Ashe Family Papers
The Ashes were a prominent family in eighteenth and nineteenth century North Carolina. Samuel Ashe served as Governor of North Carolina from 1795 to 1798, and helped draft the state's first Constitution. He was born in Beaufort, North Carolina and lived in Pender County. His son, John Baptista Ashe, served in the Continental Congress, fought in the American Revolution with the Continental Army, and was in the North Carolina committee that ratified the U.S. Constitution. He also served in the First and Second U.S. Congress. 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. This collection contains the diaries, works of poetry, genealogical lists, and photographs of the Ashe descendents. Most of the material in this collection consists of photocopies or typed transcripts, but it does contain original diaries and photographs.
These papers were donated to Randall Library, UNCW in May 2009 by William A. Bason of Raleigh, NC, a descendent of the Ashe family.
This Collection has been designated Accession Number 320 of the Manuscripts Collection, Special Collections Department, William Madison Randall Library, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-3297.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Processed by Colleen Griffiths
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William Madison Randall Library
The University of North Carolina Wilmington
- Davidson, Chalmers. "First Family." The State January 20, 1962: 11+. Errata glued in after page 12, (written by William H. Bason), with handwritten notes in the margins. 2 copies, second copy without cover or notes.
- Handwritten family history. Begins “Grandpa moved from Rocky Point to Fayetteville around 1825.” Unknown writer; possibly one of Sarah Ann Green Ashe and William Sheppard Ashe’s children. 40 pages, Photovopy, 2 copies.
- Our Ashe Line according to the Burks History. Typescript genealogy, 2 pages.
- The Ashe Line. Typescript, 1 page, 2 copies.
- The Ashe Line of Corneille M. Harris. Typescript 1 page
The Ashe Family of the Cape Fear. Preface to the Early Homes on the Cape Fear Adapted from Waddell and McCree papers. Photocopy of typescript, 2 copies.
Typescript excerpts from unidentified source. Most pages are number but numbers on some copies are marked out and new numbers written in.
- Cape Fear Homes 3 Pages
- Yeamans, the Cape Fear Settlement, and the town of Brunswick 3 pages.
- XI Social Conditions of the Cape Fear: Mr. McRee—in his “Life of Iredell” 1 page.
- XII Social Conditions of the Cape Fear: McRee’s “Life of Iredell” 1 page.
- XIII Social Conditions of the Cape Fear: McRee’s “Life of Iredell” 1 page.
- XIV Libraries in the Cape Fear 2 pages.
- XVI Life in the Cape Fear continued 1 page.
- XVII Life in the Cape Fear continued 1 page.
- One page Typescript biographical sketch of Gov. Samuel Ashe. Includes names of children with dates of birth and death.
- Hand drawn map and directions to the gravesite of Governor Samuel Ashe, Photocopy.
- Transcription of Indenture made from Samuel Ashe to James Moore, Typescript, photocopy.
John Ashe (Sr.) last will and testament in 1672. Photocopy. Typescript transcription.
Will of John Ashe (Jr.), from the Will Book of Charleston County, 1687-1701 Vol. 1, page 34. Typescript transcription, photocopy.
Biographical and genealogical sketch of John Baptista Ashe, John Ashe Sr., John Ashe Jr., John Ashe of Freshford and James Ashe of Westcombe and Freshford. Typescript, 4 pages.
- Conner, R. D. "Samuel A’ Court Ashe, Historian of North Carolina." North Carolina Historical Review 3 (1926): 132-135.
- Faulkner, Ronnie. "Samuel A' Court Ashe, the Last Commissioned Officer of the Confederate Army." Confederate Veteran 4 Oct. 1997: 26-30.. Photocopy.
- Title page and photo of Samuel A' Court Ashe from Biographical History of North Carolina. Volume 1. Ashe was editor of series. Photocopy.
- Diary of Fannie Waddell . Photocopy, incomplete. January 2, 1856 – December 31, 1865.
- Dairy Fannie Waddell. Typescript transcription. January 2, 1856 – December 31, 1865. 123 pages. (white binder)
- Diary of Rosa Hill Ashe Typescript January 1861 – January 1864. 162 pages. (purple binder)
- The Diary of Fannie Waddell. Excerpts. Typescript. January 2, 1856 – December 1, 1865. 15 pages.
- For the Daughter's of The Confederacy, Diary of Ms. Charles Waddell, Excerpts. Typescript transcription. 16 pages.
Diary, Henrietta Perkins Martin, Raleigh, NC circa 1868 -1875.
- Diary, Sarah Ann Green Ashe. handwritten, detached from book, 11 pages. First date October 12, 1851, second date Jan. 28, 1899 and is a comment by son.
- Photocopy, diary of Sarah Green Ashe.
- Typescript comments on diary of Sarah Green Ashe. Includes transcription of selected passages.
- Introduction to the Civil War Diaries of Sisters Rosa Hill Ashe and Fannie LeMessurier Waddell. Typescript, hand written notes in margins. 2 pages.
- Introduction to the Civil War Diaries of Sisters Rosa Hill Ashe and Fannie LeMessurier Waddell. Typescript transcription. 2 copies with a 3rd incomplete copy.
- Note on the Family of Rosa Ashe (Hill) Ashe’s sister Anna A. Hill (1823-1861). Typescript, 4 pages.
- From Rosa's diary. Typescript transcription. 1 page.
- Church of the Good Shepherd Supplemental Information on Rosa Hill Ashe. Typescript. Contains transcript of memorial window at
Church of Good Shepherd. Baptisms, weddings, confirmations from Book One of the Church Register; census information, 8 pages.
- Letter, Henrietta Perkins from her mother, August 4, 1848.
- Letter Mrs. Dock Martin (Henrietta Perkins) from mother, April 29, 1852. Letter has several holes and tears.
- Letter, "Dear Rosa." from Mother. December 27, 1863
- Letter, Henrietta P. Martin from her sister N. S. Perkins, March 20, 1864
- Letter, Captain S. A. Ashe, from Mary M. McCoy, December 4, 1933. Typescript, 1 page.
4 envelopes all addressed to W. C. Holman in Raleigh, NC. Dates are as follows: February 5, February 24, May 20 and August 24, 1887
Hand drawn map, Plantations at Rocky Point from 1725-1760. One mimeographed copy, six photocopies.
- Cooke, Robert J. "William Shepperd Ashe: The Spirit of North Carolina." Bulletin Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Mar. 2001: 1-8. Photocopy.
- Orders to Major W. S. Ashe to the Confederate States of America, assigning Ashe “… to duty superintending the transportation of Troops and Military stores on all the railroads, north and south, in the Confederate Army.” From Quarter Master General’s Department in Richmond, VA, on July 18, 1861. Photocopy, 5 copies.
Biographical and genealogical sketch Swann Family, Typescript 2 pages.
- Cape Fear Plantations, Typescript 2 copies, 1 photocopy.
- “Old Sloop Point House is unique” News and Observer (Raleigh, NC) Photocopy, no date.
- Map, Plantations on the Lower Cape Fear, 2 copies, 2 photocopies
- The Cape Fear Homes, Typescript, 1 page, 2 photocopies
- Postcard of the Ashe House in Musbury
- Card and photograph of the Ashe House with an inset of the Chapel
- Photocopy of a photograph of the Ashe House with a written note on the bottom of the page
- Photograph of the William S. Ashe landmark plaque (3 copies)
- Photograph of the Samuel Ashe landmark plaque (4 copies)
- Photograph of the “Elmwood” house landmark plaque (4 copies)
- Photograph of the Bayard vs. Singleton decision landmark plaque (3 copies)
- Photograph of Samuel A’ court Ashe LL.D.’s gravestone/monument plaque (2 copies)
- Printed copy of a drawing of Teffont Manor
- Photograph of an unidentified house
320/1/21 Poem, handwritten, dated: Raleigh 31 January 1867. 4 pages, author unknown.
Book of poetry. Handwritten, Mrs. James A. Miller from Wilmington, NC circa 1863.
Loyalty on Trial. Videocassette and photocopy of Study Guide.
Photocopies of entries from Fannie Waddell's diary.
Purple binder, typed transcript of Rosa Hill Ashe's diary, January 1861-January 1864.
White binder, typed transcript of Fannie Waddell's diary, January 2, 1856 - December 31, 1865.
- Typed transcript from Early Homes on the Cape Fear, (3 pages)
- Typed list of Cape Fear plantations (2 copies)
- Photocopies of newspaper articles and diary entries
- Typed transcript of diary entries by Fannie Waddell and Rosa Hill Ashe
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