Repiton-Lamb Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #179
Repiton family; Lamb family
Physical description
0.11 Cubic Feet, 166 items , consisting of correspondence, legal records, genealogical records, pamphlets, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Repiton-Lamb Family Papers (#179), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions

Papers (1869, 1908, 1736, 1933-1956) consisting of correspondence, legal records, genealogical records, pamphlets, clippings, photographs and miscellaneous.

Scope and arrangement

Repiton-Lamb Family Papers deal primarily with the Repiton and Lamb families of Virginia and North Carolina. Also included are the Wilson, Kerr, Knox and related branches.

Correspondence is generally concerned with genealogical topics. Included are letters (1933-1937) pertaining to quit-claim suit between descendants of William Wilson and George N. Ostrander and son over a tract of land in New York state. Also of interest is a letter copy (1793) in which a father discusses the proper education, dress, and conduct for his daughter.

Legal records (1869, 1934-1937) include receipt (1869) for payment on a cemetery plot for Rev. A. Paul Repiton in Wilmington, N.C.; two court summons; and a land indenture. Reverend Repiton was the only minister in Wilmington who survived the yellow fever epidemic of 1862. The summons and indenture pertain to land of William Wilson in Hamilton County, New York.

Genealogical material (1908, 1933-1934, undated) pertains to the Lamb, Repiton, Sage, Wilson, Corbett, Kerr, Cowan, and Knox families. The genealogical data traces several families to Scotland. Included is a booklet on the Lamb genealogy, an application for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and notes on various families.

Pamphlets and other printed materials include a short history of old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia; two church bulletins (1939, 1944); a reprint entitled "The Heroine of Confederate Point," which relates an account of the defense of Fort Fisher, N.C. (undated); and a short paper (1945) entitled "Colonel William Lamb and Phi Beta Kappa."

Newspaper and magazine clippings (1924-1956) concern the history of Tidewater Virginia and Fort Fisher, North Carolina. These include items on Norfolk's silver mace, the Kenmure house, a history of Fort Monroe, activities in Williamsburg, the battle of Fort Fisher, and blockade-runners of the lower Cape Fear.

Photographs include Rev. A. Paul Repiton, his wife and son and the Repiton house in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Miscellaneous materials (1736, 1908, undated) include a copy of the Repiton family seal and a reprint of the Virginia Gazette (1736).

Administrative information
Custodial History

September 17, 1971, ca. 150 items; Correspondence, clippings, genealogical notes, family records, and miscellaneous.

September 10, 1974, 8 items; Birth and death records, photographs, genealogical notes, and miscellaneous. Gift of Miss Dorothy Repiton Knox, Charlotte, N.C.

September 20, 1979, (unprocessed addition 1), 2 pp.; Genealogical notes on Sage, Cowan, Mcilhenny, Howard, Farquharson, and Hollerith families. Donor: Mrs. Richard Hollerith.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Miss Dorothy Repiton Knox

Gift of Mrs. Richard Hollerith

Processing information

Processed by W. West, March 1979

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
Lamb, William, 1835-1909
Family Names
Lamb family
Repiton family
Church buildings--Virginia--Norfolk
Clothing and dress--History--18th century
Women--Social life and customs--18th century
Fort Fisher (N.C.)--History
North Carolina--Genealogy
Tidewater (Va. : Region)--History

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Correspondence, 1793-1969
Box 1 Folder b Legal Records, 1869, 1934-1937
Box 1 Folder c Genealogical Records, 1908, 1933-1934
Box 1 Folder d Pamphlets, 1938-1945
Box 1 Folder e Clippings, 1920-1956
Box 1 Folder g Miscellaneous