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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.
|Size||0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 296 items)|
|Abstract||Archibald Davis Alston, lawyer and planter of Halifax County, N.C. Deeds, wills, gold mining accounts, tobacco sales records, notes, bills, receipts, and family correspondence of Sarah M. Alston (fl. 1840s) of Halifax County, N.C.; her son, A. D. Alston and his wife; their son, A. D. Alston, Jr. (fl. 1870s), of Warrenton and Louisburg, N.C.; and of Elizabeth Crawford Davis Alston (fl. 1834-1846). Family letters, 1843-1859, are from Ariella Alston Hawkins (fl. 1843-1859) and her family in Matagorda County, Tex., and from Edgar M. Alston (d. 1848) in Galveston, Tex. There are no Civil War letters. Business correspondence, 1874-1882, of A. D. Alston, Jr., concerns mining properties.|
|Creator||Alston, Archibald Davis, b. 1817.|
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Willis Alston (1769-1837), of Halifax County, N.C., was active in state and national politics from 1790 to about 1830. He and his second wife, Sarah M. Potts Alston, had five children: Charles, Ariella, Leonidas, Missouri, and Edgar. Ariella Alston married James B. Hawkins, and they moved to Matagorda County, Tex.; Missouri Alston married Archibald Davis Alston of Warren County.
Archibald Davis Alston (b. 1817) was the son of Thomas Nicholas Faulcon Alston and his wife Elizabeth Crawford Davis Alston.Back to Top
Correspondence, financial and legal materials, and other papers pertaining to the Alston family of Warren, Nash and Halifax counties, N.C., and to the Hawkins family of Matagorda County, Tex.
Most family letters are to Sarah M. Alston of Nash County from her son Edgar M. Alston of Galveston, Tex., and from her daughter Ariella Alston Hawkins of Matagorda County, Tex. These letters primarily concern family news and life in Matagorda County; there are also a few letters, 1846-1848, commenting on the Mexican War, including one, 1846, to Sarah Alston from Memucan Hunt describing Edgar M. Alston's service with the 2nd Regiment, Texas Mounted Riflemen. Also included are letters to Charles, Missouri, and Archibald D. Alston from Ariella and James B. Hawkins; letters from Sallie Hawkins and Willis Alston to their grandmother Sarah M. Alston; a letter, 1835, from E. Mitchell, reinstating Archibald Alston as a student at the University of North Carolina; and business correspondence, 1870s, of A. D. Alston, chiefly concerning mining properties in Franklin County, N.C.
Financial and legal items include wills, indentures, promissory notes, bills, receipts, and other items pertaining to Willis Alston, Elizabeth C. Alston, A. D. Alston, and other members of the Alston family. Materials concerning Willis Alston are mostly indentures; also included is Alston's will, 1835. Materials concerning Elizabeth C. Alston are mostly household accounts and records of tobacco sold. Papers of A. D. Alston include a contract, 1848, and accounts, 1848-1870, relating to a gold mining operation in Franklin County, N.C; accounts, 1854-1855, concerning Alston's administration of the estate of Philip G. Alston; contracts, 1869, with a freedman, Oscar Clements; household accounts; and records of cotton sold. There are also a few items pertaining to Sarah M. Alston and Leonidas Alston, including Sarah Alston's will, 1858.
Other papers include newspaper clippings from 1848 and 1874, a few unsigned essays, and an undated recipe for cucumber catsup.Back to Top
Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, February 1992
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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top