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Aldridge Family photograph

Identifier: AC-396

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a copy print made from a scan of the original photograph of the Aldridge family of Watauga County, North Carolina. The copy print was likely made in 2008. The original photograph is likely dated circa 1890s. The family members are identified on a photocopy of the print: Harrison, Buchanan (likely Melissa's mother Betsie Buchanan), Sam, Melissa, Charlotte, Davidson, Roy, and Stella.


  • circa 2008

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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)

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Acquisitions Information

Mary Moretz donated this collection in February 2008. Its accession number is AC.2008.001.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, February 2008.

Aldridge Family photograph
Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley, updated by Kim Sims
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Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository