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|Abstract||Members of the Auman family lived chiefly in Randolph and Moore counties, N.C. The original deposit of materials includes letters, a diary, deeds, family photographs, genealogical information, and other material pertaining to the Auman family in southern Randolph County, N.C., from the early 19th to the mid-20th century. Included are love-letters from Braxton Auman (1860-1908) to Agnes Graves; material about the Why Not Academy in Randolph County; many deeds to lands acquired by members of the Auman family; a diary, 1928-1930, of high school and Elon College student Mary Elizabeth Auman; and materials relating to Howard Auman (1911- ) and Frank Auman (1883-1941). The January 2001 addition contains correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, financial and legal papers, and other material relating to Jason Auman of Moore County, N.C.; the Auman family of West End, N.C.; and the Graham and Currie families of Jackson Springs, N.C., during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Many items relate to Lillie Graham Auman (1882-1969) and Claude Auman (1878-1939), who operated a farm and peach orchards, and their ten children. Topics include the Civil War experiences of family members, education in North Carolina, domestic and social activities, and news of the Auman family and its peach business. World War II letters describe military training, military service, and military sports leagues as well as civilian life in the United States in the early 1940s. Photographs depict members of the Currie, Graham, and Auman families; basketball; education; and World War II. Scrapbooks contain family mementos and newspaper clippings about several Auman family generations. Scrapbooks also include materials relating to education, sports, community and church news, and the family's peach business. Other materials include financial and legal, school, and genealogical documents pertaining to the Auman family and to Jason Auman. Scrapbooks and photographs of the West End Woman's Club in Moore County, N.C., are also included. The February 2004 addition contains a diary, scrapbook, and autograph books relating to experiences of Lucile Crisp (1916-1991) while she attended high school in Candler, N.C. The April 2004 addition contains a compact disc with digital images (jpg) of Lucile Crisp volumes, and of other Crisp family members, chiefly John B. Crisp (1920-1942), an Army Air Corps airman on a B-24 during World War II. The June 2005 addition includes routine family correspondence; family photographs; deeds; business records, including some relating to a whiskey distillery; estate records, and other materials from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries primarily relating to Sarah Anne Auman Fields and members of the Auman and Fields families. Some materials relate to service in the Panama Canal Zone during World War I. The August 2005 addition consists of a World War II-era scrapbook of John B. Crisp, containing posthumous materials and an issue his high school newspaper, and correspondence, 1957-1977, relating to the life of William Thomas Auman (CLOSED until 2030). The February 2007 addition consists of materials relating Henriette Auman's work as an teacher at Hillsboro High School in Hillsborough, N.C., in the 1950s and 1960s, including girls basketball scorebooks, communications of the North Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers, and school publications. Also included are Hillsborough Garden Club yearbooks, 1988-2002.|
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The Auman family papers pertain to several generations of the Auman family (and the related Luck, Slack, Graham, and Currie families) who lived in Randolph and Moore counties, N.C. They are descendants of German immigrants who lived in Pennsylvania and Maryland for two generations before migrating to North Carolina in the late 18th century. (See The Genealogy of the Andrew Auman Family for the early history of the Auman family.)
Most of the material received in 1988 centers around five people: Braxton Auman, Mary Auman, Frank Auman, Howard Auman, and Joseph Aumann. Braxton Auman (1860-1908), the son of Franklin Auman (1826-1911), was born and raised at Auman's Crossroads in south-central Randolph County, N.C. Braxton never married. He spent most of his adult life in the distilling business in Hamlet (Richmond County) and Star (Montgomery County). Frank Auman (1883-1941) was a half-brother to Braxton. He attended Trinity Park High School (Durham) and Guilford College. In 1912, he moved from Auman's Crossroads to Seagrove, where he owned and operated the Seagrove Lumber Company until his death in 1941. His son, Howard Frank Auman (1911- ), was graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1933 and spent most of his life as a farmer (until about 1956) and businessman, mostly in Randolph County. In 1938, he married Lucile Crisp (1916-1991), of Candler, N.C. Mary Auman (1912-1949) was the sister of Howard Frank Auman. She attended Elon College and was graduated from Woman's College in Greensboro about 1933. When she died in Asheboro in 1949, she was the wife of Howard Sprague (originally from Dallas, Tex.) and the mother of one child, Frank. Joseph Aumann, (of no known direct relation to the other Aumans in this collection) served as a major in the German Army during World War I. His research on the origins of the Aumann family in Germany is included in this collection because it throws light on the Aumann family before any member migrated across the Atlantic to North America.
The addition of November 2001 chiefly pertains to Jason Auman of Moore County, N.C., and to the family of Lillie Graham and Claude Auman of West End, N.C. Jason Auman (d. 1923) was the bother of Braxton Auman and Frank Auman. He had eleven children, including Claude Auman. Several of Claude's siblings also appear in the collection, including Maud Auman; Darius Auman and his wife, Cornelia Auman; and Connie Auman Miller and her husband, Paul Miller. When Jason Auman died in 1923, Claude became the administrator of his estate.
Claude Auman (1878-1939) married Lillie Catherine Graham (1882-1969), the daughter of John McGregor Graham (1846-1908) and Laura Currie Graham (1858-1932) of Jackson Springs, N.C. Laura Currie Graham was the daughter of Marion E. Currie and James L. Currie, a Confederate veteran. John McGregor Graham was a farmer and pioneer of the turpentine industry. The Grahams had ten children: Emma Jane Graham, Lillie Catherine Graham, Annie Maude Graham, Neil Archibald Graham, Tonie Bright Graham, Lizzie Agnes Graham, Lottie Blanche Graham, Lonnie Thompson Graham, Clara Pearl Graham, and William Edgar Graham. Before marrying Claude Auman, Lillie attended the Union Home School and then Flora McDonald College in Red Springs, N.C. Her brothers Lonnie and Edgar served in World War I.
Lillie and Claude Auman operated a farm and peach orchard in West End, N.C. They had ten children: Thelma Auman Brewer (1904-1992), Marion Treva Auman (1906-1994), Toffie Clyde Auman (1909-), Donald Glenn Auman (1911-1985), Jason McGregor (Mack) Auman1913- ), Tressie Auman (1914- ), Loyd Auman (1916-1994),Franklin Earl Auman (1919- ), Howard Claude Auman (1921- ),and Raymond Currie Auman (1923- ).
All of the children attended school in North Carolina, and many of them became teachers. Treva and Thelma attended Flora McDonald College in 1925 and 1926. Treva later attended Appalachian State University. In the late-1920s, she taught in Moores Springs, N.C., where she lived with the Bradshaw family. Glenn, a graduate of Elon College, taught in Hillsboro, N.C. After graduating from North Carolina State College in Raleigh (later North Carolina State University), Loyd taught agriculture at Seventy-First High School in Cumberland County. Tressie was a teacher at the Wesley Chapel School in Monroe. During the early 1940s, Earl studied at North Carolina State College and Howard and Raymond attended Campbell College in the early 1940s.
World War II interrupted the lives of the Auman family shortly thereafter. Clyde, who began operating a peach farm in the early 1930s, remained at home, as did Treva. Tressie was a teacher in Broadway and Gibsonville, N.C., during the 1940s.
Five of the Auman sons served in World War II. Howard left Campbell College in 1942 and applied for military service. He joined the Army and began basic training in Miami Beach, Fla. He spent time in 1943 and 1944 at a base in Wilmington, N.C., where he worked as a guard and played successfully on military baseball, basketball, and football teams. In the spring of 1945, Howard was sent to the Pacific. He served in the Philippines and Okinawa, and remained overseas until 1946. Both Earl and Loyd served in the Air Corps. Earl trained in San Antonio, Tex., in 1942, before attending aviation cadet training in Miami Beach. Classified as a pilot in 1943, he was sent to Yuma Air Field in Arizona. He attended radio and gunnery school in 1944, and was sent in 1945 to England. He participated in flying missions there until his discharge in the fall of 1945. Loyd attended officer training in Boca Raton, Fla., where he played on military softball and basketball teams. In 1943, he was transferred to Greenwood, Miss., where he taught air corps training classes. Loyd was discharged in 1945, but continued to teach in the service until the end of the war. Glenn joined the Navy in 1943, and by the end of that year was at the Amphibious Training Base in Norfolk, Va. He taught in Norfolk until he was discharged in November 1945. Raymond, the youngest of the Auman sons, joined the Army in August 1944 and was sent to basic training at Camp Claiborne, La. He was sent to the Pacific in the early spring of 1945, and remained until the spring of 1946. He was in the Philippines and Okinawa, and in Osaka and Nagoya in Japan.
The Auman brothers returned to their wives and families in North Carolina after the war, and all members of the family were active in school, civic, and church affairs. Clyde continued to run the peach business and was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly from Moore County. Glenn taught in Orange County for more than thirty years. He also served as head football and basketball coach of Hillsboro High School. Mack became the executive vice president of Sanford Furniture Company in Sanford, N.C., and an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He later became a life insurance representative. Loyd returned to Seventy-First High School and served as principal for more than thirty years. For more than thirty-five years, Earl was the postmaster in West End. Howard played for baseball for several years after the war. He attended spring training with the Chicago Cubs in California, and played on teams in Shreveport, La., and in the Texas League. He ended his baseball career in 1952 because of an injured arm, and then ran a grocery store in Fayetteville, N.C. Treva taught in Moore County schools for forty-five years, and retired in the early 1970s. Tressie taught first grade in West End for forty years, retiring in 1977. Both women were active in community affairs and organizations, particularly with the Presbyterian Church and the West End Woman's Club. The children of Claude and Lillie Graham Auman had many children and grandchildren. They are listed in The Genealogy of the Andrew Auman Family.
The addition of June 2005 primarily relates to Sarah Anne Auman Fields. Sarah Anne Fields (1870-1948), daughter of Franklin (1826-1911) and Sarah (nee Lucas, 1827-1877) Auman, farmers and whiskey distillers, was born and raised on a farm in the Auman's Crossroads community in south-central Randolph County, N.C. In 1891, she attended the Asheboro Academy, a private secondary school in Asheboro, N.C. About two years later, she married John Wesley Fields (1869-1953), farmer of Pleasant Garden, N.C., where she lived the remainder of her life. Sarah and Charles Fields had six children: May (1896-1955), Worth (1899-1981), Hal (1902-1978), Lee (1905-1986), Paige (1908-2003), and Blanche (1911-2000). Most of the letters in the collection are from Sarah's brothers Braxton Auman (1860-1908), owner of a chair factory, whisky distillery, and roller mill in Star, Montgomery County, N.C.; Elijah Auman (1865-1927), owner of a whiskey and brandy distillery and general store in McFarlan, Anson County, N.C.; Jasper Auman (1852-1933), owner of a general store in Seagrove, Randolph County, N.C.; Rufus Auman (1867-1946), owner of a farm in Star; Lebbeus Auman (1885-1949), United States Army sergeant living in Langley Field, Va.; and her sisters-in-law Mattie Auman (nee Luck) (1888-1963), wife of Frank Auman, owner of a general store and a lumber company in Seagrove, and Bertha Auman (nee Luck) (1890-1970), wife of Lebbeus Auman. Note that brother Frank and Lebbeus Auman were married to sisters Mattie and Bertha Luck, who were daughters of Charlie (1861-1932) and Mary (nee Allred) (d. 1912) Luck, farmers living in the White House community in south-central Randolph County. Mattie Auman was a 1908 graduate of Why Not Academy, a private secondary school located in southern Randolph County. Between 1903 and 1905, Frank Auman attended Trinity Park School in Durham and Guilford College near Greensboro for his secondary education. Lebbeus Auman attended a private military academy (ca 1903) for his secondary education. In 1912, he attended a school in Chillicothe, Mo., where he studied typewriting and telegraphy for several months. Lebbeus was assigned to an Army base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1916. He spent the rest of his military career in Virginia at Camp Eustis and Langley Field.
Other letters are from Gertrude Fields and Ann Reynolds, sisters of Sarah's husband, Charles W. Fields; Worth, Lee, and Mae Fields, Sarah's children; and relatives living in Jackson Springs, Clark's Mills, and West End, all located in Moore County, including Dora (1877-1951), Reid (1903-1980), Treva (1906-1994), Tressie (1914-1999), and Thelma (1904-1992) Auman, and Lalan May Patterson (1902-1991). Treva, Tressie, and Thelma Auman were children of Claude (1878-1939) and Lillie (nee Graham) (1882-1969) Auman, farmers living in West End; grandnieces of Sarah Fields; grandchildren of Jason (1850-1923) and Sarah (nee Burroughs) Auman of Jackson Springs; and great grandchildren of Franklin and Sarah Auman of Auman's Crossroads. Treva and Thelma attended Flora McDonald College in Laurinburg, N.C., and each taught over 40 years in the public schools, mostly in Moore County. Reid and Dora Auman were children of Jason and Sarah Auman of Jackson Springs. In 1894, Dora Auman married John Edward Patterson (1860-1931) of Jackson Springs. They had seven children, including Lalan May Patterson. Reid Auman capped a long career in public education as principal of Lowes Grove School in Durham County, N.C. Gertrude Fields was a public school teacher in Guilford County, N.C. Annie Reynolds was a housewife and mother living in Ramseur, Randolph County, N.C. In November 1918, Worth Fields was stationed at a United States Army post located on the campus of the University of North Carolina awaiting his discharge orders. He later worked for the United States Postal Service. Mae Fields, a graduate of the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, became a public school teacher.Back to Top
The original deposit of materials includes letters, a diary, deeds, family photographs, genealogical information, and other material pertaining to the Auman family in southern Randolph County, N.C., from the early 19th to the mid-20th century. Included are love-letters from Braxton Auman (1860-1908) to Agnes Graves; material about the Why Not Academy in Randolph County; many deeds to lands acquired by members of the Auman family; a diary, 1928-1930, of high school and Elon College student Mary Elizabeth Auman; and materials relating to Howard Auman (1911- ) and Frank Auman (1883-1941).
The January 2001 addition contains correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, financial and legal papers, and other material relating to Jason Auman of Moore County, N.C.; the Auman family of West End, N.C.; and the Graham and Currie families of Jackson Springs, N.C., during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Many items relate to Lillie Graham Auman (1882-1969) and Claude Auman (1878-1939), who operated a farm and peach orchards, and their ten children. Topics include the Civil War experiences of family members, education in North Carolina, domestic and social activities, and news of the Auman family and its peach business. World War II letters describe military training, military service, and military sports leagues as well as civilian life in the United States in the early 1940s. Photographs depict members of the Currie, Graham, and Auman families; basketball; education; and World War II. Scrapbooks contain family mementos and newspaper clippings about several Auman family generations. Scrapbooks also include materials relating to education, sports, community and church news, and the family's peach business. Other materials include financial and legal, school, and genealogical documents pertaining to the Auman family and to Jason Auman. Scrapbooks and photographs of the West End Woman's Club in Moore County, N.C., are also included.
The February 2004 addition contains a diary, scrapbook, and autograph books relating to experiences of Lucile Crisp (1916-1991) while she attended high school in Candler, N.C. The April 2004 addition contains a compact disc with digital images (jpg) of Lucile Crisp volumes, and of other Crisp family members, chiefly John B. Crisp (1920-1942), an Army Air Corps airman on a B-24 during World War II.
The June 2005 addition includes routine family correspondence; family photographs; deeds; business records, including some relating to a whiskey distillery; estate records, and other materials from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries primarily relating to Sarah Anne Auman Fields and members of the Auman and Fields families. Some materials relate to service in the Panama Canal Zone during World War I.
The August 2005 addition consists of a World War II-era scrapbook of John B. Crisp, containing posthumous materials and an issue his high school newspaper, and two boxes of correspondence, 1957-1977, relating to the life of William Thomas Auman (CLOSED until 2030). The February 2007 addition consists of materials relating Henriette Auman's work as an teacher at Hillsboro High School in Hillsborough, N.C., in the 1950s and 1960s, including girls basketball scorebooks, communications of the North Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers, and school publications. Also included are Hillsborough Garden Club yearbooks, 1988-2002.Back to Top
Braxton Auman was born in 1860 at Auman's Corner, a small Randolph County crossroads community located about midway between Pisgah and Seagrove, and about eight miles south of Asheboro, N.C. The son of Franklin Auman (1826-1911), yeoman farmer, Braxton left home at age 21 to seek his fortune.
After leaving home, Braxton spent about four years in Robeson County, N.C., where he operated his own bar and grocery business and clerked for others. Over the years he made a good living at farming, bartending, land and timber speculation, and the distilling business. He had business interests and property in Guilford, Randolph, Montgomery, and Richmond counties during his lifetime.
All of these letters are from Braxton Auman to Agnes Graves, a near neighbor during childhood and a life-long friend (see further information on Agnes Graves in Series 9). They were related by the marriage of Nance Luther and John Auman, her aunt and his uncle.
Braxton's first five letters were to Agnes in Ladoga, Ind., where she had moved in the early 1870s. In them he expressed unrequited love for her and the hope of marriage to her. He also made observations about courting, society, and the problems faced by a young single male in Robeson and Randolph counties in the early 1880s.
In 1886, Braxton went to Ladoga, Ind., to visit relatives and wrote Agnes, who had returned to North Carolina to live by then, of his visit. Braxton was in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1905, seeking relief from some illness. He wrote Agnes describing the bath treatment and the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the resort town.
The remaining letters refer to the details of Braxton's declining health and to family matters. Braxton Auman died in Star, N.C., on 16 May 16 1908, just two months after his last letter to Agnes Graves. He was buried at the Pleasant Hill Primitive Baptist Church, near Auman's Corner in southern Randolph County where he was raised.
Typed transcriptions and a copy of Braxton Auman's will are included.
These letters pertain mainly to the Auman and Luck families in Asheboro, Seagrove, and rural southern Randolph County, N.C., to the Crisp family in Candler, N.C., and to the Sprague family in Dallas, Tex. The contents of the letters are limited mostly to family matters. Several letters and telegrams (including one from Congressman Harold D. Cooley) in May 1941, concern the death of Frank Auman (1893-1941). The death of Mary Auman (1912-1949) is the subject of several letters in March 1949. There is a political form letter to Howard Auman from Senator John F. Kennedy dated 21 September 1960.
Why Not Academy (1893-1916) was a combination public elementary school and private or secondary school located in southern Randolph County, N.C., about five miles east of Seagrove in the rural community called Why Not. For more information on the history of Why Not Academy, see Why Not, North Carolina by William T. Auman and Minnie S. Stuart (1986).
All the items in this series belonged to Mattie Luck (Auman) and are as follows: Program of Commencement Exercise at Why Not Academy and Business Institute (May 1908), Pupil's Report Card for Mattie Luck (May 1908), Mattie Luck's commencement recitation "On the Rappahannock," a news clipping account of the Why Not Academy commencement of 1908, and a Why Not Academy envelope (deteriorated).
These deeds last belonged to Howard Frank Auman, Sr.(b. 1911), who owned large tracts of land in southern Randolph County from the 1930s-1970s. Most of the deeds pertain to tracts of land on the waters of the Little River and Fork Creek. The lands on the Little River are called the Capal Place tract and the Slack Place tract. The Capal tract included about 2800 acres and the Slack tract about 640 acres. Another body of deeds belonged to a Frank Auman (1893-1941), father of Howard Frank Auman, Sr., and pertains to tracts of land purchased by him in Randolph County between 1919 and 1943.
The core of the Capal tract was an 1800-acre plantation owned by the antebellum planter Noah Smitherman, who, according to the 1860 federal census, owned 35 slaves. Smitherman devised his lands to relatives by the name of Capal. The Smitherman and Capal families were based in Troy, the county seat of Montgomery County, and various members of their clan founded and operated cotton and hosiery mills and other large business enterprises in Montgomery and Randolph counties from the 1880s to the present.
The Slack place tract (so named because one John B. Slack owned it in the decade or so before 1900) originated as a one-square mile land grant to a Lucas ancestor. By the 1890s, it was the property of John B. Slack, son of Henry Slack, and grandson of John Slack, a Revolutionary War veteran. Around 1900, Slack sold the property and purchased a farm about 8 miles east in Why Not so that his children could attend Why Not Academy.
Another body of deeds is to tracts of land on Fork Creek in southeastern Randolph County. They seem to be connected to lands owned at one time by the Smitherman family. A plat (in color) of adjoining tracts of land (probably where the old plank road intersected Why Not) seems to be related to these Fork Creek deeds. The plat shows the boundaries of tracts of land owned by Nixon Presnell, Uriah Presnell, Randall Presnell, Joe Vancannon, L. Smitherman, J. M. King, W. W. Spencer and Alex Spencer.
The deeds to the Capal place tract are as follows:
|1787||Thomas Williams to John William, 100 acres on Little River|
|1800||Land grant to Thomas Winslow, 500 acres on Little River|
|1814||William Presnell to Samuel Graves, 60 acres on Little River|
|1816||Samuel Graves to William Lowdermilk, 60 acres on Little River|
|1819||Stephen Lowdermilk to William Lowdermilk, 50 acres on Little River|
|1826||John Williams to John Lowdermilk, 2 acres on Pole Branch|
|1836||William Lowdermilk to Elizah Williams, 72 acres on Pole Branch of Little River|
|1909||William Williams and Margaret Williams to Thomas H. Williams, 86 acres on Pole Branch|
|Undated||Description of a tract of land in Union Township just north of the Auman's Crossroads|
The deeds to the Slack place tract are as follows:
|1809||John Graves to George Lucas, 200 acres|
|1813||George Lucas to John Lucas, 100 acres; George Graves to John Lucas, 200 acres|
|1827||Hugh McCain to Henry Woolover, 100 acres on the Black Stump Branch of Little River|
|1834||Leonard Graves, John Graves, and Benjamin Graves to Thomas Lucas, 50 acres|
|1856||Henry Woolover to George Lucas, 105 acres|
|1860||Henry Woolover to Thomas Lucas, 16 3/4 acres|
|1869||Henry Woolover to Dizy Cranford, 100 acres|
|1873||Joel Ashunth? and wife to Dizie Cranford, 80 acres|
|1884||George Lucas to Thomas Lucas, 5 acres; Thomas Lucas and wife to J. B. Slack|
|1885||Dizy Cranford to J. B. Slack and Thomas Lucas, 75 acres|
|1886||Thomas Lucas and wife to J. B. Slack, 75 acres|
|1891||Dizie Cranford to J. B. Slack, 105 acres|
|1894||Thomas Lucas and wife to Tabitha Lucas, 300 acres|
|1896||Tabitha Lucas to J. B. Slack, 330 acres on Bumpass Fork of Little River|
|1922||J. B. Slack and wife Elbie Slack, and Tabitha Lucas, to J. S. Lewis and W. R. Williams, 634 1/2 acres|
|1939||Lula E. Lewis, as executrix of John Stanback Lewis, deceased, and W. R. Williams and Sarah C. Williams, his wife, to W. L. Wright and Howard Auman, 634 1/2 acres|
|1892 and undated||Two plats of the Slack place|
The Fork Creek deeds and plat pertain the lands once owned by the Smitherman family on Fort Creek at or near Why Not, N.C., are as follows:
|1802||State land grant to Joseph Cox, 100 acres|
|1827||Flory McMillin to Edward Gatlin, 83 1/3 acres|
|1842||H. B. Elliott, C.M.C., to Noah Smitherman and John Presnell, 250 acres (probably located at Why Not) (printed document signed by Jonathan Worth)|
|1848||State land grant to Edward Gatlin, 250 acres on Bachelor's Creek and crossing Fayetteville Road|
|1850||J. Worth, C.M.C., to Michael Luther, 250 acres on Fork Creek and crossing the Fayetteville Road (probably at Why Not)|
|1851||John Doe proceedings involving Michael Luther and Edward Catlin, 250 acres on Bachelor's Creek and crossing the Fayetteville Road|
|1860||Plat (in color) of the lands of Nixon Presnell, Uriah Presnell, Randall Presnell, Joe Vancannon, L. Smitherman, J. M. King, W. W. Spencer, and Alex Spencer (probably located at Why Not, N.C.)|
Frank Auman deeds are as follows:
|1919||W. R. Cagle to Frank Auman, 191 acres; Myrick Studer to Frank Auman and Arthur Ross, 150 acres|
|1920||Lonnie Snider to Charlie Luther, 92 acres; W. G. Tysinger to Frank Auman and Arthur Ross|
|1921||L. E. Snyder to Frank Auman, 92 acres|
|1925||Arlie and Vella Holt to Stanly Harvel, 39 1/2 acres|
|1926||J. F. Callicut to Frank Auman, 44 acres; Arthur and Minnie Ross to Frank Auman, 440 acres|
|1927||C. H. Luther and wife Sarah to L. E. Snider|
|1928||Arlie and Vella Holt to Claude Shaw, 93 1/2 acres|
|1929||Arlie and Vella Holt to Claud Shaw, promissory note for $100; R. M. Cagle to Frank Auman, lot in Seagrove|
|1939||Frank Auman to E. T. Yow, 118 acres; Frank and Mattie Auman to U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, land option|
|1941||E. T. Yow to Frank Auman, 39 1/2 acres|
|1943||J. J. and Caroline Welch to Frank Auman, 660 acres|
Miscellaneous deeds are as follows:
|1809||John Graves to George Lucas, 100 acres|
|1855||Harbid Lucas, et al., to Thomas Lucas, 400 acres|
|1866||James Harper, et al., to Thomas Lucas (incomplete); James Harper, et al., to Thomas Lucas|
|1898||E. J. Studer to C. L. Parks, 120 acres|
|1901||Franklin Auman and wife to Thaddeus Auman, 75 acres|
|1910||H. C. Lemke to J. J. Welch, 410 acres; Sidney C. Luther to J. J. Welch, 100 acres|
|1912||T. W. Auman and wife to L. H. Harvell, 75 acres|
|1913||Olson and Sarah Hall to M. G. Tysinger, 100 acres|
|1914||L. H. Harvell and wife to R. D. Strider, 75 acres|
|1919||Thomas Williams and Lucy J. Williams to Doci Williams, 86 acres|
Diary of Mary Elizabeth Auman written in her last year at Seagrove High School, spring 1928, and in her two years as a student at Elon College, fall 1928 to spring 1930. The first six months of the diary center around her family life and her student life at Seagrove High School in Southern Randolph County. In September 1928, Mary entered Elon College (located near Burlington, N.C.) as a freshman. Over the next two years, her diary describes student life at Elon. She mentioned classes, professors, basketball games, dating, going to movies, and politics (she was an Al Smith supporter), among other things. Mary described many weekend trips back home to Seagrove to visit her family, friends, and relatives, and she recorded numerous shopping trips to Asheboro, High Point, Greensboro, and Burlington.
During the academic year 1936-1937, Mary Elizabeth Auman taught at Seagrove High School, Seagrove, N.C. Her roll book contains attendance records, grades and other data relative to her students and school life.
Howard Frank Auman (b. 1911), farmer and businessman was born at Auman's Crossroads and raised in Seagrove. His father (Frank) owned the Seagrove Lumber Company until his death in 1941. Howard graduated Seagrove High School in 1928 and the University of North Carolina in 1933. He married Lucile Crisp in 1938 and had three children, Howard Frank (1940- ), William Thomas (1942- ), and Elizabeth Anne (1944- ).
Included are commencement programs for Seagrove School, 1924; student directory, University of North Carolina, 1926-1929; a history of the First National Bank in Asheboro (Howard Auman was a director), and other items.
Business and estate records of Frank Auman (1883-1941) and his wife, Mattie Luck Auman (1888-1963), residents of Asheboro and Seagrove, N.C.
Removed by donor.
To accommodate the addition to Series 9, Series 9 of the original deposit has been redesignated Subseries 9.1.
Marriage and graduation invitations, bills, receipts, draft cards, driver's license (1914), newspaper clippings, and other items pertaining mostly to members of the Howard and Frank Auman families of Seagrove, N.C., and information on Agnes Graves provided by Martha K. Prevost.
Volume 2: William T. Auman and Minnie S. Stuart, Why Not, North Carolina: A History of the Why Not Academy, The Why Not Memorial Association, The Why Not Community, and the Fair Grove Methodist Church (Why Not, N.C.: Why Not Memorial Association, 1987) #04401, Series: "10. Volumes, 1985-1987." Folder 12
Processing information: Arrangement of the November 2001 addition is according to the arrangement of the original deposit. Series designations follow the original series, and new series have been added where necessary.
Correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and other material relating to Jason Auman of Moore County, N.C., the Auman family of West End, N.C., and the Graham and Currie families of Jackson Springs, N.C., during the late 19th and 20th centuries. The collection chiefly documents the lives of Lillie Graham and Claude Auman, who operated a farm and peach orchards, and their ten children. Topics include the Civil War, education in North Carolina, domestic and social activities, and news of the Auman family and peach business. Letters during World War II describe military training, military service, and military sports leagues as well as civilian life in the United States in the early 1940s. Photographs depict members of the Currie, Graham, and Auman families in individual and group portraits and include subjects such as basketball, education, and World War II. Scrapbooks contain family mementos, such as birth, death, and marriage announcements, letters and cards, and notices and miscellaneous newspaper clippings about Auman family members. Frequent topics in the scrapbooks include education, sports, community and church news, and the peach business. Other materials include financial and legal, school, and genealogical documents pertaining to Jason Auman and the Auman family. Scrapbooks and photographs of the West End Woman's Club of Moore County, N.C., are also included.
Chiefly correspondence of the Lillie and Claude Auman family, although scattered letters from the Graham and Currie families and other branches of the Auman family are also included. Lillie Graham Auman was the recipient of most of the letters, particularly during the 20th century.
Letters written during the Civil War between Marion E. Currie and James L. Currie, who probably served with the 35th North Carolina Regiment, and from Malcolm Stewart to his brother, James Stewart. Topics include disease, drill, conditions on the home front, and Confederate conscription in 1862.
Letters from the late 19th century document activities of the Laura Currie and John McGregor Graham family of Jackson Springs, N.C., and the Jason Auman family. Letters between John and Laura Graham and those sent from the family to Lillie and Maude Graham mention the farm, social and domestic activities, and the measles. Lillie Graham wrote about school in Red Springs, N.C., in 1901. Claude Auman received letters during this time from his family and school friends that contain farm and social news. Letters from 1899 to 1902 document the friendship of Lillie Graham and Claude Auman.
Letters from the early 20th century chiefly concern the Lillie and Claude Auman family. Letters from Edgar and Lonnie Graham in 1918 mention army life and the end of World War I in France. Letters from 1925 and 1926 were written from Lillie and Tressie Auman to Treva and Thelma Auman at Flora McDonald College. Letters from Treva Auman in 1927 describe her school and students in Moores Springs, N.C., north of Winston-Salem.
Letters sent to Lillie and Claude Auman during Claude's illness and death in the spring of 1939 mention Claude's illness as well as the daily activities of the children, most of whom were in school. Letters from Earl at the North Carolina State College in Raleigh (later North Carolina State University) concern school exams and basketball.
Letters documenting everyday personal lives of the Auman family during World War II. These materials were chiefly written by the five Auman sons who served in the war and describe their activities in the Navy, Army, and Air Corps. Repeated themes are basic training, military personnel functions, military basketball, baseball, and football leagues, and the desire to return home after the war. Other topics include family matters, the peach crops, and visits home. Letters from their spouses describe family life in the army, domestic activities, being away from home, and marriages and children in the family. Comments on the state of the war and the effect of the war on civilians are scattered throughout the subseries. 1945 letters comment on the shock of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, the fall of Germany, and the surrender of the Japanese. A letter from Earl on 26 April 1945 relates the reaction of the Germans to Roosevelt's death, as told to him by an American POW who had returned from a German camp. Letters in 1945 and 1946 from Raymond and Howard in the Philippines and Okinawa provide news on the fighting in the Pacific. Letters from Howard on 17 and 26 December 1945 describe Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Several letters from Tressie Auman comment on teaching in North Carolina during the early 1940s.
Miscellaneous post-World War II letters. Letters from Howard and his wife, Maxine Auman, were written while Howard was traveling and playing baseball and describe training and game news. Postcards and letters in July and August 1954 document Treva Auman's tour of the Western United States. They describe tourist sites, the landscape, and the cities that she visited. Letters written in 1954 and 1955 by Claude Auman's sister-in-law Cornelia Auman concern health and family news. Several cards sent to Lillie Auman are also included.
Arrangement: by subject.
Pictures documenting extended Currie, Graham, and Auman families. Chiefly portraits of the Lillie and Claude Auman family, with both individual and group photographs. Education photos consist of school buildings as well as groups of teachers and students throughout Moore County. They include Tressie and Treva Auman and schools in Moores Springs, Red Springs, Jackson Springs, and Broadway, N.C. World War II photographs depict Raymond and Howard in the Pacific and Mount Fuji. Photographs of the West End Woman's Club are images of gatherings and events.
Arrangement: by subject.
Materials that pertain to important concerns of the Auman family: education, family, community, and religion. School materials reveal that many members of the family were educated in and taught in Moore County, and that they participated in various school events and programs. Political materials, writings and other materials illustrate the Auman's involvement with their family and the community. Clippings show the important role of religion in a family closely connected to their local Presbyterian church.
Schoolwork, grade reports, programs, tuition bills, and diplomas and certificates of Lillie Graham Auman, Maude Graham, and the Auman children. Also included is historical information about Moore County schools and school reunions.
Material chiefly pertaining to Moore County, N.C., politics.
Tales and poems related to the Auman family and handwritten talks on topics including birds, religion, and potatoes.
Miscellaneous clippings and material related to the community service of Tressie Auman and Treva Auman, clippings of prayers that belonged to Treva Auman, and approximately sixty sheets of handwritten sheet music that belonged to Tressie Auman.
Arrangement: chronological and by format.
Papers documenting various financial and legal activities of James L. Currie, John McGregor Graham, Jason Auman, and the Claude Auman family. Materials chiefly relate to Jason Auman and to Claude Auman's farm and peach orchards. Farm material includes documents related to World War II crop allotments for tobacco and cotton, soil conservation, and gas rations. Other financial material includes notes and chattel mortgages for farmers, receipts for the sale of crops and the purchase of supplies and groceries, and notices of local taxes due. Ledgers and crop books are sporadically filled with account information for supplies, groceries, and the peach business. Legal material chiefly pertains to the estates of Jason Auman, Laura Graham, and Lillie Graham Auman, and to the debt left upon the death of Claude Auman. Land deeds from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are also included. Financial and legal documents have been combined and arranged chronologically, with the exceptions of farm material, receipts, life insurance, vehicle information, account ledgers, and crop books.
Material documenting the history of the Lillie and Claude Auman family during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Though some material describes the Graham and Currie families, most of this series pertains to the children and grandchildren of Lillie and Claude Auman.
Items trace the lineage of the Currie, Graham, and Auman families from the early 17th century to the mid-20th century. There are brief histories and family trees for the Currie and Graham families. Materials related to the Auman family include copies of family records from a family bible, documents pertaining to family reunions, family reminiscences, and a printed guide to genealogical research. See also William T. Auman, et al., The Genealogy of the Andrew Auman Family (6th ed; Seagrove, N.C.: Andrew Auman Family Reunion, 1985), in Series 10 of the original deposit of the collection.
Family mementos such as birth, death, and marriage announcements, letters and cards, and notices and miscellaneous newspaper clippings about Auman family members. In addition to family events and activities, frequent topics include school and teaching, the peach business, sports, Clyde Auman's political career, and church and community news. Volumes S-3, S-5, S-9, and S-14 chiefly contain sympathy cards or greeting cards.
The scrapbooks held many loose letters, cards, and newspaper clippings. This material was removed from scrapbook pages and filed in folders with annotations marking the pages that they came from. Loose material not associated with a specific scrapbook page has all been filed together according to volume.
Memorial record books for Claude Auman, Blanche Graham, Agnes Graham, Lillie Auman, and Treva Auman. Loose materials include obituaries, gift cards, and donation notices for Thelma Auman, Loyd Auman, and Treva Auman.
Autograph books that belonged to Tressie Auman and Paul and Connie Miller.
Papers and scrapbooks document the history of the West End Woman's Club in Moore County, N.C. Administrative material contains by-laws, the Club's constitution, and instructions for induction services. Scrapbooks contain meeting minutes and attendance records, flyers and announcements for programs, and newspaper clippings relating to various members and Club events.
Processing information: Arrangement of the February and April 2004 additions is according to the arrangement of the original deposit and addition of November 2001.
Diary, scrapbook, and autograph books, 1930-1937, chiefly documenting experiences of Lucile Crisp (1916-1991) while she attended Candler High School in Candler, N.C., 1931-1935. Also included is a compact disc, 2004, containing digital images (jpg) of Lucile Crisp volumes, and of other Crisp family members, 1940s-1960s, including J. B. Crisp, an Army Air Corps airman on a B-24 during World War II. Lucile Crisp married Howard Frank Auman in 1938.
Diary, scrapbook, and autograph books, 1930-1937, chiefly documenting experiences of Lucile Crisp (1916-1991) while she attended Candler High School in Candler, N.C., 1931-1935. Scrapbook, 1934-1937, includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, autographs, and a history of the class of 1935. Also included is a compact disc, 2004, containing digital images (jpg) of Lucile Crisp volumes, and of other Crisp family members, 1940s-1960s, including J. B. Crisp, an Army Air Corps airman on a B-24 during World War II. Lucile married Howard Frank Auman in 1938.
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Compact Disc, 2004 #04401, Subseries: "14. Lucile Crisp and Other Crisp Family Material, 1930-1966, 2004." DCD-4401/1
Contains digital images (jpg) of Lucile Crisp volumes, and of other Crisp family members, 1940s-1960s, including J. B. Crisp, an Army Air Corps airman on a B-24 during World War II.
Arrangement: by topic.
Correspondence, photographs, deeds, business records, estate records, and other materials from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries relating to Sarah Anne Fields (nee Auman) (1870-1948) of Pleasant Garden, Guilford County, N.C.; her brothers Elijah Auman of McFarlan, N.C, Braxton and Rufus Auman of Star, N.C., Jasper Auman of Seagrove, N.C., Lebbeus Auman of Seagrove and Langley Field, Va.; her children Worth and Mae Fields of Pleasant Garden; her sisters-in-law Gertrude Fields of Pleasant Garden, Annie Reynolds of Ramseur, N.C., Mattie Auman of Seagrove, and Bertha Auman of Langley Field, Va.; and her Auman and Patterson relatives living in West End and Jackson Springs, N.C. XXXCorrespondence contains information on the everyday concerns of family members, disease and death in the family, business interests, crops, travels, high school and college experiences, and military life. Most of the deeds, business, and estate records pertain to Braxton Auman's commercial concerns in Star, N.C., and his death. Most of the photographs are of Sarah's father, siblings, and sisters-in law and of Sarah Anne Fields and the Fields family. There are several compositions by Sarah Anne Auman while she was a student at the Asheboro Academy in Asheboro, N.C., in 1891.
Correspondence, 1881-1895 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder 220
In 1881, Braxton Auman, a bachelor, age about 21, was a bartender and store clerk living in Red Banks, Robeson County, N.C. He wrote about his work, plans for the future, and the scandalous behavior of his brother Jasper with a "rip." In July, 1891, Silas Warren, principal of Wilson Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies in Wilson, N.C., wrote Sarah Anne Auman describing the advantages his school had over the other schools for young women in the state and inviting Sarah to register as a student in the fall. In 1893, Dora Auman of Clarks Mills, Moore County, N.C., wrote about a trip to Texas and Sarah's pending marriage to Mr. Fields. In 1894-1895, Elijah Auman wrote from McFarlan, N.C., about the death of his sister Leacy Berry of Level Cross, Randolph County, N.C., his intention of getting married, his week-long trip to the Atlanta Exposition, his brandy and whiskey distilling business, his new horse and buggy, geese hunting, and crops.
Correspondence, 1908-1919 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder 221
In 1908, Braxton Auman of Star, N.C., wrote of his impending death, probably of cancer, and the disposition of his assets. In 1912, a grieving Mattie Auman detailed the suffering that her mother, Mary Luck, endured in the weeks before she died, probably of cancer. In November 1918, Worth Fields wrote from the campus of the University of North Carolina where he was stationed with other United States Army troops awaiting demobilization orders. He complained of the boredom of Army life and of being treated like a baby by his superiors. Jasper Auman wrote in 1918-1919 from Seagrove about his plans to build a house and store there, the influenza epidemic, and the various activities and concerns of his friends and relatives.
Correspondence, 1920-1932 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder 222
In April, 1921, Gertrude Fields described her stay at the health spa at Mount Vernon Springs, Chatham County, N.C. Sarah received several letters in 1923 describing the declining health of her brothers Jason and Elijah Auman, both of whom were tuberculosis patients at the North Carolina Sanatorium in Charlotte. Thelma Auman of West End wrote about her high school graduation and her plans to go to Flora McDonald College in the fall. In 1926, May Fields, a student at the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, wrote about her experiences as a student teacher at an elementary school in High Point. Several letters in 1926 and 1927 described Elijah Auman's declining health and death due to tuberculosis and the whooping cough, chicken pox, and tonsillitis illnesses suffered by the children of Bertha Auman at Langley Field, Va. In 1930, Bertha Auman wrote about a Santa Clause who arrived by parachute from an airplane, mumps in the family, her garden and chickens, and the new military base housing that would feature steam heat and electric stoves and refrigerators.
The deed grantors include George Wright, John Stout, Montgomery Roller Mills, Rufus Auman, Angus Leach, and Claud Thombury. Grantees include Braxton Auman, Montgmery Roller Mills, Sarah Fields, Luandy Cranford, and Charity Porter.
Other Papers, 1892-1948 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder 224
Included is a copy of Jasper Auman's will, 1931; Candor Academy, Montgomery County, N.C., closing exercises, May 1892; Trinity Park School graduation exercises program, June 1904, sent to Sarah by her brother Frank Auman; a commencement program from Seagrove High School, 1928 (Sarah's niece and nephew Mary and Howard Auman are listed in program); a program of recitation and declamation contest at Pleasant Garden High School, May 1927; commencement exercises of Jackson Springs High School, 1923 (Sarah's grandnieces Treva and Thelma Auman and Lalan Patterson were graduates). Also included is a five-page quasi-feminist broadside condemning the term "old maid" as pejorative; "Duties to School Mates"; "Mr. President"; "To The Boys of 1861-1865" by Mayme Fuller Carr; and other items.
Braxton Auman Business Records and Estate Papers, 1888-1913 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder 225-227
Business records and papers mostly pertaining to Braxton Auman (1860-1908) of Star, N.C., and his interests in the Montgomery Roller Mills and the Star Chair Stock Company. Included are stock certificates, promissory notes, purchase agreements, mortgages, insurance policies, and other materials; a 200-page Order Book for the Star Chair Stock Company, 1901-1905, that includes religious essays probably written by a member of the Fields family of Pleasant Garden in the early 20th century; a 600-page account book, undated; records of estate sales, estate debts, inventory of personal property, and Braxton Auman's will.
Auman family photographs, circa 1885-1918 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder P-4401/21
Included are one photograph of Franklin Auman with three of his sons (left to right: Phillip, Braxton, and Jasper), circa 1885; one photograph of Alpheus Auman with three of his young children sitting on porch of the Franklin Auman house at Auman's Crossroads, circa 1905; one photograph of Frank Auman, circa 1903, student at Trinity Park School in Durham, N.C.; four photographs of Braxton Auman, circa 1880-1905; one photograph of Lebbeus Auman; one photograph of two cadets at a military school, circa 1903; two photographs of Lebbeus Auman, either as a United States Army recruit or a military academy cadet, circa 1904-1912; one group photograph of United States soldiers at Corozal, Panama Canal Zone, Christmas 1918, with Lebbeus Auman, sitting in the front row, first on left; two photographs of Lebbeus and Bertha Auman, one in Model-T Ford at Frank Auman's house in Seagrove, the other with Lebbeus in uniform, circa 1916; one group photograph of about 60 soldiers at Fort Monroe, Va., circa 1907; one photograph of brickworks located in Asheboro, N.C., circa 1910; one photograph of a whiskey warehouse, probably owned by Braxton Auman in Star, N.C., circa 1900.
Fields Familiy photographgraphs, circa 1940 #04401, Series: "Addition of June 2005 (Acc. 100095), 1881-1948." Folder P-4401/22
Included are one group photograph of Charles and Sarah Anne Fields sitting with their six adult children standing behind them at their home in Pleasant Garden, circa 1940; one photograph of Hoyle, Charles, and Fred Fields standing in front of a table spread with food at the Fields home in Pleasant Garden, circa 1940; a group photograph of the six adult children of Charles and Sarah Fields standing in front of the Fields home in Pleasant Garden, circa 1940 (left to right: Mae, Worth, Hal, Lee, Paige, and Blanche Fields.
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A World War II-era scrapbook of Lieutenant John B. Crisp (1920-1942), containing posthumous materials as well as an issue of the Candler Acorn, a publication of Candler High School in Asheville, N.C., which Crisp attended. The addition also contains two boxes of correspondence, 1957-1977, relating to the life of William Thomas Auman. These boxes are CLOSED until 2030.
Materials relating to the work of Henriette Auman, a teacher at Hillsboro High School in Hillsborough, N.C., in the 1950s and 1960s, including girls basketball scorebooks, communications of the North Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers, and publications such as Den Echoes, the school newspaper. Also included are Hillsborough Garden Club yearbooks, 1988-2002.
Items separated include pictures (P-4401, OP-P-4401, DCD-4401/1) and scrapbooks (V-4401/S-3-S-20).Back to Top
Arrangement of the 2001 and 2004 additions are according to the arrangement of the original deposit. Series designations follow the original series, and new series have been added where necessary. To accommodate the addition to Series 9, Series 9 of the original deposit has been redesignated Subseries 9.1.Back to Top