This collection consists mainly of nineteenth century deeds of the Bason and Price families of Rockingham County and records of related families including letters, wills, deeds, land grants, estate records, and financial records.
Correspondence includes a Confederate soldier's letter (1863), which describes the difficulties of life at Camp Ashe near Wilmington. Other correspondence contains genealogical information on the Bason family of Rockingham County (1893) and the Dishong family of Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida (1881). There is also correspondence from A. B. Gorrell & Son of the Farmer's Warehouse of Winston, N.C. (1898) and discussion of the Dishongs' agricultural pursuits in Tampa (1881).
The majority of the papers are nineteenth century Rockingham County deeds. These deeds involve mostly members of the Bason and Price families. Other persons involved are, in reverse chronological order, J. S. and P. B. Johnson, H. J. Sharp, A. J. L. Stroder, William A. Pearman, W. E. Bradsher, Sally Moseley, "Hamilton and Lomax," Robert Thomas, Alexander Bradsher, Edwin Apple, Robert Simpson, William Vanhook (of Tennessee), Isaac King, William Smith, Sally Jones, Jacob Vanhook, John G. and Martin Roberts, Robert H. and George H. York, William N. Shelton, Isaac Wilson, Adam Sharp, Petor Elmore, Walden Turt, Allen Parker (of Tennessee), William Orrin, Edward Hight, William Lloyd, John Orrin, John Mattock, and James Miller. The only twentieth century Rockingham County deed is a land description of certain lands of "Jane Basondeceased" (1934). There are also undated Rockingham County deeds for Jean Campbell and Arthur Hays.
Included among the land records are deeds of Alamance County involving the Basons and Prices (1898), and of an unstated county involving Nathaniel Case and Julia Albert (1895).
Nineteenth century Rockingham County land grants involve Alexander Martin (ca. 1801), William Lloyd (1818), and Isaac Bason (1852); and an eighteenth century Guilford County land grant involves Samuel Shortt (1784). A survey report (1783) accompanies Shortt's grant.
Several undated land descriptions and plats mention deeds from Alexander Martin to John Ragan, H.P. Lomax to John Bevil, Robert Thomas to Alexander M. Bradsher, and Sarah Bason to Isaac Bason.
The collection also contains two bills, an inventory, and a power of attorney. The wills of Sarah Hays of Davidson County (1831) and Arthur Hays of Rockingham County (1832) contain various genealogical information. For the execution of the Arthur Hays will, there is also an empowerment of James Bason as attorney by Obadiah and Mary Fields, and Ruth and Charles Wheler Jones (1840). An extensive inventory for the estate of James Bason is also present.
Financial records concern land arbitration (1892), land purchases, and land rents, as well as the purchase of a Negro (1828), promissory obligation, relinquishment, judgements, and taxes (1912). These items involve transactions of James Bason (1828, 1840's-1850's) mentioning Alexander and William Orrin, Lemuel Bason, and Henry D. Fuqua; transactions of John G. Price (1895, 1900, 1912) mentioning J. L., Scott and Southern Chemical Company; and transactions of Frederick Brown (1822), Adam Sharp William Shelton (1840), Thomas More (1842), John T. Bason and A. J. L. Struder (1892), and Constance Troxler (1854). All transactions occurred either in Rockingham County or in an unnamed county.
Miscellany includes a notation of fire drill phrases; a broadside for "D. S. Reid, Dry Goods..." of Winston, N.C.; a love poem written "for Ida L. Bason" (1885); and a postcard with advertisement from Farmer's Warehouse of Winston (1899).