McElwee family papers, 1800-1893.

Creator: McElwee family.
Collection number: 2692
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Abstract: Financial and legal papers, correspondence, clippings, and account books of the McElwee family of Statesville, Iredell County, N.C., and the Alexander family of Iredell County, N.C., Hardiman County, Tenn., and Lowndes County, Ala. Financial and legal papers consist of bills, receipts, bonds, a tax assessment, land survey, jury notice, marriage license, and appointment of attorney, 1800-1865. Correspondence includes letters to J. McElwee, discussing agriculture, slaves, and social affairs, 1853-1858; letters from Confederate soldiers stationed in Virginia, mentioning the Battle of Seven Pines (Battle of Fair Oaks) and the poor conditions in camp; a letter, 1893, giving biographical and genealogical information on the McElwee family; and undated correspondence detailing family and social news. There are also school papers, including an essay on female education and intelligence, 1856-1858, and genealogical notes on wills of the McElwee, Orr, Miller, and Simonton families. Account books are for leather goods, 1849-1865; milling, 1864-1871; and tobacco sales or barter, 1869-1873.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Correspondence contains discussion of slaves in 1861 (Folder 1). An account book details the sale and hire of slaves between 1850-1852 (Folder 4).