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Collection Number: 02493

Collection Title: Hobbs and Mendenhall Family Papers, 1787-1949

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Size 4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 700 items)
Abstract Members of the Mendenhall and Hobbs families of Guilford County, N.C., included Lewis Lyndon Hobbs (1849-1932), educator and writer, active Quaker, and president of Guilford College; his wife, Mary (Mendenhall) Hobbs (1852-1930), active in promoting women's education, pacifism, and Quaker philosophy; and Mary's father, Nereus Mendenhall (1819-1893), devout Quaker, physician, teacher at New Garden School (Greensboro, N.C.), and legislator active in the construction of the state asylum at Morganton in the 1870s and other reforms. The collection includes family and personal letters, chiefly from 1870, concerning the political and religious activities, travels, and careers of members of the Mendenhall and Hobbs families of Guilford County, N.C. The papers reflect the Quaker view of life and relate to several reform movements. Included are Nereus Mendenhall's treatise on pregnancy and childbirth and letters, 1914-1919, from Richard Hobbs, son of Lewis and Mary, written while he was in France serving with a Quaker relief organization. Volumes, 1797-1923, include students' notebooks, particularly of L. L. Hobbs at Haverford College, 1870s; accounts; scrapbooks; diaries of Nereus Mendenhall, 1851, and L. L. Hobbs during a tour of England, 1890-1891; religious notebooks; and notes by Hobbs of his activities and his college experience, both as a student and as college president.
Creator Hobbs family.



Mendenhall family.
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 Hobbs and Mendenhall Family Papers #2493, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of Nereus Mendenhall's treatise on pregnancy and childbirth (folder 33) available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from A. W. Hobbs of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1943.
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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Nereus Mendenhall (1819-1893) graduated from Haverford College in 1839; received his medical degree from Jefferson College, Pa., in 1845; and abandoned his medical practice because of delicate health. He taught in the New Garden Boarding School at Greensboro, N.C., and later became a civil engineer and surveyed many railroads in North Carolina. In 1860, he returned to the New Garden School as principal and kept it open during the Civil War, which he opposed along with secession and Reconstruction. He served two terms as a Democrat in the state legislature and, in 1876, was appointed to faculty of the Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He helped with the construction of the insane asylum at Morganton and the State Penitentiary. He was a learned and devout member of the Society of Friends and married Oriana Wilson in 1851.

Mary Mendenhall Hobbs (1852-1930), daughter of Nereus and Oriana Mendenhall, was also a member of the Society of Friends. She married L. L. (Lewis Lyndon) Hobbs and with him dedicated her life to education in North Carolina, especially that of women. She held no official position at Guilford College, but was the third woman to receive a degree from the University of North Carolina. She wrote on many subjects and was prominent in aiding all efforts for peace. She and Lyndon Hobbs had five children: Lewis Lyndon, Richard Julius Mendenhall, Allen Wilson, Walter, and Gertrude. Richard served with a Quaker relief organization in France during the First World War.

Lewis Lyndon Hobbs (1849-1932), son of Lewis and Phoebe Cook Hobbs, was a member of the Society of Friends and graduated from Haverford College in 1876. He accepted an appointment to teach at the New Garden College from 1876 to 1884 and was elected president of Guilford College (as New Garden had then become) from 1888 to 1915. He helped to establish the first rural grade school in North Carolina.

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Collection contains family and personal letters, chiefly from 1870, concerning the political and religious activities, travels, and careers of members of the Mendenhall family and the Hobbs family of Guilford County, N.C. The papers reflect the Quaker view of life and relate to several reform movements. Included are letters, 1914-1919, from Richard Hobbs, son of Lewis Hobbs and Mary Hobbs, written while he was in France serving with a Quaker relief organization. Volumes, 1797-1923, include students' notebooks, particularly of L. L. Hobbs at Haverford College, 1870s; accounts; scrapbooks; diaries of Nereus Mendenhall, 1851, and L. L. Hobbs during a tour of England, 1890-1891; religious notebooks; and notes by Hobbs of his activities and his college experience, both as a student and as college president.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932.

About 450 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily correspondence of both families, mainly concerning theological issues. Also included are a few deeds, plats, and indentures.

Folder 1

1787-1799 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 1

Folder 2

1804-1842 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 2

Folder 3

1849-1868 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 3

Folder 4

1870-1881 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 4

Folder 5

1883-1889 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 5

Folder 6

1890-1899 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 6

Folder 7

1900-1904 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 7

Folder 8

1905-1909 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 8

Folder 9

1910-1917 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 9

Folder 10

1869-1870 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 10

Folder 11

1918 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 11

Folder 12

1919-1921 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 12

Folder 13

1922-1926 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 13

Folder 14

1927-1929 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 14

Folder 15

1930-1932 #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated letters and other material #02493, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1787-1932." Folder 16

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200 items.

Religious sermons, educational articles, newspaper clippings, and some genealogical information collected by Mary and Lyndon Hobbs.

Folder 17

Articles of Mary Mendenhall Hobbs #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 17

Folder 18

Papers of L. L. Hobbs #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 18

Folder 19

Biographical sketches and genealogy #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 19

Folder 20

Undated manuscripts #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 20

Folder 21

Sketches #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 21

Folder 22-25

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Articles #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 22-25

Folder 26

Review of Drummond's Natural Law in the Spiritual World #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 26

Folder 27-30

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Miscellaneous articles #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 27-30

Folder 31

Miscellaneous fragments #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 31

Folder 32

Miscellaneous genealogical materials #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 32

Folder 33

Nereus Mendenhall's treatise on pregnancy and childbirth (microfilm available) #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 33

Folder 34

Fragments #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 34

Folder 35

Newspaper clippings about Gertrude W. Mendenhall #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 35

Folder 36

Newspaper clippings about Nereus Mendenhall #02493, Series: "2. Articles and Other Writings." Folder 36

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39 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 37

V-2493/1: 1797, 5 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 37

Daybook containing accounts with barbers and other trades people; also chronological record of business transacted and letters received.

Folder 38

V-2493/2: 1798-1802, 40 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 38

Arithmetic book of Stephen Mendenhall.

Folder 39

V-2493/3: 1807-1808, 50 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 39

Penmanship exercises and poems of Mary Pegg.

Folder 40

V-2493/4: 1822, 16 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 40

Daybook and ledger with barber and cash accounts.

Folder 41

V-2493/5: 1832, 1837-1844, 1852, 300 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 41

Accounts of the estate of Judith Mendenhall; records of Quakers in Charleston, S.C.; description of Montgomery County (N.C.) lands; accounts of George C. Clark; register book for lands of George Mendenhall; accounts of James R., George C., and other Mendenhalls.

Folder 42

V-2493/6: 1833-1848, 60 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 42

Album of Minerva T. Mendenhall titled Young Lady's Remembrancer.

Folder 43

V-2493/7: 19 February 1851-29 November 1851, 100 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 43

Diary of Nereus Mendenhall.

Folder 44

V-2493/8: 1854, 60 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 44

Scrapbook of miscellaneous clippings of James R. Guilford, attorney, Guilford County, N.C.

Folder 45

V-2493/9: 1862, 61 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 45

Autograph album of Charlie M. Crump.

Folder 46

V-2493/10: 1867-1868, 452 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 46

Letterpress copybook of Brenizer, Kellog and Co., Greensboro, N.C.

Folder 47

V-2493/11: 1869-1870, 400 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 47

"Index Rerum" of Nereus Mendenhall.

Folder 48

V-2493/12: 1870-1883, 383 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 48

Accounts of the estate of Richard Mendenhall and other accounts.

Folder 49

V-2493/13: 1871-1877, 80 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 49

Secretary's record book of the Temperance Society of New Garden District, N.C.

Folder 50

V-2493/14: November 1872, 80 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 50

Pocket notebook of G. L. Hobbs, New Garden, N.C.

Folder 51

V-2493/15: 1875, 38 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 51

L. L. Hobbs, Haverford College, notes on lectures and accounts of college store.

Folder 52

V-2493/16: 1875, 38 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 52

L. L. Hobbs, Haverford College, notes on mathematics, logic and lectures.

Folder 53

V-2493/17: 1876, 46 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 53

Commonplace book of L. L. Hobbs.

Folder 54

V-2493/18: 1881-1883, 41 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 54

Accounts of personal expenses; list of subscribers; and roll of a primary Latin class.

Folder 55

V-2493/19: 1890-1891, 175 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 55

Diary of tour of England.

Folder 56

V-2493/20: 1891, 1897, 1902-1904, 140 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 56

L. L. Hobbs notebook containing subscription list, addresses, expenses on trip to Philadelphia in 1897; notes about a trip to England; subscriptions to Guilford College endowment and to Harriet Green Memorial fund.

Folder 57

V-2493/21: 1903-1905, 120 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 57

Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.

Folder 58

V-2493/22: 1906-1907, 1915-1916, 92 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 58

Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.

Folder 59

V-2493/23: 1907, 16 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 59

Notebook containing material on the Susanna Cocroft System of exercises and physical culture.

Folder 60

V-2493/24: 1909-1912, 120 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 60

Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.

Folder 61

V-2493/25: 1911, 140 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 61

Notebook on peace, Friends' educational work, etc.

Folder 62

V-2493/26: 1914, 120 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 62

Minutes and notes on the Annual Meeting of Friends, Guilford College.

Folder 63

V-2493/27: 1915, 70 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 63

Notebook of L. L. Hobbs with list of delegates.

Folder 64

V-2493/28: 1917, 80 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 64

Notes on annual general Meeting of Friends at Guilford College, afternoon session on "Present Peace Problems."

Folder 65

V-2493/29: 1919-1923, 120 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 65

Notebook of L. L. Hobbs.

Folder 66

V-2493/30: 1920, 150 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 66

Sunday school class list and notes on Christ, apostles, Luther, and history of the Friends.

Folder 67

V-2493/31: Undated, 70 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 67

Notebook.

Folder 68

V-2493/32: Undated, 58 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 68

Notebook with religious and ethical questions and answers, accounts, and subscriber list.

Folder 69

V-2493/33: Undated, 120 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 69

Pocket notebook, with notes and quotations inscribed Mendenhall, "Howland."

Folder 70

V-2493/34: Undated, 29 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 70

Bible quotations and notes.

Folder 71

V-2493/35: Undated, 28 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 71

Notes on Guilford College history, Quaker education, etc.

Folder 72

V-2493/36: Undated, 200 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 72

History and hygiene notebook of Mary Mendenhall.

Folder 73

V-2493/37: Undated, 140 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 73

Notebook on education and right living.

Folder 74

V-2493/38: Undated (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE) #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 74

Microfilmed commonplace book, which includes genealogy of James Ruffin Mendenhall, a poem by James R. Mendenhall "On the Power of the Mind," and an acrostic by Richard Mendenhall.

Folder 75

V-2493/39: 1849-1851, 43 pages #02493, Series: "3. Volumes, 1797-1923." Folder 75

"Sketches on Tanning" by Richard Mendenhall.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996

Encoded by: Eben Lehman, January 2007

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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