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David Worth Family Papers,

Identifier: AC-357

Scope and Contents

As described in notes on each series, this collection is a wide ranging variety of correspondence, articles on the families and communities, family history documents and photographs, research documents on the Ore Knob Mine in Ashe County, North Carolina, and personal family mementos.


  • 1838-1991, undated


All 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

David Worth (1801-1888) was born in Guilford County, North Carolina to Joseph and Lettice Petty Worth. In 1839, he married Elizabeth Thomas (1821-1895), the daughter of Stephen Thomas of Creston, North Carolina. Although raised as a Quaker, he converted to Methodism once he moved to Ashe County.

The seven surviving children of David and Elizabeth Worth include Martitia (1839-1870) who married Ticey Wagner of Johnson County, Tennessee and Dr. Joseph Orrin Wilcox of Dresden; Elma Carolina "Callie" (1845-1920) who married Colonel Newton J. Lillard of Decatur, Tennessee; Rosamond Corinna (1849-1877) married Colonel William Henry Harrison Cowles of Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Thomas Clarkson (1851-1888) who married Ruth Cox of Grayson County, Virginia; Jennie Lind (1853-1882) who married Calvin C. Benham of Jonesville; Albina LaMyra (1856-1939) who married Charles K. Lide of Johnson City, Tennessee; and Ada Elizabeth (1866-1965) who married James Shelton Penn of Elkin, North Carolina and William Columbus Coffey of Boone, North Carolina.

Worth grandson Vernon and wife Annie Hamilton Lillard resided in the Worth homeplace in Ashe County, North Carolina.

Grandsons Walter Haywood Worth and Joseph Cox Worth both had careers in banking at the Bank of Ashe in Jefferson, North Carolina.

Lewis Wiley (or William) Worth (1830s-1904), the son of Xeno Worth and the nephew of David Worth, was born in 1831 in Paolea, Indiana. He moved to Los Angeles, California prior to 1868. During the 1870's and 1880's, he painted several oil canvases of the North Fork area in Ashe County, North Carolina.

Jasper Worth Lillard was the son of Newton J. Lillard and Elma Carolina "Callie" Worth.

Missing Title

  1. Ashe County (NC)
  2. Davenport College -- student correspondence
  3. Genealogy
  4. Lillard, Jasper Worth
  5. Meigs County (TN)
  6. Ore Knob Mine
  7. Thomas Family
  8. Worth, David
  9. Worth Family
  10. Worth, Lewis Wiley (1831-1916)


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The David Worth Family Papers includes photographs, letters, newspaper articles, maps, and journal articles about the David Worth family, related Thomas and Lillard families, ancestors, and the Creston community located in Ashe County, North Carolina. The Worth family were merchants living in western Ashe County, North Carolina.


The collection is arranged in seven series: Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Historic Articles, Contributions to the Ashe County, NC Heritage Book, Genealogical Series, Photographs, and Ephemera. With so much being undated, the items were basically left in the order of the original processing, with photographs filed with appropriate documents when possible, and others sorted as identified or not, dated if possible.

Acquisitions Information

Stewart Lillard donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in 30 October 2006. Its accession number is AC.2006.65. It was opened to the public in December 2006. Additional donations were transferred from Lillard to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in January 2007.

Separated Material

Three emptied leather-bound photograph albums.

Removed Material

Warrensville, N.C. 1966 Topographic Map. U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.

Baldwin Gap, N.C.-Tenn. 1959 Topographic Map. U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.

Zionville, N.C.-Tenn., 1959 Topographic Map. U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.

Todd, N.C. 1966 Topographic Map. U.S. Geological Survey, Washington, D.C.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, November, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, November, 2006. Reprocessed by Anita Elliott, June 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.357: David Worth Family Papers, 1838 - 1991, undated
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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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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