Daniel Meekins Papers, PC.5306


Daniel Meekins Papers, PC.5306


Daniel Meekins was a Manteo native and keeper of the local almshouse. The Daniel Meekins Papers, 1844-1920, consists of personal and professional papers created by Daniel Meekins and his father, Francis Meekins. Materials include correspondence, financial records, court documents, and other papers.

Descriptive Summary

Daniel Meekins Papers
Call Number
Meekins, Daniel, 1863-1923
0.200 cubic feet
Outer Banks History Center

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Available for research.

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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.5306, Daniel Meekins Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Daniel Meekins Papers, 1844-1920, consists of personal and professional papers created by Daniel Meekins and his father, Francis Meekins. The collection includes correspondence, deeds, insurance policies, financial records, papers related to the Independent Order of Odd-Fellows, and summonses and other court documents. Included in the correspondence are two 1907 letters referencing samples of Russian potatoes sent to Meekins by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to see if the variety could thrive on Roanoke Island and a 1907 letter instructing Meekins on how to manage tuberculosis patients living in the almshouse.

Arrangement Note

Folders arranged alphabetically. Material within folders arranged chronologically.


Daniel Meekins was born 17 June 1863 in Manteo, North Carolina. He was the son of Francis A. Meekins (1818-1881), a farmer and mechanic, and Elizabeth Baum Meekins (1828-1897). He married Clara Rowena Homer (1871-1950) in 1890 and the couple had two children: D. Victor Meekins (1897-1964) and Rowena Estelle Meekins (1903-1996). He worked as an oyster fisherman and was elected constable for a two-year term in 1902 before being named head of the keeper of the almshouse in 1904. He also worked as a census taker that year. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd-Fellows Lodge No. 3 (Manteo, N.C.). Meekins died at his home after an eight-month illness 18 July 1923.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Chattel Mortgages and Contracts, 1892-1916
Box 1
Correspondence, 1889-1908
Box 1
Deeds, 1859-circa 1900s
Box 1
Horoscope and Application for Membership in the Psycho Success Club, 1907
Box 1
Independent Order of Odd-Fellows, 1890-1910
Box 1
Insurance Policies, 1907-1920
Box 1
Marriage License: Daniel Meekins and Rowena Homer, 1890
Box 1
F.A. Meekins Estate Papers, 1882
Box 1
Professional Papers, 1844-1908
Box 1
Receipts, 1844-1911
Box 1
Summonses, 1873-1916
Box 1
U.S. Lifesaving Service Buttons, circa 19th century
Box 1
Other Papers, circa 1900s
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • Meekins family
  • Meekins, Francis A., 1818-1881
  • Manteo (N.C.)--History--19th century
  • Roanoke Island (N.C.)--History--19th century
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by the Estate of Roger Meekins, August 2019.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, October 2019.