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Collection Number: 04137

Collection Title: Walter Winbourne King Papers, 1811-1962.

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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 1,260 items)
Abstract Walter Winbourne King (1846-1913), was a lawyer and politician of Danbury, Stokes County, N.C. The collection includes material relating to Walter Winbourne King; his son, Robert Roy King, a bridge engineer; and other family members. Most of the correspondence pertains to W. W. King's legal practice. Other items are deeds, affidavits, and surveys, all of which pertain to cases handled by W. W. King; family correspondence, including letters from the children of Robert R. King; memo and account books; clippings; maps; certificates; and photographs. Most of the photographs are of bridge building in Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas, circa 1905-1918.
Creator King, Walter Winbourne, 1846-1913.
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 Walter Winbourne King Papers, #4137, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Susan Wall Pender of Walterboro, S.C., July 1977.
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 following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Walter Winbourne King (1846-1913), was a lawyer and politician of Danbury, Stokes County, N.C. King was born at King's Cross Roads, Guilford County, N.C. He enlisted in the Confederate Army, 1864, and served with the North Carolina Junior Reserves. After the war, he practiced law and was elected to the state legislature. He was married to Cornelia McCanless.

Robert Roy King (1879-1964), an engineer, was the son of Walter Winborne King and Cornelia McCanless King. He was married to Pearl Fanchon Hensley (1887-1968) with whom he had seven children: Woodrow (died 1917); Walter (1911-1947), who served as a junior engineer in the United States Merchant Marine and died in Genoa, Italy; Clifford Hensley (1913-1945), an army engineer killed on the Stilwell Road in Burma; Robert L.; Roy Stedman (born 1923); Sarah King Wall; and Nell King German.

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The collection includes material relating to Walter Winbourne King, his son, Robert Roy King (1879-1964), and other family members. Most of the correspondence pertains to W. W. King's legal practice. Other items are receipts, deeds, affidavits, and surveys, all of which pertain to cases handled by W. W. King; family correspondence, including letters from the children of Robert R. King; memo and account books; clippings; maps; certificates; and photographs. Most of the photographs are of bridge building in Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas, circa 1905-1918.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1864-1950.

Most of the correspondence, 1864-1913, concerns the business activities of Walter Winbourne King as an attorney in Danbury, N.C. It includes letters from various clients regarding land cases, estate settlements, and debt cases King handled for them. Also included are letters seeking King's support, from candidates for local office, and letters of support for King in his bid for a local judgeship in 1902. Correspondents include William W. Kitchin, Judge Walter Clark, and John Shaw. Some family letters are also included, as is material, including members lists, regarding the United Confederate Veterans, Stokes County Camp. Items, 1917-1950, consist mostly of family correspondence of R. R. and Pearl King and their children and letters to R. R. and Pearl from their grandchildren. Included are letters and postcards from Walter King in the West Indies, South America, and Europe, and letters from Clifford King in Iran and Burma.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 1a

Folder 1-2

Folder 1

Folder 2

1864-1899 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 1-2

Folder 3

1900-1901 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 3

Folder 4

1902-1905 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 4

Folder 5

1906-1910 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 5

Folder 6

1911 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 6

Folder 7

1912-1913 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 7

Folder 8

United Confederate Veterans correspondence, 1910-1913 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 8

Folder 9

1917-1936 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 9

Folder 10

1937-1939 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 10

Folder 11

1944-1946 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 11

Folder 12

1947-1949 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 12

Folder 13

1950 #04137, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1864-1950." Folder 13

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Other materials are certificates, which include an attorney's license for Walter Winbourne King and his appointments to conferences; military records of Roy Stedman King and Clifford Hensley King; a short history and bylaws of the Danbury Fine Arts Club, in which Pearl King was active; clippings, which include obituaries and wedding announcements; and miscellaneous poetry, ballots, business cards, circulars, maps, and photographs. Most of the photographs are of bridge building in Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas, circa 1905-1918.

Folder 27

Maps and drawings #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 27

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-4137/1a

Maps and land surveys #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." X-OPF-4137/1a

Folder 28

Certificates #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 28

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4137/1b

Certificates and commissions #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." OPF-4137/1b

Indentures and deeds #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." OPF-4137/1b

Folder 29

Military records, 1942-1947 #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 29

Folder 30

Danbury (N.C.) Fine Arts Club, 1941-1944 #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 30

Folder 31

Clippings, 1918-1960 #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 31

Folder 32

Poetry #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 32

Folder 33

Printed material, 1890-1940 #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." Folder 33

Image Folder PF-4137/1-8

PF-4137/1

PF-4137/2

PF-4137/3

PF-4137/4

PF-4137/5

PF-4137/6

PF-4137/7

PF-4137/8

Photographs #04137, Series: "4. Other Papers and Photographs, 1918-1960." PF-4137/1-8

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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