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Identifier: MSS 80-27
Content Description The bulk of the collection consists of notes and articles prepared by Mrs. Louise Bayless, concerning the history of Cherokee County, NC. Several of the articles appeared in regional newspapers. The genealogical materials focus on Cherokee County families. There also is information on Fort Butler, a major collection point (in present-day Murphy, NC), for the Cherokee Indians during their forced removal in 1838. Most of the collection consists of photocopies; although some original items are...
Dates: 1791 - 1970
Identifier: MSS 80-14
Content Description This collection contains correspondence, writings, and related materials of Dan Tompkins. Tompkins became editor of the Jackson County Journal in 1912, and remained in that capacity for the next thirty-one years, except for the period 1917-1918, when he served in World War I. He served as mayor of Sylva, NC, for twelve years; judge, in 1935; registrar of voters, in 1937; judge of elections, in 1943; and three terms in the North Carolina House of Representatives. In 1947, he ran...
Dates: 1913 - 1951
Identifier: MSS 85-05
Scope and Contents Dillard Love was a Macon County, NC, official. His official title is unknown. He held office from 1825 to 1838.The collection includes legal papers relating to a lawsuit filed by Dillard Love against William Parker, Constable of Haywood County, NC, for non-payment of returned warrants: the promissory notes, bonds and warrants evidencing the lawsuit; and summons and jury payment vouchers for the trial. Also included are school vouchers for payment to teachers, property tax reports...
Dates: 1825 - 1943
Identifier: MSS 95-5
Content Description Correspondence (c. 1860-1865) of the Edmonston and Kelly families, particularly letters from R.P. Kelly, Ben Edmonston, and T.B. Edmonston -- serving as soldiers in the Civil War -- to family members in Haywood County, North Carolina, notably Dorothy Edmonston Kelly; additional correspondents include Maggie Edmonston and A. MacDowell. Also included are photographs and supporting research on the families and the individual items in the collection.
Dates: 1860 - 1865
Identifier: MSS 80-21
Content Description The collection consists of papers relating to the Fain family of Cherokee County, NC, especially Mercer Fain (1820-1893) and his sons, John E. Fain and Alfred Allen Fain. Mercer Fain settled in Murphy, NC, around 1839. He was an attorney, land speculator, merchant, and a Confederate leader during the Civil War. He was also a railroad promoter and the first president of the Georgia & North Carolina Railroad, a narrow gauge line from Marietta, GA, which reached Murphy in 1888.
Dates: 1832 - 1917
Identifier: MSS 13-07
Content Description The Great Smoky Mountains Railway was a railway which operated in western North Carolina, and was founded in 1988, as a tourist railroad. The railway originally operated on 67 miles of track between Dillsboro and Murphy, which was the western portion of the route known as the "Murphy Branch." The Murphy Branch operated between Asheville and Murphy, N.C., in the latter part of the 19th century and into the 20th century. In 1988, the state of North Carolina purchased the Murphy Branch from the...
Dates: 1988 - 2008
Identifier: MSS 80-75
Scope and Contents William Wilson (1831-1910) was a Cullowhee, NC, landowner and member of the "Noble Nine," the first board of trustees of Cullowhee High School (later Western Carolina University).Much of the collection consists of land deeds and descriptions, promissory notes, and legal papers. The land deeds are in the general Cullowhee area, although some extend into Macon County, NC. The promissory notes were held mostly by the Wilson family.Also included is some family...
Dates: 1822 - 1909
Identifier: MSS 80-17
Content Description Hiram C. Wilburn was the principal surveyor of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and unofficial founder of the Park museum.Wilburn was born February 28, 1880, in Union, SC. He graduated from Clemson College in 1908, with a degree in agriculture. From 1908-1916, he taught school and served as a high school principal in Union, SC. After this he owned and operated a farming and general supply store in Union. In 1925, Wilburn moved to North Carolina, where he found work as a...
Dates: 1829 - 1962
Identifier: SM 80-55
Content Description Colonel Robert Love (1760-1845) was born in Augusta County, Virginia. Love fought in the Revolutionary War and at war's end moved to Washington County, North Carolina (now Unicoi County, Tennessee). He married Mary Ann Dillard (1767-1842) in 1783.Love was active in politics, serving as a delegate to the convention of the State of Franklin in 1784, state representative from Washington County in 1789, justice of the peace in the same county in 1788, delegate to the 1788 North Carolina...
Dates: 1818 - 1939
Identifier: SM 91-03
Content Description Papers of the Crisp and related families, consisting of correspondence, legal papers, and deeds in Graham and Swain counties, North Carolina, and dated 1855 to 1930.
Dates: 1855 - 1930
Identifier: SM 84-01
Content Description The first part of the collection is a photocopy of an 1883 land deed (attested copy 1887) in Jackson County on Mull Branch on which the Liberty School was built; Lewis J. Smith and Clara Smith donated land for educational purposes. This school was dismantled and moved to a site across from the Baptist Church in Cullowhee, where it was attached to the first building for WCU. The addition includes photocopies of selections from a scrapbook belonging to Mrs. Jo Ann Smith. Smith has...
Dates: 1887 - 1977
Identifier: MSS 95-02
Content Description Personal papers (C. 1844 - 1876) of the Cathey family of Haywood County, North Carolina, primarily of Col. Joseph Cathey, and including personal and/or business correspondence, financial and legal papers, paper monetary notes issued by various state governments, and newspapers (Daily South Carolinian, August 21, 1863; The Spirit of the Age, May 4, 1863) or newspaper clippings.
Dates: 1844 - 1876
Identifier: MSS 80-39
Content Description The items concern the Penland family of Burke and Clay counties, NC, and include petitions, wills, indenture statements, inventories, and a real estate ledger. An account book is missing. Specific items include a 1794 road petition in Burke County, NC, signed by William Penland; George Penland's War of 1812 pay roll and muster roll cards (1815-1817); documents settling William Penland's estate (1815-1816); an indenture document between George Penland and James Patton (1825); property...
Dates: 1794 - 1945
Identifier: MSS 95-3
Content Description Personal papers of William Estes and related family of Swain County, North Carolina. The papers include personal and/or business correspondence; papers related to Estes' capacity as a judicial official (court summons or actions; warrants; notices of actions, petitions, and decisions; agreements); property and land related papers (notices, transactions, surveys, etc.); receipts and memorandum & account booklets; surveys and reports on stills and distilleries, road duty, or schools;...
Dates: 1851 - 1923
Identifier: MSS 80-03
Scope and Contents The correspondence in the Thomas collection dates from 1833-1923. Most of the letters relate to Cherokee Indian affairs. Other major topics covered are the Blue Ridge Railroad and the Civil War. Other letters relate to family business affairs, family life, and the effect of the Civil War on the family and western North Carolina. The correspondence includes a photocopy of a letter written by Andrew Jackson in 1841.The collection also contains letter books which refer to Cherokee...
Dates: 1796 - 1956
- Subject: Legal documents -- North Carolina, Western X
- Correspondence 7
- Legal instruments 5
- Clippings (information artifacts) 4
- Wills 4
- Deeds -- North Carolina, Western 3
- Receipts (financial records) 3
- Cherokee Indians -- North Carolina -- History 2
- Families -- North Carolina -- Cherokee County 2
- Financial records 2
- Genealogies (histories) 2
- North Carolina, Western -- Officials and employees 2
- Notes 2
- Photographs 2
- Promissory notes 2
- Appalachian Region, Southern -- History 1
- Bible 1
- Biographies 1
- Bird, William Ernest -- Correspondence 1
- Booklets 1 ∧ less
- Cathey family 1
- Cathey, Joseph, 1803-1874 1
- Cox, Thomas A. (Thomas Augustus), 1863- 1
- Estes, William M., 1829-1921 1
- Fain, Allen Alfred, 1866-1933 1