Church Family Collection, 1840-1927

Manuscript Collection #137

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Title: Church Family Collection
Creator: Church family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Collection (1840-1927) consisting of correspondence, records, historical sketches, legal documents, tax receipts, biographical sketches, genealogical records, diary and date book.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 22 items, photocopies, correspondence, Civil War records, legal documents, diary and datebook, and genealogical records

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Accessions Information

August 17, 1970, 22 items; Correspondence, diary, genealogical records, and miscellaneous. Loaned for copying by Mr. Troy Lee Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.

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

Church Family Collection (#137), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mr. Troy Lee Church

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Mitchell, August 1977

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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This collection deals primarily with genealogical information concerning the Church family of Forsyth and Wilkes Counties and other families related by marriage. Of particular significance are correspondence, records, and historical sketches of Robert Church's service in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

A letter (February, 1862) sent from Morehead City, N.C., by Robert Church to his wife mentions the taking of Roanoke Island by the Union army. Civil War records include the enlistment papers of Church and a tax assessment on agricultural products to pay Confederate war expenses. Also included is a biographical sketch containing an account of Church's military service from his enlistment in 1861 to his death at Fort Fisher in 1865.

Legal documents (1848-1883) are composed of court records, claims, tax receipts, and minutes of a Salem Town Hall meeting.

The collection also contains a diary and date book (1892-1927), evidently begun as a diary in 1892 by a member of the Church family and continued by other family members as a date book of family events, births, deaths, and marriages.

Genealogical materials on the Church family include a family Bible record, abstracts from various Wilkes County censuses (1840-1860), and biographical sketches of Robert and Lavina Church. Other genealogical materials deal with the Pfaff, Flynt, Osborn, and Noble families. Of particular interest is a history of the Noble Brothers Iron Works of Rome, Georgia, which relates that factory's efforts to supply the Confederate army with various ordnance.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Department, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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