Chiefly letters from Pittman's first husband, William Francis Dancy, her brothers and sisters and their spouses, and her friends and cousins; together with bills, inventory, invitations, slave records, tax records, and other papers. Correspondents include her father, James Smith Battle (1786-1854); brothers William Smith Battle (1823-1915) and Turner Westray Battle (1824-1850) and his wife, Lavinia Basset (Daniel) Battle; sisters Cornelia Viola Battle Dancy (1824-1844), Penelope Bradford Battle Cox (1830-1880) and her husband, Gen. William Ruffin Cox, and Martha Ann Battle (1833-1913) and her husband, Kemp P. Battle; and friend Ellen Douglas Brownlow. Topics include family news, politics, life in Raleigh, N.C., goings on at the University of North Carolina, time spent at resorts such as White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., and the Episcopal Church.
Born Mary Eliza Battle; married William Francis Dancy (1818-1860) in 1858; married Dr. Newsom Pittman.
Finding aid in the repository.