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Manuscript Collection #1103

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Title: Elbridge G. & Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel Collection
Creator: McDaniel, Julia Catherine
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: 1.65 cubic feet; Collection (1830-1952) including correspondence, ephemera, photographic prints, manuscript volumes & oversized materials, relating to the McDaniel, Harvey, and related families of Kinston and Trenton in Jones & Lenoir Counties, North Carolina, including materials related to the family’s real estate holdings, business and social life, church activities, and children’s educations.
Extent: 1.65 Cubic feet, 3 boxes, 2 oversize folders, correspondence, ephemera, photographic prints, manuscript volumes and oversize materials

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Accessions Information

August 1, 2007 601 items, 1.65 cubic feet; Collection (1830-1926, undated [Bulk: 1877-1924]) including correspondence, ephemera, photographic prints, manuscript volumes & oversized materials, relating to the McDaniel, Harvey, and related families of Kinston and Trenton in Jones & Lenoir Counties, North Carolina, including materials related to the family's real estate holdings, business and social life, church activities, and children's education. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Lt. Col. John H. Linton

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

Elbridge G. & Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel Collection (#1103), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Lt. Col. John H. Linton

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 3, 2008

  • Processed by

  • Dr. Jonathan Dembo, May 2007

  • Virginia Dodd May 2010

  • Dale Sauter August 2010


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

The Harvey, McDaniel, and related families were from the North Carolina counties of Lenoir and Jones. Matt Harvey married Elizabeth Chapman and had five children; Mary in 1862, Joseph in 1863, Julia Catherine in 1865, John Richard in 1870 and Bessie in 1879. Julia Catherine married Elbridge G. McDaniel, and they had two daughters, Julia (“Miss Kate”) in 1891 and Mildred in 1893. Both sisters attended Hollins Institute, a women’s college, in Hollins, Virginia. Their father, Matt Harvey died circa 1897. Mildred married O. Samuel Fowle Linton and they had four children. The couple later divorced. For more details, see the container list.

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The bulk of the collection documents Julia McDaniel and her immediate family. Among the correspondence is discussion regarding the education of Julia McDaniel’s two daughters in primary school, Hollins Institute and through music lessons. Much of this is from the time period when Mildred and Kate were attending the Hollins Institute. Also present is correspondence between Julia and her brother. This mainly concerns Julia’s money matters, real estate and banking business done on her behalf by her brother. Also mentioned is local happenings and the price of cotton. Apparently, Julia had moved to Virginia at some point. Most likely, this was after her husband passed away. Also present are letters to Julia from her mother “Lizzie” (in Vanceboro), aunt Minnie (also in Vanceboro) and her sister Bessie who speaks of visiting her by train. Much of the conversations revolve around gardening, other local chores and the weather. Other letters received are from the Bank of Kinston (money owed, land to sell, etc.), Mrs. Helen Rountree Kennedy (music teacher), J. A. Smith in Trenton, North Carolina (rented a store from Julia, Thomas D. Warren in New Bern (Julia’s attorney, handling estate, tax, and property matters for her. He was also a member of the State House of Representatives) and Dr. Joseph H. Foy, then Principal at Patrick Henry Public School in St. Louis. Dr. Foy taught Julia as a child, and also makes the following remark regarding the differences in climates in one of his letters.

This climate is far superior to that of Eastern N.C. I have not seen a dozen ‘chills’ since I reached this state. No member of my family has had one. I lost three children in N.C., came near losing two, and would, in all probability, have lost them had I not luckily decided to go west.

Also present are an assortment of financial records related to the family’s general merchandise company, J. R. Harvey & Company. The company was located in Grifton, North Carolina, and was overseen by Julia’s brother, John Harvey. Other financial records are from the Bank of Kinston and Citizens Savings Bank (also in Kinston, Hollins Institute (educational expenses). Also included in the collection are property records, bonds, mortgages, liens, tax receipts, uncollectible debt accounts, legal records and store ledgers. A small amount of these relate to Morgan County, Georgia and the North Carolina counties of Jones and Lenoir. Also included the will of Elbridge G. McDaniel, Julia’s husband, sent from an attorney in 1897. Ephemeral items include programs and invitations for weddings and graduations. For more details, please see the container list below.

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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#1103.1
    Correspondence
    • Folder a#1103.1.a
      Anderson, Mary Gooch, Richmond, VA. Letter to Mrs. J. C. McDaniel (1915) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder b#1103.1.b
      Archbell, Lillie, Kinston, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1888, 1902) 2 items. 9 p. Note: Transcript included.
    • Folder c#1103.1.c
      Aycock, C. B., Governor of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC. Letter to Mrs. McDaniel (1901) TLS. 1 item. 2 p. Note: Thanks Mrs. McDaniel for gift of home-grown lemon.
    • Folder d#1103.1.d
      Beatty, Maude, Tarboro, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1913) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder e#1103.1.e
      Bessie. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1923) 1 item. 3 p.
    • Folder f#1103.1.f
      Connie "Cousin Connie", Trenton, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1909) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder g#1103.1.g
      Conrad [?], Sharpe, Buffalo, NY. Letter to Miss Julia Catherine "Miss Kate" McDaniel (1924) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder h#1103.1.h
      Dixon, D. J., Dixon Brothers General Merchandise, Trenton, NC. Letters to Mrs. J. C. McDaniel (1911-1912) 2 items. 6 p.
    • Folder i#1103.1.i
      Dixon, Melia, Wallace, NC. Letter to Mrs. J. C. McDaniel (1905) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder j#1103.1.j
      Faulconer, Sallie E. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1923) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder k#1103.1.k
      Fleming, P. H., Greensboro NC. Letter to Julia Catherine "Miss Kate" McDaniel (1916) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder l#1103.1.l
      Foscue, M. W., Trenton, NC. Letter to Mr. J. R. Harvey (1910) 1 item. 1 p. Note: Concerns sale of McDaniel house in Trenton.
    • Folder m#1103.1.m
      Foy, Joseph H. (Dr.), St. Louis, MO. Letters to Mrs. Julia Harvey McDaniel (1899, 1910, 1912, 1914) 4 items. 17 p. Note: Includes transcript of 1899 letter.
    • Folder n#1103.1.n
      Harvey, Bessie, Greensboro, NC. Letters to Mrs. Julia C. McDaniel. (1910, 1914, n.d.) 4 items. 16 p. Note: Bessie Harvey was Mrs. McDaniel's sister.
    • Folder o#1103.1.o
      Harvey, C. F., Cashier, First National Bank, Kinston, NC. Letters to J. R. Harvey (1908) 2 items. 7 p.
    • Folder p#1103.1.p
      Harvey, E. J. "Lizzie", Vanceboro, NC. Letters to Dear Jule (1883-1901) 4 items. 8 p. Note: E. J. Harvey was Mrs. McDaniel's mother; includes transcripts.
    • Folder q#1103.1.q
      Harvey, J. B. (Mrs.) "Aunt Minnie", Vanceboro, NC. Letters to Mrs. J. C. McDaniel (1909) 2 items. 6 p.
    • Folder r#1103.1.r
      Harvey, John, Holland. Letter to Bessie Harvey (ca. 1952) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder s#1103.1.s
      Harvey, John Richard, J. R. Harvey, General Merchandise, Grifton, NC. Letters to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1896-1909) 31 items. 46 p. Note: John Richard Harvey was Mrs. McDaniel's brother.
    • Folder t#1103.1.t
      Harvey, Matthew. Obituary card (1900) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder u#1103.1.u
      Harvey, O. Y., Vanceboro, NC. Letter to Julia Catherine McDaniel (1920) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder v#1103.1.v
      Hollins Institute, Hollins, VA. Letters to Mrs. J. C. McDaniel (1908-1910) 8 items. 13 p. Note: Mrs. McDaniel's daughters, Mildred and Julia Catherine "Kate" both attended Hollins.
    • Folder w#1103.1.w
      Inez, Wauchula, FL. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1910) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder x#1103.1.x
      Invitations Received (1910-1923, n.d.) 10 items. 25 p.
    • Folder y#1103.1.y
      Y., B., Battalion, A & M College. Letter to Mrs. McDaniel (n.d.) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder z#1103.1.z
      J., L. E., New Bern, NC. Letter to "Dear Niece" (n.d.) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder za#1103.1.za
      Jamison, M. C., Charlotte, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1913) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder zb#1103.1.zb
      Kennedy, Helen R., Kinston, NC. Letter to Julia Catherine "Miss Kate" McDaniel (1904-1909, 1924) 10 items. 12 p. Note: Helen Kennedy taught music to Kate & Mildred McDaniel.
    • Folder zc#1103.1.zc
      Kinston Collegiate Institute (1882, 1994) 3 items. 3 p. Note: Clippings & broadsides.
    • Folder zd#1103.1.zd
      Krager, Mabel C., Baltimore, MD. Letter to Mrs. J. McDaniel (1916) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder ze#1103.1.ze
      Lindsey, Kate S., Southport, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia, Kate & Mildred McDaniel (1916) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder zf#1103.1.zf
      Maude, Trenton, NC. Letter to Julia Catherine McDaniel (1920) 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder zg#1103.1.zg
      McDaniel, Julia Catherine "Miss Kate", LaGrange, NC. Letters to "Dear Mamma" (1909, 1923) 6 items. 8 p. Note: "Miss Kate" was Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel's daughter.
    • Folder zh#1103.1.zh
      McDaniel, Mildred, Richmond, VA; Jacksonville, FL; Washington, NC; Goldsboro, NC; Vanceboro, NC, etc. Letters to Mrs. Julia C. McDaniel (1912, 1917, 1919, n.d.) 7 items. 18 p. Note: Mildred McDaniel was Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel's daughter.
    • Folder zi#1103.1.zi
      Mears, Lizzie H., Preston Heights, VA. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1909) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder zj#1103.1.zj
      Memory Book [Incomplete] with sentiments of John S. Powers, Richard H. Lewis & J. R., Goldsboro & Trenton, NC (1882) 1 item. 3 p. Note: First & last pages missing.
    • Folder zk#1103.1.zk
      Pollock, James B., Trenton, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1911) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder zl#1103.1.zl
      Rudd, Sara G., Trenton, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia C. McDaniel (1911) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder zm#1103.1.zm
      S., B. H., Hollins College, VA. Letter to Mildred McDaniel (1909) 1 item. 5 p.
    • Folder zn#1103.1.zn
      Smith, J. A., Trenton, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia C. McDaniel (1904-1906) 4 items. 8 p. Note: Mr. Smith rented a store from Mrs. McDaniel.
    • Folder zo#1103.1.zo
      Smith, May N., Baltimore, MD. Letter to Mrs. J. C. McDaniel (1917) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder zp#1103.1.zp
      Spencer, L., Melbourne, FL. Letter to Miss Kate McDaniel (1924) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder zq#1103.1.zq
      Spicey, Middleboro, MA. Letter to Missus Julie (1889) 1 item. 3 p. Note: Letter from a former servant girl writing from her new position; Letter was written for her by her new mistress Mrs. James E. Pierce. Includes transcript.
    • Folder zr#1103.1.zr
      Tolson, Ella Brown, Detroit, MI. Letter to Mrs. Julia C. McDaniel (1915) 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder zs#1103.1.zs
      Trask, Mary E., Omulsee, OK. Letters to Mrs. McDaniel (1909-1910, 1912) 3 items. 4 p.
    • Folder zt#1103.1.zt
      Walker, Lula, Bedford, VA. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1916) 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder zu#1103.1.zu
      Warren, Isabel, Trenton, NC. Letter to Mrs. Julia McDaniel (1911) 1 item. 3 p. Note: "My Dear Aunt Julia"
    • Folder zv#1103.1.zv
      Warren, Thomas D., New Bern, NC. Letters to Mrs. Julia C. McDaniel (1904-1911) 38 items. 53 p. Note: Warren was Mrs. McDaniel's attorney and handled estate, tax, and property matters for her. He was also a member of the State House of Representatives.
  • Box 2#1103.2
    Financial & Miscellaneous Materials
    • Folder a#1103.2.a
      Bank Books: Bank of Kinston & Citizens Savings Bank, Kinston, NC (1901-1906) 3 items. 32 p.
    • Folder b#1103.2.b
      Ephemera: Postcards, Greeting Cards, Flower Seed Packets, Printing plates, etc. (n.d.) 20 items. 26 p.
    • Folder c#1103.2.c
      First National Bank of Kinston File (1917-1924) 10 items. 10 p.
    • Folder d#1103.2.d
      Grocery Expenses File (1908-1913) 28 items. 28 p.
    • Folder e#1103.2.e
      Hollins College Expenses File (1908-1912) 11 items. 13 p. Note: Both Mrs. McDaniel's daughters attended Hollins during this period.
    • Folder f#1103.2.f
      Insurance Expenses File (1894-1923) 53 items. 66 p. Note: Life and Fire insurance on family, home & store. See also oversized folder.
    • Folder g#1103.2.g
      Kinston Graded Schools Receipts File (1906-1908) 5 items. 6 p. Note: Both Mrs. McDaniel's daughters attended Hollins during this period.
    • Folder h#1103.2.h
      Miscellaneous Receipts File (1893-1919, n.d.) 81 items. 117 p.
    • Folder i#1103.2.i
      National Bank of New Bern File (1901-1904) 3 items. 10 p.
    • Folder j#1103.2.j
      Property Records (Bonds, Liens, Mortgages, etc.) File (1830-1903) 90 items. 118 p. Note: Includes documents relating to Morgan County, Georgia; Jones County & Lenoir County, NC.
    • Folder k#1103.2.k
      Store Accounts File (ca. 1891-1915) including income, rent, taxes, debts, etc. 27 items. 31 p.
    • Folder l#1103.2.l
      Tax Receipts File: Kinston Twp.; Trenton Twp., & Lenoir County, NC (1881-1921) 47 items. 71 p.
    • Folder m#1103.2.m
      Uncollectible Debt Accounts File (1883-1907 21 items. 23 p.
  • Box 3#1103.3
    Photographic Prints & Manuscript Volumes
    • Folder a#1103.3.a
      Elbridge G. McDaniel Portrait & Case (ca. 1880s) Black & White. Tintype. 3.5" x 4" 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder b#1103.3.b
      Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel Portrait & Case (ca. 1880s) Black & White. Tintype. 3.5" x 4" 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder c#1103.3.c
      Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel Portrait & Case (ca. 1880s) Black & White. Tintype. 3.5" x 4" 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder d#1103.3.d
      Julia Catherine Harvey McDaniel Portrait & Case (ca. 1880s) Black & White. Tintype. 3.5" x 4" 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder e#1103.3.e
      Miss Rose Quinely Portrait (ca. 1890s) Black & White. Matted. 10" x 12" 1 item. 1 p.
    • Folder f#1103.3.f
      Justice's Civil & Criminal Docket, Trenton Twp., Jones County, North Carolina (1888-1889) nos. 1-6, 1-2. 1 vol. 16 p. used of 129 p.
    • Folder g#1103.3.g
      Miss Lizzie Chapman's Album of Memories (ca. 1855-1864) Swift Creek, Greenville, Pitt County; New Bern, Lenoir County; Belleview, Beaufort County, NC. 1 vol. 109 p.
    • Folder h#1103.3.h
      Miss Mollie Chapman's Album of Gems (ca. 1856-1857) Greenville, Pitt County & New Bern, Lenoir County, NC. 1 vol. 119 p.
    • Folder i#1103.3.i
      Store Ledger (1883-1884) 1 vol. 125 p.
    • Folder j#1103.3.j
      Store Ledger (1884-1892) 1 vol. 150 p.
Oversize Folder os1a#1103.os1a
Jones County deeds and accounts (1881-1892) 4 items. 6 p.
Oversize Folder os1b#1103.os1b
William J. Bell - Elbridge G. McDaniel mortgage agreement, Carteret County, NC (1891) 1 item. 1 p.
Oversize Folder os1c#1103.os1c
Deed of Conveyance and Power of Attorney (1830) to Adam C. Suffolk, Morgan County, Georgia. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Signed by Gov. George R. Gilmer. Fragile. Torn. Text missing.
Oversize Folder os2#1103.os2
Insurance Policies (1891-1926) 16 items. 79 p.

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