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Jean McIver Lane Fonville Collection, 1760-1940

(Manuscript Collection #257)

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Title: Jean McIver Lane Fonville Collection
Creator: Fonville, Jean McIver Lane
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1760-1940) including land grants, deeds, bill of sale of slaves, correspondence, Civil War documents, and an account book, pertaining to the land holdings and genealogy of the McIver, McLeod, Lane, Crawford, Mumford, and Faison families of Moore, Chatham and Columbus counties, North Carolina.
Extent: 0.075 Cubic feet, 1 archival box; 1 overized folder; 24 items, Correspondence, bill of sale and promissory notes for lease of slaves, slave deeds, land records, and account book, printed forms, genealogical research.

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Accessions Information

March 7, 1974, 8 items, 0.061 cubic feet; Collection (1835-1892) of correspondence, bill of sale of slaves, Moore and Chatham County, N.C. land records, and an account book. See finding aid. Gift of Mrs. Jean L. Fonville, Burlington, N.C.

December 7, 1984, (addition 1), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Columbus County, N.C. Land Grant (1824) for Jonathan O. Gore. Rec'd 12/7/1984. Donor: Mrs. D. R. Fonville.

April 15, 1988, (addition 2), 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Collection includes a Moore County, N.C. slave deed form (1855) and a copy of a Chatham County land plat (1830). Rec'd 4/15/1988. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.

May 28, 1997, (addition 3), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Slave lease promissory note (1856) promising to pay William K. Lane, guardian of A. N. and H. I. Grant, for lease of a slave for one year. Rec'd 5/28/1997. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.

May 4, 2004, (addition 4), 1 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Indenture (8/2/1760) by John, Earl Granville, Lord Carteret, proprietor of North Carolina, granting James Crawford a tract of 201 acres of vacant land in Saint Matthews Parish in Orange County on the south side of Deep River between Buffalo Creek or Tomlins Creek for a price of 10 shillings and an annual rent of 8 shillings and one half-penny; and 12 other items received 3/7/1974, 12/7/1984, 4/15/1988, 5/28/1997. Printed form. Signed “Granville by Thos. Child.” 15” x 20”. Rec’d. 4/9/2004. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.

February 6, 2007, (addition 5), 4 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Collection (1931, 1939, 2000) of genealogical and land records pertaining to the Lane family of New Bern, North Carolina. Rec’d. 5/5/2006. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.

February 6, 2007, (addition 6), 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Genealogy (ca. 1940s) of the Lane and Mumford families of Onslow County, North Carolina and Jones & New Bern, Craven County, NC, ca. 1740s-1770s, by Penelope Mumford; and black & white photographic print of “Anne, DeRay & Friends.” Rec’d. 11/5/2006. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.

September 5, 2007, (addition 7), 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Papers (1865, 1867) relating to William K. Lane’s Civil War service, including a copy of the form he signed, dated 12/20/1865, acknowledging receipt & acceptance of the President’s Warrant of Pardon of 12/2/1865; also a State Department form, dated 3/12/1867, signed by Secretary of State William H. Seward, certifying the authenticity of Lane’s acceptance of a pardon for his Civil War service to the Confederacy. Printed forms. Rec’d. 7/3/2007. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.

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

Jean McIver Lane Fonville Collection (#257), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Jean L. Fonville; Gift of Mrs. D. R. Fonville

Processing Information

  • Processing and finding aid by M. Mitchell, August 1, 1977;

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services, March 2002;

  • Reprocessed, final inventory and finding aid, by Matthew Harrup, May 8, 2011;

  • Finding Aid revised by Jonathan Dembo, June 20, 2012;

  • Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, June 25, 2012;

  • Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 7/23/2012.


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

The McIver and McLeod families were among the early Scottish land owners (1790) in Moore, Chatham, and Lee counties, North Carolina, near the Deep River. Evander McIver held over 2000 acres along the Buffalo Creek near Sanford.

The Deep River area is the location for the “House in the Horseshoe”, a plantation owned by Federalist Governor of North Carolina Benjamin Williams. A history and description of this area and the McIver family can be found in A History of the House in the Horseshoe: Her People and Her Deep River Neighbors by George Willcox (Wilmington: Historical Research Services, 1999).

McIver family descendants include Alexander McIver (1822-1902), North Carolina's first Superintendent of Public Instruction, whose papers are in the University of North Carolina Southern Historical Collection (lib.unc.edu/mss/inv /f/McIver,Alexander.html); Alexander McIver's son Brigadier General George Willcox McIver (1857-1947), was a noted Army officer and West Point graduate (Class of 1883) who served in the American West, in the Spanish American War, in the Alaska gold rush, the San Franciso earthquake, the Philippine Insurrection, and served through World War I. His papers can be found in the J.Y. Joyner Library Special Collections at East Carolina University, along with his A Life of Duty: The Autobiography of George WillCox McIver, edited by Jonathan Dembo (Charleston: The History Press,2006).

Brigadier General Samson Lane Faison (1860-1940) was decorated during World War I for helping break through the Hindenburg Line. He served with General George Crook in the American West, and was present during negotiations with Geronimo. His papers are in the University of North Carolina Southern Historical Collection (lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/f/Faison,Samson_Lane.html).

Captain William K. Lane, the donor’s grandfather, served as quartermaster in Company C., 16th Battalion, (also called 75th Regiment, 7th Cavalry) North Carolina Calvary, during the Civil War.

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This collection contains various papers and land records of the McIver, Mumford, and Lane families of New Bern, North Carolina, and Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Jones, Moore, Onslow, and Orange counties, North Carolina, 1760-1940s.

Land records include indentures (1760), grants (1796), deeds and land plats (1830); slave and land transaction records, deed book location and written descriptions (1830-1892) of property and division of holdings in Moore, Chatham, and Columbus Counties.

Slave records include bill of sale (1835), promissory note for yearly lease (1854), and a deed (1855).

An account book (1851) lists dry goods, receivables, cash, articles bought and prices.

Correspondence includes letter (1851) describing tobacco cultivation, social life, and politics, and letter (1931) containing genealogical information from Brig. Gen. Faison.

Civil War documents (1865, 1867) include William Lane’s acceptance of Warrant of Pardon and confirmation of pardon by Secretary of State William H. Seward.

Genealogical records include family descriptions and division of land holdings, pertaining to the Mumgord and Lane families of Onslow, Jones, and Craven counties, North Carolina, 1931-1940s.

The Fonville Collection is arranged in original order in two series:

SERIES I: MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS:

SERIES II: OVERSIZED MATERIALS.

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Series 1:
Manuscript Materials
  • Box 1#0257.1
    • Folder a#0257.1.a
      Moore County, North Carolina Land Records (1796-1892, undated) Holograph.
      • Land grant (1796) to Alexander McLeod for 100 acres in Moore County, North Carolina, both sides of Upper Little River, signed by Gov. Williams (1799); Land Plat for Alexander McLeod for 100 acres (entered 1799); 2 items. 3 p. Notes: Documents fragile, need conservation.  (item #1)
      • Chatham County, N.C. land grant (1830) for 4 acres on west side of Buffalo Creek, to Evander McIver. Holograph copy. 1 item, 1 p.  (item #2)
      • Land Grant (1834) with Seal, to Jonathan O. Gore in Columbus County, N.C. $5 for 100 acres. 1 item. 2 p. Notes: Fragile, Needs Conservation.  (item #3)
      • Slave bill of sale (1835), Dan Kornegay to James O'Neal, witnessed by William Lane. 1 item, 1 p.  (item #4)
      • Description of 2675 acres owned by Evander McIver (ca. 1830's); 1 item, 5 p.  (item #5)
      • Evander McIver land record; Entry in county deed book. Holograph copy ca. 1830's (undated). 1 item, 2 p.  (item #6)
      • Land Indenture from McIver family to Evander McIver (1845) for $51, north side of Buffalo Creek in Chatham County, N.C. 1 item, 2 p.  (item #7)
      • Account book, William Kilpatrick Lane (1850-1851). List of dry good sales, receivables, cash. 1 item. 36 p. Note: Contains brief genealogy.  (item #8)
      • Letter (1851) from A. McIver, Quincy, Florida to J. McIver, Moore County, N.C., concerning tobacco cultivation, daily life, possible marriage and appointment to state office; Holograph copy of same letter. 2 items, 6 p.  (item #9)
      • Slave lease (1854) promising to pay William K. Lane, guardian of A.N. and H.I. Grant, for the lease of a slave for one year. 1 item, 1 p.  (item #10)
      • Slave deed (1855) from D.M. to daughter N.B. Photocopy. 1 item, 1 p.  (item #11)
      • Moore County, N.C. land deed (1887) from William and Kate Scott to T.E. White; land deed (1887) for J.D. McIver. Photocopies.1 item, 2 p.  (item #12)
      • Moore County, N.C. land deed (1892) sold to M.B. Nicholson by Brian Buchanan and wife for $800 in Janisboro Township along Little River. Photocopy. 1 item, 1 p.  (item #13)
    • Folder b#0257.1.b
      Letter (1931) from Brig. Gen. Samson Lane Faison concerning Lane Family land records in New Bern, N.C.; Genealogical record (c.1939) of Cobb, Heritage, and Whitfield families; Description of 2675 acres of land owned by Evander McIver on both sides of Big and Little Buffalo Creeks bordering McIver families (A.D., Isabella, D.R., J.D., Mary and William McNeill and W.M. Dyer). Holograph copy. 4 items. 9 p.
    • Folder c#0257.1.c
      Genealogy (c. 1940's) of Lane, Jones and Mumford families of Onslow County, N.C. and New Bern, N.C. (c. 1740's-1770's); black and white photographic print of "Anne, DeRay, and Friends". 2 items. 3 p.
    • Folder d#0257.1.d
      Papers (1865,1867) relating to William K. Lane's Civil War service, including a copy of the form he signed (12/20/1865) acknowledging receipt and acceptance of the President's Warrant of Pardon (12/2/1865); State Department form (3/12/1867), signed by Secretary of State William Seward, certifying the Lane's acceptance of a pardon for his Civil War service to the Confederacy. Printed forms. 2 items. 2 p. Notes: Capt. William K. Lane, the donor's grandfather, served as quartermaster in Company C., 16th Battalion, N.C. Calvary, C.S.A.
Series 2:
Oversized Material
  • Box 1#0257.1
    • Folder a#0257.1.a
      • Indenture (1760) by John Earl Granville, Lord Carteret, proprietor of North Carolina, granting James Crawford 201 acres of vacant land in Saint Matthew's Parrish in Orange County on south side of Deep River between Buffalo Creek or Tomlins Creek for 10 shillings and annual rent of 8 shillings and one-half penny. 1 item. 1 p.  (item #os1)

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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