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Dresbach Family Papers, 1839-1870, 1923-1930

(Manuscript Collection #499)

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

Title: Dresbach Family Papers
Creator: Dresbach family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection includes two folders of 48 items primarily of correspondence, letters and financial documents for a transport business that shipped commodities by riverboat.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 48 items , consisting of correspondence, financial papers, and a genealogy.

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

Accessions Information

January 9, 1985, 48 items; Papers (1840-1928) of a Cincinnati, Ohio, family including correspondence, receipts, and a genealogy. Gift of Mr. J. Larkin Little, Greenville, N.C.

September 15, 1987, (unprocessed addition 1), 4 items; Correspondence (1842-1845). Donor: Mr. J. Larkin Little.

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

Dresbach Family Papers (#499), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. J. Larkin Little

Processing Information

  • Processed by C. Bentley September 1985 Marty Tschetter January 2011

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Known members of the Dresbach Family include Jacob, his wife Mary and their son Joseph, all who resided in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jacob, who also had a brother named Joseph, spent much of his time on business trips between Cincinnati, Vicksburg and New Orleans. Jacob's business involved shipping commodities by riverboat. Jacob died of typhus fever in August 1845. Jacob and Mary’s son Joseph would go on to fight in the Civil War as part of Co. B, 23rd Army Corp., in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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

This collection consists of correspondence and financial papers of the Dresbach family. The first period covers 1839-1870 and includes correspondence of Jacob Dresbach and his son Joseph. Letters are mainly between Jacob and his wife and other relatives. The letters concern family affairs and Jacob's business of shipping commodities by riverboat. He mentions cargos consisting mostly of foodstuffs shipped on unnamed flatboats. Topics mentioned also include the barter of tobacco for maple sugar and coffee (Feb. 6, 1840). A letter sent August 3, 1845 from Joseph to his sister-in-law Mary informs her that her husband had died of tuypus (sic) fever.

There is one letter from the Civil War period (Mar. 1864) from Mary to her son Joseph, who was attached to Co. B, 23rd Army Corp., in Knoxville, Tenn. The letter speaks of General Longstreet's movements and troop strength. There is a letter from the postwar period (1870) which talks of the difference in living in the North and in the South, including a reflection of racial attitudes at the time. Of particular interest is a broadside found with the correspondence. The broadside (removed to an oversized folder) advertises The First Grand Gift Concert of The Montpelier Female Humane Association at Alexandria, Virginia on July 15, 1875.

The second group, correspondence of Walter Dresbach, Greenville, N.C., begins in 1923. There are two very lengthy letters consisting of genealogical information of the Woods and Dresbach families copied from the town records of Groton, Mass. This genealogical material runs from 1775-1917.

In addition to these two groups of correspondence there are financial papers which include tally sheets for cargos shipped by Jacob Dresbach and various bills, receipts, and insurance papers.

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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 :

  • Ohio, Cincinnati
  • North Carolina, Greenville

Subject Entries :

  • AGRICULTURE— Tobacco— Marketing— 1840
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Ships and Shipping— Flatboats
  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE— Ships and Shipping— Steamboats— 1844
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE— Amputation— 1845
  • OHIO— CINCINNATI— Business and Commerce
  • ORGANIZATIONS— Masonic Order— Ohio— 1928
  • SEGREGATION— 1870
  • TRANSPORTATION— Ships and Shipping— 1837-1870
  • WAR— CIVIL— Generals— Longstreet, James

Genealogy Entries :

  • DRESBACH FAMILY— Cincinnati, OH
  • WOODS FAMILY— Groton, MA

Date Entries :

  • 1840-1845
  • 1923-1929

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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