Meeks-Randolph-Whitfield Papers, 1768-1909

Manuscript Collection #395

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Meeks-Randolph-Whitfield Papers
    Creator: Meeks family
    Randolph family
    Whitfield family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1768-1909) including deeds, a land survey, a petition, correspondence, legal documents, mortgages, seizure of property, bond issue, debts, and taxes concerning the Meeks, Randolph, and Whitfield families of Pitt County, North Carolina.
    Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, including deeds and land records, a petition, correspondence, and legal documents.
  • Description

    Papers deal with Bethel, Belvoir, and occasionally Falkland townships in the northwest corner of Pitt County, and pertain primarily to property along Grindle and Conetoe creeks.

    Those from the period 1768-1849 belong to the Meeks and Randolph families. Besides land deeds, they include a 1788 survey for a grant of land to David Averett and an 1845 business letter and account statement with information on the sale of cotton, corn, and naval stores on the New York market. Post-Civil War documents all pertain to the family of George B. Whitfield, Bethel attorney-farmer-businessman. They are predominantly legal documents pertaining primarily to a 1902 lawsuit over the ownership of 5,000 acres of land. Other information in the collection concerns creation of a public road from Conetoe Creek (undated), changing land prices from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, and mortgages and seizures of property for nonpayment of debts and taxes. Also discussed are crops, livestock, timber, and a bond issue (1903) for the Greenville Graded School.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 8, 1979, 50 items; Pitt County, N.C., records (1768-1909) consisting of land records, petitions, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mr. Stephen H. Simonds, Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Stephen H. Simonds

    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

    Meeks-Randolph-Whitfield Papers (#395), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by F. Elliot, September 1986

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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