Sarah Bunn Collection, ca. 1830-1996

Manuscript Collection #1277

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Sarah Bunn Collection
    Creator: Bunn, Sarah
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection consists of the family records, photographs, and genealogy records collected by Sarah Westray Bunn of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She was an East Carolina Teachers’ College 1936 graduate and served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1941 to 1966. Included are genealogy notes concerning the Lewis, Suggs, Speight, Powell, Harrison, and Exum families of Eastern N.C.; late 19th century and 20th Century photographs; correspondence (1905-1998); an 1847 book of children’s poetry; clippings; genealogy charts; and a tombstone rubbing.
    Extent: 6.0 Cubic feet, 6 boxes, consisting of genealogy notes, family records, photographs, correspondence, publications, tombstone rubbings, and clippings.
  • Description
     

    This collection contains Sarah Westray Bunn’s genealogical research on the Lewis, Speight, Powell, and Bunn families largely of Edgecombe County, North Carolina. The bulk of the research is applied to the Lewis and Speight families. Her meticulous and vast research begins with Exum Lewis and Elizabeth Figures line of Edgecombe County in the mid-eighteenth century; however, there is also information on the Lewis and Speight branches in Virginia, Georgia, and England. A detailed family chart of the Lewis-Speight family tree from 1770’s through 1987 is included. Bunn’s research is very detailed and her research notebooks from her visits to various libraries, archives, and county record offices are also included.

    While there is not a great deal of primary documents in the collection there is some 19th century correspondence of the Speight family and family mementos such as a handwritten cookbook dated 1896, a children’s poetry book inscribed to R.H. Speight, and a 1936 calendar featuring “Chessie” of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. Sarah Bunn also undertook travels to Europe to do family research and her thoughtful and detailed impressions of the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada are available as well.

    Nine nineteenth century photographs of members of the Lewis/Speight family and several Bunn family snapshots spanning the twentieth century round out the collection.

    Oversize material includes maps of the Cedars homestead (built 1859 by John Francis and Emma Lewis Speight), family charts, the 1936 C&O Railroad calendar, a front page article in the Columbia Record (August 27, 1941) concerning Sarah Bunn’s life at Fort Jackson (Columbia, South Carolina) in the Army Nurse Corps and her plans to re-enlist for another year, a tombstone rubbing,

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    September 8, 2016, 6.0 cubic feet; This collection consists of the family records, photographs, and genealogy records collected by Sarah Westray Bunn (died 2012 at the age of ninety-seven) of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She was an East Carolina Teachers’ College 1936 graduate, earned her nurse’s license from the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing, served with the Army Nurse Corps during WWII, and retired in 1965 from the Army. Included are genealogy notes concerning the Lewis, Suggs, Speight, Powell, Harrison, and Exum families of Eastern N.C.; late 19th century and 20th Century photographs; correspondence (1905-1998); an 1847 book of children’s poetry; clippings; genealogy charts; tombstone rubbings; a 1936 Tecoan (ECTC yearbook); and genealogy books and journals related to N.C. and Virginia. Transferred from Museum of the Albemarle. Gift of George Watson.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from Museum of the Albemarle
    Gift of George Watson

    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

    Sarah Bunn Collection (#1277), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

    Processing Information

    Processing completed December 8, 2016, by Samantha Sheffield

Container List

  • Genealogical Files and Notes
     

    • Box 1
       
      Lewis Family Tree Charts (covers 1710-1968). 1968
      Harrison-Lewis-Powell Line (covers 1777-1970). 1970
      Research notecards - Lewis Family (covers 1710-1906). Undated.
      Research notecards - Lewis Family (covers 1700-1984). 1984
      Research on Lewis-Speight branch (covers 1895-1986). 1986
      Research on Lewis-Hunter-Harris (covers 1850-1962). 1962
      Powell Family Tree charts (covers 1750-1990). 1990
      Harrison-Powell Research notes (covers 1750-1978). 1978
      Bunn Family Tree (covers 1650-1982). 1982
      Speight Family chart (covers 1841-1979). 1979
      Research notecards - Speight Family (coves 1779-1910). Undated
      Speight family in Georgia research (covers 1949-1983). 1983
      Speight-Lewis family in Edgecombe County research (covers 1780, 1975). 1975
      Speight family in England research, undated
      Speight family recollections, undated
      Sarah Bunn's notes on genealogy. Undated
  • Speight Family Correspondence
     

    • Box 1
       
      Speight family business correspondence, circa 1880's
      Speight family correspondence, 1849-1948
      Envelopes (ca. 1830s-1890s) removed from letters found in the John Francis Speight Papers, Collection 03914, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. Only a selection of the more interesting envelopes are here.
  • Research Notebooks
     

    • Box 2
       
      Research notebook - Lewis (covers 1663-1904, 1983). 1983
      Research notebook - Speight (covers 1974-1977). 1977
      Research notebook - Bunn (covers 1780, 1980). 1980
      Research notebook - Powell (covers 1700's, 1980). 1980
      Research notebook from libraries and archives (covers 1820-1870). Undated
      Research notebook from libraries and archives (covers 1700-1910, 1974-1977). 1974-1977
      Research notebook from county records (covers 1725-1875, 1974-1977). 1974-1977
      Research notebook from county records (covers 1663-1915). Undated
      Research notebooks from assorted sources (covers 1677-1962). 1962
  • Speight Family Memorabilia
     

    • Box 3
       
      Preservation and history on Speight Family home 'The Cedars', 1977-1985
      The Cedars maps and inventories, 1970-1980
      Mary P. Speight Scholarship Fund - genealogy and Wachovia correspondence, 1983-1996
      Mary P. Speight and World War One Army Nurse Corps information, 1877-1919, 1986
      Handwritten cookbook, 1896
      Pamphlets: 'The American Frugal Housewife' 1833, and 'The Child's Wreath of Poetry' 1847
      Ephemera, circa 1850's and 1936
  • Sarah Bunn Material
     

    • Box 3
       
      Sarah Bunn Travel itineraries, 1967-1986
      Sarah Bunn Travel itineraries, 1967-1986
      Sarah Bunn Travel journals from Europe and Canada, 1967-1972
      Sarah Bunn correspondence, undated
  • Photographs
     

    • Box 4
       
      Family Photographs [p-1277/1-8], undated
      Family Photographs [p-1277/9-28], undated, 1915-1990
      Photographs, [p-1277/29-31], 1980's
      Photographs of Mary Powell Speight WWI Army Nurse Uniform, 1979-1983
  • Oversize Material
     

    Maps of the Cedars homestead, family charts, and a 1936 calendar featuring "Chessie" of The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.
    The Columbia Record Vol XLV No.106, August 27, 1941 - front page article on Sarah Bunn's life at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., as part of the Army Nurse Corps; 2 Lewis family trees; tombstone rubbing for Pettigrew Bunn (1869-1948); and 1980 numbered print of 1905 scene of St. Mark's Church, New York City.

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Container List

  • Genealogical Files and Notes
     

    • Box 1
       
      Lewis Family Tree Charts (covers 1710-1968). 1968
      Harrison-Lewis-Powell Line (covers 1777-1970). 1970
      Research notecards - Lewis Family (covers 1710-1906). Undated.
      Research notecards - Lewis Family (covers 1700-1984). 1984
      Research on Lewis-Speight branch (covers 1895-1986). 1986
      Research on Lewis-Hunter-Harris (covers 1850-1962). 1962
      Powell Family Tree charts (covers 1750-1990). 1990
      Harrison-Powell Research notes (covers 1750-1978). 1978
      Bunn Family Tree (covers 1650-1982). 1982
      Speight Family chart (covers 1841-1979). 1979
      Research notecards - Speight Family (coves 1779-1910). Undated
      Speight family in Georgia research (covers 1949-1983). 1983
      Speight-Lewis family in Edgecombe County research (covers 1780, 1975). 1975
      Speight family in England research, undated
      Speight family recollections, undated
      Sarah Bunn's notes on genealogy. Undated
  • Speight Family Correspondence
     

    • Box 1
       
      Speight family business correspondence, circa 1880's
      Speight family correspondence, 1849-1948
      Envelopes (ca. 1830s-1890s) removed from letters found in the John Francis Speight Papers, Collection 03914, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. Only a selection of the more interesting envelopes are here.
  • Research Notebooks
     

    • Box 2
       
      Research notebook - Lewis (covers 1663-1904, 1983). 1983
      Research notebook - Speight (covers 1974-1977). 1977
      Research notebook - Bunn (covers 1780, 1980). 1980
      Research notebook - Powell (covers 1700's, 1980). 1980
      Research notebook from libraries and archives (covers 1820-1870). Undated
      Research notebook from libraries and archives (covers 1700-1910, 1974-1977). 1974-1977
      Research notebook from county records (covers 1725-1875, 1974-1977). 1974-1977
      Research notebook from county records (covers 1663-1915). Undated
      Research notebooks from assorted sources (covers 1677-1962). 1962
  • Speight Family Memorabilia
     

    • Box 3
       
      Preservation and history on Speight Family home 'The Cedars', 1977-1985
      The Cedars maps and inventories, 1970-1980
      Mary P. Speight Scholarship Fund - genealogy and Wachovia correspondence, 1983-1996
      Mary P. Speight and World War One Army Nurse Corps information, 1877-1919, 1986
      Handwritten cookbook, 1896
      Pamphlets: 'The American Frugal Housewife' 1833, and 'The Child's Wreath of Poetry' 1847
      Ephemera, circa 1850's and 1936
  • Sarah Bunn Material
     

    • Box 3
       
      Sarah Bunn Travel itineraries, 1967-1986
      Sarah Bunn Travel itineraries, 1967-1986
      Sarah Bunn Travel journals from Europe and Canada, 1967-1972
      Sarah Bunn correspondence, undated
  • Photographs
     

    • Box 4
       
      Family Photographs [p-1277/1-8], undated
      Family Photographs [p-1277/9-28], undated, 1915-1990
      Photographs, [p-1277/29-31], 1980's
      Photographs of Mary Powell Speight WWI Army Nurse Uniform, 1979-1983
  • Oversize Material
     

    Maps of the Cedars homestead, family charts, and a 1936 calendar featuring "Chessie" of The Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.
    The Columbia Record Vol XLV No.106, August 27, 1941 - front page article on Sarah Bunn's life at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., as part of the Army Nurse Corps; 2 Lewis family trees; tombstone rubbing for Pettigrew Bunn (1869-1948); and 1980 numbered print of 1905 scene of St. Mark's Church, New York City.


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