February 28, 1968, 43 items; Papers consisting of daybooks, (1936-1951), geography book, bookkeeping book, and computer guide. 35 volumes. Donated by Mr. Thomas H. Sloan, Washington, N.C.
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Henry N. Blount Papers (#43), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mr. Thomas H. Sloan
Henry N. Blount (1867-1953) was a member of a prominent Eastern North Carolina family that has served the state since the colonial period. A descendant of John Gray Blount, Henry spent his entire life in the Washington area.
The collection concerns Henry N. Blount's later years, after his retirement, and consists largely of daybooks (1936-1944, 1946-1947, 1951-1953). Entries are largely concerned with family, garden, and a poultry flock. Included are daily records of weather, cash on hand, income from rental houses and produce sales, and personal and business expenditures.
Comments in the daybooks concern local events such as deaths, marriages, illnesses, and a few events of broader scope. The marriage and abdication of King Edward (December 10, 1936) is noted and several entries concern World War II. Among these are comments on the explosion of an ammunition truck near Smithfield, N.C. (March 7, 1942) and the purchase of a metal water tank by the Navy for removal to West Virginia (September 13, 1942). Entries other than personal or family cease after 1944.
Copies of deeds (1810-1814) relate to land that comprised Sans Souci, a farm (now part of Washington, N.C.) where Blount was raised. The farm originally belonged to John Gray Blount.
Bound volumes include a textbook on bookkeeping by Ephraim W. Smith and Wilbur Smith (1889);
Smith's Computer, a book on interest and conversion tables (1919); and Maury's
Manual of Geography (1877), which contains information on Henry's father Thomas H. Blount on the flyleaf.