William Fleming Little Collection, 1792-1953

Manuscript Collection #316

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: William Fleming Little Collection
    Creator: Little, William Fleming
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1892-1953) relating to the Hodges and Little families of Pitt County, NC, consisting of correspondence, wills, deeds, receipts, promissory notes, summonses, a bill of sale, estate inventory, accounts, and overseers appointments, a history of Pactolus, and miscellaneous items.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 89 items , consisting of correspondence, wills, deeds, receipts, promissory notes, summonses, a bill of sale, estate inventory, accounts, road overseers appointments, a history of Pactolus, and miscellaneous items.
  • Description

    Correspondence in the collection is between 1815 and 1864 and primarily concerns the Hodges and Little families of Pitt County, N.C. Four letters are written by relatives who emigrated to Twiggs County, Georgia, and these letters are primarily concerned with crop prices in Georgia and land treaties with the Indians in Georgia. A letter written in 1864 was written by a Confederate soldier at Williamston, N.C. He comments in detail about the execution of deserters and his feelings about this, about fighting and about the 17th Regiment. Legal records in the collection include Pitt County wills of George E. Little and W.W. Little. Eight deeds (1879-1914) pertain to property in Pactolus belonging primarily to members of the Little family and to the East Carolina Land and Improvement Company.

    Receipts, promissory notes, and summonses cover a period from 1795-1901. Up through 1811 pounds, shillings, and pence are still used in these papers. One undated receipt lists schooling and boarding costs. Store receipts fall into two categories. The earlier ones dating from 1836 to 1860 deal with general store items, while the later ones dating from 1899 through 1901 deal with purchases made by George H. Little and Brother of Pactolus from wholesalers in Baltimore, Richmond and Norfolk in Virginia, Wilmington and Washington in North Carolina, and Chicago. The wholesalers dealt in drugs, footwear, fruit, glassware, crockery, dry goods, and dolls.

    The oldest item in this collection is a document formalizing the sale of a Negro slave in 1792. Also dating from the 1700's is an account of Robert Hodges's purchases from Thad Van Noorden covering the years 1788-1799. The purchases are general store items and the prices are given in pounds and shillings. Also included is an inventory (1802) of Robert Hodges's estate. A marriage license included among these papers is dated 1831 and was issued to Washington Vinters and Sophia Ann Buck in Beaufort County.

    Miscellaneous materials include two notices (1843, 1868) which served to inform individuals that they had been appointed overseers for building certain public roads in Pitt County. These provide details of the specifications for the road and the penalties for refusing to participate in the construction.

    Also of interest is a map of the town (1892) and a 17 page history of Pactolus written by Mrs. W.F. Little in 1953. The history covers from the 1700's up to 1953.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    October 27, 1976, 86 items; Pitt County, N.C. Family papers (1792-1953), including correspondence, land records, accounts, receipts, estate papers, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mrs. William F. Little, Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. William F. Little

    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

    William Fleming Little Collection (#316), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Elmore, December 1976

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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