Worsley-Rollins Family Papers

1708, 1782-1923, undated
Manuscript Collection #608
Creator(s)
Worsley family; Rollins family
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 35 items , consisting of land records, contracts, promissory notes, crop and livestock lines, testimony, mortgages, copies of birth and death records, and miscellaneous materials.
Preferred Citation
Worsley-Rollins Family Papers (#608), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1708, 1782-1923, undated) including correspondence, land records, contracts, promissory notes, crop and livestock liens, testimony, mortgages, copies of birth and death records, and miscellaneous.


Scope and arrangement

The Worsley and Rollins families resided in Pitt County, N.C., on neighboring properties.

Correspondence in the collection includes a cancelled note (1910) from Dawson & Wilson, Dealers in Horses and Mules, to J.S. Rollins. Attached is a note regarding the acquisition of several mules. A second letter (1884) is from Richard H. Jones of the Christian Brotherhood in Norfolk, Virginia, requesting money from a member.

Land records in the collection consist of a survey (1708) and deeds for land in Pitt County (1782-1900) concerning mainly the Stancil, Whitehurst, Porter, Bryant, Worsley, and Rollins families. An 1849 deed concerns land for Bethel meeting house for the Methodist Episcopal Church South in Pitt Co., N.C.

Contracts and promissory notes (1876-1899) concern work agreements and crop liens in Pitt County, N.C. Crop and livestock liens (1899-1914) generally list livestock, mules in particular, for collateral. Of particular interest is a description by an employee of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of a group of mules unloaded in Bethel, N.C. (1923). He explains what the mules would have been worth in prime condition and what they were actually worth in their dilapidated state.

Miscellaneous material in the collection include copies of three pages from the Rollins family Bible, listing births, marriages, and deaths; a one-hundred-dollar Confederate war bond issued in 1863; a certificate regarding the accuracy of weights and measures (1875); and an original story entitled "An Irish Lady."

The oversized folder contains Pitt Co., N.C., land records (1782, 1800).


Administrative information
Custodial History

August 12, 1990, 35 items; Papers of Pitt County, N.C. family (1782-1910), including land records, contracts, promissory notes, crop and livestock liens, testimony, mortgages, copies of birth and death records, and miscellaneous materials. Gift of Mrs. Jean Smith, Fremont, N.C.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Jean Smith

Processing information

Processed by A. Foss, October 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
Personal Names
Rollins family
Worsley family
Topical
Families--North Carolina--Pitt County
Farms--North Carolina--PItt County
Mules--North Carolina--Pitt County (N.C.)
Real property--North Carolina--Pitt County
Places
Pitt County (N.C.)--Genealogy