Murphey Family Papers, 1719-1923

Manuscript Collection #545

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Murphey Family Papers
    Creator: Murphey (Family : 1719-1923)
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1719-1923) including correspondence, land records, a journal, a genealogical chart, a poem, an essay, receipts, promissory notes, and photographs.
    Extent: 0.43 Cubic feet, 202 items , consisting of correspondence, land records, a journal, a genealogical chart, a poem, an essay, receipts, promissory notes, and photographs.
  • Description

    Included in the papers is a journal written at Holliday Hill (the home of the Dixon family), dated January 1-15, 1838, noting Christian goals for the new year, the death of a friend, and the birth of a family member.

    Correspondence (1852-1896) is primarily among family members and reflects the close religious and familial bonds that existed. Religion, the church, scriptural interpretation, and religious philosophy constitute the dominant themes throughout the correspondence. A second area of concern (1852-1857) reflects various aspects of schoolwork, primarily in Bethany, Virginia, and various locations in eastern North Carolina. A circular on the Female Institute, Clinton, N.C., for 1855, notes deportment and scholarship, courses available by grade, awards, and a general description of the school. A letter written from Salem Female Academy (1866) mentions the one-hundred-year anniversary of Salem and a "great gathering of Moravians." Tuition receipts are included for the Murphey family (1830s, 1840s) for Fairfield Academy, New Bern Academy, and Airy G. Academy as well as a number that give neither name nor location. Tuition receipts for the Taylor children (1860s, 1870s) indicate schools in Lenoir County, N.C.

    Other topics mentioned include agricultural production and marketing (1852), the hiring of a slave (1862), payment of Confederate taxes in Lenoir County (1863), and passing references to effects of the Civil War (1862, 1864, 1870). One postwar letter tells of a centennial trip to Philadelphia for the 1876 celebration and describes some of the exhibition halls and sights.

    Legal records concern the sale of Negroes (1837) as payment for debt and several document the hiring of slaves (1850-1852, 1860). Deeds and land surveys primarily relate to Craven County, N.C. Receipts from the 1800s-1850s belong mainly to the Murphey family while receipts from the 1860s-1870s concern the Taylor family. A miscellaneous folder includes a circular from the Female Institute in Clinton, N.C., a poem, an essay (1867) on Holliday Hill, and a genealogical chart and photographs of members of the Murphey, Dixon, and Taylor families.

    An oversize folder contains land records for the years 1759-1808.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    The Dixon, Murphey, and Taylor families were related by marriage and lived in Craven, Lenoir, and Greene counties in North Carolina. One of the Dixon daughters, Nannie, married into the Murphey family and one of her children married into the Taylor family.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    December 30, 1987, 202 items; Papers (1719-1923) of family primarily from Craven County, N.C., including correspondence, a journal, deeds, promissory notes, receipts, and miscellaneous materials. Gift of Mrs. Carolyn T. Hodges and Mrs. Margaret T. Perry of Kinston, North Carolina, and Mr. Frederick Murphey Taylor of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Donated through the courtesy of the Lenoir County Historical Association, Kinston, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Lenoir County Historical Association

    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

    Murphey Family Papers (#545), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Boccaccio, March 1988

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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