Goode Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #184
Goode family
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 19 items , photocopies of correspondence (1781-1887).
Preferred Citation
Goode Family Papers (#184), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1781-1887) consisting of photocopies of correspondence, information on variety of subjects, social letters, information on church.

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains information on a variety of subjects and covers a period of more than one hundred years. Two items deal with the Revolutionary War in that one Luke Wiles was wounded in battle in Guilford County, N.C., and was discharged from the militia due to his wound. In 1825, Wiles sought relief from the national government in the form of a pension.

A second area of correspondence is that of the 1820s and consists of social letters from Sarah Massie in Lynchburg (Nelson Co.) and Richmond, Virginia, to her aunt, Mrs. Sally T. Massie. Of particular interest are commentaries on private education of the period with a listing of course work, which includes grammar, geography, farming, writing, spelling, and reading. A school of dance is also found to be in existence at this time. An 1825 letter describes a visit to Richmond, Virginia, by the Marquis de LaFayette, including an account of parades, military assemblages, dinners, parties, and a "grand ball" given in his honor. Further correspondence of the 1820s is of a "social" nature, consisting of reports of births, deaths, funerals, marriages, parties, climate, etc.

A third area of correspondence is that of the 1880s which includes information on a schism of the Episcopal Church in Virginia, a variety of social institutions, and an apparently successful mineral spring in Arkansas owned by a member of the Goode family.

Administrative information
Custodial History

October 25, 1971, 19 items; Correspondence (1781-1887). Copies of originals in possession of Mr. Thomas H. Bland, Goldsboro, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Mr. Thomas H. Bland

Processing information

Processed by T. Coker, January 1972

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
Goode family
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834
Massie, Sally T.
Massie, Sarah
Corporate Names
Episcopal Church--Virginia--History--19th century
Guilford Courthouse, Battle of, N.C., 1781
Mineral waters--Arkansas
Private schools--Virginia--History
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Personal narratives
Virginia--Social life and customs--19th century