Francis Marion Mellette Collection

1935-1966, undated
Manuscript Collection #274
Mellette family
Physical description
0.15 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, consisting of a ledger, a history, and photocopies of a genealogy
Preferred Citation
Francis Marion Mellette Collection (#274), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
No restrictions: Ledgers withdrawn March 10, 1981

Collection consists of copies of the Mellette Family History, and a History of Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge, No. 304.

Biographical/historical information

According to family history, the Mellettes are of French origin, possibly Huguenots (Protestants) who came to America to escape religious persecution. The Mellette family has been in South Carolina since 1745. The first Mellette mentioned, John Mellette, Sr. was born in 1745. John Mellette married Sarah Sutter and they had 5 children. John Mellette died in 1790. By 1799 the family (children of John Mellette) moved to Fauquier County where his eldest son (Jesse Mellette) was married to Judith Glasscock. John Mellette's second son (Arthur Mellette) was married to Judith Glasscock's sister, Leanna Glasscock.

The family then moved to Fairmont, West Virginia near the Tygart Valley River. The families of Mellette, Hickman, Reed, Moore, Veach, Ice and others came here through various routes and became closely linked through marriage, friendship and religion. This collection also contains records from the Glasscock, Sutter, and Ramsey familys.

The Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge of Deep Run, North Carolina, was built in 1870 during the Reconstruction era. The lodge was moved twice, split up but eventually became a functioning lodge again. A complete history of Pleasant Hill Lodge Number 304, written by Charlie L. Smith and Francis M. Mellette, is also included.

Scope and arrangement

This collection copies of Mellette family history, and a 1960 history of Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge Number 304 in Deep Run, North Carolina, and an undated member ledger.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 21, 1974, 8 vols.; ledgers (1875-1899, 1923-1927) for the firm of James A. Aycock & sons of Wedgefield, S.C. [ledgers were returned to the donor March 10, 1981]; also copies of Mellette family history and a history of Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge no. 304. Donor: Mr. Francis M. Mellette.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Francis M. Mellette

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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
Mellette family
Freemasonry--North Carolina

Container list
Box 1 Mellette Family Origins (undated), Mellette Family list of decendants (1966), Mimeographed pamphlet (1937), History of Pleasant Hill Lodge No. 304 (1960), Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge member ledger (Undated)