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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)|
|Abstract||The collection includes diaries, scattered correspondence, and writings of a family of Methodist ministers and editors of church publications of North Carolina. Among other volumes are the diary, 1838-1844, and autobiography, 1842, of Sidney D. Bumpas (1808-1851), while a minister and editor at various places in North Carolina, and the diary, 1842-1854, of his wife, Frances Moore Webb Bumpas (1819-1898), editor and publisher of the "Weekly Message" of Greensboro, N.C., 1851-1871, and officer in the Women's Foreign Missionary Society. There is very little information about Frances's editing or missionary activities. Also among the volumes are the intermittent diary, 1874-1899, of Sidney and Frances's son, Robah Fidus Bumpas (1850-1933), who was a Methodist minister in the North Carolina Conference for 54 years, and a diary of Robah's 1906 trip to Europe and the Middle East. In addition, there are scattered letters, including one from 1847 about a service Sidney Bumpas led that was attended by Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker; poems by family members; and stories by Robah Fidus Bumpas. There are also four scrapbooks, chiefly containing 20th-century clippings on church and world affairs, and material collected by Paul F. Bumpas about racial violence in Tennessee in 1946 when he was the district attorney responsible for investigating and prosecuting the cases.|
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Sidney D. Bumpas (1808-1851) was a Methodist minister of the North Carolina Conference, pastor, presiding elder, editor, and author. His wife, Frances Moore Webb Bumpas (1819-1898), edited and published The Weekly Message of Greensboro, 1851-1871, and was corresponding secretary of the North Carolina Conference of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society. Their son, Robah Fidus Bumpas (1850-1933), was for 54 years a Methodist minister in the North Carolina Conference, serving in Wilmington, Beaufort, New Bern, Kinston, Raleigh, and other North Carolina locations.Back to Top
The collection includes a small number of letters among family members; other papers, including family history materials and writings chiefly of Robah Fidus Bumpas; and volumes, including diaries and scrapbooks.Back to Top
Three letters from Sidney D. Bumpas to Frances Moore Webb, two before their marriage about his activities and desire to marry and one after their marriage about his work, including an 1847 service he led that was attended by Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker. There is also one letter from Frances Moore Webb Bumpas to her husband about her activities at home.
Letters in the 1860s are to the young Robah Fidus Bumpas in Greensboro, N.C., from various friends; the 1899 letter relates to W. H. Bagley of Raleigh, who had just returned from Cuba; and the letters, 1928-1933, are from family members and friends to Robah commenting on his writings and giving news of their activities (see also volume S-12).
Volume 1: Diary of Sidney D. Bumpas, 1 January 1838-1 December 1841. Irregular entries dealing with Bumpas's work as a Methodist minister in North Carolina, first on the Wilkes circuit, later on the Guilford circuit, and, finally, at a church in Raleigh. #01031, Subseries: "3.1 Sidney D. and Frances Moore Webb Bumpas Diaries, 1838-1854." Folder 13
Volume 2: Autobiography and diary of Sidney D. Bumpas, 1 January 1842-1 January 1844. An autobiographical essay is followed by diary entries made while Bumpas was chiefly in Raleigh, N.C. Entries discuss such topics as the examination of an infant school, the tarring and feathering of Lunsford Lane (a free black), a visit to the city by John C. Calhoun, the church conference at Louisburg, his marriage to Frances Moore Webb, holding a revival in Smithfield, his visit to and baptism of two convicts condemned to be hanged, and the church conference in Halifax, Va. Near the end of the diary, Bumpas was assigned to a church in Pittsboro, N.C., where he preached and ran a school with his wife. #01031, Subseries: "3.1 Sidney D. and Frances Moore Webb Bumpas Diaries, 1838-1854." Folder 14
Volume 3: Diary of Frances Moore Webb Bumpas, 16 February 1843-21 September 1854. Included are entries noting church activities. There is little about the school Frances ran with Sidney in Pittsboro. After her husband's death in 1851, most of the entries are reflections on spiritual matters, with little about daily life (formerly volume 3). #01031, Subseries: "3.1 Sidney D. and Frances Moore Webb Bumpas Diaries, 1838-1854." Folder 15
Volume 6: Diary of Robah Fidus Bumpas, 3 January 1874-13 December 1877. Brief notes of a young Methodist preacher beginning his ministry in Warrenton, N.C. There is much about church affairs and other activities, including Robah's attending commencement at the Greensboro Female College and at Trinity College (formerly volume 4). #01031, Subseries: "3.2. Other Volumes, 1839-1933." Folder 18
Volume 7: Diary of Robah Fidus Bumpas, 1 January-28 December 1876. Brief notes, irregular and out of order by Robah, now married, working on the Wentworth circuit, and living in Ruffin, N.C. Entries record daily events, visits, sermons, church services, and heath concerns (formerly volume 5). #01031, Subseries: "3.2. Other Volumes, 1839-1933." Folder 19
Volume 8: Diary of Robah Fidus Bumpas, 1 January-29 November 1880. Entries about Robah living in the mountains near Shelby, N.C. Most entries relate to church affairs and spiritual reflections; there is little about Robah's personal life (formerly volume 6). #01031, Subseries: "3.2. Other Volumes, 1839-1933." Folder 20
Volume 11: Diary of Robah Fidus Bumpas, 12 June-6 August 1906. Beginning of entries documenting Robah's trip to Europe and the Middle East. Leaving Raleigh, he stopped at Richmond, Washington, D.C., and New York, from which he sailed. Included are fairly full descriptions of towns he visited, including Queenstown, London, Rouen, Paris, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Constantinople, Smyrna, Samos, Beirut, and Damascus (formerly volume 9). #01031, Subseries: "3.2. Other Volumes, 1839-1933." Folder 23
Volume 12: Diary of Robah Fidus Bumpas, 6 August-14 September 1906. Second volume of entries on European/Middle East trip. Entries describe Joppa, Port Said, Cairo, Alexandria, Naples, and Rome, with a retrospective discussion of Robah's visit to Jerusalem, where he fell ill (formerly volume 10). #01031, Subseries: "3.2. Other Volumes, 1839-1933." Folder 24
Processed by: SHC Staff, 1940s-1970s; Roslyn Holdzkom, December 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