Lasitter Family Papers, 1807-1845, 1874-1969

Manuscript Collection #167

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Lasitter Family Papers
Creator: Lasitter family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1807-1845, 1874-1969) consisting of correspondence, letters, newspapers, plats, maps, receipts, account book, minute book, clippings, etc.
Extent: 0.43 Cubic feet, 220 items , consisting of correspondence, deeds, plats, maps, receipts, account book (1807-1845), minute book (1922-1946), pamphlets, clippings and miscellaneous.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

April 27, 1971, 170 items; Ledger (1807-1837), minute book (1922-1946), correspondence, clippings, scrapbook, maps, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mrs. Mark C. Lasitter, Sr., Snow Hill, 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

Lasitter Family Papers (#167), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Mark C. Lasitter, Sr

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Terry; M. York, April 1981

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Among the items comprising these papers is material concerning various activities of Mark C. Lasitter, Sr., a Snow Hill, N.C., land surveyor. Active in local civic affairs during the mid-twentieth century, Lasitter served on the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees and was a member of the American Legion. The papers also reflect the activities of Lasitter's wife.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Of particular interest in the Lasitter Family Papers are letters and newspaper clippings (August-September, 1950) concerning Mark C. Lasitter's criticism of the University of North Carolina for allegedly harboring Communists and Communist sympathizers. Several of these pieces relate the problem to the presidency of Frank Porter Graham. Additional correspondence (1929-1969, undated), mainly of a routine nature, includes letters of congratulation relating to Lasitter's appointments.

An account book apparently belonging to one or more of Lasitter's ancestors (1807-1845) includes debits and credits for services such as "schooling," serving warrants and cobbling, as well as for the sale of commodities such as brandy. Also included is a recipe for ridding the body of worms, a "horse account," birth dates for members of the Lasitter family and birth dates (1793-1840) of slaves.

Deeds, a commissioner's report and deed summaries (1836-1927, undated) concern land transactions and divisions in Greene, Jones, and Lenoir counties.

Miscellany includes printed material, typescripts and manuscripts chiefly concerning Snow Hill, Greene County and the Lasitters. Notable items include the transcript of a hearing before the Propositions and Grievances Committee of the N.C. House of Representatives concerning the A.B.C. system (February 17, 1943); publications describing why Presbyterian College should be moved to Greene County; a broadside advertising the division of the Ormand farm near Hookerton; a pamphlet concerning a memorial service of the N.C. Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, held in Greenville (June 26, 1956); the program for "Eastern Carolina in Action," a pageant held in Kinston during the Eastern Carolina Exhibition (April 11, 1924); a radio broadcast transcript concerning citizen support of the Joint Antiaircraft-Air Corps Exercises held at Fort Bragg (October, 1938); and programs for a U.D.C. meeting in Snow Hill (1925), the unveiling of a tablet in Snow Hill in honor of Greene County's Confederate soldiers (1929) and the dedication of the Greene County Courthouse (1936). Also included are the enrollment (July 4, 1865) and honorable discharge (December 11, 1865) of Greene County Negro Burton Joiner, a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Receipts of Charles A. Lasitter (1878-1882) reveal the cost of tuition and fees at Kinston Collegiate Institute in Kinston, N.C.

Newspaper and magazine articles (1938-1969, undated) pertain to the activities and honors of the Lasitters as well as to persons and events in Snow Hill and Greene County.

Maps and plats, many of which were drawn by Lasitter (1915-1961, undated) primarily depict farm property--and farm divisions--in Greene, Lenoir, Pitt, and Wayne counties. Included are published maps of Little Switzerland (1933), Snow Hill (undated) and Greene County (1924, 1949). The latter two maps indicate soil types and roads, respectively.

A Lasitter family genealogy chart is located in the oversize folder.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

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 :

  • North Carolina, Greene County

Autograph Entries :

  • [Fountain], L[awrence] H[unt] (2) 1958, 1969
  • Friday, William Clyde (2) 1957, 1963
  • Gray, Gordon 1955
  • House, R[obert] B[urton] 1941
  • Hoey, Clyde R[oark] 1940
  • Kerr, John H[osea] (2) 1940, 1947

Subject Entries :

  • BUSINESS AND COMMERCE--Prices--19th Century
  • EDUCATION--COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • EDUCATION--PRIVATE SCHOOLS--Lenoir Co., N.C.
  • GRAHAM, FRANK PORTER
  • HEALTH AND MEDICINE--Cures
  • LABOR--Wages--19th Century
  • LAND--Deeds and Sales--Jones Co., N.C.
  • LAND--Greene Co., N.C.
  • LAND--Lenoir Co., N.C.
  • LAND--Pitt Co., N.C.
  • LAND--Wayne Co., N.C.
  • MEMORIALS--Snow Hill, N.C.
  • NEGROES--Greene Co., N.C.
  • ORGANIZATIONS--American Legion Auxiliary--Greene Co., N.C.
  • ORGANIZATIONS--United Daughters of the Confederacy--Snow Hill, N.C.
  • RECONSTRUCTION--Negro Troops--Greene Co., N.C.
  • RELIGION--Methodist--1956
  • SNOW HILL, N.C. --20th Century
  • SOCIAL PROBLEMS--Alcohol
  • THEATER AND DRAMATICS--Pageants--Kinston, N.C.
  • TRADES--Shoemakers--19th Century
  • U.S.--MILITARY--Air Corps

Genealogy Entry :

  • LASITTER FAMILY--Greene Co., N.C.

Map Entries :

  • NORTH CAROLINA: GREENE COUNTY (1924)
  • NORTH CAROLINA: GREENE COUNTY (1949)
  • NORTH CAROLINA: LITTLE SWITZERLAND (1933)

Date Entries :

  • 1922-1929
  • 1930-1939
  • 1940-1946
  • 1950

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0167.1
Correspondence, land records, account book, receipts, pamphlets, clippings, and miscellaneous
Box 2#0167.2
American Legion Auxiliary Minutes
Map Folder m1#0167.m1
Maps and Plats
Oversize Folder os1#0167.os1
Genealogical Chart

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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