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New Digital Exhibit: The Dr. Francis Joseph Kron Collection

New materials have been added to the Dr. Francis Joseph Kron Collection, a rich manuscript collection from the Stanly County Museum. Most of the documents pertain to former slaves of Dr. Kron’s daughters, although he himself is mentioned in a few of them.

tax receipt

Tax receipt of James Kron, 1869

One of the batches of documents contains tax record receipts. Many of these receipts show the amount of state, county, and poll taxes paid. The other batches, one covering the years between 1855 and 1889, the other from the years 1869 to 1905, are primarily financial documents, although there are some letters of correspondence between family members. There are a number of interesting documents in these collections that lay out the terms of sharecropping agreements.

Kron Sharecropping Agreement

Detail of signatures on a sharecropping contract between James Kron & Lewis Brutton.

Dr. Francis Joseph Kron was a resident of Montgomery County, and he owned sizable amounts of land both there and in Stanly County. He had a variety of interests and in the course of his life he was a teacher, physician, plantation owner, and horticulturalist. For more information about Dr. Kron, visit the Stanly County Museum’s website. There are more papers from Dr. Kron available on DigitalNC’s website, as well as in the Southern Historical Collection in Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.


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