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Essie T. Smith Collection, 1791-1896

Manuscript Collection #174

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Title: Essie T. Smith Collection
Creator: Smith, Essie T.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1791-1896) consisting of photocopies of land deeds and tintypes pertaining to families in Carteret County, N.C.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 13 items , consisting of land deeds and tintypes.

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Accessions Information

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.

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

Essie T. Smith Collection (#174), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mrs. Essie T. Smith

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Elmore, September 1976

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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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.

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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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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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