|Title:||Hardison Family Papers|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|Abstract:||Papers (1727, 1823-1896, 1924, 1947) of Martin County, NC family, including correspondence, land records, plats, mortgages, a recipe, promissory notes, summonses, account of estate sales, receipt, and miscellany.|
|Extent:||0.4 Cubic feet, 1 archival box.|
June 12, 1998 (unprocessed), 146 items (165 pages); Papers (1727, 1823-1896, 1924, 1947) of Martin, County, N.C. family, including correspondence, land records, plats, mortgages, a recipe, promissory notes, summonses, account of estate sales, receipts, and miscellany. Donor: Miss Kathleen Perry (deceased) via Roy Watson.
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Hardison Family Papers (#767), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by Keith Roberson, May 4, 2005
Encoded by Apex Data Services
The Hardison family was from Jamesville, North Carolina., in Martin County. James Hardison, Sr. had two sons, Hodges and Durham. Durham had three children, Durham L. (born May 21, 1861), Golden (born July 6, 1870) and Eva (born November 2, 1877). Eva married S.J. Perry. Other Hardison family members mentioned in the papers include Alice, Lenoir, Lula, Beasley, James F., Hodges, Clayton, Julious, Lewis, Mary and Margaret Ann.
The material in this collection covers more than three generations of the Hardison family. Most of the materials date from the middle to late nineteenth century. The bulk of the items associated with the Perry family date from the early twentieth century.
The Correspondence Series contains business-related matters, such as purchases of wheat, guano and shingles, as well as personal letters, including two written by soldiers stationed at Camp Martin near Kinston, N.C., and Camp Davis near Wilmington, N.C., during the Civil War.
The Land Records Series begin with a plat from 1727 and show a steady acquisition of land by various members of the Hardison family. Also included are land grants by James Hardison, Sr. to his sons Durham and Hodges, and by Durham Hardison to his children Eva and Golden.
The bulk of the Financial Records Series is made up of receipts and promissory notes, often in connection with the family's agricultural pursuits. Several contemporary Martin County businesses are mentioned in the documents, which are sometimes on company letterhead. Among these are The Roanoke, Norfolk & Baltimore Steamboat Company of Jamesville, North Carolina and J. G. Godard (Grocer) of Williamston, North Carolina. Some of the receipts are for state taxes, and a few are for a war tax during the Civil War. Also present are pages from a sales ledger listing several Martin County family names among the entries. Also of interest are documents related to the administration of the estate of James Hardison, Sr. These include a receipt for the sale of a slave woman named Harriet by one family member to another in 1862, and two receipts for the making of shoes for slaves in 1861.
The Other Printed Materials Series includes several items of miscellany, most notably an undated, handwritten recipe, appearing to date from the nineteenth century. There is also an instructive religious letter and two lists of Hardison family names and birthdays. The names appear to be the children of Durham Hardison. Of particular interest are Civil War-related documents pertaining to Durham Hardison. These include a service exemption from the North Carolina governor, a guard pass, and an oath of allegiance to the U.S. government.
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.