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Poteet-Dickson Letters


Martha A. E. Henley (1826-1902) and Francis Marion Poteet (1827-1902) were likely born in Burke or McDowell County, N.C., and were married on September 26, 1847 in McDowell County. Thirteen children were born to this union. Francis worked variously as a farmer, a carpenter, and a miller. Living in the Dysartsville area of McDowell County, Poteet was working as a miller at the time of his conscription into the Confederate Army, Company A, 49th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. At different stages of the war, Poteet was encamped at Weldon, N.C., Kinston, N.C., Petersburg, Virginia, and in other spots in North Carolina and Virginia. In early 1864 Poteet was tried for desertion after he returned ... (more below)

Title

Poteet-Dickson Letters

Collection Number

PC.1925

Date(s)

1861 - 1902; undated

Language

English

Physical Description
Box
1 legal size
Cubic feet
1/3
Physical Description
Boxes
1.00
Cubic feet
1.00
Abstract

Martha A. E. Henley (1826-1902) and Francis Marion Poteet (1827-1902) were likely born in Burke or McDowell County, N.C., and were married on September 26, 1847 in McDowell County. Thirteen children were born to this union. Francis worked variously as a farmer, a carpenter, and a miller. Living in the Dysartsville area of McDowell County, Poteet was working as a miller at the time of his conscription into the Confederate Army, Company A, 49th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. At different stages of the war, Poteet was encamped at Weldon, N.C., Kinston, N.C., Petersburg, Virginia, and in other spots in North Carolina and Virginia. In early 1864 Poteet was tried for desertion after he returned home when a young son became ill and died. Poteet was eventually returned to his post, possibly because he was voluntarily returning to the army when arrested. After the war ended, the family moved to Enola, Burke County, North Carolina, where Francis operated a grinding mill and Martha worked in a nearby store. In the 1890s the Poteet family moved to Mooresboro, Cleveland County, N.C. Martha and Francis Poteet died within a day of each other in early April of 1902.

Collection includes 47 original manuscript letters, dating from July 16, 1861 to July 12, 1902 and also an undated handcopied story by a child, and a undated family memorandum, ca. 1902 with birth, marriage, death and other dates of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet. The majority of the letters are the Civil War correspondence of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet (36 of 38 letters). The letters convey the deep sense of family and the devotion and love of this couple as man and wife. The letters also reveal the hardship and sacrifices of service in the Confederate army and the harsh plight of a woman running a small farm in McDowell County during war-time while her husband was away. To a lesser degree the letters document Francis Poteet's service in the 49th North Carolina Infantry. Two of the letters are from a brother of Francis, Peter Poteet, during his service at Yorktown, Va. in the 1st North Carolina Infantry Regiment. The remaining letters (9) are post-war correspondence, primarily from Francis and Martha to their daughter Celenia and her husband, F. M. (Frank) Dickson. These letters are also valuable beyond the information they contain about life in the latter half of the 19th century, particularly for the insight they give into the relationships and events within the family.

Physical Location

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

Creator

Poteet, Francis Marion, 1827-1902.

Creator

Poteet, Martha A. E. Hendley, 1826-1902.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Folders arranged chronologically within the two series: Civil War Letters, and Post-Civil War Letters.


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Martha A. E. Henley (1826-1902) and Francis Marion Poteet (1827-1902) were likely born in Burke or McDowell County, N.C., and were married on September 26, 1847 in McDowell County. Thirteen children were born to this union, including Mary Elizabeth, Thomas, Alvis, Amy Jane, Rufina Celenia, Susannah, Julia, George Pinkney, Frances Emer, Martha, Derotha Ida, and Isabelle. Francis worked variously as a farmer, a carpenter and a miller. Living in the Dysartsville area of McDowell County, Poteet was working as a miller at the time of his conscription into the Confederate Army, Company A, 49th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. At different stages of the war, Poteet was encamped at Weldon, N.C., Kinston, N.C., Petersburg, Virginia, and other spots in North Carolina and Virginia. In early 1864 Poteet was tried for desertion after he returned home when a young son became ill and died. Poteet was eventually returned to his post, possibly because he was voluntarily returning to the army when arrested. After the war ended, the family moved to Enola, Burke County, North Carolina, where Francis operated a grinding mill and Martha worked in a nearby store. In the 1890s the Poteet family moved to Mooresboro, Cleveland County, N.C. Martha and Francis Poteet died within a day of each other in early April of 1902.

1826, July 13 Birth of Martha A. E. Henley to Anna Amy Jenkins and Henry Henley. 1827, February 3 Birth of Francis Marion Poteet to Susanna Brittain and John Poteet, Jr., in Burke County, N.C. (later became part of McDowell County). 1847, September 26 Marriage of Francis Poteet and Martha Henley in McDowell County, N.C. 1858, August 1 Francis Poteet joined a Baptist church, probably in McDowell County. 1858, September 5 Martha Poteet joined a Baptist church, probably in McDowell County. 1863, October 2 Francis Poteet was conscripted into the Confederate Army and assigned as a private in Company A, 49th Regiment, North Carolina Troops. 1864, January 27 Arrested while voluntarily on his way back to the army, Francis Poteet was tried for desertion and confined to the guard house for several months. 1864, May 25 Francis Poteet was returned for regular duty with Company A. 1865, April ca. After the war ended, the family moved to Enola, Burke County, North Carolina, where Francis operated a grinding mill and Martha worked in a nearby store. 1890s Poteet family moved to Mooresboro, Cleveland County, N.C. 1899, October 2 Death of Thomas Hendley in Elmwood, Iredell County [?], N.C. and burial at Pleasant Hill, Wilkes County[?]. 1902, April 2 Martha Poteet suffered a stroke and died. 1902, April 3 Francis Poteet had a heart attack and died early the next morning. 1902, April 4 Funeral services were held for the Poteets at Sandy Run Baptist Church in Mooresboro. They were buried in the church cemetery.

[Identification of item], PC.1825, Poteet-Dickson Letters, 1861-1902 and undated, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C., USA.


Received as a gift from Carolyn Clark Owen of Hillsborough, N.C. Accessioned August, 1999.


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


Collection includes 47 original manuscript letters, dating from July 16, 1861 to July 12, 1902 and also an undated handcopied story by a child, and a undated family memorandum, ca. 1902 with birth, marriage, death and other dates of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet. The majority of the letters are the Civil War correspondence of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet (36 of 38 letters). Letters convey the deep sense of family and the devotion and love of this couple as man and wife. The letters also reveal the hardship and sacrifices of service in the Confederate army and the harsh plight of a woman running a small farm in McDowell County during war-time while her husband was away. To a lesser degree the letters document Francis Poteet's service in the 49th North Carolina Infantry. Two of the letters are from a brother of Francis, Peter Poteet during service at Yorktown, Va. in the 1st North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Also one letter from Francis includes a message from Martha's brother, Thomas Hendley. The remaining letters (9) are the post-war correspondence from Francis and Martha to their daughter Celenia and her husband, F. M. (Frank) Dickson. The exchanged post-war letters were written primarily by Martha and her daughter Celenia. The post-war letters are also valuable beyond the information they contain about life in the latter half of the 19th century, particularly for the insight they give into the relationships within the family, and some of their thoughts, activities, and challenges such as illness and death.

Folders arranged chronologically within the two series: Civil War Letters, and Post-Civil War Letters.


Collection includes 47 original manuscript letters, dating from July 16, 1861 to July 12, 1902 and also an undated handcopied story by a child, and a undated family memorandum, ca. 1902 with birth, marriage, death and other dates of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet. The majority of the letters are the Civil War correspondence of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet (36 of 38 letters). Letters convey the deep sense of family and the devotion and love of this couple as man and wife. The letters also reveal the hardship and sacrifices of service in the Confederate army and the harsh plight of a woman running a small farm in McDowell County during war-time while her husband was away. To a lesser degree the letters document Francis Poteet's service in the 49th North Carolina Infantry. Two of the letters are from a brother of Francis, Peter Poteet during service at Yorktown, Va. in the 1st North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Also one letter from Francis includes a message from Martha's brother, Thomas Hendley. The remaining letters (9) are the post-war correspondence from Francis and Martha to their daughter Celenia and her husband, F. M. (Frank) Dickson. The exchanged post-war letters were written primarily by Martha and her daughter Celenia. The post-war letters are also valuable beyond the information they contain about life in the latter half of the 19th century, particularly for the insight they give into the relationships within the family, and some of their thoughts, activities, and challenges such as illness and death.


  • Poteet, Francis Marion, 1827-1902.
  • Poteet, Martha Hendley, 1826-1902.
  • Dickson family.
  • Hendley family.
  • Poteet family.
  • Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Troops Regiment, 49th.
  • Confederate States of America. Army. North Carolina Infantry Regiment, 1st.
  • Desertion, Military--Confederate States of America.
  • Family--North Carolina--History--19th century.
  • Mother and child--North Carolina--History--19th century.
  • Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Social conditions.
  • Women in war--North Carolina--19th century.
  • Women--North Carolina--Social life and customs--19th century.
  • North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Enola (N.C.)
  • Mooresboro (N.C.)
  • Burke County (N.C.)
  • McDowell County (N.C.)
  • Cleveland County (N.C.)
  • Dickson, Rufina Celenia Poteet.
  • Hendley, Thomas, d. 1899.
  • Poteet, Peter.

The majority of the letters are the Civil War correspondence of Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A. E. Hendley Poteet (36 of 38 letters). The letters convey the deep sense of family and the devotion and love of this couple as man and wife. The letters also reveal the hardship and sacrifices of service in the Confederate army and the harsh plight of a woman with numerous children running a small farm in McDowell County during war-time while her husband was away. Francis M. Poteet's letters were written from Kinston, N.C., Weldon, N.C., Richard, Va., Bermuda Hundred, Va., and Petersburg, Va.

Box: PC.1825.1  
Folder: 1  
Peter Poteet to brother, Francis M. Poteet
July 16, 1861

Scope and Content

Written from Yorktown, Va.

Folder: 2  
From Peter Poteet to brother, Francis M. Poteet
August 7, 1861

Scope and Content

Written from Yorktown, Va.

Folder: 3  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
November 3, 1863

Scope and Content

Written from Kinston, N.C.

Folder: 4  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
November 8, 1863

Scope and Content

Written from Kinston, N.C.

Folder: 5  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
November 12, 1863

Scope and Content

Written from Kinston, N.C.

Folder: 6  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
November 22, 1863

Scope and Content

Written from Kinston, N.C.

Folder: 7  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
November 23, 1863

Scope and Content

Written from Kinston, N.C.

Folder: 8  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to to husband, Francis
January 7, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 9  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
January 12, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Weldon, N.C.

Folder: 10  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to to husband, Francis
January 21, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 11  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to to husband, Francis
February 4, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 12  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
February 8, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Weldon, N.C.

Folder: 13  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to to husband, Francis
February 18, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 14  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
February 23, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Weldon, N.C.

Folder: 15  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
March 16, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Weldon, N.C.

Folder: 16  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
March 17, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Weldon, N.C.

Folder: 17  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
April 7, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 18  
From Francis M. Poteet and Thomas Hendley to Martha
May 4, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Richard, Va. Thomas Hendley was Martha Hendley Poteet's brother.

Folder: 19  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
May 31, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Bermuda Hundred, Va.

Folder: 20  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
June 16, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C. Includes outline of new baby's hand.

Folder: 21  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
June 16, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 22  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
July 5, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 23  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
July 11, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 24  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
August 19, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 25  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
August 21, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 26  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
August 30, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 27  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
August 30, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 28  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
September 25, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 29  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
October 4, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 30  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
October 6, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 31  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
October 23, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 32  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
November 2, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 33  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
November 24, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 34  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
December 3, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 35  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
December 31, 1864

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 36  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
January 17, 1865

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Folder: 37  
From Francis M. Poteet to wife, Martha
January 18, 1865

Scope and Content

Written from Petersburg, Va.

Folder: 38  
From Martha A. E. Poteet to husband, Francis
February 2, 1865

Scope and Content

Written from McDowell County, N.C.

Most of the post-civil war letters are signed by either Francis M. and Martha A. E. Poteet, or by F. M. and Celenia Dickson, the letters appear to be written by the women, Martha Poteet and Celenia Dickson. Celenia was a daughter of Francis and Martha Poteet, married to F. M. (Frank) Dickson.

Folder: 39  
From Francis and Martha Poteet to F. M. (Frank) and Celenia Dickson and children
April 30, 1883

Folder: 40  
From Francis and Martha Poteet to F. M. (Frank) and Celenia Dickson
January 16, 1889

Scope and Content

Written from Enola, Burke County.

Folder: 41  
From Francis and Martha Poteet to F. M. (Frank) and Celenia Dickson
October 16, 1889

Folder: 42  
From Francis and Martha Poteet to F. M. (Frank) and Celenia Dickson
November 2, 1890

Folder: 43  
From Francis and Martha Poteet to F. M. (Frank) and Celenia Dickson
July 4, 1891

Folder: 44  
From Francis and Martha Poteet to F. M. (Frank) and Celenia Dickson
April 9, 1892

Folder: 45  
From Ella W. [Whetstine?] to Uncle and Aunt ???
November 8, 1896

Scope and Content

Written from Marion, N.C.

Folder: 46  
From Sally Hendley to Martha Poteet
October 5, 1899

Scope and Content

Written from Elmwood, N.C. Salley Hendley was the wife of Thomas Hendley, a brother of Martha. Sally Hendley wrote of the death of Thomas Hendley on October 2, 1899, the funeral service at home and his burial at Baptist church, Pleasant Hill.

Folder: 47  
From Mary (sister of Celenia) to Celenia Dickson
July 12, 1902

Scope and Content

Written from Converse, S.C.

Folder: 48  
Family memorandum written by R. Celenia P. Dickson regarding her parents
ca. 1902

Scope and Content

Lists the dates of birth, marriage, joining of the church, and death of her parents, Francis Marion Poteet and Martha A.E. Hendley Poteet.

Folder: 49  
Hand-copied story by child, Undated