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Manuscript Collection #407

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Title: Bason-Palmer-Price Family Papers
Creators: Bason family
Palmer family
Price family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1783, 1812-1901, 1912, 1934, undated) consisting of indentures and land records; wills, an inventory and other estate records; correspondence; receipts, a promissory note, and other financial records; a broadside; a poem; a postcard.; and miscellaneous.
Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet, 82 items, consisting of indentures and land records; wills, an inventory and other estate records; correspondence; receipts, promissory note, and other financial records; a broadside; a poem; a postcard; and miscellaneous.

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

Accessions Information

April 21, 1980, 82 items; Papers (1783-1934) of Rockingham County, N.C., family, including correspondence, land records, indentures, and miscellaneous material. Gift of Mrs. William H. Yount, Wilmington, 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

Bason-Palmer-Price Family Papers (#407), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. William H. Yount

Processing Information

  • Processed by I. Berent, September 1980

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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).

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

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • North Carolina, Rockingham County

Autograph Entries :

    • Branch, John
    • Reid, David S[ettle]
    • Williams, B[enjamin]

Subject Entries :

    • AGRICULTURE— Florida— Tampa
    • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Winston, N.C.
    • FLORIDA— Agriculture
    • LAND— Deeds and Sales— Rockingham Co., N.C.
    • LAND— Deeds and Sales— Guilford Co., N.C.
    • MARTIN, ALEXANDER
    • POETS AND POETRY— Amateur Verse
    • SLAVERY— Slave Trade
    • WAR— CIVIL— Camp Life
    • WAR— CIVIL— Camps— Camp Ashe

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

Box 1#0407.1
Correspondence, wills and estate papers, deeds, descriptions and plats, financial records, miscellany
Oversize Folder os1#0407.os1
Land grants and deeds

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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