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Hackett Family Papers, 1806-1950

Manuscript Collection #176

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

Title: Hackett Family Papers
Creator: Hackett family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1806-1950) consisting of correspondence, letters, receipts, photographs, genealogical information, financial papers, etc.
Extent: 0.43 Cubic feet, 298 items , papers (1806-1950) consisting of correspondence, accounts, receipts, photographs, newspapers, and miscellaneous published materials.

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

Accessions Information

July 29, 1971, ca. 250 items; Consisting of papers (1806-1950), including correspondence, accounts, receipts, photographs, newspapers, and miscellaneous published material. Deposited by Mr. B. Grimes Williams, Raleigh, N.C.

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

Hackett Family Papers (#176), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. B. Grimes Williams

Processing Information

  • Processed by L. Hardy, April 1972

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

The Hackett family of Wilkes County, N.C., is among the older and more influential families in the state. Intermarried in the family are members of other prominent families of North Carolina, especially the Bryan, Gray, Williams, Gordon and Grimes families. Early papers included in the collection belong to David Gray and R. F. Hackett, two mid-nineteenth century physicians, and James B. Gordon, a well known store and farm owner. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of R. F. Hackett's sons, Richard Nathaniel Hackett and James Gordon Hackett. Richard N. Hackett was a graduate of the University of North Carolina (1887), a lawyer in Wilkesboro, an active member of the N.C. Democratic Party (1890-1923), the mayor of Wilkesboro (1894-1896), and a member of the 60th Congress (1907-1909). In 1909 he resumed his law practice. He died in 1923. James Gordon Hackett was a businessman and industrialist who owned a cotton mill and the Wilkesboro Manufacturing Company. He was also quite active in the N.C. Democratic Party, served as mayor of Wilkesboro (1889-1892, 1893-1895), and was a member of the Board of Directors of the State Prison (1901-1907), the Board of Agriculture (1928-1932), and the Highway Commission (1936-1942) where he often expressed a desire to build and improve North Carolina's roads.

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

Correspondence constitutes a large part of the collection. Antebellum letters deal primarily with family affairs although comments are found on camp meetings held in Wilkes County (1844-1848), a grippe epidemic (1848), Christmas festivities (1848), and funeral arrangements for an elderly woman (1860). One letter from the war years refers to the legality of the impressment of provisions by General Jenkins' Cavalry (1863).

Except for a letter commenting on some cases of typhoid fever in Elkin, N.C. (1867), there are no letters for the post war years until the 1880's. These letters concern the treatment of a patient in an insane asylum (1884); the subjects taught at Notre Dame of Maryland, a Catholic Girls' School in Embla, Maryland (1888); and an invitation for James Gordon Hackett to be part of a committee to welcome William Jennings Bryan to Asheville, N.C. (1896).

Letters after the turn of the century are primarily concerned with the political affairs of J. G. Hackett. Much of this correspondence concerns his appointment to the Board of Directors of the State Prison (1901), his chairmanship of that group (1905), and his activities in connection with the State Prison. Of particular interest is a discussion of the use of convict labor to build and repair railroad lines in the state (1907). Another letter concerns Richard N. Hackett's nomination to run for Congress (1906). Letters from the 1920's and 1930's concern James Gordon Hackett's proposed air line from Elkin to Boone, N.C. (1922), the possibility of George Gordon Battle of North Carolina running for President since the "Tea Pot" investigation may harm the front running candidates (1924), and James Gordon Hackett's appointment to the Board of Agriculture (1928). Other letters throughout this section concern genealogical information of the Hackett, Gordon, and Grimes families.

Correspondence of the 1940's deals with the history of the Masonic Lodge in Wilkes County (1942), Army life at Camp Wheeler, Georgia (1942) and Fort Myers, Florida (1944), and suggestions that a U.S. rehabilitation hospital be built in the Bushy Mountains section of North Carolina (1943). Other items of interest include an excerpt of the eulogy to the last Confederate soldier in Watagua County, Jesse Elihu Luther (1946); a tribute to Josephus Daniels (1941); and a tribute to Governor Zebulon Vance (1942). Also of interest are comments on Hoey's campaign for the U.S. Senate (1943), a suggestion that a road be built up Bushy Mountain (1946), and genealogical information on the Allen, Stokes, and Gordon families of Wilkes County.

Legal papers consist mainly of receipts of payments to witnesses in Wilkes County law cases for 1848 to 1851. Other items include the guardianship of Richard N. Hackett granted to James G. Hackett (1886), notes of settlement (1857-1861, 1886), receipts (1857-1864), and a list of notes belonging to J. B. Wodson (1882).

Financial papers consist mainly of orders for supplies from a Philadelphia firm (1854), a list of doctor's fees with a description of treatment rendered (1848-1853), and promissory notes (1806-1863) belonging to James Bryan Gordon and his estate.

Miscellaneous papers include an authorization to pay a teacher for teaching in a common school (1859); a note of termination of an indenture (1874); an extract from theAnnual Report on the Rivers and Harbors of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina (1897); numerous newspapers from northern North Carolina and Richmond, Virginia (1886-1903); a copy of the resolutions of the Wilkes County Democratic Mass Meeting (1910) and handbills of North Wilkesboro and Wilkes County (1923, 1928). Other items of interest are a copy of the biennial message of Angus W. McLean (1927), an article on vivisection (1947), notes on how to dye wool or silk red, a eulogy to William Austin Sydnor, Jr., and numerous photographs of Grimes, Bryan, and Williams family members.

Oversized materials include newspapers from Henderson, North Wilkesboro, Pittsboro, and Raleigh, N.C., and Richmond, Va., for the 1880's and 1890's; appointment certificate (1901) to the Board of Directors of the State Prison; and an 1859 list of pupils and authorization for a teacher's payment in Wilkes Co., N.C.

For related collections see: Grimes-Bryan Papers (#16), J. Bryan Grimes Papers (#54), John Herritage Bryan Papers (#147), and Robert F. Hackett Papers (MF0005).

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

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina, Wilkes County

Autograph Entries :

  • Aycock, C[harles] B[rantley] (2) 1900, 1911
  • Barnes, David A[lexander] 1863
  • Burgin, W[illiam] O[lin] 1943
  • Cherry, R[obert] Gregg (2) 1945, 1947
  • Clark, Champ 1906
  • Daniels, Josephus 1920
  • Glenn, R[obert] B[roadnax] 1905
  • Gordon, John B[oyle] 1926
  • Grimes, J[ohn] Bryan 1894
  • Hoey, Clyde R[oark] (4) 1943, 1945
  • Mann, J[ulian] S[mith] (7) 1901-1913
  • McLean, Angus W[ilton] (3) 1926, 1928
  • Overman, Lee S[later] 1920
  • Page, Robert N[ewton] 1916

Subject Entries :

  • BRYAN, WILLIAM JENNINGS
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Ships and Shipping--1879
  • COURTS--Wilkes Co., N.C.--1848-1851
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT--Convict Labor--1907
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT--Prisons
  • DANIELS, JOSEPHUS
  • EDUCATION--PRIVATE SCHOOLS--Maryland
  • ELECTIONS--U.S. Congress--House--1906
  • ELECTIONS--U.S. Congress--Senate--1944
  • ELECTIONS--U.S. President--1896
  • ELECTIONS--U.S. President--1924
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Diseases--Influenza
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Diseases--Typhoid Fever
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Hospitals
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Mental Health
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Physicians (General Practice)
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Vivisection
  • INTERNAL IMPROVEMENTS--Roads--1946
  • LABOR--Convict Labor
  • LABOR--Indentured Servants
  • N.C.--STATE GOVERNMENT--Governors--1927
  • ORGANIZATIONS--Masonic Order
  • POLITICS--Democratic Party--1896
  • POLITICS--Democratic Party--1924
  • POLITICS--Democratic Party--N.C.--1906
  • POLITICS--Democratic Party--N.C.--1943
  • RALEIGH, N.C.--Historic Houses, etc.
  • RELIGION--Camp Meetings
  • SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Funeral Rites and Ceremonies
  • SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Holidays--Christmas
  • TRANSPORTATION--Air Travel— 1922
  • VANCE, ZEBULON BAIRD
  • WAR--CIVIL--Provisions
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Camp Life
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Camp Life

Genealogy Entries :

  • ALLEN FAMILY--Wilkes County, N.C.
  • GORDON FAMILY--Wilkes County, N.C.
  • GRIMES FAMILY--Pitt County, N.C.
  • HACKETT FAMILY--Wilkes County, N.C.
  • STOKES FAMILY--Wilkes County

Date Entries :

  • 1844-1849
  • 1850-1859
  • 1884-1889
  • 1901-1907
  • 1922-1928
  • 1941-1947

Newspaper Entries:

Henderson, N.C.
  • Gold Leaf
    • September 28, 1893
North Wilkesboro, N.C.
  • The Journal
    • December 2, 1903
Pittsboro, N.C.
  • The Chatham Record
    • May 3, 1894
Raleigh, N.C.
  • Daily State Chronicle
    • June 28, 1890
Raleigh, N.C.
  • News-Observer-Chronicle
    • April 17, 1894
Raleigh, N.C.
  • News and Observer
    • May 11, 1886
Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Phoenix
    • November 8, 1889
Virginia, Richmond
  • State
    • May 24, 1890

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURE--Dwellings
Call Number: p-176/8(736), 14

BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURE--Dwellings
Description: A. Williams home
Call Number: p-176/48(73g)

CEMETERIES
Description: Crypt
Call Number: p-176/16(737)

GRIMES, BRYAN
Description: Portrait
Call Number: p-176/12

SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Children
Description: Children with mother in yard
Call Number: p-176/34

TRANSPORTATION--Carriages
Description: Horse and buggy in front of home
Call Number: p-176/23

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

Oversize Folder os1#0176.os1
Appointment (1901) to the Board of Directors of the State Prison; 1859 list of pupils and teacher's payment in Wilkes Co., N.C.; and newspapers

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