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Collection Number: 00499

Collection Title: Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1839-1960 (bulk 1860-1910)

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Size 7.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8,000 items)
Abstract Kate (Catherine) Douglass DeRosset Meares married Gaston Meares, a Confederate Colonel who died at the Battle of Malvern Hill in 1862. They had three sons: Armand Meares, Richard Ashe Meares, and Louis Henry Meares. Most of Kate DeRosset Meares's extended family also lived in Wilmington, N.C., including her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Armand John DeRosset. The collection is chiefly correspondence of Kate DeRosset Meares, her sons, and other family members. Other topics include Episcopal church news; Wilmington residents and events; illness and ailments of family members; domestic matters; and the work and education of her sons. Letters prior to 1862 include some of Gaston Meares's professional correspondence regarding business deals, trades, and market speculation. Other materials include financial papers and account books, 1840s-1900s; a law notebook, 1865; an undated list of household articles; a printed volume of DeRosset family genealogy; an 1890 handwritten article making the case for an African American suffragan bishop in North Carolina; a 1911 essay entitled "Opposition to Secession in the South" by Kate DeRosset Meares; and several cartes de visite depicting Meares and DeRosset family members.
Creator DeRosset family.

Meares 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 Meares and DeRosset Family #499, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A more complete finding aid for this collection is available at the Southern Historical Collection.
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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Kate (Catherine) Douglass DeRosset Meares, of Wilmington, N.C., married Gaston Meares, a lawyer, businessman, and Confederate Colonel who died at the Battle of Malvern Hill in 1862. They had three sons: Armand Meares, Richard Ashe Meares, and Louis Henry Meares. Richard Ashe Meares and Armand Meares attended St. Stephen's Episcopal College in Annandale, N.Y.; Armand Meares graduated in 1877 and then attended the General Theological Seminary in New York, N.Y. In 1876, Louis Henry Meares at age sixteen began working for his grandfather, but he was suspected of stealing money, and was sent to work on a farm in Friendship, N.C., in 1877. After college, Richard Ashe Meares moved to Winston, N.C. Armand Meares lived in New York, N.Y., and Baltimore, Md.

Most of Kate DeRosset Meares's extended family also lived in Wilmington, N.C., including her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Armand John DeRosset. Armand DeRosset was a physician and merchant.

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The collection is chiefly correspondence of Kate DeRosset Meares, her sons, and other family members. Other topics include Episcopal church news; Wilmington residents and events; illness and ailments of family members; domestic matters; and the work and education of her sons. Letters prior to 1862 include some of Gaston Meares's professional correspondence regarding business deals, trades, and market speculation. Other materials include financial papers and account books, 1840s-1900s; a law notebook, 1865; an undated list of household articles; a printed volume of DeRosset family genealogy; an 1890 handwritten article making the case for an African American suffragan bishop in North Carolina; a 1911 essay entitled "Opposition to Secession in the South" by Kate DeRosset Meares; several cartes de visite depicting Meares and DeRosset family members; certificates, clippings, and other papers.

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Contents list

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Approximately 8000 items.

Folder 1-12

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Correspondence, 1844-1872 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 1-12

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Correspondence, 1873-April 1876 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 13-27

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Correspondence, May 1876-August 1877 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 28-40

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Correspondence, September 1877-December 1876 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 41-51

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Correspondence, 1879-May 1880 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 52-65

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Correspondence, June 1880-April 1883 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 66-77

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Correspondence, May 1883-June 1892 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 78-93

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Correspondence, July 1892-March 1897 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 94-106

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Correspondence, April 1897-September 1900 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 107-118

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Correspondence, October 1900-June 1906 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 119-132

Folder 133-149

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Correspondence, July 1906-1911 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 133-149

Folder 150-167

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Correspondence, 1912-1942 and undated #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 150-167

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Correspondence, undated #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 168-182

Folder 183-186

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Financial and legal papers, 1847-1929 and undated #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 183-186

Folder 187

Receipt book (Colonel Gaston Meares), 1861 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 187

Folder 188

Memorandum book (Kate DeRosset Meares), 1893-1894 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 188

Folder 189

Law notebook, 1865 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 189

Folder 190

Account book (John D. Palmer), 1866-1867 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 190

Folder 191

Account book (unidentified), 1855 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 191

Folder 192

Account book (Richard Ashe Meares), 1896 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 192

Folder 193

Bank book (Richard Ashe Meares), 1898 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 193

Folder 194

Account book (unidentified), 1896-1908 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 194

Folder 195

List of household articles, undated #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 195

Folder 196

History and law notebook, undated #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 196

Folder 197

Annals of the DeRosset Family (Kate DeRosset Meares) #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 197

Folder 198

Article (author unknown), circa 1890 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 198

Lengthy document making the case for an African American suffragan bishop in North Carolina.

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Certificates (Richard Ashe Meares), 1891-1897 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 199

Announcing Richared Ashe Meares's appointments to the following positions in South Carolina: Notary Public, Member of the House of Representatives, and Trial Justice.

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Clippings, circa 1870-1960 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 200

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Clippings: St. Mary's College Centennial, 1942 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 201

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"Opposition to Secession in the South" (Kate DeRosset Meares), 1911 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 202

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Genealogical materials, 1906-1908 and undated #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 203

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Other papers, circa 1860-1910 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" Folder 204-207

Notes, speeches, school papers, poems, a petition regarding female suffrage in South Carolina, advertisements, invitations, programs, and other handwritten and printed materials.

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Cartes de visite, circa 1850 #00499, Series: "Meares and DeRosset Family Papers, 1844-1960 (bulk 1860-1910" P-499/1-15

Individual portraits, probably of Meares and DeRosset family members.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff. Updated by Sara Mannheimer, June 2013.

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

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