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Collection Number: 05112-z

Collection Title: James M. Parks Papers, 1858-1896

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Size About 50 items
Abstract James M. Parks was a surveyor, farmer, school teacher, and moneylender who lived on Jonathan Creek in Haywood County, N.C. The collection includes letters written by Parks to his adult son, William M. Parks, between 1858 and 1896. In addition to details about family, health, children, and recent events, Parks's letters delve deeply into the realities and practices of his various vocational interests, including agriculture, surveying, money lending, and teaching. These activities, especially land surveying and money lending, caused Parks to be quite interested in political and economic matters, and his specific concerns about money, the courts, and Haywood County politics are reflected in extensive passages in his letters. Parks also wrote about some of the difficulties he had raising young children as a widower. Some family history materials are also included.
Creator Parks, James M., 1810-1897.
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 James M. Parks Papers #5112-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Contents of this collection and additional historical information may be found in: Farlow, Betsy C., ed. Your Letter Came to Hand in Due Time. Burlington, N.C.: Parsimonia Books, 2002.
Provenance
Received from Betsy C. Farlow of Burlington, N.C., in January 2003 (Acc. 99398).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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James M. Parks (1810-1897) was a surveyor, farmer, school teacher, and moneylender. In 1832, he married Mary Matilda McCulloch (1812-1838), and they had three children: Jane McCulloch Parks Grey (1833-1883), William M. Parks (1835-1919), and Mary E. Parks Hunter (1838-1876). In 1854, Parks married Louise Rowann Parks (1830-1865) and, shortly thereafter, they moved to Jonathan Creek in Haywood County, N.C. Parks and his second wife had two children: Sarah H. Parks Boyd (1854-1933) and James A. Parks (1855-1945).

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These letters were written by James M. Parks to his adult son, William M. Parks, between 1858 and 1896. James Parks, who lived on Jonathan Creek, N.C., was an acute observer, and these letters contain a wealth of detail about the lives that were lived in Haywood County, N.C. In addition to details about family, health, children, and recent events, Parks's letters delve deeply into the realities and practices of his various vocational interests, including agriculture, surveying, money lending, and teaching. These activities, especially land surveying and money lending, caused Parks to be quite interested in political and economic matters, and his specific concerns about money, the courts, and Haywood County politics are reflected in extensive passages in his letters. Parks also wrote about some of the difficulties he had raising young children as a widower.

Also included is a photocopy of "A Record of Births, Marriages, and Deaths for the Family of James Parks" and typescript copies of letters relating to family history.

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Contents list

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

These letters were written by James M. Parks to his son, William M. Parks, between 1858 and 1896. James Parks, who lived on Jonathan Creek, N.C., was an acute observer of Haywood County, N.C., and these letters contain a wealth of detail about the lives that were lived there. In addition to containing the usual details about health, children, and recent events that family letters typically demand, Parks's letters delve deeply into the realities and practices of his various vocational interests, which included agriculture, surveying, money lending, and teaching. These activities, especially land surveying and money lending, caused Parks to be quite interested in political and economic matters, and his specific concerns about money, the courts, and Haywood County politics are reflected by extensive passages in his letters. He wrote often of the scarcity of money and the need to encourage the circulation of currency, and as a confirmed conservative, the few intemperate lines that he penned involve a recounting of the political ploys and "tricks" of the Radicals and Republicans.

Parks also wrote about some of the difficulties he had raising his children, James and Sarah, as a widower, his methods of cultivating roses, and astronomy. He offered a retrospective account of the famous Leonid meteor shower of 1833 that he had witnessed as a young man.

Also included is a photocopy of "A Record of Births, Marriages, and Deaths for the Family of James Parks" and typescript copies of letters relating to family history. These were written by Parks in 1893 at the request of his grandaughter, Lula J. Grey.

Folder 1

Letters, 1858-1875 #05112-z, Series: "Letters and Other Papers, 1858-1896." Folder 1

Folder 2

Letters, 1876-1892 #05112-z, Series: "Letters and Other Papers, 1858-1896." Folder 2

Folder 3

Letters, 1892-1896 and undated #05112-z, Series: "Letters and Other Papers, 1858-1896." Folder 3

Folder 4

Record of the births, marriages, and deaths of the family of James Parks #05112-z, Series: "Letters and Other Papers, 1858-1896." Folder 4

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