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Rhinehart Collection of Lower Cape Fear Historical Documents

Identifier: SC-MS-404

Scope and Contents

This collection contains late 18th century and 19th century documents related to areas in and around the Lower Cape Fear region of Southeast North Carolina, including parts of South Carolina. Material includes agreements, indentures, land deeds, bills of sale, and land surveys, the bulk of which focus on Brunswick County and Duplin County and connect to the Bellamy and Hill families.

Early 20th century photographs of the Historic Kenan House in Wilmington, North Carolina and images related to the wedding of heiress and philanthropist Sarah Graham Kenan are included. The collection also contains a sermon, meeting minutes, and early organizational information related to the Baptist State Convention of 1833 and subsequent founding of Wake Forest University.

Notable names on the documents include but are not limited to: William Hill, John Bellame [sic], Dr. John D. Bellamy, Mary E. Bellamy, Captain William Green, and Major General John Ashe; North Carolina Governors Samuel Johnston, Alexander Martin, and David Reid; and noted photographers Bayard Wootten and Theodore C. Marceau.


  • Creation: 1780-1941

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2023 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright. Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical Note

Brief biographical and/or historical notes can be found in the notes section of each individual item, where applicable.


1 Container (Contains 1 oversize box)

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This collection has been arranged in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Jim Rhinehart on February 19, 2007.

Rhinehart Collection of Lower Cape Fear Historical Documents
Nicole Yatsonsky
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository