Steed and Phipps family papers, 1845-1902.

Creator: Steed and Phipps family.
Collection number: 3960
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Abstract: Personal and family correspondence of Elizabeth (“Bettie”) Lundie Phipps (d. 1902), a schoolteacher in Nash and Harnett counties, N.C., 1857- 1867, and afterwards the wife of Alexander L. Steed (d. 1891) of Vance County, N.C. Early items include papers concerning Bettie’s attendance at Opheleton Seminary in Easton, Pa.; letters to Bettie while teaching at Castalia, Nash County, N.C., from her cousins, Alexander Steed, who was farming in Warren County, N.C., and Erastus (“Raz”) T. Allen in Tennessee. Civil War items include an 1863 tax evaluation for land and slaves in Warren County, N.C.; and letters from family friend Lieut. William H. Blount, serving with the 47th North Carolina Regiment in North Carolina and Virginia, 1863-1865, describing camp life, religious activity, and a visit to the Confederate Congress in January 1864. Postwar items include continued correspondence among the cousins. Bettie and Alexander were married by 1870 and much of the later correspondence is among their children, including Mary L. Steed at school, first in Littleton and later in Greensboro, N.C., and at home in Vance County; and her brother, Henry, a farmer in Vance County. Throughout the collection there is correspondence concerning the estates of Benjamin Phipps and Jedathan Steed, both of Brunswick County, Va.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folder 4 contains a tax evaluation for land and slaves in Warren County, N.C. in 1863.

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