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Pleasant Pickett family papers

Identifier: NCC-0139

Scope and Contents

The Pleasant Pickett Family 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 with signature of Bartlett Durham signed as B. L. Durham (located in Doctors' receipts folder), 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.


  • 1819 - 1933

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical Information

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-?).


0.5 Linear Foot (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Materials are organized by subject. Within folders, contents are arranged chronologically.

Physical Access Restrictions

Some of our materials are stored offsite. These items are not available for same day access and require advance notice to retrieve. Contact North Carolina Collection staff at to plan your visit.

Custodial History

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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Faye Broadwater

Collection Name

The name of this collection was changed in Summer 2022. Boxes and folders in the collection may be labeled with the previous name, which was Pleasant Pickett Papers. The current title should be used when referring to or citing the collection.

Finding Aid for the Pleasant Pickett Family Papers
Lori Neumeier
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2019 June: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Stephanie Barnwell.
  • Gift Agreement

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States