City directories are published annually by a variety of companies for most major cities. Charlotte's first known directory was published in 1875. Although the amount of information changes through the years, directories can be a wonderful source of information for addresses, name of spouse, and occupations. Directories often highlight the positive aspects of the community by including business ads and information about schools, churches, government agencies and recreational opportunities.
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E. D. Latta and Bro. –ad clothier
J. J. Sims – ad for groceries
L. R. Wriston & Co. – ad for druggist
T. L. Seigle & Co. – ad for dry goods
F. Kuester –ad for gun, lock and coppersmith
Street Directory – A through Sixth
Street Directory-Smith through West Boundaries
Indiana House – ad for Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio
W. R. Cochrane –ad for Central Hotel Sample and Billiard Rooms
F. H. Glover – ad for Cigars, Tobacco and Smokers’ Articles
A. R. Nisbet & Bro. – ad for Groceries, Confectioneries, Cigars, Snuff
Introductory – Charles Emerson & Co.
Piedmont Air-Line Railway – ad
General Index and Index to Advertisements
L. Berwanger & Bro. – ad for clothing
J. W. Wadsworth – ad for livery and sale stables
H. Morris & Bro’s – ad for dry goods and clothing
City Directory –abbreviations; Abernethy, Harvey to Adams, Isaac
Adams, John J. to Armstead, Mayo
Armstrong, Henry to Beattie, A. Monroe
Beatty, Franklin to Bragg, John
Bratton, Claiborne to Butt, Columbus N. G.
Butt, Frank L. to Charlotte Iron Works
Chick, L. W. to Cross, Robert E.
Cross, William to Dewey, Mrs. B. L.
Dewey, Franklin H. to Elmore, Julia
Elms, Charles H. to Frazier & Gray house signs and ornamental painters
Freeland, Joseph G. to Graham, Frank
Graham, Joseph to Hand, Scipio
Hand, William E. to Henderson, Amanda
Henderson, Charles to Holly, Thomas; Maxwell & Harrison – ad for Auction and Commissions Merchants; Pegram & Co. – ad for boots, shoes and hats; Dawson & Co. – ad for pianos and organs
Holly, William E. to Hull, Frank E.
Hull, Joshua to Johnson, Virgil
Johnson V. Q. to Kelly (driver for R. Chambers)
Kelly, Tinny to Liddell, Walter S.
Liddell & Co. to McIntire, Pickens C.
McKane, Paul to Meacham, Samuel B.
Means, Ephraim to Morris, William M.
Morrow, Benjamin to Nisbet, A. R. & Bro.
Nisbet, Jane to Page, William
Palmer, E. K. to Pigott & Tyler
Pembelton, James to Riddick, John
Rigler, Charles A. to Savage, Nathaniel L.
Scarr, Francis to Smith, Charles E.
Smith, Edward to Sprinkle, P. M.
Sprinkle, Thomas J. to Taylor, Elias
Taylor, Ellen to Turner, John
Turner, Robert B. to Watkins, Philip
Watkins, Samuel to Williams, George J.
Williams, Henry to Woollen, John W.
Wooten, E. A. to Zion A M E Church; Charlotte Business Directory, Agricultural Implements to Auction & Commission
Bakeries and Confectioneries to Booksellers and Stationers; B. J. Shannonhouse - ad for permanent and transient boarding
Boot and Shoe Dealers to Cigar and Tobacco Stores
Cigar and Tobacco Stores cont. to Dress Makers
Dressmakers cont. to Groceries and Provisions
Groceries and Provisions cont. to Hotels
Hub, Spoke and Banding Factory to Insurance Companies, Fire
Insurance Companies, Fire to News Depot
Newspapers to Saloons
Saloons cont. to Watches, Clocks and Jewelry
Joseph Fischesser-ad for the Imperial Saloon to Appendix, Charlotte City Government, City Officers to Policeman
Mecklenburg County Government to U. S. Government, Supreme Court
Secret and Benevolent Societies, Masonic to Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria (Colored)
Independent Order of Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria (Colored) cont. to Charlotte Gas Light Company
Educational to Banks
Banks cont. to Railroads
Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad – ad to Gazetteer of Mecklenburg County, N. C., Alexandria to Caldwell
Cowan’s Ford to Huntersville
Irene to Paw Creek
Pineville to Steele Creek
E. E. Latta & Bro. – ad for clothiers; Atlantic Coast Line railway to North Carolina Post Office Directory, Abbottsburg to Belvidere
Bennett’s Cross Roads to Deep Run
Dellaplane to Haystack
Haywood to Marsden
Marshall to Point Caswell
Polkton to Strabane
Stumpy Point to Zoar
Chesapeake & Ohio Railway – ad to North Carolina Home Insurance Company; North Carolina State Life Insurance Company