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Collection Number: 03300

Collection Title: William Stevens Powell Material for Iredell and Adjacent Counties, N.C., 1793-1924

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract Papers collected by William S. Powell pertaining to Iredell and adjacent counties of North Carolina. The bulk consists of family correspondence, 1867-1901, and account books of two generations of the Goodman family. Letters are personal correspondence of Tobias Goodman (1814-1880) of Amity, Iredell County; his wife Ellen; and his sons and a nephew, including a building materials merchant at Hillsboro, Ill., a railroad employee at Birmingham, Ala., a resident of Lavon, Tex., and others. Letters from Hillsboro, Ill., discuss weather, prices, wages, opportunity that led to leaving North Carolina, the high cost of food in Illinois, and homesickness. Other personal letters discuss farming and give family news, especially about illnesses, deaths, and estates. Account books, chiefly from Iredell County, are for general merchandise and lumber sales, 1853-1856; church contributions (perhaps Presbyterian), 1855-1856; farm crops and miscellaneous labor, 1891; and a blacksmith, Goodwin and White, of Statesville, N.C., 1891-1893. Also included are miscellaneous Goodman family bills and receipts; deeds of other persons; and fourteen letters, 1922-1924, from a North Carolina black medical student, William D. Washington, at Howard University, Washington, D.C., to a friend, Janie Lee Norton, in Davidson, N.C.
Creator Powell, William Stevens, 1919-, collector.
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 William Stevens Powell Material for Iredell and Adjacent Counties, N.C. #3300, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from William Stevens Powell of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1955, 1957, and 1961.
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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Papers collected by William S. Powell pertaining to Iredell and adjacent counties of North Carolina. The bulk consists of family correspondence, 1867-1901, and account books of two generations of the Goodman family. Letters are personal correspondence of Tobias Goodman (1814-1880) of Amity, Iredell County; his wife Ellen; and his sons and a nephew, including a building materials merchant at Hillsboro, Ill., a railroad employee at Birmingham, Ala., a resident of Lavon, Tex., and others. Letters from Hillsboro, Ill., discuss weather, prices, wages, opportunity that led to leaving North Carolina, the high cost of food in Illinois, and homesickness. Other personal letters discuss farming and give family news, especially about illnesses, deaths, and estates. Account books, chiefly from Iredell County, are for general merchandise and lumber sales, 1853-1856; church contributions (perhaps Presbyterian), 1855-1856; farm crops and miscellaneous labor, 1891; and a blacksmith, Goodwin and White, of Statesville, N.C., 1891-1893. Also included are miscellaneous Goodman family bills and receipts; deeds of other persons; and fourteen letters, 1922-1924, from a North Carolina black medical student, William D. Washington, at Howard University, Washington, D.C., to a friend, Janie Lee Norton, in Davidson, N.C.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924.

250 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Business correspondence and papers of Tobias Goodman (1814-1880) of Iredell County; personal correspondence of Tobias Goodman, his wife Ellen, who lived at Amity, N.C., after his death, and their sons Tobias M., J. L., A. E., and George Elmer, their nephew George B. King, and other second generation family members, 1853-1901; bills, receipts, and promissory notes, 1850s-1870s, of the Goodman family; miscellaneous deeds and other papers of Mecklenburg, Rowan, Iredell, and Davie counties, 1793-1898; three letters to Alice Carey Anderson of Davie County, N.C., 1897, 1898, and 1901; and fourteen letters from William D. Washington, an African-American medical student at Howard University, to Janie Lee Norton, a school teacher, in Davidson N.C., 1922-1924.

Folder 1

1793-1858 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 1

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-3300/1

Land grants, 1793 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." OPF-3300/1

Land grant to Peter Troutman in Rowan County, N.C., 27 November 1793, and land grant to Matthew McClure in Mecklenberg County, N.C., 14 December 1793.

Folder 2

1860-1869 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 2

Folder 3

1870-1879 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 3

Folder 4

1880-1889 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 4

Folder 5

1890-1893 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 5

Folder 6

January-May 1894 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 6

Folder 7

June-July 1894 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 7

Folder 8

August-December 1894 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 8

Folder 9

1895 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 9

Folder 10

1896-1899 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 10

Folder 11

1900 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 11

Folder 12

1901 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 12

Folder 13

1922-1924 #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 13

Folder 14

Bills, receipts, and promissory notes #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 14

Folder 15

Undated #03300, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Material, 1793-1924." Folder 15

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5 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 16

Folder number not used #03300, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1893." Folder 16

Oversize Volume SV-3300/1

Volume S-1: 1853-1854 #03300, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1893." SV-3300/1

Day book with accounts for general merchandise for R. & L. Feimster, Liberty Hill, Iredell County, N.C. 268 pp.

Folder 17

Volume 2: 1853-1856 #03300, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1893." Folder 17

Daily accounts of Tobias Goodman with individuals for sawing, lumber sales and produce, 1855-1856, and miscellaneous accounts from 1853 and 1854. 30 pp.

Folder 18

Volume 3: 1855, 1856, and 1890 #03300, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1893." Folder 18

Memoranda including subscriptions to and accounts of Amity Church in 1855; subscriptions to Erskine College in 1856 and to Sunday School Books; scattered receipts; and a diary entry, 1890. 50 pp.

Folder 19

Volume 4: 1891 #03300, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1893." Folder 19

Unbound volume with records and accounts relating to the corn crop, the wheat crop, blacksmith work, hired labor, harness making, and the potato crop. 25 pp.

Folder 20

Volume 5: 1891-1893 #03300, Series: "2. Volumes, 1853-1893." Folder 20

Miscellaneous fragmentary accounts apparently of the blacksmith firm of Godwin and White, Statesville, N.C. 50 pp.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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