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|Size||5 reels of microfilm|
|Abstract||Microfilm of papers, 1695-1884, in the Cupola House, Edenton, N.C., including land papers, wills, deeds, accounts, and other business and miscellaneous papers of persons in the Edenton, N.C., area, relating to local government and institutions, military affairs, especially during the War of 1812, shipping and mercantile activities, and estate settlements and guardianships. Included are papers of the Baptist Meeting House, the mercantile firm of Collins, Allen, & Dickinson, the Edenton Academy, Edmund Hoskins, and the Roberts and Rombough families. Also included is an original 1948 photograph of Cupola House.|
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The papers in this collection are held in the Cupola House on Broad Street in Edenton, N.C., one of the oldest residences in the town. The house was built around 1725 by Colonel Richard Sanderson, though not in its present form. In 1756, the house was bought by Francis Corbin, an agent for the Lords Proprietors, and used as his official residence. The house is believed to have been renovated by Corbin in 1758. Prior to the acquisition of the building by the Cupola House Association, its owner, a member of the Bond family, sold some of the interior woodwork and paneling to the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Restoration, to a large degree, was made to the building which is now used to house the Shepherd-Pruden Memorial Library, and a museum containing manuscripts, costumes, china, furniture, and pictures.
The papers have been assembled over time through gifts of personal papers from the Chowan County Court House by county officials and from gifts or loans by families and individuals. Most of the papers which deal chiefly with affairs of the town of Edenton were arranged around 1926 by Mark F. Boyd, M.D., then temporarily living in Edenton as director of experimental work for the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation. During filming, some other papers were added to the sequence though the typed calendar complied by Boyd has been included in the film. The papers were filmed both at UNC and at the Cupola House. Difficulty in arrangement of the groups arose not only from trying to coordinate the two filming sites, but also from their diverse nature of the materials.Back to Top
Microfilm of papers, 1695-1884, in the Cupola House, Edenton, N.C., including land papers, wills, deeds, accounts, and other business and miscellaneous papers of persons in the Edenton, N.C., area, relating to local government and institutions, military affairs, especially during the War of 1812, shipping and mercantile activities, and estate settlements and guardianships. Included are papers of the Baptist Meeting House, the mercantile firm of Collins, Allen, & Dickinson, the Edenton Academy, Edmund Hoskins, and the Roberts and Rombough families. Also included is an original 1948 photograph of Cupola House.Back to Top
Edenton Academy, 1770; 1787-1807: Typed statement of the charter of Edenton Academy, 1770. There are also references to its construction, accounts for lotteries held to raise funds for that purpose, correspondence about teachers, and receipts for tuition. There is a letter, 8 January 1787, from John Witherspoon, Princeton, N.J., to James Iredell, recommending a teacher for "Hillsboro Academy," and apparently a draft of a letter from Iredell in reply. #01493, Series: "1. Microfilm, 1695-1884." Folder M-1493/2
"The Memorial of the Citizens of the Town of Fayetteville, N.C., in Protest of an Unfair Navigation Embargo to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States," signed by John D. Toomer, Louis H. Henry, Benjamin Robinson, Committee in Fayetteville, 26 January 1821. #01493, Series: "1. Microfilm, 1695-1884." Folder M-1493/2
Town of Edenton Papers, 1799-1860: Papers referring chiefly to affairs connected with the management of the town and there are reports of the Town Guard in 1822. There are papers from the police courts and fire company in 1823; sanitary and safety measures; town elections, bonds, accounts, minutes of commissioner's meetings, and a large number of permits for slaves to work on town improvements and receipts for payment of the same, 1821-1830. There are also papers about streets, courts, dogs, and nuisances. #01493, Series: "1. Microfilm, 1695-1884." Folder M-1493/3
Miscellaneous Papers from the Edenton Museum, n.d.: Photographs of scenes or earlier dated collected for Edentonia written by H. H. McMullen (SHC #1495); an early map of Carolina in Dutch, n.d.; photographs and pictures of Joseph Hewes, Horniblow's Tavern, Edenton Tea Party, a plat of the town of Edenton, an a naval engagement in Albemarle Sound on 5 May 1864, in which the ram Albemarle took part; courts-of arms for the Hoskins, Smethwycke, Lovick, Ellis, and Johnstone families; shipping papers as well as duties collected for the Port of Roanoke (an early name for Edenton); a treaty with the Tuscarora Indians, n.d.; a grant, 1720, from Lord Carteret to William Spaight; a settlement of estate, 1768, of Francis Corbin; and an early map of North Carolina. #01493, Series: "1. Microfilm, 1695-1884." Folder M-1493/3
Miscellaneous Papers, Hoskins, 1729-1811: Chiefly mercantile papers and papers pertaining to the settlement of debts and some court papers, warrants, etc., as well as tax lists and receipts. A large number of the papers are of Edmund Hoskins, merchant, importer, deputy marshall, collector of revenues, sheriff od Chowan County, Treasurer of the Wardens of the Poor, and Guardian for several persons and families. #01493, Series: "1. Microfilm, 1695-1884." Folder M-1493/4
Three photographs of a print (or drawing) of the naval engagement in Albemarle Sound, 5 May 1864, in which the ram "Albemarle" took place. Signed by A. C. Stuart and dated 1864. (Also filmed on reel 3 under Miscellaneous Papers from the Edenton Museum). #01493, Series: "2. Pictures, 1864-1948." P-1493/1-3
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996
Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008
This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.Back to Top