This is a compilation of abstracts of every will found in the office of the Secretary of State. The abstracts give the name of the testator; place of residence; and names of wife, children, legatees, witnesses, and probate officer; names of plantations; and "remarkable items or noteworthy passages" in the wills.
Maurice C. York
This document contains the proceedings in the U.S. Congress associated with the presentation by the State of North Carolina in 1923 of a statue of Charles B. Aycock. The statue was unveiled in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Aycock (1 November 1859- 4 April 1912) was born near Nahunta (now Fremont) in Wayne County, North Carolina. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1880, where he studied law. He was served as superintendent of public schools in Wayne County in 1881 and 1882, but devoted most of his time to his law practice. He was the U.S. attorney for the eastern district of North Carolina from 1893-1897 and served as governor for North Carolina from 1901 to 1905. He is best known as a champion of public schools.
Pamela Walker Dees
This is a compilation of addresses for an unveiling in 1919 at the State Capitol of a bust of William Gaston. This bust was presented by the North Carolina Bar Association and given to the State of North Carolina. William Gaston (19 September 1778- 23 January 1844) was an important lawyer, legislator, and congressman. The speakers were Henry G. Connor, who was a United States judge of the Eastern District of North Carolina; Hon. J. Crawford Biggs, who was president of the North Carolina Bar Association; and Locke Craig, who was governor of North Carolina at the time
On January 11, 1911, the North Carolina Historical Commission unveiled in the North Carolina State Capitol a bust of Matt Whitaker Ransom. At a ceremony in the chamber of the House of Representatives, speakers included J. Bryan Grimes, Robert W. Winston, and A. H. Boyden. Ransom (8 October 1826- 8 October 1904) was born in Warren County. He attended Warrenton Academy and was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1847. He served in the Confederate Army, achieving the rank of Brigadier General. Ransom represented North Carolina in the U. S. Senate from 1873 until 1895.
Pamela Walker Dees and Maurice C. York
The address by D. H. Hill recognizes the sacrifices women from North Carolina made during the Civil War in support of their husbands and sons and a cause they deemed worthy. The pamphlet includes the invocation and benediction and a list of other activities at the dedication of the memorial to honor those sacrifices, which was commissioned and paid for by Ashley Horne, a veteran of the Civil War.
His father recounts the life of Lt. Frazer A. Stearns of the 21st Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers. Stearns is shown as an esteemed Christian who fought bravely in the Civil War before his death in the Battle of New Bern. The book includes accounts of this battle from some who fought with Lt. Stearns.
Wiley's historical narrative, set during the Revolution, follows protagonist Walter Tucker, a young patriot, as he associates with soldiers, young ladies, and politicians. Tucker's adventures are set in Nags Head, New Bern, Wilmington, and Moore's Creek. The novel was first published in serial form under the title
Roanoke, or, Where is Utopia?
[Sartain's Union Magazine of Literature & Art. 4:3-6 (Mar.-June 1849); 5:1-6 (July-Dec. 1849)]. It was also published as
Life in the South
, both in 1852.
This book discusses the Albemarle Christian Missionary Union of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Albemarle Christian Missionary Union was a regional component of the North Carolina Christian Missionary Convention, comprised of 66 churches located in the region around the Albemarle Sound. The book gives a brief history of each church.
Following a discussion of the development of the Albemarle Region and Pasquotank County, this book traces the history of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, from 1793, when it was chartered, until the Civil War. The author discusses city and county government, the local economy, newspapers, cultural developments, and the excitement caused by such events as the Nat Turner Rebellion, celebrations, murders, and other incidents
Cotten, who grew up in Pitt County, discusses the history of his family, beginning with the first known member, John Cotten. The author also mentions his mother, Sallie Southall Cotten, who was the author of The White Doe. Cotten also provides a sketch of the historical background of Pitt County and the Tar River area during several time periods, such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Great Depression
Hassell (14 October 1809- 11 April 1880) was born in Martin County, near Williamston. In the mid-nineteenth century, Hassell was the leading Primitive Baptist minister in the state. He served as president of the Roanoke Steam Navigation Company, trustee and a member of the Board of Examiners of the University of North Carolina, and trustee of the Williamston Academy. Hassell was a founder and secretary-treasurer of the Williamston Library Association.