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Aldridge Family photograph

Identifier: AC-396

Scope and Contents

The Aldridge Family photograph is a photograph of the Aldridge family of Watauga County, North Carolina. The Aldridge family members' names have been written on the photocopy. The photograph likely dates to the early 1890s. Identified are Harrison, Buchanan (likely Melissa's mother Betsie Buchanan), Sam, Melissa, Charlotte, Davidson, Roy, and Stella. The children may be misidentified since their apparent ages from the photographs do not match the ages listed in the census.


  • circa 1890s

Conditions Governing Access

No Interlibrary Loan. The photograph is housed in the cold storage unit and needs additional time to return to room temperature prior to examination.

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

Harrison Aldridge (1821-1905) lived in the Watauga district of Watauga County, North Carolina. He was married to Jane "Jinsie" (1823-bef. 1900) and worked as a farmer. They raised Mary (b. 1848), Martha (1850), Samuel (b. 1862), Harrison (b. 1864), Sarah J. (b. 1866), and Monarca (b. 1870). Harrison's family was the only Aldridge family in Watauga County. The federal census first listed them in Watauga County in 1850 and they were not listed in North Carolina's 1860 Federal Census.

Circa 1883, son Samuel C. Aldridge married Margaret Melissa Buchanon (b. 1864), daughter of Betsie Buchanan (b. 1831). They had at least 11 children, two of whom died during childhood. Their children include Louis D[avidson?] (b. 1885), James R[ay?] (b. 1888), Charlotte [Gragg] (b. 1889), Horace A. (b. 1891), Stella (b. 1895), Everette McKenley (b. 1897), Romulus L. (1899), Kansas M. (b. 1902), Lonal (b. 1904).

Missing Title

  1. Aldridge, Harrison (1821-1905)
  2. Photograph
  3. Watauga Co. (N.C.)


0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The Aldridge Family photograph is a photograph of the Aldridge family of Watauga County, North Carolina. The photograph likely dates to the early 1890s. This photograph illustrates the family relationships and fashion of late nineteenth century Watauga County, North Carolina.


This is a one-folder collection.

Acquisitions Information

Mary Moretz donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in February 2008. Its accession number is AC.2008.001. It was opened to the public in February 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, February 2008.
AC.396: Aldridge Family photograph, circa 1890s
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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