Governors Papers Finding Aids and Wells, Mann, and Ledbetter Family Papers

New finding aids are now available on our website, including on the Private Collections Finding Aids page:

Wells, Mann, and Ledbetter Family Papers, 1795-1876 (pdf)
Newman Wells arrived in Rutherford County in the early years of the 19th century after migrating possibly from Rowan County and earlier from Chester County, South Carolina. His first marriage to Rebecca Edwards produced at least nine children, including Thomas (ca. 1794-1847); Lucretia, (ca. 1796-1851); Elizabeth Wells (ca. 1802-1863); Andrew (1804-1884); Joseph (1804-1877); and John (1810-). Lucretia was married twice, first to Anthony Harmon and second to David Mann. Elizabeth married Gloud Finley Long, whose daughter Nancy was married to Coleman Ledbetter, who enlisted during the Civil War as a private in the 25th Regiment, Company C. The family members who remained in North Carolina settled mainly in Haywood, Rutherford and Buncombe Counties. Papers consisting of correspondence (1848-1866), receipts, certifications, petitions, promissory notes, bills of sale (1795-1863), advertisements for medical treatments; two items concerning Vilet [Violet], a slave woman; and Civil War era documents including a soldier’s discharge from the 25th Regiment, N.C. Troops (1862), an agriculture bond between Coleman Ledbetter and the CSA (1864), an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution (1865). (1 box)

On the Governors Papers Finding Aids page new finding aids are available for these governors:

  • Manly, Charles, in office January 1, 1849-December 31, 1850
  • Martin, Alexander, First Administration, in office October 5, 1781-May 12, 1785
  • Martin, Alexander, Second Administration, in office December 17, 1789-December 13, 1792
  • McLean, Angus W., in office January 14, 1925-January 10, 1929
  • Morehead, John M., in office January 1, 1841-December 31, 1844
  • Morrison, Cameron, in office January 12, 1921-January 13, 1925
  • Nash, Abner, in office April 21, 1780-June 25, 1781