June 25, 1971, 10 items; Tintypes (4) and land records (1791-1874). Deposited by Mrs. Essie T. Smith, Newport, N.C. Originals were returned to the donor on January 21, 1981.
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Essie T. Smith Collection (#174), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Loaned by Mrs. Essie T. Smith
This collection of photocopies of deeds and pictures deals mainly with several generations of Mrs. Essie T. Smith's family. The deeds refer to Mrs. Smith's ancestors such as her father's parents, Eliza C. Pigott Taylor and Benjamin F. Taylor; her mother's parents, Robert W. Humphrey and Rena (Polly) Bell Humphrey; and Rena Bell Humphrey's father, Abner S. Bell, and grandfather, David Shephard. All of the deeds refer to southwest Carteret County; and such local places as Goose Creek, Bogue Sound, Shelly Point, and Bartram's Creek appear frequently in the reading of the deeds. The items date from 1791 to 1896. A bit of Pigott genealogy is revealed in a deed dated August 29, 1883.
The four tintypes are 5" by 7" and they picture Mrs. Essie T. Smith's parents, Curtis Webster Taylor and Gertrude Humphrey Taylor, and her two grandmothers, Eliza C. Pigott Taylor and Rena (Polly) Bell Humphrey. Genealogical information is found on the back of each picture.
The oversize folder contains a photocopy of an 1851 land grant.