Mr. & Mrs. Philip S. McMullan Collection

Manuscript Collection #33
McMullan, Philip S.; McMullan, Philip S., Mrs.
Physical description
0.111 Cubic Feet, 20 items, including correspondence, accounts, copies of wills, and genealogical material.
Preferred Citation
Mr. & Mrs. Philip S. McMullan Collection (#33), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Collection (1766-1863, undated) including correspondence, accounts, etc., of the Skinner and Hoskins families, who were prominent families of Eastern North Carolina.

Biographical/historical information

The Skinner and Hoskins families were prominent in eastern North Carolina during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Several members of both families served in the General Assembly, and two later Skinner brothers (Thomas Gregory and Harry Skinner) represented eastern North Carolina counties in the U.S. Congress. Mr. McMullan is descended from Fanny Skinner, sister of the congressmen.

Scope and arrangement

Correspondence (1803-1827) is addressed to Edenton merchant Edmund Hoskins and is concerned primarily with business and legal matters. Letters from New York business firms comment on attempts to collect outstanding debts, efforts to sell wheat for Hoskins, current prices for wheat and other crops, and evacuation of the lower part of the city of New York [evidently because of flooding]. Correspondence from within North Carolina deals with proceedings in legal cases, procedure for certifying court sessions, and shipment of brandy from Murfreesboro.

Original Skinner family papers include a letter from William R. Skinner, who was in Raleigh attending a session of the General Assembly. He comments on the length of the session, dullness of Raleigh, and a temperance rally being held in the city (1842).

A Civil War letter from G. B. Dewese tells of duty in Caldwell County where his company was assigned deserter-scouting duty. He describes incidents involving deserters and their reasons for deserting, compares Caldwell and Wilkes counties, and comments on crops and corn mills in the area (1863).

Other items in the collection include copies of the Chowan County wills of Charles Roberts (1766), William J. Skinner (1811), and Jerusha Skinner (1826); Perquimans Countywills of Samuel Skinner (1781), William Skinner (1798), and Sarah Skinner (1851); and genealogical notes and a family tree for the Skinner and related families, including Eden, Johnston, Blount, and Harvey families of eastern North Carolina. The family tree has been placed in the oversize document file.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 6, 1967, 19 items; Papers (1766-1863) of Edmund Hoskins and of the Skinner family, including correspondence, accounts, copies of wills, and genealogical material. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. McMullan Sr., Edenton, North Carolina.

November 5,2012, (unprocessed addition 1) .001 cubic foot, 1 item; Addition includes an 1802 letter from Walter Hubbell of New York City, N.Y., to Edmund Hoskins, a merchant living in Edenton, N.C. Donor: Mrs. Patricia N. Phillips.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. McMullan Sr.

Gift of Mrs. Patricia N. Phillips

Processing information

Processed by D. Lennon, January 1968

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Personal Names
Dewese, G. B.--Correspondence
Family Names
Blount family
Eden family
Harvey family
Hoskins family
Johnston family
Skinner family
Corporate Names
North Carolina. General Assembly--History
Agriculture--North Carolina
Corn--North Carolina
Courts--North Carolina--History--19th century
Prohibition--North Carolina
Wheat--North Carolina
Caldwell County (N.C.)--Agriculture
Chowan County (N.C.)--Genealogy
Edenton (N.C.)--Commerce
Murfreesboro (N.C.)--Commerce
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Perquimans County (N.C.)--Genealogy
Raleigh (N.C.)--Description and travel
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Desertions
Wilkes County (N.C.)--Agriculture

Container list
Box 1 Folder b Correspondence, accounts, 1811-1827
Box 1 Folder c Letter to Edmund Hoskins, 1802
Folder os1 Eden, Johnston, Skinner, Blount, Harvey Family Tree