Guide to the J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm Records, 1900-1997

Summary Information

Title: J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm Records, 1900-1997
Collection: AC.778
Extent: 0.5 linear feetĀ (10 CDs in box)

The J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm Records is a digital collection consisting of scans of documents from the law firm dating to the early 1900s. The scans are housed on ten CDs.

Creator: J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm

Biographical/Historical Note

In the 1903 North Carolina Year Book and Business Directory for Jefferson, North Carolina, Todd and Pell is listed as a law firm.

George P. Pell wrote several monographs on the law of North Carolina during the late 1800s/early 1900s.

J.W. Todd served as First Sargeant of the First North Carolina Calavry during the Civil War. Upon retirement as a superior court judge, Pell taught law in a night school in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in the 1920s.

When the railroad came to Elk Cross Roads, North Carolina, in 1914, the community name was changed to Todd, after Captain J.W. Todd, eminent lawyer and a leading citizen of Ashe County during the 1860s. The railroad caused sawmills to practically denude the Todd area of marketable lumber and the railroad left in 1918.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains digital scans of documents relating to J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm of Jefferson, North Carolina in the early 1900s. Documents from 1900-1909 are scans of correspondence related to the firm. Documents from 1920-1948 are related to W. G. Cook and include items related to Elk Masonic Lodge, South Fork Baptist Church, and W. G. Cook General Merchandise in Todd, North Carolina. Documents include correspondence, electric bills and receipts, bank statements, deposit slips, and canceled checks. There is also a file of newspaper clippings related to the Todd, North Carolina and the Appalachian Region. A user copy on CD is available for use.


The CDs of this collection are in one box and numbered 1-10.

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

The CDs scanned from the original correspondence were donated by Elvin Hatch in 2011. Originals are held by Todd Ruritan Club. The collection was accessioned as AC.2011.085.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2014. This collection was processed 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.778: J.W. Todd and George P. Pell Law Firm Records, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.