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William Henry Harrison Lawhon Papers

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William Henry Harrison Lawhon was a Baptist minister and Confederate States Army veteran, born 1841 and died 1926. This collection documents his life through some biographical materials, daily diaries, news clippings and photocopies, and photographs and negatives.

Biographical and Historical Note

William Henry Harrison Lawhon was born May 16, 1841, to Leonard and Anna Dowd Lawhon in Moore County, North Carolina. In 1862, Lawhon joined the Confederate States Army , becoming a member of the Fourty-Eighth Company. He was part of the forces that surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in April 1865. He was ordanied as a Baptist minister in 1871 and preached at churches across N.C., particularly in Chatham, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, and Richmond counties. Lawhon also served as a moderator for Sandy Creek Baptist Association for 18 years.

Lawhon married Anna (Annie) Jane Bostick (1844-1888) in 1865 and together they had seven children. After Annie's death, he married Nora Vestal in 1889 (1848-1932). Lawhon died on July 24, 1926.

Collection Overview

This collection documents the life of William Henry Harrison Lawhon through biographical materials, daily diaries, news clippings and photocopies, and photographs and negatives. A few items pertaining to his service in the Confederate States Army are also included.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical materials (circa 1930-1990) box 1 folder 1
  • Diaries (17 volumes)  (1878-1898) box 1
  • Diaries (23 volumes)  (1901-1925) box 2
  • "Forty-eighth Regiment" Confederate Army company history and portrait  (1901) box 1 folder 2
  • News clippings by and about Lawhon and photocopies  (1919-1936) box 2 folder 1
  • Notebook, baptisms (circa 1871-1914) box 1 folder 4
  • Photographs and negatives (circa 1870-1910) box 1 folder 3

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
William Henry Harrison Lawhon Papers
ID
MS455
Date
circa 1870-1985
Quantity
2 document boxes
Extent
0.84  Linear Feet

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, 2022
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 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 ZSR 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 or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
William Henry Harrison Lawhon Papers (MS455), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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