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Collection Number: 02066

Collection Title: Murfree Family Papers, 1779-1935; 1960

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 190 items)
Abstract Family members include Hardy Murfree, hero of the Revolutionary War attack on Stony Point, N.Y., and incorporator in 1787 of Murfreesboro, N.C., who moved to Tennessee in 1807 and for whom Murfreesboro, Tenn., is named; his son Wiliam Hardy Murfree, attorney and North Carolina legislator, who settled in Tennessee around 1823; William Hardy Murfree's brother-in-law David Dickinson of Tennessee; Thomas Henry Maney, who was a businessman in Nashville, Tenn.; Eliza Maney Cook and her husband Ed C. Cook, Confederate acting brigadier general killed in action in 1864; Mary Noailles Murfree, novelist who wrote under the name of Charles Egbert Craddock; and other members of the Brickell, Dickinson, Maney, Maslin, and Murfree families. Early materials are deeds, indentures, bills, receipts, and a few family letters, chiefly relating to the Dickinson family. Routine Murfree and Maney family materials appear by the 1830s. In the 1860s, most materials relate to Eliza and Ed C. Cook, and include several detailed letters about camp life and military campaigns to and from Ed Cook and friends in various camps in Virginia and other locations. There are also Civil War materials relating to members of the Maney, Maslin, and other families, including a small diary of William H. Maslin with copies of poems, orders, and short diaries entries, 1862-1864. Later materials are chiefly general family letters of the Murfree, Maney, Maslin, and other families. There are also items relating to Eliza Cook's finances and to novelist Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock). Also included are newspaper clippings, 1864-1917, relating to various family members; genealogical materials; and pictures, including a signed 1869 photograph of Robert E. Lee and an undated photograph of "Mammy Kate," an African-American woman.
Creator Murfree 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 Murfree Family Papers #2066, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Fanny Murfree in 1936; purchased from Charles J. Elder in 1964; received from Virginia Grantland Maslin Quis in March 1994 (Acc. 94036).
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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Early materials are deeds, indentures, bills, receipts, and a few family letters, chiefly relating to the Dickinson family. Routine Murfree and Maney family materials appear by the 1830s. In the 1860s, most materials relate to Eliza and Ed C. Cook, and include several detailed letters about camp life and military campaigns to and from Ed Cook and friends in various camps in Virginia and other locations. There are also Civil War materials relating to members of the Maney, Maslin, and other families, including a small diary of William H. Maslin with copies of poems, orders, and short diaries entries, 1862-1864. Later materials are chiefly general family letters of the Murfree, Maney, Maslin, and other families. There are also items relating to Eliza Cook's finances and to novelist Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock). Also included are newspaper clippings, 1864-1917, relating to various family members; genealogical materials; and pictures, including a signed 1869 photograph of Robert E. Lee and an undated photograph of "Mammy Kate," an African-American woman.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Early items relate chiefly to David Dickinson (1774-1848) and his wife Fanny Noailles Murfree Dickinson (1783-1843), daughter of Hardy Murfree (1752-1809) and Sally Brickell Murfree (1757-1802). Dickinson family materials continue through the 1840s. Murfree and Maney family materials are present by the 1830s. Most of these materials are deeds, indentures, bills, and receipts, although there are a few family letters.

In the 1860s, most materials relate to Eliza Maney Cook (1841-1925) and her husband Ed C. Cook (d. 1864), lawyer and member of the Tennessee legislature, who was killed at the Battle of Culps Farm, Ga. Included are several detailed letters to Ed Cook from friends in various camps in Virginia and other locations. Many of these letters, chiefly relating to camp life and campaigns, have typed transcriptions provided by the donor. There are also Civil War materials relating to members of the Maney, Maslin, and other families. Included is a small journal, handwritten transcription provided by the donor, of William H. Maslin with copies of poems, orders, and short diaries entries, 1862-1864, describing life in various military camps and scenes of battles in which Maslin participated.

Materials from 1870 to 1935 are chiefly general family letters of the Murfree, Maney, Maslin, and other families. There are also items relating to Eliza Cook's finances and to Mary Noailles Murfree (1850-1922), novelist of Murfreesboro, Tenn., who wrote as Charles Egbert Craddock, including a few to editors at The Atlantic Monthly, where some of her stories were published.

Folder 1

1779-1805 #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1809-1858 #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1860-1865 #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1867-1869 #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1870-1887 #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1890-1935 #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Undated #02066, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1779-1935 and undated." Folder 7

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About 90 items.
Folder 8

Clippings: Newspaper clippings, 1864-1917 and undated #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." Folder 8

Relating to various members of the Murfree, Maney, Maslin, and other families, including wedding announcements and obituaries. About 30 items.

Folder 9

Genealogical materials: Notes and other family history materials, undated #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." Folder 9

Relating to the Murfree, Maney, Maslin, Morris, Brickell, Dickinson, and other families. About 25 items.

Folder 10

Miscellaneous materials #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." Folder 10

Included are an 1879 yellow fever proclamation from Memphis, Tenn., and an advertisement for "The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains," a story by Mary N. Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock) that was serialized in The Atlantic Monthly.

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Signed photograph of Robert E. Lee, 1869 #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." P-2066/1

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Photograph of "Mammy Kate," undated #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." P-2066/2

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Photograph of painting of Martha Ann Murfree Maney (1801-1868), undated #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." P-2066/3

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Murfree House, Murfreesboro, N.C., circa 1960 #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." P-2066/4

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Military parade photograph, undated #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." P-2066/5

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Postcard, "Old Smoke House, Scene of the Battle of Franklin [Tenn.]," undated #02066, Series: "2. Other Materials, 1864-1960 and undated." P-2066/6

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Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, September 1994

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Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

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