Taft Family Papers, 1860s-1890s

Manuscript Collection #784

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Taft Family Papers
    Creator: Taft family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers of Greenville, NC family (ca. 1860s - 1890s) including civil war era photographs, daguerreotypes, a tintype, family histories, an autograph album, a marriage certificate, a school song, and a clipping. (0.25 cf)
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 24 items , photographs, daguerreotypes, tintype, family histories, autograph album and printed materials
  • Description
     

    The collection consists mainly of photographs of the Taft and Hoover families, of Pitt County, North Carolina. They date from the Civil War-era through the 1890s. The bulk of the photographs are of family members, taken 1865-1900. One photograph is of J.T.B. Hoover in his Confederate uniform. Others subjects include Adelaide Taft, Alice Hoover Taft, and other family members. There are also a few papers from the Taft family in the collection, mainly personal items such as an autograph book, a marriage certificate, and other family-related papers. Included are two family histories, one written by Adelaide Taft Sigmon and the other a record of a Taft family meeting held in Uxbridge, Massachusetts in 1874. See container list for more details.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    The Taft family is well-established in Pitt County, North Carolina, the first Taft having arrived in Greenville from Uxbridge, Massachusetts before 1811. They were merchants and landowners. For more details on the Taft Family history, see the included written histories.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 10, 1999, 24 items; Papers of Greenville, NC family, including photographs, daguerreotypes, a tintype, family histories, an autograph album, a marriage certificate, a school song, and a clipping. Donor: Mrs. Frances Taft Palmer.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Frances Taft Palmer

    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

    Taft Family Papers (#784), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

    Processed by Jessica Carter April 2004

Container List

  • Contains folders a - o.
     
    Ambrotype of J.T.B. Hoover age 17 in Confederate Uniform; note on back says "His mother [can?] not wait for him to help the South." Photo split. Photo #784/1, 1860s
    Photo of Godfrey Taft and wife Alice Hoover Taft; on folder: "bears 2 cent US Revenue Stamp (so before August 1, 1866)". Photo #784/2, ca. 1864-1866
    Photo of Allen Halston Taft and Adelaide Hoover Taft; on envelope: "Revenue stamps were required on photos from Sept. 1, 1864 to Aug. 1, 1866. They weren't needed in NC until the occupation of course. Any photo selling for 25 cents for less required a 2 cent stamp." Photo #784/3, ca. 1864-1866
    Photo of Adelaide Taft as a toddler. Photo #784/4
    Photo of Edmond Taft and Allen Taft in front of J.C. Cherry General Store; on folder: "L-Edmond Hoover Taft b.1867; R-Allen Holston Taft b.1870." Photo #784/5, c. 1890s
    Photo of Granddaddy and Grandmother. Photo #784/6, 1896
    Photo of Adelaide Taft as a baby. Photo #784/7
    Photo of Winstead [male]. Photo #784/8
    Photo of Winstead [male]. Photo #784/9
    Photo of unidentified male; [photo on silver, case opens/shuts but hinges broken] on folder: "nothing written inside case. Still sealed." Photo #784/10
    Photo of unidentified female. Photo #784/11
    Photo of Alice Hoover Taft with friends. Photo #784/12
    Photo of Joe Taft, Florence Blount, Frances Taft-Palmer, Louise Taft; [modern photograph taken in last 20 years or so]. Photo #784/13
    Photo of unidentified male; [photo on silver, case opens/shuts but hinges broken]. Photo #784/14
    Metal photograph frames
  • Contains folders p - w.
     
    Autograph book of Mary Alice Hoover; note inside: "Presented to Mary Alice Hoover by her aunt, Mrs. R.H. Hoover, 1880". Wedding invitation inside book for Mary Alice Hoover to A.H. Taft. [book falling apart at seams]
    Photo of Frances Taft as baby. Photo #784/15
    Photo of Adelaide Taft Sigmon, Alice Hoover Taft, Mellessa Hoover, Brice Sigmon; on folder: "Standing: Adelaide Taft Sigmon; Seated Left: Alice Hoover Taft; Seated Right: Mellessa Hoover; Baby: Brice Sigmon. Photo #784/16
    Photo of Captain Randolph Smith, daughter Jessica, and J.T.B. Hoover; on back: "left to right: Captain Randolph Smith, his daughter Jessica, and J.T.B. Hoover" [also information about Smith designing the Stars and Bars]. Photo #784/17
    Photo of two seated women; photo badly bent and ripped. Photo #784/18
    1) Marriage Certificate (1866) for Allen Taft and Elizabeth Hoover; and 2) Page with Senior Song written by Adelaide Taft (undated)
    Taft family history written by Adelaide Taft (undated); Proceedings of Taft Family Meeting, 1874.
    Marriage announcement of Mary Alice Hoover and Allen Taft.

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Sensitive Materials Statement

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection, without the consent of those individuals, may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which East Carolina University assumes no responsibility.

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Container List

  • Contains folders a - o.
     
    Ambrotype of J.T.B. Hoover age 17 in Confederate Uniform; note on back says "His mother [can?] not wait for him to help the South." Photo split. Photo #784/1, 1860s
    Photo of Godfrey Taft and wife Alice Hoover Taft; on folder: "bears 2 cent US Revenue Stamp (so before August 1, 1866)". Photo #784/2, ca. 1864-1866
    Photo of Allen Halston Taft and Adelaide Hoover Taft; on envelope: "Revenue stamps were required on photos from Sept. 1, 1864 to Aug. 1, 1866. They weren't needed in NC until the occupation of course. Any photo selling for 25 cents for less required a 2 cent stamp." Photo #784/3, ca. 1864-1866
    Photo of Adelaide Taft as a toddler. Photo #784/4
    Photo of Edmond Taft and Allen Taft in front of J.C. Cherry General Store; on folder: "L-Edmond Hoover Taft b.1867; R-Allen Holston Taft b.1870." Photo #784/5, c. 1890s
    Photo of Granddaddy and Grandmother. Photo #784/6, 1896
    Photo of Adelaide Taft as a baby. Photo #784/7
    Photo of Winstead [male]. Photo #784/8
    Photo of Winstead [male]. Photo #784/9
    Photo of unidentified male; [photo on silver, case opens/shuts but hinges broken] on folder: "nothing written inside case. Still sealed." Photo #784/10
    Photo of unidentified female. Photo #784/11
    Photo of Alice Hoover Taft with friends. Photo #784/12
    Photo of Joe Taft, Florence Blount, Frances Taft-Palmer, Louise Taft; [modern photograph taken in last 20 years or so]. Photo #784/13
    Photo of unidentified male; [photo on silver, case opens/shuts but hinges broken]. Photo #784/14
    Metal photograph frames
  • Contains folders p - w.
     
    Autograph book of Mary Alice Hoover; note inside: "Presented to Mary Alice Hoover by her aunt, Mrs. R.H. Hoover, 1880". Wedding invitation inside book for Mary Alice Hoover to A.H. Taft. [book falling apart at seams]
    Photo of Frances Taft as baby. Photo #784/15
    Photo of Adelaide Taft Sigmon, Alice Hoover Taft, Mellessa Hoover, Brice Sigmon; on folder: "Standing: Adelaide Taft Sigmon; Seated Left: Alice Hoover Taft; Seated Right: Mellessa Hoover; Baby: Brice Sigmon. Photo #784/16
    Photo of Captain Randolph Smith, daughter Jessica, and J.T.B. Hoover; on back: "left to right: Captain Randolph Smith, his daughter Jessica, and J.T.B. Hoover" [also information about Smith designing the Stars and Bars]. Photo #784/17
    Photo of two seated women; photo badly bent and ripped. Photo #784/18
    1) Marriage Certificate (1866) for Allen Taft and Elizabeth Hoover; and 2) Page with Senior Song written by Adelaide Taft (undated)
    Taft family history written by Adelaide Taft (undated); Proceedings of Taft Family Meeting, 1874.
    Marriage announcement of Mary Alice Hoover and Allen Taft.


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