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Collection Number: 04074

Collection Title: Samuel Hilton Steelman Papers, 1772-1929 (bulk 1850-1900).

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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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 375 items)
Abstract Samuel Hilton Steelman (1894-1975) of Lincolnton, N.C., was a dentist and collector of stamps and historical documents. The collection includes scattered papers relating chiefly to families and individuals in the western Piedmont of North Carolina, acquired by Steelman of Lincolnton, N.C. The bulk of the collection is dated 1850-1900, and consists of personal correspondence and business and legal papers. Civil War items include letters from civilians and soldiers in camps and hospitals in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. There are separate series pertaining to Kizziah Ann Harding of Huntsville, Yadkin County, N.C., 1855-1882; Pleasant R. Lazenby of Harmony, Iredell County, N.C., 1880-1921; John Lloyd and Eliza Killian Lloyd of Lincolnton, Lincoln County, N.C., 1892-1911; P. A. Thompson of Denver, Lincoln County, 1874-1923; N. D. Tomlin of Rocky Creek, possibly Iredell County, 1804-1864; and the Wilkinson family of Catawba County, N.C. 1858-1911. Volumes include miscellaneous ledgers and accounts for merchandise, 1772-1929; Harding's diary of a wagon trip through Tennessee to Texas, 1855; and a scrapbook of cures and recipes, 1898.
Creator Steelman, Samuel Hilton, 1894-1975.
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 Samuel Hilton Steelman Papers, #4074, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. J. Blair Waugh of Galax, Va., 1975.
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 following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Samuel Hilton Steelman (1894-1975) of Lincolnton, N.C., was a dentist and collector of stamps and historical documents.

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The collection consists of papers and volumes acquired by Samuel Hilton Steelman relating chiefly to families and individuals in the western Piedmont of North Carolina. The bulk of the collection is dated 1850-1900, and consists of personal correspondence and business and legal papers. Civil War items include letters from civilians and soldiers in camps and hospitals in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. There are separate series pertaining to Kizziah Ann Harding of Huntsville, Yadkin County, N.C., 1855- 1882; Pleasant R. Lazenby of Harmony, Iredell County, N.C., 1880-1921; John and Eliza Killian Lloyd of Lincolnton, Lincoln County, N.C., 1892-1911; P. A. Thompson of Denver, Lincoln County, 1874-1923; N. D. Tomlin of Rocky Creek, possibly Iredell County, 1804-1864; and the Wilkinson family of Catawba County, N.C., 1858-1911. Volumes include miscellaneous ledgers and accounts for merchandise, 1772-1929; Harding's diary of a wagon trip through Tennessee to Texas, 1855; and a scrapbook of cures and recipes, 1898.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Series A: Kizziah Ann Harding, 1855-1882.

25 items.

Scattered personal letters of Kizziah Ann Harding of Huntsville, Yadkin County, N.C., from friends and relatives in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Missouri, containing personal and family information, crop reports and local news. A letter, July 1856, from W. D. Harding of Oak Grove, Mo., discusses political affairs in Kansas and Missouri.

See also Volume 1 (Folder 18).

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04074, Series: "1. Series A: Kizziah Ann Harding, 1855-1882." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Kizziah Ann Harding #04074, Series: "1. Series A: Kizziah Ann Harding, 1855-1882." Folder 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Series B: Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1836, 1861, 1880-1921.

20 items.

Scattered business correspondence, receipts, and other papers, many related to insurance, of Pleasant R. Lazenby, a merchant of Harmony, Iredell County, N.C. Includes an insurance policy and letters from E. R. Lazenby of Fayette County, Tenn., and Lenora Lazenby which contain personal, farm, and family news.

See also Volumes 2-7 (Folders 19-23).

Folder 2

Pleasant R. Lazenby #04074, Series: "2. Series B: Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1836, 1861, 1880-1921." Folder 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Series C: Lloyd Family, 1858, 1892-1911.

8 items.

Scattered personal correspondence received by John and Eliza Lloyd of Lincolnton, N.C., and their daughter Anna. Included are a letters, 1892, to Anna from J. Dell Carson describing life in a Colorado mining camp, and two letters, 1910 and 1911, from Mollie Stegner, Dearborn, Mo., giving information on her family and their activities, her crops and farm problems, and neighborhood affairs. The item dated 1852 is a letter of recommendation for John W. Lloyd by J. S. Tindal.

Folder 3

Lloyd Family #04074, Series: "3. Series C: Lloyd Family, 1858, 1892-1911." Folder 3

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Series D: P. A. Thompson, 1874-1923.

17 items.

Scattered business papers of P. A. Thompson of Denver, Lincoln County, N.C., primarily letters, 1910-1915, from F. S. Kids, Fort Smith, Ark., and Sulpher Springs, Tex., about the sale of Kids' land in Lincoln County. There is also a letter, 21 August 1900, from W. R. Wase of Shelby, N.C., about rumors of misconduct by "Bro. Gales" and the need for a [Methodist] church investigation.

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

P. A. Thompson #04074, Series: "4. Series D: P. A. Thompson, 1874-1923." Folder 4-5

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Series E: N. D. Tomlin, 1804-1864.

35 items.

Papers consist of receipts, paid accounts, and scattered legal papers of N. D. Tomlin of Rocky Creek, Iredell County, N.C. Some are connected with Tomlin's administration of the estate of John Thomas of Iredell County, N.C. There are also two business letters, one from A. W. Montgomery, 4 September 1863, discussing his relief after hiring a substitute for military service.

See also Volumes 8-10 (Folders 24-26).

Folder 6

N. D. Tomlin #04074, Series: "5. Series E: N. D. Tomlin, 1804-1864." Folder 6

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Series F: Wilkinson Family, 1858-1911 and undated.

101 items.

Letters before 1900 are primarily family correspondence of George M. Wilkinson, a teacher, and George Dayton Wilkinson who seems to have been the son of George M. Wilkinson, both of Catawba County, N.C. Sometime after 1900 George Dayton Wilkinson became a merchant and the material thereafter is primarily his business correspondence.

Included are about 40 letters, 1861-1865, to George M. Wilkinson from his brothers, John, J. M., and Rufus A.; his cousins, W. H. and H. H. Caldwell and James H. Linebarger; and friends in Confederate service in Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina. These writers, who appear to have been enlisted men, give personal news, brief descriptions of camp life and military activity, and occasional comments about their feelings about the war and the enemy. One letter, October 1864, is from J. M. Wilkinson while a prisoner at Point Lookout, Md.

A few letters, 1857-1858, from J. B. Lantz of Veal's Station, Tex., describes westward travel and life in Texas. There is also a letter, 1885, from A. C. Lantz of Weatherford, Tex., giving personal news and opinions on national politics.

There is scattered personal correspondence of George M. Wilkinson, 1871-1889, and George Dayton Wilkinson, 1890-1911. These are personal letters telling of the health, life, and activities of the writers; local and family news; state of the crops; and social, religious, and educational events. Among George Dayton Wilkinson's correspondents are his cousins Anna Wilkinson and A. H. Louthian. After 1900 there are a few letters to George D. Wilkinson from his brother J. W. in Sanford, Fla., describing his environment, and from his brother J. C., a salesman in western North Carolina, describing his business trips.

In 1903 the store operated by George Dayton Wilkinson in Newton, N.C., was burned by arsonists and the correspondence after that date consists primarily of letters to him from wholesalers in North Carolina and Virginia, especially Augustus Wright Company, about payments for merchandise lost in the fire. In 1905 George Dayton Wilkinson moved to Maiden, N.C., where he tried to reestablish his mercantile business.

Among the undated material are letters and writings including examinations in physiology, geography, North Carolina history, and English grammar.

Folder 7-10

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Wilkinson Family #04074, Series: "6. Series F: Wilkinson Family, 1858-1911 and undated." Folder 7-10

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7. Series G: Miscellaneous, 1810-1922 and undated.

125 items.

This series consists of letters, bills, receipts, deeds and broadsides collected by Samuel Hilton Steelman from various sources. Scattered items may have some relationship to one another, but the group as a whole is unconnected. Many of the items are related in some way to Lincoln County, N.C., and other surrounding counties.

The early papers, 1810-1859, are primarily unrelated bills, receipts, deeds, and business correspondence with some slight, scattered unrelated personal correspondence. One letter, 1854, from H. P. Clingman of Independence, Ark., gives local and personal news.

Civil War correspondence, 1862-1865, consists mainly of letters to Adeline Pruett from her brothers in Confederate service at Camp Carolina, Va., and Weldon, N.C., and her husband, W. C. Pruett, in hospitals in Richmond, Va., and Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C., and camp at Brandy Station and Franklin, Va. W. C. Pruett's letters describe his health, treatment in hospitals, local news and fear of federal attack, and include detailed advice to his wife about farming and child-rearing.

There are other scattered personal letters to and from Lincoln County, N.C., residents including two letters, 1863, from Ocala, Fla., giving detailed description of the region and federal troop movements there, and a letter from Lamar, Tex., 1867, comparing North Carolina and Texas and reporting on Lincoln residents there. There is also a letter, 10 Decemeber 1867, from W. B. Sears at Saginaw, Mich., to Fred Giddings, Toronto, Canada, giving business news and detailed speculation about the suicide of Col. L. W. P. Little, a banker of Saginaw.

The series also includes scattered social correspondence between friends and relatives giving local, personal, and family news including occasional comments on religion, crops, and medical problems predominates among the 1870s material. Papers, 1880-1922, are bills, receipts, deeds, labor contracts, and similar business materials. There is one letter, 1894, from the Iredell Democratic Executive Committee, soliciting contributions and a letter, 1910, from William C. Hammer, a Democratic candidate for solicitor of Asheboro, N.C., seeking votes.

Among the undated papers are ten social letters and fragments thereof similar to the 1870s correspondence; romantic poems, land surveys, bills and receipts, broadsides, and a photograph of unidentified street construction.

See also Volumes 11-15 (Folders 27-31).

Folder 11-16

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Miscellaneous #04074, Series: "7. Series G: Miscellaneous, 1810-1922 and undated." Folder 11-16

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Folder 18

Volume 1: Diary, Kizziah Harding, circa 1855 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 18

Diary recounting travel by wagon through Tennessee to Texas, describes terrain, vegetation, road conditions, communities visited, and experiences with other travelers.

Folder 19

Volume 2: Work record, Albert (?) and Lazenby, 1856-1858 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

Volume 3: Account book, general merchandise, Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1873, 1877, 1880-1889 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Volume 4: Account book, grist mill and distillery, Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1890-1901 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Volume 5: Account book, merchandise and labor, Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1902, 1910-1929 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 6: Memoranda and accounts, Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1880-1881 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 23

Volume 7: Memoranda and accounts, Pleasant R. Lazenby, 1911-1913 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 8: Daybook, [W. T. and Company], 1855 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 24

Used as a scrapbook of recipes, cures, and household hints, 1898, by Mrs. N. D. Tomlin of Turnersburg, N.C.

Folder 25

Oversize Volume SV-4074/9

Volume 9: Daybook, general merchandise, W. T. and Company, 1855-1857 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 25, Ovolume SV-4074/9

Folder 26

Oversize Volume SV-4074/10

Volume 10: Ledger, general merchandise, W. T. and Company, 1854-1857 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 26, Ovolume SV-4074/10

Folder 27

Volume 11: Account book, merchandise, 1772-1789 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 12: Tharpe family history, undated #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 13: Account book, James E. Tharpe, 1889; Composition book, undated #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 14: Account book, 1886-1908 #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 15: Account book, undated #04074, Series: "8. Volumes, 1772-1929 and undated." Folder 31

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Oversize volumes (SV-4074/9, 10).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 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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