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Collection Number: 03667

Collection Title: Ella Noland MacKenzie Papers, 1841-1886

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 450 items)
Abstract Ella Noland MacKenzie of Glen Ora, near Leesburg, Loudon County, Virginia was the daughter of Lloyd and Elizabeth Noland. She married physician John Carrerre MacKenzie (died 1866) of Baltimore, Md. The collection contains the family and personal correspondence of Ella Noland MacKenzie. Included are letters from Ella while in school in Virginia and Baltimore, Md., 1844-1850; visiting her aunt, Sara (Hollingsworth) Gibson, wife of Dr. William Gibson (1877-1868), in Philadelphia, Pa., 1850-1851; the Nolands and other relatives in Virginia and from members of the MacKenzie family and friends in Baltimore, pertaining chiefly to plantation life, social conditions, and women's activities, 1852-1860; scattered letters regarding difficulties experienced by the Nolands and MacKenzies in Virginia and Maryland during the Civil War, 1861-1865; letters written during Reconstruction including correspondence with relatives in Europe, 1865-1870; and scattered letters, 1870-1886. Incidents mentioned include the sale of slaves and property from an estate, 1849; a slave uprising near Glen Ora, 1856; descriptions of public sentiments toward the South in Philadelphia, 1861; the departure of one branch of the family for Europe in voluntary or involuntary exile, and the arrest of John Carrerre MacKenzie as a Confederate sympathizer, 1864. Postwar items are scattered, with only slight information on John and Ella's son, Dr. John Noland MacKenzie (1853-1925), a noted throat specialist.
Creator MacKenzie, Ella Noland.
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 Ella Noland MacKenzie Papers, #3667, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchase from Richard H. Hooker of Chicago, Ill., 1964.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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Ella Noland MacKenzie of Glen Ora, near Leesburg, Loudon County, Virginia was the daughter of Lloyd and Elizabeth Noland. She married physician John Carrerre MacKenzie (died 1866) of Baltimore, Md., and they had two daughters, Bessie and Nellie, and one son, John Noland MacKenzie (1853-1925), who was a noted physican and throat specialist.

Members of Ella's family include older sister Catherine, and her husband Dr. William B. Cochran; brothers Burr, and his wife Susan; Richard (Dick), whose first wife was Lou, and second wife was Kate; and Noble, who died in 1858. She had numerous relatives, primarily located in or near Loudon County, Va., as well as an aunt, Sara (Hollingsworth) Gibson, married to William Gibson (1788-18680, a physician and medical professor in Philadephia, Pa.

John Carrerre MacKenzie was the son of John Pinkerton MacKenzie, a physician in Baltimore, Md. Other members of his family include his brothers Henry; Thomas, and his wife laura and daughter Theresa; and Colin, and his wife Christie and children Colin and Ida; and sister, Mary, who was married to a Mr. Findley. Colin and his family moved to England in 1864.

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The collection contains the family and personal correspondence of Ella Noland MacKenzie. Included are letters from Ella while in school in Virginia and Baltimore, Md., 1844-1850; visiting her aunt, Sara (Hollingsworth) Gibson, wife of Dr. William Gibson (1877-1868), in Philadelphia, Pa., 1850-1851; the Nolands and other relatives in Virginia and from members of the MacKenzie family and friends in Baltimore, pertaining chiefly to plantation life, social conditions, and women's activities, 1852-1860; scattered letters regarding difficulties experienced by the Nolands and MacKenzies in Virginia and Maryland during the Civil War, 1861-1865; letters written written during Reconstruction including correspondence with relatives in Europe, 1865-1870; and scattered letters, 1870-1886. Incidents mentioned include the sale of slaves and property from an estate, 1849; a slave uprising near Glen Ora, 1856; descriptions of public sentiments toward the South in Philadelphia, 1861; the departure of one branch of the family for Europe in voluntary or involuntary exile, and the arrest of John Carrerre MacKenzie as a Confederate sympathizer, 1864. Postwar items are scattered, with only slight information on John and Ella's son, Dr. John Noland MacKenzie (1853-1925), a noted throat specialist.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1841-1847 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 1

Folder 2

1848-1849 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 2

Folder 3

1850-1851 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 3

Folder 4

1852-1853 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 4

Folder 5

1854-1856 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 5

Folder 6

1857-1858 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 6

Folder 7

1859-1860 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 7

Folder 8

1861-1864 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 8

Folder 9

1865-1868 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 9

Folder 10

1869-1886 #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 10

Folder 11

Noland family papers, undated #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 11

Folder 12

MacKenzie family papers, undated #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 12

Folder 13

Friends and relatives: fragments, undated #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 13

Folder 14

Miscellaneous and undated #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." Folder 14

Includes bills and receipts, engravings, and account book, of Ella Noland MacKenzie, 1854-1855.

Image Folder PF-3667/1

Advertisements, undated #03667, Series: "Papers, 1841-1886." PF-3667/1

Two bi-fold promotional fliers for the Heliographic Engraving Company in New York. Each contains promotional copy on the inside. The cover of one contains an image of a man (William Barry?) from the shoulders up, underneath which is written, "with kind memories, Wm. Barry." The cover of the second contains an image of a mansion, underneath which is printed, "Residence of Chas. Knap. Esq. Passaic River near Newark, N.J."

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010; Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2011

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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