Guide to the Aldridge Family Photograph, circa 1890s

Summary Information

Title: Aldridge Family Photograph, circa 1890s
Collection: AC.396
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

The Aldridge Family Photograph consists of a photograph of the Aldridge family of Watauga County, North Carolina. The photograph likely dates to the early 1890s. This photograph illustrates the family relationships and fashion of late nineteenth century Watauga County, North Carolina.

Creator: Aldridge family

Biographical/Historical Note

Harrison Aldridge (1821-1905) lived in the Watauga district of Watauga County, North Carolina. He was married to Jane "Jinsie" (1823-bef. 1900) and worked as a farmer. They raised Mary (b. 1848), Martha (1850), Samuel (b. 1862), Harrison (b. 1864), Sarah J. (b. 1866), and Monarca (b. 1870). Harrison's family was the only Aldridge family in Watauga County. The federal census first listed them in Watauga County in 1850 and they were not listed in North Carolina's 1860 Federal Census.

Circa 1883, son Samuel C. Aldridge married Margaret Melissa Buchanon (b. 1864), daughter of Betsie Buchanan (b. 1831). They had at least 11 children, two of whom died during childhood. Their children include Louis D[avidson?] (b. 1885), James R[ay?] (b. 1888), Charlotte [Gragg] (b. 1889), Horace A. (b. 1891), Stella (b. 1895), Everette McKenley (b. 1897), Romulus L. (1899), Kansas M. (b. 1902), Lonal (b. 1904).

Scope and Contents

The Aldridge Family Photograph consists of a photograph of the Aldridge family of Watauga County, North Carolina. The photograph likely dates to the early 1890s. This photograph illustrates the family relationships and fashion of late nineteenth century Watauga County, North Carolina.  The Aldridge family members' names have been written on the photocopy. The photograph likely dates to the early 1890s. Identified are Harrison, Buchanan (likely Melissa's mother Betsie Buchanan), Sam, Melissa, Charlotte, Davidson, Roy, and Stella. The children may be misidentified since their apparent ages from the photographs do not match the ages listed in the census.

Arrangement

The photograph is housed 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

Mary Moretz donated this collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in February 2008. Its accession number is AC.2008.001. It was opened to the public in February 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, February 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, February 2008

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.396: Aldridge Family Photograph, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Photocopy of photograph Folder 1
Digital scan of photograph Box 15 (Black and White