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Collection Number: 01853

Collection Title: Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)
Abstract Mary Elizabeth Farrow Credle (1881-1946) was the daughter of Wilson T. Farrow (1837-1916) and Mary Elizabeth (Respess) Farrow (1846-1905). The collection contains chiefly business papers (deeds, accounts, receipts, contracts, letters), but also personal correspondence preserved by Mary Farrow Credle from preceding generations of the Credle family, Farrow family, and Respess family in Beaufort County and Hyde County, N.C. Members of the families were engaged in coastwise shipping, maintaining ships, buying and selling lands and slaves, farming and other businesses. Included are papers of Isaiah Respess, merchant and trader, who was imprisoned alternately by the Confederate and Federal authorities during the Civil War; the Reverend Joseph B. Hinton (1788-1872), antebellum state legislator, of Beaufort County and Raleigh, N.C.; Wilson T. Farrow (1837-1916) of Ocracoke Island and Washington, N.C.; and their kin. Earlier papers are Beaufort and Hyde county deeds; material after 1894 is sparse. The Civil War items document Isaiah Respess's mercantile activities in New Bern, N.C., and Beaufort, N.C., while under Union occupation, trading with New York firms.
Creator Credle, Mary Farrow, 1881-1946.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Mary Farrow Credle Papers, #1853, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Deposit 1951
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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Mary Elizabeth Farrow Credle (1881-1946) was the daughter of Wilson T. Farrow (1837-1916) and Mary Elizabeth (Respess) Farrow (1846-1905). She married Walter Credle in 1908 and they had three daughters, Sophia, Florence, and Mary.

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The collection contains chiefly business papers (deeds, accounts, receipts, contracts, letters), but also personal correspondence preserved by Mary Farrow (Mrs. Walter) Credle from preceding generations of the Credle, Farrow, and Respess families in Beaufort and Hyde counties, N.C. Members of the families were engaged in coastwise shipping, maintaining ships, buying and selling lands and slaves, farming and other businesses. Included are papers of Isaiah Respess, merchant and trader, who was imprisoned alternately by the Confederate and Federal authorities during the Civil War; the Reverend Joseph B. Hinton (1788-1872), antebellum state legislator, of Beaufort County and Raleigh, N.C.; Wilson T. Farrow (1837-1916) of Ocracoke Island and Washington, N.C.; and their kin. Earlier papers are Beaufort and Hyde county deeds; material after 1894 is sparse. The Civil War items document Isaiah Respess's mercantile activities in New Bern and Beaufort, N.C., while under Union occupation, trading with New York firms.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1706-1790 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 1

Folder 2

1791-1797 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 2

Folder 3

1798-1819 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 3

Folder 4

1820-1829 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 4

Folder 5

1830-1839 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 5

Folder 6

1840-1849 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 6

Folder 7

1850-1854 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 7

Folder 8

1855-1858 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 8

Folder 9

1859-1862 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 9

Folder 10

1863-1864 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 10

Folder 11

1865 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

1866 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 12-13

Folder 14

1867-1868 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 14

Folder 15

1869 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 15

Folder 16

1870-1873 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 16

Folder 17

1874-1877 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 17

Folder 18

1878-1879 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 18

Folder 19

1880-1883 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 19

Folder 20

1884-1886 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 20

Folder 21

1887-1892 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 21

Folder 22

1893-1916 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 22

Folder 23

1917-1946 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

Undated #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 24-25

Folder 26

Fragile Materials #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 26

Includes papers isolated from the rest of the collection due to preservation concerns. Materials include receipts, accounts, deeds, correspondence, and other papers similar to those in the main run of the collection.

Folder 27

Volume 1: Business arithmetic book, James F. Clark, 1819 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 2: Account book, Mary E. Respess, 1864-1865 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 3: Account book, the schooner Watauga, 1865-1867 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 4: Account book, the Watauga, 1866; Wilson T. Farrow, 1881-1889 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 5: Notebook, Mary E. Respess, 1867 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 31

Folder 32

See Oversize Volume SV-1853/6. #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 32

Oversize Volume SV-1853/6

Volume 6: Scrapbook, 1878-1938 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." SV-1853/6

Folder 33

Volume 7: Labor records and accounts, Wilson T. Farrow, 1881-1884 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 8: Accounts for undertaker's services, Wilson T. Farrow, 1904-1907 #01853, Series: "Mary Farrow Credle Papers, 1706-1946." Folder 34

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, November 2009

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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