Meyer-Martin Family Papers, 1802-1910

Manuscript Collection #336

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Meyer-Martin Family Papers
    Creator: Martin family
    Meyer family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1802-1910) consisting of correspondence, deeds, tax records, legal documents, financial records, and church records.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 110 items , correspondence, deeds, tax records, legal documents, financial records, and church records.
  • Description

    Correspondence (1832-1875) is addressed to Mr. Frederick Meyer and is generally of a personal nature. Several letters from friends and relatives in Germany are written in German. They contain news of Meyer's brother and friends in Germany; a recommendation of Meyer from his former employer; references to deaths, illnesses, and marriages; and a comment on the Franco-Prussian War and the successes of Bismarck. Of particular interest are letters addressed in 1875 from Kingsville, Johnson County, Missouri, from F. A. Meyer to his parents. These contain comments on farm life, rural health conditions, crops, and prices. The writer complains of being unable to purchase enough cheap land and expresses the desire to return to North Carolina.

    Deeds and land sales (1802-1888) cover purchases in Yadkin County by Frederick Meyer and by the Martin family during the nineteenth century.

    Tax records (1830-1910) contain receipts for payment of state and county taxes and an 1863 assessment of taxes on crops to pay Confederate war expenses. Statements for 1861 and 1862 divide payments into state, county, and war taxes.

    Legal documents (1827-1902) include a bound German passport (1827), an application for United States' citizenship (1839), an oath of allegiance to the United States government and the emancipation laws (1865), and a certificate of permanent voting registration (1902).

    Financial records contain various receipts, accounts of general merchandise listing amounts and prices of commodities purchased, and receipts of payment of tuition fees (1891-1893). Statements (1898-1902) from the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association require members to pay pro-rated shares for losses sustained by the company.

    Church records (1887-1893) include membership rolls and subscription lists for payment of the pastor's salary of the East Bend Baptist Church, Yadkin County, N.C.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    The Meyer and Martin families of Yadkin County, N.C., were related through marriage and were the ancestors of the donor. Frederick Meyer emigrated from Germany to North Carolina in 1832 and his daughter, Sue, married John Martin.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    May 3, 1977, 110 items; Papers (1802-1892) of Yadkin County, N.C., family, including correspondence, church records, financial papers, deeds, and legal papers. Gift of Mrs. Vernie Wilder Saieed, Greenville, North Carolina

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Vernie Wilder Saieed

    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

    Meyer-Martin Family Papers (#336), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Mitchell, August 1977

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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