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Collection Number: 01267-z

Collection Title: Beckwith Family Papers, 1852-1889.

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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 69 items
Abstract Members of the Beckwith family include John W. Beckwith (1831-1890), an Episcopal priest in North Carolina, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and bishop of Georgia; his wife, Ella Brockenbrough Beckwith, and their daughter, Elizabeth Beckwith. The collection consists mostly of Civil War letters from Virginia relatives of Beckwith's wife, Ella; scattered papers of Beckwith as a Confederate chaplain and a volunteer aide to General William Joseph Hardee; and personal correspondence in the 1880s of Beckwith's daughter, Elizabeth.
Creator Beckwith family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Photocopying is not permitted for Volume 1.
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 Beckwith Family Papers, #1267-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcriptions available of letters, 1863-1864.
Acquisitions Information
Donated by Mrs. Alexander R. Lawton, Savannah, Ga., 1947 and 1948; Alexander R. Lawton, Savannah, Ga., 1952.
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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John W. Beckwith (1831-1890) was a Confederate chaplain and Episcopal priest in North Carolina, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. He was married to Ella Brockenbrough Beckwith and they had a daughter, Elizabeth Beckwith.

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The collection consists primarily of correspondence of the family of John W. Beckwith (1831-1890), Episcopal priest in North Carolina, Maryland, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, and bishop of Georgia. The collection contains Civil War letters from Virginia relatives of Beckwith's wife, Ella Brockenbrough Beckwith; scattered papers of Beckwith as a Confederate chaplain and a volunteer aide to General William Joseph Hardee; and personal correspondence in the 1880s of Beckwith's daughter Elizabeth.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2010

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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