Guide to the Cronly Family Papers, 1806-1944


The Cronly family included Michael Cronly, Sr., auctioneer and real estate broker of Wilmington, N.C. and his wife, Margaret McLaurin Cronly and their nine children. Collection includes correspondence, legal papers, finanical papers, writings, account books, volumes, clippings and printed material. It ranges in date from 1806-1944.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
Cronly Family papers
28 Linear Feet, 1,962 items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Correspondence, financial records, legal and other papers of the Cronly family. Subjects include auctions and auctioneering, Wilmington social life, Civil War experiences, the Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherford Railway Company, railroad bonds issued in North Carolina during Reconstruction, an earthquake that struck the Carolinas in 1886, the Democratic Party and politics in North Carolina, and blacks during Reconstruction. Includes information on the Beatty, McLaurin and Murphy families of North Carolina, and descriptions of Charleston, Atlantic City (N.J.), Denver, Genoa (Italy), and the Hudson Fulton Celebration in New York City (1909). Correspondents include Thomas Walter Bickett, Jr., Harley Lyman Clarke, Stephen William Cole, Newton Martin Curtis, William Darius Jamieson, Herbert Putnam, Don Carlos Seitz, William Nathan Harrell Smith, Waddy Thompson, and Platt Dickinson Walker. The collection ranges in date from 1806-1944.

Collection also contains numerous bound volumes, ledgers, and account books that have not been inventoried or described.

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Contents of the Collection

Genealogical information
Box 1
Box 1
Box 2
Box 3
1916-1944, undated
Box 4
Box 4
1886-1931, undated
Box 5
1806-1942, undated
Box 5
Tax Lists
Box 6
Clippings and Printed Material
Box 6
box 7-8
Box 7-8
Box 9
Box 9
1879-1881 Aug. 23
Box 10
1881 Aug. 24-1883 Oct 18
Box 11
1883 Oct. 19-1885
Box 12
Unidentified letterpress books
Box 22
Box 13
Box 14
Box 15
Box 16
Box 17
Box 18
Box 19
Box 20
1889-1892, Miscellaneous vols. (race riot account)
Box 21

10. Bound Volumes

Ledgers, account books, and other bound volumes relating chiefly to the business interests of the Cronly family. Volumes have not been individually identified or described.

Unidentified bound volumes
Volume 1-28
Various photographs
Box 21

Historical Note

The Cronly family of Wilmington, N.C. includes Michael Cronly, Sr., auctioneer and real estate broker, and his wife, Margaret McLaurin Cronly as well as their nine children.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Cronly Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University


The Cronly Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift and purchase between 1968-1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff,

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2010