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Mae Tucker Stancill Collection

(Manuscript Collection #1065)

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Title: Mae Tucker Stancill Collection
Creator: Stancill, Mae Tucker
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1871-1970, undated) including correspondence, photographs, postcards, and printed material relating to the Stancill Family.
Extent: 0.505 Cubic feet, 2 boxes, correspondence, photographs, postcards and other printed materials

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

April 4, 2006 176 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Collection (1918-1970) of photographs, documents and printed materials relating primarily to his service in the U. S. Navy during and after World War I, including his training at Camp Glenn, at Morehead City, North Carolina, his overseas service; it includes views of Greenville, NC, Santa Barbara, CA, and unidentified locations, ca. 1920s-1930s; also photographs pertaining to his son, John Russell Stancill, Jr.'s. Korean War service. Donor: Mae Tucker Stancill

April 4, 2006 6 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Collection (5/23/1923-3/25/1924) of letters written by J. Russell Stancill, while he was working in Bullock's Department Store in Los Angeles, CA, to his relatives in Greenville, NC, including his mother, Mrs. L. J. Stancill, and his sister, Lela Brown Stancill, primarily relating to family news and social activities. Donor: Mae Tucker Stancill

August 14, 2006 10 items, 0.060 cubic feet; Collection (1923-1928) of letters from Lela Brown Stancill, Claxton Stancill, and Russell Stancill to their parents Mr. & Mrs. Tucker J. Stancill, of Greenville, NC; also Lela Brown Stancill's student's course book at East Carolina Teachers College, summer 1928. Donor: Mae Tucker Stancill

August 14, 2006 27 items, 0.250 cubic feet; Collection (1871-1959, undated) of photographic prints and reproductions relating to the Stancill family of Greenville, North Carolina; Theo. J. Stancill's math text book, and a letter from W. C. Dresbach, Civil Engineer, regarding a property survey for Mr. Joyner from Falkland Road to the Tar River. Donor: Mae Tucker Stancill

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

Mae Tucker Stancill Collection (#1065), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mae Tucker Stancill

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Mark Custer, December 21, 2007

  • Processed by Wade Rogers May 2010 Amanda Keeny 2010


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

Mae Tucker Stancill was born on March 5, 1940 to John Russell Stancill (May 1, 1897-June 1, 1971) and Mary Tucker Stancill (1900-1981). Mae worked as a certified ophthalmologist assistant and surgical scrub nurse. Her grandfather, Theolofilis “Offie” Johnston Stancill (November 9, 1855 – October 9, 1932), was a tobacco farmer in Pitt County, and was married to Mattie A. Brown (October 1, 1871 – December 19, 1931). Mae’s father, John, graduated from Trinity Park High School in Durham, NC. During World War I, he served in the U. S. Navy. After the war, he attended the University of North Carolina and later became a farmer in Pitt County. He lived in Los Angeles, CA from 1923-1925 and was employed by Bullocks Department Store. He married Mary A. Tucker, and they had six children that all graduated from Greenville High School. Their first child, Sarah Frances Stancill (b. April 4, 1930), graduated from East Carolina College and became a schoolteacher. She married William A. Glasgow in 1952. Mattie Brown Stancill (b. August 13, 1932) also attended East Carolina College, and taught kindergarten in Charlotte, NC. She married Spencer R. Mims, Jr. in 1952. Dorothy Ann Stancill (b. December 5, 1934) attended East Carolina College and became a homemaker. She married John H. Foell in 1957. John Russell Stancill, Jr. (b. May 7, 1936) served in the Korean War and later worked for the Imperial Tobacco Company in Greenville, NC. He never married. Ruel Seth Stancill (b. July 20, 1940) worked at the U. S. Post Office in Greenville, NC. He married Judith A. Meeks in 1966.

Mae Tucker Stancill’s uncle, Leland Theophilus Stancill, Jr., was born on January 30, 1895. He attended a Boys School in Asheville, NC and Winterville Boarding School in 1913. He served in the army during World War I, from 1917 to 1918. In 1919, he married Luella Lancaster, who was from the Rocky Mount, NC area. She graduated from East Carolina Teachers Training School and also earned a Master of Arts degree from George Peabody College. Leland and Luella had one son. Leland was murdered by Don Evans on June 24, 1926.

Source: Chronicles of Pitt County (1982) pp. 638-640.

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

This collection consists of items related to the John Russell Stancill family. Included in this collection is correspondence from and to members of the Stancill family (1919-1970, undated). A large portion of the correspondence is from J. Russell Stancill to his mother, Mrs. T. J. Stancill, while he was working in Los Angeles, California at Bullock’s Department Store. One postcard with correspondence is in this collection. Other correspondence includes a request for a three day pass for Private 1st Class Seth S. Arthur, and a letter granting this request (02/1919). There is also correspondence relating to Naval Reserve transfers (10/04/1921) and the delay of Naval Reserve Force paychecks (undated).

Also included in this collection are photographs and postcards (1918-1965, undated). The majority of the photographs is black and document both military and civilian life during and after WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. Photographs that clearly relate to military life are located in box one, folder b. There are several photographs of members of the Stancill family, including one of Leland Stancill, who was murdered by Don Evans (P-1065.1.d.135). Other photographs that are related to the Leland Stancill murder include one of the car connected to the murder (P-1065.1.c.127), and one that is believed to be of the Evans-Stancill house where the murder occurred (P-1065.1.c.128). Also included are digital reproductions printed of photographs relating to the Stancill Family. The postcards in this collection have pictures of unidentified individuals, as well as of Rotterdam and the Virgin Islands.

The remainder of this collection consists of printed materials relating to the Stancill Family (1871-1966, undated). A math textbook that belonged to Theo J. Stancill entitled Smith’s New Arithmetic is also included in this collection (1871). Also included are a class schedule, a Pantego High School Class of 1920 commencement exercises booklet, an American Forces in Germany pass, two counter checks, a War-Savings bond envelope, a East Carolina Teachers College Student’s Course Book, a Government 12 Cent Pool document, a cotton marketing card, a marriage announcement, an East Carolina Club Dance invitation card, a Farmer’s Cooperative Exchange shares certificate, and an index card listing coal locations. Please see container list for more details.

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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