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Bonnie Austin Petteway Papers, 1750-1967

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2020-026

Content Description

Bonnie Austin Petteway accumulated copies of genealogical research, newspaper clippings, will extracts, and other documents on multiple families in and around Mecklenburg County. The collection is organized into five series; the “Genealogy Notes” series is organized alphabetically by family name, while the other four series are organized chronologically. Materials are in good condition and dated 1750-1967.


  • 1750 - 1967

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from [Enter collection title] must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.


3 Linear Feet

2.54 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Bonnie Alice Austin was born to James A. and Wilma Duncan Austin on May 27, 1896 in Union County, North Carolina. She married George Henry Petteway on November 23, 1914, but later divorced. Bonnie and George had three daughters: Martha, Mary, and Jean. Bonnie Austin Petteway accumulated a wealth of genealogical information on a variety of families in and around Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Some of the more heavily documented families included in her notes are: Shelby, Stevenson, Thomas, Blythe, Helms, Irwin, Harris, Caldwell, Woodfin, and Woodson. Materials are in good condition and dated 1750-1967.


This collection is arranged into 5 series:

Series 1: Abstracts, undated, includes three folders of abstracts of wills from Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1942-1966, consists of letters from Mrs. Bonnie Petteway to a diverse group of friends, researchers, and family members. Found in these letters are questions, answers, and updates on genealogical research conducted by Petteway. She assisted several correspondents with Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) application research, as well as general genealogical research on various families.

Series 3: Genealogy Notes, 1871-1966, is comprised of extensive notes and research that heavily documents 18 families. Many other families and individuals are mentioned within her genealogy notes, but this series focuses on the family names most frequently mentioned and more heavily researched. Contents include pedigree charts, research notes, wills, abstracts, and DAR applications. A “Family Files Index” is also included in this series, which is a list of 156 family names that are likely included in this archival collection, as well as her book, “Mrs. Bonnie Petteway’s Notes”.

Series 4: Histories, 1764-1964, includes brief histories on religion, the American Revolution, the birthplace of Andrew Jackson, and the North Carolina Society of the Daughters of American Colonists.

Series 5: Publications, 1947-1967, contains miscellaneous newspaper clippings and two bulletins from the Carolinas Genealogical Society. Book 1 and 2 of the “Papers of Mrs. Bonnie Austin Petteway” are also included in this series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room by Mrs. Martha Wilma Petteway Cooper, 1976.

Related Materials

Petteway, Bonnie. Mrs. Bonnie Petteway’s Notes: Abstracts from Wills, Deeds, Account Books, and Estate Divisions in Mecklenburg Co., N.C. and Neighboring Counties, 1965. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 929.3756c M43 P499m)


Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Caroll, December 2018.

Bonnie Austin Petteway Papers, 1750-1967
Sydney Carroll
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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA