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|Abstract||Correspondence; legal and financial papers; genealogical material; student notebooks, account books, and other volumes; pictures; and other papers of members of the Houston, Young, Dalton, and Kennedy families of Iredell County, N.C., and other locations in the South. Most of the papers are family letters exchanged among members of this large family, as they spread out from Iredell County seeking more profitable lands to the south and west. The letters provide vivid pictures of frontier life in Tennessee and Missouri, including reports of weather, health, crops, religion, education, slavery, and, especially, the daily lives and work of women. Letters of Christopher Houston (1744-1837) from Maury County, Tenn., about 1814-1837, contain discussions of his Presbyterian faith and anti-slavery convictions; papers dated after his death relate to attempts to challenge and settle his will, through which he had manumitted his slaves. Also included are documents relating to property; items relating to the postmastership in Iredell County, which was held by family members for nearly a century; and scattered papers relating to the North Carolina tobacco trade from the 1840s through the 1880s. There are also Civil War era letters written by soldiers, who told of military life, and civilians, who wrote about local conditions in various southern states. The extensive genealogical materials were chiefly collected by Mary Cecelia Houston Dalton (1814-1901) and her granddaughter Mary Hunter Kennedy. Volumes include school notebooks and account books relating to the tobacco industry and to general merchandising, as well as to estates and domestic expenses.|
|Creator||Kennedy, Mary Hunter.|
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The story of the extensive family from whom these papers derive begins with Michael Cadet Young of Virginia (d. 1769). His son Thomas Young (1732-1829) of Brunswick County, Va., apparently migrated from Mecklenburg County, Va., to Hunting Creek, in what was then Rowan (now Iredell) County, N.C., about 1778-1780. His children, Elizabeth Ragsdale Young (1786-1837) and Samuel Young (1781-1847), married children of Christopher Houston (1744-1837) and Sarah Mitchell Houston of Houstonville, Iredell County. Christopher had come from Pennsylvania to North Carolina about 1765 and went on to Tennessee about 1814.
Elizabeth R. Young married Christopher's son Placebo Houston (1779-1859) and Samuel Young married Placebo's sister Sarah Houston. Until the 1840s, the bulk of the papers consists of letters to these two couples, especially letters from Placebo and Sarah's father Christopher and their brother James in Tennessee, and letters to Thomas Young, especially from his relatives in Tennessee and South Carolina.
From the mid 1830s, the correspondence is increasingly addressed to Placebo's daughter Mary Cecelia Houston Dalton (1814-1901) of Houstonville and Eagle Mills, also in Iredell County. Unlike her brothers and sisters, Mary Cecelia remained at home, and, throughout her long life, kept in close contact with her widely scattered relatives, especially with her brother Thomas Franklin Houston in Pettis County, Mo., and her sisters, Louisa Houston Reinhardt in North Carolina and Lucy Melissa Houston Motz also in Pettis County, Mo. In 1845, Mary Cecelia married John Hunter Dalton, a manufacturer of plug and twist tobacco. Following Louisa Reindardt's death and her husband's remarriage, some of her older children lived with Mary Cecelia and with her brother Thomas. Many of the letters Mary Cecelia received from Confederate Army soldiers were from these nephews.
Mary Cecelia appears to have acted as the hub of this far-flung family, the one who kept cousins many times removed up to date on family news. Probably it was from this role that her interest in genealogy grew, an interest inherited and carried on by her granddaughter, Mary Hunter Kennedy. Much of Mary Cecelia's correspondence after 1880 contains genealogical information as well as more general family news.
The Daltons' daughter Bettie married Philip Butler Kennedy, her father's partner in the tobacco business. After her mother's death in 1901, the bulk of the letters are to her from her children, especially Frank H. Kennedy and Mary Hunter Kennedy. Much of Mary Hunter Kennedy's later correspondence concerns genealogy.
For more information see folders 40-41 and 200-203.Back to Top
This collection includes correspondence; legal and financial papers; genealogical material; student notebooks, account books, and other volumes; pictures; and other papers of members of the Houston, Young, Dalton and Kennedy families of Iredell County, N.C., and other locations in the South. The genealogical material was chiefly collected by Mary Cecelia Dalton and her granddaughter Mary Hunter Kennedy.
Most of the papers are family letters exchanged among members of this large family, as they spread out from Iredell County seeking more profitable lands to the south and west. The letters provide vivid pictures of frontier life in Tennessee and Missouri, including reports of weather, health, crops, religion, education, slavery, and, especially, the daily lives and work of women. Also among the papers are documents relating to property, including receipts, deeds, wills, and promissory notes; items relating to the postmastership in Iredell County held by members of this family for nearly a century; and scattered papers relating to the tobacco trade from the 1840s through the 1880s. There are also Civil War era letters written by soldiers and civilians in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, and Georgia. Letters written by Christopher Houston from Tennessee, about 1814 to 1837, contain discussions of his Presbyterian faith and anti-slavery convictions; papers dated after his death relate to attempts to challenge and settle his will, through which he had manumitted his slaves.
This collection is divided into two series: Series 1 consists of material received by the Southern Historical Collection prior to 1959; Series 2 consists of the numerous additions made since that date. The series contain essentially similar material. In Series 1, correspondence, business, financial and legal papers are arranged chronologically in Series 1, while in Series 2, non-correspondence has been separated from the letters.Back to Top
1759-1783. 14 items. Letters from Michael Cadet Young to his son Thomas Young, Crooked Creek, Lunenburgh County, Va. Also included are bills, bonds, deeds, and miscellaneous papers of Thomas Young in Virginia, and, 1780, on Hunting Creek in Rowan County, N.C. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 1
1785-1810. 20 items. Miscellaneous papers of Thomas Young and of Christopher Houston, including receipts, deeds, correspondence, and the will of Thomas Young, circa 1801, naming his children. Items relating also to William Young, A. Young, Christopher Ellis, Robert Houston. 18 October 1808 and 14 November 1809, letters from William W. Woodward, Philadelphia, to Christopher Houston, itemizing a library being purchased by Houston and discussing books and religious revival. April 1810, William Ballard, Mecklenburg County, to Thomas Young about family news. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 2
1811-1814. 13 items. Receipts and letter addressed to Christopher Houston, postmaster of Iredell County. 1812, receipt for three slaves being sent by Placebo Houston to James Houston in Maury County, Tenn. 29 November 1814(?), Christopher Houston, Maury County, Tenn., to his son-in-law Samuel Young, Houstonville, N.C. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 3
1815-1817. 10 items. Four letters from Christopher and Sarah Houston at Beech Grove, Maury County, Tenn., to their children in Iredell County, N.C., describing their situation in Tennessee, telling family news, and discussing religion. Appointment of Placebo Houston as postmaster at Houstonville, June 1815, and his receipts, etc. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 4
1818. 6 items. Papers of Placebo Houston, including letters from his father Christopher Houston, Beech Grove, Tenn. 30 July, will of Thomas Young (1732-1829), naming his children Samuel, Elizabeth Houston, Francis, John M., Temperance Carson, Thomas, Susannah Gill. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 5
1820- 1823. 19 items. Papers of Placebo Houston, continued, including more letters from relatives in Tennessee, and papers relating to the property of his cousin Andrew Mitchell, who was moving to Lawrence County, Ala. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 6
1829-1830. 22 items. More family letters from Tennessee and Alabama, giving news of Houston, London, Bills, Martin, Gill, Wright, and Mitchell families--health, crops, marriages, births, deaths, cholera, the times, religion, politics. Christopher Houston recommended specific reading and gave advice. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 9
1831-1832. 19 items. More letters from Christopher Houston at Springhill Garden in Bedford County, Tenn., and James Houston in Maury County. In these letters, Christopher was becoming more verbose in his religious discussions. 17 June 1831, Thomas L. Jones, Abbeyville, Va., inquiring of the Houstonville postmaster about Mr. Ney, the schoolmaster formerly at Abbeyville. 14 August 1832, Christopher Houston trying to remember his Revolutionary War service and get records. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 10
1836. 8 items. More Houston family letters. Christopher Houston on the subject of the institution of slavery, 4 April and subsequent letters. 27 September, J. Augustus Young, Statesville, to his cousins Mary Cecelia and Emma Houston, Houstonville. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 12
1837-1839. 16 items. Papers of Placebo Houston and correspondence of his daughters with their Houston and Young cousins. Letters from James Houston, Marshall County, Tenn., and others about the disputed manumission of the slaves from his father's estate. 17 October 1838, Andrew Mitchell, Hardeman County, Tenn., to his kinsman Placebo Houston, on current affairs, politics, family news. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 13
1840-1849. 67 items, including 42 receipts. Bills, receipts, notes, mostly of Placebo Houston and John H. Dalton. Houston family letters from James in Tennessee and Thomas F. Houston in Missouri. Letters, beginning 1841, to John H. Dalton, Madison, Rockingham County, N.C., from his brothers P. H. and Robert H., in Greensboro, N.C., and Livingston, Ala. Letters from Mary Cecelia Houston Dalton (hereafter MCD), beginning in 1845, to her husband John Hunter Dalton while he was traveling through the South in the interest of his tobacco business. She stayed at Houstonville during his absences. Letters to MCD from friends and relatives. 11 September 1848, P. H. Dalton, at Cabin Hill, Houstonville, tells of his preaching and personal news. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 14
1850-1859. 83 items, including 52 receipts. Papers of Placebo Houston and of John H. Dalton, including business papers and receipts, family letters, and report for Bettie Dalton at Concord Female College, Statesville, N.C. Among the correspondents are Bettie Dalton--a little girl's letters to her parents, 1854-1859, while she was in school at Statesville; MCD (to her husband; and L. M. Motz, J. A. Reinhardt of Sugar Hill, Ga., James H. Dalton of Patrick County, Va., Robert H. Dalton of Aberdeen, Miss., all kinsmen; and others. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 15
1860. 25 items. Dalton and Houston family letters, written from Statesville and High Point, N.C.; Sligo, Tenn.; West Point, Ga.; Friendship, S.C.; and from MCD at Houstonville to her husband when he was absent. Also business letters to John H. Dalton. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 16
1861. 19 items. Dalton family correspondence, continued, the letters being mostly to MCD, and including letters from daughter Bettie at Statesville; Robert H. Dalton at Aberdeen, Miss.; A. P. Reinhardt at Sligo, Tenn.; and the following Confederate soldiers: Dwight Reinhardt near Nashville, Tenn., and Bowling Green, Ky.; Lt. Col. John A. Young at Tudor Hall, Va.; J. H. Reinhardt near Yorktown, Va., 9 November; and E. A. Osborne at Manassas, Va., November-December. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 17
1862. 28 items. Letters to MCD; also some to her husband. Some letters were written by Bettie in school at Statesville; other are from Reinhardt and Young and other relatives in the Confederate Army at Manassas in January and March; Wythe, Va. in March; Suffolk, Va. in March; Richmond in May-July; Dalton, Ga., on 18 September; Winchester, Va., on 11 October; and Culpeper, Va., on 13 November; also from civilian relatives at Salisbury, Statesville, and Madison, N.C, and Laurens, S.C., and Leighton, Ala. 1 August, a small broadside appealing for help for the Rowan Way-Side Hospital, Salisbury, N.C. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 18
1863. 28 items. Letters to MCD and to Bettie from friends and relatives at Charlotte, Hamptonville, Randolph County, Salisbury, and Statesville, N.C; and Guntersville, Ala.; Laurens, S.C.; War Trace, Tenn.; Fredericksburg, Orange, and Mortons Ford, Va. 16 March, Raleigh, N.C, an inquiry to J. H. Dalton about making potash on his land. 19 September, High Point, N.C, P. H. Dalton trying to get flour and a horse and other necessities. October-November, letters from MCD at Houstonville to her daughter Bettie visiting in Columbia. 12 December, items relating to the funeral and estate of Rachel Dalton, and settlement of estate of Nicholas Dalton. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 19
1864-1865. 29 items. Letters to MCD and Bettie from relatives in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia, the Reinhardt and Young cousins and E. A. Osborne in the army, and civilian cousins elsewhere. Three letters from A. L. Young at Salisbury, N.C., 1865. 25 February 1865, Peter S. Wilkes, House of Representatives at Richmond, to his cousins. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 20
1866-1867. 16 items. More Dalton family letters. Correspondence of Bettie Dalton on a visit to Alabama and Missouri. Letters from Richard Kennedy in New Orleans to his brother Philip Butler Kennedy. 25 March 1867, Thomas F. Houston, Pettis County, Mo., to his sister in Iredell County, N.C. Transcript relating to the case of William J. Pendleton vs. John H. Dalton, having to do with the estate of Placebo Houston (original bill, 1863, and answer and testimony). #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 22
1869. 14 items. Dalton correspondence continued. Bettie in Missouri and then back at home at Eagle Mills, Iredell County, N.C. Letters to Bettie from cousin Frank Houston at Ann Arbor, Mich., and later at home in Missouri. Robert H. Dalton in St. Louis to his brother. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 24
1870-1871. 30 items, including 16 receipts. Sixteen receipts for tobacco crops purchased by J. Dalton. Communications from the U.S. Internal Revenue Dept. to J. H. Dalton about tobacco taxes. Personal and family letters to MCD and Bettie, from Laurens, S.C., Sedalia, Mo., and Charlotte, N.C. Richard Kennedy in New Orleans to his brother. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 25
1872-1874. 19 items. Continuation of business papers of J. H. Dalton, Eagle Mills, N.C., relating to his tobacco company, and personal and family letters to MCD and Bettie. MCD was visiting in Missouri in 1874. Family letters from cousins in North Carolina, Missouri, and Illinois. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 26
1876-1877. 13 items. Family letters from R. H. Dalton in Los Angeles, Richard Kennedy in New Orleans, John A. Young in Charlotte, N.C., and others in Bloomington, Ill., and Henrietta, Tex.; also items relating to business affairs of J. H. Dalton. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 28
1880-1884. 10 items. Papers of John H. Dalton and other family members in partnership with P. B. Kennedy, manufacturers of plug and twist tobacco, Eagle Mills, Iredell County, N.C. MCD's correspondence with scattered relatives about genealogy; also family letters. 31 December 1880, Lyman C. Draper to MCD inquiring about James Houston at Battle of Kings Mountain. 1883, Appointment of MCD as postmaster of Houstonville. 11 February 1884, transcript of case from Rowan Superior Court, of John A. Houston vs. John H. Dalton and others in the estate of Placebo Houston (1872-1878). #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 30
1885-1889. 25 items. MCD's correspondence about family matters and genealogy; continuation of series of letters from cousin Ann C. Elliott, Bloomington, Ill., to MCD; also from P. S. Wilkes, 30 July 1888, and Franklin Houston, March 1889, Sedalia, Mo. September-October 1886, correspondence between Lyman C. Draper and MCD, concerning P. S. Ney, Daniel Boone traditions, and North Carolina place-names. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 31
1900-1903. 13 items. Miscellaneous papers of Bettie Dalton Kennedy and her husband P. B. Kennedy of Daltonia, N.C. List of voters in Eagle Mills, 6 November 1900. 22 April 1901, D. M. Furches. Mary Cecelia Dalton died 30 April 1901. Letters from Bettie Kennedy to daughter at State Normal College, Greensboro, N.C. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 34
1911-1955. 21 items. Scattered letters about genealogy and family news to Bettie Kennedy. The letters from 1946 onward are to Mary H. Kennedy of Statesville and are also about family history. Letters from Mary E. Lazenby and others. Young and Houston data. #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 36
Undated transcriptions of family letters. 4 items The following dated typed transcriptions of family letters have been interfiled in the chronological series: 5 October 1816; 24 November 1821; 9 May 1822; 17 December 1827; 4 May 1828; 4 September 1832; 20 October 1832; 21 September 1835; 19 May 1841. The location of the originals of these letters is unknown.) #03242, Subseries: "1.1 Correspondence and Related Items, 1759-1955 and undated." Folder 37
Arrangement: by type.
Genealogy. Approximately 50 items. Genealogical data relating to Houston, Young, Bills, Wright, and related lines. "Descendants of Michael Cadet Young of Brunswick County, Va." These are papers of Mary Cecelia Dalton and of Mary Hunter Kennedy. They include some fully worked out lines and typewritten accounts and also many rough notes from various sources. #03242, Subseries: "1.2. Other Material, 1876-1952." Folder 40-41
NOTE: Volumes have been renumbered. Old volume number follows current number in square brackets.
Volume 24.  1880-1882. John H. Dalton's account with Philip B. Kennedy, followed by comments in Kennedy's handwriting upon the career of William Jennings Bryan and the Gold Standard. These accounts appear to have been the drafts for speeches. #03242, Subseries: "1.3. Manuscript Volumes., 1795-1908." Folder 69
This series contains material similar to that found in the original collection: family correspondence, business, legal and financial Papers, and genealogical material of the Young, Houston, Dalton, and Kennedy families of Iredell County, N.C., and their relatives primarily in South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and other southern states.
The principal recipients in chronological order are Thomas Young, Placebo Houston, Macy Cecelia Houston Dalton, Bettie Dalton Kennedy, and Mary Hunter Kennedy. Continuing themes in the letters are health, domestic chores, quality of land, crops, weather, slaves, visitors, education, and attempts to settle estates and accounts. The latter illustrate the complex economic interdependence of family members across generations and states.
1776: Two letters from John Ragsdale to Thomas Young about Ragsdale's health and life in the army.
1780-1823: The bulk of the letters are to Thomas Young from his siblings, children and grandchildren in North Carolina; Sumner, Overton, and Warren Counties, Tenn.; Wilkes County, Ga.; and Claremont and Laurens, S.C., mostly concerning health, births, deaths, marriages, weather, and crops.
1824-1834: Mostly to Placebo Houston from relatives in Lawrence and Madison Counties, Ala.; Maury and Giles Counties, Tenn.; Laurens, S.C.; and Cole County, Mo. There are also a few letters to Samuel Young, including several from Lewis Williams, North Carolina member of the U.S. House of Representatives, on local and national politics. Topics in these letters are similar to those mentioned above with the addition of buying and supervising slaves, local social conditions, and the high hopes and frequent disappointments of those moving to the frontier.
1835-1860: Although letters to Placebo continue until 1841, beginning in 1834 and continuing up through 1900 the bulk of the letters are to his daughter, Mary Cecilia Houston Dalton (MCD). There are also a few letters scattered throughout this period to her husband, John Dalton relating to his tobacco business and to family financial matters.
Prior to MCD's marriage in 1844 there are numerous letters from cousins and friends about beaux, courtship, and marriages. Her most faithful correspondents were her sisters Lousia Reinhardt and Lucy Melissa Motz, her brother Thomas Franklin Houston, and Thomas's wife Mary Hampton. Those from the women provide a detailed picture of female life on the frontier with its loneliness and the unceasing round of spinning, sewing, preparing and putting food by, supervising slaves, and nursing both the white and black members of their households. Mary's and Lucy's letters on these subjects contrast with Thomas's, highlighting the disparities between men's and women's experiences.
In addition to the general family and farming news, other topics covered include travel and resettling in Tennessee and Missouri, especially in 1845 and 1846; railroad expansion; the establishment of schools and churches; slave and crop prices; speculation in land, slaves, hogs, and mules; and, in 1841, life of a cadet at West Point.
Occasionally in the 1830s and 1840s, there are discussions of national political issues such as Van Buren's election, including one undated letter on ballot box stuffing in Lincolnton, N.C.; the relative merits of the Whigs and Democrats; and opposition to bank speculation. In the mid-1850s, there begin to be hints of the impending Civil War. Letters in this period are from Tuscumbia, Pleasant Valley, and Leighton, Ala.; Carroll, Coopers, and Pettis counties, Mo.; North Carolina, especially Lincolnton and Statesville; Carroll and Whythe counties, Va.; and Laurens and Friendship, S.C.; with a few others from Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia.
1860-1865: Letters are primarily from MCD's nephews, Dwight and J.H. Reinhardt, mostly in Virginia and Tennessee and also at Bowling Green, Ky., discussing joining up, buying substitutes, camp conditions, lack of supplies, illnesses, long marches, low moral, and occasional battles, including at Lee's Farm Dam, Va.; near Corinth, Miss.; and Chancellorsville, in addition to several others in which they took no part. Other relatives wrote of hard times on the home front in Missouri; Sligo, Tenn.; and Water Valley, Miss.
1866-1899: In the immediate post-war years, letters document slow recovery from the war, problems with former slaves, and reconstruction government policies in South Carolina and Missouri. A few letters to and from Melmouth Reinhardt describe the life of a Wake Forest College student. In the 1870s, there are mentions of railroad bonds and a constitutional convention in North Carolina, and drought and grasshoppers in Missouri. In addition to the regular family news, the primary topic in the 1870s and 1880s is the families' financial interconnections and the suits and extensive and complex negotiations about settling estates and debts. MCD's correspondence about family genealogy begins in 1877 with a query about the Gill family. Lyman Draper wrote in 1879 in reference to P. S. Ney.
Letters in the 1890s, especially from Thomas Houston in Missouri, provide excellent documentation of the lingering effects of the war among southern farmers and of the concerns which led to the rise of Populism. Of particular interest is his January 1894 letter.
1900-1920: Following Mary Cecelia Dalton's death in 1901, the bulk of the correspondence is among members of the Kennedy family, especially Bettie to her daughter Mary Hunter Kennedy, and Frank to Mary and Bettie. From 1901 through 1904, the letters are almost entirely from Bettie to Mary, a student at North Carolina Normal and Industrial College at Greensboro.
Letters from Mary to her parents, 1905 through 1907, reveal her experiences as a school teacher in Asheville, N.C. Those from 1909 through 1919 are primarily from Frank to his parents and to Mary discussing his life as a student at Oak Ridge School, the University of North Carolina, and Harvard Law School, and as a teacher, 1912-1914, at New Bern, N.C.
From 1920 through 1940, the correspondence consists of general family news among Mary, her parents, siblings, and sisters-in-law. From 1940 to 1959, letters are more genealogical in content. Many are from Gertrude Enfield, a cousin, who was writing a biography of a mutual ancestor, Christopher Young.
Legal papers 1798 through 1920, including wills; deeds; powers of attorney; complaints, summons, petitions, and other court records, especially of suits; contracts for sale of land, slaves, and tobacco, and for hiring slaves and freedmen; and miscellaneous other legal papers. The bulk of the papers concern Placebo Houston and John Dalton.
Receipts, bills, accounts, statements, tobacco stamps, and other miscellaneous financial Papers, especially of John Dalton's tobacco business and in reference to settlement of debts and estates. Included are checks, bills, receipts, and accounts relating to the settlement of P. B. Kennedy's estate, 1925.
Notes, family trees, biographical sketches and other items relating to the genealogy of the Houston, Dalton, Hunter, Young, Kennedy, and other families. Also typed transcriptions of letters, especially of Michael Cadet Young and Christopher Houston.
Food and dye recipes; sewing patterns; poems; voter registration lists; shape note hymns (folder 206); post office reports, receipts, and accounts of the Houstonia, N.C., post office (folder 207); and invitations. Of particular interest is a list of books belonging to Laurens, S.C., Library Society, apparently in the early 1800s (folder 206).
Clippings; school reports, programs, and pamphlets, especially of New Bern and Harmony, N.C., high schools; and other printed items.
Photo/postcard, 2 unidentified young men. Verso: "How do you like comics? Guess you recognize father Lewis. Harmony has gone to the bad hasn't it. Do you know anything yet? I had a card last--week the sisters' pictures. I saw Kennedy and Parker Sunday--they spent the night with me or at my sister's rather. Sincerely, Will" Addressed to Mary Hunter Kennedy, Houstonville, N.C. #03242, Series: "3. Pictures." P-3242/3
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