Robert Ann Rhodes Speight Memoir, 1825-1970

Manuscript Collection #515

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Robert Ann Rhodes Speight Memoir
    Creator: Speight, Robert Ann Rhodes
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Memoir (1825-1970) including correspondence, certificates, letters, family records, picture, and a family tree with notes.
    Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 103 pages and 7 items, consisting of a memoir, letter, certificate, family record, picture, and a family tree with notes.
  • Description

    The collection consists chiefly of Mrs. Speight's memoirs which describe her life as a child, including schools she attended and a long trip her family made by carriage and horseback from Kentucky through Tennessee and Georgia to their new home in Florida. She mentions being bled for typhoid fever and seeing slaves in Albany, Georgia, celebrating Christmas with drinking and fireworks.

    The memoir describes life in Florida during and after the Civil War, including the scarcity of food, clothes, and supplies; education; and experiences teaching school. After her marriage in 1866, she and her husband moved to Georgia and then to eastern North Carolina where he worked in timber and she taught school to supplement the family income. There are vivid descriptions of areas in which they lived, especially on the Satilla River in Georgia, and some discussion of the schools.

    Correspondence consists of a letter (1970) from Francis Speight to Mrs. B. W. Wells concerning family history. Also in the collection is a family tree with explanatory notes; two pages from a family record (1825) listing births, baptisms, and a marriage; aphotograph of Mrs. Speight; and a United Daughters of the Confederacy membership certificate for Alma Speight Duncan.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    In 1924 Robert Ann Rhodes Speight wrote the history of her life and travels in Kentucky (her birthplace), Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. Her father, John Wesley Rhodes, was a Methodist preacher who moved to a new congregation approximately every two years. She married William Haywood Speight in Florida in 1866 and they had three daughters: Alma, Daisy, and Laurie.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    October 8, 1986, 102 pages; Reminiscences (1924) of nineteenth century life and travel in Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Gift of Mrs. Maude Barnes Wells, Raleigh, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Maude Barnes Wells

    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

    Robert Ann Rhodes Speight Memoir (#515), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Cherry, February 1988

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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