Finding Aid of the Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams Papers, 1877 - 1946, PC.1787

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Finding Aid of the Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams Papers, 1877 - 1946, PC.1787

Abstract

Kate Middleton Pearsall (1861-1909) was the daughter of Jeremiah and Jemima Haywood Pearsall of Duplin County. Presumably, her teaching career lasted only through the decade of the 1880s and closed upon her marriage to Robert Williams of Mount Olive, N.C. By a previous marriage Robert Williams had two children, Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Richard Edward Wooten) and George R. Williams, and by his marriage to Kate Middleton Pearsall, one son, James Henry Williams (1891-1949). Kate Pearsall Williams entered Hygeia Hospital and Sanatorium in Richmond, Virginia, for treatment of a heart condition in the autumn of 1907 and remained there through the winter of 1907/08. She died July 2,1909.
The collection consists of letters, invoices, bills, receipts, post cards, two manuscript volumes, cancelled checks, and notes. The majority of the letters are those written by James H. Williams to his mother while in school at Faison and Oxford and those written to him by Mrs. Williams from their home in Mount Olive or from Hygeia Hospital, Richmond, Virginia. The invoices, bills, and receipts date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother's guardianship from 1905 to 1909. Earlier materials relate to the education of Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams and include a copybook and notebook.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams Papers
Call Number
PC.1787
Creator
Williams, Kate Middleton Pearsall, 1861-1909
Date
1877 - 1946
Extent
504.00 items
Language
English
Repository
State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1787, Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of correspondence, bills, invoices, and receipts, chiefly relating to the education and guardianship of Kate M. Pearsall Williams' son, James H. Williams (1891-1949), following the death of her husband Robert in 1905. Most of the approximately 111 letters were exchanged between the son while he was at school in Faison Male Academy, Faison, N.C., and the Horner Military School, Oxford, N.C., and the mother, while she was at home or in Hygeia Hospital, Richmond, Va. between 1906 and her death in 1909. Business and estate papers nearly all relate to household and estate affairs and the education of her son. They include such matters as school bills, groceries, clothing, medical treatment and medicines, livery, general merchandise, hardware, insurance, telephone, and lumbermen's accounts. Additional material relating to education include Mrs. Williams' composition copybook from Kirkwood Seminary (1877) and her notebook from the 1882 Chapel Hill Normal School. The former includes compositions in the essay, epistolary, and narrative styles; the latter includes notes on educational theories and teaching practices, songs for school children, and lecture notes. The collection includes certificates of standing in Mount Olive High School for her step-son George R. Williams in 1890, and a letter from him while at the Horner Military School in 1897.

Biographical Note

Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams (1861-1909) was the daughter of Jeremiah and Jemima Haywood Pearsall of Duplin County. She was educated in Kirkwood Seminary, Lenoir, N.C., and in 1882 attended the Chapel Hill Normal School for further training in educational theory and practices. Presumably, her teaching career lasted only through the decade of the 1880s and closed upon her marriage to Robert Williams of Mount Olive, N.C. By a previous marriage Robert Williams had two children, Mary Elizabeth (Mrs. Richard Edward Wooten) and , and by his marriage to Kate Middleton Pearsall, one son, James Henry Williams (1891-1949). The elder of the two boys, George R., was educated in Mount Olive High School (1890) and in the Homer Military School at Oxford, N.C. (1897). James H. was educated in the Faison Male Academy (1904-1906) and the Homer Military School (1906-1908).

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence

<unitdate type="inclusive" calendar="gregorian" era="ce">1888-1908</unitdate>, 1888-1908
Box PC.1787.1

2. Other Materials

Estate
Box PC.1787.2
Robert Williams,1906
George R. Williams,1905
Guardianship
James H. Williams
Education
Chapel Hill Normal School,1882
Faison Male Academy,1904-1906
Horner Military School,1906-1908
Kirkwood Seminary,1877
Mount Olive High School,1890
Clothing Accounts,1905-1908
General Merchandise Accounts,1905-1908
General Receipts,1906-1908
Grocery Accounts,1906-1908
Hardware Accounts,1905-1908
Insurance Accounts,1905-1908
Livery Accounts,1906-1926
Lumber Accounts
Cotton Gin,1906
Mill and House Repairs,1907-1908
Medical Accounts,1904-1908
Livery Accounts,1906-1926
Subscription to Periodicals
Telephone Accounts,1905-1908
Tax Receipts,1905-1908
World War II Papers
Wayne Cotton Mills,1895
Miscellaneous
Genealogy

Subject Headings

  • Gehman, L. H.
  • Horner, Jerome
  • Rankin, Annette
  • Williams, James H. (James Henry), 1891-1949
  • Williams, Kate Middleton Pearsall, 1861-1909
  • Williams, Robert
  • Kornegay family
  • Pearsall Family
  • Horner, Jerome Channing, 1853-1951
  • Rankin, Annette
  • Kornegay family
  • Davidson College
  • Faison Male Academy (Faison, N.C.)
  • Horner School (Oxford, N.C.)
  • Kirkwood Seminary (Lenoir, N.C.)
  • Mount Olive High School
  • North Carolina Teachers Association
  • Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
  • H. Weil and Bros., Goldsboro, N.C.
  • Southern Bell Telephone and Telegram Company
  • North Carolina Teachers Association
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Education--North Carolina--History--19th century
  • School discipline
  • Students
  • Teachers colleges
  • Telephone
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Jamestown Tercentenary
  • Medications
  • Duplin County (N.C.)
  • Lenoir (N.C.)
  • Mount Olive (Wayne County, N.C.)
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • Wayne County (N.C.)
  • Correspondence
  • Invoices
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Clyde A. Williams, Mount Olive, N.C.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, July, 1991. Encoded by Lee Todd, November, 2007. Updated by Fran Tracy-Walls, November 2019, for publication in Discover Online Catalog (DOC).