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Collection Number: 04531

Collection Title: Foxhall Family Papers, 1857-1936

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Abstract Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall (1840-1911) of Tarboro, N.C., and her children John Hargrave (d. 1901), who fought in the Spanish American War and died in Manila; Francis Dancy (1868-1924), general and tobacco merchant of Wharton County, Tex., and Greenville, N.C.; Florida, who taught school, and around the turn of the century, married Dr. E. M. McCoy of Bristow, N.C.; Edwin Dancy (1872-1958), cotton and general merchant of Greenville; William Lindsay (1879-1939), engineer for the Southern Railway in Virginia; Robert Drane (1880-1927), who fought in the Spanish American War; Susie Baker (1882-1967); and Haywood Parker (1885-1956), who fought in France during World War I. Chiefly letters to Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall from her children and other family members. Included are letters, 1862, about the yellow fever epidemic in Wilmington, N.C.; letters, 1896-1897, about McCoy's life at the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School in Greensboro, N.C., and her teaching career in Rocky Mount, N.C.; and letters, June and July 1897, from summer school in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina; letters from Francis Dancy Foxhall in Wharton County, Tex., 1895-1896, and in Greenville, N.C., 1909-1910 and 1919, where he was selling general merchandise and tobacco; letters and enclosures, 1896-1897, about home remedies, especially those aimed at enhancing virility, that William Lindsay Foxhall investigated, and throughout the 1900s from him describing life as a railroad engineer for the Southern Railway in Virginia; letters in 1900 from Susie Baker Foxhall at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C.; letters in 1901 from John Hargrave Foxhall and other documents relating to his actions in the Spanish American War and his death in Manila; and fairly detailed letters, 1917-1919, documenting the activities of Haywood Parker Foxhall, officer with the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
Creator Foxhall family.
Language English
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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 Foxhall Family Papers #4531, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Jacqueline Drane Nash of Tarboro, N.C., in April 1989.
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Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall (1840-1911) was the daughter of John and Catharine Caroline Parker Hargrave of Louisburg, N.C. Her mother was the daughter of Theophilus and Elizabeth Toole Parker of Tarboro, N.C. After the death of John Hargrave, Catharine Caroline Parker Hargrave married the Reverend Robert B. Drane, rector of St. James's Church in Wilmington, N.C.

Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall married Edwin Dancy Foxhall (1838-1919) of Tarboro. Their children were John Hargrave (d. 1901), who fought in the Spanish American War and died in Manila shortly after his discharge from the army; Francis Dancy (1868-1924), who lived for a time in Wharton County, Tex., where he sold general merchandise, and later was a partner in Johnston & Foxhall's Warehouse, Greenville, N.C., sellers of leaf tobacco; Florida, who taught school, and, around the turn of the century, married Dr. E. M. McCoy of Bristow, N.C.; Edwin Dancy (1872-1958), who handled cotton and general merchandise in Greenville; William Lindsay (1879-1939), who was an engineer for the Southern Railway, chiefly operating out of Lawrenceville and Suffolk, Va.; Robert Drane (1880-1927), who fought in the Spanish-American War; Susie Baker (1882-1967); and Haywood Parker (1885-1956), who fought in France during World War I.

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Chiefly letters to Mary Lindsay Hargrave Foxhall of Tarboro, N.C., from her children and other family members, and, after her death in 1911, to her daughter Susie Baker Foxhall. Letters show the Foxhall family to be fairly close-knit; the children were apparently anxious to tell their mother of their activities and did not hesitate to ask her advice on important matters. Besides the letters there are also a few legal and military papers.

Materials are arranged chronologically. They include the following:

1862 Two letters from relatives in Wilmington, N.C., about the yellow fever epidemic raging in the city.

1894-1911 Many letters from Florida Foxhall McCoy. Letters 1894-1895 offer a detailed view of her life at the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial School in Greensboro, N.C., and those from 1896-1897 describe her teaching career in Rocky Mount, N.C., with many letters in June and July 1897 written from Chapel Hill where she attended summer school at the University of North Carolina. In 1899, letters show that she was teaching school in Bristow, N.C. The volume of letters falls off considerably after her marriage around 1902 to E. M. McCoy, physician and surgeon of Bristow. The couple apparently relocated to Huntersville, N.C., sometime before 1909.

1895-1896; 1909-1910; 1919 A few letters, 1895-1896, from Francis Dancy Foxhall, in Wharton County, Tex., discussing his work for Duncan & Northington, dealers in general merchandise and other activities; then, 1909-1910, from him in Greenville, N.C., where he was manager of the Farmers' Consolidated Tobacco Company; and later, 1919, also from Greenville, where he was a partner in Johnston & Foxhall's Warehouse, handling sales of leaf tobacco.

1896-1897 A few letters from Edwin Dancy Foxhall about his life as a cotton and general merchant in Greenville, N.C.

1896-1897, 1900s. Many letters and enclosures, 1896-1897, about home remedies that William Lindsay Foxhal investigated. A large portion of these materials deal with products aimed at enhancing virility. Some of the enclosures have been separated from their letters and filed in folder 6. Throughout the period, there are letters from William Lindsay Foxhall about his life as a railroad engineer for the Southern Railway, chiefly in Lawrenceville and Suffolk, Va.

December 1899 A few letters from Robert Drane Foxhall, training with the army in New Orleans in preparation for action in the Spanish American War.

1900 A few letters from Susie Baker Foxhall at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., about her life there.

1901 A few letters from John Hargrave Foxhall and other documents relating to his army career, including a 10 January discharge certificate and a telegram from Manila in August that tells of his death.

1917-1919 Many fairly detailed letters from Haywood Parker Foxhall, documenting his activities as an officer with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, where he apparently distinguished himself through acts of heroism that are documented in newspaper clippings attached to some of the 1919 letters.

1936 A few legal documents relating to Edwin Dancy Foxhall's serving as trustee in bankruptcy for Leroy Fairchild Bell.

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