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|0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 160 items)
|The Rev. James M. Benson (1853-1919) was a Methodist minister from 1896 or 1897 until his death in 1919. A native of Hyde County, N.C., Benson attended Trinity College and served churches throughout eastern North Carolina. Correspondence, financial and legal records, poems, essays, and sermons, financial and legal records, and arithmetic books. Correspondence concerns business matters, family deaths, and conditions at private girls' schools in the late 19th century. Financial records document a dry-goods business and the cost of private education. Poems, most by Benson, are both light-hearted and sentimental. Benson's sermons follow biblical texts.
|Benson, James M., 1853-1919.
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
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According to published obituaries included in this collection, James M. Benson was born in Hyde County, N.C., in 1853, attended Trinity College, became a Methodist minister in 1896 or 1897, and served various circuits in the Eastern North Carolina Conference until shortly before he died in 1919 in Nashville, N.C. Benson married twice and was the father of six children.Back to Top
In addition to documenting the sermons and religious musings of a turn-of-the-century Methodist minister, this eclectic collection provides insight into student life at private boarding schools in late 19th-century North Carolina and the relationship between students and parents.Back to Top
Correspondence of James Benson and his father, siblings, children, and friends. Included are letters from his sisters who were attending private schools in eastern North Carolina, from a brother regarding business matters, from friends offering condolences after the death of his first wife in 1890 and of his son in 1894, and letters between the Bensons and their daughter Sallie while she attended boarding school in the 1890s.
Accounts and receipts concerning a dry-goods business and schooling of two generations of the Benson family. Among these items is a petition from Benson and neighbors asking the Hyde County Board of Commissioners to refuse a liquor license to a shop in their community.
Poems, sermons, essays, and miscellaneous newspaper clippings. Included are five poems by "Jimmie Benson"; an essay on the evils of snuff-dipping; sermons inspired by biblical texts; and newspaper clippings that include the obituaries of Benson, his two wives, and his son.
Account books, arithmetic books belonging to Reuben Benson, and James M. Benson's sermon book.