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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 800 items)|
|Abstract||In 1906 Frederick Aunspaugh, an insurance agent, married Ruth McCoy in Norfolk, Va., where they lived until 1925 when they moved to Raleigh, N.C. The Aunspaugh's daughter Ruth married Frank Daniels of Raleigh in 1929. Chiefly correspondence and photographs documenting the domestic activities of the Aunspaughs. There are a few other items, including diplomas, invitations, and clippings. The correspondence deals with family topics such as health, weather, and trips taken. The pictures are chiefly informal family photographs, with some pictures of scenery. There are a few items relating to other family members, but the collection is focused primarily on the immediate family.|
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Frederick Aunspaugh was born 17 September 1870 in Liberty, now Bedford, Va., to Robert T. Aunspaugh and Anne Clayton Aunspaugh.
In 1898, Aunspaugh moved to Norfolk, Virginia. He worked as an agent in Virginia and North Carolina for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.
He married Ruth McCoy of Suffolk County, Va., and Gates County, N.C., in 1906. Later that year, they had a daughter, Ruth, also called "Doll."
From 1917 to 1931, Aunspaugh had his own insurance business with his brother. In 1925, he moved the headquarters and his family to Raleigh, N.C. After he retired from the insurance business, Aunspaugh went into real estate. He is noted for being one of the original organizers of the first Morris Plan Bank. He was also active in Sons of the American Revolution in Virginia, and was an avid stamp collector.
The Aunspaugh's daughter, Ruth, was a debutant in Raleigh in 1926; was graduated from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1927; and married Frank Daniels of Raleigh on 20 November 1929. They had two children: Frank, Jr., and Patsy. Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels was active in the Junior League and in the War Bond Drive during World War II.
In April 1943, Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh died. Frederick Aunspaugh died 30 June 1951. Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels died 24 October 1985.Back to Top
This collection documents the domestic activities of the Aunspaugh family: Frederick, Ruth, and their daughter Ruth. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and photographs. There are a few other items, including diplomas, invitations, and clippings.
The correspondence deals with family topics such as health, weather, and trips taken. The pictures are chiefly informal family photographs, with some pictures of sites. There are a few items relating to other family members, but the collection is focused primarily on the immediate family.Back to Top
Chiefly family correspondence between Frederick Aunspaugh, his wife Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh, and their daughter Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels. There are some letters from other relatives, and a few letters from friends.
Correspondence chiefly deals with family matters. Of particular interest are letters from Ruth Aunspaugh written from various hot springs in Virginia and West Virginia, 1911-1913; letters from Ruth Aunspaugh's nephew, Frank Jones, written in France, where he was serving in the American Expeditionary Forces, 1918-1919; letters from Ruth Aunspaugh (Daniels) written from Sweet Briar College in 1923; and letters from Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels written in 1934 from Mexico, where she visited her father-in-law, Josephus Daniels, the American ambassador.
Note that Frederick Aunspaugh is frequently called "Old Bean," Ruth Aunspaugh is "Nan," and Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels is "Doll."
Arrangement: By person.
Receipts, bank books, rosters, invitations, programs, diplomas, and other personal items documenting the activities of the Aunspaugh family.
Arrangement: By subject.
Chiefly black and white photographs of the Aunspaugh family, other relatives, and pictures of places. There are a few color photographs. Pictures with negatives are marked with "n" on the backs.
The pictures are divided into three groups: family, other relatives, and places. Family pictures consist of photographs of Frederick Aunspaugh, Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh, Ruth Aunspaugh Daniels, Frank Daniels, Frank Daniels, Jr., and Patsy Daniels. Other relatives' pictures are of Fred Aunspaugh's parents, his sisters and their families, Ruth McCoy Aunspaugh's sisters, and their families, Frank Daniels, Sr., and his brothers. Pictures of places are of Atlantic City, New Jersey; Blue Ridge Summit; the Chicago Exposition; various family homes; New York City; Norfolk, Virginia; Sweet Briar College, Virginia; Woodberry Forest School, Virginia; and other locations.
Processed by: Marion Presler, September 1987
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