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Collection Number: 04393

Collection Title: Hill and Davis Family Papers, 1768-2003

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Size About 300 items (1.0 linear feet)
Abstract Hill and Davis families of Warrenton, N.C. The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal items, genealogical material, printed items, and other materials of the extended Hill and Davis families. Materials prior to 1867 concern the families' activities in the Methodist Church in eastern North Carolina. After 1867, the material relates to Louisa Hill Davis and her daughters; Louisburg Male Academy and Louisburg Female Academy and their successor institution, Louisburg College; and the genealogy of the Davis-Hill-Toole-King-Fuller-Long-Seawell family. The addition of October 2001 contains letters, 1933-1964, received by Ruth Jenkins, who became a member of the Fuller-Malone branch of the extended Hill and Davis family through her marriage to Edward Leigh Best. The bulk of these letters were written by Private George Shaw during his service in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II in the United States and French West Africa. The addition of October 2003 contains family letters; financial materials; genealogical materials; and writings, including some of poet and novelist Edwin W. Fuller, of the Fuller branch of the extended Hill and Davis family.
Creator Hill family.



Davis family
Language English.
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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 Hill and Davis Family Papers #4393, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Elizabeth Allen of Warrenton, N.C., in August 1984 and from Sarah Davis of Louisburg, N.C., in October 2001 (Acc. 99097 and Acc. 99098) and in October 2003 (Acc. 99430).
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 persons represented in this collection are ancestors of the donors, Elizabeth Allen and Sarah Davis, who are first cousins.

The Reverend Daniel Shines (1759-1843) was a Methodist circuit rider in eastern North Carolina in the 1790s. He later settled as a minister in Warrenton, N.C. Evidence in the papers indicates that he married Sarah Richmond Long, widow of Gabriel Long and mother of Rebecca Wesley Long Hill (1791-1867), who married Charles Applewhite Hill.

Charles A. Hill (1784-1832) graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1816 and moved to Georgia with Rebecca. After several years there, Hill returned to North Carolina to become a Methodist minister and educator in Franklin County. He founded an academy at Midway, published a Latin grammar, and served as a state senator, devoting himself to the cause of public education.

Daniel Shine Hill (1812-1873), planter and son of Charles A. and Rebecca Hill, married Susan Erwin Toole (1815-1878), daughter of Geraldus Toole, a planter, and Elizabeth King Toole. Among the Hills' several daughters was Sarah Louisa Hill (1836-1931), who married Matthew S. Davis (1830-1906), head of the Louisburg Male Academy and president of its successor, Louisburg College. The Davises had six children. The oldest daughter, Florence, married Eugene S. Allen and was the mother of J. Edward Allen, author of some of the genealogical materials in the collection. The second daughter, Mary, served as president of Louisburg College from the time of her father's death in 1906 until 1918. She married Ivey Allen and was the mother of Elizabeth Allen, one of the donors of these papers. The third daughter, Mabel, never married; she served as librarian of Warren County; genealogy was a passion she shared with a remote relative, Nannie Seawell Boyd. One son, the Reverend Edward Hill Davis, served as a Methodist minister and the other son, Louisburg architect Marion Stuart Davis, married May Amanda Holmes and was the father of Sarah Davis, who is one of this collection's donors.

The Fuller branch of the family descended from Ann Long, who was another daughter of Gabriel Long (d. 1792) and Sarah Richmond Long (d. 1845). Ann married Jordan Thomas, and they had a daughter, Ann, who married merchant Jones Fuller (1808-1870). They had two children, poet and writer Edwin Wiley Fuller (1847-1876), who married Mary Elizabeth Malone, and Anna Richmond (d. 1934), who married James Ellis Malone. James and Elizabeth Malone were siblings. The King family appears to have become intertwined with the Hill and Davis family through the second marriage of Ann Thomas Fuller, who married William Richmond King after the death of her first husband, Jones Fuller.

Ruth Jenkins is related to the extended Hill and Davis family through her marriage to Edward Leigh Best. Best's connection to the family is through his mother, who descends from the Fuller-Malone branch of the Hill and Davis family.

Note: Most of this information is from material contained in the collection. The connections of Green Hill, Jr., John and Joel King, and the Reverend Daniel Shines with the Methodist Church are confirmed in references in The History of Methodism in North Carolina by W. L. Grissom (1905: The Publishing House of the M. E. Church (South), Nashville, Tenn.).

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The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal items, genealogical material, printed items, and other items of the extended Hill and Davis families of Warrenton, N.C. Materials prior to 1867 concern the families' activities in the Methodist Church in eastern North Carolina. After 1867, the material relates to Louisa Hill Davis and her daughters; Louisburg Male Academy and Louisburg Female Academy and their successor institution, Louisburg College; and the genealogy of the Davis-Hill-Toole-King-Fuller-Long-Seawell family. The addition of October 2001 contains letters, 1933-1964, received by Ruth Jenkins, who became a member of the Fuller-Malone branch of the extended Hill and Davis family through her marriage to Edward Leigh Best. The bulk of these letters were written by Private George Shaw during his service in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II in the United States and French West Africa. The addition of October 2003 contains family letters; financial materials; genealogical materials; and writings, including some of poet and novelist Edwin W. Fuller, of the Fuller branch of the extended Hill and Davis family.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1794-1954.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Family, business, and genealogical correspondence. Letters from 1794 to 1837 are chiefly from Charles A. Hill and his wife Rebecca to her father-in-law and mother, the Reverend Daniel and Sarah Shines, and from the Reverend Joel King to Shines and to King's sister, Elizabeth King Toole. One 1794 letter is from Daniel Shines, Jr., to his parents. Letters from 1855 to 1863 are business and family correspondence of Daniel Shine Hill.

Correspondence from 1867 to 1900 consists chiefly of family correspondence of Louisa Hill Davis, wife of Matthew Smart Davis, president of Louisburg College. From 1919 to 1954, items are chiefly letters about genealogy of Mabel Davis, librarian of Warren County, primarily and her mother, Louisa Hill Davis, and with Nannie Seawell Boyd. One item is a letter from Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow (1873-1945), the novelist, about hearing aids, 19 March 1936. Undated items are chiefly family letters of Louisa Hill Davis and genealogical exchanges between Mabel Davis and Nannie Seawell Boyd.

Folder 1

1794 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 1

Folder 2

1807-1812 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 2

Folder 3

1814-1837 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 3

Folder 4

1855-1863 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 4

Folder 5

1867-1900 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 5

Folder 6

1919-1923 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 6

Folder 7

1924 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 7

Folder 8

1925 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 8

Folder 9

1926-1927 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 9

Folder 10

1928-1929 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 10

Folder 11

1930-1954 #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 11

Folder 12

Undated #04393, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1794-1954." Folder 12

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About 100 items.

Financial and legal, genealogical, printed items, and other material. Financial and legal items include notes, bills, and fragments of legal documents. Also included is an account book of Louisburg Male Academy, 1870-1880, which documents the academy's accounts and contains several newspaper clippings about the Academy. Genealogical material consists of notes, charts, and mimeographed articles relating to the Davis, Hill, Toole, King, Fuller, Long, and Seawell families.

Printed items are newspaper clippings relating to Methodist history and meetings, Louisburg College, and the deaths of family members; an undated pamphlet entitled, "Green Hill," by Thomas Neal Ivey; printed Louisburg Male Academy forma; and magazine articles about Louisburg College.

Miscellaneous items include proceedings of quarterly meetings of the Tar River Conference of the Methodist Church, 1841; a report card of Louisa Hill from Louisburg Female Academy, 1850; two drafts of family reminiscences, one pertaining to the Daniel Shine Hill family and the other to Christmas customs; a recipe; and drafts of addresses about education in general and Louisburg College.

Folder 13

Financial and legal, 1768-1924 #04393, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1768-1921." Folder 13

Folder 14

Account book, 1870-1880 #04393, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1768-1921." Folder 14

Folder 15-17

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

Genealogical material, undated #04393, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1768-1921." Folder 15-17

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

Printed items #04393, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1768-1921." Folder 18-19

Folder 20

Miscellaneous items, 1841-1924 #04393, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1768-1921." Folder 20

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About 60 items. (0.5 linear feet)

Processing note: The Addition of October 2003 is arranged in the same way as, but has not been incorporated into, the original deposit of materials.

Family letters, financial materials, and writings of the Fuller family as well as financial and legal documents and genealogical materials related to the extended Hill and Davis family.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1821-1872 and undated.

About 20 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily family letters of merchant Jones Fuller; his wife, Ann Thomas Fuller; and their children, poet and novelist Edwin Wiley Fuller, and Anna Richmond Fuller Malone. There is also an 1821 letter to Joel King.

Folder 21

Correspondence, 1821-1872 and undated #04393, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1821-1872 and undated." Folder 21

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About 40 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Chiefly financial and legal papers, writings, and genealogical materials of the extended Hill and Davis family. Financial and legal documents primarily consists of receipts of the Fuller family, but also included are a court order in Mosley v. Jones, 1770; fragments of an inventory of the estate of Gabriel Long, 1792; and fragments of an "Account of Rebecca Long, orphan, with Daniel and Sarah Shines," 1796-1797.

Writings consist of newspaper clippings of Edwin Wiley Fuller's poems, "The Last Look" and "Lines Written After Having a Hemorrhage From the Lungs," and two speeches by his sister, Anna, that were delivered before the Joseph J. Davis chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the 1920s. One contains her memories of Sherman's march through Louisburg, N.C., and the other describes the celebration of Christmas during the Civil War.

Genealogical materials include clippings of obituraries, donors' notes, excerpts from Sarah Davis's Covenant Made on Earth: A History of the Louisburg Methodist Church, and Sarah Louisa Hill Davis's approved application to the Daughters of the Confederacy based on her father Daniel Shine Hill's service.

There are also two documents relating to Louisburg schools: a summary of a Louisburg Male Academy board meeting lead by Joel King, and an 1818 list of the students enrolled in Louisburg Female Academy's first session.

Folder 22

Financial and legal materials, 1770-1908 #04393, Subseries: "2. Other Papers, 1770-2003." Folder 22

Folder 23

Writings, 1870s-1925 and undated #04393, Subseries: "2. Other Papers, 1770-2003." Folder 23

Folder 24

Louisburg Schools, 1818 and undated #04393, Subseries: "2. Other Papers, 1770-2003." Folder 24

Folder 25

Genealogical materials, 1870s-2003 #04393, Subseries: "2. Other Papers, 1770-2003." Folder 25

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About 50 items. (0.5 linear feet)

Processing note: The Addition of October 2001 is arranged in the same way as, but has not been incorporated into, the original deposit of materials.

Letters, 1933-1964, received by Ruth Jenkins Best.

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters, 1933-1964, received by Ruth Jenkins, who became a member of the Fuller-Malone branch of the extended Hill and Davis family through her marriage to Edward Leigh Best. The bulk of these letters were written by Private George Shaw during his service in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II in the United States and French West Africa.

Folder 26

1933-1942 #04393, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1933-1964 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1943 #04393, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1933-1964 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1943-1964 and undated #04393, Subseries: "1. Correspondence, 1933-1964 and undated." Folder 28

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Oversized papers in folder OP-4393/1.

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