Garrenton Family Papers

1901-1985, 2004, undated
Laupus Library History Collections, LL 02.02
Creator(s)
Garrenton Family
Physical description
1.525 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
Garrenton Family Papers (LL 02.02), at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
Laupus Library History Collections
Access
Access restricted to LL 02.02.05.01 until 2056. Falls under HIPAA.

Lecture notes, business accounts, newspaper articles, military papers, and artifacts of the Garrenton Family. The Garrentons include: James Francis Garrenton (1839-1913), Cecil (1883-1935), and Connell (1910-1985). They established the Bethel Clinic near Greenville, North Carolina.


Biographical/historical information

James Francis Garrenton was born September 1838 in Camden County, North Carolina. He was probably apprenticed to be a physician under a local doctor by the name of William Wilbert Griggs, a former Confederate soldier who used to live in Coinjock, Currituck County before the war. During the Civil War, Garrenton served in the 68th North Carolina Volunteers and was injured in battle. It is rumored that he then drove a wagon back and forth through the enemy lines bringing in much needed medical supplies. After the war, he returned to his medical practice until 1911 when he retired because of ill health. In 1874, he married Amanda Bray Frias and they had James, Burfoot, John, Alice, Sallie, and Cecil. Since communications were somewhat limited during the time when Garrenton was practicing medicine, he would run his boat up and down the Inland Waterway and look for stakes with white rags attached; this was a sign that a doctor was needed. Garrenton died 1913 November 2.

Cecil George Garrenton was born 1883 March 5 in Shiloh, North Carolina to James Francis and Amanda (Bray) Garrenton. He married Isabel Nelson Dunn in 1909 and they had two children, Margaret and Connell. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1908, and interned at the Philadelphia Orthopedic Hospital and Infirmary for Nervouse Diseases in Philadelphia. During World War I, Garrenton served in France as an orthopedic surgeon. Upon returning to the United States, he established the Bethel Clinic in Bethel, North Carolina on the corner of Pitt and Washington streets, next to his home. He died 1935 August 10 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Connell George Garrenton was born 1910 July 31 in Currituck, North Carolina to Cecil George and Isabel (Dunn) Garrenton. He studied at Wake Forest Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania. Garrenton met and married Hilda Constance Mather while he was interning at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Philadelphia, and they had Constance, Barbara, Joan, and Elizabeth. They moved to Bethel in 1936 and Connell took over his father's medical practice. Garrenton died 1985 August 1 in Greenville, North Carolina.


Scope and arrangement

Lecture notes, business accounts, newspaper articles, military papers, and artifacts from the Garrenton Family. The Garrenton family includes James Francis Garrenton (1839-1913), Cecil (1883-1935), and Connell (1910-1985). They established the Bethel Clinic near Greenville, North Carolina.


Administrative information
Custodial History

1997 November 15, 3 boxes containing 182 itmes of selected manuscript materials pertaining to Dr. Cecil Garrenton, Dr. Connel Garrenton, and Isabel Dunn, RN. The manuscript materials date from 1908 to 1985. They have since added to the control files biographical data and many artifacts and books which are now in the Laupus Library's collections and at the Country Doctor Museum.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Hilda M. Garrenton and Connie Garrenton Hackney

Processing information

Processed by Baylus C. Brooks, 2015

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Related material

Oral History Collection (LL 02.03), at The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.


Container list
Box 1 Folder 1 Envelope addressed to Dr. J. F. Garrenton of Coinjock, North Carolina, 1901
Oversize Folder 1 Oversize Folder 1 Portrait of James Garrenton, undated
Box 1 Folder 2 First Grade Teacher's Certification; Post-graduate pediatric certificate from the University of North Carolina; Newspaper article of resolutions of respect written by the Pitt County Medical Society to commemorate the death of Dr. Cecil Garrenton, 1904, 1925, 1935
Box 1 Folder 3 Essex pocket notebook of Urinology notes written by Cecil Garrenton and prescription slips from High School Pharmacy Inc. of Richmond, Virginia; Index sheets of neurology notes written by Cecil Garrenton; and Case notes written by Cecil Garrenton in a small duplicating notebook; and a small student handbook from Medical College of Virginia 1906-07, owned by Dr. Cecil Garrenton. , 1907-1908, undated
Box 1 Folder 4 Physicians Pocket Reference to the International List of Causes of Death; Gospel of St. Mark, written in French and English, Army and Navy ed.; Review of War Surgery and Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1916-1919
Box 1 Folder 7 Cecil Garrenton's Certificates: Registration and Licensure to North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Currituck County; Registration and Licensure to North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Pitt County, 1909, 1914
Box 6 Folder 1 Cecil Garrenton's medical school diploma from Medical College of Virginia; in Latin, 1908
LL02.02.02.04.03 Small leather-bound notebook of patient addresses and diagnostic notes with added note
Box 1 Folder 8 Connell Garrenton's Certificate of Completion of the Organization of the Army; Connell Garrenton's Statement of commissined service into the Army, true copy; Military orders for Connell Garrenton; Connell Garrenton's health and hospital records; Connell Garrenton's World War II Army discharge papers; Receipts and bills for Connell Garrenton; Personal items of Connell Garrenton; Johnston-Willis Hospital bulletin; and newspaper article; Photo of Dr. Connell Garrenton's office, 1931-1967
Box 1 Folder 9 Newspaper Clippings, 1962-1968
Box 1 Folder 10 Black and white photo of male cut from a post card; Black and white photo of Connell Garrenton with wife and daughter; Black and white photo of Mrs. Thomas Watson Garrard, the former Miss Joan Mather Garrenton; Black and white portrait of Connell Garrenton; Color portrait of Connell Garrenton in mount of Rudy's Photography in Ayden, North Carolina; Black and white group photo of Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free, and accepted Masons of North Carolina, included is Connell Garrenton; Service award to Dr. Connell Garrenton by the Grand Lodge; Color photo of Connell Garrenton taken at Masters Arts Studio in Oriental, North Carolina, 1937-1982, undated
Box 1 Folder 11 Menu for the American Academy of Family Physicians Banquet; Brochure for 19th annual North Carolina Academy of General Practitioners in Durham, North Carolina; pages 221-232 of General Practitioner News; Newsletter of Bryn Mayr Hospital, Pennsylvania; Newsletter of North Carolina Academy of General Practitioners 20th Anniversary Issue; Tarheel Practitioner; Announcement for 1968 20th annual meeting of NCAGP; Brochure for President's Banquet NCAGP at Greensboro, North Carolina; First Twenty-five Years, North Carolina Academy of General Practitioners-Family Physicians; Advertisement for dog food distributed by Chappel Bros., Inc.; Christmas card Mrs and Dr. Connell Garrenton; Handwritten note by Hilda Garrenton referring to article in Bryn Mayr Hospital, 1932-1976, undated
Box 1 Folder 12 Black and White photo of Connell Garrenton, postcards and photographs, undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Psychology and Chemistry Notes, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 A Laboratory Course in Physiology workbook, 1931
Box 2 Folder 3 The Scope yearbook from Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania, 1935
Box 2 Folder 4 Certificates, 1949-1985
Oversize Folder 1 Oversize Folder 1 Certificates, 1931-1936, undated
Oversize Folder 1 Oversize Folder 1 Photograph of young Connell Garrenton, undated
Box 2 Folder 5 Photo CD containing photos of James, Cecil, and Connell Garrenton's portraits and some certificates returned to the family after the time of the CD's creation [June 2004] but some of which are now in the collection at Laupus Library as of 2-17-2014, as per Baylus C. Brooks (June 2004)., 2004, undated
Oversize Folder 1 Oversize Folder 1 Black and White photo (mounted) of six nurses, including Isabel Dunn (n.d.); Isabel Dunn's Certificates: completion of Massage Swedish Movements of Electricity at Philadelphia Orthopedic Hospital and Infirmary for Nervous Disorders (January 1902)., 1902, undated
Box 2 Folder 6 Isabel Dunn's Certificates: completion of one year at State Hospital Preporatory Training School for Nurses in Hazelton, Pennsylvania (n.d.); completion of two years as a nurse at Philadelphia Orthopedic Hospital (February 1902); for service in one term in wards of the Maternity Hospital as an Obstetrical nurse (n.d.). , 1902, undated
Box 3 Item 2 Locking Metal Prescription Box with contents inventory: prescription boxes, glass vials and bottles with labels, paper medicine boxes, smallpox vaccine with needles, undated
Box 4 Item 1 Emdee Black Leather Medical bag and Vials, ca. 1900s
Box 5 Item 1 Cardi-all EKG machine "made for Drs. Garrenton & Jordan", undated
Box 3 Item 1 Brass-handled otoscope and accessories (3 pieces). Welch Allyn Co., Auburn, N.Y., undated
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