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Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams Papers


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 ... (more below)

Title

Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams Papers

Collection Number

PC.1787

Date(s)

1877 - 1946

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
Approximately 504
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.

Physical Location

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Creator

Williams, Kate Middleton Pearsall, 1861-1909

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


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Processed by George Stevenson, July, 1991

Encoded by Lee Todd, November, 2007


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) andGeorge R. Williams, 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).


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


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


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


The collections consists primarily of correspondence between Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams her son James H. Williams, and invoices, bills, and receipts that date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother's guardianship from 1905 to 1909.

Of the approximately 111 letters in this body of papers, by far the majority 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 where she was undergoing a course of treatment for a heart ailment. Some of his letters touch on family and estate matters and express boyish enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. In other letters he comments on student life and teachers at the two schools he attended. After having been dissatisfied with the academy at Faison (where games were prohibited on Sunday and the boys thought  "only of Sunday School and Davidson College"), James H. was subsequently disenchanted with the life of a cadet in the Homer Military School. In addition to a demerit system,  "Old Rome" (Jerome Homer) executed corporal punishment on, the boys as a disciplinary measure. James H. accumulated demerits and was whipped twice by  "Old Rome" though he assured his mother in the spring of 1908 that he had never done anything of which he was ashamed (except to fish on Sunday).

Kate Middleton 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. Her letters to her son advise him to improve his academic performance, give him counsel on student economies (though generally supplying him with the money he wants), candidly explain her dangerous physical condition, and urge him to remain in the school until his course of studies has been completed. The return of Mrs. Williams to the hospital in Richmond in May, 1908, determined matters for James H., who took the occasion to wind up his schooling.

Upon his mother's death on July 2, 1909, James H. seems to have commenced managing his own affairs which, by the time he achieved his majority three years later, included the sizeable property bequeathed him outright in his father's last will and testament, the share that fell to him by the death of his half-brother, George R., in 1905, and the property coming to him as his mother's reversioner.

The invoices, bills, and receipts date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother's guardianship from 1905 to 1909. They include accounts for groceries, clothing, medical treatment and medicines, livery, general merchandise, hardware, insurance, subscriptions to periodicals, and telephone. Lumbermen's accounts for the autumn of 1906 appear to concern the building of a cotton gin for James H. Williams, while those for 1907 and 1908 appear to concern repairs to houses and the mill belonging to him under his father's will.

In addition to bills and receipts from Faison Male Academy and Horner Military School, the papers include five certificates of standing for George R. Williams in Mount Olive High School for the months of September through December 1890. Earlier materials relating to the education of Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams are her 1877-1878 composition copybook from Kirkwood Seminary and her notebook from the 1882 Chapel Hill Normal School. The copybook includes compositions in the essay, epistolary, and narrative styles. One epistolary composition describes Lenoir, N.C., as it is expected to appear in the year 1887 (pages 15-19), and it is probable that similar compositions (for example, the entertainment for the benefit of refurbishing the Lenoir Methodist Church at pages 40-42) may include fancy. The notebook, on the other hand, contains notes concerning educational theory and teaching practices and methods, as well as songs for school children, lecture notes on North Carolina history from the Normal School, drawings of geometric and natural forms (turnip, apple, pomegranate, pear). The notebook also contains notes from the July 1882 meeting of the North Carolina Teachers Association.

Miscellaneous materials include: visiting cards of Mrs. Robert Williams and Mrs. James H. Williams; an 1881 communication concerning an earlier note of hand owing to Robert Williams; fragment of a land description; an advertising  "flyer" from H. Weil & Bros., Goldsboro; a sentimental memento (  "Just in Remembrance"), and unused post cards from Florida, presumably acquired during the years immediately following the death of Kate Pearsall Williams when James H. was making an extended visit to Florida.

Genealogical materials include an obituary of James Henry Williams (1891-1949); notes on the Pearsall family; a copy of gravestone inscriptions from the Kornegay family cemetery east of Mount Olive, N.C., and a note concerning the death ofChelcy Pearsall.


The collections consists primarily of correspondence between Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams her son James H. Williams, and invoices, bills, and receipts that date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother's guardianship from 1905 to 1909.

Of the approximately 111 letters in this body of papers, by far the majority 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 where she was undergoing a course of treatment for a heart ailment. Some of his letters touch on family and estate matters and express boyish enthusiasm for hunting and fishing. In other letters he comments on student life and teachers at the two schools he attended. After having been dissatisfied with the academy at Faison (where games were prohibited on Sunday and the boys thought  "only of Sunday School and Davidson College"), James H. was subsequently disenchanted with the life of a cadet in the Homer Military School. In addition to a demerit system,  "Old Rome" (Jerome Homer) executed corporal punishment on, the boys as a disciplinary measure. James H. accumulated demerits and was whipped twice by  "Old Rome" though he assured his mother in the spring of 1908 that he had never done anything of which he was ashamed (except to fish on Sunday).

Kate Middleton 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. Her letters to her son advise him to improve his academic performance, give him counsel on student economies (though generally supplying him with the money he wants), candidly explain her dangerous physical condition, and urge him to remain in the school until his course of studies has been completed. The return of Mrs. Williams to the hospital in Richmond in May, 1908, determined matters for James H., who took the occasion to wind up his schooling.

Upon his mother's death on July 2, 1909, James H. seems to have commenced managing his own affairs which, by the time he achieved his majority three years later, included the sizeable property bequeathed him outright in his father's last will and testament, the share that fell to him by the death of his half-brother, George R., in 1905, and the property coming to him as his mother's reversioner.

The invoices, bills, and receipts date from the years when James H. Williams was under his mother's guardianship from 1905 to 1909. They include accounts for groceries, clothing, medical treatment and medicines, livery, general merchandise, hardware, insurance, subscriptions to periodicals, and telephone. Lumbermen's accounts for the autumn of 1906 appear to concern the building of a cotton gin for James H. Williams, while those for 1907 and 1908 appear to concern repairs to houses and the mill belonging to him under his father's will.

In addition to bills and receipts from Faison Male Academy and Horner Military School, the papers include five certificates of standing for George R. Williams in Mount Olive High School for the months of September through December 1890. Earlier materials relating to the education of Kate Middleton Pearsall Williams are her 1877-1878 composition copybook from Kirkwood Seminary and her notebook from the 1882 Chapel Hill Normal School. The copybook includes compositions in the essay, epistolary, and narrative styles. One epistolary composition describes Lenoir, N.C., as it is expected to appear in the year 1887 (pages 15-19), and it is probable that similar compositions (for example, the entertainment for the benefit of refurbishing the Lenoir Methodist Church at pages 40-42) may include fancy. The notebook, on the other hand, contains notes concerning educational theory and teaching practices and methods, as well as songs for school children, lecture notes on North Carolina history from the Normal School, drawings of geometric and natural forms (turnip, apple, pomegranate, pear). The notebook also contains notes from the July 1882 meeting of the North Carolina Teachers Association.

Miscellaneous materials include: visiting cards of Mrs. Robert Williams and Mrs. James H. Williams; an 1881 communication concerning an earlier note of hand owing to Robert Williams; fragment of a land description; an advertising  "flyer" from H. Weil & Bros., Goldsboro; a sentimental memento (  "Just in Remembrance"), and unused post cards from Florida, presumably acquired during the years immediately following the death of Kate Pearsall Williams when James H. was making an extended visit to Florida.

Genealogical materials include an obituary of James Henry Williams (1891-1949); notes on the Pearsall family; a copy of gravestone inscriptions from the Kornegay family cemetery east of Mount Olive, N.C., and a note concerning the death ofChelcy Pearsall.


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Corporal Punishment
  • Education--North Carolina--History--19th century
  • School discipline
  • Students
  • Teachers colleges
  • Telephone
  • Duplin County (N.C.)
  • Lenoir (N.C.)
  • Mount Olive (Wayne County, N.C.)
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • Wayne County (N.C.)
  • Correspondence
  • Invoices
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)

Box: PC.1787.1  
1888-1908
1888-1908

Box: PC.1787.2  
Estate

Robert Williams
1906
George R. Williams
1905

18882
Guardianship

James H. Williams

18884
Education

Chapel Hill Normal School
1882
Faison Male Academy
1904-1906
Horner Military School
1906-1908
Kirkwood Seminary
1877
Mount Olive High School
1890

18890
Clothing Accounts
1905-1908

18891
General Merchandise Accounts
1905-1908

18892
General Receipts
1906-1908

18893
Grocery Accounts
1906-1908

18894
Hardware Accounts
1905-1908

18895
Insurance Accounts
1905-1908

18896
Livery Accounts
1906-1926

18897
Lumber Accounts

Cotton Gin
1906
Mill and House Repairs
1907-1908

18900
Medical Accounts
1904-1908

18901
Livery Accounts
1906-1926

18902
Subscription to Periodicals

18903
Telephone Accounts
1905-1908

18904
Tax Receipts
1905-1908

18905
World War II Papers

18906
Wayne Cotton Mills
1895

18907
Miscellaneous

18908
Genealogy