Rives-Dalton Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #136
Dalton family; Rives family
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 24 items , consisting of correspondence
Preferred Citation
Rives-Dalton Family Papers (#136), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1846-1883) consisting of correspondence with personal matters, comments, slaves, letters, report, etc.

Scope and arrangement

Correspondence is primarily concerned with routine family and personal matters, such as illnesses, births, deaths, and marriages of relatives and neighbors.

One complete letter is devoted to a detailed description of a case of smallpox suffered by the writer's child (1856). Of interest are comments on current prices for various crops and goods during the period, including corn, pork, flour, cotton, tobacco, salt, sole leather, wagons, horses and mules. Particular note is made of the harsh winter of 1855-1856, the purchase of dresses (1850), the breaking up of slave families (1850), the difficulty of buying slaves (1852), religious revivals (1851), the position of the Know-Nothing (American) Party as the heir to Whig Party support (1856), scarcity of money (1857-1858), and inflationary prices during the early months of the Civil War (1861). Several letters (1857-1860, 1883) were written from South Carolina and Georgia and describe efforts to sell tobacco on a glutted market. Typical of this was his report from Macon, Georgia (1858), that there were already sixteen wagons of tobacco in the yard when he arrived.

Administrative information
Custodial History

August 17, 1970, 24 items; Correspondence. Loaned for copying by Mrs. C. J. Lambe and Miss Nan E. Jones, Walnut Cove, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Mrs. C. J. Lambe and Miss Nan E. Jones

Processing information

Processed by M. Griffin, April 1971

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
Dalton family
Rives family
Corporate Names
American Party
Agricultural prices--North Carolina--Stokes County
Revivals--History--19th century
Slavery--United States--History--19th century
Smallpox--History--19th century
Tobacco--Southern States--History--20th century
Southern States--Economic conditions--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Economic aspects