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Veale Family Papers, 1738, 1786-1921

Manuscript Collection #722

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Veale Family Papers
Creator: Veale family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1941-1945) including typescript anecdotes, information on decoding a message, problems on variety of food, toilet articles, and miscellaneous.
Extent: 0.4 Cubic feet, 128 items , consisting of correspondence, family histories, estate and land deeds, surveys, slave records, financial and administrator papers, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

February 7, 1996, 126 items; Papers (1793-1865, 1891, 1902) of Bertie County, N.C., family, including deeds and inventories, surveys, wills, powers of attorney, correspondence, estate papers, financial papers, and miscellany. Gift of Mr. R. Taylor Reese, Spruce Pine, N.C.

April 19, 1996 1 volume; "The Reese-Veale Family" complied by Lee Fleming Reese.

May 17, 1996 1 volume; Copy of Part 3 "Reese-Taylor Descendants and In-Laws" from John Fleming--Carolina to California by Lee Fleming Reese. Gift of Mr. Thomas Wilson Reese, San Diego, California.

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

Veale Family Papers (#722), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. R. Taylor Reese
  • Gift of Mr. Thomas Wilson Reese

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

The Veale and Reese families of Bertie County were related through marriage and they were the ancestors of the donor. Thomas Veale (b. before 1767) married Elizabeth Gosling. Their grandson Richard Jackson Veale (b. 1816), also known as General Jackson Veale, married Harriet Amanda Horne. Their daughter Willie Ruffin (b. 1854) married Walter Rivers Reese.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Correspondence in the collection consists of a request for discharge (1862) from the 8th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, of the North Carolina Militia for R. J. Veale due to health problems; letters concerning the guardianship of Willie R. Hill of Bertie County, N.C., and money matters of regimental friends; and a conscription notification for R. J. Veale to report for Quartermaster Department detail (1865). One letter (1862) includes information from a soldier who was wounded at the first battle of Manassas (Bull Run).

Land records (1738-1860) concern many Bertie County families including among others the Veale, Ruffin, Dukes, Hardy, Williams, Gardner, and Purvis families.

Financial papers (1812-1921) include powers of attorney, promissory notes, arrest warrants, receipts, accounts listing, and deeds of sale for property other than land, especially slaves (1812, 1840, 1854). The slave sale documents list names and ages ofslaves and the prices paid for them. There is also a receipt (1862) documenting the substitution of one man for another in military service in exchange for money.

Richard Veale served as administrator for several estates, including among others, Wiley Smith and Elijah Williams. Items of interest include bills and receipts detailing sale/purchase of tobacco, liquor, cotton, and general merchandise; bills for doctor's house calls for family members and slaves (1846-1848, Wiley Smith estate); receipts for school tuition for Bertie Union Academy (1848, Wiley Smith estate); promissory notes; repairs for farm implements; and a receipt for slave hire (1851, Abram Smith estate). There is also a folder of material concerning Richard J. Veale's estate (1865-1872).

Miscellaneous items include wills for Thomas Veale (1806) and Joseph J. H. Cole (1846), a prose work by Richard J. Veale entitled "On Intemperance," and the Roanoke Gun Club Bylaws and members list (1930s-1940s). Two folders of genealogical material provide information on the Veale, Reese, and Taylor families.

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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