Inventory of the Ralph Ganis Collection, 1869 - 1991 Mss.Coll.040

Inventory of the Ralph Ganis Collection, 1869 - 1991
Mss.Coll.040


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
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Elon, North Carolina
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336-278-6599
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: Ralph Ganis
Title: Ralph Ganis Collection, 1869 - 1991
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: The collection is arranged into three series: Coble Letters, Albright Letters, and Stigers Letters. The Coble and Albright series includes correspondences between relatives detailing their lives and surroundings in Alamance County, North Carolina and Clay County, Missouri. The Stigers series contains additional background information pertaining to the research that Ralph Ganis conducted for the book he wrote in 2007, Desperate measures: Jesse James and the Klan battles of Reconstruction.
Extent: 1.5 linear foot, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ralph Ganis Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Gift.


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Accession Information

#2011.1.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Lucy Burgess, January, 2012

Encoded by Katie Nash, February, 2012


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Biographical Note

Biographical information regarding the Coble and Albright families can be found within the collection. Specifically for Coble family genealogy please consult series 1, folder 13. For Albright family genealogy, please consult series 2, folder 12. Stigers family genealogy can be found in series 3, folders 3 and 4. Additionally, please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for more information on where to locate biographical information.


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Scope and Content Note

The letters in this collection were collected and assembled by Ralph Ganis, author of Desperate measures: Jesse James and the Klan battles of Reconstruction, and Uncommon men: a secret network of Jesse James revealed. The content of the letters shed light onto family ties and family connections with Jesse James and the James Gang during the 19th century. The Coble family lived in North Carolina for many years and in the 1870s two brothers, John Fogleman and Emsley Franklin, migrated to Missouri. The Albright family lived in Missouri for many years, and in the 1870s Mary C. Albright moved to North Carolina. Both the Coble and Albright families knew one another and had family ties. They kept in touch with each other over the years and wrote letters about social, political, and economic happenings in North Carolina, Missouri, and the nation.

Both the Coble and Albright letters are handwritten and contain many grammatical errors, misspellings, and are challenging to read at times. In addition, all the letters are photocopies and sometimes cannot be read. No original letters are included in this collection. The original letters reside with the donor, Ralph Ganis. The letters have been transcribed, and to view transcriptions for any letter please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.

The Stigers series contains additional background information pertaining to the research that Ralph Ganis conducted for the book he wrote in 2007, Desperate measures: Jesse James and the Klan battles of Reconstruction.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Coble Letters, Albright Letters, and Stigers Letters. Within each series the materials are arranged alphabetically by type of material and then chronologically. Please refer to the section below titled "Detailed Description of Collection" for more information about what is included.


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Online Catalog Headings

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

Coble Family -- Correspondence.
Albright Family -- Correspondence.
North Carolina -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Missouri -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
James, Jesse, 1847-1882 -- Friends and associates.
Ganis, Ralph P.
Elon University -- Archival resources.

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Related Material

Related publications to this collection of letters include two books written by Ralph Ganis: Desperate measures: Jesse James and the Klan battles of Reconstruction, and Uncommon men: a secret network of Jesse James revealed.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Coble Letters. Inclusive: 1869-1887. Bulk: 1870-1880.
13 Folders. Circa 115 Items.
This series includes post-Civil War Coble family letters that were mainly written between two groups of the Coble family in Alamance County, North Carolina and relatives who moved to Clay County, Missouri. John Fogleman Coble (1833-1914) and Emsley Franklin Coble (1938-1918), unmarried sons of Martin (John) and Dorothy Coble, relocated to Missouri from North Carolina in search for a better life and decided to not stay on their parents farm in Alamance County, North Carolina. These letters were primarily from Augustus Lucian (1843-1928) and Henry M. Coble (b.1840), the brothers of John Fogleman and Emsley Franklin Coble. Augustus and Henry wrote about the latest news of the day, from the selling of land to the price of commodities such as corn, wheat, pigs, etc. They also wrote to each other about neighborhood festivities including meetings and weddings. John Fogleman and Emsley Franklin, both carpenters, wrote about various projects they were working on, and asked a number of questions about the family in North Carolina and often requested other family members to move to Missouri. There are a few letters that mention Ku Klux Klan activities in North Carolina and Missouri along with some racial activity, but the letters primarily document the families keeping in touch with one another.
Folder 1. Coble Letters. Correspondence. Undated.
* Coble, John F.
* Todd, J.W.
* Plattsburg, Missouri
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Hackney Buggy Company, Wilson, North Carolina
* Holt, Williams and May, Burlington, North Carolina
* Hartshorn, North Carolina
* Kearney, Missouri
* Shoffner, W.L.
Folder 2. Coble Letters. Correspondence. 1869.
* Coble, John
* Clapp, Beta
Folder 3. Coble Letters. Correspondence. March-July, 1870.
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Holt, Clay County, Missouri
* Coble, W.L.
* Coble, John
* Coble, A.L.
* Hartshorn, North Carolina
* Robertson, R.C.
* Blandsville, Bollard Bounty, Kentucky
* Coble, Jonny
* Coble, Sally
* Diehour?, Mima
* Albright, D.A.
* Carney, Clay County, Missouri
* Troxler, W.M.
Folder 4. Coble Letters. Correspondence. August-December, 1870.
* Isley, Henry
* Leavenworth, Kansas
* Albright, D.A.
* Coble, John F.
* Clay County, Prospect Hill, Missouri
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Sharp, L.S.
* Burlington, North Carolina
* Coble, A.L.
* Coble, Henry M.
* McTavish, S.M.?
* Barnesville, Clinton County, Missouri
* Holts, Clay County, Missouri
* Cheek, W.A.
* Company Shops, North Carolina
* Coble, John A.
* National Insurance Company
* Hannibal, Missouri
* Neese, Jacob
* Alamance County, North Carolina
* Hartshorn, Alamance County, North Carolina
* Coble, Jonny
* Brickner, Jamima
* Coble, Emily
Folder 5. Coble Letters. Correspondence. January-May, 1871.
* Company Shops, North Carolina
* Anthony, George W.
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Coble, A.L.
* Holt, Clay County, Missouri
* Neese, Jacob
* Alamance County, North Carolina
* Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri
* Buckner, Jemima
* Hartshorn, North Carolina
* Coble, A.M.
Folder 6. Coble Letters. Correspondence. June-December, 1871.
* Coble, John F.
* Hartshorn, Alamance County, North Carolina
* Kearney, Clay County, Missouri
* Shoffner, W.L.
* Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri
* Coble, A.L.
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Moser, W.B.
* Moser, N.R.
* Prospect Hill, Clinton County, Missouri
* Moser, F.E.
* Hannibal and Saint Joseph Railroad Line
* Nettleton, George H.
* Blandsville, Kentucky
* Robertson, R.C.
Folder 7. Coble Letters. Correspondence. 1872.
* Coble, John F.
* Holt, Clay County, Missouri
* Coble, A.L.
* Coble, John A.
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Coble, Barbra
Folder 8. Coble Letters. Correspondence. 1874-1875.
* Coble, John F.
* Hartshorn, Alamance County, North Carolina
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
Folder 9. Coble Letters. Correspondence. 1876-1879.
* Brick Church, Guilford County, North Carolina
* Coble, John F.
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Ritchie, Willie W.
* Ritchie, Emma
* Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri
* Sparks, Jennie
* Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
* Coble, A.L.
* Hartshorn, Alamance County, North Carolina
* Shaws Mills
Folder 10. Coble Letters. Correspondence. 1880-1883.
* Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Ritchey, Samuel
* Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
* Clay and Funkhouser, Bankers
* Plattsburg Bank of Plattsburg, Missouri
* Company Shops, North Carolina
* Coble, A.L.
* United States Internal Revenue Collector's Office, Rock Creek, North Carolina
Folder 11. Coble Letters. Correspondence. 1884-1887.
* Coble, Emsley F.
* Coble, John F.
* Coble, Henry M.
* Coble, A.L.
* Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina
* Hartshorn, Alamance County, North Carolina
* Dyer County, Tennessee
* Huffines, G.H.
Folder 12. Coble Letters. Genealogy. Coble, Martin Luther.
* Coble, Martin Luther
* Fogleman, Dorothy "Turley"
* Coble, John Fogleman
* Huffines, Elizabeth "Betty"
* Coble, Emsley Franklin
* Coble, Augustus Lucian
Folder 13. Coble Letters. Genealogy. Miller, Moses W.
* Miller, Moses W.
* Lear, Nancy
* Thurman, Emeline
* Goes with letter in 1876-1879 folder dated July 24, 1878 from Jennie Sparks
* Miller, Henry
* Miller, James
* Miller, Mary
* Miller, Moses W. Jr.
* Green, Mary S.
* Miller, Edward T.
* Richardson, Rose
2. Albright Letters. 1873-1877.
12 Folders. Circa 52 Items.
The majority of the letters represented in the Albright series are written to Mary C. Albright in Greensboro, North Carolina from her brother Jacob and sister-in-law Ann from Lawson Station, Bay County, Missouri. Mary (1866-1917), daughter of Joel Albright and Sarah Cole was born in Clay County, Missouri and moved to North Carolina in the late 1870s to obtain work. Her sister-in-law did most of the writing, but the salutation was always recorded as Jacob and Ann. Most of their correspondence was of a social nature, as well as discussions about the weather and the health of family members living near Jacob and Ann. Every letter written to Mary from Ann includes a statement urging her to move back to Missouri and be with family.
Of historical note is the fact that Sarah Jane Cole, Mary's mother, was a first cousin to Jesse and Frank James. Sarah Jane and her husband Joel always lived in Clay County, Missouri, the birthplace of Jesse and Frank James.
Folder 1. Albright Letters. Correspondence. Undated.
* Presbyterian Church of Graham, North Carolina
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, Florence Cladonah
Folder 2. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1867.
* Wilson, Alex Jr.
* Patton, William
Folder 2.1. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1868.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Montgomery, D.A.
Folder 3. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1869.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, James W.
* Albright, Gideon
Folder 4. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1870.
* Patton, William
* Turkey Cove, North Carolina
* Company Shops, Alamance County, North Carolina
Folder 5. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1871.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Greensboro, North Carolina
* Samson Station, Missouri
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, Ann
Folder 6. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1872.
* Patton, Cornelia F.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, A.M.
Folder 7. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1873.
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, Ann
* Albright, Mary C.
* Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina
* Lawson Station, Missouri
Folder 8. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1874.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, Ann
* Albright, James
* Greensboro, North Carolina
* Lawson Station, Missouri
Folder 9. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1875.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, Ann
* Albright, James
* Greensboro, North Carolina
* Lawson Station, Missouri
Folder 10. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1876.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, Ann
* Carter, Lucinda
* Greensboro, North Carolina
* Lawson Station, Missouri
* Virrard, Missouri
Folder 11. Albright Letters. Correspondence. 1877.
* Albright, Mary C.
* Albright, Jacob
* Albright, Ann
* Albright, Whitmel
* Albright, Lucinda
* Greensboro, North Carolina
* Lawson Station, Missouri
Folder 12. Albright Letters. Genealogy. Albright, Joel Thomas.
* Albright, Joel Thomas
* Cole, Carah Jane
* Albright, Pearle
* Cole, Jesse Richard
* James, Jesse
* James, Frank
3. Stigers Letters. 1950 and 1991.
4 Folders. 4 Items.
The Stigers series includes a chapter titled "Saga of Jesse James" by Carl W. Breihan, a letter from William Stigers to Carl Breihan in 1950, and genealogies of Lewis S. and Orren B. Stigers. When Ralph Ganis purchased the original letters of Carl Breihan in order to help with his research for the book Desperate measures: Jesse James and the Klan battles of Reconstruction, Ganis decided to include these documents when he donated the collection to Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information regarding the Stigers letters and papers.
Folder 1. Stigers Letters. Book Chapter.
* "Saga of Jesse James"
* Breihan, Carl W.
* Stigers, William
Folder 2. Stigers Letters. Correspondence. 1950.
* Breihan, Carl W.
* Stigers, William
* St. Joseph, Missouri
Folder 3. Stigers Letters. Genealogy. Stigers, Lewis S.
* Stigers, Lewis S.
* Gooding, Harriet
* Wilson, Bettie
* Stigers, Robert G.
* Stigers, Orren B.
* Sallee, Fannie Quantrill
Folder 4. Stigers Letters. Genealogy. Stigers, Orren B.
* Stigers, Orren B.
* Sallee, Fannie Quantrill
* Stigers, William Louis
* Stigers, Warren C.