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Collection Number: 03241

Collection Title: Mary Jones Arrington Papers, 1707-1955.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 725 items)
Abstract Mary Jones Arrington of Rocky Mount, N.C., taught school in Franklin County, N.C., and was interested in genealogy and local history of Nash County and Edgecombe County, N.C. The collection includes correspondence and collected data of Arrington related to family and local history, including copies of 19th- and 20th-century letters, wills, and Bible records. Families represented include: Arrington, Ballard, Bullock, Bunn, Burt, Clopton, Drake, Hight, Jarratt, Lenoir, Nicholson, Noe, Philips, Sclater, Sims, Swann, Swepson, Thorpe, Vick, and Weston. Also included are copies of 67 letters, 1809-1861, of the Drake family who migrated from North Carolina to various western states, chiefly letters to the family members who settled in Muhlenburg County, Ky., from James Perry Drake (1797-1876), United States land official in Indiana, and Benjamin Michael Drake (1800-1860) Methodist minister and college president in Mississippi. Volumes are mostly notebooks but include minutes of the Rocky Mount Women's Club, 1916-1921.
Creator Arrington, Mary Jones, 1874-1950.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mary Jones Arrington Papers, #3241, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. J. C. Marrow of Tarboro, N.C., February 1960 and September 1965.
Transferred from the Archibald Hunter Arrington Papers, #3240, Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 1960.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Mary Jones Arrington (1874-1950) of Rocky Mount, N.C., was the daughter of John P. Arrington and Maude Phillips Arrington. She was educated at State Normal School at Greensboro, N.C.; taught school in Franklin County, N.C.; and lived in Rocky Mount after her retirement. She was chair of the Nash County Historical Association.

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The collection includes correspondence and collected data of Mary Jones Arrington related to family and local history in Nash and Edgecombe counties, N.C., including copies of 19th- and 20th-century letters, wills, and Bible records. Families represented include: Arrington, Ballard, Bullock, Bunn, Burt, Clopton, Drake, Hight, Jarratt, Lenoir, Nicholson, Noe, Philips, Sclater, Sims, Swann, Swepson, Thorpe, Vick, and Weston. Also included are copies of 67 letters, 1809-1861, of the Drake family who migrated from North Carolina to various western states, chiefly letters to the family members who settled in Muhlenburg County, Ky., from James Perry Drake (1797-1876), United States land official in Indiana, and Benjamin Michael Drake (1800-1860) Methodist minister and college president in Mississippi. Volumes are mostly notebooks but include minutes of the Rocky Mount Women's Club, 1916-1921.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly correspondence of Mary Jones Arrington with widely scattered relatives, genealogists, and researchers, regarding family history, ancestry, and biography. Families represented include: Arrington, Ballard, Bullock, Bunn, Burt, Clopton, Drake, Hight, Jarratt, Lenoir, Nicholson, Noe, Philips, Sclater, Sims, Swann, Swepson, Thorpe, Vick, and Weston. Also included are a few letters addressed to other members of her immediate family concerning family data and papers related to Mary Jones Arrington's involvement in local history organizations.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1895-1920 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1921 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1924-1928 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1929-1930 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1931-1935 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1936 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1937 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1938-1939 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1940-1941 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1942-1943 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1944 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1945-1955 #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated letters #03241, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1895-1955 and undated." Folder 13

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Includes photocopies and typed and manual transcriptions of documents pertaining to Arrington and related family lines, including Bible records, wills, obituary notices, and miscellaneous papers.

Folder 14

1707-1829 #03241, Series: "2. Copies of Family Documents, originals dated 1707-1892." Folder 14

Folder 15

1710-1892 #03241, Series: "2. Copies of Family Documents, originals dated 1707-1892." Folder 15

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Arrangement: by subject.

Items include family histories compiled by Mary Jones Arrington and others, genealogical notes and memoranda, and historical sketches. Also included are copies of 67 letters, 1809-1861, of the Drake family who migrated from North Carolina to various western states, chiefly letters to the family members who settled in Muhlenburg County, Ky., from James Perry Drake (1797-1876), United States land official in Indiana, and Benjamin Michael Drake (1800-1860) Methodist minister and college president in Mississippi.

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Folder 16

Folder 17

Arrington data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 16-17

Folder 18a-18b

Ballard data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 18a-18b

Folder 19

Drake data and copies of letters #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 19

Folder 20

Hight data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 20

Folder 21

Lenoir data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 21

Folder 22

Nash County places and history #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 22

Folder 23

Nicholson data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 23

Folder 24

Sims data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 24

Sclater data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 24

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Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Miscellaneous family data #03241, Series: "3. Genealogical Data" Folder 25-27

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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