O'Neal Family Papers, PC.5158

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O'Neal Family Papers, PC.5158

Abstract

The O'Neal Family historically resided in the Chicamacomico Banks settlement of North Carolina, in the same area as present-day Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo. Materials in this collection primarily relate to Rinaldo O'Neal (1826-1866), who served as commissioner of wrecks for the Chicamacomico Banks/northern Cape Hatteras area starting in 1861. The O'Neal Family Papers, 1831-1885 and undated, documents multiple members of the O'Neal Family. The papers primarily consist of financial records and official records, such as deeds and surveys, but a small amount of correspondence is included.

Descriptive Summary

Title
O'Neal Family Papers
Call Number
PC.5158
Creator
O'Neal Family
Date
1831-1885 and undated
Extent
0.30 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the 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 these materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5158, O'Neal Family Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The O'Neal Family Papers, 1831-1885 and undated, documents multiple members of the O'Neal Family of Chicamacomico Banks, N.C. The papers primarily consist of financial records and official records, such as deeds and surveys, but a small amount of correspondence is also included.

The shipwreck records, 1831-1880, relate to claims and disputes lodged in cases of shipwrecks in the Chicamacomico Banks area. These include official protests filed by Captain Jacob Smith (1831) and Captain Albury (1842) regarding wrecks north of Cape Hatteras; surveys of wrecks of the of New York (1857), the of Scarborough, England (1859), the (1861)and the of St. John, New Brunswick (1862); an adjudication regarding a salvage claim filed by Ezekiel Hooper for lumber washed ashore; and an 1861 certificate of appointment naming Rinaldo M. O'Neal commissioner of wrecks.

Financial records, receipts, and invoices, 1849-1883 and undated, largely comprise receipts and inventories for goods purchased by members of the O'Neal family, including trades (such as a circa 1855 trade by Rinaldo O'Neal for hardware and supplies in exchange for six barrels of bluefish). Also included is a statement to Aaron O'Neal (1870) for 36 days work at $18 per month.

Deeds and land records, 1853-1885, document land purchased or inherited by members of the O'Neal family. All land purchased was located in Chicamacomico Banks, and most of the land was deeded to Rinaldo O'Neal.

Tax Receipts, 1857-1883, were issued to members of the O'Neal family to reflect payment of their taxes in a given year. Most of the receipts were issued to Eliza O'Neal, but receipts for Jacob and Daily O'Neal are also included.

Vital Records, circa 1866-1881, comprise a statement of Rinaldo O'Neal's birth and death dates, a Dare County Superior Court adoption order naming William Rebecca M. Pugh Midgett (daughter of Calenda A.S. Midgett) daughter of S.M. Pugh and Wm. R.M. Pugh, and a will of S.M. Pugh naming his wife Wm. R.M. Pugh and niece Wm. Rebecca Pugh Midgett his wife's namesake.

Correspondence, 1871-1883 and undated, contains letters received by various members of the O'Neal family, including an 1871 letter fragment addressed to Daily O'Neal, a notice to Mariah O'Neal regarding public school in Chicamacomico Banks, an 1875 verse written by Daily O'Neal, a jury summons for Jacob O'Neal, a letter from D.S. Meekins of Kinnakeet to B.S. Pugh requesting a berth for his station, a letter from Tilman F. Smith of Hatteras to Jacob O'Neal requesting use of O'Neal's boat, a letter from Phebe O. Midgett at W.S. Lifesaving Station No. 20 to her mother, a letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior to the widow of George W. Midget (late Private Co. H 1 N.C. Infantry) denying her pension due to her remarriage, and several undated calling cards.

Arrangement Note

Chronological by content

Chronological.

Biographical/Historical

The O'Neal family historically resided in the Chicamacomico Banks settlement of North Carolina, in the same area as present-day Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo. Materials in this collection primarily relate to Rinaldo O'Neal (1826-1866), who served as commissioner of wrecks for the Chicamacomico Banks/northern Cape Hatteras area starting in 1861.

Contents of the Collection

1. Shipwreck Records, 1831-1880

2. Financial Records, Receipts, and Invoices, 1849-1883

3. Deeds and Land Records, 1853-1885

4. Tax Receipts, 1857-1883

5. Vital Records, circa 1866-1881

6. Correspondence, 1871-1883

Subject Headings

  • Midgett family
  • Midgett, John Allen, 1836-1913
  • O'Neal, Eliza, 1831-1900
  • O'Neal, Jacob, 1854-1928
  • O'Neal, Rinaldo M., 1826-1866
  • Pugh Family
  • Shipwrecks--North Carolina--Cape Hatteras
  • Rodanthe (N.C.)--History
  • Rodanthe (N.C.)--Genealogy
  • Salvo (N.C.)--History
  • Salvo (N.C.)--Genealogy
  • Waves (N.C.)--History
  • Waves (N.C.)--Genealogy
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by William C. Woolridge on behalf of Helen Spivey O'Neal, August 2004.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, December 2017.