The Faison Family, The Wilmington Ten, Fleetus Lee Gobble, and Idol-Welch Families

Four new finding aids have been added to the Private Collections finding aids page:

Faison Family Papers, 1834-1874
Herod Faison was related to some of the first settlers of Northampton County. His own land was in the vicinity of Jackson, the county seat, and included a plantation with around seventy slaves by the year 1860. Herod and his wife, Gulielma (Shepherd) were parents of at least seven children, including sons, John W. (b. circa 1838); Frank Shepard (b. circa 1846); and Paul Fletcher (circa 1840-1896), all of whom served in the Civil War as Confederate officers. Consists of correspondence, 1860-1861, and one undated antebellum letter (4 total), and miscellaneous items consisting of a bill, obituary, and commencement program (1834-1874), with the total relating primarily to the Faison Family, but also to the allied Waddell Family. Three of the four letters were exchanged between Paul F. Faison, a cadet at West Point, and his parents, 1860-1861, with Paul’s two letters reflecting his strong sense of conflict but unwavering desire to return to his home on the eve of North Carolina’s secession from the Union, 20 May 1861. There is also the undated letter, antebellum period, from Mrs. Faison’s niece, Annis [Anistasia Waddell] while she was a student at St. Mary’s Hall, Burlington, New Jersey, circa 1845. (1 box)

Fountain, Judge George M., Wilmington Ten Case File, 1971-1978
A native of Tarboro, Edgecombe County, George Motz Fountain, Jr., was born in 1914 to George M. and Mary Royal Motz Fountain. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1932-1934, and earning a law degree from Cumblerland University Law School in Tennessee in 1935, Fountain began the practice of law in Tarboro with his father. At the time of the legal proceedings in the case considered, Judge Fountain was the Resident Judge of the Seventh Judicial District of North Carolina. Collection includes a small quantity of materials, chiefly photocopies, related to the case of State of North Carolina vs. Benjamin F. Chavis et al, dating 1971-1978. Documents includes briefs, transcripts, petitions, judgments, and related legal materials created or received by Judge Fountain assigned to hear a request for a retrial of the Wilmington Ten case. The Wilmington Ten were tried for fire bombing a grocery in Wilmington and for conspiring to assault the firemen and police who responded to the fire. Includes one hand-written legal pad of notes apparently made by George M. Fountain, 46 pages, citing examinations of Jerome Mitchell, and noting dates from 6 February 1971 to 15 March 1977. (1 legal size box, .5 cubic feet.)

Gobble, Fleetus Lee, Papers, 1944-1961
Fleetus Lee Gobble was born in 1891 in Davidson County to John H. and Frances Foster Gobble. Married in 1913, Gobble and his wife, the former Blanche Evans, settled in Winston-Salem and became the parents of three children. By profession Gobble was a barber and businessman as owner of barbershops and two schools of cosmetology. He was first elected to the state House of Representatives as a Democrat from Forsyth County in 1941 and served continuously, with the exception of the 1947 session, until his sudden death in Raleigh in 1961 at the age of seventy. These papers relate to Gobble’s service in the legislature and on committees, on the board of trustees of the Winston-Salem Teachers College, and to a lesser degree to his professional and family life. The papers include political and some family correspondence; news clippings pertaining to events, news of the General Assembly, and two scrapbooks: 1944-1961; and 1959-1961. (3 boxes, 1 2/3 cubic feet.)

Idol-Welch Family Papers, 1823-1978
The Welch and the Idol families had established roots in Davidson County in the early 19th century or before, but the branches represented in these papers moved to Guilford County prior to the Civil War. There various members settled in or near High Point, a township laid out in 1853. The men were primarily farmers and carpenters, and several saw service in the war. First as a young woman and later as a wife and mother, Julia Welch received the majority of the letters represented in the collection, about twenty of thirty-eight. The papers are organized chronologically into the following series: Indentures, 1823-1879; Civil War Era Correspondence, 1861-1865; Post Civil War Era, Correspondence, 1866-1902; and Idol and Welch Family History and Genealogical Materials, 1943-1978. The indentures and almost all of the letters are original; the last series of family history and genealogical materials are photocopies. (2 boxes, 2/3 cubic feet.)