[snca-list] East Carolina University's Joyner Library announces the completed processing of The Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection

Sauter, Dale SAUTERD at ecu.edu
Mon Apr 2 15:53:52 EDT 2012

2012 will mark the 225th anniversary of the original charter of Murfreesboro, North Carolina as a town.  In celebration of this, the Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Special Collections Department at East Carolina University's Joyner Library would like to announce the completion of the processing of all six individual collections in the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection.  All six collections were donated by the Murfreesboro Historical Association in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.
The completion of processing, means that availability to the collections' finding aids are now available online to guide researchers in their search for content of the collections.  All finding aids contain, at a minimum, a biographical or historical note, a description of the records available and a container list to help researchers locate and request any materials of interest.  All materials are available for viewing in Joyner Library's Special Collections Reading Room located on the 4th floor of the library.
A summary of all six individual collections can be found below.  For access to the complete finding aids go to http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/browse.aspx?by=title&s=M  and scroll down to the Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection heading.  All related collections will have links under the heading.  Also, below are two images from two of the individual collections.
To register in our online system and request use of our collections in our Reading Room, go to   http://illiad.lib.ecu.edu/aeon/
For more information, or assistance with requesting materials, please contact us during our normal operating hours of M-TH 8AM-7PM, F 8AM-5PM and SAT and SUN, 1PM-5PM, at
252-328-6671 or email us at the following link.
The Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection as a whole encompass all facets of social, political, business and civic life in and around Murfreesboro, North Carolina, including surrounding counties in both northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.  In addition, within the Wynns Family Papers, there is significant documentation of activity by William B. Wynns and his brothers in Florida (at the time still a territory) and The Bahamas.  More specifically, major topics documented in the papers include local and regional business relations, water navigation and railroad interests, promotion for development of roads in North Carolina, educational affairs of Hertford County and surrounding counties, documentation of the sale and transportation of slaves, agreements with freedmen, deeds and estate settlements, the economic dominance of agriculture in northeastern North Carolina, opinions of prohibition laws and the issue of race.  Also included are several excellent examples of early printed advertising from companies in both northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.  In particular, there are many examples of "nostrum" (a medicine sold with false or exaggerated claims and with no demonstrable value; quack medicine; a scheme, theory, device, etc., especially one to remedy social or political ills; panacea) advertising.
Also of particular importance in the collections are multiple typescript documents entitled "A Proclamation by William W. Holden, Provisional Governor to the People of North Carolina" (one appeared to be signed by Holden himself) detailing a planned election on Sept 21, 1865 for Convention Delegates.  This proclamation resulted from President Andrew Johnson's May 29, 1865 proclamation to restore pro-Union governments.  In addition, is an original handbill (circa 1868) promoting the election of William W. Holden for Governor and Tod R. Caldwell for the first ever position of Lieutenant Governor in North Carolina.  They were both elected to office.
Holden (1818-1892) was the only Chief Executive in North Carolina history to be impeached and removed from office (and the first in the nation to endure that indignity.)  Holden was posthumously and unanimously pardoned by the North Carolina Senate<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Senate> in 2011.
Descriptions of each individual collection can be found below.
Wynns Family Papers, 1800-1961 (bulk 1880s-1920s), undated
The Wynns Family was of great prominence in colonial North Carolina history.  The family is generally associated with Hertford County, North Carolina, and according to genealogical research, the earliest member of this family present in the Hertford County area was Captain George Wynns.  He was born in 1675 and died in 1751.
The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one which took on various spellings throughout generations.  As a result, in these papers researchers will find both "Wynn" and "Wynns" used on various documents.  These papers document the activities of a later generation of Wynns who lived predominately during the late 1800s and early 1900s.  These include Thomas B. Wynns (wife, Lois V. Wynns)  and his father, James M. Wynns (12 Oct 1831 - 1906,) James B. Wynns (believed to be James M. Wynns' other son;) as well as William B. Wynns (1796-1840, married 21 Jan 1830 to Mary A Pipkin,) and his brothers; Thomas, Benjamin and James D.  Also represented are papers of Wynns relatives (mainly through marriage), one of which is the Southall family.  The Southalls were prominent members of the town of Murfreesboro beginning with Rev. Daniel Southall who moved to Murfreesboro in 1816.  He married Miss Julia Riddick and they produced several children.  After his wife died, he married Miss Patience W. Branch of Halifax County in 1810 and they had a daughter, Mary Susan Southall, who died at the age of three months.  Rev. Daniel Southall died in 1830.  Another one of Rev. Southall and Julia's children was John W. Southall, who went on to became a prosperous merchant in the Murfreesboro community.  John V. Lawrence was the father-in-law of Susan E. Southall, daughter of Mary P. Wynns and John W. Southall.  John V. Lawrence married Hannah Peck Rea in 1836.  Among other ventures, Southall had a partnership (Lawrence & Vaughan) with fellow merchant Uriah Vaughan (1813-1890.)  The Wynns Family Papers include the papers of all the Wynns brothers, John w. Southall and John V. Lawrence.
Benjamin B. Winborne Papers, 1717-1957 (bulk 1880s-1920s), undated
Benjamin Brodie Winborne (April 14, 1854-1919) practiced law in Hertford County, North Carolina. He was the son of Major Samuel Darden Winborne and Mary H. Pretlow Winborne (d. August 24, 1900) and the grandson of Martha Warren Winborne, possibly the daughter of Robert Warren.  From 1891 to 1897 excluding the brief period that he served in the 1895 legislature, he served as judge of the Hertford County Criminal Court. Winborne served in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1895, 1905, 1907, and 1908 (special session), ran for Speakership of the House in 1905, and ran for North Carolina Attorney General in 1908. During the years of Winborne's law practice, his firm was known successively as B.B. Winborne (1875 to c.1879), Winborne Brothers (c. 1879 to 1892), Winborne and Lawrence (1892 to 1909), Winborne and Winborne (1908 to 1919), and eventually Stanley Winborne.
On December 23, 1879, Winborne married Cornelia (Nellie) Vaughan (b. 1853 or 1854), the daughter of Uriah Vaughan, a wealthy Hertford County landowner.  To this marriage were born Stanley Winborne who became an attorney, member of both the North Carolina House of Representatives and North Carolina Senate, and North Carolina Corporation Commissioner; Benjamin Brodie Winborne, Jr. who became a farmer and merchant, and Uriah Vaughan Winborne and Micajah Winborne who died in childhood. Stanley Winborne married Frances Sharp Jernigan, (daughter of Thomas Roberts Jernigan) in April, 1912, and to this marriage were born Stanley Winborne, Jr., Mollie J. Winborne, Thomas P. Winborne, Frances J. Winborne, Rosa Vaughan Winborne, Vaughan Sharp Winborne, and Samuel Pretlow Winborne. Winborne's brother, Robert Warren Winborne, who practiced law with him in Murfreesboro until 1891, married Dora Merrifield (daughter of an Indiana judge), and moved to Virginia. Their sons were Roger Merrifield Winborne and Robert Warren Winborne, Jr. Dora Merrifield Winborne died in 1900, and Robert Warren Winborne married Rosa Vaughan, sister of Nellie Vaughan Winborne and daughter of Uriah Vaughan.  No children were born to this marriage.
Besides his immersion in politics and law, Winborne avidly researched the history of northeastern North Carolina, work that resulted in several publications on the history and early families of Hertford County.  Winborne also had a large hand in business affairs and owned at least one company, The New Supply Company, based in Murfreesboro.  Winborne served as president of this company which regionally supplied hay, grain and fertilizer.  This company was officially dissolved in 1915.  The successor to this company was B.B. Winborne, Jr. and Company, which carried a similar line of supplies, as well as buggies.
Also included in the Winborne Papers are the papers of Lemuel R. Jernigan (father, Mills Jernigan), a prosperous planter and influential citizen, James L. Anderson (22 Aug 1839 - 4 July 1896), serving for many years in Hertford County as Public Registor, Watson L. "W. L." Daniel (circa 1816-1899), representing Hertford County in the House in 1852 and 1854 as a Whig and Dr. Starkey S. "S. S." Daniel (b. December 28th, 1862), son of W. L. Daniel.)  Daniel practiced  medicine all of his life, represented his county society in the House of Delegates at Raleigh, was named Councillor of the Second District and also served as President of the Hertford County Medical Society.  He was also part owner of Daniel & Shaw Drug Co. with W. D. Shaw.
Vaughan Family Papers, 1872-1900 (bulk undated)
Colonel Uriah Vaughan was born on November 29, 1813, on his father's plantation near Murfreesboro, North Carolina.  Vaughan's parents were John Vaughan and Sarah (Rogers) Vaughan, both from Hertford County, North Carolina.  Vaughan gained experience while working as a clerk at William Rea's store for a few years.  He then decided to go into business for himself, a venture which would prove successful.
This collection consists of two photograph albums believed to be the original as assembled by the family.  Most photographed individuals are identified as being related to the Vaughan family, many with the surname Early(e)

Winborne Jenkins Papers, 1751-1816, undated

Winborne Jenkins (d. circa 1797) was a Northampton County landowner. He and his wife, Emma, had five children and he owned approximately 575 acres at the time of his death.
J. T. Lewter Papers, 1857-1887, undated
John T. Lewter was a physician in Hertford County who married a woman (name unknown) who was a property owner of some stature.  They had no children of their own, but Lewter was the guardian (1857-1868) for Lillian Vick, his wife's niece.
Murfreesboro, North Carolina, Historic Photographs, circa 1950s-1970s, undated
A collection of photographic prints, negatives, documents and newspaper clippings (ca. 1950s -1970s) relating to the history of Murfreesboro, NC, consisting primarily of images documenting businesses, buildings, boats and ferries, mills, cemeteries and gravestones, architectural features of interest, churches, schools, people and houses. NOTE:  Many images in this collection remain unidentified.  If anyone feels they may be of assistance in helping us identifying them, please contact any of our staff members.

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