The collection includes correspondence, genealogical information, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to different branches of Marrow's family. The Arrington, Philips, and Battle family records are comprised of a typescript family history that includes a description of Nashville, NC (p. 16) as well as genealogical information.
The McNeill family information contains detailed reminiscences (1900) about the Civil War including battles at Sharpsburg, MD, in 1862 (pp. 17-18), Harper's Ferry, WVA, and the taking of 13,000 Union prisoners in 1862 (p. 17), Fredericksburg, VA, in 1862 (pp. 18-19), and "Dimry's" (Drewry's) Bluff, VA, in 1864 (pp. 19-21). Also described are the formation of Company G of the 24th North Carolina Regiment (pp. 15-16) and the foraging for supplies (January-April 1864?) in Greenville, NC (pp. 21-22). Throughout these records, McNeill family connections are discussed, and a watercolor of the Philadelphus Presbyterian Church in Robeson County, NC, is included.
The Marrow family records are comprised of correspondence (September 26, 1887; May 23-June 3, 1992) concerning the return of a sword in 1887 taken from an officer of the 16th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers at Plymouth, NC, during the Civil War, and correspondence concerning the sale of the family farm in North Carolina and Virginia (March 5-June 9, 1975; November 18, 1986-August 6, 1989). Also included are photographs and clippings concerning the Civil War sword, a typescript list of the family's land holdings (1758-1812), genealogical information, and family photographs.
The journal of Dr. J. J. Philips of Edgecombe County, NC, details the accounts and treatments of his patients (1845). Interesting entries throughout the journal concern the medical treatment of slaves; medicines prescribed, including quinine, castor oil, peppermint, calomel, digitalis, iodine, morphine, gonorrhea salts, paregoric, and many others; procedures performed including tooth extraction (p. 9) and a foot operation (p. 68); physician consultations (pp. 55, 128, 152, 174); and the prices charged. On the inside back cover of the ledger a list of slaves, their names, and their monetary value are listed (August 28, 1852). Finally, a cookbook belonging to Lucie Gregory contains numerous recipes for such things as hog's foot jelly and squirrel barbecue, as well as home remedies for various ailments.