Herbert-Foster Family Papers

1830-1994, undated
Manuscript Collection #897
Creator(s)
Herbert family; Foster family
Physical description
0.25 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box
Preferred Citation
Herbert-Foster Family Papers (#897), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

Papers (1830-1883, 1994) including original letters relating to family matters, Civil War, etc. (12 letters and 2 envelopes) and transcripts of correspondence, 1830-1883, and genealogical documents from a loose leaf notebook (146 pages) compiled by Laura (Foster) Renard, Christmas 1994.


Biographical/historical information

Edward Henry Herbert, of Prince Anne County, VA, was born in 1806. Herbert married Rebecca Tatem and they had five children. Among these children were Annie and Rebecca. In 1867, Annie Elizabeth Herbert married Charles B. Foster, also of Princess Anne County. Foster was born in 1842, and enlisted in The Princess Anne Calvary Company "J", 15th Regiment in 1861.


Scope and arrangement

Included in this collection are a scrapbook and some original letters. The Scrapooks series consists of a photocopied scrapbook compiled by Laura (Foster) Renard in 1994 entitled Herbert/Foster Letters, 1830-1883. This scrapbook contains genealogical information on the Foster, Herbert, Boush and Gibbons families. Specific materials include photocopied letters (some transcribed), photographs, family charts, maps and military records. Photographs are of Charles B. Foster, Annie Herbert Foster and Annie Herbert Foster with students. Military records include a complete roster of The Princess Anne Calvary Company "J", 15th Regiment. Also present are documents concerning Livingston Ingram, Abner Tatem "Buck" Herbert, Charles Burroughs Foster and Edward "Ned" Foster, all of the 5th and 15th Virginia Cavalries.

The Correspondence series contains eleven original letters. Transcriptions of these letters can be found in the previously mentioned scrapbook. Most of the letters in this collection (in both series) consist of 19th Century correspondence between Annie Elizabeth Herbert of Princess Anne County, Virginia and various friends and family members. (During the Civil War Herbert carried letters to soldiers across enemy lines.)

There are also several letters written during the mid-1860s by men who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Lt. Livingston Ingram comments in his letters on various aspects of camp life. These include nutrition, camaraderie among the soldiers, furloughs, homesickness, previous battles and the effect of war on relationships between soldiers, family and friends. Private Charles B. Foster also provides various descriptions of camp life relating to promotions, furloughs and travel along roads.

Also included are letters sent from Virginia and Tennessee to Annie Herbert from Annie Riddick (possibly a friend) and Rebecca Herbert. These letters provide descriptions of life on the home front during the Civil War. For example, Riddick discusses Union occupation of Richmond, as well as various aspects of civilian life during the Civil War. Among these is the shortage of cloth for dressmaking. Riddick also describes how foodstuffs such as coffee, sugar, milk and butter are in short supply and considered a luxury by all. She also mentions the death of family and friends killed while fighting in the war, as well as her experiences of attending the funerals and remaining in mourning. Much mention is also given to a shortage of paper by both soldiers and civilians. Various battles are also briefly mentioned, including The 2nd Battle of Manassas, The Battle of Richmond and The Battle of Malvern Hill.

Postwar correspondence between Charles B. Foster and Annie Foster can also be found, including one letter sent from Level Green (VA?). These letters describe Charles' struggle to grow productive crops of corn and oats, as well as his frustration resulting from his failure to become self- supportive enough to marry Annie. Other topics include the health of Charles, Annie and their children, and recommended remedies for various illnesses. Of particular interest is a letter sent by Charles in 1881 in which he offers a detailed description of New Orleans during Mardi Gras season. In the letter, he mentions many observations of the parade, including masks, costumes, processions and floats lit with torches. Annie's letters to Charles contain cures for various ailments along with descriptions of her experience as a schoolteacher and mother. Also present are letters written in 1830 and 1854 from Annie's parents, Edward H. Herbert and Rebecca A. Herbert.


Administrative information
Custodial History

December 20, 2002, 160 items, consisting of 11 original letters, 2 envelopes, transcripts of correspondence, and photocopies of genealogical documents. Donor: Mary Gibbons.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mary Gibbons

Processing information

Processed by Elizabeth Cahoon, April 29, 2003

Encoded by Mark Custer, January 9, 2008

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Item 1-4 Introduction, 4 items, 4 pages; Dec. 1994
Box 1 Folder a Item 5 Insert of Lineage Chart for Edward Henry Herbert, 1 item, 1 page; Dec. 1994
Box 1 Folder a Item 6-9 Correspondence from Edward H. Herbert to Rebecca A. Herbert, 4 items, 6 pages; 1830
Box 1 Folder a Item 10-11 Correspondence from Edward H. Herbert to Rebecca A. Herbert, 2 items, 3 pages; 1854
Box 1 Folder a Item 12 Correspondence from Annie Riddick to Annie Herbert, 1 item, 14 pages; 9/4/1862
Box 1 Folder a Item 13 Roster of the Princess Anne Cavalry, Co. I, 15th Regiment, 1 item, 1 page; 1861-1865
Box 1 Folder a Item 14 Military records of Livingston Ingram, Abner Tatem "Buck" Herbert, Charles Burroughs Foster, and Edward "Ned" Foster, 1 item, 7 pages; 1861-1865
Box 1 Folder a Item 15-18 Correspondence from Livingston Ingram to Annie Herbert, 4 items, 9 pages; 1863
Box 1 Folder a Item 19 Photograph of Charles B. Foster, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 20 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert, 1 item, 2 pages; 12/27/1863
Box 1 Folder a Item 21-23 Correspondence from Livingston Ingram to Annie Herbert, 3 items, 8 pages; 1864
Box 1 Folder a Item 24 Correspondence from Lt. C. I[ngram?] to Sue Ingram, 1 item, 6 pages; 5/17/1864
Box 1 Folder a Item 25 Photocopied correspondence to Sue Ingram, 1 item, 12 pages; 5/17/1864
Box 1 Folder a Item 26 Correspondence from Annie Riddick to Annie Herbert, 1 item, 3 pages; 6/17/1864
Box 1 Folder a Item 27-28 Correspondence from Rebecca Herbert to Annie Herbert, 2 items, 9 pages; 9/11/1864
Box 1 Folder a Item 29 Correspondence from Annie Riddick to Annie Herbert, 1 item, 3 pages; 7/9/1865
Box 1 Folder a Item 30 Photocopy of first and last page of letter from Annie Riddick, 1 item, 2 pages; 7/9/1865
Box 1 Folder a Item 31 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert, 1 item, 3 pages; 6/1/1867
Box 1 Folder a Item 32 Photograph of Annie Elizabeth (Herbert) Foster, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 33-34 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert -, 2 items, 6 pages; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 35 Photocopy of letter from Charles B. Foster, 1 item, 4 pages; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 36 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert, 1 item, 3 pages; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 37 Photograph of Charles B. Foster, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 38 Lineage Chart of Charles B. & Annie (H.) Foster, 1 item, 1 page; Dec. 1994
Box 1 Folder a Item 39 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie H. Foster, 1 item, 4 pages; 9/1/1872
Box 1 Folder a Item 40 Map of Florida (Orange County Outlined), 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 41-42 Correspondence to Charles B. Foster (original and photocopy), 2 items, 4 pages; 12/13/1880
Box 1 Folder a Item 43-46 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie H. Foster (includes Mardi Gras), 4 items, 14 pages; 1881, undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 47 Correspondence from Annie H. Foster to Charles B. Foster, 1 item, 2 pages; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 48-49 Correspondence from J.T. Beeks to Charles B. Foster (original and photocopy), 2 items, 4 pages; 7/8/1881
Box 1 Folder a Item 50-51 Correspondence from Annie H. Foster to Charles B. Foster (original and photocopy), 2 items, 5 pages; 12/9/1881
Box 1 Folder a Item 52 Correspondence from Annie H. Foster to Charles B. Foster, 1 item, 3 pages; 1/8/1882
Box 1 Folder a Item 53 Correspondence from Charles B. Foster to Annie H. Foster, 1 item, 4 pages; 2/28/1883
Box 1 Folder a Item 54 Photocopy of letter to Annie H. Foster, 1 item, 2 pages; 2/28/1883
Box 1 Folder a Item 55 Photograph of Annie H. Foster and students, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 56 Correspondence from Annie H. Foster to Charles E. Foster, 1 item, 2 pages; 5/29/1900
Box 1 Folder a Item 57 Locust Dale Academy Certificate of Distinction for Charles E. Foster, 1 item, 2 pages; 6/7/1900
Box 1 Folder a Item 58 Photograph of Mary Brown (Foster) Beale, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 59 Correspondence from Mary (F.) Beale to Charles E. Foster, 1 item, 2 pages; 1917
Box 1 Folder a Item 60 Photograph of Laura Herbert (Foster) Boush, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 61 Lineage Chart for Laura (Foster) Bousch, 1 item, 1 page; Dec. 1994
Box 1 Folder a Item 62 Photograph of Charles Edward Foster in Front of surveyor's tent, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 63 Photograph of Charles E. Foster, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 64 Photograph of Charles E & Elberta (Joyner) Foster, 1 item, 1 page; undated
Box 1 Folder a Item 65 Marriage Certificate of Charles E. & Elberta (J.) Foster, 1 item, 1 page; 1/1/1900
Box 1 Folder a Item 66 Lineage chart for Charles E. Foster, 1 item, 1 page; Dec. 1994
Box 1 Folder a Item 67 Letter from J. Hume Tayler, 1 item, 7 pages; 7/20/1979
Box 1 Folder b Item 2 Annie Riddick to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 1 item, 5 pages; 9/4/1862
Box 1 Folder b Item 3-4 Livingston Ingram to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 3 pages; 1863
Box 1 Folder b Item 5-6 Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 4 pages; 1867, undated
Box 1 Folder c Item 1-3 Charles B. Foster to Annie H. Foster (transcription available in scrapbook), 3 items, 7 pages; 1872-1881
Box 1 Folder c Item 4-5 Annie H. Foster to Charles B. Foster (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 2 pages; 1881-1882