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Collection Number: 03173

Collection Title: A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 78 items)
Abstract A. D. Betts was a minister of the North Carolina Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Confederate chaplain. The collection includes 43 volumes of membership books, 1847-1908, kept by Betts during his ministry at various places in eastern North Carolina. They contain Sunday school records, accounts of mission subscriptions, sermon texts, accounts with congregations, and varied other information. Other items included are his diary, 1850-1852, as a student at the Colton School, Cumberland County, N.C.; accounts while at the University of North Carolina, 1852-1855; diary, 1861, as a minister in Brunswick County, N.C.; a roll, 1861-1864, with information about soldiers in the 30th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, of which he was chaplain; a notebook with biographical information about other chaplains in the Army of Northern Virginia; and scattered correspondence from family and friends.
Creator Betts, A. D. (Alexander Davis), 1832-1918.
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 A. D. Betts Papers, #3173, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of "Chaplains of Lee's Army" available.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1955
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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A. D. Betts was a minister of the North Carolina Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and Confederate chaplain.

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The bulk of the collection includes 43 volumes of membership books, 1847-1908 (volumes 6-48), kept by A. D. Betts during his ministry at various places in eastern North Carolina. They contain Sunday school records, accounts of mission subscriptions, sermon texts, accounts with congregations, and varied other information. Other items included are his diary, 1850-1852, as a student at the Colton School, Cumberland County, N.C.; accounts while at the University of North Carolina, 1852-1855; diary, 1861, as a minister in Brunswick County, N.C.; a roll, 1861-1864, with information about soldiers in the 30th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States of America, of which he was chaplain; a notebook with biographical information about other chaplains in the Army of Northern Virginia; and scattered correspondence from family and friends.

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Contents list

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About 78 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 1a

Papers, 1851-1858 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

Papers, 1861-1917 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 1b

Folder 2

Volume 1: Diary, 18 May 1850-7 August 1852 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 2

Folder 3

Volume 2: Personal acocunts and memoranda, July 1852-May 1855 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 3

Folder 4

Volume 3: Personal diary, 1861 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 4

Folder 5

Volume 4: Chaplain's roll of 30th N.C. Volunteers, 1861-1864 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 5

Folder 6

Volume 5: "Chaplains of Lee's Army" #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 6

Contains biographical data on 26 individual chaplains.

Folder 7

Volume 6: Classbooks, Zion, 1847-1861 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 7: Topsail Circuit, 1851-1852 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 8:Mount Bethel class, Henry County, 1855 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 9: Sampson Circuit and family expenses, 1856-1857 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 10: Sampson Circuit, Moses J. Hunt and A. D. Betts, 1857-1858 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 11: Smithville Circuit class book, 1858 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 12: Texts and other notes, Union, Shallotte, etc., 1859 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 13: Smithville Circuit, 1859 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 14: Elizabeth Circuit, 1860 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 15

Folder 16

Volume 15: Class list, 1862-1863 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 16: Topsail Circuit, 1866-1869 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 17

Mostly accounts

Folder 18

Volume 17: Topsail Circuit, 1866-1869 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 18

Mostly accounts

Folder 19

Volume 18: Topsail Circuit, 1868-1869 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 19

Mostly accounts

Folder 20

Volume 19: Topsail Circuit, 1869 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 20: Rolesville Circuit, 1872-1873 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 21: 1874 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 22: Ansonville Circuit, 1874 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 23: Ansonville Circuit, 1875 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 24: Mt. Pleasant Circuit, 1876 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 25

Folder 26

Volume 25: Mt. Pleasant Circuit, 1877 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 26

Folder 27

Volume 26: Guilford Circuit, 1878 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 27: Duplin Circuit, 1880 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 28: Morehead City and vicinity (Jones Circuit), 1883-1886 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 29: Texts; books to sell, 1887 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 30: Lists of baptisms; classes, 1887-1888 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 31: Swanquarter Circuit, 1889 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 32: Wilson Circuit, 1890 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 33: Deep River Circuit, 1891 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 34: Rockingham Circuit, 1894 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 35: Miscellaneous, 1894; 1897 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 36: Rocky Mount Circuit, 1897 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 37: Rocky Mount Circuit, 1898 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 38: 1899-1900 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 39: Bethel, 1901 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume 40: Bethel and Jamesville, 1901 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 41

Volume 40: Cokesbury, 1902 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 41: Cokesbury Circuit, 1902 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume 42: Spring Hope, 1902-1903 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 43: Spring Hope, 1905 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 44: Spring Hope, 1905 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 45: Town Creek, 1906 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 46: Town Creek, 1907 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 47

Folder 48

Volume 47: Shallotte, 1908 #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volume 48: Undated #03173, Series: "A. D. Betts Papers, 1847-1917." Folder 49

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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