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Bumgarner family papers

Identifier: AC-256

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of the Bumgarner family. Primary contributors include Tom Bumgarner (1926-2021), Marie Bumgarner (1931-2013), Charles Simpson Bumgarner (1887-1977), and Annie Bumgarner (1891-1984). The papers include correspondence, genealogy papers, photographs, land, estate, and cemetery records. There are also two photograph albums, three scrapbooks, and Tom Bumgarner's travel diary to U.S. Navy duty stations.

Correspondence between Annie Patton and Charlie Simpson (C.S.) Bumgarner chronicles their courtship. Reportedly, C.S. would travel by foot to visit Annie from his home in Millers Creek in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to her home in Lansing in Ashe County, North Carolina, a distance of over 30 miles each way. Other correspondence includes letters from Tom Bumgarner sent to various family members while he served in the Navy and others sent to his wife Marie while he was working away from home as a civilian. There are also letters sent between family members on topics such as family news and genealogy. Several folders are comprised of familial obituaries and remembrance cards.

Several short stories written by various family members, including Ashe County, North Carolina's author Jackie Patton Matthews are included. Topics include past experiences and hauntings.

The scrapbooks created by Tom Bumgarner span the 1940s and cover cinema, news clippings of family, political events, and the military service of various individuals. Photographs include various Bumgarner and Patton family members.

Other items of note are centavos and pesos issued by the Japanese government that occupied the Philippines in 1944; Tom Bumgarner collected the currency while stationed in the Philippines. There is also a polio vaccine syringe and Tom Bumgarner's Imperium Neptuni Regis certificate, a recognition given to individuals serving in the Navy after crossing the equator.


  • 1892-2021


Conditions Governing Access

The materials from Appalachian State University Libraries' Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The nature of these collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. As a result, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Conditions Governing Use

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

Annie Patton and Charlie Simpson (C.S.) Bumgarner married in 1910 and had nine children: Georgia, Hazel Mildred, Mary Ellen, Charlie Jr., Ollie Elizabeth, Tom John, Francis Suzanne, Carroll William, and Margaret Joy. The family stayed briefly with C.S.’s brother John Bumgarner in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before moving back to Lansing, Ashe County, North Carolina, and eventually to Millers Creek, Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Biographical / Historical

Tom John Bumgarner, C.S. and Annie Bumgarner’s son, served in the Navy from 1942-1946 during World War II; he was stationed in the Philippines.


3.29 Linear Feet (6 Boxes (3 folders in cold storage))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by the Bumgarner family on 2022 June 10. It was accessioned as AC.2022.009.

Separated Materials

Two books were separated from the collection and cataloged. The books are Millard F. Bumgarner, 1882-1973, and Bumgarner family history and genealogy in America.

Processing Information

Angela Ocuto Howell, 2022

Bumgarner family papers
Angela Ocuto Howell
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository