Newsom Jones Pittman Papers

Manuscript Collection #500
Pittman, Newsom Jones
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 42 items , consisting of financial records, correspondence, deeds, records of Masonic Order, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Newsom Jones Pittman Papers (#500), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1772-1861) including financial records, correspondence, deeds, records of Masonic Order, and miscellaneous.

Scope and arrangement

Newsom Pittman Jones attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1838 and 1839 and returned to Tarboro to practice in Edgecombe County. Much of the Pittman material consists of financial records (1847-1861), the bulk of them being bills for medical services and invoices for clothing, an instrument case, salt, and horses. There is a property tax listing (1860) which reflects the values for lots, acres, slaves between twelve and fifty years of age, silverware, a gold watch and chain, railroad and bank stock, bonds, and a carriage. Items pertaining to slavery include a bill of sale (1847) to Pittman for a Negro, a coffin (1858) for a Negro woman, bills (1859, 1861) for medical services, and a deed (1816) for the sale of four slaves to Joseph Battle by John Andrews.

Masonic Order related materials were sent to Concord Lodge #58 in Tarboro and include an 1812 bill for entertainment for members, a request to be raised to Master Mason (1823), notices that various members had been expelled from their Lodges (1829, 1848), and a notice that a member had passed to Master Mason (1841).

Church-related materials include a statement (1819?) by the Neuse Association opposing membership in the Masonic Order by church members, a description (1820) of the organization and governance of the Church of Jesus Christ, a request (1822) that a member be restored to communion, a statement (1841) of membership in the Baptist Church of Nash County, and an undated deed for a parcel of land for the Primitive Baptist Church of Tarboro.

Land records include indentures for lands in Edgecombe County (1772, 1795, 1813, and 1860).

Miscellaneous materials consist of undated invitations from A. C. Kingsland and Hamilton Fish for entertainment at their residences in New York City, an invitation (1855) from Dr. Jackson of Philadelphia, and an undated composition by Mary O. Ballance entitled, "Effects of Fashion."

Administrative information
Custodial History

April 30, 1985, 42 items; Papers (1772-1861) of Edgecombe County, N.C., physician, including financial records, correspondence, deeds, records of Masonic Order, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mr. B. M. Bass, Jr., Tarboro, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. B. M. Bass, Jr.

Processing information

Processed by M. Boccaccio, July 1987

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Related material

Newsom Jones Pittman Papers (CD01-53)The Country Doctor Museum, at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

Key terms
Personal Names
Pittman, Newsom Jones
Corporate Names
Freemasons--North Carolina--Edgecombe County
Deeds--North Carolina--Edgecombe County
Freemasonry--North Carolina--Edgecombe County
Medicine--Practice--North Carolina--Tarboro
Physicians--North Carolina--Tarboro
Slavery--North Carolina--Edgecombe County

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