Turner May Papers

Manuscript Collection #525
May, Turner, 1801-1872
Physical description
0.11 Cubic Feet, 210 items , consisting of correspondence, land records, legal papers, financial accounts, receipts, and a photograph.
Preferred Citation
Turner May Papers (#525), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1822-1924) including correspondence, land records, legal papers, financial accounts, receipts and a photograph.

Biographical/historical information

Turner May (1801-1872) was the grandson of Benjamin May and lived near Farmville. A farmer who also had a sawmill, he married Elizabeth Dixon in 1827. Sometime in the mid 1850s he moved his family to a farm near New Bern.

Scope and arrangement

Correspondence includes a letter from J. E. May to his mother (1863) written from near Lynchburg about the Chancellorsville Campaign. May comments on the death of Frank Deall and the number of killed and wounded in his company, Company F, 2nd Regiment, N.C. Troops. The remainder of the correspondence concerns general family activities.

Legal and land records cover the years 1822-1856 and include court cases about a family land dispute.

The major portion of the collection consists of receipts and financial accounts, mainly for Turner May (1822-1866) but also for J. E. May (1878-1894). Earlier receipts document purchases made for foodstuffs, coal, nails, tools, farm equipment, and sewing materials. A Confederate receipt for 1864 is included. Tuition bills for his daughters Emily and Penelope (1853-1855) and for his son William (1851) reflect their enrollment in drawing, arithmetic, geography, and grammar classes. Medical bills (1840-1844) reflect doctor's visits, diagnosis, medicine given, and costs. Tax receipts cover the years 1848-1860.

A miscellaneous file includes a photograph of the Turner May house in Craven County and a 1924 notebook which includes J. E. May's Civil War record.

Administrative information
Custodial History

March 10, 1987, 210 items; Papers (1822-1924) of family of Pitt and Craven counties, N.C., including correspondence, legal papers, financial accounts, and receipts. Gift of Mr. Robert Edward May, Greensboro, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Robert Edward May

Processing information

Processed by M. Boccaccio, January 1988

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.

Key terms
Personal Names
May, J. E.
May, Turner, 1801-1872
Craven County (N.C.)--Social life and customs--19th century