Guide to the Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph, 2007, undated

Summary Information

Title: Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph, 2007, undated
Collection: AC.368
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph consists of a negative of Sarah Louisa Shull's photograph and a digital reproduction of this photograph as well as a two page description of Shull.  Sarah Louisa Shull (1833-1932) was a native of Watauga County, North Carolina. She is best known for her affair with David Colvert "Colb" McCanles, who was killed by James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok in 1861.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Sarah Louisa Shull was born in Shulls Mill of Watauga County, North Carolina to Phillip and Phoebe Ward Shull on 3 October 1833. In 1854/55, she became involved with David Colvert "Colb" McCanles, who was the Watauga County sheriff in the 1850s. They left for the west without his spouse and children. McCanles purchased land in Rock Creek, Nebraska. Somewhat of an rough character, McCanles was killed by James "Wild Bill" Hickok in Rock Creek Station, Jones County, (now Jefferson County), Nebraska in July 1861. In 1863, she married Phillip DeVald in Arapahoe County, Colorado and lived in Wyoming, Iowa, Florida, and Georgia. In 1896, he requested a divorce after becoming involved with a 16 year old named Hertha Berkelman. Sarah contested the divorce but DeVald's second request for divorce was granted in 1899. Shull returned to Shulls Mill and lived with family until 1932 when she was placed in the Watuga County Poor House and died the next day.

Scope and Contents

The Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph consists of a negative of Sarah Louisa Shull's photograph and a digital reproduction of this photograph as well as a two page description of Shull.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in one archival folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection received this collection in February 2007. Its accession number is AC.2007.001. It was opened to the public in February 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, February, 2007; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, February, 2007

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.368: Sarah Louisa Shull Photograph, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Family information, undated  Folder 1
Photograph and negative, undated  Folder 1