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R. M. Eames Papers


Chartered by the North Carolina legislature, February 11, 1881, the North State Mining Company was established for the working ofmarketable minerals in western North Carolina. R. M. Eames was one of the company directors and a mining superintendent.The letters, receipted bills, payrolls, prospectus, broadsides, newspapers, inventories, deeds, agreements, and account books furnish a glimpse of the workings of the North State Mining Company.

Title

R. M. Eames Papers

Collection Number

PC.187

Date(s)

1876 - 1898

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
211
Bound volumes
2
Physical Description
Volumes
2.00
Abstract

Chartered by the North Carolina legislature, February 11, 1881, the North State Mining Company was established for the working of  "marketable minerals" in western North Carolina. R. M. Eames was one of the company directors and a mining superintendent.

The letters, receipted bills, payrolls, prospectus, broadsides, newspapers, inventories, deeds, agreements, and account books furnish a glimpse of the workings of the North State Mining Company.

Physical Location

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

Creator

Eames, R. M.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


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Processed by State Archives of North Carolina, n.d.

Encoded by Lee Todd, April, 2008


Chartered by the North Carolina legislature, February 11, 1881, the North State Mining Company was established for the working of  "marketable minerals" in western North Carolina. Provision was also made for the construction of necessary railroad and telegraph connections. To accomplish this, the Statesville and Jefferson Railroad (a subsidiary of the mining company), running from Statesville to Taylorsville, to Wilkesboro, to Gap Creek, to Jefferson, was surveyed. A home office was established at Salisbury with an executive branch in New York.

R. M. Eames was one of the company directors and mining superintendent and apparently directed activities from the site. The chief mines seem to have been the Copper Knob Mine, Gap Creek, Ashe County and the Crowell Gold Mine in Stanly County, although there were other mining interests.


Chartered by the North Carolina legislature, February 11, 1881, the North State Mining Company was established for the working of  "marketable minerals" in western North Carolina. Provision was also made for the construction of necessary railroad and telegraph connections. To accomplish this, the Statesville and Jefferson Railroad (a subsidiary of the mining company), running from Statesville to Taylorsville, to Wilkesboro, to Gap Creek, to Jefferson, was surveyed. A home office was established at Salisbury with an executive branch in New York.

R. M. Eames was one of the company directors and mining superintendent and apparently directed activities from the site. The chief mines seem to have been the Copper Knob Mine, Gap Creek, Ashe County and the Crowell Gold Mine in Stanly County, although there were other mining interests.


[Identification of item], PC.187, R. M. Eames Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift of Mrs. M. B. Morgan, Raleigh, North Carolina. August 8, 1946; March 9 and 31, 1949.


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.


Records of the mining operations include: receipted bills for day labor, wood cutting, furniture, camp equipment, and supplies; wages paid the camp cook, engineers, miners, hoisters, bucket tenders, firemen, blacksmiths, carpenters, bricklayers, ore dressers, and mule drivers; time book and time roll for carpenters, timber trimmers, etc.; inventories of goods and furniture belonging to the company; and ore analyses.

Letters to and from Eames relate to mining operations and legal matters and are chiefly to William Brandreth, treasurer of the company, in New York. Correspondence addressed to London and Wales indicate mining connections abroad. One letter from J. P. Caldwell (May 16, 1881), editor of the  Landmark (Statesville), to Brandreth, expresses the interest of that town in having the railroad use Statesville as its eastern terminus.

The two bound volumes are: the Magnetic Iron Lands Accounts (1881) and the Statesville and Jefferson Railroad Survey Accounts (1881). Two newspapers are:  The China Grove Record (Salisbury), October 22, 1920 (one page) and  The Observer (Raleigh), August 10, 1878 (four pages). There are two broadsides; one advertises an address by Charles D. McIver on education (1889) and the other is on the Southern Railroad telegraphers' strike.

Printed material consists of:  Specimen Pages of Elderhost's Manual of Qualitative Blow Pipe Analysis and Determinative Mineralogy edited by Henry B. Nason and Charles F. Chandler. Fifth edition, revised and enlarged. (Philadelphia and London: T. Elwood Zell.);  Prospectus of Elk Knob Copper Company. Incorporated under the Laws of the State of New York. Watauga, N. C. (J. K. Lees, Book and Job Printer, 169-170 Fulton Street, N. Y.); and  Prospectus North State Mining Company.

One folder in the collection contains papers of R. Eames, Jr., chiefly receipted bills (1876-1881) for payment of gas, horse rent, clothes, groceries, and furniture. One item lists accounts collected for R. Eames, Jr. (1882-1882).


Records of the mining operations include: receipted bills for day labor, wood cutting, furniture, camp equipment, and supplies; wages paid the camp cook, engineers, miners, hoisters, bucket tenders, firemen, blacksmiths, carpenters, bricklayers, ore dressers, and mule drivers; time book and time roll for carpenters, timber trimmers, etc.; inventories of goods and furniture belonging to the company; and ore analyses.

Letters to and from Eames relate to mining operations and legal matters and are chiefly to William Brandreth, treasurer of the company, in New York. Correspondence addressed to London and Wales indicate mining connections abroad. One letter from J. P. Caldwell (May 16, 1881), editor of the  Landmark (Statesville), to Brandreth, expresses the interest of that town in having the railroad use Statesville as its eastern terminus.

The two bound volumes are: the Magnetic Iron Lands Accounts (1881) and the Statesville and Jefferson Railroad Survey Accounts (1881). Two newspapers are:  The China Grove Record (Salisbury), October 22, 1920 (one page) and  The Observer (Raleigh), August 10, 1878 (four pages). There are two broadsides; one advertises an address by Charles D. McIver on education (1889) and the other is on the Southern Railroad telegraphers' strike.

Printed material consists of:  Specimen Pages of Elderhost's Manual of Qualitative Blow Pipe Analysis and Determinative Mineralogy edited by Henry B. Nason and Charles F. Chandler. Fifth edition, revised and enlarged. (Philadelphia and London: T. Elwood Zell.);  Prospectus of Elk Knob Copper Company. Incorporated under the Laws of the State of New York. Watauga, N. C. (J. K. Lees, Book and Job Printer, 169-170 Fulton Street, N. Y.); and  Prospectus North State Mining Company.

One folder in the collection contains papers of R. Eames, Jr., chiefly receipted bills (1876-1881) for payment of gas, horse rent, clothes, groceries, and furniture. One item lists accounts collected for R. Eames, Jr. (1882-1882).


  • North State Mining Company
  • Mines and mineral resources--North Carolina--History
  • Account books
  • Clippings (information artifacts)