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Turner May Papers, 1822-1924

Manuscript Collection #525

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Title: Turner May Papers
Creator: May, Turner, 1801-1872
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1822-1924) including correspondence, land records, legal papers, financial accounts, receipts and a photograph.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 210 items , consisting of correspondence, land records, legal papers, financial accounts, receipts, and a photograph.

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Accessions Information

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.

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

Turner May Papers (#525), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Robert Edward May

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Boccaccio, January 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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.

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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.

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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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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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