Collection [1900-1968] including correspondence, genealogical notes, notecards, correspondence, notebooks, Colonial Dames material, newspaper clippings, etc.
Mrs. St. Amand was born in Pitt County, North Carolina to Beriah Thaddeus Cox and Mary Virginia Smith Cox, both Pitt County natives. She married Ashley Tobias St. Amand and resided in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The major portion of this collection consists of genealogy notes taken by Jeannette Cox St. Amand.
Numerous related families are represented in her notes, but some of the major families covered are Cox, Hancock, Hardee, Hart, Johnson, Little, May, Moseley, Nelson, Pugh, Roach, Smith, Stafford, Sugg, and Tison. Most of these families resided in eastern North Carolina, especially in Pitt County, but others resided in various parts of North Carolina and in the southeastern United States. A few families are traced back to the countries of their origin.
The genealogical material consists of correspondence and notes organized into folders according to last name, two boxes of notecards filed according to last name primarily and by first name secondarily when possible, and four notebooks containing information basically the same as that found on the notecards. The Tison cards are filed in a separate section of the second box as are miscellaneous genealogical cards. These miscellaneous cards are filed by N.C. county or state or source title. Also present are a Tison (Tyson) genealogy notebook, Pitt Co. Cemeteries by Jeannette C. St. Amand, The Descendants of Four Members of the First Colony of Virginia in 1609 by Rev. Francis Campbell Symonds, D.D., Pitt County Index for Deed Books A and FF, abstracts of Pitt County deeds (1762-1838, incomplete), newspaper clippings of obituaries and weddings, and the Pitt County Roster of Confederate Troops by Jeannette C. St. Amand.
Contained with the correspondence but unrelated to genealogy is a letter from Mrs. St. Amand to Venetia Cox (her sister) in China (Dec. 25, 1942). In it she describes Christmas celebrations and mentions the scarcity of certain commodities.
The majority of the remainder of this collection is printed material relating to various organizations to which Mrs. St. Amand belonged. She was registrar of the North Carolina Colonial Dames of the XVII Century and president of the Lord Craven Chapter. The Colonial Dames material dates from the 1950s and 1960s and is mainly yearbooks, constitutions, bylaws, lists of programs, a roster of national members from 1915-1953, and a Lord Craven Chapter scrapbook. Mrs. St. Amand was regent for the Stamp Defiance Chapter of the 7th District of the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution. The D.A.R. material also pertains to the 1950s and 1960s and contains reports, programs, yearbooks, clippings, manuals, and pamphlets including some concerning the D.A.R. Diamond Jubilee in 1966. Mrs. St. Amand was also president of the North Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy and a member of the Cape Fear Chapter #3. The U.D.C. material from the 1950s and 1960s contains yearbooks, programs, clippings, by-laws, a District Directors Handbook, a Catechism on the History of the Confederate States of America (1954), a pamphlet (1954) advocating the use of the term of "the War Between the States," a broadside chronicling the effort to get Jefferson Davis in the Hall of Fame of Great Americans, and a History of Confederate Woman's Home (in Fayetteville N.C.) by Mrs. E. R. MacKethan.
Several items pertain to the Episcopal church, particularly in the Diocese of East Carolina. Included are items from the consecration of the Rev. Thomas H. Wright as Bishop (1945) and articles in The Mission Herald concerning the deaths of Rev. Walter Raleigh Noe (1946), Right Rev. Thomas Campbell Darst (1948), and Junius D. Grimes, Chancellor of the Diocese of East Carolina (1959). There is also an invitation to a Chinese wedding at St. Paul's Cathedral in Hankow, China (1934).
Newspaper clippings (other than those already mentioned) for 1958 through 1961 from the Wilmington area discuss the Civil War battle at Fort Fisher and the fort's restoration, the Moores Creek Battle, Jefferson Davis's farewell speech to the U. S. Senate, the creation of the Confederate States of America at Montgomery, Alabama, and the organization of the Swansboro Historical Association.
Some of the miscellaneous items included are news of the 40th Reunion of Greensboro Woman's College's 1916 Class (1956), a history of early Bladen County (1958), a newsletter of the N. C. Confederate Centennial Commission (1961), information on Goose Marsh Plantation in Brunswick County, N.C., written by Mrs. R. R. Stone (1962), a program and clipping concerning a naturalization ceremony at U.S. District Court in Wilmington, N.C. (1968), and information about the beginning of the Bank of Winterville (undated).
Gift of Gift of the estate of Mrs. Jeannette C. St. Amand
Gift of Miss Leah McGlohon
Processed by M. Elmore, December 1981
Encoded by Apex Data Services
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