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Collection Number: 05335

Collection Title: Jacob Doll Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8 items)
Abstract Jacob Doll was born in Martinsville, Va. (now W.Va.), in 1812, and died 27 April 1878. Doll was installed at Bethesda Church in Caswell County, N.C., 1 November 1866, and organized the First Presbyterian Church in Reidsville in 1875. The collection consists of eight diaries belonging to Jacob Doll and several enclosures. The diaries date from 1848 to 1876 and document daily events in 19th-century Caswell County, N.C., including marriages, deaths, sermons preached, social events and holidays, weather, church events, and anniversaries. They also include lists of letters written and visits made on church business. National events are occasionally noted, most prominent among them the Civil War. Doll recorded the dates of major battles and the wounding or deaths of soldiers from the community. One diary entry discusses the murder of Republican North Carolina state senator John Walter Stephens by the Ku Klux Klan in the Caswell County courthouse on 21 May 1870. The enclosures consist of several undated notes written by Doll's granddaughter, Mrs. J. M. McCord. The notes point out events in the diaries that McCord found of particular interest.
Creator Doll, Jacob, 1812-1878.
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 Jacob Doll Diaries #5335, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Presbyterian Historical Society of Montreat, N.C., in 2007 (Acc. 100695).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Jacob Doll was born in Martinsville, Va. (now W.Va.), in 1812 and died 27 April 1878. According to the Caswell County Historical Association, Doll was installed at Bethesda Church in Caswell County, N.C., on 1 November 1866 and organized the First Presbyterian Church in Reidsville in 1875.

(Information from the Caswell County Historical Association website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ncccha/memoranda/churches/bethesdachurch.html, accessed October 2007.)

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The collection consists of eight diaries, with entries 1848-1876, belonging to Presbyterian minister Jacob Doll of Caswell County, N.C., and several enclosures. The diaries date from 1848 to 1876 and document daily events in 19th-century Caswell County, including marriages, deaths, sermons preached, social events and holidays, weather, church events, and anniversaries. They also include lists of letters written and visits made on church business. National events are occasionally noted, most prominent among them the Civil War. Doll recorded the dates of major battles and the wounding or deaths of soldiers from the community. One diary entry discusses the murder of Republican North Carolina state senator John Walter Stephens by the Ku Klux Klan in the Caswell County courthouse on 21 May 1870. The enclosures consist of several undated notes written by Doll's granddaughter, Mrs. J. M. McCord. The notes point out events in the diaries that McCord found of particular interest.

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Contents list

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8 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

January-July 1848; January-July 1853; September-December 1871 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 1

November 1856-August 1858 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

September 1858-May 1860 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 2

February 1860-May 1861 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

June 1861-December 1864 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 3

June 1868-August 1871 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 3

Discusses the murder of Republican North Carolina state senator John Walter Stephens by the Ku Klux Klan in the Caswell County courthouse on 21 May 1870 (which subsequently lead to the "Kirk-Holden War"). Also contains a list of community deaths (1869-1870) and a form for the admission of members into the Presbyterian Church (1846).

Folder 4

November 1872-July 1874 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 4

August 1874-March 1876 #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Enclosures, undated #05335, Series: "Diaries, 1848-1876 and undated." Folder 5

Notes written by Jacob Doll's granddaughter, Mrs. J.M. McCord. The notes point events in the diaries that McCord found of particular interest. The longest of these notes relates to the 21 May 1870 diary entry regarding the murder of North Carolina senator John Walter Stephens. In the note, McCord relates her own memories of John Lea's confession of involvement in Stephens's murder years later (1935).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Joyce Chapman, October 2007

Encoded by: Joyce Chapman, October 2007

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