Noble Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #171
Noble family
Physical description
0.4 Cubic Feet, 190 items , including land records, land descriptions and surveys, promissory notes, mortgages and other legal papers, bank notes, ballads, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Noble Family Papers (#171), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1762-1902, undated) including land records, land description and surveys, promissory notes, mortgages and other legal papers, bank notes, ballads, financial papers, receipts, etc.

Biographical/historical information

Stephen Noble (b. 1827) and Celina Clark Noble (b. 1829) were the parents of Osborn Clark Noble (b. 1852) and the grandparents of the donor's husband.

Scope and arrangement

The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Celina Clark Noble and members of her family. Also included are transfers of property with the Campbell, Chapman, and Clark families.

The collection is composed mainly of land records (1762-1893) for these families in the Chicod Township of Pitt County and the Creeping Swamp and Swift Creek areas of Craven County. Of significance is the commissioner's report (1845) dividing the land and listing the heirs of Osborn Clark, deeds for land sold by administrators of estates (1881, 1893), and a deed of the East Carolina Land and Improvement Company (1893) for land in Ayden, N.C. Related to the land records are land descriptions and surveys (1765-1848, undated) of land held by these families in Pitt and Craven counties.

The collection also contains legal and financial papers consisting of promissory notes (1881-1894) to Celina Noble, mortgages and foreclosures (1849-1901) held mainly by Celina Noble and David Purser, a bill of sale of Negroes to Stephen Noble (1854), and legal action concerning estates (1823, 1871, 1873, 1898). Other legal papers included are a tenant lease (1889), a lien bond (1889), and deeds for timber land (1887, 1888) in Pitt County. Another section of the collection consists of Confederate currency and bonds, and bank notes of North Carolina banks during the Civil War period.

The collection also contains original mid-nineteenth century ballads on a variety of topics. These include "John Barly Corne," "Miss Lucy Long," "The Bonny Brown Hen," "John Actkins," "Cathy Wells," and several of a risquéadult nature.

Miscellaneous items include business accounts, an account and personal notebook, bills, receipts, a petition to President Cleveland to appoint Osborn C. Noble as postmaster in Vanceboro, N.C., a notice to elect Edward Stanly as congressman from the Third District (1841), and receipts for tuition at Carolina Christian College at Ayden, N.C. (1900-1902).

Administrative information
Custodial History

May 25, 1971, 190 items; Papers (1762-1902), consisting of land grants, deeds, bonds, promissory notes, bank notes, ballads, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mrs. O. C. Noble, Greenville, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. O. C. Noble

Processing information

Processed by L. Parks, March 1972

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
Chapman family
Noble, Celina Clark
Family Names
Campbell family
Clark family
Noble family
Corporate Names
Carolina Christian College (Ayden, N.C.)
Ballads, English--United States
Bonds--Confederate States of America
Deeds--North Carolina--Craven County
Deeds--North Carolina--Pitt County
Lumber trade--North Carolina--Pitt County
Craven County (N.C.)--Surveys
Pitt County (N.C.)--Surveys