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Bell-Pearsall Papers


Virginia C. Pearsall (1840-1884) of Mount Olive, N.C., was the wife of L. G. Pearsall (1843-1883). Robert R. Bell was the administrator of Virginia Pearsall's estate.In this collection, 115 items concern the estate of Virginia C. Pearsall and 37 items relate to the Bell family of Sampson County, North Carolina.

Title

Bell-Pearsall Papers

Collection Number

PC.1789

Date(s)

1795 - 1936

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
150
Genre/Physical Characteristic

including original bills, receipts, and estates papers, some deeds and land papers, petition to the General Assembly, ginning tickets, and miscellaneous legal papers.

Abstract

Virginia C. Pearsall (1840-1884) of Mount Olive, N.C., was the wife of L. G. Pearsall (1843-1883). Robert R. Bell was the administrator of Virginia Pearsall's estate.

In this collection, 115 items concern the estate of Virginia C. Pearsall and 37 items relate to the Bell family of Sampson County, North Carolina.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Bell, Robert R.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by George Stevenson, June, 1991

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, July, 2002


Virginia C. Pearsall (1840-1884) of Mount Olive, N.C., was the wife of L. G. Pearsall (1843-1883). Pearsall predeceased her, leaving Mrs. Pearsall as guardian of their children: Frank L., James O., Cora L. (d.1888), Annie M., and Gideon. When Mrs. Pearsall died the following year in 1884, Robert R. Bell of Sampson County became the administrator of her estate. Robert was the son of James Bell, also of Sampson County.


Virginia C. Pearsall (1840-1884) of Mount Olive, N.C., was the wife of L. G. Pearsall (1843-1883). Pearsall predeceased her, leaving Mrs. Pearsall as guardian of their children: Frank L., James O., Cora L. (d.1888), Annie M., and Gideon. When Mrs. Pearsall died the following year in 1884, Robert R. Bell of Sampson County became the administrator of her estate. Robert was the son of James Bell, also of Sampson County.


[Identification of item], PC.1789, Bell-Pearsall Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift, Robert T. Kirkland, Ocala, Florida, June 7, 1991.


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 Virginia C. Pearsall items include the inventory of her estate, bills submitted against the estate, burial and gravestone expenses (including burial expenses of her daughter, Cora L.), bills for clothing, medical expenses, supplies, etc., for the minors, and bills from Mount Olive High School for education of the minors Cora L., Annie M., and Gideon Pearsall. Schools bills for 1884 are signed by S. L. Marable, principal, and those for 1886 and 1888 are signed by W. J. Scroggs, principal. An 1883 lease of Pearsall's Hotel in Mount Olive executed between L. G. Pearsall and Virginia C. Chestnutt is included in the collection of papers.

The Bell items include a document relating to the estate of Robert R. Bell (1893), administrator of Virginia C. Pearsall, two relating to the estate of his father James Bell of Sampson County (1871), and two relating to the estate of William B. King of Sampson County (administered by Robert T. Bell in 1869). For the most part, the 15 deeds and related land papers are to Darden, Marley, and Byrd lands in Sampson County that presumably came into possession of the Bell family. Four miscellaneous legal papers, a 1936 automobile registration card, and eight 1935 ginning tickets complete the Bell documents.

An undated petition from the period 1877-1884 asking for the recall of Noah B. Barefoot as a justice of the peace for Mingo Township, Sampson County, and the appointment of another by the General Assembly in his place, is signed first by M[ordecai] Bell, and is consequently probably part of the papers of Robert R. Bell or his son. Similarly, a blank return as a judge of election for Mingo Township in the 1884 election and a blank return from the 1880 Census ("Statistics of Religious Organizations-Schedule II-Sabbath Schools") are probably from Robert R. Bell's papers.


The Virginia C. Pearsall items include the inventory of her estate, bills submitted against the estate, burial and gravestone expenses (including burial expenses of her daughter, Cora L.), bills for clothing, medical expenses, supplies, etc., for the minors, and bills from Mount Olive High School for education of the minors Cora L., Annie M., and Gideon Pearsall. Schools bills for 1884 are signed by S. L. Marable, principal, and those for 1886 and 1888 are signed by W. J. Scroggs, principal. An 1883 lease of Pearsall's Hotel in Mount Olive executed between L. G. Pearsall and Virginia C. Chestnutt is included in the collection of papers.

The Bell items include a document relating to the estate of Robert R. Bell (1893), administrator of Virginia C. Pearsall, two relating to the estate of his father James Bell of Sampson County (1871), and two relating to the estate of William B. King of Sampson County (administered by Robert T. Bell in 1869). For the most part, the 15 deeds and related land papers are to Darden, Marley, and Byrd lands in Sampson County that presumably came into possession of the Bell family. Four miscellaneous legal papers, a 1936 automobile registration card, and eight 1935 ginning tickets complete the Bell documents.

An undated petition from the period 1877-1884 asking for the recall of Noah B. Barefoot as a justice of the peace for Mingo Township, Sampson County, and the appointment of another by the General Assembly in his place, is signed first by M[ordecai] Bell, and is consequently probably part of the papers of Robert R. Bell or his son. Similarly, a blank return as a judge of election for Mingo Township in the 1884 election and a blank return from the 1880 Census ("Statistics of Religious Organizations-Schedule II-Sabbath Schools") are probably from Robert R. Bell's papers.


  • Bell, Robert R.
  • Barefoot, Noah B.
  • Marable, S. L.
  • Pearsall, Annie M.
  • Pearsall, Cora L., d. 1888
  • Pearsall Family
  • Pearsall, Frank L.
  • Pearsall, Gideon
  • Pearsall, James O.
  • Pearsall, L. G., 1843-1883
  • Pearsall, Virginia C., 1840-1884
  • Scroggs, W. J.
  • Mount Olive High School (N.C.)
  • Pearsall Hotel (Mount Olive, N.C.)
  • Cotton gins and ginning.
  • High schools.
  • Duplin County (N.C.)
  • Sampson County (N.C.)
  • Mount Olive (Wayne County, N.C.)