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|Size||6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,500 items)|
|Abstract||Alexander Boyd Andrews of North Carolina (1841-1915) was a Confederate Army officer, planter, and railroad executive. The collection includes papers, 1859-1891, consist of correspondence and other business papers of Andrew Boyd Andrews relating to his career as a railroad executive and capitalist, chiefly correspondence, bills, routine reports and monthly returns, receipts, and bills of lading. Railroads with which Andrews was connected include the Raleigh & Gaston, Chatham, Richmond & Danville, Atlantic & North Carolina, Western North Carolina, and the Southern. The earlier papers relate to railroad construction and specific arrangements for and the volume of business of a ferry on the Roanoke River at Gaston, N.C., including records of individual agents, boatmen, and other employees. In the late 1870s there is correspondence relating to the consolidation of railroads, financing, and the changes of ownership and management. The papers become less numerous after 1875. Also included are a scattering of personal and family letters, personal bills, and accounts, and papers relating to the planting of cotton and the selling of that and other crops through Baltimore commission merchants. The sixteen volumes include records relating to the operation of the ferry, 1866; farm records and accounts, including accounts with tenants and sharecroppers; personal and bank accounts; two volumes relating to Mrs. Andrews's housekeeping and church work, and a volume of data about births, marriages and deaths in the Andrews family, Johnston family, and Hawkins family.|
|Creator||Andrews, Alexander Boyd, 1841-1915.|
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|1841||Alexander Boyd Andrews born to William J. and Virginia (Hawkins) Andrews.|
|1859-1860||Purchasing agent, paymaster, and general superintendent for his uncle Phil B. Hawkins, who had a building contract on the Blue Ridge Railroad in South Carolina.|
|1861||Enlisted in 1st North Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A., under Robert Ransom.|
|1862||Promoted to captain, 1st North Carolina Cavalry, C.S.A.|
|1863||Wounded near Charlottesville, Va.|
|1865-1866||Operated ferry at Gaston, N.C.|
|1867-1875||Superintendent, Raleigh & Gaston Railroad.|
|1868||Became superintendent, Chatham Railroad.|
|1869||Married Julia Johnston of Charlotte, N.C.|
|1875||Representative of Richmond & Danville Railroad Company (later part of Southern Railroad) in North Carolina; superintendent of North Carolina Division, Richmond & Danville Railroad Company.|
|1876||Acquired the title of colonel as aide-de-camp to Governor Vance.|
|1878-1880||Superintendent of Atlantic & North Carolina Railroad|
|1879-1880||Instrumental in the reorganization of Western North Carolina Railroad.|
|1881||President, Western North Carolina Railroad.|
|1894-1915||Vice president, Southern Railroad.|
|1915||Death of Alexander Boyd Andrews.|
Papers, 1859-1891, consist of correspondence and other business papers of Alexander B. Andrews relating to his career as a railroad executive and capitalist. Also included are a scattering of personal and family letters, personal bills and accounts, and papers relating to the planting of cotton and the selling of that crops through Baltimore, Md., commission merchants.
The business papers are chiefly communications addressed to Alexander Boyd Andrews, or addressed to other railroad officers and referred to Andrews; also bills, routine reports and monthly returns, receipts and bills of lading.
The correspondence includes complaints and claims for losses and damage of freight shipments; applications for positions; requests for special arrangements in connection with freight rates, passenger excursion rates and individual passes; reports of accidents and damage to tracks and trestles; arrangements for right of way for new tracks; personnel problems; traffic of freight cars and schedule problems; rate agreements; negotiations with dealers in equipment for railroads, wood, and other purchases; continual communication with other railroads about freight shipments, schedule connections, rates, competition, and policies; storekeeping and housing for railroad laborers.
The earlier papers relate to railroad construction and specific arrangements for and the volume of business of the ferry at Gaston, N.C., including records of individual agents, boatmen, and other employees. Between 1867 and 1874, when Andrews was superintendent of Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, he was in constant communication with the agents at the stations on the line at Raleigh, Neuse, Wake, Franklinton, Kittrells, Henderson, Junction, Ridgeway, Warrenton, Macon, Littleton, Gaston, and Weldon, N.C.
The sixteen volumes include records relating to the operation of the ferry at Gaston, N.C., in 1866; farm records and accounts; personal and bank accounts; two volumes relating to Mrs. Andrews's housekeeping and church work, and a volume of family data pertaining to the Andrews, Johnston, and Hawkins families.
There are also tables of rates, storekeepers' reports, packages of rountine bills of lading, graphs, printed notices of schedules, rates, routes, sale of railroad bonds and a group of printed advertisements for specialized railroad equipment.Back to Top
|Rolled Item R-3245/1|
Rolled item (R-3245/1).Back to Top
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, November 2009; Nancy Kaiser, January 2021
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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