Collection (1839-1976) including correspondence, receipts, legal papers, poems, military orders, list of patients, etc., related to Nash and Franklin counties, North Carolina, and a scrapbook tracing the activities of Miss Minnie B. Parker as a nurse for the American Expeditionary Force in France, during World War I (1918-1920).
Minnie Bell Parker was born October 10, 1881, in Wilson Co., N.C., lived most of her adult life in Norfolk, Va., and died in Raleigh, N.C., on July 5, 1976. She earned her living as a nurse and during World War I she served as a nurse with the American Expeditionary Force in France.
The collection contains a scrapbook tracing the activities of Miss Minnie B. Parker as a nurse for the American Expeditionary Force in France, during World War I (1918-1920). It contains baggage tickets from the ADRIATIC, which was being used as a troopship; a letter from King George V thanking the American troops for their support; army forms of embarkation; permits to work in France; poems; military orders; list of patients; passes for travel in France and discharge; and many tokens from entertainment, such as parties and dances, given in the area for troop morale.
There is also a folder containing correspondence, receipts, and legal papers from 1839-1934. Antebellum papers include correspondence (1845) from George R. Bell in Alabama concerning settling of accounts in Nash County; a militia refreshment account and court martial records (1849) of the N.C. militia in Nash County; and miscellaneous deeds, promissory notes, and receipts for residents of Nash and Franklin counties. For the Civil War period there is a receipt for "tax-in-kind" (1863) and a letter (1865) from Confederate soldier Presley Griffin of Nash County to his wife, written from near Petersburg, Virginia. Griffin warns his wife of legislation aimed at taking slaves into the Confederate Army. Also of interest is a certificate of release of a prisoner of war and the oath of allegiance (1865) signed by Mr. Griffin.
Gift of Miss Janice Winstead and Mrs. Joye Winstead Voshell
Processed by H. Huneycutt, May 1970
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