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Collection Number: 05444

Collection Title: Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Amanda Davidson was born at Rural Hill Plantation in Mecklenburg County, N.C., where her father was a planter and developer. In 1875, she married Andrew Jackson Beall and the two moved to Charlotte, N.C. Andrew Jackson ("Hick") Beall was born in Murray County, Ga. During the Civil War, he served as a corporal in the Confederate Army and was wounded twice in the Battle of Chickamauga. Beall travelled extensively as a railroad agent. Around 1880, he began work in the sales commission business and later worked for Royal Arcanum, a fraternal insurance organization. The collection contains correspondence between Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall, circa 1870-1910. The bulk of the correspondence is from their courtship, starting in 1873 and leading up to their 1875 marriage, but there are also letters from several of Amanda's other suitors before her marriage, chiefly 1870-1873. Letters from Andrew relate to his travels as a railroad agent, first for the Macon & Western Railroad, 1874-1876, and later the Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad, 1878-1880. Letters from Amanda describe her activities in Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C. Scattered throughout are letters from the Bealls' families, who lived throughout Georgia and North Carolina. Also included are calling cards; wedding invitations; two photographs, one a portrait of Andrew and the other a portrait of a young child, possibly Andrew Jackson Beall Jr.; and other items.
Creator Beall, Amanda Davidson, 1849-1915.



Beall, Andrew Jackson, 1844-1910.
Language English
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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 Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers #5444, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books of Philadelphia, Pa., in November 2009 (Acc. 101191) and December 2010 (Acc. 101386).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Amanda ("Maud") Davidson Beall (circa 1849-1915) was the daughter of Adam Brevard Davidson (1808-1896) and Mary Laura Springs (1813-1872). She was born at Rural Hill Plantation in Mecklenburg County, N.C., where her father was a planter and developer. John Davidson (1735-1832), grandfather of Adam Brevard Davidson and great-grandfather of Amanda, was a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and served as a major in the army during the American Revolutionary War. On 19 October 1875, Amanda married Andrew Jackson Beall (1844-1910) of Murray County, Ga., and the two moved to Charlotte, N.C. They had at least five children: John (b. 1876), Mary (b. 1878), Carrie (b. 1880), Isabel (b. 1883), and Andrew Jackson Jr. (1887-1966).

Andrew Jackson ("Hick") Beall was born in Murray County, Ga., to John Simmons Beall (1809-1874) and Sarah Carolina McGeehee (1819-1892). During the Civil War, he served as a corporal in the Confederate Army and was wounded twice in the Battle of Chickamauga. Beall travelled extensively as an agent for the Macon & Western Railroad and later the Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad. He left railroad work circa 1880 to work in the sales commission business and later worked for Royal Arcanum, a fraternal insurance organization.

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The collection contains correspondence between Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall, circa 1870-1910. The bulk of the correspondence is from their courtship, starting in 1873 and leading up to their 1875 marriage, but there are also letters from several of Amanda's other suitors before her marriage, chiefly 1870-1873. Letters from Andrew relate to his travels as a railroad agent, first for the Macon & Western Railroad, 1874-1876, and later the Charlotte, Columbia, and Augusta Railroad, 1878-1880. Letters from Amanda describe her activities in Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C. Scattered throughout are letters from the Bealls' families, who lived throughout Georgia and North Carolina. Also included are calling cards; wedding invitations; two photographs, one a portrait of Andrew and the other a portrait of a young child, possibly Andrew Jackson Beall Jr.; and other items.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: Chronological.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1852-1868 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 1

Includes several 1852-1853 letters from Amanda Davidson Beall's maternal grandfather John Springs to her father Adam Brevard Davidson.

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1870-1873 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 2-3

Includes several letters written to Amanda Davidson Beall from former suitors.

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Folder 7

Correspondence, 1874 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 4-7

Includes courtship correspondence between Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall.

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Folder 17

Correspondence, 1875 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 8-17

Includes letters related to the marriage of Andrew Jackson Beall and Amanda Davidson Beall.

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Folder 19

Correspondence, 1876 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 18-19

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Folder 22

Correspondence, 1877 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 20-22

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Folder 24

Correspondence, 1878 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 23-24

Folder 25

Correspondence, 1879 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 25

Folder 26

Correspondence, 1880-1881 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 26

Folder 27

Correspondence, 1882-1886 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 27

Folder 28

Correspondence, 1887 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 28

Folder 29

Correspondence, 1888 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 29

Folder 30

Correspondence, 1889 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 30

Folder 31

Correspondence, 1890 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 31

Folder 32

Correspondence, 1891-1894 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 32

Folder 33

Correspondence, 1896 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 33

Includes a 13 September 1896 letter from Andrew Jackson Beall to Amanda Davidson Beall documenting an outbreak of fever in Atlanta, Ga.

Folder 34

Correspondence, 1899 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 34

Folder 35

Correspondence, 1899 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 35

Folder 36

Correspondence, 1900-1911 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 36

Folder 37-38

Folder 37

Folder 38

Undated correspondence #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 37-38

Folder 39

Other papers, 1871-1909 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." Folder 39

Includes calling cards, wedding invitations, and other fragments.

Image Folder PF-5440/1

Photographs, circa 1890 #05444, Series: "Amanda Davidson Beall and Andrew Jackson Beall Papers, circa 1850-1911." PF-5440/1

Contains one albumen oval portrait, probabably of Andrew Jackson Beall, and a card photograph of a young child, possibly Andrew Jackson Beall Jr.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Martin Gengenbach, January 2011

Encoded by: Martin Gengenbach, January 2011

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