ECU | Joyner Library | Special Collections | Digital Collections
ECU Digital Collections Banner

Meyer-Martin Family Papers, 1802-1910

(Manuscript Collection #336)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Meyer-Martin Family Papers
Creators: Martin family
Meyer family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: 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.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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

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.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Vernie Wilder Saieed

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Mitchell, August 1977

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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.

What is this page? Click here to learn more abou this webpage
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
ECU Centennial Logo

Finding Aids for Special Collections and University Archives

© 2002-2011 Joyner Library, East Carolina University

Contact Us ° Digital Collections
Feedback Form
Feedback Analytics