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Collection Number: 03853

Collection Title: James P. Beckwith Papers, 1789-1989

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Size About 200 items (2.0 linear ft).
Abstract In large part microfilm and photocopies. Family papers of James P. Beckwith of Durham, N.C. Included are letters and other papers, 1789-1869 (microfilm), reflecting the domestic and social life of the Arrington, Heath, Jones, Long, and Williams families, chiefly of Petersburg, Va., and Warrenton, N.C., especially the education of Dr. John Francis Heath (1819-1862) at Harvard University, the University of Berlin (including his journal while there), and the University of Pennsylvania; family Bible records (photocopy) of the family of Hugh Johnson (1762-1810) and Sally (Green) Johnson (1775-1848); genealogy of the Banister-Bolling-Eppes family (photocopy); and commonplace book, 1832-1865, of Mary Kearney (Davis) Williams of "Montmorencie," Warrenton, N.C., containing diary entries, religious meditations, and copies of her letters to family members. Also included are the diaries, 1864-1865 and 1870 (microfilm) of Mary J. White of Warrenton, kept at Wilmiington, N.C., in 1864, while waiting with her father, John White, for an opportunity to run the Union blockade, and later at "Ingleside," Warrenton, concerning church services and domestic affairs; recollections of General Robert E. Lee's visit to Warrenton, 1869-1870 (microfilm), written in 1934 by Mrs. Mary J. Beckwith; "A Short History of the A.E.O.C." (a Harvard University social club), 1835, by Thomas Pinckney Rutledge (1815-1838), edited by James P. Beckwith; and account books, 1925-1961 (6 volumes) of Robert Paine Beckwith (1888-1969), physician of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., who specialized in pediatrics and obstectrics from the 1920s through the 1950s. Marginal notes contain genealogical information about his Halifax and Northampton counties, N.C., and Brunswick County, Va., patients, many of whom were from textile mill families.
Creator Beckwith, James P.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 James P. Beckwith Papers, #3853, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
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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In large part microfilm and photocopies. Family papers of James P. Beckwith of Durham, N.C. Included are letters and other papers, 1789-1869 (microfilm), reflecting the domestic and social life of the Arrington, Heath, Jones, Long, and Williams families, chiefly of Petersburg, Va., and Warrenton, N.C., especially the education of Dr. John Francis Heath (1819-1862) at Harvard University, the University of Berlin (including his journal while there), and the University of Pennsylvania; family Bible records (photocopy) of the family of Hugh Johnson (1762-1810) and Sally (Green) Johnson (1775-1848); genealogy of the Banister-Bolling-Eppes family (photocopy); and commonplace book, 1832-1865, of Mary Kearney (Davis) Williams of "Montmorencie," Warrenton, N.C., containing diary entries, religious meditations, and copies of her letters to family members. Also included are the diaries, 1864-1865 and 1870 (microfilm) of Mary J. White of Warrenton, kept at Wilmiington, N.C., in 1864, while waiting with her father, John White, for an opportunity to run the Union blockade, and later at "Ingleside," Warrenton, concerning church services and domestic affairs; recollections of General Robert E. Lee's visit to Warrenton, 1869-1870 (microfilm), written in 1934 by Mrs. Mary J. Beckwith; "A Short History of the A.E.O.C." (a Harvard University social club), 1835, by Thomas Pinckney Rutledge (1815-1838), edited by James P. Beckwith; and account books, 1925-1961 (6 volumes) of Robert Paine Beckwith (1888-1969), physician of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., who specialized in pediatrics and obstectrics from the 1920s through the 1950s. Marginal notes contain genealogical information about his Halifax and Northampton counties, N.C., and Brunswick County, Va., patients, many of whom were from textile mill families.

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Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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