March 7, 1974, 8 items, 0.061 cubic feet; Collection (1835-1892) of correspondence, bill of sale of slaves, Moore and Chatham County, N.C. land records, and an account book. See finding aid. Gift of Mrs. Jean L. Fonville, Burlington, N.C.
December 7, 1984, (addition 1), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Columbus County, N.C. Land Grant (1824) for Jonathan O. Gore. Rec'd 12/7/1984. Donor: Mrs. D. R. Fonville.
April 15, 1988, (addition 2), 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Collection includes a Moore County, N.C. slave deed form (1855) and a copy of a Chatham County land plat (1830). Rec'd 4/15/1988. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.
May 28, 1997, (addition 3), 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet; Slave lease promissory note (1856) promising to pay William K. Lane, guardian of A. N. and H. I. Grant, for lease of a slave for one year. Rec'd 5/28/1997. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.
May 4, 2004, (addition 4), 1 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Indenture (8/2/1760) by John, Earl Granville, Lord Carteret, proprietor of North Carolina, granting James Crawford a tract of 201 acres of vacant land in Saint Matthews Parish in Orange County on the south side of Deep River between Buffalo Creek or Tomlins Creek for a price of 10 shillings and an annual rent of 8 shillings and one half-penny; and 12 other items received 3/7/1974, 12/7/1984, 4/15/1988, 5/28/1997. Printed form. Signed Granville by Thos. Child. 15 x 20. Recd. 4/9/2004. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.
February 6, 2007, (addition 5), 4 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Collection (1931, 1939, 2000) of genealogical and land records pertaining to the Lane family of New Bern, North Carolina. Recd. 5/5/2006. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.
February 6, 2007, (addition 6), 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Genealogy (ca. 1940s) of the Lane and Mumford families of Onslow County, North Carolina and Jones & New Bern, Craven County, NC, ca. 1740s-1770s, by Penelope Mumford; and black & white photographic print of Anne, DeRay & Friends. Recd. 11/5/2006. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.
September 5, 2007, (addition 7), 2 items, 0.001 cubic feet; Papers (1865, 1867) relating to William K. Lanes Civil War service, including a copy of the form he signed, dated 12/20/1865, acknowledging receipt & acceptance of the Presidents Warrant of Pardon of 12/2/1865; also a State Department form, dated 3/12/1867, signed by Secretary of State William H. Seward, certifying the authenticity of Lanes acceptance of a pardon for his Civil War service to the Confederacy. Printed forms. Recd. 7/3/2007. Donor: Mrs. Jean L. Fonville.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Jean McIver Lane Fonville Collection (#257), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mrs. Jean L. Fonville; Gift of Mrs. D. R. Fonville
Processing and finding aid by M. Mitchell, August 1, 1977;
Encoded by Apex Data Services, March 2002;
Reprocessed, final inventory and finding aid, by Matthew Harrup, May 8, 2011;
Finding Aid revised by Jonathan Dembo, June 20, 2012;
Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, June 25, 2012;
Encoding revised by Jonathan Dembo, 7/23/2012.
The McIver and McLeod families were among the early Scottish land owners (1790) in Moore, Chatham, and Lee counties, North Carolina, near the Deep River. Evander McIver held over 2000 acres along the Buffalo Creek near Sanford.
The Deep River area is the location for the “House in the Horseshoe”, a plantation owned by Federalist Governor of North Carolina Benjamin Williams. A history and description of this area and the McIver family can be found in A History of the House in the Horseshoe: Her People and Her Deep River Neighbors by George Willcox (Wilmington: Historical Research Services, 1999).
McIver family descendants include Alexander McIver (1822-1902), North Carolina's first Superintendent of Public Instruction, whose papers are in the University of North Carolina Southern Historical Collection (lib.unc.edu/mss/inv /f/McIver,Alexander.html); Alexander McIver's son Brigadier General George Willcox McIver (1857-1947), was a noted Army officer and West Point graduate (Class of 1883) who served in the American West, in the Spanish American War, in the Alaska gold rush, the San Franciso earthquake, the Philippine Insurrection, and served through World War I. His papers can be found in the J.Y. Joyner Library Special Collections at East Carolina University, along with his A Life of Duty: The Autobiography of George WillCox McIver, edited by Jonathan Dembo (Charleston: The History Press,2006).
Brigadier General Samson Lane Faison (1860-1940) was decorated during World War I for helping break through the Hindenburg Line. He served with General George Crook in the American West, and was present during negotiations with Geronimo. His papers are in the University of North Carolina Southern Historical Collection (lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/f/Faison,Samson_Lane.html).
Captain William K. Lane, the donor’s grandfather, served as quartermaster in Company C., 16th Battalion, (also called 75th Regiment, 7th Cavalry) North Carolina Calvary, during the Civil War.
This collection contains various papers and land records of the McIver, Mumford, and Lane families of New Bern, North Carolina, and Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Jones, Moore, Onslow, and Orange counties, North Carolina, 1760-1940s.
Land records include indentures (1760), grants (1796), deeds and land plats (1830); slave and land transaction records, deed book location and written descriptions (1830-1892) of property and division of holdings in Moore, Chatham, and Columbus Counties.
Slave records include bill of sale (1835), promissory note for yearly lease (1854), and a deed (1855).
An account book (1851) lists dry goods, receivables, cash, articles bought and prices.
Correspondence includes letter (1851) describing tobacco cultivation, social life, and politics, and letter (1931) containing genealogical information from Brig. Gen. Faison.
Civil War documents (1865, 1867) include William Lane’s acceptance of Warrant of Pardon and confirmation of pardon by Secretary of State William H. Seward.
Genealogical records include family descriptions and division of land holdings, pertaining to the Mumgord and Lane families of Onslow, Jones, and Craven counties, North Carolina, 1931-1940s.
The Fonville Collection is arranged in original order in two series:
SERIES I: MANUSCRIPT MATERIALS:
SERIES II: OVERSIZED MATERIALS.