Guide to the Bingham Family Papers, 1835 - 1946

Summary Information

Title: Bingham Family Papers, 1835 - 1946
Collection: AC.149
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)

Bingham Family Papers relates to the family of Joseph Terry Bingham of the Pine Run area of Watauga County, North Carolina. The documents primarily consist of deeds and also include accounts, letters, and Joseph Bingham's commission to as a postmaster. Some materials were generated by Bingham's father-in-law David Lewis.

Creator: Bingham, Joseph Terry (1818-1897)

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Terry Bingham (1818-1897) was a farmer, operator of a dry goods store and a mill, and the Pine Run postmaster. He was married to Minerva Adline Lewis, the daughter of David and Mary Hendrix Lewis. She died in 1877 and he married Lou S. Brown.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials Bingham family documents spanning from 1838-1943. Included within the collection are ten original Watauga County, North Carolina land deeds written prior to the 1873 court house fire which destroyed Watauga County's early court documents. Other documents within the collection include a commission for postmaster for Joseph Bingham, correspondence between the Bingham family, including two letters written by family members who moved away from Watauga County and one briefly discusses the family's religious life. The legal documents folder contains two arrest warrants from the late-19th century.


This collection is arranged alphabetically. Materials larger than 8" x 14" are stored in oversize.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was opened to the public in August 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, August 2002; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, June 2005; Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Trevor McKenzie, November 2012. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.149: Bingham Family Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Business documents, 1866-1884, undated  Box 1.1
Correspondence, 1878-1943  Box 1.2
Deeds, 1835-1896  Box 1.3
Legal documents, 1838-1880  Box 1.4