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Roberson Family Papers, 1833-1920

(Manuscript Collection #151)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Roberson Family Papers
Creator: Roberson family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1833-1920) consisting of correspondence, legal records of transfer of land, miscellaneous certificates and financial papers.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 24 items , consisting of correspondence, legal records, financial papers, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

December 8, 1970, 24 items; Correspondence, legal records, financial papers, and miscellaneous. Loaned by Miss Janice Hardison, Greenville, NC.

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

Roberson Family Papers (#151), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Miss Janice Hardison

Processing Information

  • Processed by R. Weaver, February 1971

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Alfred Roberson, a Martin Co., N.C., farmer, was married to Prudence Peel (1829-1913) and they had four children. He served in the Mexican War (1845-1848) and was killed in 1865 at Fort Anderson during the Civil War.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Although the majority of the correspondence (1861-1920) is of a personal or family nature, there are several letters of interest. In two Civil War letters (Oct. 11, 1863), Alfred Roberson, who was serving in the 40th North Carolina Regiment, relates that everything is quiet at Fort Fisher (NC). In another letter (July 17, 1864) written from Fort Holmes on Smith's Island (NC), he informs his family of the campaign around Petersburg. He also relates a rumor that a sizeable Confederate force has cut off all the railroad lines between Washington, DC. and Baltimore and that this force is within three miles of Washington. A fourth letter (January 27, 1920) concerns the creation of the Martin County Fair Association.

Legal records (1833-1899) in the collection consist primarily of deeds for the transfer of land in Martin County between various members of the Roberson family and financial records (1866-1896) consist of receipts for money.

Several miscellaneous items include a certificate (July 1, 1847) making Alfred Roberson a corporal in E Company of the North Carolina Regiment of Volunteers; a warrant (November 11, 1887) certifying that Prudence Roberson, widow of Alfred Roberson, is entitled to a widow's pension for her husband's participation in the Mexican War; illustrations of various models of Standard Sewing Machines; and operating instructions for a Remington Model 12 Repeating Rifle.

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Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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