May 25, 1971, 190 items; Papers (1762-1902), consisting of land grants, deeds, bonds, promissory notes, bank notes, ballads, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mrs. O. C. Noble, Greenville, N.C.
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Noble Family Papers (#171), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Celina Clark Noble and members of her family. Also included are transfers of property with the Campbell, Chapman, and Clark families.
The collection is composed mainly of land records (1762-1893) for these families in the Chicod Township of Pitt County and the Creeping Swamp and Swift Creek areas of Craven County. Of significance is the commissioner's report (1845) dividing the land and listing the heirs of Osborn Clark, deeds for land sold by administrators of estates (1881, 1893), and a deed of the East Carolina Land and Improvement Company (1893) for land in Ayden, N.C. Related to the land records are land descriptions and surveys (1765-1848, undated) of land held by these families in Pitt and Craven counties.
The collection also contains legal and financial papers consisting of promissory notes (1881-1894) to Celina Noble, mortgages and foreclosures (1849-1901) held mainly by Celina Noble and David Purser, a bill of sale of Negroes to Stephen Noble (1854), and legal action concerning estates (1823, 1871, 1873, 1898). Other legal papers included are a tenant lease (1889), a lien bond (1889), and deeds for timber land (1887, 1888) in Pitt County. Another section of the collection consists of Confederate currency and bonds, and bank notes of North Carolina banks during the Civil War period.
The collection also contains original mid-nineteenth century ballads on a variety of topics. These include "John Barly Corne," "Miss Lucy Long," "The Bonny Brown Hen," "John Actkins," "Cathy Wells," and several of a risquéadult nature.
Miscellaneous items include business accounts, an account and personal notebook, bills, receipts, a petition to President Cleveland to appoint Osborn C. Noble as postmaster in Vanceboro, N.C., a notice to elect Edward Stanly as congressman from the Third District (1841), and receipts for tuition at Carolina Christian College at Ayden, N.C. (1900-1902).