125 items (0.2. lin. ft.)..
Collection comprises primarily family and personal letters sent to and by members of the McCurdy family, several of which were love letters or were written regarding the continuation or cessation of relationships with the opposite sex. There is also a letter to Elizabeth, dated 1878, informing her that her father is doing well under his treatment at the Insane Asylum of North Carolina. Also present is a set of letters written by S.L. Jeffers and her husband, Frank, to her parents, but their relationship to the McCurdy's is not clear. In addition, includes business letters directed to Jacob M. McCurdy regarding land pensions and purchases, accounts, taxes, although the majority deal with the transfer of Archibald McCurdy's Revolutionary War pension to Elizabeth. Other items include an 8-pg manuscript song book, probably for guitar; an undated handwritten program for an instrumental music performance; several sets of travel instruction for areas around Salem, N.C.; and an undated copy of "Milns's Geographical Running Hand" copybook.
The McCurdy family was based in Concord (Cabarrus Co.), N.C. Archibald McCurdy (1752-1843) emigrated from Ireland, served in the Revoluntionary War and in the War of 1812 and rose to the rank of Captain. In 1826, he married his third wife, Elizabeth "Maggie" Goodman Greely (1791-1880). The children of that marriage included Archibald Goodman, Jacob Monroe, Sophia, and Caleb Shive. According to the 1840 Federal Census, the family was engaged in agriculture; they owned one slave, and employed one free person of color.
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