Carl Woodrow Thurman, Jr., Collection, 1814-1963

Manuscript Collection #15

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Carl Woodrow Thurman, Jr., Collection
    Creator: Thurman, Carl Woodrow
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1814-1963) including memoir, pension records, memorandum of service, etc.
    Extent: 0.5066 Cubic feet, 4 items , photocopies, including a memoir, pension application, memorandum, and certificate.
  • Description

    The memoir reflects events in Stutsman's life, particularly his involvement (1830s-1869) as a teacher in rural schools in Indiana and Missouri (pp. 6-15), and positions as township trustee with responsibility for the care of school funds and the employment of teachers in Indiana (p. 11), and as clerk of a township in Missouri (p. 15). Stutsman also describes his own early education (pp. 3-5) and his qualifications as a teacher (p. 8). Religious topics discussed are baptism into the Campbellite (Disciples of Christ) church, the building of churches and the establishment of congregations, a dispute between the Campbellites and the Methodists, and evangelism and disunity during the Civil War (p. 11). Miscellaneous topics described include the use of whiskey at house raisings (pp. 9-10), the boarding of daughters with men in a lifetime contract (p. 12), the purchase and sale of land in Indiana and Missouri, and Stutsman family history.

    Two topics of importance relating to the Civil War in Stutsman's memoir include the pro-Confederate work of the Knights of the Golden Circle near Brownstown, Indiana (p. 12), and the raid by General John Morgan on Salem, Indiana (p. 13), during the Civil War.

    A memorandum of service issued to James Thurman (1861), an application blank for pension benefits (1913), and a certificate of service in the Confederate Army (1963) are also included in this collection.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    The bulk of this collection consists of the memoir of John Berkey Stutsman (1814-1882). Stutsman was the maternal great great grandfather of the donor. The Thurman and Stutsman families originally came from Germany. Stutsman, a farmer, preacher, and teacher, lived most of his life in Jackson County, Indiana. After the Civil War, he moved to Chariton County, Missouri, where he farmed and taught school.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    September 25, 1967, 4 items; Collection of Carl Woodrow Thurman, Jr., consisting of John Berkey Stutsman's memoir (1814-1882), an application for pension benefits, a memorandum of service, and a Confederate Army service certificate. Loaned for copying June, 1966, by Carl Woodrow Thurman, Jr., Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Loaned by Carl Woodrow Thurman, Jr.

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Carl Woodrow Thurman, Jr., Collection (#15), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by D. Lennon; M. Boccaccio, November 1993

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

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