Bruce C. Tyson, Jr., Collection, 1982

Manuscript Collection #461

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Bruce C. Tyson, Jr., Collection
    Creator: Tyson, Bruce C.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Genealogical material on Tyson Family of Pitt County, North Carolina, prepared in 1982 by Dr. Bruce C. Tyson, Jr.
    Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 1 folder, genealogical materials
  • Description

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    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

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

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

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dr. Bruce C. Tyson, Jr.

    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

    Bruce C. Tyson, Jr., Collection(#461), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

    Processed by Marty Tschetter December 2010

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