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John D. Neville Collection, 1898-1944

Manuscript Collection #955

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Title: John D. Neville Collection
Creator: Neville, John D.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Documents and printed materials relating to Greenville, NC including high school and college programs, postcards, World War II ration books, etc. Also, genealogical correspondence, notes and research files pertaining to the Davenport, Flanagan, Neville, and related families of Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash counties, North Carolina
Extent: 0.33 Cubic feet, 2 boxes, documents and printed materials relating to Greenville, NC, World War II ration books, genealogical correspondence and notes and research files pertaining to the Davenport, Flanagan, Neville, and related families of North Carolina

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Accessions Information

October 17, 1991, 23 items, 0.01 cubic feet; Collection (1898-1944) of documents and printed materials relating to Greenville, NC including high school and college programs, postcards, World War II ration books, etc. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Estate of John D. Neville c/o Howard L. Pugh, Executor

December 11, 2008 Collection (1878-2001, undated) of genealogical correspondence, notes and research files pertaining to the Davenport, Flanagan, Neville, and related families of Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash counties, North Carolina, compiled by Dr. John Davenport Neville, and a copy of Dr. Neville's book, The Davenports and the Flanagans: A Social History of Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina (Pactolus, N.C.: The Pactolus Press, 1992). See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Katherine Neville Brantley

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 D. Neville Collection (#955), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of the estate of John D. Neville

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, March 25, 2008

  • Processed by: Andrew James Cook April 2008 Dale Sauter October 2010


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

John D. Neville was born in 1942. He was a resident of Greenville, North Carolina and a Professor of History at East Carolina University from 1967 to 1969. He compiled a collection of various historical documents and printed material ranging from the years 1898-1944 and primarily relating to the Davenport and Flanagan families. Neville was related to both of these families. Mr. and Mrs. James Fleming Davenport were Neville’s maternal grandparents.

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Box 1 of the collection focuses on the history of Greenville High School, which was located in downtown Greenville in a present-day ECU parking lot, and on East Carolina Teachers College in the 1920s. Greenville High School became Junius H. Rose High School in the late 1950s, and moved to its present location on Arlington Boulevard. The collection also contains postcards from the 1940s featuring Greenville landmarks of the day. A number of World War II ration books are housed in box 1 as well. These ration books belonged to various members of the Davenport and Flanagan families in Greenville and surrounding communities. A card identified as a circa 1900 dance invitation is present in the Neville collection. It also includes a bill of sale and deed from a business partnership on Evans Street from January 1898. See container list for details.

Box 2 contains genealogical correspondence, notes and research files (1878-2001, undated) pertaining to the Davenport, Flanagan, Neville, and related families of Pitt, Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash counties, North Carolina, compiled by Dr. John Davenport Neville, and a copy of Dr. Neville’s book, The Davenports and the Flanagans: A Social History of Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina (Pactolus, N.C.: The Pactolus Press, 1992. See container list for details

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

  • Box 1#0955.1
    • Folder a#0955.1.a
      Greenville High School. Greenville High School Class of 1926 Graduating Exercises Program, Teachers College Auditorium, Wednesday, June 2, 1926, Eight O'clock. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder b#0955.1.b
      Spring Hope High School. Spring Hope High School Class of 1953 Commencement Exercises [Program] High School Auditorium May 19, 1953, 8:00 P.M. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder c#0955.1.c
      East Carolina Teachers College. East Carolina Teachers College, Class Day Exercises of the Senior Normal Class and Senior Class [Program], West College and College Woods, Saturday, June 2, 1928, Six O'clock. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder d#0955.1.d
      East Carolina Teachers College. East Carolina Teachers College, Nineteenth Annual Commencement of East Carolina Teachers College [Program], Greenville, North Carolina, Monday Morning, June Fourth, Nineteen Hundred Twenty-Eight [1928] Ten Thirty O'clock. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder e#0955.1.e
      East Carolina Teachers College. East Carolina Teachers College. The Senior Normal Class of East Carolina Teachers College Presents the Seventeenth Annual Play [Program] "The Romancers" by Edmund Rostand, April 19 and 20, 1928, 8:30 P. M. Directed by Mrs. H. M. Hendrix, Beaufort, North Carolina. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder f#0955.1.f
      Postcard of "New Iron Bridge Across Tar River, Greenville, N. C." mailed (August 1945) from E. M. Perkins to Mrs. Florence Dancy, Ridgecrest, NC. 1 item, 1 p.
    • Folder g#0955.1.g
      Postcard of "Dickerson Avenue, Greenville, N.C." mailed (n.d.) by an unidentified person to Mrs. Florence Dancy, New Springs, NC. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder g#0955.1.g
      Bailey, Caroline [Davenport family cook], 435 West Fifth Street, Greenville, NC. (1943) War Ration Book One; A Message to Every Ration Book Holder; Application for War Ration Book No. 3 Postcard; Office of Price Administration Envelope. 5 items. 9 p.
    • Folder i#0955.1.i
      World War II Ration Books. Davenport, Blanche Flanagan, 435 West Fifth Street, Greenville, NC (5/6/1942) War Ration Book One; War Ration Book Two. 2 items. 4 p.
    • Folder j#0955.1.j
      World War II Ration Books. Davenport, Edna, 435 West Fifth Street, Greenville, NC (5/7/1942) War Ration Book One. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder k#0955.1.k
      World War II Ration Books. Davenport, James Fleming, 435 West Fifth Street, Greenville, NC (5/6/1942) War Ration Book One; War Ration Book Two [1942]; Application for War Ration Book No. 3 Postcard (5/1/1943). 3 item. 5 p.
    • Folder l#0955.1.l
      World War II Ration Books. Patrick, Anna F., 409 Greene Street, Greenville, NC (5/6/1942) War Ration Book One; War Ration Book No. 3 [1944]. 2 items. 6 p.
    • Folder m#0955.1.m
      World War II Ration Books. Sutton, Paul Millard, La Grange, Lenoir County, NC. (1942) War Ration Book One. 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder n#0955.1.n
      Dance Card Printed Form (c. 1900) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder o#0955.1.o
      Bill of Sale and Deed Combined: John Flanagan to E. H. Shelburn and Ed. H. Shelburn and wife, Sophie E. Shelburn, to John Flanagan (1/6/1898) Registered 1/6/1898. Dissolution of the partnership of the firm of Ed. H. Shelburn & Company by which John Flanagan sells and delivers to E. H. Shelburn all the interest of John Flanagan in the firm, etc., . . . 1 item. 2 p. [Sophie Shelburn was with daughter of John Flanagan.]
  • Box 2#0955.2
    • Folder a#0955.2.a
      Bible Records - Davenport & Fleming Families (1878-1987, undated) including notes, photocopies & clippings, etc. 7 items. 28 p.
    • Folder b#0955.2.b
      Bellamy, William Edward. Family Genealogical Research File (1951-1952, undated) including estate records, notes, photocopies, printed forms & carbon typescripts. 8 items. 32 p.
    • Folder c#0955.2.c
      Bradley, Wiley. Family Genealogical Research File (undated) including notes & printed forms. 2 items. 5 p.
    • Folder d#0955.2.d
      Davenport - Neville - Brantley - Flanagan. Family Genealogical Notes (ca. 1960) Holograph. 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder e#0955.2.e
      Davenport, Peter Ernest. Family Genealogical Research File (ca. 1963-1977) Printed forms. 1 item. 5 p.
    • Folder f#0955.2.f
      Flanagan, John. Family Genealogical Research File (1962-1968) printed forms. 1 item. 9 p.
    • Folder g#0955.2.g
      Fleming, Peter. Family Genealogical Research File (1961-1968, undated) including notes & printed forms. 2 items. 8 p.
    • Folder h#0955.2.h
      Howell, John, Sr. Family Genealogical Research File (ca. 1960s) including printed forms & notes. 6 items. 17 p.
    • Folder i#0955.2.i
      Neville, Augustus. Family Genealogical Research File (1967-1977, undated) including correspondence, notes, photographic print, printed forms, photocopied clippings. 11 items. 40 p.
    • Folder j#0955.2.j
      Neville, John D., Richmond, VA. Letter from Diana [Schulz Davenport] Greenville, NC (2001) pertaining to the genealogy of the George Davenport family of Bethel & Stokes, North Carolina; the Enoch Davenport family of Halifax, NC; and the James Battle Bryant family of Halifax, NC. Holograph & Photocopied Mss, Photocopied printed forms. 3 items. 18 p.
    • Folder k#0955.2.k
      Staton, John. Family Genealogical Research File (undated) including notes & printed forms. 2 items. 6 p.
    • Folder l#0955.2.l
      Edgecombe County, North Carolina Genealogical Notebook (ca. 1964-1987, undated) pertaining to the Flanagan, Davenport, Neville, Bradley, Green & other families, mainly from Edgecombe County Deed Books. Loose-leaf bound. 1 vol. 198 p. Note: Autographed inside front cover "John D. Neville 212 1/2 Vance St."
    • Folder m#0955.2.m
      Michael Innes, by John D. Neville, in Clues: Journal of Detection (Fall / Winter 1984), pp. 119-130. Reprint. 1 item. 6 p.
    • Folder n#0955.2.n
      The Davenports and the Flanagans: A Social History of Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina, Compiled by John Davenport Neville (Pactolus, NC: The Pactolus Press, 1992) Photocopy typescript. Spiral bound. 1 Vol. 162 p.

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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