Isaac G. Forester Collection Overview

LENOIR FAMILY PAPERS from the Isaac G Forester Collection

Prepared by Ike Forester

Editors Note: Formatting will be added soon.

The following original documents (approximately 5,000 to date) of the Lenoir family have been organized and archived by me and are currently in my possession. I have inherited these from family members over the years. These documents deal mainly with the family of General William Lenoir of Fort Defiance and his descendants. These documents are in addition to the collections located in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC, the Duke University collection and the collection located at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC as well as collections located in other States. The UNC collection contains copies or transcripts of a very few of these documents which were made by Thomas Felix Hickerson who was given access to some of these materials while researching his books Happy Valley and Echoes of Happy Valley, most notably a few of the writings of Walter Waightstill Lenoir. Fort Defiance has been restored to it’s original 1792 condition along with the 1823 addition on the west side of the house which was added when the General’s son Thomas returned to the Fort from the Haywood County, NC farm with his family. The Fort is open to the public. My goal is to organize and archive these documents and have them on display and available for genealogical research at Fort Defiance or another location convenient to the public. Ike Forester

Various individuals noted in these documents:

General William Lenoir (5/8/1751-5/6/1839) – Revolutionary War and Indian fighter, leader in politics, military and education in North Carolina. Began building his home Fort Defiance in 1788 taking four years to complete. William Lenoir served in both the Senate and the House of North Carolina, was speaker of the Senate for his final five years of service, the first president of the Board of Trustees of the University of NC, Justice of the Peace for Wilkes County for nearly 61 years, Chairman of the Court of Common Pleas for Wilkes County and Clerk of Court, surveyor, planter, and militia leader. He was nominated for Governor of NC three times but refused the nominations. He served on the North Carolina Legislative Committee which at first rejected the US Constitution and later ratified it. Lenoir was elected the President of the NC Council of State whose duties were to advise the Governor. He could read and write four languages fluently, English, French, Greek and Latin. He opened three schools, the first at the age of 18 in VA, even though he never obtained a single day of formal education. At one point his Plantation (Fort Defiance) and land holdings exceeded 23,000 acres, with over 6,000 acres in crops and orchards. Lenoir County, NC, the town of Lenoir, NC, Lenoir Hall at the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and indirectly the USS Lenoir (WWII cargo ship, decommissioned) were named in his honor. Also, the town of Lenoir City, TN which became established on Lenoir’s land holdings in TN was named in his and his son William Ballard Lenoir’s honor.

Ann Ballard Lenoir (Nancy) (1751-1833) – General William Lenoir’s wife. Daughter of William Ballard & Elizabeth Clopton. William Ballard was a large planter in Halifax Co., NC and according to some writings felt that William Lenoir’s position as a school teacher would not support his daughter. There are some indications that Ann and William Lenoir eloped as Ann’s father, believing the salary of a school teacher could not

support his daughter, was so upset at the marriage that at first, he did not allow Ann to even take her clothing from his home. Ironically, years later there are letters to William Lenoir from members of Ann’s family asking to borrow money.

Thomas Lenoir (1700-1765)- Gen. William Lenoir’s father. Moved his family from Brunswick Co., VA to the Tar River, NC (near present day Tarboro) when William was young. He acquired a 604-acre farm south of Tarboro as well as a town lot in Tarboro. William was 14 years old when his father died. Thomas Lenoir, in early life followed the sea, in the ancient Breton tradition. The pursuit of a mariner’s profession eventually led him to the port of Yorktown in Virginia where he found a wife in the person of Mourning Crawley, daughter of Robert Crawley, a well-to-do planter in York County, near Williamsburg, then the capital of colonial Virginia. Mourning’s grandfather, the first Robert Crawley, had come to Virginia about 1670 from Ireland, had accumulated a valuable estate, and became one of the early vestrymen of Bruton parish, whose handsome parish church at Williamsburg is now the most noted colonial church surviving in the United States. After marriage Thomas Lenoir abandoned the sea and became a tobacco planter for the remainder of his life. During a marriage of 35 years, he and Mourning and their family resided in several locations in the colony of Virginia, eventually reaching Brunswick County, where their youngest child William was born in 1751. About 1760 they removed to the Tar River in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, where Thomas died in 1765, survived by his widow and ten children, who soon became scattered in a wide variety of various locations. Mourning survived her husband for more than a quarter of a century, dying at an advanced age in the home of her daughter Mrs.
Leah Norwood in Franklin County, North Carolina.

Mourning Crawley (1707-1790)-Gen. William Lenoir’s mother. Daughter of Robert Crawley and Ann Tenison.

Thomas Lenoir (1741-1816?)-Gen. William Lenoir’s brother. Lived in SC
John Lenoir (1747-1816)- Gen. William Lenoir’s brother. Lived in Sumter Co., SC Isaac Lenoir (1743-1808)-Gen. William Lenoir’s brother. Lived in Sumter Co., SC Robert Lenoir (1733-1793)- Gen. William Lenoir’s brother. Lived in Brunswick Co.,
VA
William Ballard (1754-1801)-Ann Lenoir’s brother.
Walter Clapton Ballard (1758-1801)-Ann Lenoir’s brother.
Devereux Ballard (1756-1800) -Ann Lenoir’s brother. Served under William Lenoir in the American Revolution.

Waightstill Avery (1741-1821) – Prominent attorney and politician. First Attorney General of NC and a Colonel in the American Revolution, General William Lenoir’s friend and father of two daughters, Selina Louisa Avery and Elizabeth Avery who married two of William Lenoir’s sons. Built his home “Swan Ponds” in Morganton, NC. Accomplishments much too numerous to list here including allowing Andrew Jackson (future President) to survive their duel fought in Jonesboro, TN. Avery County in NC is named in his honor. Waightstill was from Groton, Conn. His lineage is well documented

to England and beyond that to several other countries where his ancestry contains many lines ofroyalty.

William Ballard Lenoir (1778-1852) – Son of General William Lenoir & Ann Ballard. Moved to TN to farm 5,000 acres owned by his father where the city of Lenoir City grew around his home and mill. Married Elizabeth Avery, daughter of Waightstill Avery.
Elizabeth sometimes referred to as “Betsy” in these letters.

Elizabeth Avery Lenoir (1781-1855) – Daughter of Waightstill Avery of Swan Ponds. Sometimes called Betsy in these documents. She married William Ballard Lenoir, son of Gen. William Lenoir of Fort Defiance.

Col. Thomas Lenoir (1780-1861) – Son of General William Lenoir & Ann Ballard. Moved to Haywood County, NC farm from Fort Defiance until 1822 when he and family moved back to Fort Defiance to help manage the plantation. Married Selina Louisa Avery, daughter of Waightstill Avery. The Haywood County plantation was acquired through gifts and inheritances from Selina’s father Waightstill Avery. Thomas continued to be involved with the Haywood plantation after returning to Fort Defiance, making numerous trips between Fort Defiance and the Haywood farm. His son Thomas Isaac Lenoir soon took over the management of the Haywood (East Fork of the Pigeon River) farm.

Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir (1788-1864) – Wife of Thomas Lenoir and daughter of Waightstill Avery.

Walter Raleigh Lenoir (1786-1843) – Son of General William Lenoir & Ann Ballard. Operated a store in Wilkesboro, NC before moving to Missouri in 1834. He married Elvira Bouchelle who died 5 Jan. 1818 and then married her sister Evalina, daughters of Dr. Bouchelle of Morganton, NC.

Eliza Mira Lenoir (Mira) (1789-1835) – Daughter of Gen. William Lenoir & Ann Ballard. Mira never married and lived with her parents at Fort Defiance her entire life.

Martha (Patsy) Lenoir (1792-1823) – Daughter of Gen. William Lenoir & Ann Ballard. Martha married Israel Pickens of Burke Co., NC and moved to Alabama where Israel served as Governor.

Israel Pickens (1780-1827) – Married Martha (Patsy) Lenoir, daughter of Gen. William Lenoir and Ann Ballard. Israel served in the NC Senate from 1808-1810, as an NC Congressman from 1811-1817, Governor of Alabama from 1821-1825 and in the United States Senate in 1826. After the death of his wife in 1823 and fulfilling his US Senate duties in 1826, he made a trip to Cuba due to health reasons where he died in Matanzas, Cuba in 1827. After Martha’s death, their daughter Julia moved to Fort Defiance to live with her grandparents Gen. Lenoir & Ann.

Rufus Theodore Lenoir (1825-1912) – Son of Thomas & Selina. Lived at Fort Defiance and managed the plantation prior to, during and after the Civil War. He did not serve in the war due to a bad ear. In addition, it was normal for one male member of the family to stay on the plantation to manage affairs. Rufus served as Postmaster at the Fort Defiance Post Office as well which exempted him from service.

Sarah Leonora Gwyn (1833-1914) – Wife of Rufus Theodore Lenoir. Referred to as Sally in many of these letters. Daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Gwyn of Green Hill Plantation near Elkin, NC. Sarah and Rufus were 2nd cousins once removed.

Mary Ann Lenoir (1819-1899)- Rufus Theodore Lenoir’s sister, daughter of Thomas & Selina. Married James Gwyn II, Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s uncle.

Thomas Isaac Lenoir (1817-1882)- Son of Thomas Lenoir & Selina Avery. Moved to Haywood County, NC farm which had been given to his parents by his grandfather Waightstill Avery. Thomas Isaac served in the Confederacy as a Captain, Co. F, 25th Regiment, NC Volunteers. His Civil War diary has been published in a fascinating book titled “Captain Lenoir’s Diary, Tom Lenoir and His Civil War Company from Western North Carolina” by Carroll C. Jones.

Mary Elizabeth Garrett (1844-1880)- Wife of Thomas Isaac Lenoir.

Walter Waightstill Lenoir (1823-1890)- Son of Thomas Lenoir & Selina Avery. Walter served as a Captain in the Confederacy (37th NC Volunteers) and after losing his right leg below the knee at the battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill), Va. on September 1, 1862, remained at Fort Defiance for a couple of years before moving to his “Crab Orchard” farm in Haywood County, NC. He sold this farm to James Gwyn and moved to Hickory Tavern (Hickory, NC) and later to his farm at Shull’s Mill, Watauga County, NC. Walter sold Grandfather Mountain (approximately 16,000 acres) in NC to the MacRae family for
$3.48 per acre. He also donated the land upon which Lenoir-Rhyme University is located in Hickory, NC. Walter served in the NC Senate and was a practicing attorney. His artificial leg is on display at Fort Defiance. Many of his letters are extremely well written and insightful.

Cornelia Christian Lenoir (Nealy) (1827-1859)- Wife of Walter Waightstill Lenoir. Nealy and their only child (daughter) died in 1859 and 1858 respectively and are buried at Fort Defiance. Some believe that Walter’s quick advancement in the Confederate army may have been due to his boldness in the line of fire which may have resulted from his disregard for his own safety after losing both his wife and daughter. Walter never remarried despite living an additional 31 years after Nealy’s death.

William Avery Lenoir (1808-1861)- Son of Thomas Lenoir & Selina Avery. Exceptional businessman and land trader, amassing large land holdings. William was largely responsible for bringing the railroad into northwest NC as well as a road from Blowing Rock to Linville (present day Hwy 221). He was prone to taking risks which at times did not conclude in his favor. William married Jane Kerr who died on 8/21/1850 at

the age of 22 years and 2 days. Despite his great intelligence (often referred to by his teachers as the smartest in their class when young) William was subject to bouts of great depression and in 1861, shortly after his father’s death, sitting under a tree in the front yard of his sister’s home in Lenoir, NC (Laura Leah Lenoir Norwood) put a rifle to his head and ended his life. His suicide note is included in these documents.

Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) (1821-1899)- Daughter of Thomas Lenoir & Selina Avery. She never married and lived at Fort Defiance her entire adult life. Born 3/15/1821, died 1/21/1899. She was omitted from the genealogy tables in Happy Valley as she had no children; however, I doubt anyone was more responsible for the success and happiness of the Lenoir family during her life. She was an honor graduate of Salem College, the Moravian college “for females” in Winston-Salem, NC. She was the recipient of most of the letters from brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews which have been preserved in the Lenoir collections. She was a confidante of the whole family. It was Aunt Sade who knew which seeds from the garden to save for next year’s crop and how to preserve them. She baby-sat when the other adults went visiting. She was with her sister Mary Ann Lenoir Gwyn in Elkin, NC when her babies were born and at the Fort when Rufus & Sarah’s were born. She was nurse, gardener and peacemaker, unassuming and efficient and generous. Nieces borrowed her jewelry for parties. She died from complications after a fall down the stairs at Fort Defiance at age 77 from which she never fully recovered. She was “Aunt” to all who knew her whether family or friend.

Loula & Bessie Lenoir (1866 & 1869-1877) – Only daughters of Rufus & Sarah Lenoir. They died of diphtheria in 1877 at the ages of 10 and 8 respectively within a few hours of each other. They are buried in one casket holding hands in the Fort Defiance cemetery.

Walter James Lenoir (1862-1952)- Son of Rufus T. Lenoir & Sarah Leonora Gwyn. Walter built a beautiful home just upstream on the Yadkin River from Fort Defiance. He and wife Harriet Augusta Horton (Hallie) later moved into Lenoir, NC where he became involved in politics, served as mayor and opened the Lenoir Hardware & Furniture Co., Inc. He maintained his farm in the Happy Valley his entire life. This farmhouse remained in the Lenoir family until 2005.

Thomas Ballard Lenoir – Son of Rufus T. Lenoir & Sarah Leonora Gwyn.

James Gwyn II- Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s uncle living near Elkin, NC. James married Mary Ann Lenoir, Rufus Theodore Lenoir’s sister.

Amelia Gwyn Brown – Daughter of James Gwyn and Mary Ann Lenoir who married Col. H. Allen Brown of Tennessee.

Nathan Hunt Gwyn – Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s brother.
Thomas Lenoir Gwyn – Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s brother.
Richard Gwyn – Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s brother. Sarah’s father was also Richard. Lizzie Chatham – Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s sister. Married Alec Chatham, founder of Chatham Woolen Mills.

Hugh Gwyn – Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s brother. Married Sarah Dickerson.
Polly Dickerson Gwyn – Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s sister-in-law. Widow of Sarah’s brother Hugh Gwyn who was killed 1861 in the Confederacy.

Amelia Dickinson (Babe)- Sarah Leonora Gwyn’s sister-in-law. Amelia married Thomas Lenoir Gwyn of Civil War fame.

Julia Reagan -Daughter of Mira Ann Lenoir who was the daughter of William Ballard Lenoir, Gen. William Lenoir’s son, who lived in Lenoir City, TN. Mira Ann Lenoir married Gen. James H. Reagan who died in 1864. Julia married James Lowe in 1868.

Laura Leah Carolina Lenoir (1815-1894)-Daughter of Thomas Lenoir & Selina Avery. Married Joseph Caldwell Norwood and lived in Lenoir, NC.

Julia Pickens (1815-1898) -Daughter of Martha (Patsy) Lenoir (Gen. Wm. Lenoir’s daughter) and Governor Israel Pickens of Alabama. Julia married Capt. Chileab Smith Howe at Fort Defiance and lived in Mobile, Ala. and Chickasaw, Miss. After the death of her mother in 1823, Julia moved to her grandparent’s home, Fort Defiance, NC.

Rev. and Mrs. Johannes Oertel – Johannes Oertel was a famous artist from New York and an Episcopal Priest who moved from New York to Lenoir in 1869 (remaining until 1876) at the persuasion of Laura Lenoir Norwood (Gen. William Lenoir’s Great granddaughter, Thomas Lenoir’s granddaughter by his daughter Laura Leah Carolina Lenoir). Laura Lenoir Norwood studied art under Oertel in New York. After leaving Happy Valley in 1876 the Oertel’s lived in several areas occasionally returning to Happy Valley for short periods. Oertel painted many of the portraits hanging in Fort Defiance as well as the frescos at St. James Episcopal Church in Lenoir, NC. Mrs. Oertel wrote in 1881 the book “Hand in Hand Through the Happy Valley”. Oertel’s most famous painting was “Rock of Ages” which can be found in numerous bibles and hymnals.

Delia Summey- Daughter of Mira (Avery) Summey who lived in Asheville or Hendersonville.

Eliza Bingham -Daughter of Eliza Alves Norwood & William James Bingham (founder of Bingham School). Sometimes referred to as “Shie” in these letters.

Sarah Anne Tillinghast – Daughter of Jane Burgess Norwood and Samuel W. Tillinghast who lived in Fayetteville, NC.

Thomas Lenoir Norwood -Nephew of Rufus Theodore Lenoir and his brothers and sisters. Son of Laura Leah Caroline Lenoir and Joseph Caldwell Norwood. Thomas is mentioned several times in Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s Civil War diary located in Box 10. Thomas was wounded five times in service to the Confederacy but survived the war. He was wounded and captured on the second day at Gettysburg. He escaped and fell in with some Union soldiers who thought him to be a resident of the area. They lead him into the, as he wrote, “entire Union army”. He spent the rest of the day in the Union

camp observing troops and movements until that evening when volunteers were requested to work on breastworks on the Chambersburg Road. He volunteered, receiving a pass through the Union lines which would put him closer to the Confederate troops.
After dark, he made good his escape and after being found was presented to Gen. Ewell who took him to Gen. Lee’s headquarters where he spent the night. Early the next morning he had an audience with Lee and informed him of what he had observed after which Lee invited him to take breakfast with him which he did. He wrote that Gen. Lee made him feel very comfortable despite his tom and soiled clothing. His letter to his father detailing this account is included in these documents.

Laura Lenoir Norwood – Daughter of Laura Leah Caroline Lenoir and Joseph Caldwell Norwood. Laura was an artist and studied under Rev. Johannes Oertel in New York and other instructors abroad. She convinced Oertel to move to Happy Valley where he and his wife lived for many years painting several Lenoir portraits. She was multi-talented and had a great love of history.

Charles Lenoir-A banker in Geneva, Switzerland. His father was Jean David Lenoir. The line of ancestors goes back through Theodore Paul Lenoir, Jacques Lenoir, Philippe Lenoir. Charles born 5-22-1856 died 2-4-1925. Charles visited his “Cousins” at Fort Defiance in 1905.

Emile Lenoir – A Brother of Charles Lenoir from Switzerland. He lived in Marseilles, France and was a Reverend. Emile born 10-21-1858, died 8-21-1931. Emile wrote a book about his father.

Georges Lenoir – Son of Charles Lenoir of Geneva, Switzerland. Georges also lived in Geneva. He visited Fort Defiance about 1910.

PARTIAL DESCENDENTS REPORT (3 Generations):

1. Thomas Lenoir (1700-1765) & Mourning Crawley (1709-1800)
Children: i. Ann Lenoir (1731-1825) m. Robert Westmoreland
ii. Robert Lenoir (1733-1793) m. Winifred Fisher
iii. Betty Lenoir (1735-1815) m. John Latimer
iv. Leah Crawley Latimer Lenoir (1737-1831) m. (1) Robert Whitaker (2) William Whitaker (3) John Wall Norwood
v. Mary Lenoir (1739-1774) m. William Perry
vi. Thomas Lenoir (1741-1816?) m. (1) Martha Atkinson
(2) Mary Blanchard (3) Sarah Ransome Gwyn
vii. Isaac Lenoir (1743-1808) m. Martha English viii Lewis Lenoir (b. 1845)
ix. John Lenoir (1747-1816) m. Eleanor Jones
2 x. William Lenoir (1751-1839) m. Ann Ballard

2. William Lenoir (1751-1839) & Ann Ballard (1751-1833)
Children: i. Mary Lenoir (1772-1859) m. (1) Charles Gordon (2) William

Davenport
ii. William Ballard Lenoir (1775-1852) m. Elizabeth Avery
iii. Ann Lenoir (1778-1838) m. Edmund Jones
3 iv. Thomas Lenoir (1780-1861) m. Selina Louisa Avery
v. Elizabeth Lenoir (1783-1785)
v1. Walter Raleigh Lenoir (1786-1843) m. (1) Polly Elvira Bouchelle (2) Sarah Evelina Bouchelle
vii. Eliza Mira Lenoir (1789-1835)
viii. Martha Orilla Lenoir (1792-1823) m. Israel Pickens
ix. Sarah Joyce Lenoir (1796-1820) m. Thomas Foster Jones

3. Thomas Lenoir (1780-1861) & Selina Louisa Avery (1788-1864) Children: 1. Ann Eliza Lenoir (d. in infancy)
11. William Avery Lenoir (1808-1861) m. Jane Keziah Kerr
111. Selina Louisa Lenoir (1813-1836) m. Samuel Pickens
1v. Laura Leah Carolina Lenoir (1815-1894) m. Joseph Caldwell Norwood
v. Thomas Isaac Lenoir (1817-1882) m. Mary Elizabeth Garrett
vi. Mary Ann Lenoir (1819-1898) m. James Gwyn II
vii. Sarah Joyce Lenoir (1821-1899) “Aunt Sade”
viii. Walter Waightstill Lenoir (1823-1890) m. Cornelia Isabelle Christian
ix. Rufus Theodore Lenoir (1825-1912) m. Sarah Leonora Gwyn

Various locations & homes mentioned in these documents:

Fort Defiance – General William Lenoir and wife Ann (Nancy) Ballard’s home on the Yadkin River in what is now Caldwell County, NC. This was Wilkes County during the entire time which Gen. Lenoir lived here. Construction of the home began in 1788 and was completed in 1792. The family moved into the home in 1791 prior to completion. William and Ann had moved to Mulberry Fields (present-day Wilkesboro, NC) settling on Fishing Creek in 1775 from the Tarboro, NC area. In 1785 Lenoir moved his family into a small two-room log cabin on Buffalo Creek approximately one mile above the site of Fort Defiance before beginning construction of his final home, Fort Defiance. General Lenoir died here and is buried in the family cemetery at the site along with many of the other people mentioned here. The plantation contained over 23,000 acres with over 6,000 acres in crops at one time. There existed here a grist mill, blacksmith shop, dairy, textile operation, horse stables, barns, sawmill, slave quarters, stills and numerous other outbuildings. In addition to the crops (mainly com), Lenoir had large orchards containing a variety of apples, chestnuts, peaches, etc. Formal boxwood gardens graced the backyard, many of which are still at the Fort although now large enough to walk underneath. Rose gardens and vegetable gardens graced the yard. Much information has been preserved on the slaves of the plantation which for the most part were treated well. Some were allowed to hire out to other people if Lenoir did not need them (notably the blacksmith) and keep what wages they earned. Many could leave the plantation for extended periods. Marriages were arranged with neighboring slaves when desired.

Slaves had their own vegetable gardens and the Lenoirs would pay silver for any excess vegetables which the slaves wanted to sell. I have done extensive research on the slaves of the Lenoir family which is contained in a separate document.

Green Hill-The home of the Gwyn family located in Wilkes County on the Yadkin River near Elkin, NC. The home was built by James Gwyn II who married Gen. Lenoir’s granddaughter Mary Ann Lenoir. Sarah Leonora Gwyn, wife of Gen. Lenoir’s grandson Rufus Theodore Lenoir grew up here and returned to the home many times after her marriage. A previous home had been built on the site in 1775 by James’ grandfather Capt. Richard Gwyn of Revolutionary War fame. Capt. Richard Gwyn (1738-1777) served in the American Revolution fighting under Frances Marion (the Swamp Fox) in South Carolina where he contracted yellow fever. He returned to Green Hill where he soon died from the illness.

The Den – The Haywood Co., NC farm owned by Thomas & Selina Lenoir, many times referred to as the “East Fork Pigeon River” farm. This farm had been gifted and inherited by Thomas (and partially Selina) from Selina’s father Waightstill Avery. At times this farm is referred to as the “Bachelors’ Den” or “Bachelors’ Retreat” when Thomas’ son Thomas Isaac Lenoir ran the plantation prior to his marriage. Thomas Isaac kept an interesting collection of pets at The Den including at one time a black bear. The East Fork Pigeon River farm is to this day (2012) a working cattle farm, the Lenoir Devon Farm, and owned by descendants of Thomas Lenoir. It is managed today by descendants of Thomas Lenoir’s caretaker Isaac Pless.

Crab Orchard -The farm adjoining The Den in Haywood Co., NC. Walter Waightstill Lenoir moved here after losing his leg in the Civil War and after a brief recovery period at Fort Defiance. The farm was later sold to James Gwyn II when Walter moved to Hickory Tavern, NC and later his farm, Stonewalls. The Den and Crab Orchard were actually one piece of property with The Den occupying the bottomland along the Pigeon River while Crab Orchard contained the higher elevations.

Stonewalls – Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s farm in Watauga Co., NC. Walter moved to Stonewalls during the latter part of his life to manage his extensive land holdings in the area, mainly acquired through his brother William Avery Lenoir’s estate. Walter died at Stonewalls. The farm was located near the base of Grandfather Mountain near Shull’s Mill on the Watauga River.

Swan Ponds – Waightstill Avery’s home located in Morganton, NC. The original home has been removed although some of the original bricks were used in the 1836 rebuilding done by Waightstill’ s son Col. Isaac T. Avery. In this home was born a hero of the battle of Gettysburg, Colonel Isaac Erwin Avery, grandson ofWaightstill Avery, who while leading his men up Cemetery Ridge on the second day of the battle was mortally wounded in the neck. Unable to speak he hurriedly wrote a note which read “tell my father that I died with my face to the enemy”. He died the next day, July 3, 1863. The Lenoir’s made frequent visits to Swan Ponds while traveling in the Morganton area.

Palmyra – Built-in 1815 in the Happy Valley area of Caldwell County (then Wilkes) by General Edmund Jones (1771-1844) who married Ann Lenoir (1778-1838), daughter of General William Lenoir of Fort Defiance. General Lenoir had given his daughter and Gen. Jones 1,000 acres (and a maple bed) as a wedding gift upon which the original home was built. Edmund Jones served at one time as Postmaster of the Fort Defiance post office in the absence of Gen. Lenoir’s son Thomas. After the death of the General and Mrs. Jones the house was purchased by General Samuel F. Patterson (1799-1874) who had married the Jones’ daughter Phebe Caroline (1806-1869). Gen. Patterson made several improvements and additions to the house including wings on the east and west sides, a large dining room as well as several other large rooms and staircases. The plantation was very similar to Fort Defiance just a mile downstream on the Yadkin River in its operations. It contained all the necessities including a blacksmith, carpenter shop, dairy, textile operations and slave quarters for the 60-70 slaves. When Gen. Patterson’s son Samuel L. Patterson died in 1908 the plantation was bequeathed to the Episcopal Church where a boy’s school was built, incorporating the old home into the campus.
This school is, of course, named the Patterson School. One of my sons graduated from there in 2006. The old home burned to the ground in the 1920’s.

Contents overview.  A more detail of the contents of each box can be found later:

Box 1:
• Writings to and from General William Lenoir
• Letters to General William Lenoir from In-Laws (Ballards)

Box 2:
• Letters to William Lenoir from Israel Pickens and family
• Letters to and from Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir (Col. Thomas Lenoir’s wife)
• Letters to Col. Thomas Lenoir (son of Gen. William Lenoir)
• Other Writings to and from Col. Thomas Lenoir
• Fort Defiance Household Bills

Box 3:
• Love Letters of Rufus Theodore Lenoir and Sarah Leonora Gwyn
• Letters to Rufus Theodore Lenoir from In-Laws (Gwyns)
• Letters to Rufus Theodore Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir
• Other Letters to Rufus Theodore Lenoir

Box 4:
• Civil War Letters and Others to Sarah Gwyn Lenoir
• Letters to Sarah Gwyn Lenoir from Cousins, Friends & In-Laws
• Letters from Rev. & Mrs. Oertel – Mostly to Sarah Gwyn Lenoir
• Golden Wedding Anniversary Letters to Sarah Gwyn Lenoir & Rufus Theodore Lenoir

Box 5:
• Letters & Compositions of Thomas Isaac Lenoir
• School Records of William Avery Lenoir’s School
• Writings of and related to Cornelia Christian Lenoir
• Writings of and to Walter Waightstill Lenoir I Civil War Letters
• Civil War Letters to Walter Waightstill Lenoir
• Letters to and from William Avery Lenoir
• William Avery Lenoir – Formation of Davenport College
• Letters, etc. related to Thomas Isaac Lenoir
• Documents regarding Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s land in Stanton County, Neb.
• Documents regarding Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s land in Hickory Tavern, NC.
• Letters from and for the Slaves

Box 6:
• Letters to Aunt Sade (Sarah Joyce Lenoir) From Life-long Friend Lizzie Graves in Augusta, Ga.
• Various Letters to Aunt Sade
• Other Writings of Aunt Sade

Box 7:
• Miscellaneous Writings
• Poems and Miscellaneous Writings
• Civil War Letters & News
• Miscellaneous Lenoir Family Letters, Notes, etc.
• Various Lenoir Family Schoolwork & Report Cards
• Letters to Lenoir Family from Relatives in France and Switzerland
• Children’s Letters
• Prescriptions

Box 8:
• Notes Payable to Lenoir Family- Good Notes
• Notes Payable to Lenoir Family – Worth Little if Anything
• Miscellaneous Receipts
• Tax Receipts
• Compositions of Thomas Ballard Lenoir
• World War II Letters

Box 9:
• Miscellaneous Documents too Large to Fit into Bound Boxes 1-8

Box 10 & l0A:
• Journals & Diaries

Box 11:
• Newspaper Clippings

Box 12 & 12A:
• Photographs & Sketches

Box 13 & 13A:
• Land Transactions

Box 14:
• Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s Land in Hickory, N.C. Filed Grants, Deeds & Indentures
Lenoir family papers in my possession which have been archived: BOXl:

Writings to/from General William Lenoir
• 1769-1771 – William Lenoir’s recommendations to become a teacher from various individuals.
• 1769 – Recommendation for teaching from Abner Greenwood.
• January 23, 1773 – Certification for being taught surveying.
• July 5, 1775 – Surveying notes, plots in NC?
• 1777 – Partial notes about travel.
• 1779 & 1784 – Surveying notes about the division of counties in both NC &VA.
• 1781 – Unissued subpoena of Wilkes County. William Lenoir is clerk.
• 1789 – William Lenoir’s notes on various court cases – Wilkes Co., NC.
• January 13, 1789 – Letter to Col. William Lenoir from Brother Thomas. Family news.
• July 1789 – Col. Lenoir’s document on the court case – William Colvard vs. David Colwell – Wilkes Co., NC.
• January 7, 1790 – Court docket- order to pay William Lenoir for returned com – Wilkes Co., NC.
• June 9, 1790 -Agreement between William Lenoir and Oliver Roberts to fill in walls of Lenoir’s new home (Fort Defiance) with bricks.
• September 25, 1792 – Letter to Col. William Lenoir from Brother John. Family news & sickness.
• 1794-1795 – Miscellaneous receipts.
• January 5, 1795 -Letter to William Lenoir from his nephew William Lenoir, son of Gen. Lenoir’s Brother John. William (nephew) living in Georgia.
• June 5, 1795 – Voucher from Gen. Lenoir for services.

• July 11, 1795 – Voucher for services performed for Hilliar Rousseau & Co. of Wilkes County.
• October 7, 1795 – Note to Hilliar Rousseau for surveying services.
• November 4, 1795 – Notice concerning the upcoming Superior Court term.
• 1796 – Notes on expenses associated with grants.
• February 6, 1796 – Note to Gen. Lenoir from Hilliar Rousseau & Co. for travel to Raleigh – 18 days.
• June 15, 1796 – Memorandum of expenses of Gen. Lenoir and Joseph Herndon’s trip to Raleigh.
• September 24, 1796 – Note from Hilliar Rousseau & Co. to Charles Gordon – cash sent down by Gen. William Lenoir.
• September 26, 1796 – Note regarding funds received from Gen. Lenoir to procure grants for Company – signed by Joseph Herndon.
• October 20, 1796 – Surveying notes calculating the acreage of Wilkes County, NC totaling 1,072,536 acres. This was done for Charles Gordon & Hilliar Rousseau.
• December 30, 1796 – Receipt for revenues arising from the employment of Gen. Lenoir’s still – 146 gallons of spirits.
• March 1, 1797 – Notes regarding debt to Hilliar Rousseau & Co.
• March 3, 1797 – From John Hall in Philadelphia concerning sale of lands.
• 1798 – Note from Hilliar Rousseau & Co. for Lenoir’s services. Travel to General Assembly & Knoxville.
• August 12, 1798 – Note from Hilliar Rousseau & Co to Charles Gordon. Receipt to Charles Gordon from Gen. Lenoir- William Ballard Lenoir’s trip to Knoxville.
• July 26, 1799 – Field notes for surveying two tracts of land on the south side of Yadkin River for Benjamin Howard.
• October 29, 1799 – Survey for Gen. Lenoir & notes. 100 acres between Mill & Buffalo Creeks.
• October 30, 1799 – Field notes of surveying for James Giddins land.
• Late 1700’s – Vouchers for services of Gen. Lenoir.
• November 3, 1800-Letter to Gen. Lenoir from Brother John at Camden, SC. Family news.
• 1801 – Notes concerning grant of land, revenues, and payment of 1796 taxes.
• 1801 – Various surveying notes.
• January 25, 1802- William Lenoir’s memorandum on various tracts of land along the Yadkin River, Wilkes County, NC (two pages).
• November 7, 1803 – Field notes of surveying 350 acres on Bugaboo Creek.
• January 1804 – Debt referred by John Brown & Gen. Lenoir.
• December 14, 1804 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from Brother Isaac living at Horatio, Sumter County, SC. Trying to convince Gen. Lenoir to sell his land and buy a plantation in S.C.

• February 9, 1805 – Receipt from Hilliar Rousseau to Thomas Lenoir in settlement of a judgment against the estate of Gen. Joseph McDowell.
• 1805-1807 – Memorandum to Gen. Lenoir from his son Walter Raleigh on boarding expenses at school.
• January 17, 1806 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from Brother John. Land deals and economic news.
• March 28, 1806 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from son Walter Raleigh at school.
• July 10, 1806 – Letter to Jo. Calloway from Daniel Edwards requesting support to elect W. M. Franklin over Gen. Lenoir as head of 12th Division. Copy of this letter received by Lenoir from B. Baird. Lenoir states that this letter read at John Brown’s muster.
• October 12, 1807 – Surveying notes for 300 acres on East Prong of Pigeon River.
• 1807-1809 – Memorandum of lands to be inquired about.
• January 10, 1808 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from Brother John in SC. John at peace.
• December 23, 1809 -Bill to Gen. Lenoir from Wm. Scott for 34 days of boarding.
• 1809-1810 – Gen. Lenoir’s memorandum book of debts settled and land grants taken to Raleigh.
• July 17, 1810 – Receipt to Gen. Lenoir for various notes paid to William Dula.
• May 1812 -Receipt to James Martin for 7 wolves killed in Wilkes County & delivered to William Lenoir.
• January 1, 1814 -Receipt to Gen. Lenoir for collection of revenue tax on 2-wheel carriage.
• August 1, 1816 – Receipt to Gen. William Lenoir for his attendance in the suit of the State vs. Robt. Donally.
• September 17, 1817 – Deed to William Lenoir from William Martin for 570 acres on the south side of the Yadkin River. (Trible place).
• 1819 – Reference to a 50-acre tract adjoining Lenoir’s 300-acre tract – West Prong of Fort Branch.
• June 4, 1819 – Purchase of 85 acres by Gen. Lenoir.
• July 16, 1819 – Summons to William Lenoir to survey land for the estate of Andrew Bryan.
• August 6, 1819 – Memorandum on land on Cove Branch.
• September 15, 1819- Gen. William Lenoir’s memorandum of locations of land – three tracts in Wilkes County, NC.
• June 4, 1820 – Purchase of 60 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• August 16, 1820-Gen. Lenoir’s 30-acre tract adjoining lands on Baker’s or Tate’s Branch.
• November 21, 1821 – Purchase of 30 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• September 30, 1825 – Gen. William Lenoir’s sale of land to Evan Parsons, deeded to John Green.

• October 10, 1825 – Letter to General Lenoir from son William Ballard Lenoir concerning land prices and asking for what money can be spared. Some family news and Ballard missing his Wilkes County friends. Also includes a receipt from Isaac Thomas Lenoir (William Ballard’s son) for
$850.00 received from his grandfather General William Lenoir.
• November 16, 1825 -Letter to General William Lenoir from son William Ballard Lenoir expressing thanks for the $850.00 received. The repayment is to be made from the sale of lands or settled with other heirs of Gen. Lenoir’s estate.
• March 16, 1826- William Lenoir’s note concerning note given by William Underwood for land.
• May 9, 1832 -List of horses owned by Gen. William Lenoir, Thomas Lenoir (his son) and “Partnership”. See partnership agreement between Gen. Lenoir & Thomas on forming a common household dated 1823 after Thomas had returned to Fort Defiance from the Haywood Co. plantation.
• September 3, 1832 – Receipt to Gen. Lenoir & son Thomas for subscriptions to various publications.
• 1833 -Gen. Lenoir’s handwritten account of his military service including Indian campaigns under Gen. Rutherford and the American Revolution.
• June 7, 1833 -From Department of War-Pension Office concerning error on original pension certificate issued to Gen. Lenoir.
• June 7, 1833 -Gen. Lenoir’s approval for pension signed by Secretary of War. Note on the second page written by Lenoir concerning the delivery of Power & certificate.
• June 10, 1833 – Travel expenses of William Lenoir. Meals, lodging, whiskey, stockings, and stabling.
• September 17, 1833 -Note payable to Gen. Lenoir. Per Walter Waightstill Lenoir (grandson) this note was on lands owned by William Ballard Lenoir (Gen’s son).
• Various notes made by Gen. Lenoir on land transactions, etc.
• January 6, 1834 -Judgment against William Bradshaw to pay Gen. Lenoir
$1.50.
• April 3, 1834 – Receipt to William Lenoir for sale of land to him and William Ballard Lenoir ($25.00) from Adam Elrod.
• June 17, 1834 -Note payable to Gen. Lenoir – $5.00
• July 29, 1834 – Promissory note to William Lenoir from Alexander Cooper for sale of land, $50.00. This note was voided after it was discovered that the sale was land belonging to William Ballard Lenoir which has been sold to Joshua Greer. This was discovered in settling William Lenoir’s estate, see the note from W. B. Lenoir dated Nov. 16, 1839.
• May 3, 1835 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from Adam Elrod concerning missing markers and settlers on Lenoir’s 50 acres along Fall Creek, NC.
• October 7, 1835 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from John Badgett regarding difficulty in selling land so that Badgett can pay debt owed to Lenoir.

• June 24, 1836 – Letter regarding the need for Gen. Lenoir to execute a new “Power”.
• October 6, 1836 – Agreement with Darcus Kilby to winter Lenoir’s cow and small steer, rent of land and improvements to be made.
• 1837 – Gen. Lenoir’s purchase of com from Squire Kilby.
• 1838 – Unsigned indenture between William Lenoir and William T. Witherspoon for sale of 100 acres on Kings Creek.
• 1838 – Notes regarding military service in documentation for a pension claim.
• February 12, 1838 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from James Isbell regarding
$150 payment on Isbell’s notes payable to Lenoir in the amount of $2,000 &
$500.
• April 3, 1838 – Note payable to Gen. Lenoir – $50.00.
• April 10, 1838 -Note payable to Gen. Lenoir. Per Walter Waightstill Lenoir title may have been bad.
• June 20, 1838 – Note to Gen. Lenoir and son Thomas concerning debts.
• January 25, 1839 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from John Hardin concerning money owed to Lenoir.
• March 18, 1839-Note concerning Power of Attorney.
• 1839 – Blank promissory notes to Thomas Lenoir as executor of Gen. William Lenoir’s estate for value received. Notes were obviously written in advance of the sale of estate assets and filled in after sale.
• 1840 – Note regarding the settlement of debts of Gen. William Lenoir’s estate.
• Undated- Gen. Lenoir’s notes to the Supreme Court regarding the Moravian Lands.
• Undated – Gen. Lenoir’s notes on missing grants.
• Undated – Portions of a lottery notice.
• Undated-Memorandum on some Negroes sold by Gen. Lenoir & son Thomas in 1831-1836.
• Undated – Additional memorandum on some Negroes sold by Gen. Lenoir & son Thomas in 1831-1836.
• Undated- Note to Gen. Lenoir for $50. Also a description of 150 acres on Yadkin River and 100 acres on Yadkin River.
• Undated- “Way Bill to Tennessee”. Travel information to son William Ballard Lenoir’s home in TN.
• Undated – Invoice to Hilliar Rousseau for services including carrying letters to Gen. William Lenoir.
• Undated – Partial letters and writings of Gen. William Lenoir.
• Undated-An invitation to The Honorable Wm. Lenoir, Speaker of the Senate to dinner – from an unknown sender.
• Undated- Notes related to the Confiscation Act of 1777. Probably in preparation for Wm. Lenoir’s claim for the Moravian Tracts of land.
• Undated-Thoughts on Thomas Jefferson.
• Undated – Very old notes on Court actions.

• Undated – Written late in life, a short composition on the government of families and the suffering of the people.
• November 22, ???? -Letter to William Lenoir from Ann, his wife asking him to purchase items. Also, Ann has been very sick.

Letters to Gen. William Lenoir from In-Laws (Ballards)
• July 27, 1787 – Letter to William Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Family information.
• October 5, 1794 – Letter to William Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Great sickness, praise for Washington & Congress.
• January 13, 1795 – Letter to William Lenoir from brother-in-law Walter Clapton Ballard. Death of little Kincher Taylor.
• September 12, 1800-Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law Walter Clapton Ballard. Financial troubles of Brother William Ballard.
• February 23, 1802 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Death of Brother Walter Clapton Ballard. Names and characteristics of W.C. Ballard’s 5 children and William Ballard’s 5 children.
• June 16, 1809 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Family information.
• August 2, 1810-Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Family information. William thinking about marrying a neighbor widow.
• April 28, 1819-Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Family information. The sickness of 2nd wife and a visit to Fort Defiance.
• March 1, 1826 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law William Ballard. Now living in Alabama. Lots of family information.
• February 25, 1834 – Letter to Gen. Lenoir from brother-in-law Devereux Ballard regarding certification of serving as a Sergeant under Lenoir in the American Revolution. Death of Ann Ballard Lenoir.

BOX 2:

Letters to William Lenoir from son-in-law Israel Pickens and family
• Feb. 20, 1814-From Washington, DC discussing various political activities. Talk of unity in Europe now that Bonaparte has been defeated.
• Sept. 25, 1814 – From Washington; Martha & Sally are boarding with Miss Betsy Gaddy while Israel traveling.
• Feb. 2, 1817 -From Washington, DC; Israel’s brother John wanting to come to NC and visit Fort Defiance to see Julia (Israel’s daughter).
• Feb. 16, 1817 -From Washington, DC; letter to wife Martha. Julia has been sick and Israel desiring to come to Wilkesboro in two weeks when he

is released from his duties in Washington. He will stay at Fort Defiance before traveling on to Alabama.
• Dec. 27, 1818 – Discussion of the health of the children and the high price of slaves. His new house and buildings in town almost complete. Israel hoping that Gen. Lenoir can come to Alabama and describes the trip and routes to take.
• June 5, 1825 -From Greenwood, Ala.; news of the children’s health. Israel wanting to embrace his daughter Julia but unable to come to NC this summer. News of the Slaves health (Esther’s daughter Tilda has died). Israel desiring to move to northern Alabama.
• March 7, 1827 – Letter to Gen. Edmund Jones, postmaster at Fort Defiance from Mobile, Ala. Israel concerned about his health and is planning a two-month trip to Cuba and the West Indies hoping to improve his health. Brother Samuel will travel with him. Hoping to come to NC in July. Sailing March 1st to New Orleans. Informing that he has his estate in order, not expecting to survive his voyage.
• March 9, 1827 – A copy of Israel Pickens Will.
• May 27, 1827 – Letter to Gen. Edmund Jones, postmaster at Fort Defiance from Israel’s brother Samuel announcing the death of Israel. Describes the trip to Havana and a detailed account of Israel’s last day.

Letters to and From Selina Louisa (Avery) Lenoir
• Sept. 6, 1803 -From father Waightstill Avery.
• Sept. 18, 1807 -From father Waightstill Avery. Selina at the East Fork of the Pigeon River Farm (Haywood County).
• Dec. 1, 1814 – From husband Col. Thomas Lenoir in Raleigh. Selina at the Haywood County farm.
• Apr. 14, 1862 – From Burton N. Harrison-Private Secretary to Jefferson Davis. Thank you for the blankets sent to President Davis.
• Undated-To children William Avery Lenoir & Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) concerned about the health of their father Thomas. Thomas died June 15, 1861.
• Feb 25,? – From Phoebe Caroline (Jones) Patterson. Selina at Fort Defiance.
• Undated – From daughter Laura Leah Norwood- Civil War
• Undated-From granddaughter Laura Norwood (daughter of Laura Leah Carolina Lenoir & Joseph Caldwell Norwood).

Letters to Thomas Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s Son)
• November 9, 1832 -From Cousin William Avery at Swan Ponds. News of family and hunting.
• February 20, 1833 – From Cousin William Bouchelle Lenoir in Wilkesborough, NC. Need for a school. A “fine debating society” has been formed in town. William will stop by Fort Defiance in a few weeks on his way to the gold mines. He had a very fine time with Thomas’ brother William riding down the river shooting partridges and ducks.

• June 20, 1839 – From son William Avery Lenoir. Memoir on the life of General William Lenoir for Lewis Williams. Erecting tombstone for Gen. Lenoir.
• August 12, 1844 – From son Rufus Theodore Lenoir at school at Chapel Hill. “Ticks, red bugs & bed bugs”.
• June 30, 1848 – Receipt from Thomas Lenoir to son William Avery Lenoir for the sale of 8 Negroes – $2,700.
• October 9, 1848 -To Thomas Lenoir visiting Haywood County farm from daughter Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) at Fort Defiance. Bad carriage wreck.
• April 3, 1852 – From Dr. L.G. Jones in Charlotte wanting to buy 500-600 pounds of bacon and 50-100 pounds of lard. (Dr. Jones was the husband of Martha M. Jones, died 7-4-1849, buried at Fort Defiance).
• July 30, 1853 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at the Haywood County farm “The Den”. Excitement about mines.
• August 25, 1855 -From son Thomas Isaac at the Haywood County farm. News on taxes, crops, oxen, etc.
• October 6, 1855 -From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Abundant harvest, Isaac (slave) tried for stealing. Tax assessment too high. Selling horses.
• November 24, 1855 -From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Negroes unruly. Descriptions of several of the slaves.
• March 8, 1856 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Smallpox in Asheville & Haywood County. Negroes vaccinated.
• July 4, 1856 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Information on crops and family.
• November 22, 1856 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Isaac (slave) has run away. Thomas Isaac longs to be at the Old Fort once more.
• February 6, 1857 -From Col. Cathey. News of the Haywood County farm while Thomas Isaac is visiting parents at Fort Defiance.
• March 6, 1857 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir on a trip to Old Fort, NC. Death of Aunt Mira (I believe Polly Mira who married a Mr. Summey, born 8-24-1779, daughter of Waightstill Avery, lived in Asheville).
• March 20, 1857 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. T.I.L. planning to purchase 3 tracts including land on Cold Mtn.
• May 21, 1857 -From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Frost killing crops. Cattle died from eating Crowfoot or Staggerweed. Bread scarce.
• June 18, 1857 -From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. News of crops, land sale and family.
• July 20, 1857 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. News of crops, neighbors, slaves, and stock. Thomas Isaac had been visiting Swan Ponds (mother’s home place). Thomas has been weak.

• December 7, 1857 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Lots of information on family, cousins, etc.
• March 15, 1858 -From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. News of the health of several slaves.
• April 15, 1858 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Drowning in the river. News of family and slaves.
• April 15, 1858 – Note attached to the above letter from Thomas Isaac regarding slave uprising in Asheville.
• June 26, 1858 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Information on family and slaves. Selling bacon in SC.
• July 26, 1858 – From son Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Haywood County farm. Information on slaves and the capture of a runaway.

Other Writings to/from Colonel Thomas Lenoir
• June 26, 1820 – Military order for Thomas Lenoir to deliver up public arms of the Haywood County Regiment.
• November 11, 1839 – Note given up from Thomas Lenoir on Joshua Greer payable to Wm. Ballard Lenoir, $55.00.
• November 11, 1839 – Note from Thomas Lenoir as Executor of the Last Will and Testament of William Lenoir about William Ballard Lenoir purchasing twenty shares of ?.
• August 14, 1844 – To Rufus Theodore Lenoir from father Col. Thomas. Rufus has just enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill. Lots of family in the valley.
• August 25, 1845 – Demand note to Thomas Lenoir, Executor of William Lenoir Estate ($30.60) from David Houck and John Houck.
• November 27, 1845 -Demand note payable to Thomas Lenoir, Executor of William Lenoir Estate from David E. Horton, $51.92.
• 1845 – Thomas Lenoir’s Last Will & Testament. Estate to be divided among heirs as if interstate. Sons Thomas Isaac and Walter Waightstill appointed co-executors.
• March 9, 1852 -To A. Lawrence from Thomas Lenoir concerning sale and health of Negro Esther.
• August 11, 1852 – To A. R. Lawrence from Thomas Lenoir regarding the settlement of the conflict between them resulting from the sale of Negro Esther.
• July 26, 1853 -To Col. Thomas Lenoir from C.J. Cowles at Elkville, NC (present day Ferguson) regarding payment of a balance due.
• December 29, 1853 -To A. R. Lawrence from Thomas Lenoir regarding the settlement of a dispute. Health issues.
• November 15, 1854 -To Thomas Lenoir from John E. Jones in Mobile, Ala. Great commercial possibilities for the South. Jones had visited Fort Defiance.
• April 15, 1858 -To Thomas Lenoir from James Gwyn at Green Hill, Elkin, NC. Too much rain for Mary Ann to get to Fort Defiance. News of crops. Mary Ann Gwyn is Thomas’ daughter who married James Gwyn.

Thomas’ son Rufus Theodore Lenoir married James’ sister Sarah Leonora Gwyn.
• Undated-To Col. Thomas Lenoir from H.H. Provet concerning church matters and regretting that he was unable to come to the Yadkin.

Fort Defiance Household Bills
• January 9, 1798 – William Lenoir’s account with A. Ervin: coffee, knives & forks, iron, lumber, cups, silk, calico, thread, etc.
• 1812 – Thomas Lenoir’s account with Patton & Erwin. Purchase of various household items.
• June 24, 1813 – Gen. William Lenoir’s purchase of silks, buttons, etc. from Waugh & Finley in Wilkesboro less credit for whiskey.
• September 16, 1815 – Bill to Major Thomas Lenoir from A. Erwin Smith in Asheville, NC for the purchase of pepper, salt, coffee, sugar, silk, paper, and various other items.
• February 19, 1825 -Gen. William Lenoir’s account with S.F. Patterson & Co.
• November 29, 1830-Bill to Mrs. Lenoir for clothing from W. Waugh.
• April 13, 1831 – Bill to Thomas Lenoir for the purchase of copper for the still, coffee pot, cotton, etc.
• July 31, 1833 -Bill to Thomas Lenoir from Tate & Humphrey’s store in Wilkesboro, NC for the purchase of silk umbrella, cotton, etc.
• January 31, 1834 – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir various clothing, coffee, etc.
• March 11, 1835 – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir from Finley & Bouchell for the purchase of cloth & clothing.
• November 15, 1836 – Receipt to Col. Thomas Lenoir from Finley & Bouchell in Wilkesboro, NC for the purchase of ladies’ shoes, paper, needles, and fabrics.
• April 1837 -Bill for buttons and clothes.
• April 18, 1837 – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir from Powell’s store for purchase of saddle blankets, cloth, etc.
• November 15, 1837? -Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir for various cloth, buttons, and clothing from J. C. Harper.
• 1838 -Miss Mary Ann Lenoir’s account for the purchase of numerous silks and articles of clothing. (Daughter of Thomas & Selina Lenoir).
• 1839 – Purchase of sugar.
• March 14, 1839 – Bill to Thomas Lenoir for the purchase of coffee, sugar, wine, etc. from Chambers & Campbell, Columbia, SC.
• October 3, 1840 – Request from Thomas Lenoir for “blanks”.
• January 13, 1842 – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir for clothing, salt, and various supplies from Waugh & Harper.
• October 1844 – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir for the purchase of clothing, kitchen supplies, tools, etc.

• August 23, 1849 – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir for the purchase of silk and other items from L. G. Jones & Co.
• 1851 -List of books bought for Selina Louisa Lenoir.
• 1851 – List of blankets sent to various family members.
• June 8, 1859- Selina Louisa Lenoir’s subscription to The Church Journal.
• April 1882 – Subscriptions to “The Young Christian Soldier and the Carrier Dove”.
• Undated – Bill to Mrs. A. Lenoir for the purchase of salt, knives & forks, blankets, etc.
• Undated-A list of blankets and where they’re located inside Fort Defiance.
• Undated – Purchase of a loom, spindles, wool cards, etc.
• Undated – Bill to Col. Thomas Lenoir for repair work= $1.50.

BOX 3:

Love Letters of Rufus Theodore Lenoir (Gen. Lenoir’s grandson) & Sarah Leonora Gwyn
• November 23, 1856 – To Rufus Lenoir from Sallie Gwyn. Rufus’ letter received with the most “pleasure in the world. It came like a sunbeam to my heart.”
• November 23, 1856-To Sarah Joyce Lenoir “Aunt Sade”, sister of Rufus. From Sallie Gwyn. Family news – this letter included with Rufus’ letter above.
• December 2, 1856 – To Sallie Lenoir from future husband Rufus. Love letter, family news.
• December 15, 1856-To Rufus Lenoir from future wife Sallie Gwyn. “I do not know when my heart has felt so glad”.
• December 31, 1856 – To Rufus Lenoir from future wife Sallie Gwyn. Sad about “last year of my single life”.
• January 10, 1857 -To Rufus Lenoir from Sallie Gwyn.
• January 27, 1857 -To Rufus Lenoir from future wife Sallie Gwyn. Wanting Rufus to write to her.
• February 16, 1857 – Surry County, NC authorization to perform the rites of matrimony between Rufus T. Lenoir and Sarah L. Gwyn. Includes a drawing of Cupid shooting through two hearts.
• February 18, 1857 -To Rufus Lenoir from Sallie Gwyn in Elkin, NC. Rufus at “Pumpkin Plains”.
• April 7, 1858 -To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie.
• September 13, 1858 – To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie.
• September 20, 1858 – To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie.
• September 21, 1858 -To Sallie Lenoir in Elkin, NC from husband Rufus. News of Fort Defiance. Little Tommie not well.
• September 27, 1858 -To Rufus Lenoir at Fort Defiance from wife Sallie.

• September 28, 1858 – To Sallie Lenoir in Elkin, NC from husband Rufus. Family news.
• October 2, 1858 – To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie in Elkin, NC. Lots of family news.
• October 4, 1858 – To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Sickness around Fort Defiance, family well. News of dogs and boiling molasses.
• June 22, 1859 – To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie in Elkin, NC. Sallie is 3 months pregnant with Gwyn. Tommie very sick.
• June 28, 1859 – To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Family news. Rufe may travel to Wilkesboro but roads very bad. Romeo will drive carriage.
• July 16, 1861 – To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Rufus helping Mr. Montgomery survey. Brother Tom’s Company (Confederacy) formed & Tom elected Captain.
• July 17, 1861 – To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie in Elkin, NC.
• July 19, 1861 -To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sarah in Elkin, NC. Family news. Heard of a great battle in Va. – confederates victorious (1st Manassas). Fabrics plentiful.
• July 23, 1861 -To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Much rain, lots of thoughts on the war. News of a large battle near Manassas.
• June 20, 1862 – To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. News of Happy Valley and the war. May travel to Wilkesboro.
• June 25, 1862 – To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. From “Head Quarters” – Fort Defiance. Crop and family news.
• June 25, 1862 – To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie in Elkin, NC. Reports on the Battle of Manassas.
• September 27, 1862-To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus in Gordonville, VA trying to find Brother Walter W. Lenoir. Walter wounded at the Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill) Sept. 1, 1862. Descriptions of wounded soldiers, etc.
• October 23, 1863 -To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. News of Confederate troops, family, farm & friends.
• August 16, 1864-To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Birth and death at the “Old Fort”. Cousin Lenoir wounded in the knee at Winchester, VA. Other family news.
• August 27, 1864 -To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie in Elkin with her family the Gwyns and Chathams. News of the children and concern for those in the war.
• March 24, 1870-To Rufus Lenoir from wife Sallie. “Bessie is walking”. Loula cries at night missing her father.
• September 16, 1871 -To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Family news. Bessie missing her & Loula greatly.
• April 21, 1873 -To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Sarah sick in Elkin, NC. News of the children. Mail takes 13 days from Elkin to Patterson.

• May 4, 1873 -To Sarah Lenoir from husband Rufus. Sarah & daughter Loula are sick in Elkin. Bessie missing her sister.
• May 18, 1873 -To Sarah Lenoir from husband Rufus. Sarah & daughter Loula are in Elkin, NC. Bessie growing fast.
• May 22, 1873 – To Sarah Lenoir from husband Rufus. Sarah sick in Elkin, NC. Family news.
• May 27, 1873 -To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. News of the children and other family.
• February 14, 1885 – Valentine’s card to Sarah Lenoir from husband Rufus.
• February 14, 1885 – Valentine’s card to Rufus Lenoir from wife Sarah.
• August 19, 1897 – To Sallie Lenoir from husband Rufus. Family news. Sarah at Shulls Mill (perhaps at the Watauga River home of Walter W. Lenoir who died 1890).
• Undated- Valentines’ Day letter from Rufus Lenoir.

Letters to Rufus Theodore Lenoir from In-Laws (Gwyns)
• December 12, 1857 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn in Elkin, NC. Sorrowful times – death of Amelia. James borrowing Rufus’ slave George -wishing to keep him & buy George’s wife. Farm news.
• March 10, 1858 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law Richard Gwyn in Elkin, NC. Brother Franklin traveling west and very sick. Pa going to see him.
• April 22, 1859 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn. Family and farm news.
• May 21, 1861 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn. Home Guard formed.
• October 17, 1861 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn in Wilkesboro. Slave sale. Word that the North will “fight it out”.
• June 11, 1865 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn in Elkin, NC. Post-war worries.
• December 1868 -To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law Nathan Hunt Gwyn. Nathan returned home from a trip to Fort Defiance.
• February 9, 1869 – To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn. News of various people, friends and farm. Talk of a railroad from Elkin up the valley.
• January 22, 1870 – To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn. Lots of family and farm news. Wants some of the large yellow apples from the Fort.
• July 11, 1870 – To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law Thomas Lenoir Gwyn in Elkin, NC. Farm news.
• December 18, 1870 – To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law James Gwyn. Family & farm news. Thomas and Wm. Mitchell visiting from Texas. News of reconstruction.

• Undated – Partial letter to Rufus Lenoir from the Gwyns who moved to Mississippi just after the Civil War.

Letters to Rufus T. Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir
• April 7, 1845 -To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir in Wilkesboro. Doctoring horses, etc.
• January 30, 1849 -To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac at the “Bachelors’ Retreat” (Haywood County farm). Lots of information on slaves.
• December 31, 1853 -To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac. Pistol accident of James Cathey. Suicide of Finley Long. Thomas wanting to buy cattle and sheep.
• March 2, 1855 -To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac at “The Den” (Haywood County farm). Thomas “eyeing the young ladies”. Family news.
• November 21, 1855 – To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac at “The Den”. Slave trouble.
• November 23, 1860-To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac at “The Den”. Three Negro cabins. Concern about our government-much excitement in S.C.
• June 10, 1861 -To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac. Thomas getting married next Thursday. Talk of forming a Company for Thomas to command.
• June 18, 1861 -To Rufus Lenoir from Brother Thomas Isaac. Thomas got married. Companies being formed for CSA.

Other Letters to/from Rufus T. Lenoir
• June 4, 1861 – To Rufus Lenoir from Uncle Isaac Thomas Avery (born 9- 22-1785). Receipt of funds. Family news.
• September 27, 1861 -To Rufus Lenoir from Sister Sarah Joyce (Aunt Sade) at Gwyn’s home in Elkin (probably Green Hill). Sarah wanting to come home to the Fort. Lots of family news. Not enough crops to feed the soldiers. Trouble with deserters.
• August 13, 1866 – To Rufus Lenoir from brother-in-law Alex Chatham (founder of Chatham Mills). Sarah Gwyn Lenoir’s sister Lizzie married Alex Chatham. Lizzie very sick (she died 1875). Alex not much of a farmer. Hopes the peaches at the Fort are in.
• August 16, 1866 – To Rufus Lenoir from Cousin Thomas Isaac Ramsey in TN. Death of Brother Waightstill Avery Ramsey. (Thomas was the son of Louis Caroline Lenoir & Reynolds A. Ramsey. Louisa was the daughter of William Ballard Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s son) who lived in Lenoir City, TN.
• August 20, 1866 – To Rufus T. Lenoir requesting information on land for sale.

• May 15, 1876 -To Thomas Ballard Lenoir from father Rufus Lenoir. Thomas in school at UNC. Rufus, Jr. two years old today.
• September 8, 1877 – To Rufus Lenoir from niece Amelia Gwyn Brown (daughter of James Gwyn II & Mary Ann Lenoir (Rufus’ sister). Amelia married Col. Hamilton Allen Brown). Also included a note to Sallie Gwyn Lenoir (Rufus’ wife) from niece Julia Pickens Gwyn (Amelia’s sister) on the death of Rufus & Sallie’s daughters Bessie & Loula. (Bessie and Loula died September 1877 within a few hours of each other from Diphtheria. They were 9 & 11 years of age. They are buried holding hands in a single casket at the Fort Defiance cemetery.

BOX 4:

Civil War Letters and Other Letters to Sarah (Gwyn) Lenoir
• August 23, 1852 -To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Ann Franklin. Death of Lizzie. Lots of information on several people.
• February 8, 1858 – To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Ann Amelia Gwyn Franklin in Rose Valley, Mississippi. Birth of 8th child Columbus Bernard Franklin. Amelia died in 1859 of a probable heart attack.
• November 26, 1858 -To Sarah Lenoir from Brother Hugh Gwyn teaching at Woodland Academy at Salisbury, TN. Birth of son (and only child) that died in infancy.
• 1859 -To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Mary Caroline Dickerson Gwyn (Richard Gwyn’s wife, called Mollie). Death of Ann Amelia Franklin (Sarah’s sister) on July 14, 1859.
• May 25, 1859 – To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Amelia Franklin. Amelia died soon after this letter. Family news.
• July 16, 1859 – To Sarah Lenoir from Brother Hugh Gwyn. Death of Sister Ann Amelia Franklin.
• June 3, 1861 -To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin Daniel Hunt. Sarah’s Brother Hugh Gwyn died of typhoid in Confederate camp, Salisbury, TN.
• June 16, 1861 – To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin Daniel Hunt. Death of Sarah’s Brother Hugh Gwyn in camp, Salisbury, TN.
• August 14, 1861 -To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham in Elkin, NC. Boys going to war.
• August 27, 1861 -To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham in Elkin, NC. Weaving for the soldiers. Battle of Manassas. Cousin Tom Brown killed in battle at Springfield. “Pa” in Raleigh. Brother Nath in the Confederacy.
• September 1, 1861 -To Sarah Lenoir from a sister at home (Green Hill farm located near Ronda and Elkin, NC). Lots of information on soldiers & the war. Making clothes & blankets for soldiers. Strong earthquake yesterday.
• March 18, 1862 -To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Gwyn Chatham. News of the battle of Manassas & Civil War. News of drafts.

• February 17, 1863 – To Sarah Lenoir from Sallie?. Lots of Civil War news.
• October 25, 1863 – To Sarah Lenoir from schoolmate and old friend Mattie Wilson.
• February 10, 1864 – To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham. Sent her a stupid dress. Weaving clothes for Nath & Tom, home from the war.
• March 14, 1864-To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham. Sarah’s Brothers Nath & Tom going back to the war after being home on leave. Death of Robert Chatham.
• September 5, 1865 -To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin (by marriage) Julia Reagan at Sweetwater, TN. Soldier brother at home but many dear friends lost. Julia 22 years old, brothers James & Johnny are 19 and 17 years old.
• October 21, 1865 -To Sarah Lenoir from brother-in-law Alec Chatham in Philadelphia. Lots of temptation to spend money, silver high, fabric expensive.
• March 19, 1866? – To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Mollie (Mary Caroline Dickerson Gwyn) in Elkin, NC. Family news, hard times.
• June 2, 1866 – To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham. Postwar troubles.
• April 4, 1867 – To Sarah Lenoir from niece Jule (Julia) Pickens Gwyn – age 22 who married James Gwyn II. Mary Ann Lenoir married in 1880 Dr. William A. Lowe who died in 1904, aged 49years. Getting rid of bed bugs.
• April 23, 1868 – To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Amelia (Mrs. Tom Gwyn). Thoughts on the new Constitution.
• July 27, 1868 -To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham. Tired of white labor, servant problems.
• September 3, 1868 – To Sarah Lenoir from Sister-in-law Polly Dickerson Gwyn. Lots of family information. Tried to travel to Fort Defiance but creeks & river too high.
• 1868-1872 -To Sarah Lenoir from Sister Lizzie Chatham who with her husband Alec started Chatham Woolen Mills after the Civil War. Severe drought. Farm & family news.
• April 18, 1869-To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Babe (Amelia Dickinson). Sheering sheep, carding wool, wanting to see the Fort.
• April 19, 1873 – To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) at Fort Defiance. Sarah visiting her family in Elkin, NC. Description of Bessie (Rufus & Sarah’s daughter). Family news.
• July 29, 1875 -To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Babe (Amelia Dickinson). Information about Sarah’s sister Lizzie Chatham who died in 1875.
• November 1875 -To Sarah Lenoir from son Tommie (Thomas Ballard Lenoir) at school – 17 years old. Needing clothes and wanting a box of chestnuts (I assume from the ancient chestnut tree still at Fort Defiance).
• June 15, 1877 -To Sarah Lenoir from niece Leonora at Green Hill, Elkin.

• About 1880 – To Sarah Lenoir from Mame thanking Sarah for the clothes which Rufus brought. Family news of the Gwyns.
• April 1885 – To Sarah Lenoir from niece Julia Elizabeth Gwyn Finley in North Wilkesboro, NC. Julie married James Edward Finley – 1st President of the Bank of N. Wilkesboro. Richard 3 months old. Family news.
• September 27, 1890-To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Mollie Gwyn at Green Hill. Family news. Cousin Dick selling land & the factory in Elkin and will probably move to Texas.
• August 16, ?-To Sarah Lenoir from Ann Rankin who married Maj. George W. F. Harper (1834-1921). Wanting to buy 35 lbs. of land.
• August 16, ? – To Sarah Lenoir from Sarah Rankin of Lenoir asking about extra tomatoes at the Fort. Sarah Rankin made the NC flag for the Confederate troops formed in Caldwell County, NC.
• April 26,? -To Sarah Lenoir from an old boyfriend Harry. This was before Sarah’s marriage to Rufus Theodore Lenoir.
• Undated-To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Amelia Dickinson (Babe). Sending Frank to the Fort for Sallie to come down to Elkin. Pa resolved to die.
• Undated-To Sarah Lenoir from sister-in-law Babe.

Letters to Sarah Gwyn Lenoir from Cousins, Friends & In-Laws
• About 1858 – To Sarah Lenoir from Aunt Sade (Sarah Joyce Lenoir) at Fort Defiance. Sade making clothing for Sallie who is in Elkin, NC.
• 1859 – To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin Mary Norwood who wants to borrow a pattern. Aunt Sade suffering from a fall.
• October 25, 1859 – To Sarah Lenoir from old school friend Mattie Wilson. Death of Sallie’s sister Mrs. Franklin.
• April 5, 1864 -To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin Jane W. Smith. Family news. Hard to read.
• December 27, 1870-To Sarah Lenoir from Adelaide Cilley at The Lodge. Christmas gift for Loula.
• August 13, 1875 -To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin E. H. Cilley (Emma Cilley). Social life gay with a Bishop who smokes. Emma married a Yankee officer who stayed in NC after the Civil War and was credited with saving many homes from being burned, making him a local hero.
• January 23, 1878 – To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin Annie Hall in Hickory, NC. Thanks for memorial for Bessie & Loula Lenoir (only daughters of Rufus T. & Sarah Lenoir who died together of diphtheria at Fort Defiance in 1877).
• November 6, 1883 -To Sarah Lenoir from Annie Councill. Wanting to buy heavy stockings.
• March 3, 1886 -To Sarah Lenoir from Mrs. M.A. Thomas, c/o Jane W. Smith from Hillsboro, Ohio. Family news.
• October 25, 1889 – To Sarah Lenoir from old friend Jenny Kerr at Panther Creek (Shallow Ford?).

• April 13, 1891 – To Sarah Lenoir from Mrs. Collett Levanthorpe (Cousin Lou). Ordering book “Memorials of a Southern Planter”.
• May 13, 1895 – To Sarah Lenoir from Cousin Annie Hall in Hickory, NC. Annie’s daughter Sadie seriously ill and hospitalized.
• March 18, 1900-To Sarah Lenoir from niece at Bowling Green, Va. Family news.
• October 4, 1906 -To Sarah Lenoir from Rev. C. B. Hudgins in Rome, Ga. Sending a picture of Bessie & Loula sent to him by mistake.
• August 24, 1907 – To Sarah Lenoir from Hope Gravely in Martinsville, VA. News of Hope’s mother breaking her arm.
• May 8, 1909-To Sarah Lenoir from Rufus’ Cousin Emma Harper Cilley. News of death ofNelus Sharpe’s wife by lightning. Family news.
• January 28,? -To Sarah Lenoir from a niece in Bowling Green, Va. A history of the Gwyns and Gwyn’s Island near Fredericksburg.

Letters from Rev. & Mrs. Oertel – Mostly to Sarah {Gwyn) Lenoir
• A collection of 29 letters from Mrs. Johannes Oertel and Rev. Oertel after they had moved away from Lenoir, NC. Fond memories of Fort Defiance and Happy Valley. Lots of news about the Oertel family.

Golden Anniversary Letters to Sarah (Gwyn) Lenoir & Rufus T. Lenoir
• A collection of 11 letters of congratulations to Rufus Theodore and Sarah Gwyn Lenoir on their 50th wedding anniversary- February 16, 1907.

Miscellaneous Letters of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir
• January 26, 1878 -To friend Annie E. Hall in Hickory, NC from Sarah Lenoir. Describes the death of Sarah’s daughters Bessie & Loula.
• March 7, 1878 -To friend Annie E. Hall in Hickory, NC from Sarah Lenoir. Rufus, Jr. is in pants.

BOXS:

Letters & Compositions of Thomas Isaac Lenoir {Gen. Lenoir’s grandson)
• January 22, 1829 – Composition – Letter to mother Selina Avery Lenoir.
• March 19, 1829 – Composition on Brotherly Love
• April 3, 1829 – Letter probably to Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir written as a school exercise.
• April 16, 1829 – Letter to a cousin from Thomas Isaac Lenoir at school.
• March 27, 1840-Thomas Isaac Lenoir’s acceptance of Commission of Deputy Marshall.

• May 13, 1840 – Letter from T.I. Lenoir to State official concerning need for papers, etc. Offers Gen. Daniel, S.F. Patterson, David L. Swaim and faculty at Chapel Hill as references.
• November 1840 – Letter to Mr. Jones from Thomas Isaac Lenoir enclosing a certificate signed by some of the most respectable citizens of Wilkes County, NC. Also, a promise of assistance from Gen. S.F. Patterson. I assume this was required from Thomas Isaac for being appointed a deputy Marshall of Haywood County.
• Undated – Composition on Manners.
• Undated – Composition on Mines.
• Undated- Composition on Cruelty.
• Undated – Composition on Obedience.
• Undated – Composition on Cheerfulness.
• Undated – Composition on Education.
• Undated – Composition on Mildness.
• Undated – Composition on Hope.
• Undated -Anacrean’s Instructions to a Painter to Paint. A poem copied by Thomas Isaac Lenoir.

School Records of William Avery Lenoir’s School (Gen. Lenoir’s grandson)
• December 1830 – Wesley Connelly and Russel Connolly’s attendance record and progress reports.
• December 20, 1830 – William Connelly’s progress report.
• December 20, 1830 -Mira Gilbert’s progress report.
• December 20, 1830 – Elizabeth Jones’ progress report.
• December 20, 1830-George Connolly’s progress report.
• January 1831 – Mary McDowell’s writing lessons.
• January 1, 1831 – Ann Gilbert’s progress report.
• January 1, 1831 – Mary Ann Mira Lenoir’s progress report.
• January 1, 1831 – Julia Connolly’s progress report.
• Undated – Recipients of 20 copies of “Penny Gazette”. Caldwell and Watauga Counties.

Writings of and related to Cornelia Christian Lenoir (Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s Wife)
• February 3, 1841 -To Cornelia Lenoir from Brother F. R. Christian in Tuscumbia, Ala. Lots of family news.
• 1856-To Walter W. Lenoir. First time they have been separated since their marriage. From Fort Defiance.
• February 15, 1856-To Mrs. Norwood from Cornelia Lenoir. Hoping to get together soon. Idea for a joke to play on Walter.
• May 5, 1856-To Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) describing the latest fashions. Cornelia in Richmond, Va.

• About 1857 – To Sarah Joyce Lenoir asking how to make Blackberry jelly.
• January 18, 1858 -To Anna Tate Lenoir (infant daughter of Walter W. & Cornelia Lenoir) from Cousin Sarah A. Tillinghast. Anna Tate died shortly after this letter.
• About February 1858 -To Cornelia Lenoir from her mother. Worried about Cornelia’s troubles. Much information on family, crops, etc. Mother will send various items.
• May 31, 1858 – Letter to Cornelia Lenoir from friend Mary Bennett in Richmond visiting her Aunt.
• 1859 -To Sarah Joyce Lenoir from Louise Norwood. Nealy (Cornelia C. Lenoir) growing weaker. Planning a trip.
• 1859 – Letter of condolence to Walter W. Lenoir from Nealy’s sister after Nealy’s death.
• Undated-letter in verse from Cornelia Lenoir to Cousin Alexander H. Young in Tennessee.

Writings of/to Walter Waightstill Lenoir/ Civil War Letters (Gen. Lenoir’s Grandson)
• April 10, 1857 -Agreement authorizing James Rumley to purchase a lot at Beaufort, NC.
• April 13, 1857 -Letter to James Rumley, Esq. expressing Walter’s desire to “make my home at Beaufort Harbor”.
• July 15, 1857 -Letter to W.W. Lenoir from James Rumley acknowledging receipt of $250.00 with which he will purchase land in Beaufort, NC for Lenoir.
• September 16, 1857 -Letter to Walter W. Lenoir from James Rumley telling Lenoir that he has purchased 16+ acres for Lenoir on Beaufort Harbor and other lots and will register the deeds.
• October 26, 1861 -To W.W. Lenoir from Jas. Rumley in Beaufort, NC assuring Walter that his land in Beaufort will be listed and the taxes paid now that the state is under Confederate law.
• January 26, 1862 -To Mother Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir from Walter at Camp Lee, CSA. Camp life agreeable, building winter quarters and general thoughts on the war.
• March 23, 1862 -To Brother Rufus T. Lenoir. Walter at Camp Branch. Thoughts on camp life and news. Brother Tom (Thomas Isaac Lenoir) very sick with a cold.
• July 21, 1862 – Letter to Walter W. Lenoir from Mr. Jones announcing that Mr. Jones is no longer a candidate for County office.
• August 7, 1863 -Request from the War Department (CSA) for Walter to agree to the position of Judge Advocate with a grade of Captain of Cavalry.

• August 27, 1863 -Answer to CSA War Department accepting position of Judge Advocate.
• October 26, 1863 -Letter to Walter W. Lenoir from Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir. Family news. Fear of Yankee raids in Ashe County.
• February 18, 1864-To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade). Needing seeds for flowers & vegetables. Confederate troops sleeping at his home (Crab Orchards -farm in Haywood Co., NC) and eating his food.
• March 27, 1864 – To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir. Walter opposed to slavery but “circumstances have made me a slave owner”.
• June 18, 1864 – To his Mother Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir about losing a leg. (Battle of Ox Hill or Chantilly, September 1, 1862).
• October 11, 1864 -To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir. Death of their mother. Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir died September 24, 1864.
• January 2, 1866-To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade). The superiority of southern society and southern ladies and the hardships to be faced and future of the South. Extremely thoughtful and well written letter.
• May 17, 1866 -To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir at Fort Defiance. News is slow in coming. News of family, crops, etc.
• June 29, 1866 -To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir at Fort Defiance from Walter at Crab Orchard (farm in Haywood County, NC). Lots of work to be done by a one-legged man.
• August 17, 1866 -To Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir. Wanting news from the Fort. News of Brother Tom (Thomas Isaac Lenoir) at Haywood County farm.
• September 30, 1875 – W.W. Lenoir’s agreement with the Lutheran Church to donate land at Hickory Tavern for the formation of a college or high school. This became Lenoir-Rhyne University.
• February 1880-To his nephew Tommie (age 23) about his newly formed college (Lenoir College (later Lenoir-Rhyme Univ.) in Hickory, NC).
• October 15, 1883 -Note to J. G. Hall in Hickory, NC from Walter at Shull’s Mill, NC. Selling lot #47 at Hickory Tavern.
• March 1, 1884 through July 4, 1885 – Memorandum notebook of Walter
W. Lenoir’s boarding expenses while staying with James H. Johnson in Linville, NC.
• 1884 & 1885 – Memorandum about travel and boarding expenses.
• April 15, 1887 -Letter from Walter W. Lenoir to S. T. Kelsey, Esq. concerning the sale of Grandfather Mountain, NC and surrounding land. “The summits & sides of the Grandfather & its spurs down to a suitable line … should be preserved in native forests. No fish, bird or wild animal should be allowed to be taken or killed within this reservation except under the orders and control of the municipality.” Directions for the development of Linville, NC.
• Approximately 1890 – Inventory of lands, notes and accounts belonging to the Estate of Walter W. Lenoir.

• August 6, 1890 – January 1, 1894 – Receipts and disbursements of the Estate of Walter W. Lenoir.
• July 15, 1892 -Order for Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s headstone from The Statesville Marble Works.
• June 1, 1894 – To A. L. Crouse, Secty Board of Trustees Lenoir College in Hickory, NC. (future Lenoir-Rhyme University) from J.G. Hall, trustee of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park discussing transfer ofland from W.W. Lenoir to J.G. Hall. Walter donated the land upon which Lenoir-Rhyme University was founded.
• June 28 & July 9, 1903 – Two letters to Thomas Ballard Lenoir, Executor of W.W. Lenoir Estate describing Walter’s property owned in Beaufort, NC.
• Undated- Partial document regarding the distributions from W.W. Lenoir’s estate amounting to $40,000.
• Undated- “Suggestions by W.W.L. in the Brown & Dobson cases”. (Walter was an attorney both before & after the civil war).
• Undated- Walter W. Lenoir’s agreement to give proceeds from the sale of land as subscription to someone (maybe the Presbyterian Church of Lenoir, NC).

Civil War Letters to Walter Waightstill Lenoir
• May 20, 1862 -From nephew Tom Norwood at Hillsboro asking about raising a Company of men for the Confederacy in Caldwell County, NC.
• June 2, 1862 – From Brother Rufus T. Lenoir at Fort Defiance. Walter serving in CSA. War & family news.
• May 8, 1864-From Brother Rufus T. Lenoir at Fort Defiance. 12th Tennessee troops robbing Fort Defiance. Lots of Civil War news and the hardships of the area.

Letters to/from William Avery Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s Grandson)
• March 4, 1840 – To Mary Ann Myra Lenoir (married James Gwyn). William at Israel Picken’s home in Alabama. Fascinating account of his travels to Alabama.
• November 15, 1848 -To William Avery Lenoir from wife Jane Kerr Lenoir. Concern about William’s “deranged nerves”. Jane has consumption. Jane died August 20, 1850 at the age of 22.
• March 31-April 4, 1849 – Letter to wife Jane. William working at home and meeting with contractors for the Turnpike at Philip Shulls on the Watauga River. William having “nervous nights”.
• June 15, 1850- To William Avery Lenoir from his uncle Isaac Thomas Avery (b. 9-22-1785). Concern for William’s wife Jane.
• July 30, 1850-To Colonel Isaac Thomas Avery. Sickness of his wife Jane.

• June 20, 1853 -To William Avery Lenoir from Brother Walter Waightstill Lenoir. Family & farm news.
• August 1, 1857 -To William Avery Lenoir from ist cousin William Lenoir, son of William Ballard Lenoir in Lenoir City, TN. A very detailed letter describing where the TN Lenoir’s live, their children and personalities, etc.
• Miscellaneous items related to William Avery Lenoir.

William Avery Lenoir – Formation of Davenport College
• 1845 – Plan and subscription for female college at or near the town of Lenoir. Written by William Avery Lenoir.
• April 21, 1855 -Letter to William A. Lenoir from the Building Committee of Davenport College.
• October 30, 1871 -Letter from Walter W. Lenoir to James C. Harper assuring the trustees of Davenport College that the school should continue for a long time without fear of the lands reverting back to the donors.
• October 30, 1871 – Deed from Walter W. Lenoir to the trustees of the Davenport Female College for the contribution of an additional two acres of land to be used by the college.
• September 19, 1877 – Deed from Walter W. Lenoir (in support of William
A. Lenoir, deceased) to the Mistress of Davenport College for buildings and land.
• Undated- William A. Lenoir’s proposition to fund building of Davenport College in Lenoir, NC. William A. Lenoir to contribute $6,000.
• Undated- William A. Lenoir’s proposal to Davenport College for the donation of land and cash.

Letters, etc. related to Thomas Isaac Lenoir (Gen. Lenoir’s grandson)
• April 5, 1833 – To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from 1st cousin William Bouchelle Lenoir (Son of Walter Raleigh Lenoir – Gen. William Lenoir’s son). Need for a school.
• November 1835 -Thomas Isaac Lenoir’s memorandum book of things to be attended to at the Haywood County farm.
• April 17, 1845 – To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from parents Thomas & Selina Lenoir at Fort Defiance. Thomas has been traveling, mother making clothes.
• April 29, 1845 – To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from parents Thomas & Selina Lenoir at Fort Defiance. Mary Norwood very sick.
• May 15, 1845 -To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from Sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade). News about brothers and other family. Aunt Sade wanting company to go to the Ball. Mary Norwood is better.
• January 8, 1846 – To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from father Thomas at Fort Defiance. Thomas Isaac in Wilkesboro, NC. Thomas wanting to go to Haywood County farm. Lots of news about slaves. Killing hogs.

Documents Regarding Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s Land in Stauton County, Nebraska
• July 13, 1870 – Letter to Walter requesting payment of taxes on Nebraska land.
• August 9, 1870 – Letter to Walter from the Central Land Co. concerning the amount of taxes to be determined.
• April 28, 1871 -Letter to Walter from E. S. Seymour, Secretary of the Central Land Co. concerning “perfectly outrageous” taxes of $24.16 on Nebraska land.
• June 30, 1871 – Letter to Walter concerning high taxes and possibility of selling Nebraska land.
• March 7, 1872 – Letter to Walter requesting payment of 1871 taxes of
$19.81.
• April 22, 1872-Note to Walter from Mr. Andrew Rosewater, President of the Central Land Co. concerning his resignation.
• April 22, 1872 – Letter to Walter concerning change in management of the Central Land Co. of Omaha, Nebraska and request of $20.25 in taxes.
• May 10, 1872-Receipt to Walter for a registered letter.
• May 21, 1872-Receipt to Walter for payment of $20.25 in taxes for 1871 on his Nebraska land.
• July 1, 1872 -Letter to Walter requesting authority to act on Walter’s wish to sell Nebraska lands.
• February 3, 1873 – Letter to Walter concerning 1872 taxes. Description of where Walter’s Nebraska is located.
• April 29, 1874 – Receipt to Walter for payment of taxes ($15.32) on Walter’s 160 acres of Nebraska land for 1873.
• August 23, 1874 – Letter to Walter concerning prospects of selling Nebraska land.
• March 29, 1875 – Receipt to Walter for payment of 1875 taxes on Nebraska land ($11.08).
• July 5, 1875 -Letter to Walter in receipt of 1873 taxes of $11.75 on Nebraska land. Description of land location.
• March 30, 1878 -Receipt to Walter for payment of 1877 taxes on Nebraska land ($8.36).

Documents Regarding Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s land in Hickory Tavern, NC.
• September 27, 1883 -Receipt for deposit for lot from W. P. Huffman.
• June 9, 1891 -T.B. Lenoir’s execution of the will of W.W. Lenoir in selling unsold lots around Highland School, Hickory, NC, proceeds to be used to build principal’ s residence and other buildings.
• 1892 – Plot of W.W. Lenoir’s lands in east Hickory, about 170 acres.
• (See numerous deeds and documents in separate box regarding Hickory Tavern properties).

Letters from and for Slaves
• December 21, 1862 – Letter to Selina Louisa Lenoir, widow of Thomas Lenoir, at Fort Defiance from Andy Lenoir (a slave at the Haywood County farm belonging to Thomas Isaac Lenoir but who became a trusted companion of Walter Waightstill Lenoir after the loss of his leg). A very informal letter to his “Mistres” giving her the news of the Haywood plantation and of Thomas Isaac being sick. Wishing Master Walter would come to Haywood soon and asking Selina to have his family at the Fort write to him. Andy would have been about 44 years old at this time and Mrs. Lenoir would have been 74 years of age.
• November 4, 1878 – Copy of a letter of reference written by Thomas Isaac Lenoir for former slave Henry Uriah Lenoir. This was provided by Ms. Gwen Cradle, a descendant of Uriah.
• January 23, 1884 – Letter to Walter W. Lenoir from a former slave, H.U. Lenoir wanting to buy com, hay and rent land. Mentions an Uncle Joseph Miller. Henry Uriah Lenoir (Uriah) was a slave belonging to, at different times, Thomas Isaac Lenoir at the East Fork of the Pigeon River farm in Haywood County, NC and Walter Waightstill Lenoir probably on his “Crab Orchard” farm also in Haywood County. Uriah moved to Caldwell County, NC sometime after the Civil War.

BOX 6:

Letters to Aunt Sade {Sarah Joyce Lenoir – Gen. Lenoir’s granddaughter) from life-long Friend Lizzie Graves in Augusta, Ga.
• December 5, 1845 – An invitation to a party.
• December 4, 1851 -Family news. Lizzie has no intention of marriage.
• April 5, 1852 – Invitation to Col. Jones at Elkville.
• May 19, 1852 – Train accident – ran over Negro boy “cutting him all to pieces”.
• June 23, 1852 – Brother coming home from Texas.
• May 21, 1856-Lizzie at “Welcome”, Uncle John’s home. Family news and information on clothing.
• September 9, 1858 – Lizzie in Rome, Ga. Aunt Sade not well.
• November 19, 1858 – Lizzie in Downington, Pennsylvania. Lizzie anxious to get back to the South.
• September 2, 1863 – Lizzie visiting at Fort Defiance. Aunt Sade visiting at James Gwyn’s in Elkin, NC. News and impressions of the people at the Fort.
• September 11, 1863 – Lizzie at Fort Defiance, Aunt Sade at James Gwyn’s in Elkin, NC. Sade caring for Annie. News of Tories.
• February 22, 1866-Lizzie in Downington, PA teaching school. Her home now in Rome, Ga.
• February 5, 1884 – Lizzie in Rome, Ga. General news.

• October 6,? – Illness of Lizzie’s sister.
• June 17,? – Hard times.

Various Letters to Aunt Sade (Sarah Joyce Lenoir)
• October 24, 1851 -From Delia Summey near Asheville, NC. Lots of family news. Remembrances of visit at the Fort and trip and people in Wilkesboro.
• 1852 -From Sister Mary Ann Myra Lenoir Gwyn. Marriages and family news. Hunting turkey nests.
• January 13, 1852 – From Brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir at the “Bachelors’ Den” in Haywood County. Crops frozen, minks killing chickens, etc. Very cold. Lots of news about engagements, etc.
• June 23, 1852-From Delia Summey in Hendersonville, NC. General news. “Remember me to my Wilkesboro acquaintances”.
• August 27, 1852 -From Sister Mary Ann Myra Lenoir who married James Gwyn of Elkin, NC. Family news.
• December 30, 1852 – From Cousin Mary at Swan Ponds. Family news.
• April 28, 1853 – From Delia Summey at the “Horse Shoe”, Hendersonville, NC. Lots of family news and happenings in the area.
• June 4, 1853 – From Cousin Delia Summey in Hendersonville, NC. News of family and friends.
• August 9, 1853 – From Cousin Delia Summey. Family news. Governor (David) Swaim and his family visited and told of their visit to Fort Defiance.
• 1854 – From Sister Mary Ann Lenoir Gwyn. Negro committed murdered in Ashe County, mentions James B. Directions to dye chrome yellow.
• May 3, 1856 – From Cousin Eliza Bingham (Shie) at Chapel Hill, NC. News of Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s marriage.
• May 15, 1856 – From Cousin Sarah Anne Tillinghast. Wanting Aunt Sade to visit at The Oaks in Chapel Hill, NC.
• September 10, 1858 – From Sister Louisa Norwood. Aunt Sade in Elkin with the Gwyns. Family news.
• October 1, 1859 – From Louise Norwood at school in Fayetteville. Traveling and family news. Louise invited to tea.
• March 15, 1860-From Cousin Sarah Anne Tillinghast. Lots of family news. Cousin Shie got married.
• April 7, 1860-From Niece Laura Norwood (about 19 years old) who is teaching her Uncle and Aunt James Gwyn and Mary Ann Lenoir’s children that winter. Lots of family and children information.
• May 12, 1860-From Cousin Sarah Anne Tillinghast in Fayetteville, NC. Family news. Send regards to the adults at the Fort and kisses to the children.
• October 29, 1860 – From Cousin Sarah Anne Tillinghast in Fayetteville, NC. Family news.

• December 28, 1860 – From Sister Mary Ann Lenoir Gwyn (Annie). Doesn’t seem much like Christmas. Worried about possible war. News of slaves, etc.
• January 27, 1861 – From brother-in-law James Gwyn. Family news. Roads too bad to travel to Elkin from the Fort.
• March 23, 1861 – From Cousin Sarah Anne Tillinghast in Fayetteville, NC. Death of father Samuel Willard Tillinghast. Concerns about possible war.
• April 1, 1861 – From Julia Gwyn, Niece of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir. Happy times. Julia caught an eight pound “red horse” fishing.
• April 15, 1861 -From Mammie shortly after suicide of Aunt Sade’s Brother William Avery Lenoir.
• May 18, 1861 -From Cousin Eliza Bingham (Shie). Sympathy on death of Aunt Sade’s Brother William Avery Lenoir (suicide). Many confederate troops in Chapel Hill. Concerns about the war.
• December 24, 1861 -From Cousin Laura Avery. Family news. Willie at war.
• April 28, 1862 – From Millie Gwyn, Niece of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir. Mother weaving shirt for soldier.
• July 1862 – From Cousin Martha Lenoir Gordon Finley in Wilkesboro, NC. Wanting recipes for dyeing cotton. Death of Martha’s daughter Ann (died in 1862 at the age of 14).
• August 20, 1862 – From sister-in-law Mary Elizabeth Garrett Lenoir (Lizzie) at the Haywood County farm.

Family and war news. Hoping to come to Caldwell and Wilkes Counties.
• June 20, 1863 – From Cousin Sarah Anne Tillinghast. Concerns about Civil War.
• October 31, 1863 – From Millie Gwyn, Niece of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir. General information on goods, etc.
• December 5, 1863 -From Niece Amelia Gwyn (Millie). Civil War news and concerns.
• About 1864 – From Sister Mary Ann Lenoir Gwyn. Clothing in short supply. Negroes are confused and troubled- no merry laugh or song.
• July 4, 1864 – From Millie Gwyn, Niece of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir. Family information – young folks having fun.
• December 29, 1864-From Sister Mary Ann Lenoir Gwyn. News of the children in these hard times.
• Mid 1860’s (probably during the Civil War)-To Aunt Sade “The General”, Commander at Fort Defiance from either Sister Laura Leah Lenoir Norwood or Niece Laura Lenoir Norwood. Family news written as a military dispatch.
• February 17, 1866 – From Niece Amelia Gwyn (Millie). Hard times for “white Niggers”. Post-war troubles.

• March 18, 1867 – From Nephew Captain Thomas Lenoir Norwood. “No use being a lawyer when there is no law”. Staying busy teaching. Descriptions of the Gwyn children as students.
• July 23, 1867 -From Niece Amelia Gwyn (Millie). Post-war hard times. Friends and family moving away. Lots of family news.
• January 21, 1868 – From Niece Laura Lenoir Norwood in Brooklyn. Playing Marie Antoinette in a play. Longing for the peaceful valley. Describes elegant life in New York, cost of items, etc.
• July 14, 1868 -From Niece Amelia Gwyn Brown (Millie). Millie now married to Col. H. Allen Brown of Tennessee. Missing her friends. Family news.
• May 21, 1869 – From Niece Amelia Gwyn Brown. Amelia wishing she was at the Fort. Her husband Allen had visited Fort Defiance. Birth of Bessie (Elizabeth Lenoir). Visiting Green Hill.
• January 25, 1869 – From Niece Laura Lenoir Norwood. Traveling with Mrs. Oertel. Money scarce. Buying silk in Salem.
• April 18, 1871 -From James Gwyn in Elkin, NC and his daughter Millie. Wanting Aunt Sade to visit and bring Okra seeds.
• August 1, 1871 -From Nephew Thomas L. Norwood at Bingham School. Enjoying the young ladies at school.
• September 20, 1872 – From Cousin Walter Bingham. Trying to raise funds to send Tom Lenoir to the University of Virginia.
• September 1873 – From Niece Laura Norwood. Traveling and meeting cousins.
• February 6, 1876 – From Niece Julie Norwood staying with her Aunt and Uncle Tom & Mary Lenoir. Wishing she was at the Old Fort. Family news.
• November 27, 1877 -From Niece Mary Gwyn.
• December 19, 1877 -From Nephew Walter Gwyn. Walter’s wedding.
• January 1, 1878 -From Niece Millie Gwyn shortly after the death of Bessie & Loula (daughters of Rufus & Sarah Lenoir) at Fort Defiance.
• January 6, 1880 – From Niece Julia Pickens Gwyn. Just married to Dr. Lowe. Family news. Includes letter detailing marriages.
• February 22, ? – From Niece Julie Norwood. Family news.
• July 3, ? – From Millie Gwyn, Niece of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir. Ferryboats at Jonesville on the Yadkin River washed away. Family information.
• Late 1850’s, early 1860’s -From Mary Norwood (age 17). Family news.
• Undated – From Mrs. Jones. Sending a slave down for lard.
• Undated – From Louise Norwood just home from four years at college.

Undated- From Louise Norwood about fabric purchases and sewing.
• Undated -From sister-in-law Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir. Cloth for making dress, etc.

Other Writings of Aunt Sade (Sarah Joyce Lenoir)
• June 10, 1885 – To Nephew Capt. Thomas Norwood. Not wanting to travel although “everyone seems bent on getting rid of me for a while.”
• Undated-To Sallie concerning care of house plants and flowers.

BOX 7:

Miscellaneous Writings
• August 11, 1810 – Articles of agreement for lease of land between John McDowell and David Russel on 320 acres in Haywood County, NC witnessed by Thomas Lenoir.
• 1813 / 1814 -Revenues amounting to 3,049 lbs.
• July 25, 1821 – Partial indenture for the sale of 1240 acres.
• September 29, 1832 – Laura Lenoir’s expenses at Music School of Pittsboro.
• March 29, 1836 – Note about the death of Selina Louisa Lenoir Pickens, wife of Samuel Pickens brother of Gov. Israel Pickens.
• February 28, 1849-Letter to General Samuel F. Patterson from his son Rufus in school at Chapel Hill, NC. Much general information. Concern over “Uncle Davenport’s” sickness and doubt that he will recover, assuming that he will be buried in the family cemetery at the Fort. (I assume that this is Col. William Davenport who married Gen. Lenoir’s daughter Mary (Polly). Col. Davenport died in 1859.
• 1851 – Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade)’s list of books she owned and cost.
• February 28, 1852-To Aunt Sade-Alphonso C. Avery and Susan M. Morrison wedding invitation.
• April 12, 1857 – Unsigned note concerning flower seeds to Aunt Sade. Planks & house tops white with snow.
• December 1, 1858 – Col. William Avery Lenoir’s subscription to the Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, NC.
• December 8, 1870 -To Tommy (Gwyn?) from cousin C.R. Franklin in Elkin, NC describing catching rabbits in their gums. Information about school, etc.
• July 25, 1873 – To Gen. Samuel F. Patterson from Henry Clark in Tarboro, NC requesting information on Gen. William Lenoir.
• 1878 – Memorandum of wheat, rye, corn, oats, butter and wool produced for the year.
• December 20, 1883 -Concert Program. A song to be sung by Miss Lenoir, probably a daughter of Thomas & Lizzie Lenoir.
• April 4, 1885 – Unidentified sender and recipient. Describes Easter decorations at either Chapel of Rest or more likely Chapel of Peace in Lenoir, NC. Photographer Mr. Doubleday is coming. Wanting Tom and Aunt Sade to come to services.

• December 14, 1887 -Agreement between Walter W. Lenoir and Gordon
C. Stuart for the sale of Cherry trees to Stuart.
• 1892 – 1903 – Accounting of the distributions to heirs from the estate of Walter Waightstill Lenoir totaling $49,100.
• April 19, ? – To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from Sister Selina Louisa Lenoir. Thomas is young. Selina died March 29, 1836.
• March 31, ? – Letter to Loula Lenoir (Louisa Avery Lenoir) from unidentified Cousin in Lenoir, NC. Wanting Loula to come visit. Loula was born 12-15-1866, died 9-5-1877.
• Undated- Letter about moving to Idaho signed by “Buffalo Bill”.
• Undated-Notes (maybe by Laura Lenoir Norwood) about Morning Lenoir’s children and other items found. Reference to a letter from Charles Lenoir to John Martin that the first Lenoir to come to America was Gen. William Lenoir’s grandfather William, son of Philippe Lenoir.
• March 25, 1900 -To Sarah Gwyn Lenoir at Fort Defiance from probably Laura Lenoir Norwood concerning Lenoir family history. “First Lenoir coming to America was William, son of Phillipe”.
• March 11, 1915 – Letter from The American Civic Alliance expressing thanks.
• March 27, 1928 – Letter to Sarah Gwyn Lenoir from the State of Alabama Department of Archives & History containing much information on Israel Pickens (former Governor of Alabama). Also, Pickens family bible records.
• Sept 15, ? – To Sarah Gwyn Lenoir from cousin Ann McNeely wanting a visit. Mentions several of the children.
• Undated – Listing of Gen. William Lenoir & Ann Ballard’s children. Information on William Lenoir. Note about William Lenoir, son of Philippe coming to America after the Edict of Nantes.
• Undated – list of clothing – vests, socks, handkerchiefs, collars, pants, shirts, towels, drawers, etc.
• Undated – Louise Norwood’s account of the death of Loula & Bessie Lenoir.
• Undated – Partial letter to “Cousin Sarah” from unknown person (probably Louise Norwood) requesting milk and cream. Butter is very acceptable.
• Undated – Memorandum of measures, etc. Making a dress coat, frock coat and skirt of a dress coat.
• Undated – Letter from “Buffalo Bill”.
• Undated – Letter to Sallie (niece of Sarah Gwyn Lenoir and Aunt Sade) from her mother a sister of Richard Gwyn. Family news.
• Undated- Drawing of Martha Lenoir’s earrings.
• Undated – Booklet “March” written by Sarah Lenoir (wife of Rufus T. Lenoir) “for James or John when they grow up”.
• Undated- List of Taxables.

Poems & Miscellaneous Writings
• 1805 – Poem about dying written by M.S. and given to Selina Louisa Avery.
• May 21, 1856-James McCanles’ Address to the Watauga Valley. A poem.
• April 24, 1883 – Poem – “Hope”. Written at Fort Defiance.
• Undated- Information on the War of 1812.
• Undated- Partial letter to Rev. Emile Lenoir in New York from someone at Fort Defiance inviting him to visit while in this country. Emile from France.
• Undated – “A Tribute to the Grandfather – In Memory of W. W. Lenoir and D. MacR. Sr”.
• Undated- “You and I”. A poem.
• Undated-Poems -The Woman of Fashion. The Christian Woman. Others.
• Undated – Untitled poems.
• Undated – Poem – “Rural Felicity”
• Undated-Poem, signed by Campbell.
• Undated -Poem – “Railroad Accident on Pumpkin Plains”.
• Undated – Poem, probably written by Selina Lenoir at Fort Defiance.
• Undated – Poem or song – “The Green Mountain Yankee” or “The Temperance Medley”.
• Undated – A poem of love from Ann.
• Undated-A prayer.
• Undated – How to make a blanket.
• Undated – Thoughts on character.
• Undated- Poem “On Speculation in Wilkes County”. Appears to be Gen. William Lenoir’s hand.
• Undated -A poem on friends possibly written by Thomas Lenoir.
• Undated- “Yankee Blessing”. Another poem on the back.
• Undated – A Prayer.
• Undated- “The Wife”.

Civil War Letters & News
• October 17, 1861 – To Aunt Sade from Brother Thomas Isaac Lenoir at Camp Davis, Wilmington, NC. Mumps in camp. Eating fish and oysters. Thomas missing clean mountain air.
• April 18, 1865 – To Aunt Sade from Louisa Norwood. Occupation of Lenoir, NC by Yankee troops. Mistreatment of citizens.
• Undated- Partial letter to Aunt Sade from Laura Norwood in Raleigh. Civil War news. Officer shot by his own men. Laura (niece) studying art. Laura studied art under Rev. Oertel in New York and convinced him to move to Lenoir.

Miscellaneous Lenoir Letters, Notes, etc.
• 1819 – Letter to Mr. Lenoir from Mary A. Harman wanting to buy land in Watauga County, NC.
• December 8, 1823 – To Mira Lenoir (Eliza Mira), daughter of Gen. William Lenoir & Ann Ballard from Elizabeth Hinton who was “Aunt Betsy Hinton” to Lizzie Graves (life-long friend of Aunt Sade) in Raleigh. Elizabeth recalling her visit to Fort Defiance.
• February 14, 1826 -To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from Cousin William Waightstill Avery. Talk of a school.
• January 1, 1831, 10 O’clock P.M. -A reflection on our fast lives and the rewards ofliving a moral life. Written at Fort Defiance on new years day.
• April 13, 1833 -To Cousin from Mame in Salem, NC. Waiting for news from the Fort. Lots of family news. “Please sir don’t let any body see this.”
• March 25, 1834 – Invitation to Mira Lenoir (Eliza Mira) at Fort Defiance to the University of NC Commencement Ball.
• July 22, 1839 -Receipt to Thomas Lenoir from David Corpening for
$20.00 for the services of Corpening’s horse Alladin. Delivered by Isaac Thomas Avery.
• December 4, 1851 -Letter to Louisa Lenoir (Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir) from granddaughter Ellen Howe. Ellen was Julia Pickens daughter. Ellen at school and missing correspondence from her family and friends in the valley very much.
• April 7, 1852 -Letter to Col. Thomas Lenoir from Mr. Jones buying 632 lbs. of bacon.
• January 18, 1853 – Letter from William Williams requesting selection of a new town site in Madison County. Probably written to Thomas Lenoir or his son William Avery Lenoir.
• March 10, 1857 – To Selina Avery Lenoir from son-in-law James Gwyn. Family news.
• June 16, 1859 – Sarah Leonora (Gwyn) Lenoir’s subscription to The Church Journal.
• September 3, 1860 -List of notes owed to Rufus T. Lenoir.
• December 8, 1865 – To Mary (Polly) Gwyn from sister Milly. Polly visiting at Fort Defiance. Lots of family news. Family responsibilities of cleaning house, etc. now that slaves are gone.
• July 29, 1868 – To Rufus T. Lenoir from R. N. Price – not able to pay debt to Lenoir due to hardships after Civil War.
• December 12, 1870 -To Rufus T. Lenoir from Mr. Shearer in Carter Co., Tenn. Explaining hardships after Civil War and dealing with “scamps”. Trying to raise money to pay debt owed to Rufus’ brother Thomas Isaac.
• November 11, 1872 – Receipt to Walter W. Lenoir for subscription to Masonic Hall.
• June 1, 1881 – Abstract of Property belonging to Rufus Theodore Lenoir in Watauga County, NC – 1,686 acres.

• July 17, 1882 -To Thomas Ballard Lenoir, son of Rufus & Sallie Lenoir, from Thomas Norwood. Poetic news from the Happy Valley. Describing Palmyra & Clover Hill.
• March 29, 1886 -To Rufus T. Lenoir from Judge D. M. Key in Chattanooga, TN about his daughter’s death.
• Approximately June 1889 – To Rufus T. Lenoir from Jane Corpening requesting deed for lot purchased by her mother.
• June 26, 1889 – To Rufus T. Lenoir from J. L. Hendricks concerning deed to his sister Jane Corpening. Rufus unable to make deed without Mr. Hendrick’s consent.
• June 28, 1889 – To Rufus T. Lenoir from Jane H. Corpening concerning note and deed for lot purchased in Lenoir, NC.
• May 2, 1890 – Claremont College Recital in Hickory, NC program. Miss Laura Lenoir and others performing.
• April 29, 1891 -To Sallie Lenoir from great-niece Katie Cathering in Raleigh (9 years old), daughter of Sallie’s brother Richard Gwyn & Mary
C. Dickenson. Death of Uncle John.
• June 27, 1892-Notice of the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Linville improvement Company.
• May 29, 1895 – Letter to Thomas Ballard Lenoir from Edmund Jones, Attorney at Law offering free advice regarding Linville matters.
• 1896 – A fill-in-the-blank parlor game.
• July 24, 1899 – Letter to Mrs. L.A. McCorkle from Sarah Ann Gordon Finley in North Wilkesboro, NC detailing the events of Martha Lenoir, 12- year old daughter of Gen. William Lenoir’s Brother Thomas, who, after her mother’s death, rode and obtained an audience with Lord Cornwallis in Camden, SC during the Revolutionary War. She convinced Cornwallis to release her father who was being held captive after the fall of Camden. Sarah Finley (1826-1907) was the granddaughter of Martha Lenoir and aged 72 years when this was written. Martha is buried in the old Presbyterian Church cemetery in Wilkesboro, NC.
• August 7, 1901 -To Tom from Cousin Mary Gwyn at Green Hill in Elkin, NC. Tom resigning.
• May 15, 1905 – Letter to Thomas Ballard Lenoir from R.E. Osborne concerning the will of Walter Waightstill Lenoir not being properly probated.
• About 1907 – Letter from Betty Hyatt Arnold detailing the Norwood family records and their connections to the Lenoirs.
• February 3, 1913 -To Sallie Lenoir from son Walter James Lenoir. Financial matters.
• August 8, 1913 -To Sallie Lenoir from son Walter James Lenoir. News and wanting Sallie to come to Lenoir to visit.
• January 18, 1922-To Sarah Joyce Lenoir from her brother Walter Lynch Lenoir (son of Walter James & Harriett Horton Lenoir). News of business

(Lenoir Hardware & Furniture Co.) in Lenoir, NC. Wanting information on service of individuals in the American Revolution.
• January 14, 1926 -To Clyde Lyndon Lenoir (wife of Rufus Theodore Lenoir, Jr.) from her son Rufus Theodore Lenoir III (Ted) in Colombia describing life in South America. Ted had traveled to Colombia to oversee the construction of a dam and died there. His place of burial is unknown.
• February 15, 1929-Letter to Thomas Ballard Lenoir from the Linville Improvement Co. concerning the value of Lenoir’s holdings and stock in the company. Details of improvements made to the property at Linville.
• September 2, 1954 – Letter to Thomas Ballard Lenoir from Paul Lovins concerning Thomas’ assets and receipts & disbursements since the death of J.C. Hogan.
• Undated -A very old (1700’s) partial letter to Walter Raleigh Lenoir from a friend.
• Undated- “A Prayer for my Dear Sons”. Author unknown.
• Undated -To Sallie Lenoir from son Walter James Lenoir. Walter took his family to Fort Defiance.
• Undated-Request to spare 50 cents worth of butter from Mary Louisa (Morehead) Patterson, wife of Rufus Lenoir Patterson. Rufus is the son of Gen. Samuel Finley Patterson & Phebe Caroline Jones of Palmyra.
• Undated-A very detailed list of books to purchase for Sarah Joyce Lenoir. Not sure if this is Sarah Joyce, daughter of William & Ann Lenoir, Sarah Joyce, daughter of Thomas & Selina Lenoir or Sarah Joyce, daughter of Walter James & Harriet Augusta Horton Lenoir.
• Undated- Various books purchased-probably by Sarah Joyce Lenoir.
• Undated – Sarah Joyce Lenoir’s pudding recipe.
• Undated – Letter to “Cousin Sade”
• Undated-To Tommie & Gwyn from S. Louisa Lenoir.
• Undated -To Eliza Mira Lenoir from sister Mary about the wool which was sent and can send more.
• Undated – Extract from Charlotte Observer about the time of the Woman’s Exhibition held there. Letter from Mrs. S.A. Tillinghast describing Martha Lenoir’s earrings and about her adventure of meeting with Lord Cornwallis requesting the release of her father Thomas (Gen. William Lenoir’s brother) from the British. She did this at the age of 12. Also, a letter from Lutie A. Mccorkle to Mrs. Tillinghast describing the event dated April 15, 1904.
• Paper cutout silhouette of Gen. William Lenoir.
• Undated- Letter to Sarah Lenoir requesting sweet milk, butter and eggs. Also needing my spectacles. Mentions some of the slaves.
• Undated – list of furniture and odds & ends located at Fort Defiance.
• Undated- lists of the cooking utensils in each of the slave cabins and which slave used them. Also lists the pots & pans belonging in the main kitchen.

• Undated – Unfilled agreement for sale of Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s lots in Hickory Tavern, NC.
• Undated – list of children of Walter James Lenoir & Harriet Augusta Horton including birth, marriage & death dates.

Various Lenoir Family Schoolwork & Report Cards
• December 20, 1830- Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s progress report at William Avery Lenoir’s school (his older brother).
• 1840-Rufus Theodore Lenoir’s progress report from Hillsboro Academy.
• December 3, 1873 – Report card of T. B. Lenoir from Finley High School.
• December 3, 1873 – Report card of G. H. Lenoir from Finley High School.
• March 25, 1874 – Report card of G. H. Lenoir from Finley High School.
• March 27, 1875 -Report card ofW. J. Lenoir from Finley High School.
• November 30, 1875 – Report card of G. H. Lenoir from Finley High School.
• January 23, 1926 – Report card of Gwyn Lenoir from Davenport College.
• Undated- Various school lessons. “Kings of England”. The Lord’s Prayer written in circle – extremely small.
• Undated – Various drawings and lettering.

Letters to Lenoir Family From Relatives in France and Switzerland.
• June 20, 1893 – To Edmund Jones from Charles Lenoir in Geneva asking for information about the descendants and ancestors of Gen. William Lenoir.
• December 5, 1905 -To Sarah Lenoir, wife of Rufus T. Lenoir, from Charles Lenoir in Geneva, Switzerland. Charles visited Happy Valley in 1905. Charles appreciating the kind words at the death of his father & wife’s health.
• December 8, 1905 – To Sarah Leonora Lenoir from Emile Lenoir in Cannes, France (Charles Lenoir in Geneva’s brother). Family news and best wishes for Rufus on his 80th birthday.
• April 30, 1911 – To Sarah Lenoir from Georges Lenoir in Geneva, Switzerland (Charles Lenoir’s son). Family news. Georges visited Fort Defiance about 1910. Includes pictures of wife and children Jean and Rene.

Children’s Letters
• September 13, 1826 – To Thomas Isaac Lenoir from Cousin William Bouchelle Lenoir (son of Walter Raleigh Lenoir). School starting and William wants to visit. Age of 9.

• October 18, 1837 -To Rufus Theodore Lenoir from Cousin Sarah Lenoir Jones. An invitation to tea.
• Undated-To Rufus T. Lenoir from Cousin Sarah Lenoir Jones. Talk of her horse Jack.
• Undated – To Rufus T. Lenoir from Cousin Sarah Lenoir Jones. The superiority of her horse “Fly” to Rufus’ horse “Duke”.
• Undated – Note to Thomas Lenoir from William B. Lenoir wanting to play in the snow.

Prescriptions
• “To dye purple that will not fade”. Written with ink made from walnut hulls. Sent to Aunt Sade at Fort Defiance.
• “To Correct Children”.
• “Directions for taking wormseed oil”.
• “Treatment of jaundice”. Written to Aunt Sade from Mother Selina Avery Lenoir.
• “Prescription for bums”.
• “Cure for scald head”. On the back of this cure is a letter to Rufus T. Lenoir from Dr. Robert F. Hackett (who married Caroline Louisa Gordon (Carrie) in 1859, daughter of Sarah Gwyn and Nath. Gordon. Business letter.
• “Symptoms & treatment of Typhus”.
• “Prescription for consumption and tetter worn.

BOX 8:

Notes Payable to Lenoir Family-Good Notes
• A collection of 16 notes from various individuals for various amounts dating from 1837 to 1849.

Notes Payable to Lenoir Family- Worth Little if Anything
• A collection of 70 notes from various individuals for various amounts dating from 1811 to 1845. Land rental, sale of cattle and various monetary transactions.

Miscellaneous Receipts
• Collection of 18 receipts for various transactions including estate settlements, subscriptions, lodging and meals, clerk of court fees and note settlements.

Tax Receipts
• Collection of 91 receipts for tax payments on various tracts of land and revenue on Gen. Lenoir’s stills in NC and TN dating from 1770 to 1838.

Compositions of Thomas Ballard Lenoir:
• February 1876 – Female Intellect
• May 13, 1876 – Trial Examination
• Theory of the Creation
• Water Communication
• The Iron Age
• The English of the Bible
• Composition on Composition
• Coal

World War II Letters:
• August 6, 1944 – Letter to Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt. Thomas Ballard Lenoir somewhere in North Africa. Wanting news from home. Went swimming in the Mediterranean.
• September 28, 1944-Letter to Pfc. A. B. Walker in New York from Mr. & Mrs. Walter Lynch Lenoir (Aunt Ginger) detailing news of home.
• December 17, 1944 – Letter to Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt. Thomas Ballard Lenoir somewhere in North Italy. Received the cigarettes sent. Visited Lucca. Hope to spend Christmas of 1945 at home.
• January 16, 1945 – Letter to Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt. Thomas B. Lenoir somewhere in Italy. Visited Rome “a beautiful city”. Hoping to be on Hitler’s door step.
• March 5, 1945 – Letter to Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt. Thomas B. Lenoir somewhere in Italy. Concern over who’s running the company now (Lenoir Hardware & Furniture Co., Inc.) and general comments about people at home.
• March 20, 1945 – Letter to Mr. & Mrs. Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt. Thomas B. Lenoir somewhere in Italy. General news, wanting smoking tobacco & papers & sweet mixed pickles. Planning to live in Pennsylvania.
• April 1, 1945 – Letter to Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt. Thomas B. Lenoir somewhere in Italy. Don’t think it will be long before war is over.
• April 17, 1945 – Letter to Mr. Walter Lynch Lenoir from Pvt.Thomas B. Lenoir somewhere in Italy. Description of the lives of the local people. The radio war news is good.

BOX 9:

Miscellaneous Documents too Large to Fit into Bound Boxes 1-8:

• May 14, 1765 -Thomas Lenoir’s Last Will & Testament (Gen. William Lenoir’s father).
• 1779-0rder from Benjamin Herndon to survey William Lenoir’s 200 acres on Big Bald Mtn. between head of Elk & Long Hope Creeks.
• March 10, 1788 – Letter to William Lenoir from his niece Mourning Latimer, daughter of William Lenoir’s Brother John. Family news and “hard winter”.
• February 12, 1793 – Letter to William Lenoir from nephew Henry Jones Lenoir and wife Sally. William Lenoir’s brother John married Eleanor Jones who came from VA to Wilkes Co., NC to Wilkes, GA with Thomas (son of William Lenoir’s brother Robert) or one of the Latimers or Westmorelands.
• 1795-1800 – List of accounts bearing interest payable to Gen William Lenoir.
• February 19, 1795 – Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from son William Ballard Lenoir in Philadelphia.
• December 9, 1795 -Note to Gen. William Lenoir in NC Senate concerning issuance of grants.
• December 9, 1795 – Opinion of R. Williams, J. Willis, Jos. Wright & O.G. Williams to the NC Secretary of State to issue grants to “Lenoir & Co.”.
• 1796 – General William Lenoir’s account of expenses due from Hilliar Rousseau & Co. for surveying services.
• 1796-1797 – William Lenoir’s surveying fees.
• February 27, 1797 -Note to Gen. William Lenoir from John Brown.
• March 4, 1797 – Letter from Gen. William Lenoir to Dr. John Hall in Philadelphia concerning land grants in NC.
• 1799 – Quotas of the State of NC by county in Gen. William Lenoir’s hand.
• 1799 – Gen. William Lenoir’s list of taxables in Capt. Triplett’s District, Lewis Fork Creek, Wilkes Co., NC.
• 1799 – Gen. William Lenoir’s list of taxables in Capt. Edwin Brown’s District, Wilkes Co., NC.
• 1799 – Gen. William Lenoir’s list of taxables in Capt. Dula’s District, Wilkes Co., NC.
• 1799 -Gen. William Lenoir’s list of taxables in Capt. Bennet B. Walsh’s District, Wilkes Co., NC.
• 1799 – Gen. William Lenoir’s list of taxables in Capt. Cochran’s District, Bugaboo Creek, Wilkes Co., NC.
• August 27, 1799 – Receipt for travel expenses of Wm. Hulmes traveling to William Lenoirs.

• April 28, 1803 – List of notes payable to Gen. William Lenoir, principal and interest.
• September 1805 – Rough draft of an arbitration bond between Hilliar Rousseau, William Lenoir, Jo. Herndon, Richard Allen, Charles Gordon, Benjamin Jones, Robert Nall & Thos. Isbell (Hilliar Rousseau & Co.) of 1st part and Thomas Harris, Walter Braley & John Brown (Thomas Harris & Co.) of 2nd part. 2,000 pounds payable to William Lenoir.
• 1806-Listing of tenants on the East Fork of The Pigeon River farm. Thomas & Selina Lenoir’s farm in Haywood County.
• June 19, 1806 – Letter to Selina Avery Lenoir from husband Thomas in Nashville.
• 1807 – Several blank Military Muster Rolls – NC Militia.
• February 25, 1809 – Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from his nephew Thomas (son of Gen’s Brother Robert). Information on family members and requesting Gen. Lenoir to keep taxes paid on Thomas’s New River land. Thomas in Georgia.
• November 12, 1809 – Note to Thomas Lenoir from father-in-law Waightstill Avery asking Thomas to procure titles to land in Buncombe Co.,NC.
• December 13, 1813 – Letter to Selina Avery Lenoir from husband Thomas at legislature in Raleigh.
• September 20, 1814 – Supreme Court order to appear to William Tribble, William Lenoir co-defendant.
• February 21, 1815 – Letter to Selina Avery Lenoir from husband Thomas in Asheville. “An honorable peace is concluded with Great Britain”.
• January 16, 1816 – Memorandum of debts owed to William Lenoir for horses sold by Walter Raleigh Lenoir.
• June 28, 1818 – Letter to Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir from husband Thomas Lenoir at the Haywood County farm. Selina at Swan Ponds. General news of family, friends, crops, etc. but mainly about their two daughters at Haywood and little Laura.
• February 20, 1819 – Waightstill Avery’s Last Will & Testament.
• August 17, 1819 -Map of General William Lenoir’s 97 acres on Buffalou Creek, Wilkes County (now Caldwell), NC
• November 25, 1819 – Letter to Selina Louisa Avery Lenoir from husband Thomas Lenoir at the Haywood County farm. Selina at Swan Ponds. General family news.
• October 28, 1822 – Indenture between Gen. William Lenoir and his son Thomas granting the land upon which Gen. Lenoir now lives (Fort Defiance) and all adjoining land to Thomas. William Lenoir and his wife and daughter Mira, so long as she stays unmarried, shall “during their lives respectively have free and uninterrupted exclusive privilege to occupy and enjoy the new building now erecting at the west end of their dwelling.”
• April 28, 1823 – Agreement between General William Lenoir and his son Thomas on establishing a common household. This was written when

Thomas and his family returned to live at Fort Defiance from the Haywood County, NC farm. List of slaves belonging to each.
• May 5, 1826- General William Lenoir’s rough field notes on surveying 40 acres for John Gilbert.
• August 29, 1826 – Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from his niece Martha A. Lenoir in Columbia, SC (daughter of Gen’s brother John). Much concern over SC Assembly.
• November 14, 1828 – Letter to one of his brothers from Thomas Isaac Lenoir from school.
• 1829 – Boarding expenses of Julia Pickens at Salem Female College.
• March 26, 1831 – Composition on American Independence written by General William Lenoir. This is probably associated with Gen. Lenoir being appointed “President of the Day” and speaking at the 4th of July celebration in Wilkesboro in 1831.
• March 13, 1833 – William Lenoir’s appointment as Captain of Wilkes County 2nd Regiment. William Lenoir had relinquished his rank of Major­ General during the War of 1812 as a result of not being allowed to serve due to his age. This was probably done in conjunction with Lenoir’s pension claim.
• May 2, 1833 – General William Lenoir’s rough draft of his Militia service in the Revolutionary War. This was used to apply for his military pension.
• May 14, 1833 – Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from Gen. S. F. Patterson stating that he will endorse Lenoir’s pension claim for military service. Gen. Edmund Jones delivered claim to Raleigh for Lenoir.
• May 31, 1833 – Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from Lewis Williams stating that he will write the War Department in support of Lenoir’s pension claim.
• September 7, 1833 – Letter to Selina Louisa Lenoir (Thomas Lenoir’s daughter, age 20 who married Samuel Pickens) and Sophia Davenport (daughter of Gen. William Lenoir’s daughter Mary Lenoir) and William Davenport (age 21) from cousin Albert Sobieski Lenoir (son of William Ballard Lenoir and Elizabeth Avery in TN (age 30). Looking for the right woman.
• September 18, 1834 – Agreement between General William Lenoir and son Walter Raleigh Lenoir concerning debt owed to Gen. Lenoir to be settled in his estate. Includes Gen. Lenoir’s Wilkesboro house & lot.
• February 1835 – Summons to Wilkes County commissioners to appear to partition lands of William Dula, deceased. Commissioners are Thomas Lenoir,? Vannoy, Nelson A. Strange, William Hagler & William Cottrell.
• September 7, 1836 -General William Lenoir’s Pension Claim. This is dated six months after the claim on display at Fort Defiance.
• June 21, 1837 -Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from his nephew Thomas Lenoir (son of Gen.’s Brother Robert). Information on Thomas’s son William living in Alabama.
• August 10, 1837 – Letter to Gen. William Lenoir from his nephew Thomas (son of Gen. William Lenoir’s brother Robert). Information about land and numerous family members. Robert married Winfred Fisher. Thomas is 72 years old when this was written. Thomas married Fannie Nichols in Wake Co., NC., died in 1843.
• April 29, 1839- General William Lenoir’s Last Will & Testament.
• August 26, 1840 – List of taxables in Captain Spicer’s District, Roaring River, Wilkes Co., NC.
• November 29, 1842 – Letter to Thomas Lenoir from Aunt Polly Mira Summy, daughter ofWaightstill Avery.
• May 4, 1844 – Indenture to William Avery Lenoir from Seth Bradshaw for sale to Lenoir of approximately one acre in the village of Lenoir.
• November 1850 – William Avery Lenoir’s petition to the NC General Assembly about moving Yancey and Watauga County NC lines.
• November 30, 1854 – William Avery Lenoir’s petition to the NC Legislature to attach a portion of Caldwell County to Watauga County and amendments to the Turnpike Charter.
• December 24, 1856 – Letter from Santa Claus to Sarah & Elizabeth Gwyn and others. Probably written by Sarah Leanora Gwyn Lenoir.
• December 25, 1861 – Will of Walter Waightstill Lenoir, written immediately prior to him joining the Confederate Army.
• July 18, 1862 – Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s appointment as a Captain of 37th NC troops, CSA. Signed by Zebulon Vance.
• April 1, 1867 -List of Gen. Samuel F. Patterson’s taxables.
• August 28, 1867 – Agreement between Walter Waightstill Lenoir and his brothers and sisters (the other heirs of William Avery Lenoir’s estate) for Walter to purchase their interest in 17,500 acres belonging to the estate. (Note – this includes Grandfather Mountain which Walter later sold to the McCrae family).
• November 16, 1867 -Agreement for Walter Waightstill Lenoir to sell 43 acres to Washington Norwood.
• MAP OF PART OF W.W. LENOIR’S LAND AND ADJOINING LANDS by J.S. Montgomery, Surveyor A.D. 1868. A very large 4ft x 4ft wall map showing W.W. Lenoir’s lands on Lower Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• November 12, 1869 -Agreement for Walter Waightstill Lenoir to sell a lot on the waters of upper Little River in Caldwell Co., NC to George W. Miller.
• April 6, 1888 – Letter from the Department of the Interior, Washington, DC detailing the military service of William Lenoir.
• September 1, 1894 – Indenture from various Norwood & Faucette family members as possible heirs of the estate of Walter W. Lenoir assigning all titles and rights over to Thomas Ballard Lenoir, executor of Walter’s estate.
• July 3, 1902 -Indenture between Thomas Ballard Lenoir, Executor of the estate of Walter W. Lenoir and John D. York & Charles E. York. Sale of Beech Mountain land.

• February 18, 1907 -Typed description of the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Rufus & Sarah Lenoir held at Fort Defiance.
• March 24, 1922-Survey map of Thomas Ballard Lenoir’s 419.6 acres at the confluence of Buffalo Creek & the Yadkin River in Caldwell Co., NC. Drawn by Rufus T. Lenoir, Jr.
• Description and map of 640 acres in Wilkes County, NC on the North Fork of New River belonging to William Lenoir. Granted to Robert Nall by Benjamin Cleveland January 7, 1779.
• Undated – map of “Sundry Plots” on Reddies or Roaring River, Wilkes Co., NC.
• Undated-Gen. William Lenoir’s various entries of land holdings.
• Undated – Gen. William Lenoir’s list of the heads of families in Wright’s District.
• Undated – list of taxables.
• Undated-very detailed drawing of the Battle of Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862 (Civil War) showing Confederate troop positions. I believe this was drawn by one of Captain Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s men and sent to Walter. Walter was in the NC 37th Regiment and had lost his right leg at the Battle of Chantilly (Ox Hill) September 1st prior to this battle. The 37th positions are detailed on this map which would have been of interest to Walter.
• Undated – Map and description of General William Lenoir’s 1,500 acres on Duck River, TN. Numerous memos regarding land sales & taxes.
• Undated-hand drawn map of William Avery Lenoir’s land around the Watauga River, NC.
• Undated- “The Double Rule of Three” Mathematical information.
• Undated- William Lenoir’s “Account of Expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1776 under Genl. Griffith Rutherford.”
• March 1835 – William Lenoir’s handwritten “Account of the Battle of King’s Mountain” written for Lyman Draper for his book “King’s Mountain and its Heroes”.
• Undated – Copy of a Memorandum in the handwriting of Selina Louisa Lenoir (probably copied by her granddaughter Laura Norwood). Various entries on Lenoir family members.
• Undated- Copy of William Lenoir’s military service written for his application for a pension. (probably copied by Laura Norwood). Includes both Indian campaigns and Revolutionary service.
• Undated- Various entries copied from William Lenoir’s Memorandum Book (probably copied by Laura Norwood).
• Undated – “Extracts from an old diary of Genl. William Lenoir” probably copied by Laura Norwood.
• Undated – A collection of partial letters.
• Undated- Written description of boundaries of Burke, Wilkes and Washington Counties when formed.

BOX 10 & 10A:

JOURNALS, DIARIES & BOOKLETS:

• General William Lenoir’s “Book of Forms”. 1768-1839. Various examples of advertisements, warrants, notes, bonds & judgments, etc. List of Mourning Lenoir’s children and birth dates. List of 578 items sold (mostly to family members) to settle the Estate of General William Lenoir. Various notes and “doodles” written by William Lenoir from the age of seventeen until his death. School lessons, favorite poems and bible verses. Organizational minutes of the “Fort Defiance Political Society”.

• General William Lenoir’s notebook. 1769-1776. Notes on his three schools opened, students attendance records and payments. Personal notes. List of men serving under him in the 1776 expeditions against the Cherokee Indians. Various entries on Wilkes County men serving in the Indian campaigns, date mustered into service, etc.

• General William Lenoir’s memorandum book. 1834 and thereafter. Information on numerous notes, warrants, land holdings, etc.

• Ann Ballard Lenoir’s memorandum book. Notes of household purchases.

• William Ballard Lenoir’s account book (Gen. William Lenoir’s son). 1830’s. Various extremely detailed descriptions and drawings ofland holdings and surveying notes.

• Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s Civil War Diary. 1862-1864. A transcript of this is in the UNC-Chapel Hill collection.

• Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s notebook listing land owned. Extremely detailed and extensive. 1868-1869.

• Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s notebook- “Field Notes -Hickory Tavern”. Extremely detailed mapping of various lands and lots owned in present day Hickory, NC. 1868-1869.

• William Avery Lenoir’s notebook. 1854-1855. Very detailed descriptions of land holdings. Details on transactions with father Thomas Lenoir and brothers Walter Waightstill and Thomas Isaac. Various travel accounts.

• William Avery Lenoir’s notebook. Descriptions of land holdings. Includes his suicide note dated the day of his death, May 1, 1861 when he shot himself sitting in his sister’s (Laura Norwood) front yard at Lenoir, NC.

• Thomas Ballard Lenoir’s notebook listing lands, cash, etc. in his care belonging to Walter Waightstill Lenoir. 1890-1891. This is a very detailed accounting of the assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses of the Estate of W.W. Lenoir.

• Sarah Leanora (Gwyn) Lenoir’s diary prior to and after her marriage to Rufus Theodore Lenoir. January 1, 1857 -April 3, 1864.

• Selina Louisa (Avery) Lenoir’s memorandum book on slave families and dates of birth. Also, memorandums on com rental. 1861.

• Julia Picken’s memorandum and school book. 1829. Daughter oflsrael & Martha Lenoir Pickens. Israel Pickens became Governor of Alabama. Martha Lenoir was Gen. William Lenoir’s daughter.

• William Avery Lenoir & Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s notebook detailing land descriptions and taxes in various counties of North Carolina.

• Partial book describing various tracts of land in NC.

• Memorandum book containing numerous descriptions of land holdings, particularly Walter W. Lenoir’s lands. Very detailed maps of lots and land holdings on Lower Creek and Hibriten Mtn., Caldwell Co., NC. Also, earlier entries dating back to 1797.

• Undated – B. Mira Lenoir’s mathematics book (handwritten). Measurements & quantities for money (shillings, etc.), dry weight, etc.

• Undated – Very old mathematics book (handwritten). Measurements & quantities.

• July 25, 1826- Selina Lenoir’s handwritten mathematics book. Note in the front of book says “William Lenoir’s book” so possibly owned by Gen. Lenoir and passed down to Selina.

• “In Memoriam W.W.L.” Book handed out at the funeral service of Walter Waightstill Lenoir at the Chapel of Rest, Happy Valley, NC on July 28, 1890. Contains the sermon and an account of Walter’s life. (3 copies).

• Thomas Ballard Lenoir’s (Walter’s Waightstill Lenoir’s nephew) account book of Walter W. Lenoir’s estate (Ballard was executor). Assets and liabilities, receipts and disbursements. Detailed maps of Walter’s land holdings on Beech Mtn., Lower Creek & elsewhere in NC. Deed to Hugh MacRae for sale of land (16,000 acres) on Grandfather Mtn. A day by day account of the last days of Walter’s life written by Ballard as Ballard was staying and traveling with Walter until his death at mid-day on July

26, 1890. Very detailed maps of land owners around Hibriten Mtn., Caldwell Co., NC.

• Wedding Book of Virginia Patricia Lenoir, daughter of Walter James Lenoir and Harriet Augusta Horton, married Eugene Allan Poe. “Aunt Pat” and E. A. Poe were the parents of Allan Lenoir Poe.

• Ledger book of the Caldwell Undertaking Co. listing caskets bought and by whom from 1910 – 1923. Also includes several death certificates dating back to the 1890’s. The Lenoir Hardware & Furniture Co., Inc. and the Caldwell Undertaking Co. were organized and owned by Gen. William Lenoir’s great-grandson Walter James Lenoir and was located in the third floor of Walter James Lenoir’s Lenoir Hardware & Furniture Co. building located on West Ave. in Lenoir, NC.

• “The Washington Centennial Souvenir”. A booklet published in 1889 detailing the inauguration of George Washington and sketches of his life.

BOX 11:

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS:
• August 30, 1810 – The Raleigh Star – Election returns including Thomas Lenoir (Gen. Lenoir’s son) appointment to the Commons.
• October 19, 1821 – Various entries including a “Sheriff’s Sale” of land in Wilkesborough, NC of numerous individuals.
• October 18, 1827 -Advertisement for a “Cotton Spinster”. “With this machine one girl of fourteen years of age can gin card and spin as much cotton as will make from eight to ten yards of yard-wide cloth every day. Gen. Jackson (Andrew) has used this valuable little machine for several years.”
• 1880 – Article on McCaleb Coffey who settled in Happy Valley. Mentions the Lenoirs, McDowells, Davenports, etc.
• May 20, 1882- “ACard from W.W. Lenoir”
• July 27, 1883 -In Memoriam upon the death oflittle Richard Gwyn (two years old). (Richard died from ingesting rat poison mixed with molasses for cockroaches and is buried at Fort Defiance).
• October 4, 1883 -Marriage announcement of Mr. J.E. Finley to Miss Julia E. Gwyn (daughter of Richard R. Gwyn).
• 1884 -Obituary ofWaightstill Avery Lenoir in Tennessee, son of William Ballard Lenoir.
• September 11, 1888 -Obituary, death of James Gwyn.
• September 1888 – another obituary of James Gwyn.
• September 14, 1888 – Death of Capt. Thomas Lenoir Norwood, grandson of Gen. William Lenoir.
• September 1, 1894 – Obituary – death of Richard Ranson Gwyn.

• January 27, 1895 -Death of David E. Bower. Burial in the Horton cemetery, Happy Valley, NC.
• January 20, 1897 -Death of Miss Adelaide L. Avery, granddaughter of Col. Waightstill Avery.
• January 22, 1899-Notice of the death and obituary of Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) at Fort Defiance. She had never recovered from a fall (presumably from a fall on the steps at Fort Defiance).
• February 1907 -Account of the golden wedding anniversary of Rufus T. Lenoir and Sarah Gwyn Lenoir held at Fort Defiance.
• March 13, 1907 -Another account of the golden wedding anniversary of Rufus T. Lenoir & Sarah Gwyn Lenoir.
• Undated-Another account of the golden wedding anniversary of Rufus T. Lenoir & Sarah Gwyn Lenoir.
• November 30, 1912 -Death of Rufus Theodore Lenoir, Sr. at Fort Defiance.
• December 4, 1914-Notice of the death of Sarah L. Lenoir (wife of Rufus
T. Lenoir) at Fort Defiance.
• 1941 – Happy Valley Homes Visited. A report by Allan Lenoir Poe of the Lenoir High School field trip.
• 1958 -Death of Mrs. Sarah Avery Key Patten, granddaughter of Albert S. Lenoir. Born at Fort Defiance.
• Death of little Richard Gwyn aged about 3 years. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Hunt Gwyn of Granite Falls. Richard ate a mixture of molasses and “Rough on Rats” which had been left on the mantle to kill cockroaches. Nathan Gwyn was the brother of Sarah Gwyn Lenoir, wife of Rufus T. Lenoir, Sr. Richard is buried in the cemetery at Fort Defiance.
• Death of Carrie Elizabeth Gwyn, wife of Alex. Smith.
• Wedding announcement of Walter R. Gwyn and Miss Tate Blair. Rufus Lenoir was the best man.
• The Wynn Coat of Arms
• The Gwynn Coat of Arms
• Notice of the death of Ex Attorney-General Charles J.M. Gwinn in Baltimore.
• “The Gwinn Line and Arms” -Maryland Heraldry.
• “The Gwynn Linage and Arms” – Maryland Heraldry. (5)
• “The Gwynns and Wynnes” -Maryland Heraldry.
• Census of the United States – 1880.
• “A Lovely Spot in the Famous Happy Valley”. Description of the Old Horton homestead.
• Caldwell County’s First Volunteers for the Confederate Service.
• Undated – list of congressmen appointed to secure a location for the next general assembly, included William Lenoir.
• Undated – death of Fannie Gwyn Smith, daughter of Richard Ranson Gwyn.
• Undated – the death of General Collett Leventhorpe.

• Undated-The Atlanta Constitution- article about Mrs. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Graves wanting to open a “woman’s home” in the south.

BOX 12 & 12A:

PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES:
• Palmyra-Home of Ann Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s daughter) and Edmund Jones. Later the home of Gen. Samuel Finley Patterson, State Treasurer. Home burned to the ground in the 1920’s. Located in Happy Valley about one mile upstream of Fort Defiance on the Yadkin River at the present site of The Patterson School. Gen. Lenoir had given Ann and Edmund a maple bed and 1,000 acres of land as a wedding gift upon which Palmyra was built.
• Sadie Davenport Jones on the lawn at Palmyra.
• Fort Defiance -2 sketches.
• Walter James Lenoir’s home, Gen. William Lenoir’s great grandson. Built about½ mile upstream on the Yadkin River from Fort Defiance. 3 photographs taken in 1895.
• Mrs. Harriet Augusta (Horton) Lenoir, wife of Walter James Lenoir.
• Walter James Lenoir, son of Rufus Theodore Lenoir & Sarah Leonora Gwyn as a young man. 8 photographs.
• Walter James Lenoir at various ages. Many photographs.
• Mrs. David Eagles Horton (Sarah Dula).
• Mrs. Rufus Lenoir (Sarah Leonora Gwyn) as a young girl 2 photographs.
• Rufus Theodore Lenoir and Sarah Gwyn Lenoir on their 50th wedding anniversary, February 22, 1907. 5 pictures.
• Rufus Theodore Lenoir (Sr. ?) as a young boy with shotgun.
• Rosa Virginia Lenoir, daughter of Walter James Lenoir & Harriet Augusta Horton. Married E. A. Poe. Mother of Allan Lenoir Poe. 8 pictures.
• Bessie & Loula Lenoir, daughters of Rufus T. Lenoir and Sarah Gwyn. 2 paintings.
• Thomas N. Horton & Rebecca Clarissa E. Perkins, his wife.
• Gwydir Castle. Ancestral home of the Gwyns in Ireland.
• Gwynne Coat of Arms.
• Edgar Allan Poe, grandfather of Allan Lenoir Poe.
• Laura C. Lenoir (Mrs. Joseph C. Norwood).
• Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade). Daughter of Col. Thomas Lenoir and Selina Avery. 2 photographs.
• Sarah Joyce Lenoir (Aunt Sade) as a young girl -painting.
• Cornelia Christian (Nealy), wife of Walter Waightstill Lenoir.
• Col. Thomas Lenoir, son of Gen. William Lenoir and Ann Ballard. 2 sketches.
• Patsy Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s daughter Martha Lenoir who married Israel Pickens, first governor of Alabama).

• General William Lenoir of Fort Defiance. 2 sketches.
• General William Lenoir – portrait.
• General William Lenoir – ink portrait.
• Patsy Lenoir (Martha), daughter of Gen. William Lenoir & Ann Ballard, a silhouette.
• Rufus Theodore Lenoir, Sr. at Fort Defiance. Grandson of Gen. William Lenoir and Ann Ballard.
• Sarah Leonora (Gwyn) Lenoir, wife of Rufus Theodore Lenoir, Sr. holding their son Rufus T. Lenoir, Jr. 2 paintings.
• Fort Defiance during restoration. 6 pictures.
• Mrs. Rufus T. Lenoir, Jr. with son Rufus T. Lenoir III at Fort Defiance, 1898.
• Rufus Theodore Lenoir, III.
• Julia Pickens Howe 1815-1898 (daughter of Martha (Patsy) Lenoir and Israel Pickens, first governor of Alabama. Julia was raised at Fort Defiance by her unmarried aunt Mira Lenoir from early childhood after her mother’s death. Laura Howe Williams 1841-1927, married Col. Brd Williams C.S.A. killed in action in 1861. Jessie Williams Burger, married
B. M. Burger of Dallas, TX. And Byrd Burger who married W.W. Fisher of Dallas, TX.
• Unknown Lenoir-photo taken in Charleston or Memphis, TN.
• Unknown Lenoir-photo taken in Charleston or Memphis, TN.
• Elizabeth Hunt Gwyn, wife of Richard Gwyn, mother of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir – painting.
• Sarah Lenoir Hickerson, wife of Robert Hickerson & Mary Lenoir Michal.
• Allan Lenoir Poe, son of Eugene A. Poe & Virginia Lenoir as a child.
• Richard Gwyn, father of Sarah Leonora Gwyn Lenoir.
• Emile (40) and Martha (31) Lenoir with children Jacques (10), Marquiete (8), and Pierre (6) in Geneva, Switzerland. Taken in 1899.
• Georges Lenoir at age 15. Son of Charles Lenoir of Geneva, Switzerland. Georges was an engineer and later a banker.
• Rufus Theodore Lenoir, Jr.
• Hattie Lenoir, April 21, 1898.
• Walter James Lenoir and others inside of the Lenoir Hardware & Furniture Co., Inc.’s building in downtown Lenoir, NC. (2 photos)
• Rufus Theodore Lenoir as an old man.
• Walter James Lenoir’s house on Main street in Lenoir, NC.
• Walter James Lenoir and wife Harriet Horton standing on the front porch of their home on Main street, Lenoir, NC.
• Sarah Leonora (Gwyn) Lenoir, wife of Rufus T. Lenoir – professional portrait taken about the time of their 50th wedding anniversary, 1907.
• George Stewart Forester, Jr. & sister Nancy Lenoir Forester & Allan Lenoir Poe as small children (GGGgrandchildren of Gen. William Lenoir).

BOXES 13 & 13A:

Land Holdings – Deeds
• April 7, 1763 -Receipt for purchase of 700 acres of vacant land lying on the Yadkin River, NC and Buffalou Creek to Charles Miles signed by John Hrohock Esq. entered in the office of John Earl Granville.
• 1779 – Memorandum on land to survey in Ashe County for William Lenoir.
• February 9, 1779- Gen. William Lenoir’s 100 acres on North Fork of New River.
• October 23, 1782 – Grant to Jo. Wilson on land adjoining William Lenoir’s land near Wilkesborough, NC.
• October 23-28, 1783 – Sundry locations taken in Comptroller’s office by William Lenoir.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Peach Bottom Mountain.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Prathers Creek.
• December 15, 1798 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Peach Bottom Mountain.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC near Mulatto Mountain.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Old Field Creek.
• December 15, 1798 – 150 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Praters and Elk Creeks.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on ridge between Elk and Praters Creek.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the Blue Ridge.
• December 15, 1798 – 60 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• December 15, 1798 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on south side of the Blue Ridge.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the north side of New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Piney Creek.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Black Mountain.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Pine Swamp Creek.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on a branch of New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on south side of Peach Bottom Mountain.

• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the forks of Vial Creek.
• December 15, 1798 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the New River.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the east side of Bunches Knob.
• December 15, 1798 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Glady Branch.
• December 21, 1798 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Meat Camp Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Peach Bottom Mountain.
• April 1, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Peach Bottom Mountain at the head of Bledsoes Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Old Field Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Praters Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Mulatto Mountain.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• April 1, 1799 – 400 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Little River.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Glady Branch.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Vial Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on a branch of Pine Swamp Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Black Mountain.
• April 1, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Meat Camp Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Piney Creek of New River.
• April 1, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on south side of the Blue Ridge on a branch of Lewis Fork Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the Blue Ridge.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the north side of New River.
• April 1, 1799 – 150 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Praters Creek.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on ridge between Elk and Praters Creeks.
• April 1, 1799 – 40 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the Yadkin River.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Holseys Hill.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the east side of Bunches Knob.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on waters of Glady Branch.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on New River.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the south side of Peach Bottom Mountain.
• April 1, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC.
• April 2, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Roaring Creek of the Watauga River.

• April 2, 1799 -200 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on headwaters of Fall Creek.
• April 2, 1799 – 150 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Howards Creek.
• April 2, 1799 – 300 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the south fork of New River.
• April 2, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the north side of New River.
• April 2, 1799 – 200 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the Watauga River.
• April 2, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the north side of the Yadkin River.
• April 2, 1799 – 200 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Rich Mountain near the headwaters of South Fork of Howards Creek.
• April 2, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Little Mountain including waters of Little Glade Creek.
• April 2, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC at the foot of Cower Peak.
• April 2, 1799 – 200 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on the top of the Brushy Mountains.
• April 2, 1799 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on a branch that runs into the Watauga River.
• April 2, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Davis’ Creek.
• April 2, 1799 -40 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on one of the three forks of New River.
• April 2, 1799 – 50 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on a branch of the Watauga River.
• October 1, 1779 – Map of land grants including William Lenoir’s 100 acres, Thomas Field’s 40 acres.
• November 18, 1799 – Description of 300 acres on the Beaverdam of Horse Creek, North Fork of New River conveyed to Wm. Lenoir.
• December 12, 1800 -Receipt from the N.C. Treasury Office to William Lenoir for purchase of 380 acres in Wilkes County.
• March 10, 1801 – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC entered by Edmund Jones.
• June 1803 – 200 acres on both sides of Howards Creek.
• February 2, 1804- Waightstill Avery’s lease of land on the East Fork Pigeon River, Haywood Co., NC.
• December 14, 1804 – Receipt to William Lenoir for three tracts of land, each 50 acres on his Mill Creek and Elk Creek.
• A list of lands owned attached to the December 14, 1804 receipts above showing 22 tracts of land totaling 2,529 acres.
• February 4, 1809 – Indenture between William Lenoir and Larkin Cash for sale to Cash of land on Tumbling Shole Branch.
• January 15, 1810-Thomas Lenoir’s 100 acres in Haywood County, NC on the East Fork of Pigeon River-The Rock House.
• February 10, 1811 – An order to survey Thomas Lenoir’s 100 acres in Haywood County, NC on the East Fork of Pigeon River.
• November 4, 1817 – 60 acres on the head of Mill Creek.

• August 7, 1819-Gen. William Lenoir’s 60 acres on headwaters of Linville Mill Creek.
• September 15, 1820 – Survey of 25 acres for Wm. Lenoir on Mill Creek.
• September 17, 1820 – Survey of Gen. William Lenoir’s 30 acres on Baker’s branch, Wilkes County, NC. Surveyed by Gen. Edmund Jones.
• November 21, 1821 – William Lenoir’s purchase of 25 acres in Wilkes Co.,NC.
• March 20, 1822 – Sale of 100 acres from William Lenoir to Catherine Miller, resold to James Patrick.
• October 19, 1822- Surveying notes on William Lenoir’s 25 acres on Cove Branch of Buffalow Creek.
• 1823 – Memorandum on the taxable property (land) of William Lenoir in Wilkes County, NC.
• March 9, 1824 – William Lenoir’s sale of 100 acres on Cub Creek, Wilkes County, NC.
• November 22, 1826 -Receipt to William Lenoir for purchase of tract of land leased by Thomas Sumter.
• About 1829 – Gen. William Lenoir’s 4 tracts along Buffalou Creek and other tracts in Wilkes County, NC. Land sales.
• July 27, 1841 -Deed to William Avery Lenoir for 110 acres on Lewis Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• December 11, 1841 – William Avery Lenoir’s note for purchase of 400 acres from john & Robert McElrth.
• October 19, 1842 – Indenture for the sale of 400 acres in Caldwell County, NC to William Avery Lenoir from John & Robert McElrath and their wives.
• September 2, 1845 – Deed to William Avery Lenoir from Margaret Anthony (heir of Peter Augely) for 100 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• September 3, 1845 – Letter to William Avery Lenoir concerning a grant to Linsey Coustable on land in Burke County, NC.
• September 12, 1845 – Deed to William Avery Lenoir from John Augely for 100 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• January 23, 1850 – Deed to William Avery Lenoir from William L. Baird of Mississippi for 6.25 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• October 11, 1853 – Deed to William A. Lenoir from Moses Fry, Eli Starr and Elizabeth Starr for 400 acres in Catawba Co., NC.
• September 23, 1856-Deed to William Avery Lenoir’s 241 acres in Caldwell Co., NC.
• September 2, 1859 -Deed to William Avery Lenoir from Oliver P. Fletcher for two tracts on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC containing 28 acres.
• September 2, 1859-Deed to William Avery Lenoir from Oliver P. Fletcher for 40 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.

• September 10, 1861 – Deed to Rufus T. Lenoir and sister Sarah Joyce Lenoir for 1,806 acres including Fort Defiance from their brothers and sisters in settlement of their father Thomas Lenoir’s estate.
• October 6, 1866 – Caldwell County, NC survey of Rufus Lenoir’s 98 acres on Reedy Branch of the Yadkin River.
• January 13, 1867 – Grant from the State of NC to William Avery Lenoir for 38 acres in Caldwell Co., NC. Signed by Governor Jonathan Worth.
• July 11, 1867 – Warrant to survey 30 acres on Gunpowder Creek for Walter Waightstill Lenoir.
• September 11, 1868 -Indenture for sale of land from F. G. Hick to J. Rufus Kincaid.
• May 20, 1869 – Sale of 48 acres on the Catawba River in Caldwell Co., NC from Walter Waightstill Lenoir to James F. Clay.
• July 17, 1869 – Deed from Walter Waightstill Lenoir to Rev. Thomas Atkinson, George W. Mordecai & William H. Battle, trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church to provide a grass yard & new church for the congregation of St. James Church in Lenoir, NC.
• July 21, 1869-Deed from Walter W. Lenoir to Joseph C. Norwood for 400 acres in Watauga Co., NC.
• August 30, 1869 – Sale of various tracts by Walter W. Lenoir to John S. Shafer.
• May 17, 1870-Deed to Walter W. Lenoir from Robert Wakefield for purchase of 100 acres on upper Little River, Caldwell Co., NC.
• December 23, 1870 – Indenture for sale of 177 acres on Mine Hole Branch in Caldwell Co., NC from Walter Waightstill Lenoir to Michael Hart.
• May 30, 1873 – Bond on Walter W. Lenoir to William H. Rainey for sale of 177 acres on Mine Hole Branch of Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• May 30, 1873 -Bond on Walter W. Lenoir to William H. Wilson for sale of 177 acres on Mine Hole Branch of Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC. (the same lot #12 as described above to William Rainey).
• June 20, 1873 – Bond on Walter W. Lenoir to Elijah Craige for sale of 105 acres on Fork Ridge, Watauga co., NC to Craige.
• February 17, 1874 -Rufus T. Lenoir’s sale of 400 acres in Caldwell County, NC lying on the middle fork of Wilson’s Creek to J.M. Webb. Lenoir maintained a ½ interest in the “minerals which may be found to belong to said land.” .
• November 13, 1875 -Deed from Walter W. Lenoir to Alloway Main for 67 acres on Stringer’s Fork of the North Fork New River, Watauga Co., NC.
• July 8, 1876- Map and descriptions of four tracts along the Yadkin River, NC surveyed by J.S. Montgomery for Rufus T. Lenoir & Phiceas Horton.
• August 1878 – Unsigned agreement between Joseph C. Norwood and Henry Holder for the sale of one acre to Holder on Lance’s Creek, Watauga Co., NC.

• September 20, 1879- Sale of76 acres by Walter W. Lenoir to Joseph H.
Miller on the Upper Little River, Caldwell Co., NC.
• January 1880 – Notes concerning a road from “Station to crossing” and lots along the railroad.
• October 8, 1881 -Deed from Joseph C. Norwood & wife Laura to Edward
W. Faucette, George Linn Bernhardt & John M. Bernhardt for 600 acres on the New River, Watauga Co., NC.
• August 8, 1882 – Deed to James W. Norwood from Noah Winkler for 80 acres in Watauga Co., NC.
• March 16, 1883 -Receipt from Walter W. Lenoir to H. E. McComb for
$50 for land sale.
• November 13, 1883 -Deed to James W. Norwood from Joseph C. Norwood & wife Laura for 190 acres on Green Mountain Creek, Watauga Co.,NC.
• September 29, 1885 – Surveying notes for lands adjoining Walter W. Lenoir and William Avery Lenoir’s lands.
• January 5, 1888 -Note from James T. Church to Walter Waightstill Lenoir for purchase of land, payable in two years.
• January 5, 1888 – Note from James T. Church to Walter Waightstill Lenoir for purchase of land, payable in three years.
• March 6, 1894 – Deed from Rufus T. Lenoir & wife Sarah to their son Walter James Lenoir for 300 acres on the Yadkin River upstream from Fort Defiance.
• September 22, 1900 – Indebtedness of Thomas B. Lenoir as executor of the estate of Walter W. Lenoir to sale land in Beech Mtn. Township, Watauga Co., NC to W. M. Harmon upon payment of three notes.
• June 11, 1962 -Letter concerning the lands of Walter James Lenoir on Lower Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• Undated – Field works, locations and plots of William Lenoir’s land and other lands on the north side of the Yadkin River above Wilkesboro, NC.
• Unidentified map and notes on 396 acres and 50 acres.
• Undated and unidentified map of tracts along Lenoir’s line.
• Undated map of “Plat II”, Lots located around Hibriten Mtn., Caldwell Co.,NC.
• Undated note on 5,242 acres in Ashe County, NC.
• Undated-Thomas Lenoir’s 80 acres in Haywood County, NC. On the South Western Fork of the East Fork of Pigeon River- about 2 miles above his rock house survey.
• Undated – 100 acres land in Wilkes County on Wootons Creek of the Mulberry entered by William B. Lenoir.
• Undated – Map of land, unidentified belonging to Lenoir.
• Undated – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Elk Creek.
• Undated – 100 acres in Wilkes Co., NC on Praters Creek.
• Undated-200 acres granted to Frederick Grider.
• Many other undated tract descriptions.

• Undated – Booklet surveying notes and land descriptions for numerous tracts of land for numerous individuals in Caldwell and Ashe Cos., NC.
• Undated – Descriptions of various tracts on Buffalow Creek.
• Undated – Authorization to the Secretary of State to issue grants to Lenoir & Co. due to original entry monies not being submitted to the Treasury Office.
• Undated-A plot map of Walter Waightstill Lenoir’s Hibriten lands, Caldwell Co., NC.
• Undated – A partial deed and description of 400 acres.
• Undated – Surveying notes of 241 acres (location unknown) deeded to William A. Lenoir from Taylor & Hartley.
• Undated – Plot of lands on Gunpowder Creek & Little River – a very detailed map.

Box 14:

WALTER WAIGHTSTILL LENOIR’S LAND IN HICKORY, NC:

Formation of Lenoir College (now Lenoir-Rhyme University):
• January 4, 1881 -Deed to Joseph Gaither Hall of 17.5 acres for formation of a “good school”.

Formation of the Branch Lunatic Asylum:
• December 20, 1872 -Letter to J.R. Ellis from W.W. Lenoir offering to donate a site of 25 acres for the formation of the Branch Lunatic Asylum.
• February 27, 1875 – Petition for the location of the Branch Lunatic Asylum at Hickory, NC.
• March 4, 1875 -Letter to S.M. Finger from W.W. Lenoir offering to increase the acreage of the Asylum site to 100 acres, 50 given by Lenoir and 50 donated by the town.

Sale of Lots:
• Undated – Map of 68 Lots and surrounding land in Hickory Tavern.
• May 24, 1865 – Agreement with Isaiah Ingold to sell Lot #4.
• August 2, 1869 -Deed to Walter W. Lenoir for 9.5 acres in Catawba Co., NC purchased from William Hale.
• May 25, 1871 -Agreement with Jeremiah Ingold for sale of Lot #3.
• July 26, 1871 -Agreement with David W. Roberts for sale of Lots #14 & #8, dwelling house to be built on Lot 14 with separate kitchen.
• October 23, 1871 -Articles of Agreement with Calbe M. Probst for sale of Lot
#30.
• October 23, 1871 -Articles of Agreement to sell Lot #15 to Charles B. Champion.

• October 23, 1871 -Articles of Agreement between W.W. Lenoir and John F. Murrill where Lenoir agrees to donate Lot #4 to Murrill if he will complete and occupy a dwelling on said property.
• October 23, 1871 -Articles of Agreement to sell Lot #31 to Jason C. Hartley.
• 1872-1875 – Walter W. Lenoir’s “Memorandum of Expenditures at Hickory Tavern”.
• July 20, 1872 – Articles of Agreement between W. W. Lenoir and William L. Finger where Lenoir agrees to donate Lot #41 to Finger if he will complete and occupy a dwelling on said property.
• July 25, 1872 – Deed to Temperance Champion, wife of Charles B. champion (see above) for sell of Lot #16.
• July 25, 1872 – Deed to Jeremiah Ingold for lot #3 – cancelled, see 5/21/1873 deed.
• 1873 – 1888 -Memorandum of the sale oflands & lots at Hickory Tavern, NC.
• 1873 – Notes on “Expenditures at Hickory Tavern”.
• May 21, 1873 – Deed to Jeremiah Ingold for lot #3.
• May 24, 1873 – Deed to Joel Miller for Lot #33.
• January 9, 1874-Deed to Amanda S. Lawrence for sale of Lots #24 & 30.
• January 10, 1874-Deed to Thomas McC. Alexander for Lots #11 & 12.
• January 24, 1874 -Deed to John F. Murrill for Lot #4.
• January 24, 1874 – Deed to Jeremiah Ingold for 2 acres at Hickory Tavern.
• January 24, 1874 – Deed to Isaiah Ingold for Lot #5.
• February 9, 1874-Deed to William J. Kerr for Lot #2.
• February 10, 1874-Deed to Robert W. McComb for Lots #13 & 14.
• February 19, 1874 – Deed to Walter W. Lenoir from William Hale for the purchase of 3.25 acres.
• February 28, 1874-Deed to Martha Carolina Lindsay for Lot #1.
• March 2, 1874-Deed to Walter W. Lenoir from Walton C. Yount & wife Charity Philecta for purchase of land.
• March 26, 1874 -Deed to Catherine G. Mobley for Lot #19 (cancelled).
• March 26, 1874 – Deed to Elizabeth M. Mobley for Lots #10 & 11 (cancelled).
• April 21, 1874 – Deed to Simon Godwin for Lots #9 & 10.
• December 12, 1878 – Deed to Adolphus L. Shuford for 25.5 acres.
• November 21, 1879 – Deed to David H. Witherspoon for Lot #42.
• January 5, 1880 – Surveying field notes by J. S. Montgomery of W.W. Lenoir’s lots at Hickory Tavern, NC.
• January 15, 1880 – Deed to Adolphus L. Shuford, Adolphus S. Abernethy and Leroy R. Whitener for sale of Catawba Co. land.
• January 24, 1880 – Deed to Robert W. McComb for 20.25 acres.
• January 24, 1880 – Bond for Title to Robert W. McComb.
• February 2, 1880 – Indenture to Alexander W. Clarke for land.
• January 1, 1881 -Deed to Albert Gunn for 23.5 acres.
• April 16, 1881 – Bond for Title to John W. Mouser for 42.25 acres.
• June 24, 1881 – Bond for Title to Howell Cobb for sale of 46.5 acres.

• October 27, 1881 – Deed to Marion, wife of Howell Cobb for 2.5 acres.
• April 1, 1882 -Deed to David H. Witherspoon for Lot #17.
• April 1, 1882 -Deed to Maxwell A. Killian for Lot #8.
• April 1, 1882 – Deed to David S. Fry for Lot #45.
• April 6, 1882 -Letter from Walter W. Lenoir to J. S. Hall, Esq. informing Mr. Hall to choose a one acre lot near Highland School and donate the school with
$25.00 in Walter’s credit.
• April 6, 1882 – Instructions to J. G. Hall from W.W. Lenoir for the sale of lots near Highland School.
• April 1, 1882 – Deed to John Lingle for 21 acres. Several documents in this transaction.
• April 3, 1882-Field notes of a survey made by Reuben Yoder for W.W. Lenoir of lots in Hickory, NC.
• April 6, 1882 – Bond for Title to Howell Cobb for 2.5 acres.
• May 15, 1882 – Deed to Sarah Catherine Clarke for Lot #50.
• May 18, 1882 -Deed to John D. Candle for lot #53.
• December 30, 1882 -Deed to Wilson A. White for Lot #74.
• February 19, 1883 – Receipt to Thos. Witherspoon through J. G. Hall for sale of Lot #25.
• February 28, 1883 – Deed to David H. Witherspoon for Lots #35 & 36, near Highland School.
• March 16, 1883 -Deed to Robert H. Thomason for Lots #19 & 20.
• June 16, 1883 – Deed to Samuel E. Killiam for Lot #23.
• December 8, 1883 – Deed to Samuel e. Killiam for 5 acres.
• December 8, 1883 – Deed to David S. Fry for Lot #20.
• December 10, 1883 -Deed to William P. Huffman for Lot #21.
• December 10, 1883 – Deed to Thomas A. Witherspoon for Lot #34.
• March 4, 1885 -Deed to William Langdon Miller for Lots #62 & 63.
• April 23, 1885 – Deed to Harvey Ellis McComb, David M. McComb, Amelia A. McComb, Margaret E. McComb & Ella E. McComb, heirs of Robert W. McComb for sale of 50 acres in Hickory Tavern, NC.
• June 4, 1885 – Deed to John Wesley Mouser for 42.25 acres.
• June 20, 1885 -Deed to Sarah Catherine, wife of Alexander W. Clarke for 43.75 acres.
• June 15, 1888 -Letter from W.W. Lenoir to David W. Shuler offering to transfer land at Hickory Tavern to “encourage the building of a manufacturing establishment on my land”.
• June 19, 1888 -Deed to David W. Shuler for 21 acres.
• Undated – Form of agreement concerning Hickory Tavern lots detailing structures which may be constructed on said lots.
• Undated – Hickory Tavern field notes.
• Undated -Memorandum listing 68 lots laid off by W.W. Lenoir at Hickory, NC, date sold and purchaser.

OTHER LENOIR PAPERS FILED, NOT IN BOXES:
• March 18, 1788 – Articles of Agreement between William Lenoir and Thomas Fields for the construction of Lenoir’s new home (Fort Defiance).
• October 30, 1792 – Copy of the will of Robert Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s brother), Brunswick Co., VA.
• May 8, 1800 – Copies of Indentures between the Wilkes County commissioners and William Lenoir, Mary Gordon (Lenoir’s daughter) and James Patton for the sale of 50 acres to the commissioners for the formation of the town of Wilkesborough, NC.
• May 8, 1800 – Copy of agreement between the Wilkes County commissioners and the University of NC for release of any claims of the University for the 50 acres acquired for the formation of the town of Wilkesborough, NC.
• May 8, 1800 – Copy of Indenture between William Lenoir and the Wilkes county commissioners transferring the entire 50 acres acquired to William Lenoir for the formation of the town of Wilkesborough, NC.
• May 20 – 22, 1800 – Copy of William Lenoir’s surveying field notes and map of the town of Wilkesborough, NC in preparation for the sale of lots in town on May 22, 1800.
• May 22, 1800 – Copy of a list of lots sold in Wilkesborough, NC showing lot number, purchaser and purchase amount.
• August 10, 1802 – Deed to William Ballard Lenoir for purchase of 300 acres in Ashe County, NC.
• July 1, 1808 – Deed for 50 acres to William Lenoir on the Fort Branch, Wilkes Co.,NC.
• February 22, 1825 – Letter to Col’n. Wm. Polk from Gen. William Lenoir concerning the reception of General Lafayette in Raleigh, NC regretting that he will be unable to attend.
• October 28, 1836 – Deed to William Avery Lenoir from Joseph Lever for 500 acres on Lower Creek, Burke Co., NC. (present day Caldwell Co.)
• February 1, 1837 -Deed for Thomas Lenoir’s 50 acres on the west fork of Mill Creek, Wilkes Co., NC.
• December 8, 1838 – Deed for Thomas Lenoir’s 50 acres on Yadkin River joining his 50 acres on west fork of Mill Creek, Wilkes Co., NC.
• January 10, 1840 – Indenture to William A. Lenoir from James Harper for the sale of thirty-one acres at the site of the old Fort Grider Tract to William A. Lenoir.
• January 26, 1843 – Deed to William A. Lenoir from William Greenway for 100 acres on the summit of “Turkey Rock Mountain” (Hibriten Mtn.) in Caldwell Co., NC.
• February 14, 1843 -Deed for William Avery Lenoir’s 300 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC. Purchased from William Greenway.
• April 6, 1844-Deed to William Avery Lenoir from Samuel Abshire (sometimes called Samuel Love) for 250 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• April 29, 1844 -Deed for William Avery Lenoir’s 50 acres in Caldwell County, NC on Little River.

• May 18, 1844 – Deed for William Avery Lenoir’s 3.5 acres on Gunpowder Creek, Caldwell Co., NC.
• September 16, 1845 – Deed to William Avery Lenoir from Henry Smith for 16 acres in Caldwell Co., NC.
• December 27, 1848 – Deed for Thomas Lenoir’s 100 acres adjoining the Fort Defiance tract, Caldwell County, NC.
• March 15, 1849-Thomas Lenoir’s deed to 30 acres purchased from the estate of Gen. Edmund Jones in Caldwell Co., NC. Purchased by Gen. Jones from the estate of Gen. William Lenoir.
• February 8, 1853 -Deed for William Avery Lenoir’s 1,280 acres on Beech Creek, Watauga County, NC.
• November 26, 1864-Deed to Rufus T. Lenoir & sister Sarah J. Lenoir for 50 acres containing the small mountain south of Fort Defiance.
• January 11, 1869-Deed for Rufus Theodore Lenoir’s ninety-eight acres on the Yadkin River, NC.
• September 3, 1986 – Letter to Marie Hogan from Norah M. Lenoir in France regarding the Lenoir reunion coming up at Fort Defiance and information about her family in France.
• February 7, 1987 – Letter to Allan Lenoir Poe from Norah M. Lenoir in France concerning Philippe Le Noir.
• October 1, 1987 – Letter to Allan Poe from Remy-Jacques Petit, genealogist in France regarding Le Noir family, written in French.
• July 18, 1890- “InMemoriam W.W.L.”. The booklet used at the funeral service of Capt. Walter Waightstill Lenoir held at the Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley on July 18, 1890. The Memorial Sermon and A Memoir.
• February 18, 1907 – A very detailed description of the Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration of Rufus Theodore Lenoir and Sarah Leonora Gwyn held at Fort Defiance.
• May 2, 1951 -Letter to Walter James Lenoir from Patterson School informing Walter that the school needed a larger chapel and was moving the chapel from the to be library building into the formal Sarah Joyce Lenoir Library and changing the name to the Sarah Joyce Lenoir Memorial Chapel.
• Various dates – Hundreds of documents of William Lenoir’s on various indentures, land transactions and surveying notes of other people’s property.
• Undated- “Origins of the Lenoir Family” written by Allan Lenoir Poe.
• Revolutionary War Diary of William Lenoir.
• “Extract from Philippe Le Noir’s Genealogy” transcribed from the original text by Norah M. Lenoir in France.
• Copy of the “Genealogie” of Christofle Le Noir and Philippe Le Noir. Written in French and includes family trees.
• Typed 19 page genealogy of Walter Raleigh Lenoir (Gen. William Lenoir’s son).
• Very old mathematics book (late 1700’s-early 1800’s) belonging to one of the Lenoir family.
• Two large scrapbooks of Walter Lynch Lenoir (1897-1960?), GGGrandson of Gen. William Lenoir, son of Walter James Lenoir & Harriet Augusta Horton.

Lots of pictures, notes, confederate money, silver certificates, military notices and reports.
• Hundreds of letters from individuals researching the Lenoir family.

VARIOUS ORIGINAL LAND GRANTS, DEEDS & INDENTURES INCLUDED IN LENOIR PAPERS

Grants:

COUNTY
PURCHASER SELLER DATE ACRES STATE

Anglea, Peter NC 11-12-1796 100 Burke Blair, James

Boone.Jess NC
Coleman,
Thomas 10-28-1842

10-1-1800 100

300 Caldwell

Burke Brown, William

Curtis, James NC
McGalliard,
James 4-2-1799

9-23-1834 100 Ashe

Burke Firy, Moses Greenway,
Willaim Firy, Andrew

Lever, Joseph 8-26-1837

8-20-1830 195

60 Lincoln

Burke Greenway,
Willaim NC
7-4-1835
100
Burke Greenway,
Willaim NC 1-29-1833 150
Burke Harmon,
Goulder NC 12-4-1851 100
Watauga Hartley, Alfred NC 3-3-1841 26 Caldwell Horton, Thomas NC 2-11-1853 18 Caldwell Isaac, Elijah Jackson, Churchwell NC
NC 11-9-1784

11-16-1779 100

200 Wilkes

Burke Lenoir, Rufus &
Sarah NC
7-15-1861
9.25
Caldwell Lenoir, Rufus T. NC 10-6-1866 98 Caldwell Lenoir, Thomas NC 2-7-1837 50 Wilkes Lenoir, Thomas NC 12-8-1838 50 Wilkes Lenoir, Thomas Jones, Edmund 3-15-1849 30 Caldwell Bought from Wm Lenoir estate Lenoir, Thomas NC 2-15-1847 100 Caldwell adjoining Ft Defiance tract Lenoir, William Lenoir, William A. NC
Greenway,
William 7-1-1808

1-26-1843 50

1000 Wilkes

Caldwell Lenoir, William A.
Lenoir, William Smith, Henry 9-16-1845 16 Caldwell A.
Lenoir, William Bradshaw, Seth 5-4-1844 1 Caldwell A.
Lenoir, William Lever.Joseph 10-28-1836 500 Burke A. Abshire, Samuel 4-6-1844 250 Caldwell

Indentures:

Lenoir, Walter
Lenoir, Rufus T. w. 7-1-1870 Caldwell
Lenoir, Walter
Lenoir, Rufus T. W. 12-4-1867 428 Caldwell Lenoir, Thomas
B. Beall, J. Harper 6/14/1907 160 Caldwell Lenoir, Thomas Heirs of W.W.
B. Lenoir estate 9-1-1894 1259 Caldwell partial interests Lenoir, Walter Presnell, Daniel
w. W. 5-27-1872 30 Caldwell
Lenoir, Walter
w. Craige, Elijah 6-2-1873 105 Watauga
Lenoir, Walter Carrell, George
w. W. 1-4-1875 184 Caldwell
Lenoir, Walter Healan, James
w. L. 10-24-1877 156 Caldwell
Lenoir, Walter Patterson,
w. Samuel F. 11-1-1872 lots Caldwell town of Lenoir, NC
Lenoir, William
A Baird, William L. 7-22-1845 640 Caldwell Lenoir, William
A Harper, James 10-20-1841 2 Caldwell lots in Lenoir, NC Lenoir, Walter
Lloyd, Uriah W. 12-4-1867 164 Caldwell McCall, Robert Lenoir, Walter
R. W. 1877 184 Caldwell Sherriff, Burke
McDowell, John Co., NC 4-20-1795 400 Burke Miller, George Lenoir, Walter
w. W. 5-18-1870 71 Caldwell
Greenway,
Murphy, James William 8-17-1811 300 Burke Lenoir, William
Nelson, Hugh A estate 1-1-1864 264 Caldwell Norwood, Lenoir, Walter
Washington W. 4-16-1878 1.5 Caldwell Puett, Alexander Lenoir, Walter
P. w. 12-1-1883 42 Caldwell
Seehorn, T. F. Sherrill, J. M. 11/10/1903 lot Caldwell
Sevir, Joseph Miller, Elisha 3-10-1822 1240 Burke Spainhour, Lenoir, Walter
James M. w. 3-20-1879 160 Caldwell
Spainhour, Lenoir, Walter
James M. w. 11-11-1872 lot#20 Caldwell town of Lenoir, NC
Stallions, John Taylor, William 2-20-1835 32 Burke Swanson, Lenoir, Walter
Sampson N. W. 11-9-1870 28 Caldwell Wakefield,
Robert R. Reid, Elijah 2-7-1856 100 Caldwell

OTHER SECTIONS NOT YET ARCHIVED:

Clothing Patterns and Embroidery Designs – numerous patterns, cut out, dated early 1800’s – 1860’s.

Numerous books belonging to various Lenoir family members, particularly Walter Waightstill Lenoir.

Unknown discoveries still in many boxes of “stuff’. Still much to do.