Inventory of the James Willis Wellons Collection, 1856 - 1956 Mss.Coll.006

Inventory of the James Willis Wellons Collection, 1856 - 1956
Mss.Coll.006


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
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Elon, North Carolina
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: James Willis Wellons
Title: James Willis Wellons Collection, 1856 - 1956
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This collection documents the life of James Willis Wellons, a minister of the Christian Church in the South. J.W. Wellons was also one of the founders of Elon College and served on the Board of Trustees until his passing in 1927. The majority of materials date from the mid-late 1800's through the late 1920's. The largest portion of this collection contains handwritten sermons by J.W. Wellons, most of them undated. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into eight series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifacts; Books; Correspondence; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material.
Extent: 1.5 linear feet, 3 archival boxes

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Willis Wellons Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Unknown


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Accession Information

#2006.26.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, August, 2006

Encoded by Katie Nash, September, 2008


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Biographical Note



Early Years:
* Born January 1, 1826 in Sussex County, Virginia
* In 1831, he saw the slave Nat Turner, hung in Jerusalem near Courtland, VA
* In 1837, was a member of Barrett's Church and decided his "calling" in life was to be a minister



Family:
* Father= Hartwell Wellons
* Mother= Polly Stephenson Wellons or Mary West Wellons (Stephenson maiden name, listed under both names)
* Parents were farmers and owned a farm in Smithfield, VA
* His family owned 16 slaves
* Children of Hartwell and Polly/Mary Wellons: William Brock, Julia Ann Sallie, James Willis, Indiana Arletta Virginia
* J.W. Wellons never married
* William Brock Wellons married Sarah L. Beasley of New Bern, NC - Julia Ann Sallie married Rives Chapel Wills of Sussex County
* Indiana Arletta Virginia married Rev. Thomas W. Joyner. Rev. Joyner died 10 years and 2 months after they were married
* Indiana Arletta Virginia then married Henry May of Franklinton, NC and lived together for about 15 years until Indiana died in Lynchburg, VA (date of marriage unknown)



Education:
* Note: Graham Normal College, Graham College, Graham Normal Institute and Graham Normal Institute all refer to the same school in Graham, NC
* In December of 1852 he left home to attend the Graham Normal Institute in Graham, NC
* Attended Graham Normal Institute in January of 1853 (he was 27 years old)
* Stayed at the Graham Normal Institute for approximately a year and a half when sickness made him withdraw from the school
* During his time at the Institute, he lived with Reverend George W. Walker
* J.W. Wellons' first school teacher was Robert Stephenson
* John R. Holt and A.G. Anderson were the principal teachers at the Graham Normal Institute while J.W. Wellons attended
* Rev. E.W. Beale and Rev. R.H. Coston of Eastern Virginia were classmates of J.W. Wellons while at Graham Normal Institute



Career and Religious Life:
* In October of 1854 he joined the North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference at the O'Kelly Chapel (Chatham County, NC), as a minister
* In October of 1856, he was officially ordained as a minister of the Christian Church in Hank's Chapel in Pittsboro, NC (Chatham County, NC)
* In 1854 he was appointed to the Deep River Circuit as a minister (now the Western North Carolina Conference)
* In November of 1854, he preached at Shallow Well Church in Moore County
* During the Civil War, he was considered a "camp minister" for the military troops
* After the Civil War, he helped local African Americans establish and form the Afro-Christian Convention along with Rev. H.B. Hayes and Rev. W.H. Franks
* He baptized and ordained over 100 African Americans that later became members of the Afro-Christian Convention
* Also after the Civil War, he helped establish the Franklinton Christian College in Franklinton, NC that was to educate African Americans in the South
* In 1900 he moved to Elon College, where he was a minister for 25 years
* He assisted with acquiring money and supporters to assist in the construction of Whitley Building and five other buildings on the campus of Elon College after the fire in January of 1923 of the Administration Building
* From 1924-1926 he was the Chaplain of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro, NC
* While at Elon College, he had a room in the West Dormitory
* Over the years served as a minister at the following churches: Shallow Well, Zion, Moore Union, Pleasant Grove, Park's Cross Roads, Pleasant Ridge, Shiloh Union, Shady Grove, Brown's Chapel, Acorn Ridge, Providence, Graham Court House, and two unnamed school houses



Memberships and Organizations:
* Member of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Board at Elon College from March 11, 1889-1927
* Member of Graham Lodge (1856-1927)
* Member of the Order of the Eastern Star
* Helped organize the Southern Christian Convention and was also a member
* When the Southern Convention was organized in 1856 in Union, NC (Alamance County), J.W. Wellons was involved in the process and his brother W.B. Wellons became president
* In 1925, he was considered one of the oldest Masons in North Carolina and in the United States
* In 1857 (?) he was elected the Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Royal Arch Masons of North Carolina
* At Elon College, he was a member of the Provisional Board and he offered the first prayer for the institution in 1889
* One of the founding fathers of Elon College (1889-1927)
* After the Civil War, he was elected President of the North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference and served 2 years
* In 1878, he was elected as an evangelist by the Southern Christian Convention at Lebanon, NC and served in this capacity for 2 years
* In 1894, he was the vice president of the Durham Liquor and Opium Cure Company



Awards:
* A new dormitory on the campus of Franklinton Christian College was named out of gratitude and appreciation for J.W. Wellons



Significant Events:
* In 1889, under a sweet gum tree on the campus of Elon College he offered the first prayer for the institution
* He preached on his 100th birthday, January 1, 1926, in Whitley Auditorium on the campus of Elon College for 1 hour
* According to statements from J.W. Wellons, he converted over 7,000 people under his ministry
* On October 28, 1862 James took his family through the military lines during the Civil War and met his brother William B. at Blackwater river, then they all went together to their father's in Sussex, Va. and then moved on to Petersburg, VA



Books written by J.W. Wellons:
Wellons' family prayers; Life and labors of William B. Wellons; Vital truths for hungry hearts; Wellons' family devotions
* Check Belk Library catalog for holdings



Later Years:
* J.W. Wellons passed away at 10:45am on June 10, 1927 at the Masonic Home in Greensboro, NC
* Burial services were held at Whitley Auditorium and Elon College Church on June 12, 1927
* During the funeral, President W.A. Harper read Wellons' funeral oration which was written in 1919, when he was 93 years old, by J.W. Wellons, to be read at his own funeral
* He was buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Elon College, NC
* There is a marble monument in Magnolia Cemetery that was dedicated to J.W. Wellons in 1932



Biographical Sources:
Mss.Coll.#006-3:5, 3:6, 6:4, 6:7, 6:10, 7:4, 8:11, 8:18, 8:19, 8:22, 8:23
Christian Sun
October 4, 1894, pg. 3
June 16 and 23, 1927
June 2, 1932, pg. 4


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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the life of James Willis Wellons, a minister of the Christian Church in the South. J.W. Wellons was also one of the founders of Elon College and served on the Board of Trustees until his passing in 1927. The majority of materials date from the mid-late 1800’s through the late 1920’s. The largest portion of this collection contains handwritten sermons by J.W. Wellons, most of them undated. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into eight series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifacts; Books; Correspondence; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material.

Throughout the entire collection, there are a large number of items that were either written and/or published by J.W. Wellons. Specifically, in the Books and Correspondence series, one can find books and letters written by J.W. Wellons that mostly relate to the Christian Church or Elon College. Of particular historical interest is the last will and testament of J.W. Wellons that can be found in the Legal Documents series. This document was handwritten by Wellons in 1907 and it documents in detail how all of his personal and monetary belongings were to be divided among his fellow ministers, the Christian Church, Elon College, and family members (4:1).

The majority of the Literary Productions series includes hand written sermons by J.W. Wellons, mostly undated. In addition to the sermons, there are some personal hand written manuscripts that contain addresses and biographical information about J.W. Wellons. Within the Photographs series, most of the photographs are pictures of J.W. Wellons by himself or pictured with other people. Some of the photographs have brief explanations, but most of them are undated.

The items within the Printed Material series either appear to be unrelated to the entire collection or they offer helpful summaries of J.W. Wellons’ life and accomplishments. Of particular historical interest is the original certificate that officially ordained J.W. Wellons as a minister of the Christian Church in 1856 (8:11). Also, there are newspaper clippings in this series that provide biographical information about J.W. Wellons, as well as document his accomplishments within the Christian Church.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into eight series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifacts; Books; Correspondence; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Wellons, James Willis
Elon College
Graham Normal College
Christian Church South -- History
Christian Church
Wellons family
Clergy
Christian education directors
Elon University -- Archival resources

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Related Material

For related materials pertaining to James Willis Wellons, please refer to the following publications listed below.



The Christian Annual
1873, pg. 40
1889, pg. 22
1912, pg. 70
1918, pg. 40
1926, pg. 272
1928, pg. 15
1937, pg. 93



The Burlington Daily Times News
June 10, 1927, pg. 1



The Christian Sun
July 16, 1891, pg. 280
December 10, 1902, pg. 4
May 14, 1913, pg. 6
September 3, 1913, pg. 10
January 1, 1919
July 27, 1922, pg. 10
December 4, 1924, pg. 2
December 10, 1925, pg. 6
January 7, 1926, pg. 13
June 23, 1927, pg. 1 and 8-9
January 19, 1928, pg. 2
January 26, 1928, pg. 6
June 21, 1928, pg. 4
March 7, 1929, pg. 2
October 25, 1934, pg. 9
June 14, 1956, pg. 16
August 11, 1959, pg. 3



Phi Psi Cli
1920, pg. 142

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Artifacts. No Date (ca. 1800s).
2 Folders. 2 Items.
One of the smaller series in the collection, Artifacts, contains only two items. Both items have an explanation and personal relationship to J.W. Wellons. The first item is called a “Mad Stone” (1:1). This item was used by J.W. Wellons in cases of hydrophobia. Along with the stone are instructions composed by J.W. Wellons on how the stone should be used and what symptoms it is capable of curing if handled properly (1:1). The second item in this series is a white silk handkerchief that J.W. Wellons supposedly carried in his pocket everywhere he went (1:2). His initials are in one corner of the handkerchief (1:2).
Folder 1. Mad Stone.
Folder 2. Silk handkerchief.
2. Books. 1872.
3 Folders. 5 Items.
The Books in this series represent religious texts; primarily prayers and addresses. Specifically, one of the book’s in this series is titled The reply of Rev. Wm. G. Starr, to the pamphlet of Rev. W.B. Wellons…(2:1). This book was published in 1872 and contains both addresses and correspondences within the text (2:1). Another book in this series was written by J.W. Wellons, but there is no date of publication (2:3). The book is titled Wellons’ family devotions: a discussion of their place and methods with suggested forms. He wrote this book while living in Elon College, NC and it contains various prayers and devotions for different times of the day (2:3).
Folder 1. The Reply of Rev. William G. Starr, to the pamphlet of Rev. W.B. Wellons…1872.
* Norfolk, VA
Folder 2. Miscellaneous. No Date (ca. 1800s).
Folder 3. Wellons' Family Devotions: a discussion of their place and methods with suggested forms. No Date.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Elon College, NC
3. Correspondence. Inclusive: 1869-1933. Bulk: 1920s.
10 Folders. ca. 20 Items.
This series contains letters written to and from J.W. Wellons as well as about Rev. Wellons. Of particular historical interest is a letter written in the hand of J.W. Wellons to a “sir” discussing the first days of Elon College (3:1). Specifically he writes in the letter, “We have a new college not much more than a day old where we educate the boys and girls together in the same classes with equal…and with a good…of any denominational college in the state” (3:1). Also of interest in this same folder is a letter written to President William S. Long from J.W. Wellons discussing 93 acres of land that the Executive Committee could insure/indorse. However, it is unclear whether this is the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at Elon College or of the North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference, since the document is undated (3:1). It is possible that the 93 acres of land that is discussed in the letter is the property where Elon University stands today.
In addition to the letters mentioned above, there are two documents that discuss the events before and after J.W. Wellons spoke in Whitley Auditorium on the campus of Elon College in 1926 for his 100th birthday (3:5, 3:6). Both documents were composed by C.M. Cannon and discuss in great detail who J.W. Wellons is, the individuals who were to speak at the ceremony, and the significance of the sermon by J.W. Wellons (3:5, 3:6). Moreover, there is a letter in this series that mentions the Wellons family farm and its location as well as the individuals who are buried there (3:8). This particular letter goes along with the photographs that can be found in the series/folder number 7:3 (3:8).
Folder 1. Letters. No Date.
* Elon College
* Elon College, NC
* North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference
* Ball, Jno. T.
* Long, William S.
* Albright Land
* Executive Committee-Board of Trustees, Elon College?
* Executive Committee-North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference?
* Land grants-Elon College
Folder 2. Letters. No Date (ca. 1920s).
* The Christian Sun
* Richmond, VA
* Kernodle, P.J.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Durham Christian Church
* Durham, NC
Folder 2.1. Letters. 1869.
* Wellons, W.B.
Folder 2.2. Letters. 1887.
* Wellons, James Willis
* Pleasant Hill Church (North Carolina)
* Albright, H.H.
* Teague, L.L.
Folder 2.3. Letters. 1890.
Folder 2.4. Letters. 1891.
Folder 2.5. Letters. 1892.
Folder 2.6. Letters. 1898.
Folder 2.7. Letters. 1906.
Folder 2.8. Letters. 1910.
Folder 2.9. Letters. 1913.
Folder 3. Letters. 1915-1916.
* Elon College, NC
* Wellons, J.W.
* Cost of book-1915
* Vital truths for hungry hearts
Folder 3.1. Letters. 1917.
Folder 3.2. Letters. 1918.
Folder 3.3. Letters. 1919.
Folder 3.4. Letters. 1921.
Folder 3.5. Letters. 1922.
Folder 3.6. Letters. 1923.
Folder 4. Letters. 1924 Number 1.
* Crane, Frank
* Wellons, J.W.
* Chase, A.F.
* Christian Publishing Association
* Dayton, Ohio
* Why I am a Christian
* Herald of Gospel Liberty
* Elon College, NC
* Southern Christian Convention
* Old Main Administration Building
* Fire of 1923, Elon College
* Alamance Building
Folder 4.1. Letters. 1924 Number 2.
Folder 4.2. Letters. 1924 Number 3.
Folder 5. Letters. 1925.
* Elon College
* Whitley Auditorium
* January 1, 1926
* Wellons, J.W.
* 100th Birthday
* Foster, Mrs. J.L.
* Charter of Elon College-March 11, 1889
* Staley, W.W.
* Daniels, Josephus
* Cannon, C.M.
Folder 6. Letters. 1926.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Chaplain of the Masonic and Eastern Star Home
* Greensboro, NC
* 100th Birthday
* Whitley Auditorium
* Elon College
* Christian Minister
* Daniels, Josephus
* Harper, William A.
* Staley, William W.
* Fleming, P.H.
* Atkinson, J.O.
* Alexander, W.S.-Elon College Pastor
* Wellons, Hartwell-J.W. Wellons father
* Wellons, Polly Stephenson-J.W. Wellons mother
* Smithfield, VA
* Graham College
* Turner, Nat
* Courtland, VA
* Barrett's Church, VA
* Board of Trustees-member
* Hanks' Chapel-Pittsboro, NC
* Suffolk, VA
* Civil War
* General Mansfield
* Sussex County, VA
* Slavery
* African Americans
* Masons-NC
* Order of the Eastern Star
* Cannon, C.M.
Folder 7. Letters. 1927.
* Gardner, P. Cleveland
* Wellons, J.W.
* Harper, William A.
* Elon College
* Shelby, NC
* Wellons family
* The Wellons Family
Folder 8. Letters. 1933.
* Atkinson, J.O.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Wakefield, VA
* Barrett's Church-Virginia
* Laine, Miles
* Manry, VA
* Wellons family farm
* Hines, V.W.?
4. Legal Documents. 1884 and 1907.
1 Folder. 3 Items.
One of the most fascinating documents in this collection can be found in the series Legal Documents. The document is the hand written last will and testament of J.W. Wellons (4:1). This document contains the language and information you would expect to find in any last will and testament; but most of the information mentioned pertains directly to Elon College and individuals associated with Elon College during the early 1900’s and 1920’s (4:1). Of particular historical interest, is J.W. Wellons’ statement: “…and the proceeds be added to whatever money I have or may belong to me, to the Board of Trustees of Elon College to be invested by them and to serve as a nucleus of an endowment, the income from which endowment shall be used for the establishment and maintenance of a Theological Department in Elon College” (4:1). The remaining parts of the last will and testament are very specific in outlining who will get what materials and monetary belongings of J.W. Wellons (4:1). This particular copy is handwritten, but to see a typed copy please refer to the series/folder number 8:23.
Folder 1. Will and Testament. 1884-1907.
* Elon College, NC
* Wellons, J.W.
* Moffitt, Emmett L.
* Lawrence, W.P.
* Atkinson, J.O.
* Wells, Willie C.
* Hines, Lewis
* Hitch, Mary Susan
* May, Henry (brother-in-law)
* Gold headed cane
* North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference
* Board of Trustees-Elon College
* Theological Department-establishment
* Staley, William W.
* Long, William S.
* Alamance Loan and Trust Company
* Burlington, NC
* Hines, T.H.
* Ros, Ramon Cano
* Wellons, Emilia Cano
5. Lists. 1899.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
This series is not only one of the smallest in the collection, but it also offers the least amount of historical and/or research based information. The one item in this series is a list of gospel hymns compiled during 1899 (5:1). The only components of the list are the names and numbers of hymns that may be found in a specific hymnal. However, there is no reference to what hymnals these names and/or hymn numbers originated from (5:1).
Folder 1. Miscellaneous. 1899.
* Gospel Hymns
6. Literary Productions. Mid 1800s-1926.
39 Folders. ca. 370 Items.
The Literary Productions series is the largest series in the collection. It contains various formats of literary productions which include addresses, essays, lyrics, manuscripts, and sermons. The sermons make up the majority of this series, providing hand written sermons by J.W. Wellons during the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s. Due to the nature of the handwriting for the majority of these documents, it may be difficult to read the text. Of particular historical interest relating to the Christian Church is an annual address that was delivered by J.W. Wellons to the North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conferences in November of 1896 (6:1). Within this address, he discusses a brief time line of events that have taken place relating to the conference as well as events going on in African American Christian Churches (6:1). This address also mentions the beginnings and progression of the “Colored Conference” that was formed in 1867 [(Afro-Christian Convention) (6:1)].
Included in one of the many manuscripts in this series is the handwritten sermon by J.W. Wellons that was read at his funeral (6:7). In this document, J.W. Wellons mentions basic biographical information, as well as a personal analysis of who he was and what he contributed to the church and community (6:7). On page 9 of this manuscript, J.W. Wellons states, “Rev. J.P. Barrett (Dayton, Ohio?), have my razor (?) I have used regular ever since 1860 and my mad stone” (6:7).
Within this series is an informative biographical write-up of J.W. Wellons (6:10). There is no author listed for either one of the reminiscences, but these documents were more than likely written after the passing of J.W. Wellons in 1927 (6:10). The remaining items in this series are handwritten sermons by J.W. Wellons in which any legible titles and/or biblical citations have been recorded in the “Container List” of this finding aid, as well as on the outside of each folder in the collection.
Folder 1. Addresses. 1896.
* North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference
* Mt. Bethel Church
* Wellons, J.W.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
* African American Christian Churches
* Long, W.E. ?
* Graham Institute
Folder 1.1 Essays. No Date.
* Loyalty to the Christian Church
* How to Build Up a Congregation Punctuality
* Young Gentlemen
* Personal Elements of Success
* How to Care of Churches
Folder 2. Essays. 1920s.
* Will you not come?
* Havergal, Miss F.R.
* Morrow, Mrs. A.C.
* How there came to be eight
Folder 3. Lyrics. No Date.
* New York, NY
* Community Service
* Community Songs
Folder 4. Manuscripts. No Date.
* Wellons, J.W.
* "A Home in Heaven"
* "Do they miss me at home"
* "The old ship of Zion"
* North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference
* Wellons-May, Chair of Theology
* Granville County, NC
* Elon College
* Graham Institute
* Graham College
* Long, William S.
* Long, E.W. ?
Folder 5. Manuscripts. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* Wellons, J.W.
* Elon College, NC
* Hitch, Frank
* Norfolk, VA
* Adams, Henry Foster
* Long, W.E.
* Staley, W.W.
* Long, William S.
* Atkinson, J.O.
* First Building at Elon College
* Old Main Administration Building
Folder 6. Manuscripts. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* Hitch, Frank
* Wellons, J.W.
* Sussex County, VA
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Adams, Henry Foster
* Long, W.E.
* Staley, William Wesley
* Long, William S.
* Elon College
Folder 7. Manuscripts. No Date (ca. 1800s)
* Wellons, J.W.
* Sussex County, VA
* Barrett's Church
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Graham Institute
* Board of Trustees-Elon College
Folder 8. Manuscripts. No Date (ca. 1800s)
* Durham Public Schools
* Durham, NC
* Wellons, J.W.
* Wellons, "Uncle"
* Sermons
Folder 9. Manuscripts. 1899.
Folder 9.1. Miscellaneous Notes. No Date.
Folder 10. Reminiscences. 1927.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Sussex County, VA
* Wellons, Mary West (J.W. Wellons mother?)
* Barrett's Church, VA
* Graham Normal Institute
* Walker, Rev. George W.
* North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Shallow Well Church
* Moore County, VA
* Southern Christian Convention
* Board of Trustees-Elon College
* Wellons, "Uncle"
* Hank's Chapel-Chatham County
* Civil War
* African Americans
* Afro-Christian Convention
* Franklinton Christian College
* Durham, NC
* Whitley Auditorium
* Elon College Church
* Harper, William A.
* Wellons, W.B.
* Christian Sun
Folder 11. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "New Year's Sermon"
Folder 12. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "The simplicity of the gospel"
* "Down fall of the soul"
* "The sinner without excuse"
* "Feeding the multitudes"
* "Gods reference to his church"
* "Christians figuration"
* "Sermon to parents"
Folder 13. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "The love of God fancy"
* "National Thanksgiving"
* "Boldness of Peter and John"
Folder 14. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "One church"
* "The danger of the glory of the church…"
* "Rest in Christ"
* "Thanksgiving sermon"
* "Thanksgiving"
* "Flite for life"
* "The reason why"
* "Almost persuaded"
* "Wellons family prayers"
* "Christian Sermon"
* "Jesus and Children"
Folder 15. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "Christmas sermon"
* "On prayer"
* "Communion sermon"
* "Funeral" (Masonic)
* "The Creation"
* "Funeral of Mr. C.A. Wilson (Catha Ann)"
Folder 16. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "A sermon to your men"
* "Self control"
* "Giving and misgiving"
* "Communion Service"
* "Resurrection"
Folder 17. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "On eating flesh"
* "Things worth knowing"
* "The Holy Spirit"
* "Work"
* "Sermon for children"
* "Nothing but leaves"
* "Sin no more"
* "Early Piety"
* "God's meaningfulness on man"
Folder 18. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "Worship God in Spirit"
* "On Christ-have to forgive sin"
* "Overcame the world"
* "Young men and religion"
* "Everyman to his work"
Folder 19. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "Thine eyes were opened"
* "Forgiveness of sin"
* "Jesus Christ who haste"
* "Christ Second coming"
* "Loss of the soul"
* "Education"
Folder 20. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
Folder 21. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
Folder 22. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* "Memorial sermon"
Folder 23. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
Folder 23.1. Sermons. No Date (ca. 1800s).
Folder 24. Sermons. 1856.
Folder 25. Sermons. 1858.
Folder 26. Sermons. 1861.
Folder 27. Sermons. 1866-1868.
Folder 28. Sermons. 1867.
Folder 29. Sermons. 1870.
Folder 30. Sermons. 1871.
Folder 31. Sermons. 1890.
Folder 32. Sermons. 1892.
Folder 33. Sermons. 1895.
* "Dedication of the church at Shadygrove Monogomey" ?
Folder 34. Sermons. 1900.
Folder 35. Sermons. 1905.
Folder 36. Sermons. 1926.
* Sermon of Rev. J.W. Wellons on his hundredth birthday-January 1, 1926
* Elon College
* Wellons, J.W.
* Whitley Auditorium
7. Photographs. Late 1800s-1926.
5 Folders. 25 Items.
The majority of the photographs in this series are of J.W. Wellons either individually or pictured with other people. Of particular interest is a photograph showing the interior of Whitley Auditorium during J.W. Wellons’ sermon on his 100th birthday in 1926 (7:2). On the stage with him are W.W. Staley, W.A. Harper, and other unidentified individuals. Also represented in this series are two photographs in which the graves of both J.W. Wellons’ grandparents and parents are shown (7:3). As discussed in a letter that can be found in the series/folder number 3:8, these grave sites were located on the Wellons’ family farm in Virginia (7:3).
Moreover, there is one reproduction photograph in this series that has a brief description about the photo and its significance (7:4). According to the description, “This photograph of ‘Uncle Wellons’ hung on the outside of J.W. Wellons’ room door in West Dormitory on the Elon College Campus. If he was in prayer or for any reason he wished not to be disturbed he would turn his face down. If he was ‘at home’ he would turn the picture face forward” (7:4).
Folder 1. Miscellaneous. No Date.
* Memorial plaque of J.W. Wellons
* Adams, Henry
* Barney, Reverend J.H.
* Hines, R.E.
* Laine, C.A.
* J.W. Wellons orchard
Folder 1.1. Miscellaneous. 1921-1924.
* Mason, Jack Wellons
* Wellons, James Willis
* Winston, Janadus Calvin
* Winston, Janadus Calvin (homeplace)
* Orban, M. Jr.
Folder 2. Miscellaneous. 1926.
* Whitley Auditorium
* Wellons, J.W.
* January 1, 1926
* Elon College
* Harper, William A.
* Staley, W.W.
* Sermon on 100th Birthday
Folder 3. Wellons family.
* Graveyard
* Wellons, "Uncle"-grandfather's grave
* Wellons, "Uncle"-grandmother's grave
* Wellons, "Uncle"-mother's grave
* Wellons, "Uncle"-father's grave
* Manley, VA
* Wellons family farm
* Wellons, Emily Cano
Folder 4. Wellons, James Willis.
8. Printed Material. Inclusive: 1856-1927. Bulk: 1920s.
27 Folders. ca. 45 Items.
The Printed Material series is one of the larger series in the collection containing a wide assortment of materials and information. The majority of the booklets in this series relate to a religious organization and/or denomination. Of particular interest is a booklet written by J.W. Wellons that is titled Words of greeting and tender recollection to the Eastern Virginia Conference at Barrett’s Church in 1917 (8:5). Within this booklet, J.W. Wellons offers some biographical information as well as discussions about his career and “calling” to be a minister in the Christian Church (8:5).
Also of particular historical interest, is a hand written certificate of ordination dated 1856, when J.W. Wellons was officially ordained as a minister (8:11). The first sentence of the certificate reads, “This will certify that James W. Wellons, a member of the North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference, has this day been regularly ordained to the Office of Elder in the Christian Church, by order of the said conference and the laying on of the hands of the Presbytery” (8:11). At the time, his brother W.B. Wellons was a member of the Presbytery, and his signature can be found on the document (8:11).
The small collection of newspaper clippings in this series offers a timeline of events that took place in J.W. Wellons’ life, including the sermon he gave in Whitley Auditorium in 1926 on his 100th birthday (8:18, 8:19). There are a few articles that were published in The Christian Sun after J.W. Wellons passed away, documenting his life and accomplishments (8:23). In addition, there is an article that records verbatim the handwritten version of J.W. Wellons’ last will and testament (8:23). The handwritten version can be found in the series/folder number 4:1. Also mentioned in various newspaper clippings is the fact that J.W. Wellons wrote the sermon to be read at his funeral (8:23). The sermon can be found in the series/folder number 6:7. The remaining items in the printed material series appear to be unrelated to the collection as a whole.
Folder 1. Booklet. No Date.
* Private lectures by Dr. W.H. Rutherford transitory veterinary doctor and surgeon
* Present aspects of Mormonism
* Historical sketch of Mormonism
* Articles of faith of the Latter Day Saints with Mormon explanations
* Captain Collings' case: a thrilling story of suffering and privation
* McNiece, Rev. R.G.
* McMillan, Rev. D.J.
* Nutting, Rev. J.D.
* Collings, W.A.
Folder 2. Booklet. 1872.
* Plan of incorporation and by-laws of the Oak City building and loan association of Raleigh, NC
Folder 3. Booklet. 1885.
* The Von Graef sexual trochee: for the quick and lasting cure of impotency, debility, spermatorrhcea, lost manhood…
* The Von Graef Company
Folder 4. Booklet. 1899.
* By-laws, constitution and rules of order of Golden Link Lodge, No. 114, I.O.O.F.
* Durham, NC
Folder 5. Booklet. 1917.
* Words of greeting and tender recollection
* Wellons, J.W.
* Eastern Virginia Conference
* Barrett's Church, VA
Folder 6. Booklet. 1923.
* The Religious books of the year
Folder 7. Booklet. 1925.
* The Christian Church: things done, things doing, things to be done
* Elderedge, Hermon
* Kerr, Alva M.
* Thomas, Omer S.
* Minton, W.P.
* Brunett, J.F.
Folder 8. Bulletins. 1924.
* The Health Bulletin
* North Carolina State Board of Health
Folder 9. Certificates. No Date.
* Mutual aid association of Virginia
Folder 10. Certificates. No Date (ca. 1800s).
* Certificate of ordination
Folder 11. Certificates. 1856.
* Iseley, Alfred
* Wellons, W.B.
* Wellons, J.W.
* North Carolina and Virginia Christian Conference
* Harper, William A.
* Bethel Church
* Caswell County
* Harrell, Stanley
Folder 12. Flyers. No Date.
* Rupture-medical condition
* Collings, W.A.
Folder 13. Flyers. 1925.
Folder 14. Magazines. 1924.
* The Expositor
Folder 15. Miscellaneous. 1924.
* Herald of Gospel Liberty
* Christian Publishing Association
Folder 16. Miscellaneous. 1925.
Folder 17. Newsletters. 1925.
* Christian Century
Folder 18. Newspaper Clippings. 1925.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Elon College
* Sermon on 100th Birthday
* Whitley Auditorium
Folder 19. Newspaper Clippings. 1926.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Elon College
* Sermon on 100th Birthday
* Whitley Auditorium
* 101st Birthday
Folder 20. Newspaper Clippings. 1927.
* 101st Birthday
* Wellons, J.W.
Folder 21. Newspaper Clippings. The Christian Sun. 1911.
* Wellons, J.W.
* Atkinson, J.O.
* O'Kelly, Rev. James
Folder 22. Newspaper Clippings. The Christian Sun. 1919.
* Wellons, J.W.
Folder 23. Newspaper Clippings. The Christian Sun. 1927.
* Will and testament
* Wellons, J.W.
* Elon College
Folder 24. Newspaper Clippings. The Christian Sun. 1956.
* Wellons, J.W.
Folder 25. Newspapers. People's Pulpit. 1920s.
* Brooklyn Tabernacle
* Brooklyn, NY
Folder 26. Pamphlets. No Date.
* The Woodrow Wilson Foundation
* Mormon oneness
* Martin, Rev. G.W.
Folder 27. Pamphlets. 1924.
* Herald of Gospel Liberty