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Collection Number: 04628

Collection Title: Green and Jones Family Papers,1819-1944

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 355 items)
Abstract The Green family of Rolesville, Wake County, N.C., including Marcus Green, student at Wake Forest College and later a farmer in Rome, Ga., and his parents Brian and Martha Green; and the Jones family of Morrisville, Wake County, N.C., including Kimbrough and Mary G. Jones and their children. Materials relating to members of the Green and Jones families. Most correspondence through 1868 relates to the Green family; beginning in 1915, almost all to Jones family members. Items in the collection do not reveal any connection between the Greens and the Joneses. Green family correspondence includes letters from Marcus Green, who wrote to his parents while a student at Wake Forest College, 1847-1848, and later from Rome, Ga. Brian Green also wrote to Martha as he traveled to visit his own Georgia lands and to purchase slaves. There are only a few letters from the Civil War period, among them some in 1863 from Marcus about troops bivouacked near Rome. Beginning in 1915, correspondence relates to the family of Kimbrough and Mary G. Jones, including a few letters, 1918-1919, from Benjamin Rice Lacy, N.C. treasurer, trying to help the Joneses' sons get out of military service, which they claimed to have been falsely lured into joining. Most other letters relate to Mary's life as a widow, living in the country and growing cotton. Most financial and legal items from 1819 to the early 1860s are deeds, bills, receipts, indentures, and other items relating to Nathaniel and Kimbrough Jones. After 1908, most items relate to Mary G. Jones and her family, and include bills for goods and services purchased and tax receipts. There are also a few anonymous essays and poems, school notebooks, and printed materials relating to agricultural topics.
Creator Green family.



Jones family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
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 Green and Jones Family Papers #4628, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Lynne W. Royall of Raleigh, N.C., in August 1992.
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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The Green family of Rolesville, Wake County, N.C., including Marcus Green, student at Wake Forest College and later a farmer in Rome, Ga., and his parents Brian and Martha Green; and the Jones family of Morrisville, Wake County, N.C., including Kimbrough and Mary G. Jones and their children.

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Materials relating to members of the Green and Jones families. Most correspondence through 1868 relates to the Green family; beginning in 1915, almost all to Jones family members. Items in the collection do not reveal any connection between the Greens and the Joneses. Green family correspondence includes letters from Marcus Green, who wrote to his parents while a student at Wake Forest College, 1847-1848, and later from Rome, Ga. Brian Green also wrote to Martha as he traveled to visit his own Georgia lands and to purchase slaves. There are only a few letters from the Civil War period, among them some in 1863 from Marcus about troops bivouacked near Rome. Beginning in 1915, correspondence relates to the family of Kimbrough and Mary G. Jones, including a few letters, 1918-1919, from Benjamin Rice Lacy, N.C. treasurer, trying to help the Joneses' sons get out of military service, which they claimed to have been falsely lured into joining. Most other letters relate to Mary's life as a widow, living in the country and growing cotton. Most financial and legal items from 1819 to the early 1860s are deeds, bills, receipts, indentures, and other items relating to Nathaniel and Kimbrough Jones. After 1908, most items relate to Mary G. Jones and her family, and include bills for goods and services purchased and tax receipts. There are also a few anonymous essays and poems, school notebooks, and printed materials relating to agricultural topics.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1847-1944.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence of members of the Green family of Rolesville, Wake County, N.C., and the Jones family of the Morrisville section of Wake County. Most of the letters through 1868 relate to Green family members. Beginning in 1915, almost all letters relate to Jones family members. Items in the collection do not reveal any connection between the Greens and the Joneses.

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About 50 items.

Among Green family members were Marcus Green, who wrote to his parents as a student at Wake Forest College in 1847 and 1848. Beginning around 1852, Marcus wrote letters from Rome, Ga., where he married a woman named Annie and farmed. Letters show that Marcus and Annie frequently entertained Marcus's father Brian, who appears to have owned land near his son's plantation. Marcus's mother Martha, who stayed at home in Rolesville, frequently received letters from Marcus and from her husband, who traveled not only in connection with his Georgia lands, but also to purchase slaves. Many of Marcus's letters home are about his life in Georgia; some also mention politics and religion. In an 1854 letter, Marcus wrote a detailed account of growing corn and cotton. Beginning around 1859, there are also letters from Annie to Martha, chiefly about routine family matters.

There are only a few letters from the Civil War period. Several in 1863 are from Marcus and Annie to Brian and Martha, telling about troops bivouacked near Rome. In an 1864 letter, Marcus suggested that he was in the market to buy more slaves. Also in 1864, there is a letter to Marcus from an officer in the Confederate army, who reported that Marcus's son was well but a prisoner at Point Lookout, Md. There are also a few letters from unidentified family members, one of whom was serving with Pettigrew's Brigade in Virginia.

During this period, there are a few Jones family letters, chiefly around 1849, when a Methodist preacher friend wrote to Kimbrough Jones and his wife about his activities.

Folder 1

1847-1859 #04628, Subseries: "1.1. 1847-1868." Folder 1

Folder 2

1860-1868 #04628, Subseries: "1.1. 1847-1868." Folder 2

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About 50 items.

Letters in the 1890s are invitations to weddings that do not involve members of either the Green or Jones families. Beginning in 1915, there are letters relating to the family of Kimbrough (perhaps the son of the Kimbrough in subseries 1.1) and Mary G. Jones of the Morrisville section of Wake County, N.C., and their sons B. K. and Peter Hines, and daughter, Mary Kimbrough. In 1918, there is a letter from Benjamin Rice Lacy, North Carolina state treasurer, who was trying to help B. K. gain admission to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. In 1919, there are several letters, some of them from Lacy, that relate to the efforts of B. K. and Peter Hines to leave military service, which, they claimed, they had been falsely lured into joining. Letters show that, by 1919, Mary was a widow, living in the country and growing cotton. Beginning in 1921, William N. H. Jones received letters at Mary's address. His relation to Mary is unclear; he may well have been another son. In 1929-1930, there are several letters from the North Carolina Cotton Growers' Association, though which Mary G. Jones sold her cotton. In 1930-1931, there are school reports for Mary Kimbrough Jones, who was taking courses at Miss Hardbarger's Secretarial School in Raleigh. Most of the items for 1931 are Christmas cards, and there are few items after 1931. The 1944 item is a postcard to Mr. and Mrs. William N. H. Jones from a friend on a trip to the mountains.

Folder 3

1895-1896; 1915-1919 #04628, Subseries: "1.2. 1895-1944." Folder 3

Folder 4

1920-1938; 1944 #04628, Subseries: "1.2. 1895-1944." Folder 4

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About 225 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Financial and legal papers, chiefly of the Jones family of Wake County. Most of the items from 1819 to the early 1860s are deeds, bills, receipts, indentures, and other items relating to Nathaniel and Kimbrough Jones. In 1866, there are many railroad receipts for shipments from Davis and Jones. The contents of these shipments were often not identified, but some receipts note shipments of corn and other agricultural products and others show that Davis and Jones were shipping cash.

After 1908, most items relate to Mary G. (Mrs. Kimbrough) Jones and to William N. H. Jones. These are chiefly bills for goods and services purchased and tax receipts. In 1928, there are several bills for cotton ginning, and, in 1929-1930, there are bills for the education of Mary Kimbrough Jones at Peace Institute in Raleigh. In 1930, there are many receipts relating to the "eating booth" of the Millbrook Methodist Church at the North Carolina State Fair. 1937 items are largely Mary G. Jones's grocery bills.

Folder 5

1819-1849 #04628, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1819-1938." Folder 5

Folder 6

1853-1859 #04628, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1819-1938." Folder 6

Folder 7

1860-1868 #04628, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1819-1938." Folder 7

Folder 8

1885; 1890; 1907-1918 #04628, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1819-1938." Folder 8

Folder 9

1921-1929 #04628, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1819-1938." Folder 9

Folder 10

1930-1938 #04628, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1819-1938." Folder 10

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009

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