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Little-Greenawalt Collection, 1841-1979

(Manuscript Collection #372)

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Title: Little-Greenawalt Collection
Creators: Greenawalt family
Little family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1841-1979) consisting of journal, correspondence, genealogical notes, clippings, copies of recipe books, financial records and miscellaneous.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 52 items, 1 volume , consisting of a journal, correspondence, genealogical notes, clippings, copies of recipe books, financial records, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

November 9, 1978, 50 items and 1 volume; Genealogical notes for Maryland and Pennsylvania families, including Little, Greenawalt, Hollinger, and Iseminger families

July 19, 1982, 2 items; Recipe books. Gift of Martha Little Elmore, Greenville, N.C.

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

Little-Greenawalt Collection (#372), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Martha Little Elmore

Processing Information

  • Processed by V. Jones, September 1990

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

The bulk of the collection contains genealogical information about the Hollinger, Greenawalt, Little, and Iseminger families of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Included are birth and death lists, family group sheets, copies of Bible Records, and histories of the Hollinger family.

The Greenawalts of Pennsylvania and the Littles of Maryland were related through marriage. Although the collection touches on a variety of topics, the main emphasis is genealogical in nature.

Of particular interest is a journal (1855-1959) kept by three generations of the Little family. Entitled "Percy's Journal by His Mother," it begins with entries by Margaretta Hofman Little concerning childhood illnesses of her son, Percy, as well as movements of the family from Maryland to Ohio and back to Maryland (1855-1865). Reference is made to Percy being "vaxinated" in 1858. Margaretta Little continues the entries until 1869, her last entry describing the treatment of a nitric acid burn received by Percy. Percy maintains the journal until 1898, giving descriptions of various jobs held, including teaching positions in various Maryland schools and peddling patent medicines (1881).

Percy also makes references to family matters including marriages, births, and deaths. An additional entry was made around 1959 by Paul R. Little, son of Percy, giving information on places lived, vacations, vital information on children, relocation to Elizabeth City, N.C., housing costs, public school teacher's retirement pay, and pay as treasurer of Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Other items include clippings, receipts, financial records of the estate of Rush E. Greenawalt (1939), a list of items in a safe deposit box (1942), a prescription, addresses, recipes, and a copy of a poem by Jacob J. Meyers concerning the disunity of the Old Order of River Brethren (1960) of the Mennonite church.

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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.

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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.
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