Respess, Ransom, Papers

Manuscript Collection #1046

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Ransom Respess Papers
    Creator: Victor, Respess
    Respess, Ransom
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection (1846-1903) contains correspondence between Ransom Respess of Ransomville, North Carolina, and other members of his family including his son, Reverend George Respess of Ransomville, N.C. Topics include family members, agriculture, an 1860 slave uprising in Alabama, and the Civil War Battle of Manassas (1862). Among other items included is an 1846-1849 arithmetic cipher book.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet, 20 items ,
  • Description

    This collection contains documents covering the years 1846 through 1908 and includes multiple letters between Ransom Respess and other members of his family including his son, Reverend George Respess, of Ransomville, N.C. (1858-1875). These letters discuss subjects such as farming conditions, crops, a slave uprising in 1860 in Alabama, conditions of family members in the Civil War, and marriages, These papers also contain letters between George Respess and Mary Respess talking about family affairs and children (1903). Another exchange of letters written by R.W. Respess and R.P McCoy discussed the Battle of Manassas or the Second Battle of Bull Run (1862).

    Other documents in this collection include a receipt for a bail bonds between J.C.D and H.W and Ransom Respess is a witness (1849), a contract for apprenticeship between McCoy Byrd Respess and Harry Kelly, a check written to M.B Respess from the N.C. State Agricultural Society, a recipe for blood medicine for George Respess, and a love letter (1881). Finally, this collection has an arithmetic cipher book (1846-1849) used by George Respess.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Ransom Respess was born on the 17 July, 1802 to Thomas and Prudence Redditt Respess in Beaufort County, North Carolina. He was married to Sarah Boyd Windley Respess on 28 December, 1828. While married they had three sons: William Franklin, George, and John. Sarah died soon after their son John's birth and Ransom remarried Sarah Frances Allen Respess. He and his family later moved Anniston, Alabama, leaving George and John with their grandfather Rhuel Windley in North Carolina. Ransom Respess died 2 February, 1883.

    John B. Respess was born in Plymouth, NC, in 1833. He was a representative and senator for Beaufort County in the North CarolinaNC Legislature and served as Postmaster in Washington, NC. He married Elizabeth Stubbs on 16 December 1853. After Elizabeth Stubbs passed away, he married Cornelia Alice Hyman on 16 January, 1893. He died in Pantego, N.C. in 1909.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    August 10, 2005, 20 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1846-1903) of Ransom Respess, of Anniston, Alabama, including financial records, postcards, a school notebook, and correspondence with his son, Rev. George C. Respess, a preacher and farmer, of Ransomville, North Carolina; also W. B. Respess, R. W. Respess, and R. P. McCoy, relating to the Civil War Battle of Manassas (1862), etc. Donor: Victor M. Respess

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Victor M. Respess

    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

    Ransom Respess Papers (#1046), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 1, 2008.

    Processing completed July 2019 by Ryan Miranda.

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