Pringle Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #277
Pringle family
Physical description
0.125 Cubic Feet, 79 items , photocopies, consisting of correspondence, flyer, military records, land records, and mister rolls.
Preferred Citation
Pringle Family Papers (#277), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1844-1914) relating to crop prices and real estate, consisting of microfilms of photocopies, correspondence, flyer, military records, land records and muster rolls.

Scope and arrangement

This portion of the Pringle Family Papers consists of photocopies of selected items from the papers of this prominent Stokes County, N.C., family.

Topics of interest include crop prices and land-related subjects. Letters from W. F. Martin comment on Demopolis and Mobile, Alabama, to which the Stokes County native emigrated (1844-1855). A traveler recounts his fear of passing through Augusta, Georgia, because of a yellow fever epidemic (Oct. 28, 1854). An Enon Grove, Georgia, citizen comments on the expense of land and the high cost of living in the area (Oct., 1855). He also discusses a large brick-making enterprise undertaken by him. A letter (June, 1857) comments on northwestern Illinois and activities in land speculation there. A letter (Dec. 20, 1860) advises a young Pringle on how and what to study as a medical student in the University of Virginia.

Civil War era letters discuss secession and offer opinions on the secession of South Carolina (Dec., 1860). An opponent of secession cites the dire consequences of a civil war, comments on a possible secession convention, and hopes that Virginia will play the role of peacemaker in the crisis (Jan., 1861). Letters of a soldier (1861, June, 1865) describe camp life. A soldier in the 23rd Virginia Battalion comments on the storming of a breastworks on June 2, 1864 (June 6, 1864). A later letter (Oct., 1877), expresses a belief in the corruptness of the Republican Party.

Military records include a flyer (Nov., 1860) of the pro-secession 1860 Association of South Carolina. Other records pertain to Frank Pringle's membership in a Stokes County patrol company (1860), a captain's commission and muster rolls for the 72nd Regiment (1862), orders to enroll conscripts and to arrest conscript evaders (1862-1864),a list of Peter's Creek township volunteers since February 13, 1862, and an oath of allegiance (1865).

Of interest in the legal papers is a refunding bond for the estate of Allen Pringle (March 23, 1861).

Administrative information
Custodial History

March 6, 1975, ca. 4000 items. Papers of Stokes County Family (1835-1960, 1866-1959), including correspondence, financial papers, legal records, clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mrs. Charlotte Betts Ayden, N.C. Withdrawn July 13, 1977.  Photocopies of 79 items retained. See Microfilm 43.1-43.4 (3 1/2 reels) for the remainder.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Charlotte Betts

Processing information

Processed by D. Lawson, May 1976

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
Pringle family
Corporate Names
Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 72nd
Confederate States of America. Army. Virginia Cavalry Battalion, 43rd
Agriculture--North Carolina--Stokes County
Secession--South Carolina--Personal narratives--History and criticism
Southern States--Economic conditions--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate