Little-Greenawalt Collection

1841-1979
Manuscript Collection #372
Creator(s)
Little family; Hollinger family; Greenawalt family; Iseminger family
Physical description
0.56 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box and 1 oversize folder , consisting of a journal, correspondence, genealogical notes, clippings, copies of recipe books, financial records, broadsides, selective service registration cards, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Little-Greenawalt Collection (#372), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

The bulk of the collection (1841-1979) contains genealogical information about the Hollinger, Greenawalt, Little, and Iseminger families of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Other items include a journal (1855-1959) kept by three generations of the Little family, two very descriptive large paper broadsides announcing public sales of estates in Lemaster, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania (1907), and Upton, Pennsylvania (1904), World War I military Selective Service registration cards, correspondence, clippings, copies of recipe books, and financial records.


Scope and arrangement

The bulk of the collection contains genealogical information about the Hollinger, Greenawalt, Little, and Iseminger families of Maryland and Pennsylvania. Included are birth and death lists, family group sheets, copies of Bible Records, and histories of the Hollinger family.

The Greenawalts of Pennsylvania and the Littles of Maryland were related through marriage. Although the collection touches on a variety of topics, the main emphasis is genealogical in nature.

Of particular interest is a journal (1855-1959) kept by three generations of the Little family. Entitled "Percy's Journal by His Mother," it begins with entries by Margaretta Hofman Little concerning childhood illnesses of her son, Percy, as well as movements of the family from Maryland to Ohio and back to Maryland (1855-1865). Reference is made to Percy being "vaxinated" in 1858. Margaretta Little continues the entries until 1869, her last entry describing the treatment of a nitric acid burn received by Percy. Percy maintains the journal until 1898, giving descriptions of various jobs held, including teaching positions in various Maryland schools and peddling patent medicines (1881).

Percy also makes references to family matters including marriages, births, and deaths. An additional entry was made around 1959 by Paul R. Little, son of Percy, giving information on places lived, vacations, vital information on children, relocation to Elizabeth City, N.C., housing costs, public school teacher's retirement pay, and pay as treasurer of Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Other items include clippings, receipts, financial records of the estate of Rush E. Greenawalt (1939), a list of items in a safe deposit box (1942), a prescription, addresses, recipes, and a copy of a poem by Jacob J. Meyers concerning the disunity of the Old Order of River Brethren (1960) of the Mennonite church.


Administrative information
Custodial History

November 9, 1978, 50 items and 1 volume; Genealogical notes for Maryland and Pennsylvania families, including Little, Greenawalt, Hollinger, and Iseminger families

July 19, 1982, 2 items; Recipe books. Gift of Martha Little Elmore, Greenville, N.C.

April 24, 2015, (unprocessed addition #2), 0.45 cu.ft.; Addition includes two very descriptive large paper broadsides announcing public sales of estates including houses, outbuildings, and household items for Susan Greenawalt of Lemaster, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania (1907), and Elizabeth Hollinger of Upton, Pennsylvania (1904). Also included are World War I military Selective Service registration cards for Paul R. Little in Minnesota (1917-1918) and Virginia (1918). Gift of Martha Little Elmore.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Martha Little Elmore

Processing information

Processed by V. Jones, September 1990

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
Greenawalt family
Hollinger family
Iseminger family
Little family
Topical
Children--Diseases--History--19th century
Diaries (Blank-books)
Patent medicines
Public schools--Maryland
Teachers--Maryland
Places
Maryland--Genealogy
Pennsylvania--Genealogy