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Mary Earle Stallings Collection, 1845-1978, undated

Manuscript Collection #935

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Title: Mary Earle Stallings Collection
Creator: Stallings, Mary Earle
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection of genealogical information, a photographic print and postcard from the Peter Richard Rives, Frederick Lawrence Wiggins, and John Lawrence Wiggins family Bibles pertaining to the Rives, Wiggins, and related families of Edgecombe County, Halifax County, Martin County, Pitt County, North Carolina.
Extent: 0.505 Cubic feet, 1 archival box.

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Accessions Information

September 6, 2003, 5 items, 0.004 cubic feet; Collection (1845-1978) of genealogical information, a photographic print and postcard from the Peter Richard Rives, Frederick Lawrence Wiggins, and John Lawrence Wiggins family Bibles pertaining to the Rives, Wiggins, and related families of Edgecombe County, Halifax County, Martin County, Pitt County, North Carolina. Donor: Mary Earle Stallings

April 14, 2008, (unprocessed addition 1) 83 items, 0.50 cubic feet; Collection (1864-2008) of genealogical tables, correspondence, photographic prints, bible records & printed materials, compiled by the donor, relating to the descendants of Benjamin Davis, John Allen Davis, Sr., & John Allen Davis, Jr.; John P. Joyner & J. Y. [James Yadkin] Joyner; Nancy Ray Nettles, Mary Earle Nettles & Solomon Nettles; Peter Richard Rives; Frederick L. Wiggins, Sr. & James Wright Wiggins; & Nathan Worsley, of Edgecombe County, Lenoir County, Martin County, Pitt County, North Carolina, Gloucester and Cumberland County, Virginia, Sumter District, South Carolina, etc. See preliminary inventory attached (Box 1, folders e - u and oversize folder). Donor: Mary Earle Stallings

April 14, 2008, (unprocessed addition 2) 3 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Collection (1681-1794, 1936) of family Bible birth entries relating to the descendants of John Nettles, John Atkinson & Lucy Parham; part of a letter, dated 1 October 1936, describing the Bible as that printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King, in London 1737, and currently the property of Mrs. R. Walter Salsbury, of Hamilton, North Carolina. Digital reproductions & Photocopy. See preliminary inventory attached (Box 1, folders v - w). Donor: Mary Earle Stallings

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

Mary Earle Stallings Collection (#935), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mary Earle Stallings.

Processing Information

  • Processed by Dale Sauter, December 13, 2006

  • Encoded by Martha Elmore, December 13, 2006


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

The Rives, Wiggins, and related families were from the North Carolina counties of Halifax, Edgecombe, Martin and Pitt. John Lawrence Wiggins married Octavia Josephine Nettles in 1867. Peter Richard Rives married Mary L. Worsley in 1874. Fred Lawrence Wiggins married Mary Louise Rives in 1900. Mary Earl Wiggins Nettles was this couple’s daughter. Mary Earle Stallings, the donor of the collection, was the daughter of Mary Earl Wiggins Nettles.

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The collection consists of three sets of family Bible records containing births, marriages and deaths. These include the records of the Peter Richard Rives Family (Pitt and Halifax Counties, NC) dating from 1874-1978, the John Lawrence Wiggins Family (Edgecombe County, NC) dating from 1867-1947 and the Fred L. Wiggins Family (Pitt, Edgecombe and Martin Counties, NC) dating from 1855-1933. Photographic images include a photograph of Mary Earl Wiggins Nettles. Also included is a photograph postcard (back blank) advertising free concerts nightly at Bell's Sons Jewelers, Tarboro, NC.

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Series 1:
Bible Records
Series 2:
Photographic Images
  • Box 1#0935.1
    • Folder d#0935.1.d
      Photograph of Mary Earl Wiggins Nettles, undated
      Photograph postcard (back blank) advertising free concerts nightly at Bell's Sons Jewelers, Tarboro, NC, undated

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

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1#0935.1
    • Folder e#0935.1.e
      Descendants of the Frederick L. Wiggins, Sr. Family, of Edgecombe County, North Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder f#0935.1.f
      Descendants of the James Wright Wiggins Family, of Edgecombe County, North Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder g#0935.1.g
      Descendants of the John P. Joyner Family, of Lenoir County, North Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 1 item. 5 p.
    • Folder h#0935.1.h
      Nancy Ray Nettles, Mary Earle Nettles & J. Y. Joyner, of LaGrange, North Carolina (1951) Photographic print & Clipping. Black & white. 2 items. 2 p. Note: Clipping is laminated.
    • Folder i#0935.1.i
      Descendants of the Peter Richard Rives Family, of Pitt County, Martin County, & Edgecombe County, North Carolina (1932-2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table, Clipping & Photographic print. Typescript. 3 item. 6 p. Note: Clipping is laminated.
    • Folder j#0935.1.j
      Descendants of the Solomon Nettles Family, of Gloucester County & Cumberland County, Virginia; Sumter District, South Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 1 item. 11 p.
    • Folder k#0935.1.k
      Descendants of the Benjamin Davis Family, of Pitt County, North Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder l#0935.1.l
      Descendants of the John Allen Davis, Sr. Family, of Pitt County & Edgecombe County, North Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 2 items. 7 p.
    • Folder m#0935.1.m
      Descendants of the Nathan Worsley Family, of Edgecombe County, North Carolina (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 1 item. 7 p.
    • Folder n#0935.1.n
      John Allen Davis, Sr. Family Photographic Prints (1873-1879, undated) Black & white. 19 items. 19 p.
    • Folder o#0935.1.o
      John Allen Davis, Sr. Family Correspondence, Cedar Grove, West Virginia, Tarboro, Pinetops, Davistown, & Fort Anderson, North Carolina (1864-1934) 12 items. 14 p.
    • Folder p#0935.1.p
      John Allen Davis, Sr. Family Clippings (1894-1914, undated) 7 items. 8 p.
    • Folder q#0935.1.q
      Descendants of the John Allen Davis, Jr. Family, of Davistown, North Carolina & Roanoke, Virginia (28 Feb. 2008) compiled by Mary Earle Nettles Stallings. Genealogical table. Typescript. 3 items. 4 p.
    • Folder r#0935.1.r
      John Allen Davis, Jr. Family Photographic Prints (ca. 1880-1937) Black & white. 8 items. 8 p.
    • Folder s#0935.1.s
      John Allen Davis, Jr. Family, Charlottesville, Clifton Forge, Virginia, Davistown, Old Sparta, North Carolina Correspondence & Bible Records (1867-1911) 4 items. 10 p. Note: Documents fragile, torn. Need conservation.
    • Folder t#0935.1.t
      John Allen Davis, Jr. Family Clippings & Cards (ca. 1923-1987) 6 items. 6 p.
    • Folder u#0935.1.u
      Davis Family Clippings & Photographic prints (1937-1991, n.d.) 10 items. 10 p.
    • Folder v#0935.1.v
      Collection (1681-1794) of family Bible birth entries relating to the descendants of John Nettles, John Atkinson & Lucy Parham. 1 low magnification; 1 high magnification. Digital reproductions. 2 items. 10 p. Note: Copied by Joyner Library staff; originals to be returned to donor.
    • Folder w#0935.1.w
      Part of Letter (1 October 1936) describing the Nettles Family Bible as that printed by John Baskett, Printer to the King, in London 1737, and currently the property of Mrs. R. Walter Salsbury, of Hamilton, North Carolina. Photocopy. 1 items. 2 p. Note: Copied by Joyner Library staff; originals to be returned to donor. Author & recipient of letter unknown.
Oversize Folder os1#0935.os1
Signs of the Times(3 Jan. 1894) v. 62, n. 1. Weekly newspaper. "Devoted to the Old School Baptist Cause." Published by Gilbert Beebe's Sons, Middletown, Orange County, New York. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Fragile, torn. Needs conservation.
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