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Collection Number: 01549

Collection Title: Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 (bulk 1850s-1890s).

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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 425 items)
Abstract Lucien Douglas Starke (1826-1902) was a newspaper editor at Elizabeth City, N.C., Confederate officer, lawyer at Norfolk, Va., and member of the Virginia leglislature, 1875-1877. His wife was Elizabeth F. Marchant Starke. Their daughter, Elizabeth Starke, married William Bruce Martin (1846-1921), son of J. G. Martin and his first wife, Mary Anne M. Read Martin (1811-1857). J. G. (James Green) Martin (1819-1878) of North Carolina was a United States and Confederate army officer. The collection includes papers of the Starke family, Marchant family, and Martin family of North Carolina and Virginia. Family correspondence and other papers, chiefly 1850s through 1890s, of the Starke, Marchant, and Martin families. Papers of Lucien Douglas Starke include his autobiography (written circa 1900) and letters to Elizabeth Marchant of Virginia, later his wife, written from Elizabeth City, N.C., in the 1850s, and while serving in the Confederate Army. Also included are family and some military correspondence of James Green Martin while he was a United States Army officer and Confederate brigadier general. Later papers are chiefly legal and personal items of Judge William Bruce Martin in Norfolk, Va. Scattered other items include scrapbooks, a journal of a trip from Delaware through New York, Pennsylvania, and New England, circa 1826, and genealogical materials.
Creator Marchant family.



Martin family.



Stark 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 Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, #1549, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Marianne Martin of Leaksville, N.C., November 1948.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1aa.
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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Lucien Douglas Starke (1826-1902) was a newspaper editor at Elizabeth City, N.C., Confederate officer, lawyer at Norfolk, Va., and member of the Virginia leglislature, 1875-1877. His wife was Elizabeth F. Marchant Starke. Their daughter, Elizabeth Starke, married William Bruce Martin (1846-1921), son of J. G. Martin and his first wife, Mary Anne M. Read Martin (1811-1857). J. G. (James Green) Martin (1819-1878) of North Carolina was a United States and Confederate army officer. His other children were Annie H., Marianne R., and James G. Martin.

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The collection includes family correspondence and other papers, chiefly 1850s through 1890s, of the Starke, Marchant, and Martin families. Papers of Lucien Douglas Starke include his autobiography (written circa 1900) and letters to Elizabeth Marchant of Virginia, later his wife, written from Elizabeth City, N.C., prior to their marriage and while serving in the Confederate Army at various North Carolina and Virginia posts. Also included are family and some military correspondence of J. G. Martin while he was a United States Army officer and Confederate brigadier general at Plymouth and Weldon, N.C., and Petersburg and Burksville, Va., some of which concern Martin's surrender while commanding the Western District of North Carolina, 1865. There is also some correspondence, 1863, between Martin and his West Point classmate, Brigadier General William I. Palmer, with the United States Army in New Bern, N.C. Later papers are chiefly legal and personal items of William Bruce Martin, many related to his election as judge of the Law and Chancery Court of Norfolk, Va. Scattered other items include a journal of a trip from Delaware through New York, Pennsylvania, and New England, circa 1826; an account book of William Bruce Martin, 1869-1901; and genealogical materials.

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Folder 1aa

Original finding aid #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 1aa

Folder 1a-3

1812-1854 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 1a-3

Folder 4

1855-1861 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1862 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1863 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7a-7b

1864-1877 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 7a-7b

Folder 8

1878-1889 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1891-1902 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1903-1916 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11a-11b

1919-1940 and undated #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 11a-11b

Folder 12

Biographical and genealogical material #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Speeches and writings #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14a-14b

Clippings and miscellaneous #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 14a-14b

Folder 15

Volume 1: Travel diary, 1826-1831 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Volume 2: Account book, William Bruce Martin, 1869-1901 #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 3: Lucien Douglas Starke autobiography and Starke family history #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 17

Typed transcription #01549, Series: "Starke, Marchant, and Martin Family Papers, 1812-1942 and undated." Folder 17

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

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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