Worth family papers, 1844-1955 and undated
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- The Worth family was a family of plantation owners, lawyers, politicians, and businessmen from Randolph County, North Carolina, residing in Asheboro and Wilmington. Collection includes correspondence, business records, and other papers, pertaining chiefly to family matters, business affairs, opposition to Southern secession, politics in North Carolina, fertilizer manufacturing and marketing, textile industry, Zebulon Baird Vance, and patronage during the early years of Woodrow Wilson's presidency.
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The papers of the Worth family of North Carolina contain correspondence, business records, and other papers, pertaining chiefly to family matters, business affairs, opposition to Southern secession, politics in North Carolina, fertilizer manufacturing and marketing, textile industry, Zebulon Baird Vance, and patronage during the early years of Woodrow Wilson's presidency. Includes the papers of Jonathan Worth (1802-1869), lawyer and governor of North Carolina, including a few of his official papers as governor during Reconstruction, 1865-1868; correspondence relating to his business interests and law practice; and letters of Jonathan Worth and Martitia (Daniel) Worth in the 1850s to a son at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, concerning family matters and the construction of a plank road near Asheboro, North Carolina. Also among the papers identified with him are commissions signed by him as governor and a copy of a newspaper article concerning a speech he delivered at the Negro Educational Convention (October 13, 1866), a certification of election returns in Beaufort County (October 20, 1866), and an 1868 letter related to elections and the North Carolina Constitution of 1868.
Materials relating to David Gaston Worth (1831-1897) contain essays from David Worth's college days; Civil War correspondence concerning financial conditions in the Confederacy and the Confederate salt works at Wilmington, North Carolina; material relating to the Bingham School, Mebane, North Carolina, and the Fifth Street Methodist Church, Wilmington, North Carolina; there are also some business papers.
Later papers consist of business records belonging to William Elliott Worth: a ledger, 1906-1911, for William E. Worth and Company, dealers in ice, coal, wood, and other merchandise; and records of the Universal Oil and Fertilizer Company, including a ledger, 1903-1914, and a letterpress book, 1906-1907, concerning the manufacture and marketing of various fertilizers, cottonseed oil, and related products.
The papers of Charles William Worth contain letters written to and from his parents while he was a student at the Bingham School, Orange County, N.C., and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and letters from many prominent North Carolinians advocating for his appointment as American consul at Shanghai, China, and other political posts, 1912-1913 and later years.
The collection also contains five account books, 1888-1924, of Worth & Worth and its successor, The Worth Co., a large Wilmington firm of grocers and commission merchants which also traded in cotton and naval stores.
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- The Worth Family papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1969-1971 and in 2022.
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Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, November 2011
Encoded by Matthew Warren, April 2012
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 70-173, 70-174, 71-250, 2022-0067.
Updated by Leah Tams, June 2022.
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- Industries -- North Carolina
Patronage, Political -- United States
Salt industry and trade -- Confederate States of America
Textile industry -- North Carolina
Universities and colleges -- North Carolina
Commission merchants -- North Carolina
Fathers and sons -- Southern States
Fertilizer industry -- North Carolina
Governors -- North Carolina
Bingham School (Orange County, N.C.)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -- Students
Business records -- North Carolina
- Alderman, Edwin Anderson, 1861-1931
Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948
Norwood, John Wilkins, 1865-1945
Godwin, Hannibal L. (Hannibal Lafayette), 1873-1929
Pou, James H. (James Hinton), 1861-1935
Overman, Lee S. (Lee Slater), 1854-1930
Worth, William Elliott
Vance, Zebulon Baird
Spencer, Cornelia Phillips, 1825-1908
Winston, George Tayloe, 1852-1932
Worth, Charles William
Worth, David Gaston
Worth, Julia Anna Stickney
- Wilmington (N.C.) -- History
North Carolina -- Politics and government
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Public opinion
Asheboro (N.C.) -- History
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