Essie T. Smith Collection

Manuscript Collection #174
Smith, Essie T.
Physical description
0.2 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box , consisting of land deeds and tintypes.
Preferred Citation
Essie T. Smith Collection (#174), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Collection (1791-1896) consisting of photocopies of land deeds and tintypes pertaining to families in Carteret County, N.C.

Scope and arrangement

This collection of photocopies of deeds and pictures deals mainly with several generations of Mrs. Essie T. Smith's family. The deeds refer to Mrs. Smith's ancestors such as her father's parents, Eliza C. Pigott Taylor and Benjamin F. Taylor; her mother's parents, Robert W. Humphrey and Rena (Polly) Bell Humphrey; and Rena Bell Humphrey's father, Abner S. Bell, and grandfather, David Shephard. All of the deeds refer to southwest Carteret County; and such local places as Goose Creek, Bogue Sound, Shelly Point, and Bartram's Creek appear frequently in the reading of the deeds. The items date from 1791 to 1896. A bit of Pigott genealogy is revealed in a deed dated August 29, 1883.

The four tintypes are 5" by 7" and they picture Mrs. Essie T. Smith's parents, Curtis Webster Taylor and Gertrude Humphrey Taylor, and her two grandmothers, Eliza C. Pigott Taylor and Rena (Polly) Bell Humphrey. Genealogical information is found on the back of each picture.

The oversize folder contains a photocopy of an 1851 land grant.

Administrative information
Custodial History

June 25, 1971, 10 items; Tintypes (4) and land records (1791-1874). Deposited by Mrs. Essie T. Smith, Newport, N.C. Originals were returned to the donor on January 21, 1981.

March 21, 2017, .10 cubic foot; Included are the four original 5" x 7" tintypes of Essie T. Smith's parents and grandmothers, and the original land records (1791-1896) related to southwest Carteret County, North Carolina, that Essie T. Smith loaned in 1971 and requested to be returned to her in 1981. They are being donated by her granddaughter Norma McAdams. Also included are photocopies of some related land records and a listing of records documenting the history of a tract of family land in the Bogue area from 1713 until it was condemned in 1942 to be used for an outlying airfield for the Marine Corps base at Cherry Point, N.C. Donated by Norma McAdams.

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Mrs. Essie T. Smith

Gift of Norma McAdams

Processing information

Processed by M. Elmore, September 1976

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
Smith, Essie T.
Family Names
Smith family
Deeds--North Carolina--Carteret County
Carteret County (N.C.)--Genealogy

Container list
Folder os1 Photocopy of an 1851 land grant
Box 1 Folder a Photocopies of Documents and Photos, 1791-1874
Box 1 Folder b Tintypes, Undated
Box 1 Folder c General Correspondence, Undated
Box 1 Folder d Land Deed Book and Copy of Deed, 1902