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Kirby and Eller Family letters

 Collection
Identifier: AC-495

Scope and Contents

The Kirby and Eller Family Letters contain correspondence between the Kirby and Eller family. These focus mainly on life’s day-to-day events, including items such as planting and harvesting crops, health and illness, marriages, traveling, and household tasks. The Civil War (of which Hansford Eller and Aswell Eller fought on the Southern side) is a very significant topic in the letters. The letters also include grocery and estate receipts and one postcard.

Dates

  • 1826-1938, undated

Language

The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth “Bettie” Kirby (1851-1925) was born on February 15th, 1851 in Meadow Creek, Virginia, to parents Joel Kirby and Frances Roberts. Millard F. Kirby, Samuel J. Kirby, Emory T. Kirby, and Ada B. Kirby were her siblings. She married Joseph Lafayette Eller on September 22nd, 1875 in Ashe County, NC, where she lived until her death on December 9th, 1925.

Luke Eller (1806-1883) was born on June 8th, 1806 in Ashe Co., NC. He was married to Sarah King on March 27th, 1829 in Ashe Co. He is the father of Joseph Lafayette Eller (Elizabeth’s husband), Hansford Eller, and Aswell Eller. Luke Eller lived in Ashe Co. until his death on December 6th, 1883.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 half-sized manuscript box)

Abstract

The Kirby and Eller Family Letters contain correspondence between the Kirby and Eller families of Ashe County, North Carolina. The letters focus mainly on day-to-day events such as planting and harvesting crops, health and illness, and household tasks, but also include references to the Civil War.

Arrangement

The Kirby and Eller Letters are arranged chronologically, spanning 1826-1938.

Acquisitions Information

The Kirby and Eller Family Letters (AC.2011.053) were donated by Kenneth Jackson in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Cooper, 2011.
Title
AC.495: Kirby and Eller Family Letters, 1826-1938
Status
Completed
Author
Katie Cooper
Date
October 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
218 College Street
Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
8282624975
8282624975 (Fax)