D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

Mary Gudger Moore Papers
(1833 - 1917)


Title Mary Gudger Moore Papers
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/moore/default_moore_mary.html
Creator Mary Gudger Moore

Keyword : Mary Gudger Moore ; Western North Carolina ; William Hamilton Moore; D Hiden Ramsey; John Preston Arthur; Sondley, F.A.

Subject LCSH :  
Moore, Mary Gudger
Arthur, John Preston
North Carolina, Western -- GenealogyWestern North Carolina -- History
Western North Carolina -- Description and Travel
North Carolina -- History -- 19th Century
North Carolina -- History, Local

The collection contains recollections of WNC in the 1800's and early 1900's, written by Mary Gudger Moore near the end of her life. Materials include both photocopies and original material. The originals  retained by the family of Mary Caroline Gudger Moore are reproduced in photocopies. The materials also include biographical and descriptive historical material that was used by John Preston Arthur in the preparation of his early Western North Carolina; A History, 1730-1913 , written in 1914.

Publisher Special Collections, D.H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Contributor Billie R. (Mrs. Charles H. Jr.) Stanton
Date 1983-09-27 
Type Text
Format 1 archival box, 11 folders
Source D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, Manuscript Collections
Language English
Relation Dorothy Gaston Oral History, D.H. Ramsey Library, UNCA.
Coverage 1860-1913 ; Western North Carolina
Rights No restrictions;  Copyright: Retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Donor 119 
Acquisition 1983-09-27
Citation Mary Gudger Moore Papers, Special Collections, D.H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804
Processed by Special Collections Staff, Jamie Patterson.
Last update 2003-05-11 ; 2005-12-08 ;
Biography: Mary Caroline Gudger Moore was born in Buncombe County January 21, 1833 and was the daughter of Samuel Bell and Elizabeth Lowry Gudger. She married William Hamilton Moore October 17, 1855, son of Charles and Margaret Penland Moore. He was born April 24, 1812 and died September 17, 1879. Mary Caroline died April 24, 1917 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.P. Gaston of Candler, N.C., with whom she made her home. She and her husband are buried in the Oak Forest Church yard. They had seven children.
  1.  Walter Evans Moore married Laura Rebecca Enloe. He was elected to the General Assembly of N.C. in 1899 and again in 1910, Speaker of the House of Representatives and was chosen Judge of the Superior Court of the judicial district to serve an eight year term. He was also active in the founding of Western Carolina Teachers College and Moore Hall was named in his honor.
  2.   Nina May married William Carr Battle. She is buried in Little Rock, Arkansas.
  3..   Margaret Ann Elizabeth died in infancy.
  4.   Eugenia Evelyn (Jennie) married Dr. Whipple William Clarke and resided in Old Fort, N.C. until his death in 1904. She died at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. D.H. Clarke of Oak Ridge, Tenn. at the age of 101. Buried at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church.
  5.   Lucy Swain married Thomas Pinkney Gaston of Candler, N.C. Both are buried at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church.
  6.   Margaret Elizabeth married 1st to Burke Sherrill and 2nd to James Erwin Patton.
  7.   Mary Hamilton (Marrie ?) married Benjamin Hill Greenwood.
  Mary Caroline Moore was tall and slender (about 5' 9") with dark brown hair and eyes and was said to have a had a wonderful disposition. She was well educated, a devoted Mother, devout Christian and highly respected among her family and friends, according to information included in her biographical material.

She was very talented in the art of writing and telling children's stories which became a part of her time in her declining years. The last ten or twelve years of her life, she was confined to her bed and to a wheel chair as she was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis. She records that her hands were so crippled that it was very difficult for her to write legibly and that she was in much pain when her hands were used. It was her delight to gather children about her and tell them stories. These stories are preserved in her book " Aunt Mary's Stories for Children" typed for her by Charles J. Rice (nephew) in the autumn of 1913. The original book is in the possession of a great grandson, Charles H. Stanton, Jr. Those who knew her in the community and in Western North Carolina, t affectionately referred to her as "Aunt Mary."

Mary Caroline's personal experiences and love for Western North Carolina are preserved by her in the "Romance of Western Carolina" and "My Book I" and "My Book II" which were written at the request of her children. These stories have been re-written from her original penciled notes by Mrs. Charles H. Stanton, Jr. in order to preserve them for future generations and are included in this finding aid in full text.

Series:           1. Mary Gudger Moore Biographical material including "Directions for my Funeral"
                       2. The Romance of Western North Carolina (unpublished novel)
                       3. Autobiographical writing, including , My Book I [account of early family life] and My Book II [account of later years].
                       4. Letters and correspondence. Includes Letter to Lucy Gaston.
                       5. John Preston Arthur - Biographical Material
                       6 "A History of Sand Hill School" and account by Dorothy Gaston
  Miscellaneous notes and clippings
Box Folder Item Description
M83.2 1 1.1a-c John Preston Arthur -- Biographical material
Brown, O.L., Rev. "John Preston Arthur Early Day Scholar, Boone Resident Historian: Plagued by Loneliness" Watauga Democrat, Jan 3-10, 1963, (3 part series) [Note: article mentions D. Hiden Ramsey and Dr. Sondley, among others. ]
1   1.2 Biography -  John Preston Arthur, courtesy of Pack Library (1 page)
1   1.3 Portrait of John P. Arthur (photocopy) [Source unknown.]
1   1.4 Arthur, John Preston. Western North Carolina: A History (from 1730 to 1913). Raleigh, NC: Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, of Asheville, NC, 1914 (Title Page)
1   2 Gaston, Dorothy. "A History of Sand Hill School." April 11, 1913. Written for her commencement of Sand Hill School.
1 2 1 Mary Gudger Moore -- Biographical Material
Portrait, Mary Gudger Moore, Judd, Chattanooga, n.d. (photocopy)
1   2 Portrait, "Mary Gudger Moore, Born Jan 21, 1833; Died April 24, 1917," n.d. (photocopy)
1   3 Biography
1 2 4 Moore, Mary Gudger. "Directions for My Funeral." Mooremount, June 7, 1917 (check date??)
1 3 1 "Recollections of Asheville and Western North Carolina,"  written by Mary G. Moore at the request of John Preston Arthur, Gaston Place, April 25, 1912.
1 4 1.1 Moore, Mary Gudger. The Romance of Western Carolina. unpublished. (110 pages) note: discusses Robert Henry and Colonel James Lowry, among others
1   1.2 Glossary accompanying text
1   2 Poem. "Swannanoa." See also,  North Carolina Poetry, 1951, (pp30-32. Includes introduction to poem. [Richard Walser, North Carolina Poetry, Richmond, VA: Garrett & Massie, 1951.]
1 5 1 Letter by Mary Gudger Moore to daughter, Lucy Moore Gaston, of Chandler, NC containing genealogical material on the Moore family, typed June 6, 1908.
1   2 Biographies: William Hamilton Moore and Mary Caroline Gudger.
1 6 1 Parris, John. "'Lazy John' Earned Keep Pounding Corn Into Meal." Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, April 11, 1982, p1A, 11A. Article discusses Jim Bumgarner, Horace Kephart, National Park Service, Champion Fiber Co. of Canton, and Reuben R. Robertson
1 7 1 Moore, Mary Gudger. The Romance of Western Carolina. "First Installment." Early draft, includes hand written notes.
1 8 1 Handwritten draft of letter to daughter (see M83.
1 9 1 Journal labeled "Book First" containing early handwritten draft of book Romance of Western Carolina.
1   2 Journal labeled "Book Third" containing early handwritten draft of book Romance of Western Carolina.
1 10 1 Mary G. Moore. My Book. Typed Draft. Contains autobiographical material, discussion of local history including slavery issues (or lack thereof), etc.
1 11 1 Notebook. Early draft of My Book. Chapter I
1   2 Notebook. Early draft of My Book, Chapter II.
1   3, 4 Two manila envelopes containing addresses

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