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Cronly Family Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-009
These papers contain personal correspondence between Cronly family members and letters and petitions directed to Wilmington and New Hanover County government officials. This personal correspondence falls between the years 1888 and 1907. The letters and petitions to area officials address two concerns: first, the need for reopening a county road, and second, the proposed use of property once used as the State Guard campground. A notebook is also included in this collection, containing an unfinished story with a Civil War setting. The author is not listed, nor any reference to the existence of the remainder of the manuscript.


  • 1888 - 1925


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This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


0.20 Linear Feet (Contains one document box.)

Biographical or Historical Information

Two of these letters are from Kate to her sister, Mrs. Margaret Cronly, of 215 South Third Street, Wilmington, NC. In later letters Margaret Cronly is addressed as Mother by Mary Ann Hill Cronly and Robert Dickson Cronly, and as Grandmother by Robert Dixon Cronly, Jr., whose wife, Ruth Pleasants Cronly, donated these papers to Randall Library after his death.[1]

The Cronly residence at 215 South Third Street no longer exists. Robert D. Cronly, Jr. describes it in Wilmington's Vanished Homes and Buildings, published in 1966. He noted that the Cronly family had lived there for more than a hundred years.[2]

Robert Dixon Cronly, Jr. was born in Petersburg, VA on July 2, 1894. He received his LLB at the University of Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1920. From 1954-1967, he was an insurance adjustor. He married Ruth Pleasants Cronly, daughter of Edward Bates and Clarice Wetherill Pleasants, and they resided at 321 South Third Street. Ruth Cronly operated a private school in Wilmington for several years. Robert Dixon Cronly, Jr. died on September 6, 1968 and Ruth Pleasants Cronly died on August 7, 1975.[3]

[1]Wilmington (NC) Star-News, 7 September 1968, p.5, and 8 August 1975, p6. Death notices from Robert D. Cronly, respectively, listed these middle names.

[2]MacMillan, Emma Woodward. Wilmington’s Vanished Homes and Buildings, Raleigh, NC: Edwards & Broughton Co., 1966. p. 49.

[3]Hewlett, Crockett W. Attorneys of New Hanover County, compiled with the assistance of the New Hanover County Bar Association Auxiliary. Wilmington, NC, 1976. p31.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Ruth Pleasants Cronly, widow of Robert D. Cronly, Jr. ca. 1971.

Processing Information

In 2014, this manuscript collection was re-foldered and re-housed with current archival standard materials by Rebecca Baugnon.
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  • 2017 May 18: This finding aid was revised for conversion to ArchivesSpace by Rebecca Baugnon.

Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository