Manuscript Collection #399

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Title: Kemp P. & Lottie Sharp Lewis Family Papers
Creators: Lewis family
Sharp family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1795, 1827, 1856-1956) including correspondence, financial papers, copies, genealogical notes, a will salutatory address, brief essay, Civil War events, etc.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 120 items, consisting of correspondence, financial papers, copies of genealogical material, a will and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

March 19, 1980, 65 items; Family papers (1827-1935) including correspondence, wills, clippings, financial accounts, and genealogical material. Gift of Mrs. Wright Horne, Tarboro, 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

Kemp P. & Lottie Sharp Lewis Family Papers (#399), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Wright Horne

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Terry; M. Elmore, March 1982

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

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This collection consists primarily of correspondence, financial papers and genealogical material concerning the Lewis family of Edgecombe and Pitt counties and the Sharp family of Hertford County, prominent Eastern North Carolina families related by marriage. Prominent members of the Lewis family are Dr. Richard Henry Lewis, Jr., of Raleigh and journalist Nell Battle Lewis.

The correspondence of greatest significance stems from the Civil War period. These were written by Starkie Sharp of Harrellsville (Hertford Co.) to Jane McBride Simpson of Ballards Bridge (Chowan Co.). They were later married and became the grandparents of Lottie Sharp (Mrs. Kemp P. Lewis). Starkie Sharp was a 1st lieutenant in Co. D. 17th Regiment of N.C. Troops in 1862 and surgeon in Lt. Col. James M. Wynn's 15th Battalion of Cavalry from 1863-1864. Described in the letters are the destruction caused by Northern raiders in Franklin, Va. (July 7, 1864); a brief skirmish at Cape Hatteras (July 7, 1864); and camp life at Camp Mangum (May 27, 1862). A letter dated December 26, 1861, comments in general terms on the cruelty of war, the Mason and Slidell affair, and the singing of Dixie by Confederate prisoners in Northern prisons. Among the undated correspondence are two letters of note concerning the Civil War. One alludes to the Confederate attack on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Bay, Fla (ca. Oct., 1861) and the other describes an unnamed English-made Confederate steamer and its cargo and describes a skirmish at Fort Pickens.

Correspondence of the 1880s and 1890s is mostly from commission merchants in Norfolk, Va., and Baltimore, Md., and discusses cotton prices. Also several letters from July 1892, give a brief sketch of Colorado, especially Denver.

The financial papers (1865-1892) are mainly comprised of receipts for cotton and hardware items. The 1865 receipt is a Commissary Department receipt for bacon and wheat from a Hertford County man.

Genealogical materials include notes, letters, charts, newspaper clippings, a will (Exum Lewis, 1795, Edgecombe Co., N.C.), obituaries, and miscellaneous items pertaining mainly to Eastern North Carolina (especially Pitt and Edgecombe counties), Virginia, and Alabama. The Battle, Blount, Foreman, Kemp(e), Lewis, Plummer, Sharp and Williams families figure greatly in these notes with the Clarke, Harrison, Hoskins, Martin, Skinner, Warner, and other families appearing to a lesser degree.

Miscellaneous items include a college salutatory address (1827) by Richard Henry Lewis, father of Dr. Richard Henry Lewis, Jr., of Raleigh; and three undated brief essays- one on glass (by Lottie Sharp while at Sunnyfield Academy), another on gunpowder (by R. H. Lewis, Jr.), and the third on North Carolina's part in the Civil War.

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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 Entries :

  • North Carolina, Edgecombe County
  • North Carolina, Hertford County
  • North Carolina, Pitt County

Autograph Entries :

    • Battle, K[emp] P[lummer] 1917
    • Battle, Tho[ma]s H[all] (2) 1920
    • [Lewis], Nell [Battle] (3) 1954, 1956
    • Lewis, Richard H[enry], [Jr.] (4) 1911, 1924, undated
    • Pruden, W[illiam] D[ossey] (5) 1881, 1892, 1911

Subject Entries :

    • AGRICULTURE— Cotton— 1870s-1890s
    • AVERY CO., N.C.— Three Mile Creek Community
    • COLORADO— General Description and History— 1892
    • HEALTH AND MEDICINE— Diseases— Diphtheria— 1862
    • PLANTATIONS— Halifax Co., N.C.— 1856
    • WAR— CIVIL— Battles— Florida— Pensacola
    • WAR— CIVIL— Blockade Running
    • WAR— CIVIL— Camps— Camp Mangum
    • WAR— CIVIL— Cape Hatteras, N.C.— 1861
    • WAR— CIVIL— Provisions
    • WAR— CIVIL— Virginia— Franklin— 1864

Genealogy Entries :

    • BATTLE FAMILY— Edgecombe and Orange Cos., N.C.; Virginia
    • BLOUNT FAMILY— England; Alabama; Eastern North Carolina
    • CLARKE FAMILY— South Carolina
    • FOREMAN FAMILY— Pitt Co., N.C.
    • HARRISON FAMILY— Maryland; North Carolina
    • HOSKINS FAMILY— Chowan and Edgecombe Cos., N.C.; Mississippi; Texas
    • KEMP (E) FAMILY— Virginia
    • LEWIS FAMILY— Alabama; Edgecombe and Pitt Cos., N.C.; Virginia; Wales
    • MARTIN FAMILY— Virginia
    • PLUMMER FAMILY— Warren Co., N.C.; Virginia
    • SHARP FAMILY— Hertford Co., N.C.
    • SKINNER FAMILY— Perquimans Co., N.C.
    • WARNER FAMILY— Virginia
    • WILLIAMS FAMILY— Pitt Co., N.C.

Pamphlet Entries :

Author Entry
  • Rankin, Watson S., M.D.
    • Richard Henry Lewis, (1850-1926) 

Date Entries :

  • 1860-1864
  • 1880-1890
  • 1890-1900
  • 1910-1920

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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