Antoinette Smith Jenkins Collection, 1855-1958

Manuscript Collection #74

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Title: Antoinette Smith Jenkins Collection
Creator: Jenkins, Antoinette Smith
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English; Greek; Latin
Abstract: Collection (1855-1958) of manuscript and printed materials compiled by Antoinette S. Jenkins, including a history of St. Peter's Church, Salem, Massachusetts, 1958; notebook containing records of the botanical research conducted by Hugh M. Neisler of Taylor, Georgia, 1866-1881; photocopy typescript account of the 45th Georgia Infantry Regiment (C.S.A.) during Civil War battles at Richmond, Cedar Run, 2nd Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and others, by Joseph A. Walker, 1864; General Store sales records of Nicholas Bascom Jenkins from Nashville, Nash County, North Carolina, 1905-1935; genealogical materials relating to the Letcher, Mitchell, Neisler [Neischler], Jenkins, and Howard families of Nash county, North Carolina; Taylor, Georgia; and Salem, Massachusetts), 1897; also letters and obituary and newspaper articles, including an excerpt from Western Maryland College yearbook relating to on George Stockton Wills, of Westminster, Maryland, 1930-1956; in English, Greek and Latin language.
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 archival box; 30 items; 414 p.

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Accessions Information

December 17, 1968, 3 items; "Neisler-Letcher-Mitchell Family Histories"by Julia Neisler Riley (1912), a history of the 45th Georgia Infantry Regiment (C.S.A.) by J. A. Walker (1864), and a "Catalogue of Plants Collected in Taylor and Adjoining Counties [Georgia]." Loaned for copying by Mrs. Antoinette S. Jenkins, Greenville, North Carolina

April 23, 1979, (addition 1), 1 vol.; Ledger (1904-1935) of Nicholas Bascom Jenkins of Nash County, North Carolina. Donor: Dr. Edgar Bryan Jenkins.

January 30, 1992, (addition 2), 8 items; Correspondence (1953-1954) from George Stockton Wills, his obituary, and pages from college yearbook. Donor: Mrs. Antoinette S. Jenkins.

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

Antoinette Smith Jenkins Collection (#74), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mrs. Antoinette S. Jenkins
  • Gift of Dr. Edgar Bryan Jenkins
  • Gift of Mrs. Antoinette S. Jenkins

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, ca. 1992; Encoded by Apex Data Services, March 2002; Processing revised and Finding Aid by Douglas Tuers, April 26, 2011; Finding aid revised by Jonathan Dembo, June 20, 2012; Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, June 26, 2012; Finding aid & Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, July 20, 2012.


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The Antoinette Smith Jenkins Collections contains materials relating to the Mitchell family of Maryland and Georgia, ca. 1912; the Neisler family of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia dating from 1867 to 1912; the Letcher family of Virginia and Georgia the material, ca. 1912; the Jenkins family of North Carolina, 1904 to 1954; and the Howard family, 1897 to 1983.

These families have produced several distinguished individuals, including a governor of Virginia, members of Congress, and educators, including botanist Hugh Neisler, who studied plants in Taylor County, Georgia, 1867-1881; Nicholas Bascom Jenkins, who owned a general store in Nash County, North Carolina, 1934; George Stockton Wills, who was a doctor in North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and who corresponded with Antoinette Jenkins, 1930-1956; it also contains an account of the 45th Georgia Infantry Regiment battles during the Civil War, 1864-1865, at 2nd Manassas, Cedar Run, Richmond, Harpers Ferry, and Shepherdstown. The regiment was commanded by Colonel Thomas Hardeman Jr.

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The collection consists of family-related material by and about members of the Howard, Jenkins, Letcher, Mitchell, and Neisler (Neischler) families of Nash County, North Carolina; Taylor County, Georgia, and Westminster, Maryland. These families are closely related and the donor is directly descended from the individuals represented in the papers.

The Neisler-Letcher-Mitchell family history is a fifty-two-page typescript containing poems, sketches, biographical notes, speeches, correspondence, and genealogical information and charts concerning various members of the aforementioned families. An account of the Civil War prisoner-of-war camp at Point Lookout, Maryland, is in the Neisler section of the genealogy, as are a number of war experiences and family legends dating from the American Revolution.

Of particular interest is the botanical notebook (1867-1881) of Dr. Hugh M. Neisler,1805-1884. The book identifies in Latin the names of hundreds of plants found in Taylor County, Georgia, and surrounding counties. Dr. Neisler was an imminent authority on botanical science and freshwater mollusk and a variety of Iris bear his name as discoverer. The notebook also contains his holograph notes in English and Greek on the individual species that he identified; also copies of his correspondence with other scientists. Unfortunately, his correspondents are not identified.

The third item in the collection is a typescript history of the 45th Georgia Infantry Regiment as written by 1st Lt. Joseph A. Walker, of Company K, in 1864. The fifteen-page account describes the activities of the regiment from its formation in 1862 through the campaigns in Northern Virginia in August of 1864 and includes accounts of the battles of 2nd Manassas, Cedar Run, Richmond, Harpers Ferry, and Shepherdstown.

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The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entry :

  • Georgia, Taylor County

Subject Entries :

  • GEORGIA--TAYLOR COUNTY
  • SCIENCE--Botany
  • WAR--CIVIL--Prisons
  • WAR--CIVIL--Units--Georgia

Genealogy Entries :

  • LETCHER FAMILY--Virginia; Georgia
  • MITCHELL FAMILY--Maryland
  • NEISLER FAMILY--North Carolina; South Carolina; Georgia

Date Entry :

  • 1870-1879

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Series 1:
Manuscript Materials
  • Box 1#0074.1
    • Folder a#0074.1.a
      Brief History of St. Peter’s Church, Founded 1733, Salem, Massachusetts, edited by Reverend Clinton T. Macy [for 250th Anniversary Program] (July 1958) Photocopy clipping. 3 items. 10 p.
    • Folder b#0074.1.b
      Tarheel Celebrates 60th Anniversary, News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C. (1 March 1953) Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 3 p. Note: In Tar Heel article George Wills' name is misspelled "Willis".
    • Folder c#0074.1.c
      Neisler – Letcher - Mitchell Family Histories, Taken from copy by Julia Neisler Riley (1912) Photocopy typescript. 1 items. 52 p.
    • Folder d#0074.1.d
      Hugh M. Neisler, Butler, Taylor County, Georgia. Letter accompanying botanical samples to an unknown recipient (5 April 1880) Photocopy ALS. 1 item. 7 p.
    • Folder e#0074.1.e
      Forty Fifth Georgia Infantry Regiment, by Joseph A. Walker, 1st Lieutenant, Company K (1864), including accounts of battles at Richmond, Cedar Run, 2nd Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and others. Photocopy typescript. 1 item 15 p.
    • Folder f#0074.1.f
      Observations on the fructification of the Arachis hypograea, by Hugh M. Neisler, in The American Journal of Science and Arts, Second Series, Vol. 19 (May 1855), pp. 212-213. Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 2 p.
    • Folder g#0074.1.g
      Note on the Habits of the Common Cane, by Hugh M. Neisler, in in The American Journal of Science and Arts, Second Series, Vol. 30 (November 1860), pp. 212-213. Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 4 p.
    • Folder h#0074.1.h
      Hugh M. Neisler Letters and catalog of botanical specimens collected from Taylor and adjoining counties, Georgia, 1866-1881 (1881) Photocopy holograph. English, Greek and Latin language. 2 items. 55 p.
    • Folder i#0074.1.i
      Abraham Howard of Marblehead, Mass. And his Descendants, Compiled by John Platt Howard, Nathaniel Jay Holden, and Henry Ward Beecher Howard (New York: Privately printed, 1897), Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 42 p. Note: Includes holograph notes and genealogical charts.
    • Folder j#0074.1.j
      Letters from George Stockton Wills, of Westminster, Maryland, to Antoinette Jenkins (1953-1954) Holographs & Photocopy holographs, 12 items. 36 p.; Obituary for George Stockton Wills, The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C. (29 February 1956), p. 21; Photocopy clipping, 2 items. 2 p.; The Aloha 1930, The Annual of Western Maryland College of the Class of 1930 (1930) Photocopy clipping. 1 item. 3 p. 15 items. 41 p.
    • Folder k#0074.1.k
      Loose manuscripts from general store sales records belonging to Nicholas Bascom Jenkins of Nash County, North Carolina (1934, undated) Holograph. 2 items. 2 p.
Series 2:
Manuscript Volumes
  • Box 1#0074.1
    • Folder l#0074.1.l
      General store sales ledger (1904-1935) belonging to Nicholas Bascom Jenkins of Nashville, Nash County, North Carolina, Holograph. 1 item. 181 p.

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