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Collection Number: 01373

Collection Title: Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 264 items)
Abstract The Heartt family and Wilson family of North Carolina were united by the marriage of Edwin A. Heartt and Alice E. Wilson, daughter of Alexander Wilson (1799-1867). Alexander Wilson emigrated from Ireland in 1818 and settled in Raleigh, N.C. He was a Presbyterian minister and a teacher and principal at several boys' schools, including the Caldwell Institute (first located in Greensboro, N.C., 1836-1845, and then in Hillsborough, N.C., 1845-1850) and at an academy named for him at Melville in Alamance County, N.C. The collection includes family and personal correspondence of Alexander Wilson including letters from him, his sons, Alexander Wilson and Robert W. Wilson, and daughters, and from educators and historians. Also included are papers of his Heartt grandchildren; sermons; commonplace books and personal memoranda books; and clippings.
Creator Heartt family.



Wilson family.

Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, #1373, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. W. A. Heartt of Hillsboro, N.C., September 1947.
Received from the North Carolina Historical Society, 1947.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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 Heartt and Wilson families of North Carolina were united by the marriage of Alice E. Wilson, daughter of Alexander Wilson (1799-1867), and Edwin A. Heartt.

Alexander Wilson emigrated from Ireland in 1818 and settled in Raleigh, N.C. Wilson taught at Dr. William McPheeters's Raleigh Academy, 1818-1822; was principal of Williamsborough Academy, Greenville County, N.C., 1822-1829; was licensed to preach in 1830 by Orange Presbytery and served as pastor of Spring Garden Church in Granville County, N.C. Wilson was also heavily involved in the founding and administration of the Caldwell Institute (first located in Greensboro, N.C., 1836-1845, and then in Hillsborough, 1845-1850) and of an academy named for him at Melville in Alamance County, N.C. He was married to Mary Willis, also an Irish immigrant.

Other family members include the children of Mary Willis and Alexander Wilson, Mary Jane Wilson(died 1842), Alexander Wilson, Robert Willis Wilson (1828-1868), John B. Wilson, and John W. Wilson; Mary E. Heartt Bragg; and Caroline Heartt.

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The collection includes family and personal correspondence of Alexander Wilson including letters from him, his sons, Alexander and Robert W. Wilson, and daughters, and from educators and historians. Also included are papers of his Heartt grandchildren; sermons; commonplace books and personal memoranda books; and clippings. There are also two letters, 1862, addressed to Robert E. Lee from General Joseph E. Johnston and Major General R. S. Ewell.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1802-1839 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1840-1849 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1852-1869 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1870-1926 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5-6

Folder 5

Folder 6

Undated #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 5-6

Folder 7

Clippings #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 1: Commonplace book, 1827 (?) #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 2: Commonplace book, 1842-1850 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 3: Personal expense account, 1843-1852 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 4: Memoranda book with diary entries, 1845-1861 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 5: Diary entries and notes, Robert W. Wilson, 1855-1881 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 6: List of books, 1867-1921 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 7: Account book, 1868-1883 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 8: Teacher's grade book, 1880 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Volume 9: Teacher's grade book, 1884-1886 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 10: Diary, 1885 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 11: School account book, 1885-1897 #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 12: Commonplace book, undated #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." Folder 19

Image Folder PF-1373/1

Photograph, Miss Alice Heartt's School, Hillsborough, N.C., group portrait #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." PF-1373/1

Photograph, unidentified woman #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." PF-1373/1

Photograph, unidentified girl #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." PF-1373/1

Picture, John Rodgers #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." PF-1373/1

Special Format Image SF-P-1373/1

Tintype photograph, unidentified man #01373, Series: "Heartt and Wilson Family Papers, 1802-1926 and undated." SF-P-1373/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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