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Collection Number: 00292

Collection Title: Bryan Grimes Papers, 1730-1929

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Size 8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,500 items)
Abstract Bryan Grimes (1828-1880) was a cotton planter of Pitt County, N.C., and a Confederate Army officer. The collection consists of personal and family correspondence and business papers, including correspondence, 1844-1849, while he attended the University of North Carolina; almost daily letters, 1863-1865, to his wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes (1840-1920), while he commanded Confederate troops in Virginia; business correspondence and accounts with commission merchants concerning cotton sales; early 20th-century correspondence of two of his sons, John Bryan Grimes (1868-1923), state official in Raleigh, N.C., and Alston Grimes, at the family home, concerning business, politics, personal, and plantation affairs; genealogical correspondence and papers, 1894-1913, of Alston; and copies of older family letters and documents. Some correspondence relates to the lives of African Americans before and after the Civil War. There are also receipts and legal documents of Allen Grist, some of which document the sale of slaves. Volumes are plantation accounts, 1868-1919, including accounts with work hands and tenants; blacksmith and merchandise accounts; toll bridge accounts at Washington, N.C., 1872-1874 and 1884; student notebooks; family records and data; miscellaneous account books; notes, correspondence, and essays memorializing the Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg; and reminiscences of Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, including a record of her time spent in camp with her husband and the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. Other papers include speeches, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to family history, North Carolina history and government, the North Carolina state seal, and memorialization of the Civil War. Also included are the constitution of the Farmers Interstate Protective Association and a four-page account, author unknown, of the history of the Ku Klux Klan's involvement in lynchings in North Carolina.
Creator Grimes, Bryan, 1828-1880.
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 Bryan Grimes Papers, #292, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copies of the following volumes (filmed 1975 and 1987) are available (M-292):
  • "Copies of Letters Relating to the Battle of Gettysburg," 1863-1864, 1877
  • "Sketches of My Life," undated
  • "Major-General Bryan Grimes," 1887, undated
See the control file for a typed and annotated copy of John A. Stikeleather's recollection of life during the Civil War, transcribed by R. Lee Hadden and Eileen Hadden in 1993.
Acquisitions Information
Original acquisition unknown. Additions received in 1942 from Mrs. J. Bryan Grimes of Wilson, N.C.; and in 1943 by Mrs. Alfred Williams Sr., of Raleigh, N.C., Mrs. Gordon Hackett of North Wilkesboro, N.C., and Junius D. Grimes of Washington, N.C.
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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Bryan Grimes (1828-1880), the son of Bryan Grimes Sr. and Nancy Grist, was a cotton planter of Pitt County, N.C., and a Confederate Army officer. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1848, and the following year, his father gave him the family plantation Grimesland in Pitt County, N.C., along with approximately 100 slaves. Bryan Grimes lived the life of a successful agriculturist until the eve of the Civil War in 1861. He then attended North Carolina's state convention and took a stand as a firm secessionist, signing North Carolina's Ordinance of Secession. He went on to become a major in the 4th Regiment of North Carolina State Troops, turning down appointments of higher rank in order to gain what he deemed was needed experience. He fought for the Confederate cause from May 1861 until the war's end, working his way through the ranks as colonel, brigadier commander, brigadier general, and major general, taking active roles in well-known battles, such as the Battle of First Manassas, the Battle of Seven Pines, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Gettysburg, and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. His fighting ended at Appomattox Courthouse when General Lee ordered him to fall back in preparation for the Confederate surrender.

Grimes returned to Grimesland and worked as a planter until he was killed in August 1880 by an unknown assassin on his way home from a trip. Grimes married his first wife, Elizabeth Hilliard Davis, in 1851. They were the parents of Bryan, who died in infancy; Bettie; Nancy; and Bryan (1860-1920). Elizabeth Hilliard Davis died in 1857, and Grimes married Charlotte Emily Bryan (1840-1920) in 1863. They were the parents of Bryan, who died in infancy; Alston; John Bryan (1868-1923); Charlotte Bryan; Mary Bryan; Susan Penelope; William Demsie; George Frederick; Junius Daniel; and Theodora Bryan.

Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes (1840-1920), daughter of Honorable John H. Bryan and Mary Williams Shepard, attended school both at Saint Mary's and at Mrs. Carpenter's School in Philadelphia. She spent the winters of 1863-1864 and 1864-1865 with her husband in the camps of the Army of Northern Virginia. She also served as president of both the Ladies Memorial Association of Beaufort County and the Pamlico Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy of Washington, N.C., and as honorary president of the North Carolina Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

John Bryan Grimes (1868-1923) studied at the University of North Carolina, 1882-1885, before attending Bryant and Stratton Business College in Baltimore, Md. He served as North Carolina secretary of state on the Democratic platform from 1901 to 1923. During this time, he was well-known as a cultural leader and historian and catalogued thousands of historical documents. He served as member and chair of the North Carolina Historical Commission, president of the North Carolina Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and was a member of the American Historical Association. He was also a member of the State Board of Agriculture, 1899-1900, Farmers' Alliance of North Carolina, the North Carolina Agricultural Society, the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union, and the State Grange, and was one of the organizers of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, of which he later became president. Other memberships included the University of North Carolina board of trustees, the executive committee of the North Carolina Council of Defense, president of the Scottish Society of America, Masons, Knights of Pythias, and Junior Order of United American Mechanics. In 1894, he married Mary Octavia Laughinghouse, daughter of Captain Joseph John and Eliza O'Hagan Laughinghouse, and with her had one daughter, Helen Elise. After Mary's death in December 1899, Grimes married her sister Elizabeth Laughinghouse in February 1904, and with her had John Bryan Jr., Charles O'Hagan, and Alston.

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The Bryan Grimes Papers consist of personal and family correspondence and business papers, including correspondence, 1844-1849, while he attended the University of North Carolina; almost daily letters, 1863-1865, to his wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes (1840-1920), while he commanded Confederate troops in Virginia; business correspondence and accounts with commission merchants concerning cotton sales; early 20th-century correspondence of two of his sons, John Bryan Grimes (1868-1923), state official in Raleigh, N.C., and Alston Grimes, at the family home, concerning business, politics, personal, and plantation affairs; genealogical correspondence and papers, 1894-1913, of Alston; and copies of older family letters and documents. Some correspondence relates to the lives of African Americans before and after the Civil War. There are also receipts and legal documents of Allen Grist, some of which document the sale of slaves. Volumes are plantation accounts, 1868-1919, including accounts with work hands and tenants; blacksmith and merchandise accounts; toll bridge accounts at Washington, N.C., 1872-1874 and 1884; student notebooks; family records and data; miscellaneous account books; notes, correspondence, and essays memorializing the Civil War, especially the Battle of Gettysburg; and reminiscences of Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, including a record of her time spent in camp with her husband and the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. Other papers include speeches, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to family history, North Carolina history and government, the North Carolina state seal, and memorialization of the Civil War. Also included are the constitution of the Farmers Interstate Protective Association and a four-page account, author unknown, of the history of the Ku Klux Klan's involvement in lynchings in North Carolina.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1730-1929 and undated.

About 3,600 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Includes personal correspondence of Grimes family members, especially Bryan Grimes (1828-1880), Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, and John Bryan Grimes. Of note are letters from Bryan Grimes to Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes during the Civil War; and business and political correspondence of Bryan Grimes, John Bryan Grimes, and Alston Grimes, particularly on the sale of cotton and peanuts, the Grimesland plantation, and affairs of the state of North Carolina. Also present are several letters and papers related to genealogy and family history, chiefly of Alston Grimes, 1894-1913; and receipts and legal documents, some of which document the sale of slaves.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. 1730-1843.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Contains receipts and legal documents, chiefly of Allen Grist of Washington, N.C., and include bonds; matters of guardianship; land deeds; lists of debts; indentures; sales, some of which document the sale of slaves; and a summons for allowing African Americans to meet for the "purpose of drinking and dancing". Also present are receipts of and letters to Richard Grist, 1792-1828, of Washington County, Ga., and Henry County, Al., from his brother Frederick Grist, sister Nancy Grist Grimes, and father, regarding family and social news, crops, influenza, death, and religious conversion. Also includes a 1766 will and typescripts of letters written in 1730 regarding a new design for the province of (and later state of) North Carolina seal.

Folder 1

Foreword and biography #00292, Subseries: "1.1. 1730-1843." Folder 1

Folder 2

1730-1820 #00292, Subseries: "1.1. 1730-1843." Folder 2

Includes typescripts of letters written in 1730 from the Lords of Trade to the King, Governor George Burrington, and the Duke of Newcastle, regarding a new design for the province of (and later state of) North Carolina seal, as well as a letter to Governor Gabriel Johnston regarding the structure of the North Carolina government; several indentures and land deeds; and a typescript of the will of Samuel Swann, 1766, in which he bequeaths several named slaves to his sons. Oversized papers are filed in OPF-292/1.

Folder 3

1821-1843 #00292, Subseries: "1.1. 1730-1843." Folder 3

Includes a summons of Calvin Boyd for allowing African Americans to meet at his house for the "purpose of drinking or dancing;" and two certificates appointing Gordon Nelson to military positions, signed by Governor Holmes and Governor H. G. Burton. Oversized papers are filed in OPF-292/1.

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Chiefly personal letters to Bryan Grimes from friends and family members, although there are also letters to his first wife, Elizabeth Hilliard Davis Grimes, and his second wife, Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, and some legal and financial documents, including slave records. Topics include social life and recreation, courtship, the murder trial of a free African American, family news, and health.

Folder 5

1844-1847 #00292, Subseries: "1.2. 1844-1858." Folder 5

Letters to Bryan Grimes during his time as a student at the University of North Carolina, chiefly from Thomas H. Myers and J.E. Jones of Washington, N.C., and T.L. Haughton of Edenton, N.C., and later a student in Philadelphia, Pa. Topics include recreational activities such as parties, dancing, sailing, promenading, concerts, and horse races; funerals and marriages; the murder trial of a free African American; alcohol-related incidents; duels and fights; plans for green and yellow military uniforms for a Volunteer Company; sales, including the sale of Major Blount’s property; the spread of smallpox by Henry Hoyt; the drought of July 1845; women and courting; a footrace between countrymen and Irishmen; and the Messmore-Norcum quarrel.

Folder 6

1848-1849 #00292, Subseries: "1.2. 1844-1858." Folder 6

Letters to Bryan Grimes, concerning courting, engagements, weddings, and Chapel Hill students and affairs. Several letters are from Grimes's aunt, Mary B. Grist of Early County, Ga., regarding family matters and genealogy.

Folder 7

Undated, circa 1845-1849 #00292, Subseries: "1.2. 1844-1858." Folder 7

Letters, some to and from Bryan Grimes, including correspondence with Mary Joyner regarding marriage. There are love poems and essays.

Folder 8

1850-1858 #00292, Subseries: "1.2. 1844-1858." Folder 8

Legal and financial documents, including receipts for slave sales; letters, chiefly to Bryan Grimes, but also to Elizabeth Hilliard Davis Grimes, and Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, on farming, death of loved ones, family, the health of Grimes's children, and social news; and a letter in which a Texas man described work conditions for merchants and hands, including African Americans.

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Chiefly near-daily letters from Bryan Grimes to his fiancee and wife Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, in Raleigh, N.C., while he served with the Confederate army and traveled along the east coast. Topics include camp life, daily activities, homefront morale, military movements, the possibility of Charlotte joining Bryan Grimes in camp, and accounts of battles. There are also letters to Grimes from friends and relatives.

Folder 9

1860-1863 #00292, Subseries: "1.3. 1860-1865." Folder 9

List of lands owned; a letter to Grimes from F.B. Satterthwaite, in which he discussed the position of armies on the Potomac and preparations in coastal North Carolina; a letter to Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes from her cousin, Mollie, regarding the possibility of joining Bryan Grimes in Virginia and war-time wardrobes; letters describing camp life at Morton's Ford; and a letter from Bryan Grimes to Charlotte in which he described preparations for a review before General Lee and President Davis.

Folder 10

1864: April-August #00292, Subseries: "1.3. 1860-1865." Folder 10

Letters from Morton's Ford, Hanover, Mechanicsville, Bethesda, Staunton, New Market, Strasburg, near Bunkers Hill and Harpers Ferry, and other locations: discussion of the death penalty for deserters; accounts of wounds, captures, and deaths; descriptions of fighting; the death of General Daniel; the lewdness and vulgarity of Yankees; Grimes's observation that Yankee dead decay faster than the Confederate dead; General Jubal Early's valley campaign and the journey from Richmond, Va., to Lynchburg, Va.; Governor W.W. Holden; and other topics related to the war.

Folder 11

September 1864- December 1865, and undated #00292, Subseries: "1.3. 1860-1865." Folder 11

Letters from Stevensons Depot, Bunkers Hill, Strasburg, New Market, Waynesboro, Mount Sidney, Richmond, Petersburg and other locations: comments on despondence of citizens of Raleigh, N.C.; deaths of Generals Ramseur and Rodes; Grimes's fear the South would not win the war; comments on officers, including General Jubal Early; state and national politics; Roper's raid; rumors about General Sherman; and other topics related to the war.

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About 1,100 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Chiefly business correspondence of Bryan Grimes, particularly from commission merchants concerning the cotton market, sale of peanuts, and other dry goods; letters from Pulaski Cowper; account balances; plantation payrolls, chiefly from 1876 and 1877; legal agreements; business and household accounts; and receipts. Correspondents of Bryan Grimes include Paul C. Cameron, J.B. Hill, and Pulaski Cowper. There are also personal letters, some to Bryan Grimes from daughter Bettie, but mostly to Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes from friends and relatives, especially from her stepdaughter Bettie Grimes, son John Bryan Grimes, sister Isabelle, and mother Mary Bryan, regarding women's life and customs, clothing, and social and family news.

Folder 12

1866-1868 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 12

Business affairs of James Grist.

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

1869 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 13-14

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

1870 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 15-16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

1871 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 17-18

Includes a 12-page handwritten excerpt, chiefly the index to the rest of the volume, possibly a diary, listing foods, dry goods, and other items. The item also includes entries for August 1871 weather and notes on pauperism, principal ensurity, and other legal matters.

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1872 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 19-20

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

1873 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 21-22

Folder 23-26

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

1874 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 23-26

Folder 27-29

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

1875 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 27-29

Folder 30-35

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Folder 31

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Folder 35

1876 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 30-35

Includes letters to Bryan Grimes from Paul Cameron and J.B. Hill, United States Marshall.

Folder 36-40

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

1877 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 36-40

Folder 41-42

Folder 41

Folder 42

1878 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 41-42

Folder 43

1879-1880 #00292, Subseries: "1.4. 1866-1880." Folder 43

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.5. 1881-1929 and undated.

About 2,000 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Chiefly correspondence of John Bryan Grimes (1868-1923), secretary of state in Raleigh, N.C., and his older brother Alston Grimes, at the family home, concerning business, politics, and plantation affairs, including matters of land and letters from the North Carolina State Farmers Alliance; responses to advertisements for a farm foreman; and genealogical correspondence and papers, 1894-1913, of Alston. Many of the genealogical letters are to and from Frederick Eugene Grist and Fannie Bryan Chapman and discuss personal and family matters. Also included is personal correspondence of John Bryan Grimes, bulk 1881-1894, from family members and friends; letters to Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes; and letters to and from various people. There is also some undated financial and legal correspondence, chiefly of Bryan Grimes.

Folder 44

1881-1883 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

1884 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

1885-1886 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

1887-1889 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

1890 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

1891 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50-51

Folder 50

Folder 51

1892 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 50-51

Folder 52

1893-1894 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

1895-1896 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54-56

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

1897 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 54-56

Folder 57

1898 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

1899 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

1900 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

1901 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

1902 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

1903 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63-64

Folder 63

Folder 64

1904 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 63-64

Folder 65-67

Folder 65

Folder 66

Folder 67

1905 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 65-67

Folder 68

1906 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69-70

Folder 69

Folder 70

1907 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 69-70

Folder 71-73

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

1908 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 71-73

Folder 74-76

Folder 74

Folder 75

Folder 76

1909 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 74-76

Folder 77-80

Folder 77

Folder 78

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Folder 80

1910 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 77-80

Folder 81-83

Folder 81

Folder 82

Folder 83

1911 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 81-83

Folder 84-85

Folder 84

Folder 85

1912 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 84-85

Folder 86-87

Folder 86

Folder 87

1913 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 86-87

Folder 88

1914 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 88

Folder 89

1915-1929 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 89

Includes advertisements and responses John Bryan Grimes placed for a horse farm superintendent at Grimesland.

Folder 90

Correspondence of John Bryan and Alston Grimes, circa 1881-1923 #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 90

Folder 91-95

Folder 91

Folder 92

Folder 93

Folder 94

Folder 95

Personal correspondence, undated #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 91-95

Chiefly correspondence commenting on family and social news of Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, Bryan Grimes, John Bryan Grimes, and Elizabeth Laughinghouse Grimes, although other friends and relatives are also represented.

Folder 96-97

Folder 96

Folder 97

Financial and legal papers, undated #00292, Subseries: "1.5. 1881-1929 and undated." Folder 96-97

Chiefly financial and business correspondence of Bryan Grimes, but also includes notes, receipts, and copies of indentures.

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39 items.

Includes account books that document financial transactions of households, Grimesland plantation, work hands and tenants, and a toll bridge in Washington, N.C.

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25 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Folder 98

1826-1831: Dr. John H. Bryan in account with Bank of New Bern #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 98

Folder 99

1840-1842: Charles James O'Hagan account book #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 99

Includes a diary with a few entries on politics, history, and daily activities.

Folder 100

1868-1869: Account book #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 100

Folder 101

1870-1872: R.B. Shaw, Grimesland, Pitt County, N.C. #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 101

Folder 102

1871: Accounts with work hands #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 102

Folder 103

1872-1873: Toll bridge accounts, Washington, N.C. #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 103

Folder 104

1873: Accounts with tenants #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 104

SV-292/1

1873-1874: Toll bridge account, Washington, N.C.: S.H. Williams #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." SV-292/1

Folder 105

1873-1880: Plantation accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 105

Folder 106

January 1875-November 1876: Cash book #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 106

Cash paid to work hands and their accounts for tobacco, meal, and small supplies.

Folder 107-108

Folder 107

Folder 108

1876-1877: Blacksmith and merchandise accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 107-108

Folder 109

January 1877- January 1880: Daybook #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 109

Includes cash accounts of workers in the home, Fork Farm, sawmill, and other various locations on the Grimesland plantation, and rules for keeping the accounts.

Folder 110

January 1878- January 1881 #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 110

Folder 111

1884: Toll bridge account, Washington, N.C. #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 111

Folder 112

1884-1886: Alston Grimes, Boyd Farm: Accounts with work hands #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 112

Folder 113

1886-1889: Alston Grimes, Grist Farm: Accounts with tenants #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 113

Folder 114

1891-1892: Ledger of tobacco and store accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 114

Folder 115

1891-1893: John Bryan Grimes: Grimesland plantation accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 115

Folder 116

1895: Pamlico: Time book and trade accounts with work hands #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 116

Folder 117

1895-1896: Creekmere: Accounts and time book #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 117

SV-292/2

1896-1908: Grimes: Ledger of various accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." SV-292/2

SV-292/3

1909-1915: Ledger: Farm accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." SV-292/3

Folder 118

1914-1917: Farm accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 118

Folder 119

1916-1917: Grimesland: Day book #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 119

Folder 120

1919: Farm accounts #00292, Subseries: "2.1. Account books, 1826-1919." Folder 120

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated.

14 items.

Includes volumes related to the Civil War, including the diary of Fred R. Bryan as a young man, an autobiography of Charlotte Elizabeth Bryan Grimes that recounts time spent in camp with the Army of Northern Virginia, and several notebooks memorializing the Battle of Gettysburg. There are also genealogical and school notebooks.

Folder 121

Bryan-Grimes Family Record, undated #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 121

Also includes information on the Blount, Bryan, Grimes, Grist, Herritage, Oliver, Maule, Porter, Shepard, Shine, and Whitfield families.

Folder 122

Chemistry notebook, 1882: Alston Grimes #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 122

Created during his time at the University of North Carolina, under Professor Venable.

Folder 123

"Copies of Letters Relating to the Battle of Gettysburg," 1863-1864, 1877 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 123

Transcripts of letters written to newspaper editors on the Battle of Gettysburg, including accounts of the actions of various brigades involved in the battle. It appears that the letters were in response to a query posed by newspaper editors.

Folder 124

Diary, 1863-1864: Fred R. Bryan #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 124

Daily entries from 1863: January 3-December 4, during which time his health was too poor to attend school in Chapel Hill. Topics include news and visits of friends and relatives, recitations, sale and punishment of slaves, his dogs, hunting, social events, and news of the war. There are eight entries for 1864.

Folder 125

Letterbook, 1904-1913: John Bryan Grimes (?) #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 125

Includes typed letters written by John Bryan Grimes to an editor of the News and Observer regarding the Battle of Gettysburg, statements by military officers on accounts of battle, excerpts from books, a detailed account on the number of casualties of the Army of Northern Virginia as published in Final Report of the New York Monument Commission for the Battlefield of Gettysburg and Chattanooga , and heated correspondence of John Bryan Grimes regarding the Battle of Gettysburg and the role of North Carolinians and Virginians in the charge.

Folder 126

"Questions on the Facts," circa 1803 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 126

Handwritten notebook of questions and answers on world geography.

Folder 127

"Major-General Bryan Grimes," 1887 and undated #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 127

Poem and memorial on the life of Bryan Grimes. Poem by Mrs. McCord in 1887 and writings by H.A. London. Also includes typed pages from a book with handwritten annotations.

Folder 128

Notes on Gettysburg, 1913 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 128

Notebook compiled under direction of Judge Walter A. Montgomery.

Folder 129

Genealogical notebook on Bryan and Grist families, undated: Alston Grimes #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 129

Folder 130

Notebook, undated #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 130

Chiefly notes on Confederate statements and figures, including battle and regiment statistics.

Folder 131

Recollections of the Civil War in the United States, 1909 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 131

Handwritten recollection by J.A. Stikeleather of Olive, N.C., of his life as a soldier. 110 pages. Originially written in 1883.

Folder 132

School notebook, 1891 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 132

Includes poems, essays, and quotations, along with a teacher's feedback and grades.

Folder 133

"Sketches of My Life," undated #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 133

Handwritten and typed autobiography of Charlotte Emily Bryan Grimes, including her childhood, her time spent with the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, Bryan Grimes's death, and the lives of her children and siblings.

Folder 134

Scrapbook, circa 1899-1901 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 134

Newspaper clippings chiefly related to tobacco, agriculture, and farming. Pasted in Yearbook of the United States Department of Agriculture . May have belonged to John Bryan Grimes.

Folder 135

Tombstone inscriptions, circa 1897 #00292, Subseries: "2.2. Other volumes, 1803-1913 and undated." Folder 135

Handwritten transcriptions of tombstone inscriptions.

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About 800 items.

Speeches, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to family history, North Carolina history and government, the North Carolina state seal, and memorialization of the Civil War. Also included are the constitution of the Farmers Interstate Protective Association and a four-page account, author unknown, of the history of the Ku Klux Klan's involvement in lynchings in North Carolina.

Folder 136-140

Folder 136

Folder 137

Folder 138

Folder 139

Folder 140

Family history materials, undated #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 136-140

Includes pedigrees, wills, letters, copies of legal documents, and assorted genealogical notes. Oversize materials filed in OPF-292/2.

Folder 141

"Gettysburg," 1911 #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 141

Typed essay, with handwritten edits, by John Bryan Grimes.

Folder 142

Newspaper clippings, 1898, 1911-1914, 1921 and undated #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 142

Includes articles on African Americans, Civil War, southern and national politics, and the history of the North Caroliona state flag. Also tributes and obituaries.

Folder 143-144

Folder 143

Folder 144

Speeches, undated #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 143-144

On the history of North Carolina, economics, imperialism, bi-metalism, politics, the cotton and tobacco crop, agriculture, secession, the opening of the East Carolina Training School, and a memorial of Charles James O'Hagan. Speeches were given by Reverend Dr. Hawkes, John Bryan Grimes, and others to the Daughters of the Confederacy, graduating nurses, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the General Assembly, the Southern Cotton Congress, and other groups.

Folder 145

State government material, undated #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 145

Includes acts to increase the duties and enlarge the power of the attorney general of North Carolina, to increase the poll tax, to provide township meeting houses, for the relief of Confederate veterans and widows, to regulate public printing, to collect and distribute official reports, and to amend particular sections and chapters of previous laws, among others. Also documents related to the hiring of convicts for railroad work and the future of the cotton crop and its value to the South.

Folder 146

State history material #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 146

Includes addresses to the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, a resolution to publish a roster of the North Carolina militia in the Revolutionary War, tributes, and documents supporting historical preservation.

Folder 147

State seal material, 1883, undated #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 147

Includes documents related to the development and design of the North Carolina state seal, presumably for John Bryan Grimes's use when writing History of the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina , first published in 1893.

Folder 148

Miscellaneous, undated #00292, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1883-1921 and undated." Folder 148

Includes a four-page account, author unknown, of the history of the Ku Klux Klan's involvement in lynchings in North Carolina; constitution of the Farmers Interstate Protective Association; land surveys and maps; lists of work hands; documents relating to public schools and school exercises; political notes, some of John Bryan Grimes; memorials; cadastral maps; an advertisement for Grimesland, N.C.; and miscellaneous notes.

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4 items.
Image P-292/1

Grimes, Bryan #00292, Series: "4. Pictures, circa 1870s and undated." P-292/1

Reproduction of daguerrotype, circa 1845.

Image P-292/2

Grimes, Bryan and Grimes, William #00292, Series: "4. Pictures, circa 1870s and undated." P-292/2

Reproduction of albumen print, circa 1850.

Image P-292/3

Grimes, Bryan #00292, Series: "4. Pictures, circa 1870s and undated." P-292/3

Print of Bryan Grimes in uniform of a Confederate States of America general, circa 1860s.

Image P-292/4

Grist, Sam, circa 1870s #00292, Series: "4. Pictures, circa 1870s and undated." P-292/4

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated in March 2010 by Kiley Orchard.

This collection was reprocessed with support from Elizabeth Moore Ruffin.

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