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John H. Bonner Papers, 1911-1972 (bulk 1911-1916), undated

(Manuscript Collection #752)

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

Title: John H. Bonner Papers
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Ledgers (1911-1968) of Beaufort County, NC attorney, containing abstracts of deeds and other land conveyances; plats of land; and historical and contemporary observations about the county and its people.
Extent: 0.26 Cubic feet, 1 box.

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

Accessions Information

November 20, 1997, 3 volumes; Ledgers (1911-1968) of Beaufort County, N.C. attorney, containing abstracts of deeds and other land conveyances; plats of land; and historical and contemporary observations about the county and its people. Donor: Mrs. John Bonner.

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

John H. Bonner Papers (#752), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. John Bonner

Processing Information

  • Processed by Jennifer L. Murray, April 28, 2005

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

John H. Bonner was born on July 9, 1887, the son of Macon Herbert Bonner and Hannah Selby Hare. He was an attorney and notary public in Washington, North Carolina until his commission ended in 1914, and also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Bonner married Bess Hatton Conoley (born May 3, 1890) on November 28, 1917. The couple had two children, John H Bonner Jr. and Alexander Conoley Bonner.

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

The collection contains 3 ledgers and loose papers removed from the ledgers. Those documents attached to the ledger pages were not removed. The materials relate to the law practice of John H. Bonner in Beaufort County, North Carolina. Included in the papers are abstracts of deeds, memorandums, grants, mortgages, maps and land conveyances. Topics covered include inheritance information, marriages, and transfers of property ownership. In the first few pages of each ledger, there are recorded indexes of names which refer to corresponding memorandums. Also present are a few writings, poems and observances of town life by John Bonner within the ledgers. Most of these can be found in the latter pages of the third volume ledger.

Within the ledgers are also many family trees sketched by Bonner. Specific family genealogies include the John Bonner Family (vol. 3, p. 116-127, 142-143, 177-178), Richard Bonner family (vol. 3, p. 183), Brown family (vol. 3, p. 142-143), Blount family (vol. 3, p. 150-154), Bowen family (vol. 3, p. 142-143), Harding family (vol. 2, p. 107), Haven family (vol. 3, p. 115-117, 142), Hawks family (vol. 3, p. 116) and Latham family (vol. 3, p. 116-117).

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • North Carolina, Beaufort County
  • North Carolina, Washington

Autograph Entries :

  • Bonner, John H. (4) 1913-1915
  • Corbitt, D.L. 1955
  • Williams, A.C. 1945

Subject Entries :

  • LAWYERS—John H. Bonner, Washington, North Carolina
  • MONEY AND BANKING—Beaufort County, North Carolina, mortgages and deeds
  • SURVEYING—Beaufort County, North Carolina

Genealogy Entries :

  • BLOUNT FAMILY—North Carolina
  • BONNER FAMILY, JOHN—North Carolina
  • BONNER FAMILY, RICHARD—North Carolina
  • BOWEN FAMILY—North Carolina
  • BROWN FAMILY—North Carolina
  • HARDING FAMILY—North Carolina
  • HAVEN FAMILY—North Carolina
  • HAWKS FAMILY—North Carolina
  • LATHAM FAMILY—North Carolina

Date Entries :

  • 1910-1919 [bulk 1911-1916]
  • 1920-1929
  • 1930-1939 [bulk 1937-1937]
  • 1940-1949
  • 1950-1959 [bulk 1953-1955]
  • 1960-1969
  • 1970-1979

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Series 1:
Ledgers
Series 2:
Loose Papers
  • Box 1#0752.1
    • Folder d#0752.1.d
      • Description of a Sept. 3, 1913 storm that hit Beaufort County, North Carolina , 1972 (removed from Vol. 1, p. 100) 1 item. 2 p.  (item #1)
    • Folder e#0752.1.e
      • Clipping from a Washington newspaper about World War I, undated (removed from Vol. 1, p. 100) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Correspondence concerning a piece of property in Washington, North Carolina, 1953-1958, undated (removed from Vol. 2, p. 36) 1 item. 7 p.   (item #2)
      • Descriptions of small land subdivisions in Washington, North Carolina, undated (removed from Vol. 2, p. 36) 1 item. 6 p.  (item #3)
      • Letter (11/5/1965) regarding deeds made in Beufort County, North Carolina from John H. Bonner to "Edmund", 1965 (removed from Vol. 2, p. 46) 1 item. 2 p.  (item #4)
      • Land plat drawn by Charles W. Crawford representing 875 acres of land in Lot No. 4 on Durhams Creek at Brown's Run, undated (removed from Vol. 2, p. 200) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #5)
    • Folder f#0752.1.f
      • Letter from John H. Bonner to J. A. Hackney (1/18/1950) carbon typescript, 1950 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 92) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
      • Letter(8/29/1954) from Mrs. A. C. Williams to John H. Bonner, holograph, 1954 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 98) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #2)
      • Draft of a request for information about ownership, value and timber on Indian Island, North Carolina, unsigned typescript, undated (removed from Vol. 3, p. 98) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #3)
      • Letter (7/8/1937) from John H. Bonner to Russell W. Whitener relating to land owned by W. H. Williams (deceased) and H. C. Bonner, carbon typescript, 1937(removed from Vol. 3, p. 104) 1 item. 1 p.   (item #4)
      • Campaign flyer (5/26/1946) for Herbert S. Bonner in the 1st District Democratic Congressional Primary, printed, 1946 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 104) 1 item. 2 p.  (item #5)
      • Speech (11/11/1932) given by Mrs. Hanna S. Bonner entitled "Dedication of War Memorial to James Baugham, member of the French Escadrille, 1914-1918, over-seas," carbon typescript, 1932 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 174) 1 item. 2 p.  (item #6)
      • Clipping (10/21/1968) entitled "Fight in House Rages for Rule on Presidency," by Felix Belair, Jr., from The Atlanta Constitution concerning the outcome of the presidential campaign, 1968 (removed from Vol. 3, p. 252) 1 item. 1 p.  (item #7)

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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