Tar River Oil Company Records

1892-1903, undated
Manuscript Collection #603
Tar River Oil Company
Physical description
0.11 Cubic Feet, 324 items , consisting of accounts and a few miscellaneous items.
Preferred Citation
Tar River Oil Company Records (#603), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Records (1892-1903, undated) including correspondence, accounts, expense lists, repairing the engines, and miscellaneous.

Biographical/historical information

The Tar River Oil Company, with mills at Shiloh in Edgecombe County, N.C., manufactured crude and refined cottonseed oils and operated two steamers, the SHILOH and the TARBORO.

Scope and arrangement

The bulk of this collection consists of accounts of purchases by and for the Tar River Oil Company and the two steamers, including the purchase, weighing, and sale of cottonseed and cottonseed oil. Factory supplies purchased include barrels for transportation on the railroad, hardware, oil mill machinery, and building supplies. Records for the provision and repair of the steamers include the purchases of coal and food for use on the steamers, and records of labor in terms of outfitting, repairing the engine, hauling, etc. Especially interesting is the TARBORO captain's report for its operation in September 1902, including time and pay for the crew, information regarding damage done to the schooner L. F. STOWE by the TARBORO, an expense list, and a request for an advance in pay.

For related material see the Henry Clark Bridgers, Jr., Papers (#558).

Administrative information
Custodial History

June 26, 1990, ca. 300 items; Financial records (1900-1903) of Tarboro, NC, cottonseed company, including accounts for steamers TARBORO and SHILOH. Gift of Mr. Bill Dean, J.S. Dean Estate, 1200 Panola Street, Tarboro, NC.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Bill Dean

Processing information

Processed by C. Crews, February 1991

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
Corporate Names
Shiloh (Steamer)
Tar River Oil Company
Tarboro (Steamer)
Cotton trade--North Carolina--Edgecombe County
Cottonseed oil mills--North Carolina--Edgecombe County
Shipping--North Carolina--Edgecombe County
Ships--Maintenance and repair
Steamboats--Commerce--North Carolina
Steamboats--North Carolina--Tar River Watershed (Person County-Beaufort County, N.C.)
Wages--Transport workers
Edgecombe County (N.C.)--Commerce