December 8, 1970, 24 items; Correspondence, legal records, financial papers, and miscellaneous. Loaned by Miss Janice Hardison, Greenville, NC.
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Roberson Family Papers (#151), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Loaned by Miss Janice Hardison
Alfred Roberson, a Martin Co., N.C., farmer, was married to Prudence Peel (1829-1913) and they had four children. He served in the Mexican War (1845-1848) and was killed in 1865 at Fort Anderson during the Civil War.
Although the majority of the correspondence (1861-1920) is of a personal or family nature, there are several letters of interest. In two Civil War letters (Oct. 11, 1863), Alfred Roberson, who was serving in the 40th North Carolina Regiment, relates that everything is quiet at Fort Fisher (NC). In another letter (July 17, 1864) written from Fort Holmes on Smith's Island (NC), he informs his family of the campaign around Petersburg. He also relates a rumor that a sizeable Confederate force has cut off all the railroad lines between Washington, DC. and Baltimore and that this force is within three miles of Washington. A fourth letter (January 27, 1920) concerns the creation of the Martin County Fair Association.
Legal records (1833-1899) in the collection consist primarily of deeds for the transfer of land in Martin County between various members of the Roberson family and financial records (1866-1896) consist of receipts for money.
Several miscellaneous items include a certificate (July 1, 1847) making Alfred Roberson a corporal in E Company of the North Carolina Regiment of Volunteers; a warrant (November 11, 1887) certifying that Prudence Roberson, widow of Alfred Roberson, is entitled to a widow's pension for her husband's participation in the Mexican War; illustrations of various models of Standard Sewing Machines; and operating instructions for a Remington Model 12 Repeating Rifle.