Ashe Family Papers
Scope and Contents
The original diaries were written by Henrietta Perkins and Sarah Anne Ashe during the late 1840s and early 1850s. Sarah's diary focused on the tragedies of travelling during the era. Fannie Waddell's diary is a photocopy of the original, while Rosa Ashe Hill's diary is only a transcript. Both diaries were written during the 1860s and mention the impacts the Civil War had on their personal lives.
Included are photocopies of John Ashe Sr.'s original will and a transcript of John Ashe Jr.'s will. In addition, there is information about the Cape Fear area during the early to mid 1700s, when the Ashe family came to the region. There are douments describing the land owned by the Ashe family and maps of the surrounding plantations.
The collection also features works depicting the significance of the Ashe family in North Carolina. There are newspaper and magazine articles discussing the achievements of individual family members and their contribution to public service, as well as a VHS film about the Bayard v. Singleton case.
- 1672-2003, undated
- Majority of material found within 1852-1887
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Biographical / Historical
Samuel A'Court Ashe, born in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina in 1840, was a Confederate infantry captain, historian, and state legislator. Prior to his death in 1938, he was the last surviving commissioned officer of the Confederacy. He is the son of William Sheppard Ashe, who was the director of the Transportion Department for the Confederacy during the Civil War. His duties were to manage the railroads that transported supplies to troops and military stores.
The Ashe family has contributed to the public service of North Carolina for centuries, and these efforts were documented by the Ashe women through their written diaries and letters during the mid-nineteenth century. Sarah Anne Ashe was married to William Sheppard Ashe in 1836. Rosa Hill Ashe was William's sister-in-law, and she lived with him and his family for a brief period of time when her husband Thomas Henry Ashe died in 1859. During the Civil War, she lived with her mother and half-sister Fannie Waddell in Petersburg, Virginia.
1.8 Linear Feet (Contains 2 document boxes, 1 oversize box.)
- Ashe, John Baptista, -1734
- Ashe, Samuel A. (Samuel A'Court), 1840-1938
- Ashe, Samuel, 1725-1813
- Ashe, William Shepperd, 1814-1862
- North Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
- North Carolina--Genealogy
- North Carolina--History, local
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Women
- Ashe Family Papers
- Kensi Laube
- 2019 October 28
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