Finding Aid of the Wilson Hargett Jumper Family Papers, PC.7035


Finding Aid of the Wilson Hargett Jumper Family Papers, PC.7035

Descriptive Summary

Wilson Hargett Jumper Family Papers
Call Number
Jumper, Wilson Hargett
1768 - 2001
Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina

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Collection Overview

The Wilson Hargett Jumper Family Papers consist of letters, documents, photos, military materials, and ephemera.

Arrangement Note

The Wilson Hargett Jumper Family Papers consist of 8 boxes. Boxes 1-7 are organized by series and subseries, alphabetical and chronological as required. Box 8 contains oversized materials including photographs, diplomas, military flight records, and a 1768 ship indenture.


This collection, donated by Wilson Hargett Jumper, relates to his three North Carolina family lines--the Wilson, Hargett, and Jumper families.
The Wilson family emigrated from Belfast, Ireland in 1767, seeking land and opportunity. Samuel Wilson, his wife, and five children sailed aboard the ship EARL OF DONEGALL. The earliest record in the collection is the indenture for this passage. The family arrived in Charleston, South Carolina and made their way to what is now Gaston County, North Carolina.

The Jumper family immigrated to the United States, and family lore contends that the original settler was Johannes Conrad Schombert who came to Charleston in 1756 and settled on 200 acres on the north side of the Congaree River opposite the Saxa-Gotha township. Later, the family farmed land in the Sandy Run section of Lexington County, South Carolina.

The Hargett family of Sheffield, Alabama has roots in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The family emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania aboard the ship JACOB in 1749. From there, they travelled down the Great Wagon Road into the Mecklenburg and Anson County region, and later moved to Franklin County, Alabama.

Mary Kirkpatrick Wilson (1898-1967) married William Clifton "Cliff" Jumper Sr. (1886-1936) on June 11, 1919. The two met while working in construction management at the army installation Camp Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Cliff was the sole proprietor of the Columbia Transfer Company. After Camp Jackson was deactivated, he worked as a construction superintendent with the Phillips water purification company. The couple relocated several times for work projects such as in Murphy, North Carolina where Cliff managed construction of the Hiwassee Dam. They also lived in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia before returning to Gaston County in the early 1930s. Their surviving children were:
Henry "Hink" McClees Jumper, Floy Wilson Jumper, and William "Bill" Clifton Jumper Jr.

Henry "Hink" McClees Jumper attended Clemson University and founded of Champion Filtration in Chester, South Carolina. A horse lover, Hink was heavily involved with the American Saddlebred Association.

Floy Wilson Jumper (1925-1959) was a congressional page for Congressman Alfred L. Bullwinkle. In a letter to his mother, which is in the collection, Floy writes about President Franklin Roosevelt's Day of Infamy speech in the chambers of Congress in Washington, D.C. Floy died reporting on a mill fire in Long Shoals, North Carolina for WLOS television station.

William "Bill" Jumper Jr. (1920-2000) was working for Phillips Filtration building a water plant in Colbert County, Alabama when he met Dorothy Louise Hargett whom he would marry. After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Bill and Dorothy wed while he was stationed in California, prior to his deployment. He served as a bombardier in the 5th Army Jolly Rogers bomb group in New Guinea. His bomb flight runs, maps and descriptions, and letters to Dorothy are included in the collection as well as Dorothy's memorabilia from Huntingdon College.

Following his tour of duty, Bill Jr. taught in bombardier school at Pratt Army Airfield Base in Kansas. Bill and Dorothy's first child, Linda Carol Jumper, was born while stationed there. The family moved back to Gaston County where Bill Jr. worked for Lewis Motors. Originally a service manager, he was promoted to general manager and was a well-respected businessman. He worked on a number of community projects.

It was in Gaston County that Bill and Dorothy's two sons, William "Little Bill" Clifton Jumper III and Wilson Hargett Jumper, were born in 1949 and 1951 respectively. Bill Jr. opened the short-lived Bill Jumper Rambler in 1964 but remained in the car business until his retirement in 1997.

Contents of the Collection

1. Box 1

Genealogy - Akers

Genealogy - Fanning

Genealogy - Ferguson

Genealogy - Hargett

Genealogy - Jumper

Genealogy - Kilpatrick

Genealogy - Lathan

Genealogy - Wilson, Brown Wylie

Genealogy - Wilson, John 1737-1953

Genealogy - Wilson, Mandora Jane

Genealogy - Wilson, Mary Kirkpatrick

Genealogy - Wilson, Samuel

Genealogy - Wilson, miscellaneous

Genealogy - Wilson Reunion

Genealogy - Wilsons, Old Pisgah Church

Genealogy - Wylie, Miscellaneous

Ephemera - William C. Jumper Sr.

Ephemera - William C. Jumper Jr.

Ephemera - Dorothy Hargett Jumper

2. Box 2

Ephemera - Jumper-Hargett Marriage

Ephemera - Wilson Hargett Jumper

Ephemera - Kim Jumper

Ephemera - Vickie Jumper Duncan

Ephemera - Henry "Hink" McClease Jumper

Ephemera - Charles D. Wilson Jr.

Ephemera - Itara Wilson Little

Ephemera - Thomas Warren Wilson

Ephemera - Miscellaneous

Education - William C. Jumper Jr.

Education - Gastonia High School Class of 1937, Reunions

Education - Victory School, Gastonia

Education - Alabama, Sheffield High School and Huntingdon College

Education - Yearbook, Gastonia High School, 1936

Education - Yearbook, Gastonia High School 1937

Education - Yearbook Huntingdon College, 1940

3. Box 3

Education - Yearbook, Huntingdon College, 1941

Military - Base passes and cards

Military - Burial escort

Military - Deferment, Korean War

Military - Financial

Military - Flight records

Military - Orders

Military - Personnel

Military - Separation records

Military - Women's club

Military - Miscellaneous

Military - Wartime correspondence, William C. Jumper and Dot Hargett, 1942

Military - Wartime correspondence, Jumper - Hargett, April - July 1943

Military - Wartime correspondence, Jumper-Hargett, August-October 1943

Military - Wartime correspondence, Jumper-Hargett, November - December 1943

Military - Wartime correspondence, Jumper-Hargett, 1944

4. Box 4

Military - The Jolly Rogers, Alcorn, John S.

Military - Tales of the Jolly Rogers, Lord, Andrew M.

Military - Fifth Air Force Story

Military - US Air Force in WWII, Siefring, Thomas A.

Correspondence - William C. Jumper Jr. and Dorothy H. Jumper

Correspondence - Linda Jumper O'Neal

Correspondence - Miscellaneous

Correspondence - Greeting Cards

Correspondence - Telegrams

5. Box 5

Photographs - William Mark Wilson

Photographs - Thomas Warren Wilson and Family

Photographs - Itara Wilson Little and Family

Photographs - Mary Kirkpatrick Wilson

Photographs - William Clifton Jumper Sr.

Photographs - William Clifton Jumper Jr.

Photographs - William Clifton Jumper Jr., Military

Photographs, William Clifton Jumper Jr., Military - Post photos

Photographs - William Clifton Jumper Jr., Work

Photographs - Dorothy Hargett Jumper

Photographs - Dorothy Hargett Jumper, College photos

Photographs - Dorothy Hargett Jumper, Class reunions

Photographs - William C. Jumper and Dorothy Hargett Jumper, Couple photos

Photographs - William C. Jumper and Dorothy Hargett Jumper, Family

Photographs - Linda Carroll Jumper O'Neal

Photographs - William C. Jumper III

6. Box 6

Photographs-Wilson Hargett Jumper

Photographs - Wilson Hargett Jumper, Miscellaneous

Photographs - Wilson Hargett Jumper Wedding/Bridal
Photographs - Wilson Hargett Jumper and Susan Jenkins Jumper Family
Photographs - Wilson Hargett Jumper and Susan Jenkins Jumper Family
Photographs - Floy Wilson Jumper Family
Photographs - Henry "Hink" McClease Jumper
Photographs - Hamilton
Photographs - Hargett
Photographs - Williams
Photographs - Wilson
Photographs - Military
Photographs - Military, Bob Copp
Photographs - Military, Howard Kraft "Krafty"
Photographs - Miscellaneous Jumper
Photographs - Miscellaneous Wilson
Photographs - Wilson 1993 Reunion
Photographs - Miscellaneous Wylie
Photographs - Cemeteries
Photographs - Unidentified portraits

7. Box 7

Photographs - Miscellaneous couples

Photograph - Miscellaneous groups

Photographs - Miscellaneous

Clippings - Wilson C. Jumper Jr. and Dorothy Hargett Jumper

Clippings - Floy Jumper

Clippings - T. W. Wilson

Clippings - Itara Wilson Little

Clippings - Miscellaneous Hamilton

Clippings - Miscellaneous Hargetts

Clippings - Miscellaneous Jumper

Clippings - Williams

Clippings - Wilson miscellaneous

Clippings - Obituaries

Media - Audiocassette, CD

Media - VHS Tapes

Book - Gastonia and Gaston County

8. Box 8

Subject Headings

  • Wilson family
  • Hargett Family
  • Jumper family
  • Genealogy
  • Gaston County (N.C.)
  • Processing Information

  • Processed by Wilson Hargett Jumper, Clove Barrett, and Heather South, 2019