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Collection Number: 03960

Collection Title: Steed and Phipps Family Papers, 1845-1902.

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately About 200 items)
Abstract The Steed family and Phipps family were united by the marriage of Elizabeth (Bettie) Lundie Phipps (died 1902), a school teacher of Nash County and Harnett County, N.C., and Alexander L. Steed (died 1891) of Vance County, N.C. The collection includes personal and family correspondence and other papers of the Steed and Phipps families. Early items include papers concerning Bettie's attendance at Opheleton Seminary in Easton, Pa.; letters to Bettie while teaching at Castalia, Nash County, N.C., from her cousins, Alexander Steed, who was farming in Warren County, N.C., and Erastus ("Raz") T. Allen in Tennessee. Civil War items include an 1863 tax evaluation for land and slaves in Warren County, N.C.; and letters from family friend Lieutenant William H. Blount, serving with the 47th North Carolina Regiment in North Carolina and Virginia, 1863-1865, describing camp life, religious activity, and a visit to the Confederate Congress in January 1864. Postwar items include continued correspondence among the cousins. Bettie and Alexander were married by 1870 and much of the later correspondence is among their children, including Mary E. Steed at school, first in Littleton, N.C., and later in Greensboro, N.C., and at home in Vance County; and her brother, Henry Steed, a farmer in Vance County. Throughout the collection there is correspondence concerning the estates of Benjamin Phipps and Jedathan Steed, both of Brunswick County, Va.
Creator Phipps family.



Steed family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Steed and Phipps Family Papers, #3960, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Transferred from the North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1973.
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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The Steed and Phipps families were united by the marriage, 1870, of Elizabeth Lundie Phipps (died 1902), a school teacher of Nash and Harnett counties, N.C., to her cousin, Alexander L. Steed (died 1891) a farmer. After their marriage they resided in Vance County, N.C. Their children were Mary E. Steed, Henry Steed, and Eugenia Steed.

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The collection includes personal and family correspondence, financial documents, and other papers of members of the Steed and Phipps families. Early items include papers related to Elizabeth Lundie Phipps's attendance at Opheleton Seminary in Easton, Pa.; letters to Bettie while teaching at Castalia, Nash County, N.C., from her cousins, Alexander Steed, who was farming in Warren County, N.C., and Erastus ("Raz") T. Allen in Tennessee. Civil War items include an 1863 tax evaluation for land and slaves in Warren County, N.C.; and letters from family friend Lieutenant William H. Blount, serving with the 47th North Carolina Regiment in North Carolina and Virginia, 1863-1865, describing camp life, religious activity, and a visit to the Confederate Congress in January 1864. Postwar items include continued correspondence among the cousins. Bettie and Alexander were married by 1870 and many of the later items are household bills, receipts, and accounts and correspondence among their children, including Mary L. Steed at school, first in Littleton and later in Greensboro, N.C., and at home in Vance County; and her brother, Henry, a farmer in Vance County. Throughout the collection there is correspondence concerning the estates of Benjamin Phipps and Jedathan Steed, both of Brunswick County, Va.

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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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