Robert May Family Papers, 1760-1937

Manuscript Collection #1227

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Robert May Family Papers
    Creator: May Family
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection contains correspondence (1841-1937) received by members of the May family of Farmville, Pitt County, N.C., including letters written from Michigan and Tennessee; receipts, promissory notes, and judgments (1813-1910); financial documents (1820s-1920), and account books (1819-1830s). Other material includes grade reports and tuition receipts for Farmville Academy (1899-1900), Farmville Seminary (1887-1888), and Farmville High School (1891, 1900); deeds and other land records (1760-1891), some of which refer to the Flake and Shivers families in Pitt County; a list of African-American slaves with their birthdates (1830s-1850s) and their mothers’ names; catalogs for Trenton High School (1897), St. Mary’s School in Raleigh (1842), and Trinity School in Chocowinity (1907/1908); and a 1900 reward poster for the man who robbed R. L. Davis & Brothers of Farmville. Miscellaneous publications include among others The Primitive Baptist (1853-1860, 1870-1872), almanacs, telephone directories (1934 Greenville, 1930 Farmville), a 1919 Chicago war camp community service publication, and The Southern Women of the Second American Revolution . . . by H. W. R. [Jackson, 1863].
    Extent: 3.05 Cubic feet, 3 cubic foot boxes, consisting of correspondence, receipts, promissory notes, financial documents, account books, deeds, land surveys, land grant, indentures, catalogs, publications, and almanacs
  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    July 3, 2014, (unprocessed) 3.0 cubic feet; This collection contains correspondence (1841-1937) received by members of the May family of Farmville, Pitt County, N.C., including letters written from Michigan and Tennessee; receipts, promissory notes, and judgments (1813-1910); financial documents (1820s-1920), and account books (1819-1830s). Other material includes grade reports and tuition receipts for Farmville Academy (1899-1900), Farmville Seminary (1887-1888), and Farmville High School (1891, 1900); deeds (1815-1853); a list of African-American slaves with their birthdates (1830s-1850s) and their mothers’ names; catalogs for Trenton High School (1897), St. Mary’s School in Raleigh (1842), and Trinity School in Chocowinity (1907/1908); and a 1900 reward poster for the man who robbed R. L. Davis & Brothers of Farmville. Miscellaneous publications include among others The Primitive Baptist (1853-1860, 1870-1872), almanacs, telephone directories (1934 Greenville, 1930 Farmville), a 1919 Chicago war camp community service publication, and The Southern Women of the Second American Revolution . . . by H. W. R. [Jackson, 1863]. Gift of Robert May and Elsie May Mason.

    January 28, 2018, (unprocessed) .05 cubic feet; This addition (1760-1891) consists of a land grant, land division, indentures, a land survey, and documentation for estate administrators related to Flake and Shivers land in Pitt County, North Carolina. Gift of Robert May.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Robert May
    Gift of Elsie May Mason

    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

    Robert May Family Papers (#1227), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

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