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Pleasant Pickett Papers

Title: Pleasant Pickett Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1819-1933
Extent of Materials: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Location: Shelf #31
Date of Accession: Fall 2011
Donor: Materials were discovered in the attic of a garage slated for demolition on Summit Street, Durham, NC.  They were donated to the North Carolina Collection by realtor Faye Broadwater.
Processor: Lori Neumeier
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Scope and Content: The Pleasant Pickett Papers (1819-1933) consists largely of Pickett family financial records, including state tax receipts, receipts of purchased goods, and doctors’ receipts.   Also included are photographs, records documenting significant family events, and miscellaneous published texts that either belonged to Pickett family members or were published by a North Carolina organization.  Records pertain to Pleasant Pickett, as well as to his wife Mary Pickett (née Marcom or Markham), his son Alphonzo Pickett, and Alphonzo’s wife Cora Pickett (née Vickers).  Of particular interest are a doctor’s receipt signed by B. L. Durham, a notice of sale of Henry Pickett’s slaves, and a notice confirming Pleasant’s enlistment into the volunteer company at Prattsburg, NC, also signed by B. L. Durham.
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Biographical / Historical Note: Pleasant Pickett (1823-1864) was an early Durham resident and soldier in the Confederate Army after joining the volunteer militia at Prattsburg.  While serving with the 8th Battalion, Company C, he died of disease in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Materials in this collection pertain to him and to his immediate family, chiefly his wife Mary (née Marcom or Markham, 1830-1912) and his son Alphonso (1857-1927).  Also within this collection are records of Pleasant’s father Henry Pickett (1795-1856), Alphonso’s wife Cora (née Vickers, 1867-1918), their son Shelley (1899-1976), and Shelley’s daughter Nannie Mae (1925-?).
Organization of Collection: Materials are organized by subject.  Within folders, contents are arranged chronologically.
Container List: Box 1
1. Pickett Family Documents, 1851-1855
Includes notice of sale of Henry Pickett’s slaves and notice of Pleasant Pickett’s entry into a volunteer militia at Prattsburg
2. Tax receipts, 1851-1855
State tax receipts of Pleasant, Mary, and Alphonso Pickett
3. Medical bills, 1851-1859
Includes receipt of service by B. L. Durham.
4. Receipts of purchase, 1855-1926
Includes transactions with many of Durham’s early businesses
5. Life insurance materials, 1900-1933
6. Miscellaneous financial material, 1819-1888, undated
Includes promissory notes, ledgers, and budgets
7. Funeral material, undated
Includes guest book and cards that accompanied gifts of flowers.  Name of deceased not given.
8. Calling cards, undated
Alphonso Pickett’s calling cards, among others
9. Published texts, 1855-1936, undated
Includes primer belonging to Shelley Pickett, small book given to Nannie Mae Pickett, dictionary, and religious materials printed by North Carolina church
10. Photographs