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Our Library – MHA Publications

The Mecklenburg Historical Association has the following books and publications available for sale.
For a complete listing, please visit our Store.
The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

We can supply the printed copies of the Mecklenburg Declaration we hand out in uptown Charlotte each May 20th which will frame very nicely.


A Life in Antebellum Charlotte: The Private Journal of Sarah Frew Davidson, 1837, edited by Karen McConnell, Janet Dyer and Ann Williams, with a forward by Mary Kratt, and published by The History Press, Charleston SC.
This is a transcription of Sarah Davidson’s Journal for 1837, with additional historic information written by the editors.
1837 was a pivotal year in the history of North Carolina with the development of the gold mining industry and the construction of the first branch of the US Mint, in Charlotte. Other events described include the education of slave children and Sarah’s religious introspection and commitment. The original Journal is held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection of the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNCC.

The book sells for $25.00 including tax, handling and shipping.


Chain of Error and the Mecklenburg Declarations of Independence by V. V. McNitt, republished by the MHA with a new introduction and Brief Sketches of the signers added. This is a closely reasoned and thorough description of the two declarations of May 20 and May 31, 1775 which were the earliest declarations of independence from Great Britain in the American colonies.The book sells for $30.00, including tax, handling and shipping.

Your Affectionate Daughter, Isabella, by Ann Williams, published by Bright Mountain Books, Asheville, NC. This is the story of Isabella Torrance, preserved through letters and other records now held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection of the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNCC.The story is written from the points of view of those who lived it and told in the language they spoke. It tells the story of growing up on a wealthy antebellum plantation in Mecklenburg County and at the Salem Female Boarding School; of pioneering in primitive conditions on the Mississippi frontier; and of Isabella’s return to Mecklenburg as a young widow with a small child.
The book sells for $90.00, including tax, handling and shipping.



Genealogy and Historical Research Publications

The Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society makes available a number of publications related to genealogy and historical research. To order any of these, go to the OMGS web site at

Available publications include:

  • The OMGS Quarterly magazine publishes articles by OMGS members and others that include research procedures, cemetery records, deeds, wills, Bible records, family and church histories, marriages and deaths, etc. Free with membership to OMGS. Back issues available for purchase.
  • General Order Book, 1862-1863, 11th “Bethel” Regiment, North Carolina Troops
    Transcribed By Ellen V. Poteet
  • Dr. J. B. Alexander’s Medical Ledger & Account Book 1855-1871
    Transcribed by Ellen V. Poteet
  • Real Estate & Legal Notices from Charlotte, NC, Newspapers, 1848-1862
    Compiled by Glenn M. Cook, Edited By Ellen Poteet
  • Real Estate & Legal Notices From Charlotte, NC, Newspapers, 1835-1847
    Compiled by Glenn M. Cook
  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Cemeteries
    Volumes 1-4, Compiled by Mel and Pinny Cook
  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Cemeteries
    Volume 5, Elmwood Cemetery, Ellen Poteet, Editor
  • 1800 Census, Mecklenburg County, NC
  • 1850 Census, Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Index To 1850 Mecklenburg County, NC
  • Cabarrus Revolutionary Patriot Roll
    By Cabarrus Genealogy Society
  • My Hometown Pineville
    By Joe Howard Griffin, Sr.
  • The Presbyterian Gathering At Clear Creek
    By Russell Martin Kerr
  • The Spirit of A Proud People. Pictures and Stories of Highland Park Manufacturing Mill #3 and the People in the Village of North Charlotte
    By Lois Moore Yandle
  • They Married Confederate Officers: The Intimate Story of Anna Morrison, Wife of Stonewall Jackson, and Her Five Sisters
    By Kathy N. Herran

– The Following Books are Transcribed by Herman Ferguson

  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina – A Petition, 1792; Tax Lists 1797, 1798, 1799, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1810, 1811, 1815, 1823, & 1824
  • Genealogical Deed Abstracts – Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Books 10-14
    Three Volumes
  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Will Abstracts, 1791 – 1868, Books A-J & Tax Lists, 1797, 1798, 1799, 1806 & 1807
  • Mecklenburg County, NC Minutes Of The Court Of Common Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1774 – 1780
  • Mecklenburg County, NC Minutes Of The Court Of Common Pleas & Quarter Sessions, , 1780 – 1868,
    Seven Volumes
  • Mecklenburg & Cabarrus Counties, NC Decedents For Whom Loose Estate Papers Are Extant
  • Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Estate Records ~ Volume I Aaron-Ayres