Bruce C. Tyson, Jr., Collection

Manuscript Collection #461
Tyson, Bruce C.
Physical description
0.11 Cubic Feet, 1 folder, genealogical materials
Preferred Citation
Bruce C. Tyson, Jr., Collection(#461), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Genealogical material on Tyson Family of Pitt County, North Carolina, prepared in 1982 by Dr. Bruce C. Tyson, Jr.

Biographical/historical information

Dr. Bruce Carroll Tyson, Jr., was born on August 17, 1936, in Pitt County, North Carolina, to Bruce Carroll Tyson and Lida Earl Taylor Tyson. He graduated in 1958 from Duke University and in 1960 from Princeton University with degrees in Chemistry. In the early 1960s he served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and was stationed at Chemical Research and Development Laboratories at the U.S. Army Chemical Center in Maryland. Besides his career in the field of Chemistry, he also did a lot of genealogical research and writing on the Tyson family. He died September 12, 1983, and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina.


"North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000," database, FamilySearch. Bruce Carroll Tyson Jr., 17 Aug 1936; from "North Carolina, Birth and Death Indexes, 1800-2000," database and images, Ancestry ( : 2005); citing vol. 23, p. 893, Pitt, North Carolina, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh." : 8 December 2014

Scope and arrangement

This collection contains genealogical research done by Dr. Bruce C. Tyson, Jr., on the Tyson and May family lines of Pitt County, North Carolina, much of which was prepared for Tyson-May family reunions.

The first document, "Tyson-May Reunion, November 28, 1982 - The Tyson-May Compilations," discusses the purpose of the reunion and explains some of the family lineage of descendants of Mathias Tyson (d. 1710).

The second document is about Jan Mattison (John Tyson) and his wife Susannika, from the Tyson-May Reunion on November 28, 1982. According to the entry, "In 1679, John Tyson and his wife Susannika and their son Mathias Tyson, bought land from William Andrews in Northampton County, Virginia. Although the surname "Tyson" was used on the deed, the original deed book listed the purchase under "Mattison, John his Conveyance from Mr. Wm. Andrews." The document includes a copy of the last will and testament of Jan Mattison (John Tyson), a family tree of Mathias Tyson and male descendants of three of his sons, and a family tree showing some May-Tyson-Joyner connections beginning with John May in Pitt County circa 1745 and his wife Mary Stafford who was born circa 1717.

The third document is a typed biographical sketch about two different men named Moses Tyson listed on the Beaufort County, North Carolina tax list in 1755. The first Moses Tyson was the son of Cornelius Tyson and grandson of Mathias Tyson and John Mills. The second Moses Tyson (January 12, 1728 – May 15, 1803) was the son of Edmond Tyson.

Administrative information
Custodial History

November 29, 1982, 2 items; Genealogical material on Tyson family of Pitt County, N. C. Donor: Dr. Bruce C. Tyson, Jr.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Dr. Bruce C. Tyson, Jr.

Processing information

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Processed by Marty Tschetter December 2010

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Family Names
Tyson family
Pitt County (N.C.)--Genealogy