Newsom Jones Pittman Papers, 1772-1861

Manuscript Collection #500

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Title: Newsom Jones Pittman Papers
Creator: Pittman, Newsom Jones
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1772-1861) including financial records, correspondence, deeds, records of Masonic Order, and miscellaneous.
Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 42 items , consisting of financial records, correspondence, deeds, records of Masonic Order, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

April 30, 1985, 42 items; Papers (1772-1861) of Edgecombe County, N.C., physician, including financial records, correspondence, deeds, records of Masonic Order, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mr. B. M. Bass, Jr., 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

Newsom Jones Pittman Papers (#500), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. B. M. Bass, Jr.

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Boccaccio, July 1987

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Newsom Pittman Jones attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in 1838 and 1839 and returned to Tarboro to practice in Edgecombe County. Much of the Pittman material consists of financial records (1847-1861), the bulk of them being bills for medical services and invoices for clothing, an instrument case, salt, and horses. There is a property tax listing (1860) which reflects the values for lots, acres, slaves between twelve and fifty years of age, silverware, a gold watch and chain, railroad and bank stock, bonds, and a carriage. Items pertaining to slavery include a bill of sale (1847) to Pittman for a Negro, a coffin (1858) for a Negro woman, bills (1859, 1861) for medical services, and a deed (1816) for the sale of four slaves to Joseph Battle by John Andrews.

Masonic Order related materials were sent to Concord Lodge #58 in Tarboro and include an 1812 bill for entertainment for members, a request to be raised to Master Mason (1823), notices that various members had been expelled from their Lodges (1829, 1848), and a notice that a member had passed to Master Mason (1841).

Church-related materials include a statement (1819?) by the Neuse Association opposing membership in the Masonic Order by church members, a description (1820) of the organization and governance of the Church of Jesus Christ, a request (1822) that a member be restored to communion, a statement (1841) of membership in the Baptist Church of Nash County, and an undated deed for a parcel of land for the Primitive Baptist Church of Tarboro.

Land records include indentures for lands in Edgecombe County (1772, 1795, 1813, and 1860).

Miscellaneous materials consist of undated invitations from A. C. Kingsland and Hamilton Fish for entertainment at their residences in New York City, an invitation (1855) from Dr. Jackson of Philadelphia, and an undated composition by Mary O. Ballance entitled, "Effects of Fashion."

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