unc logo

Collection Number: 01530-z

Collection Title: Meeta Rhodes Armistead Capehart Papers, 1780-1868

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 FAQ section for more information.


This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size 144 items
Abstract The collection is primarily Civil War letters to Meeta A. Capehart of Kittrells, Granville County, N.C., from her husband, Captain Baldy Ashburn Capehart, assistant quartermaster, 15th North Carolina Battalion, in Virginia and North Carolina, describing his activities and duties and advising his wife on the management of their farm. Also included are scattered Armistead and Capehart family papers and colonial land grants from the Albemarle Sound region of North Carolina.
Creator Capehart, Meeta Rhodes Armistead, fl. 1849-1868.
Language English
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

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 Meeta Rhodes Armistead Capehart papers #1530-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Robert A. Field of New Orleans, La., in 1948.
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.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Related Collections

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

The collection contains deeds, land grants and bills of sale of John Armistead of Plymouth, Washington County, N.C.; correspondence and other papers of Meeta Armistead Capehart and her husband Baldy Ashburn Capehart of Granville County, N.C.; and other items pertaining to members of the Armistead and Capehart families.

The earliest items, 1780-1822, pertain to John Armistead of Washington County, N.C., and consist chiefly of bills of sale for land in Washington, Bertie, and Chowan counties, several of which are oversized.

Correspondence, 1844-1868, chiefly consists of letters from Captain Baldy A. Capehart to his wife Meeta Armistead Capehart of Kittrells, Granville County, written during the Civil War. Capehart was assistant quartermaster of the 15th North Carolina Battalion; his letters, 1864-1865, describe his activities and duties and advise his wife on the management of their farm. Also included are a number of letters, 1854, to Mrs. William Anthony Armistead from her daughter Meeta, concerning Meeta's daily activities; a letter, 1857, to Mrs. W. A. Armistead from Meeta, about the death of Meeta's father; and three letters, 1858, to Meeta from various relatives, evidently in answer to Meeta's genealogical inquiries.

Other items include accounts of Mrs. W. A. Armistead, invoices and receipts of Baldy A. Capehart, several land lottery tickets printed on the backs of playing cards, a photograph of B. A. Capehart, and a daguerreotype of Meeta Armistead Capehart.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Meeta Rhodes Armistead Capehart Papers, 1780-1868.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Back to Top

Processing Information

Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, April 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, September 2010

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

Back to Top