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James McNeely Papers


James McNeely (circa 1813-1887) was born in the portion of Burke County that by 1842 had become part of McDowell County. In 1847 a bond was submitted on behalf of McNeely as a McDowell County constable. McNeely also operated a tavern and a general merchandise store in Turkey Cove. In 1855 he married Catherine McCall (1836-1925).Papers include writs of execution, notes of debt, receipts, and summonses from McNeely's service as constable of McDowell County during the late 1840s. There are also business papers, including accounts and correspondence, representing his work from 1845, possibly as a tavern owner, then in partnership with J. Young in the general merchandise concern of Young and McNe ... (more below)

Title

James McNeely Papers

Collection Number

PC.1906

Date(s)

1838-1870

Language

English

Physical Description
7.0 boxes
Physical Description
Abstract

James McNeely (circa 1813-1887) was born in the portion of Burke County that by 1842 had become part of McDowell County. In 1847 a bond was submitted on behalf of McNeely as a McDowell County constable. McNeely also operated a tavern and a general merchandise store in Turkey Cove. In 1855 he married Catherine McCall (1836-1925).

Papers include writs of execution, notes of debt, receipts, and summonses from McNeely's service as constable of McDowell County during the late 1840s. There are also business papers, including accounts and correspondence, representing his work from 1845, possibly as a tavern owner, then in partnership with J. Young in the general merchandise concern of Young and McNeely, Turkey Hamlet, McDowell County, around 1855.

Creator

McNeely, James

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


This collection is organized by record type and is generally in chronological order. The writs and summons are arranged in bundles, in their original order as maintained by McNeely and placed in alphabetical order by the first letter of the surname.

Two series: Personal Business Papers; Constable Records


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 Fran Tracy-Walls and Jennifer Davis

Finding Aid by Fran Tracy-Walls and Jennifer Davis, 2012; additions made by Fran Tracy-Walls, 2014


1777 Creation of Burke County from land previously in Rowan County 1790's Increasing influx of early settlers, including English, Scots, and Scots-Irish. 1773 ca. Birth of Martha McNeely, possibly the grandmother or mother of James, David McNeely, and probably other children. 1810 ca. Birth of David McNeely, probably a brother of James 1813 ca. Birth of James McNeely (JM) 1827 Robert McCall appointed a justice of the Burke County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. Future father-in law. 1840 James McNeely, age ca. 27, living alone in Burke County and employed in agriculture. 1842 Formation of McDowell County from Rutherford and Burke. 1847 Bond submitted on behalf of JM, authorizing his service as a constable. 1855 Establishment of a general merchandise store, Young and McNeely, Turkey Cove. 1879 JM appointed postmaster at Caruth, NW McDowell County 1886 JM service as postmaster ended 1887 Death of JM and burial at McNeely Cemetery, McDowell County.

[Identification of item] in PC.1906, James McNeely Papers, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, USA


Gift of Mrs. Ed O. Cannon, Marion, NC, 1973


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx


Papers include writs of execution, notes of debt, receipts, and summonses from McNeely's service as constable of McDowell County during the late 1840s. There are also business papers, including accounts and correspondence, representing his work from 1845, possibly as a tavern owner, then in partnership with J. Young in the general merchandise concern of Young and McNeely, Turkey Hamlet, McDowell County, around 1855. Since this collection contains both personal, business, and county record copies, the many writs of execution may be to some degree duplicative of the county record copy.


The box at the end of this collection contains two handmade leather bags designed for storage of summons and other notices McNeely carried in the discharge of duties as contable. It is presumed that he carried these smaller bags within a larger saddlebag or strapped them directly on the horse he rode in rural McDowell County. The bags were cleaned by State Archives conservator, Emily Rainwater, who made custom containers for the bags.


  • McNeely family
  • Retail stores--North Carolina
  • McDowell County (N.C.)
  • Constables--North Carolina--McDowell County

Box: PC. 1906.1  
Folder: 1  
Tavern Sales Records-Whiskey, Wine, Tobacco
1845

Folder: 2  
Tavern Sales Records
1845

Folder: 3  
Tavern Sales Records
1846

Folder: 4  
Tavern Sales Records
1846-1847

Folder: 5  
General Mechandise Purchases and Receipts, Charleston, S.C.
1855

Folder: 6  
Sales Records,Turkey Cove
1855

Folder: 7  
Purchases and Receipts, Charleston, S.C.
1855-1856

Folder: 8  
Freight Receipts, Chester/Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad
1855

Folder: 9  
Drayage and Freight (Chester, S.C.), Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad
1856

Folder: 10  
Miscellaneaous Calculations and Notes
1855-1857 and undated

Folder: 11  
Miscellaneous Lists and Receipts
1855 and undated

Folder: 12  
List of Sales
30 December 1856

Folder: 13  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1838

Folder: 14  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1845

Folder: 15  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1846

Folder: 16  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1847

Folder: 17  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1848

Folder: 18  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1849

Box: PC. 1906.2  
Folder: 1  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1850

Folder: 2  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1851

Folder: 3  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1852

Folder: 4  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1853

Folder: 5  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1854

Folder: 6  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1855

Folder: 7  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
1856-1857

Folder: 8  
Correspondence, McNeely, James
Undated

Folder: 9  
Receipts
1840

Folder: 10  
Receipts
1841

Folder: 11  
Receipts
1842

Folder: 12  
Receipts
1843

Folder: 13  
Receipts
1844

Folder: 14  
Receipts
1845

Folder: 15  
Receipts
1846

Folder: 16  
Receipts
1847

Folder: 17  
Receipts
1848

Folder: 18  
Receipts
1849

Folder: 19  
Receipts
1850

Folder: 20  
Receipts
1851

Folder: 21  
Receipts
1852

Folder: 22  
Receipts
1853

Folder: 23  
Receipts
1854

Folder: 24  
Receipts
1855

Folder: 25  
Accounts/ Bills of Sale
1845-1870

Folder: 26  
Accounts, Gill/McNeely
1846-1850

Folder: 27  
Articles of Agreement
1846-1849, 1850

Folder: 28  
Balance Due Note
1854

Folder: 29  
Certificate for Security
1854

Folder: 30  
Certification of Letter Postal
1848

Folder: 31  
Indenture, Test, James McNeely
1845

Folder: 32  
Inventory of William Curtis Estate, J. McNeely, Administrator
undated

Folder: 33  
Miscellaneous
undated

Folder: 34  
Miscellaneous Printed Matter
1850; 1851; post 1871

Folder: 35  
Miscellaneous,Chart Notes
1851; 1852; 1853; 1857

Folder: 36  
Notes, Bank
1870

Folder: 37  
Notices
1855

Folder: 38  
Promissory Notes
1838-1857

Folder: 39  
Bond, State and County, McDowell Co. to James McNeely
1852

Folder: 40  
Lists of Debts to Collect
1848 and undated

Folder: 41  
Burke and McDowell Counties vs. Plantiffs
1845-1853

Folder: 42  
Court of Equity, McDowell County
1848

Folder: 43  
State of North Carolina Treasury Receipt
1846

Folder: 44  
Writ of Execution, Cabarrus County, David Robasm vs. H. Woods
1846

Folder: 45  
Bastardy Warrent, State vs. Matilda England
1848

Box: PC. 1906.3  
James McNeely vs.
1846-1867

Box: PC. 1906.3  
Sam McNeely
1848-1849

Box: PC. 1906.3  
A, Surnames beginning with
1844-1853

Box: PC. 1906.3  
B, Surnames beginning with
1846-1853

Box: PC. 1906.3  
C, Surnames beginning with
1847-1853

Box: PC. 1906.4  
D, Surnames beginning with
1848-1857

Box: PC. 1906.4  
E, Surnames beginning with
1849-1857

Box: PC. 1906.4  
F, Surnames beginning with
1848-1853

Box: PC. 1906.4  
G, Surnames beginning with
1848-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
H, Surnames beginning with
1848-1855

Box: PC. 1906.4  
I, Surnames beginning with
1848-1853

Box: PC. 1906.4  
J, Surnames beginning with
1848-1853

Box: PC. 1906.4  
K, Surnames beginning with
1848

Box: PC. 1906.4  
L, Surnames beginning with
1848-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
MC, Surnames beginning with
1847-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
M, Surnames beginning with
1848-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
N, Surnames beginning with
1848, 1852

Box: PC. 1906.4  
O, Surnames beginning with
1852

Box: PC. 1906.4  
P, Q, Surnames beginning with
1847-1853

Box: PC. 1906.4  
R, Surnames beginning with
1849-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
S, Surnames beginning with
1848-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
T, Surnames beginning with
1849-1850, 1853

Box: PC. 1906.4  
U, V, Surnames beginning with
1850

Box: PC. 1906.4  
W, Surnames beginning with
1848-1854

Box: PC. 1906.4  
Y, Surnames beginning with
1849-1856

Box: PC. 1906.5  
A, Surnames beginning with
1849-1857

Box: PC. 1906.5  
B, Surnames beginning with
1848-1851

Box: PC. 1906.5  
C, Surnames beginning with
1849, 1852

Box: PC. 1906.5  
D, Surnames beginning with
1851-1853

Box: PC. 1906.5  
E. Elliot Papers
1850

Box: PC. 1906.5  
Samuel Flenrey Papers
1850

Box: PC. 1906.5  
Gill Papers
1848-1852

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Hall Papers
1851-1852

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Johnston Papers
1856

Box: PC. 1906.6  
J. McKesson Papers
1848-1849

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Murphy Papers
1851

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Neal Papers
1852

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Presnell Papers
1850

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Turner Papers
1849-1850

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Weeks Papers
1849

Box: PC. 1906.6  
Whitson Papers
1850-1851