W., George Lewellyn, Andrew T. and James Monroe Nicolson.) The children of William K. Perrin and Sarah T. Nicolson were William Kennon Perrin (1834-1904) and John Tayloe Perrin (b. 1836).

Wyndham Kemp was married to Ann L. Perrin, a daughter of William K. Perrin. She was deceased by 1854. Their children were Perrin Kemp, Wyndham Kemp and Emily Kemp who married Peyton N. Page.

Scope and Content Information

Business letters, 1833-1839, to Major William K. Perrin and 1855, 1860, to his son-in-law Wyndham Kemp, both of Gloucester County, Virginia from Perrin's step-son Robert W. Nicolson in Uniontown, Perry County, Alabama, about the management of a cotton plantation. Letters mention purchasing land, growing and selling cotton management of slaves, legal and banking matters and uprising of the Creek Indians.

Papers, 1800-1855 and n.d., relating to the hiring out and management of slaves of Gloucester County, Virginia by William K. Perrin. Legal papers, 1723-1895, n.d., include indentures, agreements, and lists of debts of William K. Perrin, George D. Nicolson, Sarah T. Nicolson, and descendants of William K. Perrin. Also accounts and receipts, 1806-1902, n.d.

Arrangement

Organization

This collection is organized into 4 Series. Series 1 contains business papers; Series 2 contains legal papers; Series 3 contains accounts and receipts; Series 4 contains miscellaneous material.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into series which are then arranged chronologically by date.

Related Material

There are four collections that relate to the William K. Perrin Papers and are located in Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

John T. Perrin Papers, 1770-1931. 11 boxes. Collection number: Mss. 65 P42

Perrin Family Bibles Collection, ca. 1740-1938. 3 items. Collection number: Mss. 93 P42

James Monroe Nicolson Manuscript Volumes, 1853-1870. 4 items. Collection number: Mss. 76 N52

James Monroe Nicolson Account Books and Papers, 1802-1852. 38 items. Collection number: Mss. 93 N52

Separated Material


Controlled Access Terms

    Persons:

  • Kemp, Wyndham.
  • Nicolson, Robert W.
  • Subjects:

  • Cotton growing.
  • Creek Indians.
  • Plantations-- Alabama--Perry County.
  • Slavery-- Alabama.
  • Slavery--Virginia.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Gloucester County (Va.)--History--19th century.
  • Perry County (Ala.)--History--19th century.

Components List

Business papers, 1826-1855.
Folder: 1-3
Series 1: Business Papers
  • Folder 1
    Letters, 1826-1839.

    A few letters, 1826-1832, to Mrs. Sarah T. Nicolson, Middlesex, including one dated 21 October 1827, stating the decree for dividing "Rosegill" has been set aside; chiefly letters, 1833-1839, to William K. Perrin of "Goshen," Gloucester County, Virginia from his step-son Robert W. Nicolson, Uniontown, Perry County, Alabama about the management of a cotton plantation.

  • Folder 2
    Letters, 1844-1884.

    A few business letters, 1844-1849, to Major William K. Perrin but chiefly letters, 1855-1860, from Robert Nicolson in Alabama to Wyndham Kemp in Gloucester County, Virginia about his cotton crop.

  • Folder 3
    Papers relating to the hiring of slaves by William K. Perrin in Gloucester County, Virginia, 1800-1855, n.d.

    Included are lists of slaves hired out giving names of slaves, masters' names, and amount of transaction, 1800-1806, n.d., receipts for sale of slaves, 1800-1855, and lists of Negroes at Guinea and Fairfield, 1852.

Legal Papers, 1723-1895, n.d.
Folder: 4-9
Series 2: Legal Papers
  • Folder 4
    Legal papers, 1723-1812.
    Physical Location: See also medium oversize file.

    Indentures, lists of accounts for William, Willis, Louisa, and Eliza Perrin in the name of John W. Perrin, guardian, 1800-1807.

  • Folder 5
    Legal papers, 1820-1829.

    Indentures and receipts of William K. Perrin, George D. Nicolson, and Sarah T. Nicolson.

  • Folder 6
    Legal papers, 1830-1847.

    Includes indentures of Sarah T. Nicolson, widow of George D. Nicolson.

  • Folder 7
    Legal papers, 1850-1865.
    Physical Location: See medium oversize file.

    Includes agreement, list of debts and receipts of William K. Perrin; last will and testament of William K. Perrin, 16 March 1854 and 25 July 1855; and last will and testament of Willis Perrin, 9 April 1865. Also, Presidential pardon and amnesty granted William K. Perrin for having serves in the Confederate Army, 24 August 1865.

  • Folder 8
    Legal papers, 1871-1895.

    Includes indentures and deeds of the descendants of William K. Perrin.

  • Folder 9
    Legal papers, n.d.

    Miscellaneous items.

Accounts and receipts, 1806-1902, n.d.
Box-folder: 10-15
Series 3: Accounts and Receipts
  • Folder 10
    Accounts and receipts, 1806-1837.
    Physical Location: See medium oversize file.

    Accounts and receipts of Sarah T. Nicolson, William K. Perrin, and Robert W. Nicolson.

  • Folder 11
    Accounts and receipts, 1840-1848.

    Accounts and receipts of William K. Perrin, Robert W. Nicolson, and Andrew S. Nicolson.

  • Folder 12
    Accounts and receipts, 1852-1859.
    Physical Location: See medium oversize file.

    Accounts and receipts of William K. Perrin and Andrew S. Nicolson.

  • Folder 13
    Accounts and receipts, 1860-1869.

    Accounts and receipts of Wyndham Kemp, William K. Perrin, and John T. Perrin.

  • Folder 14
    Accounts and receipts, 1870-1902.

    Accounts and receipts of William K. Perrin.

  • Folder 15
    Accounts and receipts, n.d.

    Miscellaneous accounts of Willis Perrin, and John W. Perrin.

Miscellaneous material, n.d.
Box-folder: 16-17
Series 4: Miscellaneous Material
  • Folder 16
    The Shorter Catechism.
  • Folder 17
    Envelopes.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Kemp, Wyndham.
  • Nicolson, Robert W.
  • Robert W. Nicolson,
  • Sarah T. Nicolson,
  • William K. Perrin.
  • Wyndham Kemp,

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Gloucester County (Va.)--History--19th century.
  • Perry County (Ala.)--History--19th century.