Mauney Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #226
Mauney family
Physical description
0.22 Cubic Feet, 112 items , consisting of correspondence, land records, financial papers, legal papers, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Mauney Family Papers (#226), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1974-1916) consisting of correspondence, land records, financial papers, legal papers, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous.

Biographical/historical information

The Mauney family of Gold Hill in Rowan County, N.C., was deeply involved in mining operations in the Rown-Cabarrus County area during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Frank Mauney (1845-1905), son of Ephraim and grandson of Valentine Mauney, married Rebecca Snuggs. Their eldest son Robert E. Lee Mauney (1872-1938) married Anne Staples of Salisbury and from this union was born R. L. Mauney husband of the donor. Various members of the Mauney and Snuggs families were involved in mining in Gold Hill and in the administration of town government.

Scope and arrangement

Limited correspondence covers the period from 1864 to 1897 and is concerned primarily with family and personal affairs. One Civil War letter (February, 1864) from Orange Court House, Virginia, complains of inadequate food, poor morale, and expresses a desire for peace. Two post war letters (1868) pertain to gold mining and problems relating to the mine. Included are comments concerning mine conditions and instructions for handling debts of miners to local business firms.

Land records (1784-1883) constitute a major segment of the collection and involve lots in Gold Hill proper and land in rural Rowan County. Of particular interest is a deed (1875) for property belonging to St. Marks Evangelical Southern (Lutheran) Church in Gold Hill and statement (1883) providing a lot for construction of a new Methodist Episcopal Church in the same town.

Also included are miscellaneous financial papers (1888-1895); estates papers for the Fannie C. Mauney estate (1912) and the F. H. Mauney estate (1905); a treasurer's indenture and other records pertaining to the Gold Hill corporation (1875); Staples and Mauney family genealogical notes; photographs of Gold Hill scenes and Mauney family members; clippings concerning Gold Hill; and other miscellaneous items.

Administrative information
Custodial History

April 25, 1973, 110 items; Papers (1784-1911) of Rowan County, N.C. family, including correspondence, financial papers, legal records, clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mrs. Eva R. Mauney, Greenville, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Eva R. Mauney

Processing information

Processed by D. Lennon, October 1973

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
Family Names
Mauney family
Staples family
Deeds--North Carolina--Rowan County
Gold mines and mining--North Carolina--Rowan County
Gold Hill (Rowan County, N.C.)
North Carolina--Genealogy
Orange County (Va.)--History, Military--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies