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Collection Number: 00321

Collection Title: Sylvester S. Hassell Papers, 1801-1928.

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Size 5.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Sylvester Hassell, son of Cushing Biggs Hassell (1808-1880) and Mary Davis Hassell, was born in 1842 in Williamston, N.C. His father was a Baptist preacher and merchant in Williamston, Halifax, and Plymouth, N.C. Sylvester taught school at several academies; he was also a Primitive Baptist preacher. In 1895, he bought the Gospel Messenger, a monthly religious publication, and served as its editor until his death in 1928. Correspondence, volumes, and other items, chiefly 1910-1927, relating to matters of the Primitive Baptist Church in North Carolina and to the Gospel Messenger of which Hassell was editor. Included is an 1867 letter from David Lowry Swain, North Carolina governor and president of the University of North Carolina. Volumes include Hassell's diaries, 1870- 1928; accounts and subscription lists for the Gospel Messenger; and records of the Wilson Collegiate Institute and the Williamston Academy with which Hasselll was involved. There are also some materials relating to Cushing Biggs Hassell, including notes for an autobiography, circa 1840; antebellum account books and inventories from his time as a merchant at Williamston and other places in eastern North Carolina; and a record book of his tenure as Martin County, N.C., court clerk, 1839-1850.
Creator Hassell, Sylvester, 1842-1928.
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 Sylvester S. Hassell Papers #321, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Frank S. Hassell, Jr., in 1943 and 1995 (Acc. 95026).
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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Sylvester Hassell, son of Cushing Biggs Hassell (1808-1880) and Mary Davis Hassell, was born in 1842 in Williamston, N.C. His father was a Baptist preacher and merchant in Williamston, Halifax, and Plymouth, N.C. Sylvester taught school at several academies; he was also a Primitive Baptist preacher. In 1895, he bought the Gospel Messenger, a monthly religious publication, and served as its editor until his death in 1928.

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Correspondence, volumes, and other items, chiefly 1910-1927, relating to matters of the Primitive Baptist Church in North Carolina and to the Gospel Messenger of which Hassell was editor. Included is an 1867 letter from David Lowry Swain, North Carolina governor and president of the University of North Carolina. Volumes include Hassell's diaries, 1870- 1928; accounts and subscription lists for the Gospel Messenger; and records of the Wilson Collegiate Institute and the Williamston Academy with which Hasselll was involved. There are also some materials relating to Cushing Biggs Hassell, including notes for an autobiography, circa 1840; antebellum account books and inventories from his time as a merchant at Williamston and other places in eastern North Carolina; and a record book of his tenure as Martin County, N.C., court clerk, 1839-1850.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927.

About 270 items.

Personal and business correspondence, speeches, and religious tracts relating primarily to doctrinal matters and church affairs. Included is a letter, 14 July 1867, from David Lowry Swain, North Carolina governor and University of North Carolina president, promising to submit a proposal for Hassell to the University's board of trustees.

Folder 1

1847-1898 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 1

Folder 2

1901-1910 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 2

Folder 3

1911-March 1912 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 3

Folder 4

1-15 April 1912 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 4

Folder 5

16-30 April 1912 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 5

Folder 6

1913-1920 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 6

Folder 7

January-June 1921 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 7

Folder 8

July-November 1921 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 8

Folder 9

1922-1927 #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 9

Folder 10-13

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 10-13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Bills and receipts #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

Clippings #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." Folder 16

Image P-321/1-2

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Photographs: 2 images of unidentified men, circa 1870-1900. #00321, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1847-1927." P-321/1-2

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79 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 17

Volume 1: Mathematics exercise book with herbal cures, birth records, etc., of Joshua W. Hassell of Williamston, N.C. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 2: Commonplace book, 1825. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 3 (PA-321/1): Album with numbered images (17 tintypes and 81 cartes-de-visite), mostly portraits of unidentified persons, 1860-1875. Identified images include: Robert C. Leachman (#4); J. M. Watson (#6); Sylvester(?) Hassell (#8); Mr. and Mrs. J. Webster (#25); P. V. Lyman (#27); John Clark (#29); Mary Abby Clark (#47); Fanny Maria Clark (#48); C. B. Hassell (#65); John C. Harkness (#69); D. S. Gillespie (#70); Fanny Maria Clark (#76); Thomas Barton (#95). #89 and #90 are street scenes in unidentified towns. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 19

Folder 20

Volume 4: Martin County Court records, Cushing B. Hassell, clerk, 1839-1850. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume S-5: List of subscribers to the Christian Advocate and Spiritual Advisor, 1844-1848. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume S-6: Cushing B. Hassell inventory and invoice book, 1845-1847. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume S-7: Hassell & Biggs inventory and invoice book, 1845-1847. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume S-8: Cushing B. Hassell day book for barter, 1850-1851. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume S-9: Cushing B. Hassell inventories, 1850-1851. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 25

Folder 26

Volume 10: Cushing B. Hassell inventories, 1852-1853. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 26

Folder 27

Volume 11: Cushing B. Hassell appendix to biography, 1853-1856. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 12: Cushing B. Hassell business and personal inventories, 1855. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 13: Alonzo Hassell ledger. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 14: Alonzo Hassell day book. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 15: Alonzo Hassell journal. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 16: Alonzo Hassell cash book. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 17: Alonzo Hassell invoice book. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 18: "Index rerun", 1867. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 19: Williamston Academy pupil register, 1871-1873. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 20: Wilson Collegiate Institute accounts, 1872-1875. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 21: Wilson Collegiate Institute board of trustees minutes, 1874-1893. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 22: School role and grades, 1872-1876. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 23: Cushing B. Hassell list of correspondents, books borrowed, etc., 1879. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 24: Subscription list, school tuition payments, and other accounts, 1881-1889. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume S-25: Lyceum Society of Williamston, by-laws and minutes, 1889. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 26: Gospel Messenger accounts; church history, 1896-1908. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume S-27: Sylvester Hassell cashbook with miscellaneous bills and receipts, 1897-1903. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 43

Folder 44

Volume 28: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Idaho-Missouri, 1897-1906. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 29: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Nebraska and South Carolina, 1898-1903. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 30: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, 1899-1900; Euglocian Society constitution, minutes, membership list, 1909-1911. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 31: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Tennessee and West Virginia, 1899-1910. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 47

Folder 48

Volume 32: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Georgia, 1900-1906. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volume 33: Sylvester Hassell cash book, 1901-1907. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 49

Folder 50

Volume 34: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Alabama, 1906. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 35: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Arkansas and Florida, 1906-1907. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 36: Gospel Messenger subscription lists, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas, 1906-1909. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 37: Sylvester Hassell cash book and ledger, 1907-1914. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 38: Sylvester Hassell pocket account book, 1908-1910. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 39: Gospel Messenger subscription list. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 40: Gospel Messenger subscription list, 1911; Sylvester Hassell cash book, 1914-1919. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 56

Folder 57

Volume 41: Gospel Messenger subscription list, Alabama and Georgia, 1913-1919. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 57

Folder 58

Volume 42: Armenian and Syrian Relief Fund, Sylvester Hassell, treasurer, 1917-1919. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 43: Sylvester Hassell cash book, 1919-1928. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 59

Folder 60

Volume 44: Gospel Messenger subscription list, undated. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 60

Folder 61

Volume 45: "For the Primitive Baptists," fragment, undated. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 61

Folder 62

Volume 46: "Index rerun," undated. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 62

Folder 63

Volume 47: Walter Hassell's copy of the Modern Atlas, undated. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 63

Folder 64

Volume 48: "Can I Be Assured of Salvation? and How?" American Baptist Publication Society, undated. #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 64

Folder 65

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 49: 1870 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 65

Folder 66

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 50: 1871 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 66

Folder 67

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 51: 1874 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 67

Folder 68

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 52: 1880 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 68

Folder 69

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 53: 1882 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 69

Folder 70

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 54: 1883 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 70

Folder 71

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 55: 1884 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 71

Folder 72

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 56: 1885 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 72

Folder 73

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 57: 1886 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 73

Folder 74

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 58: 1887 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 74

Folder 75

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 59: 1888 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 75

Folder 76

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 60: 1889 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 76

Folder 77

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 61: 1892; Volume 62: 1893; and Volume 63: 1895 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 77

Folder 78

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 64: 1896 and Volume 65: 1898 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 78

Folder 79

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 66: 1900; Volume 67: 1905; and Volume 68: 1910 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 79

Folder 80

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 69: 1911 and Volume 70: 1913 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 80

Folder 81

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 71: 1915 and Volume 72: 1918 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 81

Folder 82

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 73: 1920 and Volume 74: 1923 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 82

Folder 83

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 75: 1925 and Volume 76: 1926 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 83

Folder 84

Sylvester Hassell Diary: Volume 77: 1927 and Volume 78: 1928 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 84

Volume 79: Cushing B. Hassell Diary, 1874 #00321, Series: "2. Volumes, 1801-1928." Folder 84

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Processed by: Rebecca McCoy, May 1984; Roslyn Holdzkom, March 1995

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