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Collection Number: 00777

Collection Title: Lewis Neale Whittle Papers, 1826-1919 (bulk 1834-1872).

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)
Abstract Lewis Neale Whittle was a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., who settled in Georgia in 1836 and eventually lived in Macon, Ga. Whittle started out as an engineer connected with railroad building, but turned to the practice of law; and served as a Confederate Army officer. The collection contains family and business letters, mainly 1834-1872, of Lewis Neale Whittle and his wife, Sarah (Powers) Whittle, and of Sarah's sister, Mary (Powers) Griffin, and her husband, Daniel Griffin (1807-1866), of Columbus, Ga. Griffin was associated with railroad building and other enterprises. Letters to the Whittles were written by family in Virginia and Georgia. Family members included planters, naval officers, and Episcopal clergy, namely Stephen Elliott (1806-1866), Alexander Gregg (1819-1893), and Bishop Francis M. Whittle (1823-1902), and these activities are reflected in the correspondence. Griffin family materials include letters, 1858-1859, to Richard Potter of Macon, Ga., whose connection is unclear. Potter was an Irish immigrant and the letters to him are from his family in Ireland. There are also letters from Daniel Griffin describing a steamboat trip, 1849, and while on an extended business trip to New York and the upper Midwest, 1857. Civil War materials include letters to Whittle concerning organizing and financing a Confederate regiment. Other family members served in the Confederate Army and wrote from various places in Virginia, Kentucky, and Georgia, and many letters were exchanged among the women of the family. Postwar letters are scattered in date and content.
Creator Whittle, Lewis Neale, fl. 1820-1880.
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 Lewis Neale Whittle Papers, #777, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received as gifts, 1939-1955
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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Lewis Neale Whittle (fl. 1820-1880) was a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., who settled in Georgia in 1836 and eventually lived in Macon. Whittle started out as an engineer connected with railroad building, but turned to the practice of law; he served as a Confederate Army officer.

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The collection contains family and business letters, mainly 1834-1872, of Lewis Neale Whittle and his wife, Sarah (Powers) Whittle, and of Sarah's sister, Mary (Powers) Griffin, and her husband, Daniel Griffin (1807-1866), of Columbus, Ga. Griffin was associated with railroad building and other enterprises. Letters to the Whittles were written by family in Virginia and Georgia. Family members included planters, naval officers, and Episcopal clergy, namely Stephen Elliott (1806-1866), Alexander Gregg (1819-1893), and Bishop Francis M. Whittle (1823-1902), and these activities are reflected in the correspondence. Griffin family materials include letters, 1858-1859, to Richard Potter of Macon, Ga., whose connection is unclear. Potter was an Irish immigrant and the letters to him are from his family in Ireland. There are also letters from Daniel Griffin describing a steamboat trip, 1849, and while on an extended business trip to New York and the upper Midwest, 1857. Civil War materials include letters to Whittle concerning organizing and financing a Confederate regiment. Other family members served in the Confederate Army and wrote from various places in Virginia, Kentucky, and Georgia, and many letters were exchanged among the women of the family. Postwar letters are scattered in date and content.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1826-1834 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1835-1836 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

April-August 1937 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Oct 1837-Dec 1838 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1839 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1840 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1841 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1842 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1843 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1844 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1845 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1846 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1847 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1848 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1849 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1850 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1851 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1852 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1853 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1854 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1855 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1856 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1857 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Jan-July 1858 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Aug-Dec 1858 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1859 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1860 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1861 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1862-1863 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1864-1867 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1868-1869 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1870-1872 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1873-1879 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1880-1919 #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

undated #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

undated #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

undated #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

undated #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

undated #00777, Series: "Lewis Neale Whittle Papers,1826-1919and undated." Folder 39

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, August 2010

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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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