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Collection Number: 03227

Collection Title: Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 (bulk 1870-1900).

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 950 items)
Abstract Members of the Mebane family and their connections lived in Mebaneville, Leaksville-Spray, Greensboro, Graham, and Asheville, N.C., and Danville, Va. The collection contains family correspondence, chiefly 1870-1900, of Frances (Kerr) Mebane (1840-1912), of Mebaneville, N.C., wife of Benjamin Franklin Mebane (1823-1884), physician and originator of the Taraxacum tonic. Letters are from her husband and from her five children while away at schools, including the Nash and Kollock School in Hillsborough, N.C., the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, and the Bingham School in Orange County, N.C.; and while traveling and raising their own families in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York. Also included are some business papers of a son-in-law, James Edwin Scott (died 1888), tobacco manufacturer; and 20th-century business letters concerning the tonic originally prepared by Dr. Mebane. Volumes include physicians' daybooks, 1849-1882; student notebooks; and a brief woman's journal, circa 1881.
Creator Mebane family.
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 Mebane Family Papers, #3227, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired from Mrs. Mebane Ross Taylor of Pennsylvania, 1956.
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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Members of the Mebane family and their connections lived in Mebaneville, Leaksville-Spray, Greensboro, Graham, and Asheville, N.C., and Danville, Va. The Mebane line concerned in the collection is David Mebane (1760-1844), George Allen Mebane (1791-1877), and Dr. Benjamin Franklin Mebane (1823-1884). Benjamin Franklin Mebane was a physician who invented the Taraxacum tonic.

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The collection contains family correspondence, chiefly 1870-1900, of Frances (Kerr) Mebane (1840-1912), of Mebaneville, N.C., wife of Benjamin Franklin Mebane (1823-1884), physician and originator of the Taraxacum tonic. Letters are from her husband and from her five children while away at schools, including the Nash and Kollock School in Hillsborough, N.C., the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, and the Bingham School in Orange County, N.C.; and while traveling and raising their own families in North Carolina, Virginia, and New York. Also included are some business papers of a son-in-law, James Edwin Scott (died 1888), tobacco manufacturer; and 20th-century business letters concerning the tonic originally prepared by Dr. Mebane. Volumes include physicians' daybooks, 1849-1882; student notebooks; and a brief woman's journal, circa 1881.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1815-1840; genealogical chart #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1853-1857 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1858-1859 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1860-1869 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1870-1872 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6-8

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

1873 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 6-8

Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

1874 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 9-10

Folder 11

1875-1876 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1877-1879 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1880 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1881 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1882 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1883 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1884 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1885 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

1886 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 19-20

Folder 21

1887 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22-24

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

1888 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 22-24

Folder 25

1889 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1890-1891 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1892 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

1893 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 28-30

Folder 31

1894 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1895-1897 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1898-1899 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1900-1902 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1903-1906 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

1907-1909 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

1913-1948 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38-40

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Undated letters #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 38-40

Folder 41-42

Folder 41

Folder 42

Undated letter fragments #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 41-42

Folder 43

Undated writings #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Undated miscellaneous #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 44

Oversize Paper OP-3227/1

Diploma of Benjamin Franklin Mebane, A.B., University of North Carolina, 1847 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." OP-3227/1

Oversize Paper OP-3227/2

Dialectic Society, University of North Carolina, 1847 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." OP-3227/2

Oversize Paper OP-3227/3

Diploma of Benjamin Franklin Mebane, M.D., Universtiy of Pennsylvania, 1850 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." OP-3227/3

Oversize Paper OP-3227/4

Diploma of Benjamin Franklin Mebane, M.A., University of North Carolina, 1856 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." OP-3227/4

Folder 45

Volume 1: Album of Frances Ann (McNeill) Kerr Graves, 1834-1868 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 45

Folder 46

#03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 46

See Separated Volume SV-3227/2

SV-3227/2

Volume 2: Physician's accounts of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Mebane, 1849-1863 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." SV-3227/2

Folder 47

#03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 47

See Separated Volume SV-3227/3

SV-3227/3

Volume 3: Physician's accounts of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Mebane, 1854-1882 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." SV-3227/3

Folder 48

#03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 48

See Separated Volume SV-3227/4

SV-3227/4

Volume 4: Mechandise accounts of George Allen Mebane and son, 1856-1863, 1866 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." SV-3227/4

Folder 49

#03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 49

See Separated Volume SV-3227/5

SV-3227/5

Volume 5: Account book of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Mebane, 1858-1863; physician's accounts, June 1863-October 1865 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." SV-3227/5

Folder 50

#03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 50

See Separated Volume SV-3227/6

SV-3227/6

Volume 6: Daybook of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Mebane, 1865-1871 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." SV-3227/6

Folder 51

Volume 7: George Allen Mebane's notes on zoology, 1880 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 8: Woman's notebook, personal entries, quotations, and poems, circa 1881, 1884 #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 9: Student notebook, notes on lecture on physical science, chemistry, and physics, undated #03227, Series: "Mebane Family Papers, 1815-1948 and undated." Folder 53

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, November 2010

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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