Alexander Boyd Andrews papers, 1859-1891.

Creator: Andrews, Alexander Boyd, 1841-1915.
Collection number: 3245
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Abstract: Confederate Army officer, planter, and railroad executive, of North Carolina. Papers, 1859-1891, consist of correspondence and other business papers of A. B. Andrews relating to his career as a railroad executive and capitalist, chiefly correspondence, bills, routine reports and monthly returns, receipts, and bills of lading. Railroads with which Andrews was connected include the Raleigh & Gaston, Chatham, Richmond & Danville, Atlantic & North Carolina, Western North Carolina, and the Southern. The earlier papers relate to railroad construction and specific arrangements for and the volume of business of a ferry on the Roanoke River at Gaston, N.C., including records of individual agents, boatmen, and other employees. In the late 1870s there is correspondence relating to the consolidation of railroads, financing, and the changes of ownership and management. The papers become less numerous after 1875. Also included are a scattering of personal and family letters, personal bills, and accounts, and papers relating to the planting of cotton and the selling of that and other crops through Baltimore commission merchants. The sixteen volumes include records relating to the operation of the ferry, 1866; farm records and accounts, including accounts with tenants and sharecroppers; personal and bank accounts; two volumes relating to Mrs. Andrews’s housekeeping and church work, and a volume of data about births, marriages and deaths in the Andrews, Johnston and Hawkins families.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection