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H.W. and Cora Jeffcoat papers

Identifier: AC-150

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials from both H. W. Jeffcoat and Cora Jeffcoat. H.W. Jeffcoat's Minister Record Books contain information such as weather, visitation schedule, baptism/confirmation activities, church service (hymns, Bible verses, sermon topic). Papers from circa 1924 provide details on Jeffcoat's work at the Watauga Mission in Boone, North Carolina. Some record books include code. Cora Jeffcoat's correspondence includes some family and mission work letters.


  • 1894-1933, undated


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

Herbert Warren Jeffcoat (October 9, 1859-April 5, 1937) was a Lutheran pastor and served congregations in North Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi. He was born to the Rev. James Osgood Andrew Jacob Turner Jefcoat and Rachel Zadie Jefcoat in Goshen Hill, Alabama. Herbert added an additional 'f' to his surname. His father and both grandfathers were Methodist ministers.

In 1890, Jeffcoat received an A.B. degree from Newberry College. In 1894, he graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and was ordained in 1894 by the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church.

Jeffcoat married Ella Eve Epting, a Lutheran, from Springfield, South Carolina on April 4, 1879. Ella died in 1894. They had three children: William Cecil, Cora Pearl, and George Holland. Two years after Ella's death, Jeffcoat married Bettie C. Hendrix of Davie County. She died in 1897. He married again in 1899 to Mrs. Rosa Ellen (Fisher) Moose of Cabarrus County, and she also preceded him in death.

Jeffcoat served ten locations over a span of thirty-five years. He organized and built at least two churches, Haven Lutheran, Salisbury, North Carolina and Grace Lutheran, Boone, North Carolina, and conducted mission work for the Lutheran Church in Louisville, Mississippi. Jeffcoat died in Boone, North Carolina. His funeral was held at Grace Lutheran Church, Boone, and he was buried in the St. Mark's Lutheran Church cemetery in Blythewood, South Carolina.

Cora Pearl Jeffcoat (1884-1969) was a parish worker of the Lutheran church, serving in Watauga County, North Carolina and other nearby areas of the Appalachian Mountains. She was born in Springfield, South Carolina on September 30, 1884. In 1923, she began working for the Women's Missionary Society as one of the first Home Missionaries of the Lutheran church. She worked full time until a disabling stroke in 1939 forced her to continue part time until 1954. She helped build churches and visited people over a vast territory, eight settlements in four counties. Before entering church work, Jeffcoat was a school teacher and a district school supervisor in Guilford, Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, and Cabarrus counties in North Carolina. She graduated from Greensboro College and also studied at Georgia College, Peabody College, Mississippi State College, the University of North Carolina, and Columbia University. Jeffcoat died February 6, 1969 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her funeral was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, and she was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington, North Carolina.

Chronology List

Herbert Warren Jeffcoat born
Jeffcoat married Ella Eve Epting
Cora Pearl Jeffcoat born
Jeffcoat graduated from Newberry College
Graduated from Southern Seminary and ordained
Concordia and St. Luke, Rowan County, NC
Amity, Iredell County, NC
Organized and built Haven Lutheran, Salisbury, NC; Christ, East Spencer, NC
Ebenezer Parish, Rincon, GA
Mississippi Mission Work
St. Michael, Troutman, NC; Amity and St. Paul, Iredell County, NC
Bethel, Stanly County, NC
Cobles (Zion) and Lowes, Guilford County
St. Paul, Alamance County
Grace, Liberty, NC
Richland, Liberty, NC
Christiana, Granite Quarry, NC
Watauga Mission: Organized Grace, Boone (1923); Holy Trinity, Holy Communion, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Zion, and St. Mark
St. Martin, Cabarrus County, NC and St. Martin, Stanly County, NC
Jeffcoat retired
H.W. Jeffcoat died
Cora Jeffcoat had a disabling stroke
Cora Jeffcoat retired
Cora Jeffcoat died


0.75 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 half-sized manuscript box)


The H.W. and Cora Jeffcoat papers contain the papers of Herbert Warren Jeffcoat and his daughter, Cora Pearl Jeffcoat, of the Watauga Mission of the United Lutheran Church.


The collection is arranged by subject.

Missing Title

  1. Jeffcoat, Herbert W.
  2. Jeffcoat, Nora Pearl
  3. Light Brigade Home Missionary
  4. Missionaries -- Appalachian Region, Southern
  5. Missionaries -- North Carolina -- Watauga County
  6. United Lutheran Church in America -- Clergy -- North Carolina -- Alamance County
  7. United Lutheran Church in America -- Clergy -- North Carolina -- Rowan County
  8. United Lutheran Church in America -- Clergy -- North Carolina -- Watauga County
  9. Watauga Mission (Boone, N.C.)

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public on 15 November 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, 1994; Kathryn Staley, 15 November 2002. Encoded by Kathryn Staley, June 2005. Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Trevor McKenzie, March 2013. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.150: H.W. and Cora Jeffcoat papers, 1894 - 1933, undated
Processed by: Deborarh Bell, Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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Boone U.S.A. - North Carolina 28608-2026 United States
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