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Ninian Edmonston Collection

Identifier: MSS 80-11

Content Description

Ninian Edmonston (1789-1868) was a citizen of Haywood County, NC. He became a surveyor early in life, and assisted, at the age of nineteen, in surveying the boundary line between Buncombe County, NC, and Haywood County, NC. He served as sheriff of Haywood County for four years. He also served in both the North Carolina Senate and House of Commons (1821-1835), ultimately serving nine terms.

Most of the correspondence is from relatives of Edmonston who settled in the Midwest. Genealogical information is included in the correspondence, as well as references to national politics. Portions of the correspondence written during the Civil War by B. B. Edmonston (Basil or Benjamin) contain descriptions of camp life. A letter dated December 28, 1862, contains an account of an inspection of the troops by Generals Lee and Longstreet, in which the author is singled out for his fine uniform.

Also in the collection are legal papers, pictures, and genealogical materials.


  • Majority of material found within 1770 - 1882

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Folder 1 - Correspondence: 1770-1829

Folder 2 - Correspondence: 1830-1831

Folder 3 - Correspondence: 1832-1833

Folder 4 - Correspondence: 1834-1839

Folder 5 - Correspondence: 1840-1849

Folder 6 - Correspondence: 1850-1859

Folder 7 - Correspondence: 1860-1869

Folder 8 - Correspondence: 1870

Folder 9 - Correspondence: Fragments

Folder 10 - Duplicates

Folder 11 - Envelopes

Folder 12 - Official documents: 1803-1882

Folder 13 - Pictures

Folder 14 - Invitations: 1821-1833

Folder 15 - Newspaper: 1862: Printed materials: 1827, 1830

Folder 16 - Genealogy

Folder 17 - Miscellaneous material

One (1) Volume of My Own Edmonston's - Genealogy by Charles N. Edmonston

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Repository Details

Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States