November 24, 1881

1881 11 24

Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 24, Rec’d Nov 24, 1881

of D. J. Allen

addressed to International Committee

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM

 

I am unsure of whether the International Committee is of the Young Christian Men’s Association, the Red Cross, or what.  I haven’t been able to find out anything definitive.

October 28, 1881

1881 10 28

This is to certify that I am to pay ??

Melton eight Dollars for D. J. Allen &

this is to be his receipt against his (Melton’s)

Books

10/28/81

John A. Tyson

 

Again, I’m not sure of the initials, whether it’s PW Melton (I’m pretty sure that’s what the earlier initials are) or something else entirely.  I can really only find the one Melton family in the area.

John A. Tyson also has me a little stumped.  I can find a John H. Tyson in Centre, Stanly County, NC on the 1880 census.  He was a physician.  I can also find a John Tyson of Ansonville, Anson County, NC which is fairly close.  I don’t have enough information, at this time, to made make a judgement call.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

November 27, 1880

1880 11 27Registry Receipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No 26. Rec’d Nov 27 1880

of D J Allen

addressed to Benjamin Whitmore

New York, NY

PW Melton, PM

 

Evidently PW Melton was not only a saddler but also Post Master?  I have found a Benjamin Whitmore in Bronx, New York in 1880 but have not found a connection between DJ Allen and him.  Looking forward to finding out more.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

October 21, 1879

1879 10 21

Rec’d of D J Allen $5.00 dollars

in full of all demands up to

date this Oct 21st 79

T. W. Melton?

 

Possibilities for the signature are Melton or Williams?  I have found a P. T. Melton on the 1880 census.  He is a saddler.   Looking back at the first receipt, the bottom name/signature on that receipt appears to be a Melton/Milton as well.

1879 03 01

1879 03 01

3-111    Norwood NC Mar 1st 1879

One day after date I promise to pay to

the order of DN Bennett

Five Dollars

at Eight per cent

Value received

No    Due     (Signature torn out) (Seal)

 

In looking through these receipts, I’ve seen the signature removed more than once.  I find it interesting and wonder why my 2nd great-grandfather’s signatures had been torn away.

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

1879 01 01

1879 01 01

 

Rec’d of D. J. Allen One and 05/100

dollars in full of acct to date

Jan’y 1st 1879 D. N. Bennett

Ben Milton

 

I’m unsure of the last name, or even if it is a name.  I wonder what account D.J. Allen had.  In a quick google search, I found the following picture with the caption.

DN Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi circa unk

A scene from the D. N. Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi. The time period is unknown.  SNAP online.  

http://www.thesnaponline.com/archive/x1896269063

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

Funeral Card Friday

Eudy CA funeral card

This was found among the Allen papers.  I am not sure what, if any, the familial tie is.

Treasure Chest Thursday

For the next year, or more, you’ll see my latest family treasure discovery.  All of my life I’d heard about these ‘love letters’ that were sent between my great-grandparents in the late twenties.  She was a teacher.  I’d never actually seen these letters.  I’m not sure how long my aunt had the actual letters, whether it was when my great-grandmother died or before that.  A couple of weekends ago, my cousins found not only these letters but a whole trove of other treasures.

You’ve seen a few snippets in the past few week.  The letter, the “Reward of Merit”, etc.  I don’t have it all organized yet and haven’t figured out how to proceed.  I have a healthy stack of letters between my great-grandparents, some letters to my 2nd great-grandmother, a lot of receipts from my 2nd great-grandfather, both personal and where he was justice of the peace and paid fines on behalf of others, as well as samples of his own handwriting.

For now, I’ll continue to post snippets for which the date doesn’t matter so much.  Miscellaneous items which really have no other place.  I hope by next week to be able to start with something.

What you see is about half of the entire collection of papers and artifacts.  The papers have been digitized, but it remains largely unorganized.  What a task!

allen david jones papers cigar boxcaudle rosa ann cigar box smith jj letters cigar box

Wisdom Wednesday

Allen Papers Poem

Surrounded by children dear

(Some one of them is always near)

A teacher in a children’s school

No wonder her life is very full.

I’m not sure who wrote this.  It was found in the Allen family collection of papers.