Guide to the H.W. Jeffcoat Papers, 1900 - 1933, undated

Summary Information

Title: H.W. Jeffcoat Papers, 1900 - 1933, undated
Collection: AC.150
Extent: 0.75 linear feet (2 boxes)

The H.W. Jeffcoat Papers contains the papers of Herbert Warren Jeffcoat and his daughter, Cora Pearl Jeffcoat of the Watauga Mission of the United Lutheran Church.

Creator: Jeffcoat, Herbert Warren, 1859-1937.

Biographical/Historical Note

Herbert Warren Jeffcoat (October 9, 1859-April 5, 1937) was a Lutheran pastor and served congregations in North Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi. He was born to the Rev. James Osgood Andrew Jacob Turner Jefcoat and Rachel Zadie Jefcoat in Goshen Hill, Alabama. Herbert added an additional 'f' to his surname. His father and both grandfathers were Methodist ministers.

In 1890, Jeffcoat received an A.B. degree from Newberry College. In 1894, he graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and was ordained in 1894 by the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church.

Jeffcoat married Ella Eve Epting, a Lutheran, from Springfield, South Carolina on April 4, 1879. Ella died in 1894. They had three children: William Cecil, Cora Pearl, and George Holland. Two years after Ella's death, Jeffcoat married Bettie C. Hendrix of Davie County. She died in 1897. He married again in 1899 to Mrs. Rosa Ellen (Fisher) Moose of Cabarrus County, and she also preceded him in death.

Jeffcoat served ten locations over a span of thirty-five years. He organized and built at least two churches, Haven Lutheran, Salisbury, North Carolina and Grace Lutheran, Boone, North Carolina, and conducted mission work for the Lutheran Church in Louisville, Mississippi. Jeffcoat died in Boone, North Carolina. His funeral was held at Grace Lutheran Church, Boone, and he was buried in the St. Mark's Lutheran Church cemetery in Blythewood, South Carolina.

Cora Pearl Jeffcoat (1884-1969) was a parish worker of the Lutheran church, serving in Watauga County, North Carolina and other nearby areas of the Appalachian Mountains. She was born in Springfield, South Carolina on September 30, 1884. In 1923, she began working for the Women's Missionary Society as one of the first Home Missionaries of the Lutheran church. She worked full time until a disabling stroke in 1939 forced her to continue part time until 1954. She helped build churches and visited people over a vast territory, eight settlements in four counties. Before entering church work, Jeffcoat was a school teacher and a district school supervisor in Guilford, Alamance, Davidson, Forsyth, and Cabarrus counties in North Carolina. She graduated from Greensboro College and also studied at Georgia College, Peabody College, Mississippi State College, the University of North Carolina, and Columbia University. Jeffcoat died February 6, 1969 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her funeral was held at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, and she was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Burlington, North Carolina.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials from both H. W. Jeffcoat and Cora Jeffcoat. H.W. Jeffcoat's Minister Record Books contain information such as weather, visitation schedule, baptism/confirmation activities, church service (hymns, Bible verses, sermon topic). Papers from circa 1924 provide details on Jeffcoat's work at the Watauga Mission in Boone, North Carolina. Some record books include code. Cora Jeffcoat's correspondence includes some family and mission work letters.


The collection is arranged by subject.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The materials are available for research in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Acquisitions Information

Provenance is unknown. This collection was opened to the public on 15 November 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Deborah Bell, 1994; Kathryn Staley, 15 November 2002. Encoded by Kathryn Staley, June 2005. Reprocessed and finding aid revised by Trevor McKenzie, March 2013. 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.150: H.W. Jeffcoat Collection of Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Minister's Record Book, June 1900- August 30, 1901

Box 1.1

Minister's Record Book, December 12, 1915- November 29, 1916 

Box 1.2

Minister's Record Book, November 26, 1916- October 22, 1917 

Box 1.3

Minister's Record Book, June 1919- April 18, 1920 

Box 1.4

Minister's Record Book, April 18, 1920- March 31, 1921

Box 1.5

Minister's Record Book, April 1, 1921- April 12, 1922

Box 1.6

Minister's Record Book, April 1, 1924- February 16, 1925 

Box 1.7

Minister's Record Book, February 17, 1925- October 31, 1925

Box 1.8

Minister's Record Book, November 1, 1925- September 19, 1926

Box 1.9

Minister's Record Book, January 1927- January 1928 

Box 1.10

Minister's Record Book, January 22, 1928- February 23, 1929

Box 1.11

Cash Account Book, 1906-1907

Box 1.12

St. Luke's Pastorate Day Book, 1894-1902

Box 1.13

Sermon Note Book, 1916, undated

Box 1.14

Sermon and Sermon Notes, undated 

Box 2.1

Watauga Mission documents, 1924-1926, undated 

Box 2.2

Watauga Mission Ledger, undated

Box 2.3

Cora Jeffcoat Library Book, undated 

Box 2.4

Cora Jeffcoat writings, undated

Box 2.5

Cora Jeffcoat, writings about, 1902-1904, undated

Box 2.6

Cora Pearl Jeffcoat correspondence, 1922-1930

Box 2.7

Ephemera, 1902-1933, undated

Box 2.8

Photographs, undated

Box 2.9