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Kellogg Family Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-085

Scope and Contents

This collection contains receipts, letters, and documents dating from 1820-1834 of the Kellogg family in Wilmington, N.C. Material largely relates to the estate of Joseph Kellogg (1772-1826) and subsequent inventory of personal effects and papers following his death in 1826. Noted names include William Meares, lawyer William H. Halsey, and additional family members, including Kellogg's siblings, William and Robbins, and his children, William and Francine. Kellogg was an enslaver who lists the names of at least two enslaved women in his will, Peggy and Minerva, with whom he had his two children.


  • Creation: 1820-1834

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This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Joseph Kellogg was born on January 20, 1772 in New York. He was a wealthy landowner and enslaver who lived and worked in Wilmington, North Carolina during the late 1700s-early 1800s. He enslaved at least two Black women, one named Peggy and the other Minerva (possible last name Gardner, 1787-1870). Kellogg had a child with each of them: William Kellogg from Peggy, and Francine Kellogg from Minerva. Kellogg died at age 54 on July 17, 1826. He is buried in the St. James Church graveyard in Wilmington. It's believed Minerva was buried in Pine Forest Cemetery, also in Wilmington.


1 Container (Contains 1 document box.)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in 1989.

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Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository