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|Size||2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)|
|Abstract||The Buncombe family, Goelet family, Rogers family, and Smith family lived in North Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana, dating from the colonial period to the 20th century. The collection includes family correspondence, some business papers, and genealogical materials pertaining to the families; the bulk of the collection consists of the personal correspondence and genealogical materials of Elizabeth (Goelet) Rogers (1843-1924) of New Orleans, La., with some papers of her husband, Walter Henry Rogers, judge and Louisiana attorney general. Also included are papers of the Goelet and Buncombe families of Washington County, N.C., from the colonial period through the Civil War; after 1857, family correspondence of Jane (Smith) Goelet, mother of Elizabeth (Goelet) Rogers, and her Smith relatives of Mobile and Demopolis, Ala., including Civil War letters; and other items. Volumes include a record book, 1756, kept by Francis Goelet at St. Eustatius, West Indies (now Netherlands Antilles), of goods shipped to his family; a book of home remedies, 1850-1860; and a photograph album of Confederate military officers and government officials.|
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John Edward Buncombe Goelet (1807-1857) of Washington County, N.C., was the son of Elizabeth Buncombe and John Goelet and was the grandson of Colonel Edward Buncombe (1742-1777), who came from the Isle of St. Kitt's about 1768 to Tyrrell County, N.C., built Buncombe Hall, and was a patriot in the American Revolution. John Edward Buncombe Goelet was married to Jane Yates Smith (1811-1867), who after her husband's death moved with her children to Demopolis, Ala. Their children were Robert Smith Goelet (born 1832); John Buncombe Goelet (1836-1862), who was killed in Confederate service; Major Edward Buncombe Goelet (1840-1914), who served throughout the Civil War in the Army of Tennessee; Elizabeth (1843-1924), who married Walter H. Rogers, judge and Louisiana attorney general, of New Orleans, La., in 1867; Francis Heath Goelet (born 1846), who also served in the Confederate Army; and Joseph Gregory Goelet (born 1853).Back to Top
The collection includes family correspondence, some business papers, and genealogical materials pertaining to the related Buncombe, Goelet, Rogers, and Smith families of North Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana, dating from the colonial period to the 20th century.Back to Top
Chiefly the correspondence of Elizabeth Goelet of Demopolis, Ala. Many of the letters are from Goelet's mother, Jane Yates Smith Goelet, and other members of the Goelet family in North Carolina and Alabama, including Edward Buncombe Goelet; Francis Heath Goelet, John Buncombe Goelet, Robert Smith Goelet, and Robert H. Smith. During the Civil War, there are many letters from soldiers, including her future husband, Walter H. Rogers. There is also a group of letters from Elizabeth Goelet Rogers's daughters, Jane Grey, Julia Buncombe, and Elizabeth. The series also includes biographical sketches and historical reminiscences, printed materials, and two volumes, including a pocket diary, 1852, and a notebook with accounts, 1863-1864, of Elizabeth Goelet.
Includes material, 1712-1932, chiefly personal correspondence and genealogical materials of Elizabeth Goelet Rogers, with some papers of her husband, Walter Henry Rogers, judge and Louisiana attorney general. The earliest papers, 1712-1846, include copies of wills and deeds from England, the West Indies, and North Carolina. There is also an undated letter from Edward Buncombe to General George Washington and notes, receipts, and miscellaneous items of that period relating to the business of Edward Buncombe and Clement Crooke in Tyrrell County, N.C. Papers, 1852-1859, are chiefly of Jane Smith Goelet and include letters from her brother J. Little Smith, who was studying law in Paris, France, and items relating to the death of John Edward Buncombe Goelet. Papers, 1861-1864, include 48 letters to Jane Goelet and her daughter Elizabeth Goelet, chiefly from Jane's three sons in the Confederate Army serving in North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. Papers, 1867-1917, includes scattered business and personal correspondence of Walter H. Rogers and Elizabeth Goelet Rogers. After 1900, papers are chiefly genealogical in nature and include correspondence with various record keepers and relatives in the United States and abroad. Volumes include a record book, 1756, kept by Francis Goelet at St. Eustatius, West Indies (now Netherlands Antilles), of goods shipped to his family; a book of home remedies, 1850-1860; and a photograph album of Confederate military officers and government officials.
|Oversize Paper Folder OPF-1112/1|
|Photograph Album PA-1112/1||
Chiefly includes images of Confederate officers, circa 1860-1870, including Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, John Wilkes Booth, P. G. T. Beauregard, James Longstreet, Jubal Early, Braxton Bragg, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Richard S. Ewell, and many others. Most are cartes-de-visite.
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 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.
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