Henry N. Blount Papers

Manuscript Collection #43
Blount, Henry N.
Physical description
0.507 Cubic Feet, 43 items , consisting of bound volumes, daybooks, copies of deeds and notes on the same.
Preferred Citation
Henry N. Blount Papers (#43), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1936-1953, undated) including bound volumes, daybooks, and copies of deeds, etc. relating to the prominent Eastern North Carolina family. 8 items.

Biographical/historical information

Henry N. Blount (1867-1953) was a member of a prominent Eastern North Carolina family that has served the state since the colonial period. A descendant of John Gray Blount, Henry spent his entire life in the Washington area.

Scope and arrangement

The collection concerns Henry N. Blount's later years, after his retirement, and consists largely of daybooks (1936-1944, 1946-1947, 1951-1953). Entries are largely concerned with family, garden, and a poultry flock. Included are daily records of weather, cash on hand, income from rental houses and produce sales, and personal and business expenditures.

Comments in the daybooks concern local events such as deaths, marriages, illnesses, and a few events of broader scope. The marriage and abdication of King Edward (December 10, 1936) is noted and several entries concern World War II. Among these are comments on the explosion of an ammunition truck near Smithfield, N.C. (March 7, 1942) and the purchase of a metal water tank by the Navy for removal to West Virginia (September 13, 1942). Entries other than personal or family cease after 1944.

Copies of deeds (1810-1814) relate to land that comprised Sans Souci, a farm (now part of Washington, N.C.) where Blount was raised. The farm originally belonged to John Gray Blount.

Bound volumes include a textbook on bookkeeping by Ephraim W. Smith and Wilbur Smith (1889); Smith's Computer, a book on interest and conversion tables (1919); and Maury's Manual of Geography (1877), which contains information on Henry's father Thomas H. Blount on the flyleaf.

Administrative information
Custodial History

February 28, 1968, 43 items; Papers consisting of daybooks, (1936-1951), geography book, bookkeeping book, and computer guide. 35 volumes. Donated by Mr. Thomas H. Sloan, Washington, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Thomas H. Sloan

Processing information

Processed by T. Sloan, October 1968

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Blount, Henry N.
Blount, Thomas H.
Windsor, Edward, Duke of, 1894-1972
Deeds--North Carolina--Washington
Poultry--Breeding--North Carolina
World War, 1939-1945--North Carolina--Smithfield
North Carolina--Social life and customs--20th century
Washington (N.C.)--History

Container list
Box 1b Copies of deeds, daybooks (1936-1938). Contains folders f–k
Box 2a Daybooks (1938-1943). Contains folders a–f
Box 2b Daybooks (1938-1943). Contains folders g–m
Box 3a Daybooks (1943-1953) . Contains folders a–e
Box 3b Daybooks (1943-1953) . Contains folders f–k
Box 4 Bound volumes