Roberson Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #151
Roberson family
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 24 items , consisting of correspondence, legal records, financial papers, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Roberson Family Papers (#151), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Papers (1833-1920) consisting of correspondence, legal records of transfer of land, miscellaneous certificates and financial papers.

Biographical/historical information

Alfred Roberson, a Martin Co., N.C., farmer, was married to Prudence Peel (1829-1913) and they had four children. He served in the Mexican War (1845-1848) and was killed in 1865 at Fort Anderson during the Civil War.

Scope and arrangement

Although the majority of the correspondence (1861-1920) is of a personal or family nature, there are several letters of interest. In two Civil War letters (Oct. 11, 1863), Alfred Roberson, who was serving in the 40th North Carolina Regiment, relates that everything is quiet at Fort Fisher (NC). In another letter (July 17, 1864) written from Fort Holmes on Smith's Island (NC), he informs his family of the campaign around Petersburg. He also relates a rumor that a sizeable Confederate force has cut off all the railroad lines between Washington, DC. and Baltimore and that this force is within three miles of Washington. A fourth letter (January 27, 1920) concerns the creation of the Martin County Fair Association.

Legal records (1833-1899) in the collection consist primarily of deeds for the transfer of land in Martin County between various members of the Roberson family and financial records (1866-1896) consist of receipts for money.

Several miscellaneous items include a certificate (July 1, 1847) making Alfred Roberson a corporal in E Company of the North Carolina Regiment of Volunteers; a warrant (November 11, 1887) certifying that Prudence Roberson, widow of Alfred Roberson, is entitled to a widow's pension for her husband's participation in the Mexican War; illustrations of various models of Standard Sewing Machines; and operating instructions for a Remington Model 12 Repeating Rifle.

Administrative information
Custodial History

December 8, 1970, 24 items; Correspondence, legal records, financial papers, and miscellaneous. Loaned by Miss Janice Hardison, Greenville, NC.

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Miss Janice Hardison

Processing information

Processed by R. Weaver, February 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
Roberson family
Roberson, Alfred
Agricultural exhibitions--North Carolina--Martin County
Deeds--North Carolina--Martin County
Farmers--North Carolina--Martin County
Military pensions--United States--Mexican War, 1846-1848
Fort Fisher (N.C.)--History
Petersburg (Va.)--History--Siege, 1864-1865
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Transportation