Coltrane Family Papers, 1806-1908

Manuscript Collection #378

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Title: Coltrane Family Papers
Creator: Coltrane family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1806-1908) including correspondence, land records, deeds, financial papers, letters, account book.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 34 items , photocopies, including correspondence, land records, deeds, and financial papers.

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Accessions Information

January 8, 1979, 34 items; Papers (1828-1908) of Randolph County, N.C., family including correspondence, land records, financial papers, and miscellaneous. Loaned for copying by Mr. Robert E. Coltrane, Greenville, 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

Coltrane Family Papers (#378), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Robert E. Coltrane

Processing Information

  • Processed by L. Briley, November 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Correspondence from the Coltrane family and other individuals dates from 1853 through 1908

Civil War letters include an 1861 letter from the 11th Regiment of North Carolina Volunteers at Camp Rhett, Manassas, Va., discussing the shipment of liquor by the Southern Express Railroad to Manassas Junction. Stephen Coltrane of the 4th Regiment of the South Carolina Cavalry wrote in 1864 of personal matters and of his regiment's position in Virginia, hardships, and loss of horses. An 1862 non-military letter describes health; churches, schools; and prices of land, produce, general merchandise, horses, and wagons in Ozark, Missouri.

Antebellum and postbellum commentary relate to business and personal matters. Information on early schools is included in an 1860 account book of expenses for the Methodist Protestant Female College in Jamestown, N.C., and an 1889 letter mentioning classes at a school in Liberty, N.C. Business matters include an 1859 letter from Asheboro, N.C., on the price of stoves. An undated letter briefly notes a dye house for cotton in Greensboro, N.C., and a 1908 letter mentions the need for a millwright to make a burr flour-mill. The 1908 letter also describes travel by horse and buggy in North Carolina.

Legal records include bills of sale for slaves bought by the Coltrane family in Randolph County (1828-1864) and land plats (1806-1873), some of which are from Randolph County. An 1859 Court of Equity case deals with a land and mineral rights dispute involving the Gardner Hill Mining Company in Guilford County. Financial records include a pocket account book (1848-1859) concerning agriculture in Randolph County.

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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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