Finding Aid for the Suggs-McEwen Family Papers, 1791 - 1918, PC.1875


Finding Aid for the Suggs-McEwen Family Papers, 1791 - 1918, PC.1875


These papers relate chiefly to the southwestern Bladen County landholdings of John S. McEwen. Subsequent to his death in 1881, most of the lands were purchased by McEwen's nephew, William A. Suggs, from the other heirs.
The papers, dating from 1791-1918, include bills and receipts; a few letters and plats of survey; estates papers; deeds; miscellanea pertaining to land; promissory notes; tax receipts; the Suggses family record and school papers; and oversized land grants.

Descriptive Summary

Suggs-McEwen Family Papers
Call Number
Suggs family
1791 - 1918
160.00 items, 3.00 letters
State Archives of North Carolina

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Access Restrictions

Available for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1875, Suggs-McEwen Family Papers, North Carolina State Archive, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Biographical Note

John S. McEwen (1810-1881), was a farmer, schoolteacher, and county commissioner who held lands in southwestern Bladen County. Following McEwen's death, most of his property was purchased from the other heirs by his nephew, William A. Suggs (1855-1915), son of McEwen's sister Margaret A. Suggs.

Contents of the Collection

1. Bills and Receipts


Bills and receipts, as well as tax receipts, are divided according to the family to which they pertain.

Box PC1875

2. Correspondence,1866-1902

3. Estates

John S. McEwen,1883-1887
Robert McEwen,1841

4. Land


This series includes deeds, miscellaneous land papers, and plats. Deeds (which are arranged alphabetically by surname of the grantee) are for lands acquired by McEwen or that portion of his lands purchased subsequently by his nephew, Suggs. There are a few plats of survey, surveyor's courses, and miscellanea in the remaining land records in the collection.

(B through E), 1793-1891
(L through McLean), 1793-1891
(McEwen), 1793-1891
(Suggs), 1793-1891
(White), 1793-1891
Miscellaneous Land Papers,1849-1885
Plats and Courses, , n.d., 1846

5. Miscellaneous, , n.d., 1832-1872


All of the miscellaneous papers relate to John S. McEwen.

6. Promissory Notes,1842-1869


All of the promissory notes relate to John S. McEwen.

7. School Papers, , n.d., 1913-1915


The school papers relate exclusively to the Suggs family.

8. Suggs Family Record,1855-1917

9. Tax Receipts


10. Empty envelopes

11. Oversize. Land Grants,1791-1854

Subject Headings

  • McEwen, John S., 1810-1881.
  • McEwen, Robert, d.1841.
  • Suggs, William A., 1855-1915.
  • McEwen family.
  • Suggs family.
  • Bladen County (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift, Mrs. Jo Ann Tatum Morris, Hertford, N.C., 1997.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, September 24, 2003
  • Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, October 8, 2003, and revised and updated by her, August 2019, for publication in Discover Online Catalog (DOC).