AC 031

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Dr. James Lewis Early Collection
ID
AC 031
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1909-1910
Date [inclusive]
1891-1938
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
General Phsical Description note
Contains various Newspaper clippings and numerous Letters to Miss Melita Rorer Wilson (fiance and later Wife)
Language
English

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Biographical Data

Dr. James Lewis Early was a son of William K. Early and Miss Mary Louisa Belo. Dr. Early’s father was a Veteran Confederate Soldier and served as a Private to Colonel A. C. Dunn and General W. E. Jones for about four years before being honorable discharged from Service. William K. Early also appears to be a close relative to General Jubal Early, Robert E Lee’s “Bad Old Man.” - information came from Ancestry.com and from the materials in this collection.

James Lewis Early was born about 1877 in Virginia. He Resided in Saltville, Smyth, Virginia and worked for Mathieson Alkali Works as an Assistant Surgeon. On the evening of June 30, 1910 at 8:00 PM Dr. J. L. Early and Miss Melita Rorer Wilson were married in Radford. The Couple soon moved back to Saltville where they had a home established. Mrs. Dr. James Lewis Early was the daughter of William A. Wilson and Miss Mary Miller Wilson.

James Lewis Early was not only a prominent physician in Saltville, but he was also a prominent shooter. He loved the sport and even held onto newspaper clippings that recorded how well he did. He was also a member of the Elk’s Lodge and received a postcard from the Elk House in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1922 at the annual convocation of the Grand Lodge of Virginia he was elected deputy grand master of the Free and Accepted Masons - information came from Virginia Medical Monthly volumes 47-48 page 727.

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Arrangement note

Box 1 contains Newspaper clippings, Letters to Miss Melita Rorer Wilson, Photos & Miscellaneous material that came with the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Processing Information note

Processed by Andy Bristol, Summer 2013.

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Dr. Early Letters & Newspaper Clippings 

Folder 1: Photos of Dr. J. L. Early and other miscellaneous people 

Folder 2: Newspaper Food recipes & clothing advertisements 

Folder 3: Dr. J. L. Early's Shooting Scores Listed In The Newspaper 

Folder 4: Check of 15 Dollars to First National Bank - March 1, 1929 

Folder 5: Southwest Corner - Newspaper Clipping 

Folder 6: Miscellaneous Newspaper Clipping 

Folder 7: Normal Review, Vol. 7, No. 9 - Stuart, VA - June 1891 

Folder 8: Letter Correspondence between Rev. F.B. Layman and John Preston McConnell regarding General Early & Daniel Boon - Deed - October 22, 1935 

Folder 9: Happenings in Saltville - Newspaper Clipping 

Folder 10: Early/Wilson Marriage - Newspaper Clipping - june 30, 1910 

Folder 11: Death of William A. Wilson - Newspaper Clippings - June 22, 1923 

Folder 12: Golden Wedding Announcement - Newspaper Clipping - August 30, 1923 

Folder 13: Death of Mrs. W. K. Early - Newspaper Clipping 

Folder 14: Postcard from Jacksonville, Florida with mention to membership to the Elks Lodge 

Folder 15: Letter to Mrs. W. A. Wilson from Addie Bradley Puig - June 13, 1910 

Folder 16: Letter to Dr. Early from friend - July 24, 1927 

Folder 17: Correspondence between M'ledge Moffett & Miss Anderson - January 22, 1938 

Folder 18: Letters to Melita - August 23-December 24, 1909 

Folder 19: Letters to Melita - January 2-February 7, 1910 

Folder 20: Letters to Melita - February 8-March 28, 1910 

Folder 21: Letters to Melita - April 5-28, 1910 

Folder 22: Letters to Melita - May 4-June 23, 1910 

Folder 23: Miscellaneous Letters to Melita