Guide to the John R. Hodges Papers, 1841 - 1905

Summary Information

Title: John R. Hodges Papers, 1841 - 1905
Collection: AC.222
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The John R. Hodges Papers is a collection of documents generated during the mid-nineteenth century by John R. Hodges of Middle Cane, North Carolina. Most documents are financial in nature. This collection contains examples of monetary notes used during the antebellum period.

Creator: Hodges, John R.

Biographical/Historical Note

John R. Hodges (1822-aft. 1900) resided in the rural agricultural community of Middle Cane in Watauga County, North Carolina. He was a farmer and apparently was the justice of the peace for Middle Cane. During the censuses, he was enumerated in the Blue Ridge District and Elk Community. John R. Hodges married Pernina in 1844. They had seven children: Larkin, Sarah L., Calvin M., Martha Alice, Mary E., Adlade Annie, and Fanny E.

Scope and Contents

The John R. Hodges Papers is a collection of documents generated during the mid-nineteenth century by John R. Hodges of Middle Cane, North Carolina. Most documents are financial in nature. This collection contains examples of monetary notes used during the antebellum period.

Most documents are promissory notes. They illustrate that money and the credit system were used within rural Appalachia during the antebellum period. Prepared promissory notes for Elkville leaders Calvin Cowles, Josiah Cowles, and Phineas Horton are also included. Also included are two promissory notes for Joel Waters from John R. Hodges and an Edia Carroll debt to Willis Waters for tuition of three scholars. Waters was the surname of an Ashe County, North Carolina family of John and Elizabeth Culms Waters. Elizabeth was a free person of color and their many children were free people of color whose children were treated as white. Additional research is necessary to verify that Joel and Willis were their sons. Two pieces of correspondence between Alice Hodges and her sister Bell Todd of Collettesville, North Carolina date from 1905. John R. Hodges' 1865 pledge to the United States and documents regarding Watauga County Confederate soldiers are included.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in one folder.

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

University Librarian Richard Barker acquired this collection from "a woman in Triplett [North Carolina]" and transferred it to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 1978 and 1991. It was accessioned on 11 February 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, November, 2004; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, November, 2004

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.222: John R. Hodges Collection of Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Confederate Documents, 1862-1865. Folder 1
Correspondence, 1872-1905. Folder 1
Justice of the Peace Documents, 1849-1877. Folder 1
Land Deed, 1873. Folder 1
Promissary Notes, 1848-1879. Folder 1
Receipts, 1841-1879. Folder 1
Tax Receipts, 1848-1857. Folder 1