The first page of a letter to Minnie Mallison of Croatan, N.C from Mary Lansiler of Lizzie, N.C. The letter discusses illnesses, travelling and other family matters. From the Mallison Papers (#30), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
Letter from Freedmen's Bureau, Subdivision of Tarboro, Rocky Mount, N.C., sent to Enos Harrell, charging that Harrell failed to pay proper wages to a Negro servant, Sophia Dunford. Dated 14 January 1866. The Freedmen's Bureau, an important factor in the work of Reconstruction in the South, was charged with the settlement of disputes between Whites and Negroes. From the Enos Harrell Papers (#46), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.
Civil War letter— First page of a military report letter from Brigadier General Roswell S. Ripley to Major J. W. Ratchford. The report recounts the activities of Ripley's brigade in the Seven Days' Battles (Peninsular Campaign, 25 June - 1 July 1862) in which General Robert E. Lee dislodged the Union Army under General McClellan from its positions before Richmond. From the Roswell S. Ripley Paper (#49), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.
Letter from William R. Lane written to William T. Dortch from the War Tax Office, Goldsboro, N.C., on 16 December 1864 appealing for action in the Confederate Senate on an amendment to add a deputy collector to the local tax collector's staff. Dortch was a senator from North Carolina to the Confederate Congress, and previously served as Speaker of the Confederate House of Representatives. From the William R. Lane Paper (#47), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library.
Medieval skeleton bursts out of the ground after tree is ripped up by storm
Archaeologists were stunned when the thousand-year-old skeleton of a young man was found among the roots of a tree ripped from the ground. Storms in September blew over a 215-year old beech tree outside Collooney, Sligo, Ireland, unearthing a human skeleton.
Certificate of Scholarship in Randolph Macon College given to Mr. Luke L. McClammy for paying a sum of two hundred dollars to the trustees. The scholarship conferred the privilege of having all his sons instructed in the schools free from all tuition and charges for room and rent. Dated February 12, 1852. From the Celeste McClammy Logan Collection (#60), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.
Typed copy of the last will and testament of William Skinner of Perquimans County, N.C., dated 15 August 1797. The Skinner family was prominent in eastern North Carolina during the 18th and 19th centuries. Several members of the family served in the General Assembly, and two later brothers represented North Carolina counties in Congress. From the Mr. & Mrs. Philip S. McMullan Collection (#33), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville…
Clipping from unidentified newspaper dated February 1916 concerning Colonel William H. Osborn's record as United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Osborn (1856-1921) was a native of Granville County, N.C., and a prominent businessman in Greensboro, N.C. An interest in politics led him successfully to the mayoralty of Greensboro and later to the office of commissioner of internal revenue. From the William H. Osborn Papers (#41), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner…
This deed, survey and plat, dated 25 September 1799, granting 240 acres of land in Bladen County, North Carolina to Thomas Smith, was signed by North Carolina Governor Richard Dobbs Spaight, who also signed the U. S. Constitution. Spaight (1758–1802) was North Carolina’s 8th governor after American independence. The first native-born American to be elected Governor, he served three one-year terms, 1792–1795. Read more about our collections at the Special Collections Staff Picks blog.
Handwritten copy of a deed from Thomas Ebron and his wife, Sophia, to John Gray Blount, dated June 14, 1810. This deed was written on stationery for Office of Register of Deeds of Beaufort County, NC. Henry N. Blount (1867-1953), a descendant of John Gray Blount, was a member of a prominent Eastern North Carolina family that has served the state since the colonial period. From the Henry N. Blount Papers (#43), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library.