Herbert-Foster Family Papers, 1830-1994, undated

Manuscript Collection #897

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Herbert-Foster Family Papers
    Creator: Foster family
    Herbert family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: 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.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 archival box,
  • Description
     

    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.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    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.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

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

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mary Gibbons

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    Herbert-Foster Family Papers (#897), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Elizabeth Cahoon, April 29, 2003

    Encoded by Mark Custer, January 9, 2008

Container List

  • Scrapbooks
     

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

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder b
         
        Annie Riddick to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 1 item, 5 pages; 9/4/1862 (item 2)
        Livingston Ingram to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 3 pages; 1863 (item 3-4)
        Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 4 pages; 1867, undated (item 5-6)
      • Folder c
         
        Charles B. Foster to Annie H. Foster (transcription available in scrapbook), 3 items, 7 pages; 1872-1881 (item 1-3)
        Annie H. Foster to Charles B. Foster (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 2 pages; 1881-1882 (item 4-5)

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Container List

  • Scrapbooks
     

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

    • Box 1
       
      • Folder b
         
        Annie Riddick to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 1 item, 5 pages; 9/4/1862 (item 2)
        Livingston Ingram to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 3 pages; 1863 (item 3-4)
        Charles B. Foster to Annie Herbert (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 4 pages; 1867, undated (item 5-6)
      • Folder c
         
        Charles B. Foster to Annie H. Foster (transcription available in scrapbook), 3 items, 7 pages; 1872-1881 (item 1-3)
        Annie H. Foster to Charles B. Foster (transcription available in scrapbook), 2 items, 2 pages; 1881-1882 (item 4-5)


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