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Please contact archivist Debra Basham to make arrangements for using the Manuscript Collection. The Archives will not answer e-mail research requests. All research requests must be submitted in writing to the Archives & History Library; The Cultural Center; 1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.; Charleston, WV 25305-0300. Requests from outside West Virginia must be accompanied by a $15 research fee; a $5 research fee must accompany in-state requests (checks made payable to Division of Culture & History). Please read the Archives' listing of services available for more details on research correspondence.
Note: u.d. indicates unknown donor

W. H. Ruffner letter to William Sidney Laidley, ???? May 12

Background:
William Henry Ruffner (1876-1908), member of Malden district Board of Education and conductor on Campbell's Creek Railroad. William Sidney Laidley (1839-1917), lawyer, historian and member of House of Delegates 1872-73.

Content:
Letter from W. H. Ruffner to William Sidney Laidley concerning West Virginia Historical Magazine subscription, discussion of why purported diary of Margaret Lynn is not genuine.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms76-1


Citizens Conference on Administration of Justice in West Virginia, Charleston, Steering Committee records 1967-68.

Background:
Group concerned with court administration in West Virginia and affiliated with American Judicature Society.

Content:
Correspondence, minutes, schedules, speeches and selected readings from American Judicature Society. Primary correspondents include Robert Mellace and R. Stanley Lowe.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms76-2


Luther McComic petition 1876 July 22

Content:
Petition from citizens of Zanesville, OH to Governor Henry M. Mathews for pardon of Luther McComic, including ms note by Rutherford B. Hayes.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms76-6


Alexander W. Quarrier petition, ca. 1871-77

Content:
Petition from citizens of Wheeling and Ohio County to Governor John J. Jacob for pardon of Alexander W. Quarrier.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms76-7


S. A. Luce letter, 1868 August 5

Content:
Letter from S. A. Luce, Martinsburg, WV to Governor Arthur I. Boreman regarding case of Adam Bates.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms76-8


Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Compact, 1948 June 30

Content:
Certified copies of enactment of Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Compact by states of Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms76-11


Cook-Hull Collection, 1810-1899

Background:
William Tompkins, Jr. (1793-1857) was an early salt manufacturer in the Kanawha Valley as well as the operator of the Tompkins Farm Tavern on the James River and Kanawha Turnpike. William H. Tompkins (1837-1914) served as a Captain in the 36th Cavalry, CSA before taking over the business interests of his father.

Content:
The Cook-Hull Collection contains account books, daybooks, ledgers and correspondence, mostly pertaining to the business interests of William Tompkins and his family, in the Kanawha Salines area (now Malden), Cedar Grove and Coalsmouth (now St. Albans). The business interests included early saltmaking, a tavern and stage coach stop, a store and Cedar Grove Coal Company.

Donor: Gift of Roy Bird Cook and Forrest Hull, 1951

Collection #: Ms76-12


Kanawha Riflemen, 1859-1861

Background:
Kanawha Riflemen, also known as Charleston Sharp-Shooters, originally organized in 1859 and were later mustered in as Company H (formerly Company I), 22nd Regiment Virginia Volunteers, CSA.

Content:
Copy of Kanawha Riflemen muster roll for Company I, 1861 August and information on history of Charleston Sharp Shooters, organized 1858 November.

Donor: Gift of R. S. Franklin, ca. 1935.

Collection #: Ms76-13


Boyd B. Stutler Collection, 1836-1970

Background:
Author, publisher, war correspondent and collector of historical materials, raised in Gilmer and Calhoun counties but lived most of life in Charleston.

Content:
Letters, research materials, scrapbooks, sheet music, photographs, stamps and other printed and manuscript materials, many focusing on John Brown, his raid at Harpers Ferry, the Civil War, Civil War Centennial, the American Legion, the 314th Field Artillery (WWI) and the 80th Division Veterans Association. Major subseries of collection include John Brown, wife Mary Ann Brown, sons Jason, John Jr., Oliver, Owen, Salmon, daughters Annie Brown Adams, Ruth Brown Thompson; Lydia Marie Child; Kate Field; William Lloyd Garrison; Horace Greeley; Richard Hinton; Frank Sanborn; George Stearns; Samuel Gridley Howe; Peregrine Hays; Joseph H. Diss Debar; Major Edgar Blundon; Rutherford B. Hayes; John S. Witcher; Eleanor Barnes; Clarence Gee; Henry T. McDonald.

Donor: Purchase from estate of Boyd B. Stutler

Collection #: Ms78-1


Jacob Marvin Rife Collection, ca. 1860-1865

Background:
Captain Jacob Marvin Rife served in the 7th WV Cavalry and 18th Ohio Regiment during the Civil War.

Content:
Correspondence of Civil War soldier during the war years.

Donor: Gift of Robert Starrett, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-2


William Hamilton field notes on construction of Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike, 1824-1840

Background:
Colonel William Hamilton was superintendent of the Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike, originally born in Pennsylvania and died during the Civil War after being released from prison in Ohio, where he was sent for Confederate sympathies and refusing to swear allengiance to the Union.

Content:
One volume of notes of Staunton and Parkersburg Turnpike, which was authorized by the Virginia Assembly March 5, 1824. This volume is labelled Book One, from Buffaloe Gap to Bullpasture Run, but midway through volume is title page inscribed Second Book of the Location of the Staunton- Parkersburg Turnpike, signed by Claudius Crozet, 1838.

Donor: Gift of Betty Herden, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-3


U.S. National Climatic Center, WV meteorological records, 1922- 1986

Background:
U.S. National Climatic Center and U. S. National Weather Service

Content:
Meteorological records for Beckley (1967-1973), Charleston (1951-1986), Elkins (1939-1954), Huntington (1940-1948, 1961-1973), Logan (1922- 1923)

Donor: Gift of National Climatic Center and U. S. National Weather Service 1978, 1980, 1985, 1988

Collection #: Ms78-4


Alice Patriquin Collection, ca. 1899-1918

Background:
Alice Patriquin was resident of Davis, Tucker County.

Content:
Photocopies of letters, most sent to Alice Patriquin by family members around the country. Majority of letters 1899-1903.

Donor: Loaned for copying by Garland Bartgis, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-5
Location: In box with Ms78-6


Henderson Family papers, ca. 1811-1889

Background:
Some references to Raleigh County.

Content:
Papers, most relating to Henderson, Massey and Wilson family members. Includes correspondence, receipts and legal documents. Most materials deal with Catherine Henderson and Edward Henderson.

Donor: Gift of Mary Alice Pritchard, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-6
Location: In box with Ms78-5


Judge James H. Ferguson Collection, ca. 1860-1900

Background:
James Harvey Ferguson (born Apr 14, 1817 Montgomery County, VA; died 1903 Charleston) was prosecuting attorney for Logan County 1840-48; member of Virginia Assembly 1848-1851; member of 1850 Virginia Constitutional Convention; moved to Cabell County and elected to WV Legislature 1864-1871; Chairman of Joint Commission on revision of WV Code 1868; elected circuit judge 1868; moved to Charleston and became chief counsel of Chesapeake and Ohio RR in 1870; elected to legislature 1876, 1880.

Content:
Collection includes legal and business correspondence, Chesapeake & Ohio RR legal materials, South-West Virginia Improvement Company, State House Company, receipts, tax notes, deeds and surveys, and other materials.

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Robert Ethan Allen, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-8


Charles H. Gottshall letter, 1863 January 16

Background:
Charles H. Gottshall, member of Co. K, 4th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Content:
Letter written from camp near Brandy Station

Donor: Gift of K. Cue Smith, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-9
Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


Letter to Captain Francis Marion Smith at Smithton, 1894 October 25

Content:
Letter to Captain Francis Marion Smith of Smithton, now Smithburg from James Evans asking what he owes for room and board on letterhead of Barbour County Circuit Clerk of the Third Judicial Circuit.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms78-10
Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


Abraham Lincoln letter to Mrs. Bixby facsimile 1864 November 21

Background:
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), attorney, President of the United States

Content:
Facsimile copy of Lincoln's famous letter to Mrs. Bixby upon loss of several of her sons in the Civil War.

Donor: Purchase, Ira D. Snyder, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-11
Location: Z12-12 oversized


Robert Martens Collection 1921-1967

Background:
Robert Martens (1919- ), architect

Content:
Records from Martens and Sons, Architects:
Job Expense Record, 1960- 1962; Index of Commissions, 1921-1967

Donor: Gift of Robert Martens, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-15

Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


Karl Brown Collection, 1821-1891

Content:
Collection of correspondence, some from Karl Brown to his unnamed brother in the 1890s; most correspondence to Hart H. and wife Julia Forbes (1840s-50s), residents of Kanawha County and some family members in Guyandotte, Cabell County.

Donor: Gift of Frances Gibson, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-29
Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


Historical Records Survey, Free School System of Monroe County, 1803- 1863

Content:
Abstract of the records of the Monroe County Free School system as compiled during the Works Progress Administration by A. W. Boon of Union, WV. It includes abstracts from the Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia, reports of commissioners to the litrary fund, and various school records.

Donor: Gift of Margaret Ballard, 1966

Collection #: Ms78-34


Mary Keller Bowman, History of Rockcastle Church, 1858-n.d.

Content:
History of Rockcastle Baptist Church as compiled by Mary Keller Bowman

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman, 1957

Collection #: Ms78-35


Mary Keller Bowman, Guyandotte Baptist Church records, 1967

Content:
Records of Guyandotte Baptist Church as compiled by Mary Keller Bowman

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman, 1957

Collection #: Ms78-36


Mary Keller Bowman, The Baileys in Wyoming County, 1957

Content:
Family history of the Bailey family in Wyoming County by Mary Keller Bowman

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman, 1957

Collection #: Ms78-37


Marcellus W. Zimmerman, The Old Lewisburg Academy, 1882-1885

Content:
Articles about the Old Lewisburg Academy compiled by Marcellus W. Zimmerman and published in the Greenbrier Independent.

Donor: u.d., ca. 1935

Collection #: Ms78-38


Mary Keller Bowman, Records of the Rockcastle Baptist Church n.d.

Content:
Records of the Rockcastle Baptist Church at Rockview, Wyoming County, as compiled by Mary Keller Bowman.

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman, 1957

Collection #: Ms78-39


A History of General Agriculture in the Schools of West Virginia by Dr. Richard Hyde, n.d.

Content:
History of General Agriculture in the Schools of West Virginia by Dr. Richard Hyde.

Donor: Gift of Dr. Richard Hyde, 1946

Collection #: Ms78-40


Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company materials on insurrection in West Virginia, 1921-1922

Background:
Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company.

Content:
Typescript of correspondence and citations issued by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company and correspondence received by company from General Bandholtz concerning company employees' activities during 1921 mine wars and the search for the missing Martin Bomber in Nicholas County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms78-42
Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


History of Mannington District, Marion County by Norman Festus Kendall , ca. 1952

Content:
History of Mannington District, Marion County by Norman Festus Kendall

Donor: Gift of Norman Festus Kendall, 1952

Collection #: Ms78-43


John S. Carlile letter, 1868 September 23

Background:
John S. Carlile (1817-1878), U. S. Senator, born in Winchester, VA, died in Clarksburg, WV. Member of 1850 Constitutional Constitution, and 1861 Virginia Convention, where he opposed secession. Prominent member of June 1861 Wheeling Convention where he opposed separate state, preferring to have unionist government in Wheeling recognized as true Virginia government.

Content:
Letter from Carlile to Granville Parker asking for 20 copies of his newspaper containing recent Carlile speech.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms78-44
Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


John Jones Revolutionary War pension affadavit, 1833

Content:
Pension affidavit from Kanawha County resident and veteran of Revolutionary War

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms78-45
Location: In box with other small collections shelved after Ms78-6


Project Proposal, Pleasant Point Resort at Point Pleasant by West Virginia Industries Development Corporation, 1962

Content:
Project proposal for Pleasant Point Resort as proposed by West Virginia Industries Development Corporation

Donor: Gift of West Virginia Industries Development Corporation

Collection #: Ms78-47


U.S. Bureau of Mines certificate of first-aid training, 1925 April 4

Content:
Certificate for first-aid training issued by the U. S. Bureau of Mines to Arthur S. Porter of Mount Gay.

Donor: Gift of Harold O. Farrell, 1978

Collection #: Ms78-50


Charles Stephen Morgan Collection, 1822-1859

Background:
Prison warden of Richmond, VA and later legislator from Monongalia County

Content:
Correspondence, addresses, invoices, receipts, land claims, court cases and other legal papers, penitentiary record (1804-1833), circulars, legislative material, census of white population (1820-1829), pension claims and other materials re: Revolutionary War and War of 1812

Donor: u.d. - listed in 1935-36 annual report as part of collection

Collection #: Ms79-1


William Henry Edwards Collection 1858-1905

Background:
William Henry Edwards (1822-1909), coal operator and entomologist

Content:
Correspondence, entomological journals, notebooks, scrapbooks, plates and other papers

Donor: u.d. - listed in 1935-36 annual report as part of collection

Collection #: Ms79-2


Fairfax Land Papers, 1729-1763

Content:
Materials pertaining to Northern Neck land surveys of land held by Thomas, Lord Fairfax

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-3


Johnson Papers, 1778-1848

Background:
Abraham Johnson, justice of the peace and high sheriff of Hampshire County (later Mineral County area)

Content:
Collection consists of correspondence, land grants, promissory notes, court orders, receipts, summonses and bills of sale for slaves. Correspondents include early settlers of Hampshire (later Mineral) County, such as Pearsall, Reasoner, and NcNary.

Donor: Gift of Ella Mae Johnson

Collection #: Ms79-4


William Whittiker diary, 1795-1846

Background:
William Whittiker, early salt maker who settled in Charleston in 1804.

Content:
Diary containing description of travels to China and other countries.

Donor: Deposited in West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society, 1892.

Collection #: Ms79-5


Isaac Fouke Collection, 1820-1882

Background:
Isaac Fouke (1803-1887), born and died in Charles Town, Jefferson County. Attorney and member of House of Delegates in 1883.

Content:
2 volumes, indexed by Fouke, containing poems, short stories, commentaries, speeches, essays and other writings.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-6


David Hunter Strother Collection, 1868-1888

Background:
David Hunter Strother (1816-1888), born in Martinsburg and died in Charles Town. Author and illustrator under pen name of "Porte Crayon". Union Civil War general.

Content:
Account book, journal, correspondence, 1 manuscript and 10 sketches in various media.

Donor: u.d. - listed in biennial report of 1935-36.

Collection #: Ms79-7


Nelson B. Coleman Collection, 1809-1890.

Background:
Nelson B. Coleman ( ), steamboat operator and insurance agent in Malden, Kanawha County.

Content:
Correspondence, legal papers, receipts, daybooks, expense books, memo books and financial statements relating to Coleman's steamboat and insurance business.

Donor: u.d. - listed in Biennial Report of 1935-36.

Collection #: Ms79-8


Sketches of North-Western Virginia...Pioneers of Wood County by Stephen Chester Shaw

Content:
Collection of short histories about early Wood County settlers

Donor: Purchase, 1930

Collection #: Ms79-9


Mary Keller Bowman, Genealogies of Wyoming County Families, 1969

Content:
Genealogies of Wyoming County Families, as compiled by Mary Keller Bowman

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman

Collection #: Ms79-10


Maxwell-Bonnifield Papers, 1840-1932

Background:
Primary family members include Rufus Maxwell (1828-1907), lawyer, prosecuting attorney and legislator from Tucker County; Claude Maxwell (1877-??), mayor of Elkins; Edwin Maxwell (1825-1903), jurist and legislator; Hu Maxwell (1860-1927), author.

Content:
Family correspondence, wills, diaries, deeds, speechs and receipts. Set of typecript copies that are indexed as well as originals.

Donor: Gift of C. J. Maxwell

Collection #: Ms79-11


West Virginia Reeds compiled by Worrall D. Prescott

Content:
Collection consists of questionnaires sent by Prescott to Reed family members and their responses.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-12


Education in Central West Virginia 1910-1975 by Berlin B. Chapman

Background:
Berlin B. Chapman (1900-1995), native of Webster County, college professor in Oklahoma and author of several sociological texts.

Content:
Draft copy of Education in Central West Virginia 19190-1975

Donor: Gift of Berlin B. Chapman.

Collection #: Ms79-13


Phillip W. Peck diary, 1826-1837

Background:
Phillip W. Peck, Hardy County teacher and clerk of the session for the Moorefield Presbyterian Church

Content:
Diary kept in two volumes.

Donor: Gift of George S. Aldizer II.

Collection #: Ms79-14


Fannie Cobb Carter Collection, 1970s

Background:
Fannie Cobb Carter, 1872-1972; educator; superintendent of first Industrial Home for Colored Girls in Huntington (1926-1936; director of adult education for Negroes in Kanawha County; dean and acting president of National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls in Washington, DC.

Content:
Correspondence, birthday greetings on her 100th birthday, clippings, programs, and other assorted materials

Donor: Gift of Della Brown Taylor.

Collection #: Ms79-15


Virginia Governor's letters, 1779-1795

Content:
Typescript letters of Virginia governors relating to Indian Wars and western Virginia. Governors include Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Edmund Randolph, Beverly Randolph, Henry Lee and Robert Brooke.

Donor: Virginia Lewis and Lucie Lewis.

Collection #: Ms79-16


Jost Hite of the Shenandoah Valley and Descendants by William S. Laidley, 1899

Background:
William S. Laidley (1839-1917), lawyer, historian and member of House of Delegates 1872-73.

Content:
Manuscript written by Laidley but never published.

Donor: Deposited by Madeline Laidley, 1960.

Collection #: Ms79-17


Civil War Collection (artificial), 1859-1911 bulk collection 1861- 1865

Content:
Single and small groups of documents relating to Civil War, including correspondence, diaries, commissions, discharges, muster rolls and other documents, both originals and photocopies.

Donor: Various donors

Collection #: Ms79-18 & acc


United Daughters of the Confederacy, West Virginia Division, records, 1899-1919.

Content:
Records include correspondence, a history of the organization, various chapter records and records pertaining to those eligible to receive and recipients of the Southern Cross of Honor.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-19


War Records Collection, 1777-1931

Content:
Collection is composed of single and small groups of records pertaining to the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish- American War and World War I. The majority pertains to the War of 1812.

Donor: Various donors.

Collection #: Ms79-20
Location: oversized pieces in Ma drawers 51 and 52


Mexican War Collection, 1847-1848

Content:
Copies of orders of the 1st Regiment Virginia Volunteers in the Mexican War.

Donor: Donated by Erle L. Whetsell.

Collection #: Ms79-21


Account book, Charles Town, 1821-1831.

Content:
Account book of Charles Town business

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-22


Account book, Charleston, 1823

Content:
Account book of Charleston business

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-23


Account book, Kanawha Court House (Charleston), 1843

Content:
Account book of Kanawha Court House business Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-24


Account books, Charleston, 1876, 1877, 1880

Content:
Account books of Charleston business

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-25


Account book, Squire Nelson Hill, Upper Falls of Coal, 1885

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-26


Account book, Kanawha Falls, 1829-1830

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-27


Account book, Francis Pierpont, Marion County, 1832

Background:
Francis H. Pierpont (1814-1899), native of Monongalia County. Lawyer, governor of the Restored Government of Virginia and Reconstruction Government, 1861-1868; elected to West Virginia House of Delegates 1869; appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for West Virginia by President Garfield

Content:
Account book of Francis Pierpont

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-28


Account book, Kanawha County, 1840

Content:
Account book of Kanawha County postal accounts

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-29


Account book, various counties, 1887

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-30


Account book, Mason County, 1818-1819

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-31


Account book, Kanawha Court House, Virginia, 1844-1845

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-32


Account book, Kanawha County, 1828

Content:
Account book, Kanawha County

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-33


Account book, Kanawha Court House, Virginia, 1849

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-34


Account book, Upper Falls of Coal, 1831-1837

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-35


Account book, the Shepards Town Academy, 1823 Apr. 1-1824 Oct. 1

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-36


William L. Kenly Papers, 1866 Oct. 1-1869 Feb. 23

Content:
Collection of correspondence from Kenly, engineer with Ritchie Mineral Resin and Oil Company, many to Colonel J. A. Tompkins. Mine later determined to be asphalt rather than coal, making it unique.

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Guy Kenly.

Collection #: Ms79-37


John J. Carter papers, 1876-1916

Content:
Collection of diaries kept by Carter, a Titusville, PA resident who worked in the oil industry and travelled a great deal, including trips to Sistersville and other West Virginia oil fields, and abroad.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-38


Steamboat account books, ca. 1850-1869

Content:
Collection includes discharge and freight books, some references to steamers ACTIVE, RESORT, WM. PHILLIPS.

Donor: Possible donation of Roy Bird Cook. His bookplates in front of volumes.

Collection #: Ms79-39


Ledger book, Hampshire County, ca. 1856-1903

Content:
Ledger, possibly related to Hollenbeck family, Hampshire County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-40
Location: In box with Ms79-41


Fee books, possibly Kanawha County, 1802-1824

Content:
Fee books, possibly Kanawha County court

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-41
Location: In box with Ms79-40


Account books, Ely Butcher's store, Randolph? County, 1841 Feb. 4-1883 Jan. 11

Content:
Store account books

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-42


Diaries, James A. Jones, Ward, WV, 1878-1930

Content:
Diaries kept by James A. Jones, Ward, WV, detailing weather, brief notes about activities and work

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-43


Legder, ? Shanklin and James Alexander, Greenbrier and Monroe counties, 1799-1814

Content:
Store account book for ? Shanklin and James Alexander of Greenbrier and Monroe counties

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-44


Daybook, Erskine and Caruthers, Salt Sulphur Springs, 1821-1825

Content:
Daybook, Erskine and Caruthers, Salt Sulphur Springs

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-45


Daybook, West Virginia Electric Company, Martinsburg, 1896-1897

Content:
Daybook of West Virginia Electric Company, Martinsburg

Donor: Gift of Patrick Porter, 1969

Collection #: Ms79-46


Ledger and diary, Willoughby Lemen, Shepherdstown, 1822-1876

Content:
Ledger and diary of Willoughby Lemen of Shepherdstown

Donor: Permanent deposit of Mrs. H. A. Downs, 1949

Collection #: Ms79-47


Account book, Patrick McDaniel, 1857-1858

Content:
Account of Patrick McDaniel

Donor: Gift of Mrs. John A. Weaver

Collection #: Ms79-48
Location: In box with Ms79-49


Postal account book, Michael Golden, Ox Bow, Ritchie County, 1887-1892

Content:
Account book of postmaster of small Ritchie County community

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Joyce Golden, 1951

Collection #: Ms79-49
Location: In box with Ms79-48


Account books, George Lemen, Berkeley County, 1858-1886

Content:
Account books of George Lemen, of Bunker Hill and Mill Creek, Berkeley County

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-50


Receipt book, Kanawha & Ohio Coal Company, Coalburgh, 1874 March 7-June 20

Content:
Kanawha & Ohio Coal Company

Donor: u.d. - listed in 1935-36 Biennial Report

Collection #: Ms79-51


Daybook, unknown person or place, 1855 Oct. 13-1858 Nov. 9

Content:
Daybook from unknown persons and place

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-52


Ledger, Bennett & Statts, Ripley, 1855 Nov. 1-1871 Mar 18

Content:
Store account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-53


Cash book, grist mill at Spring Mills, Berkeley County, 1878-1884

Content:
Grist mill account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-54


Copy book, Andrew D. Van Bibber, n.d.

Content:
Copy book, contains many math problems

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-55


Account book, Kanawha County, 1830-1840

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-56


Account books, Kanawha County, 1840-1889

Content:
Account books include postal accounts, one contains travel expenses for members of 1864-1865 Legislature

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-57


Minute book, Directors of Kanawha Board of James River and Kanawha Company, 1858 June 14-1861 July 8

Background:
Kanawha Board established by Virginia Assembly in 1858 to improve Kanawha River for shipping

Content:
Minutes of board

Donor: Gift of Alexander Laidley to West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society, 1895

Collection #: Ms79-58


Account book, legislative expenses, 1895

Content:
Account book showing travel expenses and warrant numbers and amounts

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-59


Minute book, Kanawha Board, 1880 Aug.-1883 Feb.

Background:
Kanawha Board was reestablished by State of West Virginia to issue bonds and collect tolls for Kanawha River improvements; ceased operating in 1883 and turned over work to U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Content:
Minute book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-60


Account book, Kanawha Salt Company, 1820-1842

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-61


Abstract of title of the Arnold Farm, Lewis County, 1933 June 5

Content:
Title abstract to Arnold Farm, which was purchased by the state for the 4-H camp at Jackson's Mill, as prepared by Kenneth Kurtz, attorney. Includes history of William Arnold family.

Donor: Gift of West Virginia Board of Control, 1933.

Collection #: Ms79-62


Account book, Jefferson County, 1826-1868

Content:
Appears to be account book of blacksmith or metalworker.

Collection #: Ms79-63


Account book of R. Rion Lucas, Jefferson County, 1871

Content:
Account book of R. Rion Lucas, Jefferson County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-64


Cash book, Charles James Faulkner, Martinsburg, 1848 Nov.-1860 June

Background:
Charles James Faulkner (1806-1884) of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, member of the Virginia Assembly, U. S. Congressman 1852-1859, minister to France, Senior Adjutant on General Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson's staff, leading counsel for West Virginia before the U. S. Supreme Court in the matter of incorporating Berkeley and Jefferson counties into West Virginia, member of the 1872 Constitutional Convention and U. S. Congressman 1874- 1876.

Content:
Cash book of Martinsburg lawyer

Donor: u.d. Collection #: Ms79-65
Location: In box with Ms79-66


Account book, John W. Talbott, Mill Creek, Berkeley County, 1848- 1882

Content:
Account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-66
Location: In box with Ms79-65


Daybook, General Store, Johnstown, Berkeley County and Medical Accounts (George Ferrel's book), 1858-1880

Content:
Daybook

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-67


Daybook, James William Tharp, Martinsburg, 1859-1893

Content:
Daybook

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-68


Ledger, William Mastin, Jefferson and Berkeley counties, 1816- 1830

Content:
Ledger

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-69


Account books, coal companies, 1909-1916

Content:
Coal companies include Fire Creek Collieries, Spruce Bend Coal Company, Detroit Coal Company

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-70


West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society minutes, records, 1886-1893

Background:
West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society was incoporated Feb. 11, 1890 to collect and preserve items relating to West Virginia's history. Its collections and functions were transferred to the Bureau of Archives and History May 25, 1905.

Content:
Minutes, reports, membership, correspondence, donation and loan records, and other miscellaneous records. Also includes records of Kanawha Valley Historical Society.

Donor: Gift of West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society, 1905

Collection #: Ms79-71


Minute book, Kanawha Lyceum, 1841 Oct. 26-1852 Dec. 20

Content:
Minute book of group which met weekly to discuss various subjects

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-72


Watson Town (Capon Springs, Hampshire County) records, 1849- 1905.

Background:
Watson Town, also known as Capon Springs, Hampshire County

Content:
Records and minutes of municipal government for Watson Town.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-75


Register, West Virginia Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893

Content:
Register of guests to the West Virginia Building at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago

Donor: Gift to the West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society

Collection #: Ms79-76


United States District Court, District Attorney's Office with index, Charleston 1877-1886 and Parkersburg 1884-1886

Content:
District Attorney dockets with indexes for United States District Courts in Charleston and Parkersburg

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-77


United States District Court, Trial Dockets, Charleston 1882-1885 and Clarksburg, 1884-1885

Content:
Trial dockets for United States District Courts in Charleston and Clarksburg

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-78


Roane County justice's docket, 1881-1901

Content:
Justice of the peace docket books for Roane County

Donor: Gift of Curtis Mason and Smith Ryan, 1957

Collection #: Ms79-79


Court docket of George H. Lee, 1855-1861.

Background:
George Hay Lee (1807-1873) served as member of Virginia Assembly, Prosecuting Attorney for Harrison County, U. S. District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, Circuit Judge and Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Content:
Court docket book for George H. Lee during his period on Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-80


Virginia Court of Appeals, Lewisburg, trial docket, circuit courts, 1850-1860

Content:
Trial docket for circuit courts for Virginia Court of Appeals at Lewisburg

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-81


Virginia Court of Appeals, Lewisburg, records, 1776-1921

Content:
Briefs, court orders, transcripts, wills, and other legal documents from cases tried in the Virginia Court of Appeals held at Sweet Springs and Lewisburg.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-83


Register of West Virginians at West Virginia headquarters, Centennial grounds, Philadelphia, 1876

Content:
Register of West Virginians who visited the West Virginia headquarters at the United States Centennial in Philadelphia

Donor: Listed in 1935-36 Biennial Report

Collection #: Ms79-84


Reynolds vs. McFarland, Shrewsbury et al (Salt Case), 1845

Content:
Legal documents pertaining to the case regarding the salt trust established in Kanawha County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-85


Argument docket, Kanawha County courts, 1842-1847

Content:
Argument docket for Kanawha County courts

Donor: Listed in 1935-36 Biennial Report.

Collection #: Ms79-86


French Gratitude Train Collection, 1949 February

Background:
The French Gratitude Train travelled the United States in 1949, with a boxcar of gifts for each state in gratitude for the gifts of food received by the French during the Food for Friends campaign. Each state received artworks, tapestries, books and other items donated by the French people.

Content:
The French Gratitude Train collection includes correspondence about the train and its West Virginia stop, as well as art prints and phonograph albums of French music

Donor: Transfer from Governor Okey Patteson, 1949

Collection #: Ms79-87


Records of the First Temperance Society, Kanawha County, 1839 Feb. 11-1841 Nov.

Content:
Records of the first Temperance Society in Kanawha County

Donor: Gift of Mrs. C. C. Gillison, 1896 April

Collection #: Ms79-89


Tax book of John Welch, Kanawha County tax collector, 1830

Background:
John Welch served as Master Mason of the Kanawha County Blue Lodge, 1823; salt manufacturer; deputy sheriff acting as tax collector 1830

Content:
Tax collection book for Kanawha County

Donor: Gift of estate of Miss Cornelia Welch, n.d. Listed in 1935-36 Biennial Report.

Collection #: Ms79-90
Location: In box with Ms79-91


Kanawha River steamboat bills of lading, 1856-1864.

Content:
Various steamboats, many for shipments originating in Gallipolis, OH and heading to Kanawha County area

Donor: Purchase.

Collection #: Ms79-91
Location: In box with Ms79-90


Jacob S. Hayden, "New Days Journal of a Trip Across the Plains to California in 1852", 1922

Content:
Articles about Hayden's trip in 1852 across country to California.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-92
Location: In box with Ms79-93


List of dates of commissions of officers of 2nd Battalion, 76th Virginia Militia, 1814 August 17

Content:
List of officers' commission dates, 2nd Battalion, 76th Virginia Militia

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-93
Location: In box with Ms79-92


Hedgeman Slack papers, 1872-1878

Background:
Hedgeman Slack was United States Marshall for West Virginia 1868- 1877.

Content:
Papers contain three letters, 2 volumes of letterbook carbons and his 1872 diary.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-97


Buchanan family land papers, Ohio County, 1787-1855

Content:
Deeds issued to William, Walter, and J. and S. Buchanan.

Donor: Gift of Florence W. O'Neil, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-127
Location: Shelved with Ms79-84 through Ms79-87


Reed-Putney Papers

Background:
Dr. James Putney, Kanawha County

Content:
Collection includes receipts, scientific and meteorological journal of Dr. James Putney, Putney and Reed family history, information about Woodburn Female Seminary in Morgantown

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Ruth Shepherd, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-130


Geological notes of Virginia and West Virginia, 1839-1873

Content:
Includes extracts from Report of the Progress of the Geological Survey of Virginia by William B. Rogers, 1839 and 1840; assorted reports on coal, salt, iron and oil, many dealing with M. F. Maury, 1870s; Virginia Iron Notes 1873

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-132


Poems, Virginia Robinson?, ca. 1930s.

Content:
Poems brought by young Negro girl into WPA office.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-133
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79-163


"Ancient Landmarks" published as souvenir of French Creek Homecoming, 1916.

Content:
Commemorative booklet containing information about Gould, Phillips, Sexton and Young families of Upshur County.

Donor: Purchase

Collection #: Ms79-134
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79-163


George Washington letters, 1771, 1799

Content:
Letter by Washington, possibly to William C. Crawford in 1771 concerning surveys of lands west of the Alleghany Mountains. Tracing of letter to Charles Jolly in 1799 about receipt.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-135
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79-163


Laurane Bullock [Boreman], 1861 April-May

Background:
Laurane Bullock later became Mrs. Arthur Boreman.

Content:
Letters to a Mr. Hill describing conditions in Wheeling.

Donor: Gift of Louise Bullock, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-137
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Shuck family papers, Fayette County, 1888-1919

Content:
Deed, right of way and contract between Shuck family members, Fayette County.

Donor: Gift of Norma Shuck Levy, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-150
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Louis Y. Graham estate well records, Kanawha County, 1912- 1935

Content:
Well records of gas well near Clendenin

Donor: Gift of Bill Frame, Elkview, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-151
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Charles H. Billmyer papers, Taylor County, 1905-1909

Content:
Papers, most on B&O letterhead with local news of Thornton, Taylor County, area.

Donor: Purchase, Bookworm and Silverfish

Collection #: Ms79-152
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


James Nourse letter, 1775 May 10

Background:
James Nourse (1731-1784), Berkeley County member of Virginia House of Delegates in 1778, appointed commissioner to settle claims of Maryland against the United States in 1781.

Content:
Letter from Nourse to wife during trip to "Kentucke" to locate lands, written near mouth of Great Sandy

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-153
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


William Dempsey papers, Greenbrier and Fayette counties, 1859- 1883.

Content:
Papers include deeds, agreements to maintain roads, plans for schoolhouse

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Bernice Hanes, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-154
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


James Loyd cashbook, Kanawha County, 1877

Content:
Cashbook, Charleston

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-156
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79-163


James Loyd daybook, financial papers, Kanawha County, 1876- 1877

Content:
Daybook #2 and miscellaneous receipts

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-157
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Charles Morrison, article about Fairfax land grants, n.d.

Content:
"Early Fairfax land grants and leases along the South Branch of the Potomac" by Morrison

Donor: Charles Morrison

Collection #: Ms79-158
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Kanawha Salines account book page, 1827 June 6.

Content:
Page from store account book

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-160
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


George Clendenin papers, Greenbrier County, 1787

Content:
Memoranda of three land surveys patented in names of John Beckley, George Clendenin and John M. Neil, signed by Clendenin.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-161
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Elisha Williams vs. John Morris, Nicholas County court, 1842- 1849

Content:
Court documents

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-162
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


Abstract of title of Dewitt Clinton estate, 1795-1865.

Content:
Title abstract for lands of Kanawha County resident.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-163
Location: In box with Ms79-133 through Ms79- 163


John Peter Hale Collection

Background:
Dr. John P. Hale (1824-1902), Charleston area physician, salt manufacturer, early writer and historian, and one of the founders of the West Virginia Historical and Antiquarian Society.

Content:
Collection includes correspondence, articles about New River and Kanawha River history and archaeology, Wilson family history, Draper family notes, and other assorted papers.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-170


Lucas and Shepherd Family Papers, ca. 1780-1900, bulk 1805-1867

Content:
Correspondence of Lucas and Shepherd family members, primarily in Jefferson County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-171


Frederick County, Virginia Survey Notebook, 1762- 1764

Content:
Survey of lands of various persons, some of what becomes eastern panhandle of West Virginia area.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-172


Enoch Rector Collection, 1823-1869

Background:
Reverend Enoch Rector was a member of the Baptist Association and involved in the establishment of Rector College near Pruntytown, Taylor County (established 1839, chartered 1842, burned 1855)

Content:
Typescript copies of various letters, notes about Rector College, Baptist Association History, and Kimball and Rector family history

Donor: Gift of Roy Bird Cook, ca. 1936.

Collection #: Ms79-173


Ross Johnston Collection, 1930s-1940

Content:
Notes by Ross Johnston on West Virginia in the American Revolution - possibly update or sequel to earlier work.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-174


Ward Engineering Works Collection, 1915-1930

Background:
Ward Engineering Works, Charleston, established in 1881 by Charles Ward, incorporated in 1907 and dissolved in the early 1940s. They produced shallow draught boats at their plant on the south bank of the Kanawha River near the C&O Railroad Station.

Content:
Specifications and blueprints for various types of boats manufactured by Ward Engineering Works, Charleston.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-175
Location: oversized blueprints filed in Map Drawer 148-2 in 3 folders.


Pearl S. Buck Birthplace restoration, 1972.

Background:
Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), born in Hillsboro, Pocahontas County, Nobel Prize winning author of novels about life in China.

Content:
Specifications and blueprints for demolition and restoration work at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace in Hillsboro, Pocahontas County.

Donor: Gift of Grigg, Wood, Browne & Williams, Architects

Collection #: Ms79-176
Location: Oversized blueprints housed in Map Drawer 82


Hannis (H. S.) and Company, Martinsburg, 1868

Content:
Incudes plans for screw hoist and fixture for hauling barrels from distillery to U. S. bonded warehouse.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-177


Prickett Family Collection, 1772-1785

Background:
Bible and correspondence relating to Prickett Family in Marion County, including bible of Josiah Prickett, land grants, militia records for Pricketts Fort.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-179


Baptist General Association (WV), 1896-1916

Content:
Baptist General Association (WV) Church Ediface Board minutes.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-180


Bicentennial Post Office Histories, 1976-1977

Content:
Short histories of various U. S. Post Offices in West Virginia composed during U. S. Bicentennial celebration

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-181


U. S. Army Corps of Engineers log books, 1960- 1964

Content:
Log books for Ohio River Locks 14 and 15 maintained by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-185


W. Va. Laws of Interest to Women and Children by C. B. Dille, 1914

Content:
Compilation of laws pertaining to women and children by C. B. Dille, member of the Monongalia County Bar Association.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-186


Patricia Burton historical affidavits, 1976

Content:
Collection of historical affidavits pertaining to Point Pleasant being first battle of the American Revolution

Donor: Gift of Patricia Burton, 1976

Collection #: Ms79-187


Welch-McFarland Collection, 1832-1901

Content:
Correspondence and other family history for Welch, McFarland, Goodwin and DeVol families of Kanawha and Greenbrier counties.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-188


Walter Spence Collection, ca. 1890-1969

Content:
Papers, bills, receipts and other items, most belonging to Walter David Spence, Summers County

Donor: Gift of Margaret Bailey, 1979-1981

Collection #: Ms79-190


Joseph H. Diss Debar Collection, 1863-1893

Background:
Joseph H. Diss Debar (1820-1905), arrived in Doddridge County in 1846, established the Saint Clara colony of German and Swiss emigrants, served in the Legislature, appointed Commissioner of Immigration 1864-1873. Designer of the State Seal.

Content:
Correspondence and stories by Joseph H. Diss Debar, including account about John Schaefer (Joseph Eisele), the Parkersburg murderer and an account of Charles Dickens' first visit to America. Most sketches removed to photograph collection.

Donor: Gift of King Hostick, 1963, and Harry J. Bennett, 1960-1963.

Collection #: Ms79-191


Jack Walton Thomas Collection, 1896-1924

Content:
Personal correspondence of Jack Walton Thomas from family members and business correspondence relating to Antler Coal and Coke Company.

Donor: Purchase, Bookworm and Silverfish, 1975

Collection #: Ms79-192


Campbell Family Collection, 1867-1933

Content:
Correspondence and legal papers of Campbell family members, Monroe County

Donor: Gift of Walker Long, 1950s.

Collection #: Ms79-193


William Payne Diaries, 1836-1842

Content:
Diaries, mostly agricultural entries but also includes people met, trips, prayer meetings.

Donor: Gift of Joseph A. Payne, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-194


Marine T. Wickman Collection, 1811-1832.

Background:
Marine T. Wickman was a gunsmith, master armorer, inspector of arms and inventor at the Harpers Ferry armory.

Content:
Correspondence to and from Wickman.

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Charles Murray Rudulph, ca. 1966.

Note: Correspondence published in West Virginia History, vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 1-32.

Collection #: Ms79-195
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Hart H. Forbs Collection, 1831-1895.

Content:
Correspondence and legal papers concerning the Forbs family, Charleston, Kanawha County.

Donor: Frances Gobson, 1974.

Collection #: Ms79-196
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Staats Collection, 1784-1865.

Content:
Land grants, deeds, indentures and other legal papers concerning Jackson, Mason, Kanawha and Monongalia counties, Virginia and Gallia County, Ohio. Collection also includes early Jackson County marriage certificates (1833, 1839) and correspondence between Acting Provost Marshall General in Wheeling and Board of Supervisors of Jackson County concerning bounties paid for Civil War enlistments.

Donor: Gift of Harold Staates, 1937.

Collection #: Ms79-197


South Branch Valley Collection, 1729-1889.

Content:
Correspondence, accounts, affidavits, articles of agreement, land grants, orders, rental books, surveys and other papers of early settlers of South Branch Valley of western Virginia, mainly Hardy County area. Includes papers of the Armentrout, Cunningham, Harness, Hutton, Hyer and Van Meter families.

Donor: Purchase from Vause W. Marshall, 1940.

Collection #: Ms79-198


Andrew Jackson letter, 1821 Sept. 22

Background:
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), military leader, territorial governor of Florida and president of the United States.

Content:
Letter from Florida territorial governor Andrew Jackson to Lieutenant John Jay Jackson concerning Lt. Jackson's testimony in a court-martial of Arbuthnot and Armbister for Indian depredations in the Seminole War.

Donor: Gift of John Jay Jackson, Jr., 1896

Collection #: Ms79-199
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Robert Clendenin Papers, 1764-1806

Content:
Photocopies of pension files

Donor: Gift of Henry Larmovenx, 1975.

Collection #: Ms79-200
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Daniel Boone Papers, 1753-1767.

Background:
Daniel Boone (1733-1820), frontier explorer and early settler in the Kanawha Valley.

Content:
Original list of lawsuits against Daniel Boone in Rowan County, NC 1766-1767 and photocopy of indentures for lands in Rowan County 1753-1759.

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Fred Peterson, 1962.

Collection #: Ms79-201
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


West Columbia Mining and Manufacturing Company, Mason County, 1852-1855.

Background:
West Columbia Mining and Manufacturing Company operated in Mason County.

Content:
Correspondence concerning business operations of West Columbia Mining and Manufacturing Company between Superintendent Elisha Mack, Samuel E. Mack, William B. Robbins, Henry I. Fisher, William McMillen and H. E. Robbins.

Donor: Gift of Howard M. Eavenson, 1941-1942.

Collection #: Ms79-202
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Frank Lee Burdette Collection, 1927-1939.

Background:
Frank Lee Burdette was secretary of the West Virginia Sons of the American Revolution.

Content:
Materials include early Cabell County history, Methodism, soldiers of the Revolution, Richard's Fort.

Donor: Gift of Frank Lee Burdette, 1946.

Collection #: Ms79-203
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Teachers' Monthly Summary, Elk District, Harrison County, 1885 Nov. 18

Content:
School attendance figures completed for Elk District, Harrison County.

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Perry Nestor, 1969.

Collection #: Ms79-204
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Duffy Methodist Church, 1968 Dec. 12.

Content:
Deed to property of Duffy Methodist Church, Lewis County, between church trustees and West Virginia State Parks.

Donor: Gift of John S. Holy, 1971.

Collection #: Ms79-205
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Greer and Laing Records, Wheeling, 1871-1885.

Content:
Business correspondence and records of Greer and Laing, importers and dealers in hardware, Wheeling. Proprieters were J. R. Greer, A. Laing, W. Cruickshank and D. S. McIlwaine.

Donor: Gift of Chemung County Historical Society, NY, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-206
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Henry J. Samuels biography by Fred B. Lambert, 1904.

Background:
Henry J. Samuels of Cabell County, member of the 120th Regiment Militia Courts of Enquiry, Adjutant General of the Restored Government and circuit judge.

Content:
Biography of Henry J. Samuels by Fred B. Lambert.

Donor: Gift of Fred B. Lambert, 1904

Collection #: Ms79-207
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Mrs. Henry Harpold Collection, 1852-1880.

Content:
Collection of letters between members of the Lowther-Harpold families in the Ripley-Ravenswood areas of Jackson County.

Donor: Gift of Mrs. U. O. Hutton, 1963.

Collection #: Ms79-208
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Charles Mangrum Collection, 1820-1860.

Content:
Indentures and letters concerning James Machir of Hardy County and the Job Welton, Sr. family.

Donor: Gift of Charels L. Mangrum, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-209
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Lewis Watts Collection, 1856-1867.

Background:
Lewis F. Watts was captain of Company F, 22nd VA Infantry, CSA.

Content:
Photocopies of documents pertaining to Lewis F. Watts, most letters home to wife.

Donor: Gift of Frances Lee Watts Cavendish, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-210
Location: In box with Ms79-195 to Ms79- 210


Historical Records Survey, Works Program Administration, 1936-1941.

Content:
West Virginia Historical Records Survey of manuscript collections, including notes on early West Virginia imprints, private manuscript collections and compilations of early records.

Donor: u.d..

Collection #: Ms79-211


Wyoming County school records, 1870-1880.

Content:
School records for the Clearfork and Center districts of Wyoming County, typescript.

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman, 1967.

Collection #: Ms79-212


U.S. Census Office, 10th Census, 1880.

Content:
Manuscript volumes of 1880 West Virginia population schedules.

Donor: Gift of the University of Pittsburgh Libraries, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-213
Location: shelved with other census books 312 U58.


Colonel Mathew C. Reasoner Collection, n.d.

Content:
Family history information on the Reasoner, Froman and Speers families compiled by Coloner Mathew A. Reasoner.

Donor: Gift of Marie C. Anderson, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-215


White House Conference on Youth and Children, 1960.

Content:
Records of the 1960 White House Conference on Youth and Children, and a manuscript by Dana Reynolds entitled "A Prospectus on the West Virginia Extension Program, 1918- 1933."

Donor: Gift of West Virginia University, Center for Extension and Continuing Education, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-218


West Virginia Nurses Association Collection, 1907-1977.

Content:
Committee records, correspondence, bylaws, proceedings and membership information for West Virginia Nurses Association.

Donor: Gift of the West Virginia Nurses Association, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-220


Harrison H. Ferrell Collection, 1922-1978.

Background:
Harrison Ferrell (1900-1977), Dean of West Virginia State College, music and foreign language teacher.

Content:
Papers pertaining to Harrison Ferrell

Donor: Gift of Mrs. Harrison H. Ferrell, 1979.

Collection #: Ms79-222


Daybook, Randolph County, 1850-1852.

Content:
Daybook, Randolph County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-223


Granville Parker Collection, 1861-1863.

Background:
Granville Parker (1809-1881) was a lawyer and newspaper correspondent who represented Cabell County at the Constitutional Convention of 1861 and 1862.

Content:
Speeches given by Granville Parker on subjects before the Constitutional Conventions.

Donor: u.d..

Collection #: Ms79-224


History of the Construction of the South Side Bridge by Ray C. Parks and Herman O. Fast, 1936-1937.

Content:
Manuscript about construction during Works Progress Administration of Charleston's South Side Bridge.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-227


Works Projects Administration, Transcripts of privately owned manuscript collections, 1940.

Content:
Transcripts compiled by the WPA of privately owned manuscript collections in West Virginia, inlcuding Solomon Fleming letters, Phares Collection, Tenney Collection, Sotha Hickman Collection, Darnel Collection, Yeager Collection, Gooch Collection, Mineral County Historical Society Collection, Frye Collection, Mason Mathews Papers, Alkire Collection, Henry Westfall diary, and William McCleery Papers.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-228


Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Lookout, 1907- 1961.

Content:
Church roll and record book for Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Mt. Lookout, Nicholas County.

Donor: Gift of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1967.

Collection #: Ms79-229


Genealogical Notes on the Yoakum, Van Bibber, Grimes and Kincaid Families, n.d.

Content:
Notes on the Yoakum, Van Bibber, Grimes and Kincaid families compiled by Maude Kincaid.

Donor: Gift of Maude Kincaid via Anna Lutz, 1979, 1986 and 1989.

Collection #: Ms79-233


John R. Rohrbach (Rohrabaugh), 1728-1821; descendents and marriage connections by James D. Rorabaugh, n.d.

Content:
Literary manuscript entitled John R. Rohrbach (Rohrabaugh), 1728-1821; descendents and marriage connections by James D. Rorabaugh.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-235


Prison Life in Fort Delaware by John Swann, 1864- 1865.

Content:
Literary manuscript by John Swann entitled Prison Life in Fort Delaware.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-237


Virginia Infantry, 31st Regiment, 1861-1865.

Content:
Records of the 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry, CSA.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-238


Confederate States of America, Conscript Department, Virginia, 10th District, 1862-1864.

Content:
Exemption and substitution records, most pertaining to Captain William N. Nelson from the CSA Conscript Department, Virginia, 10th District.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-239


List of prisoners confined at Point Pleasant, 1862- 1863.

Content:
Register of Confederate prisoners confined at Point Pleasant.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-240


West Virginia Civil War Regimental Historical memoranda, n.d.

Content:
Typescript copies of regimental historical memoranda.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-242


Branch Mountain Lumber Company Records, Moorefield, 1962- 1964.

Content:
Records of the Branch Mountain Lumber Company in Moorefield.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-243


Statehood Papers, 1863.

Content:
Artificial collection of documents relating to the statehood movement.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-244


Account book, Charleston, 1835-1836.

Content:
Account book, Charleston, 1835-1836.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-245
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


Historical Writings of Hugh Paul Taylor with an article written by Charels A. Stuart, 1829.

Content:
Historical writings of Hugh Paul Taylor with an article written by Charles A. Stuart.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-246
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


Genealogical Record of the Wright Family of West Virginia by Maud Marie Buck, ca. 1948.

Content:
Genealogical record of the Wright Family of West Virginia by Maud Marie Buck.

Donor: Gift of Maud Marie Buck, n.d.

Collection #: Ms79-247
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


Records of the Proceedings of the Courts of Enquiry for the 150th Regiment Commencing in 1846 by Jno. P. Byrne, 1846- 1854.

Content:
Records of the Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry for the 150th Regiment Commencing in 1846 by Jno. P. Byrne

Donor: Gift of Paul McLaughlin, 1949.

Collection #: Ms79-248
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


National Cemetery, Grafton, 1867-1870.

Content:
Letters to Superintendent John D. Wilson from Assistant Quartermaster's Office, Lincoln Depot, Washington regarding establishment of National Cemetery at Grafton.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-249
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


Address by Adam Snyder of Highland County, 1854.

Content:
An address delivered by Adam Snyder of Highland County at the annual exhibition of Mossy Creek Academy, 1854.

Donor: Purchase?

Collection #: Ms79-250
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


Captain George A. Jackson, pension claim, 1864- 1869.

Content:
Claims for service in the Union Army by Captain George A. Jackson of Weston

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms79-251
Location: in box labelled Ms79-245 to Ms79-251


Meadow River Lumber Company Collection, 1907- 1970.

Background:
Meadow River Lumber Company (1906-1970) operated lumber mill at Rainelle, Greenbrier County and Sewell Valley Railroad to connect with the C&O Railroad.

Content:
Correspondence, forms, reports and other materials relating to lumbering and sawmill operations of the Meadow River Lumber Company and the Sewell Valley Railroad.

Donor: Various donors

Collection #: Ms79-252


Society of the Blue and Gray, 1906-1925.

Content:
Most of these materials for the Society of the Blue and Gray concern the Jackson County area. Collection includes financial records, programs, and a minute and attendance book for reunions, listing veterans by name, age and unit.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-6


Grand Army of the Republic, Department of West Virginia, 1884-1920.

Background:
Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal group of Union Civil War veterans

Content:
Records include correspondence, discharge and transfer certificates, orders, an account book for the Women's Relief Corps of the Dan Frost Post (Ravenswood), and records of the George Summers Post, and Carl Chatto Post (Ripley).

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-7


United Confederate Veterans, West Virginia Division, 1893-1915.

Background:
United Confederate Veterans was a fraternal organization of Confederate Civil War veterans.

Content:
Records of the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee camps, as well as overall listing of camps.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-8


Smith-Riffe Collection, 1769-1977

Background:
Aubrey O. Smith (1893-1978) and Judge Winton A. Riffe (1887-1962) were both residents of Beckley and avid collectors of family history and local history information.

Content:
Collection focuses on the families and local history of the New River counties of Virginia and West Virginia. It includes correspondence, research notes, legal documents, deeds, land grants, surveys, lists, books, pamphlets, brochures, flyers and newspaper clippings.

Donor: Gift of the heirs of Aubrey O. Smith, 1980.

Collection #: Ms80-9


The Burnside-Byrnside family of Virginia-West Virginia by Bertha Lewis Clark, 1947

Content:
Family history information of Burnside-Byrnside family of Augusta County, VA and Monroe County, WV.

Donor: Gift of Bertha Lewis Clark, 1947.

Collection #: Ms80-14
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


A brief sketch of the pioneer McCutchans of Augusta County, Virginia, and pioneer Samuel McCutchan's family by Bertha Lewis Clark, n.d.

Content:
Family history on the McCutchan family of Augusta County, Virginia.

Donor: Gift of Bertha Lewis Clark, n.d.

Collection #: Ms80-15
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


The Clark family of Augusta County, Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia by Bertha Lewis Clark, n.d.

Content:
Family history on the Clark family of Augusta County, Virginia and Monroe County, West Virginia

Donor: Gift of Bertha Lewis Clark, n.d.

Collection #: Ms80-16
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


The Handley family of Monroe County by Bertha Lewis Clark, n.d.

Content:
Family history on the Handley family of Monroe County.

Donor: Gift of Bertha Lewis Clark, n.d.

Collection #: Ms80-17
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Kanawha Salt Company charter, 1817 Nov. 10

Content:
Typescript copy of Kanawha Salt Company charter

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-19
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Wood, John Henry. Diary, 1865 Jan-Aug.

Background:
John Henry Wood was a 1st lieutenant in the 10th WV Infantry during the Civil War.

Content:
Photocopy of diary entries for January-August 1865.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-20
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Camden, Jonathan Newlon letter, 1880 June 4.

Background:
Jonathan Newlon Camden (1826-1908) was born in Braxton County and spent two years at the U. S. Military Academy (West Point) before resigning to study law. Developed business interests in Parkersburg in banking, oil and railroads. Served as U. S. Senator 1881-1887 and very active in Democratic politics. Septimius Hall (1847-1926) was a member of the 1872 Constitutional Convention and served as a state senator 1872-1873. He was elected to the House of Delegates from Wetzel County in 1881-1885 and 1907-1926.

Content:
Letter from J. N. Camden, Parkersburg to Septimius Hall, New Martinsville, 1880 June 4.

Donor: Gift of Harland Gorrell, 1967.

Collection #: Ms80-21
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Records, Colonial Militia to World War, ca. 1936.

Content:
Typescript notes about military records from the colonial militia period through World War I.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-22
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Lewis, James V. Bill of sale of slave to Guy P. Mathews, 1856 Nov. 16.

Content:
Slave bill of sale from James V. Lewis to Guy P. Mathews.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-23
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Criner family records, 1842-1910.

Content:
Criner family history, compiled by Sigsbee Lee Bowers Foster.

Donor: Gift of Sigsbee Lee Bowers Foster, 1944.

Collection #: Ms80-24
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Cole, John L. "On Fitzwaters," n.d.

Content:
Notes on the Fitzwater family, mostly Isaac Fitzwater (born 1791) and his early struggles with Indians and exploration in the Kanawha/Fayette/Nicholas county area.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-25
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Smith, W. H. Hardware Company, Parkersburg, 1907

Content:
Advertising papers for W. H. Smith Hardware Company of Parkersburg.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-26
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Bowman, Mary Keller. Methodists of Wyoming County, W. Va., 1800-1940.

Content:
Typescript history of Methodists in Wyoming County by Mary Keller Bowman

Donor: Gift of Mary Keller Bowman, n.d.

Collection #: Ms80-27
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Carnes, Eva Margaret. Revolutionary list, n.d.

Content:
Typescript listing of Revolutionary soldiers arranged by county

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-28
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Historical Records Survey. List of West Virginia churches, ca. 1940.

Content:
Typescript copy of listing of churches in West Virginia by county, then denomination and founding date.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-30
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Historical Records Survey. Church of the Brethren listing county by county, 1800-1915.

Content:
Typescript listing of Church of the Brethren listing county by county.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-31
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Rutherford family history, compiled by Virgil L. Harris, 1978.

Content:
Family history group sheets of Rutherford family and related Kuhl, Shales, Phillips and Harris family members.

Donor: Gift of Virgil L. Harris, 1978.

Collection #: Ms80-32
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Daybook from trading post near Lewisburg (1771-1772), compiled by Elizabeth Morrow Cooley.

Content:
Transcription of account book of trading post near Lewisburg, 1771-1772.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-33
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-14 through 80-33


Gilmer County. Justice of the Peace Court (Hays) docket books, 1885-1897.

Content:
Docket books for Justice of the Peace cases in Gilmer County, 1885-1897.

Donor: Gift of Kendrick King, 1980.

Collection #: Ms80-34


Point Pleasant Lyceum bylaws, n.d.

Content:
Bylaws of the Point Pleasant Lyceum

Donor: Gift of Eileen Taylor, 1980.

Collection #: Ms80-35


"Colored Man in Kanawha Salines" notes by George C. Claire, n.d.

Background:
Uncle Jeff Bell was a former slave who worked in the salt industry in Malden.

Content:
Notes by George C. Claire about Uncle Jeff Bell, an old former slave working in the salt industry in Malden who was known as "The Conjure Man."

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-87
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Reeder, B. Letter from Shinnston to Mrs. Sarah C. Reeder of Marthaville, MO, 1838 June 17.

Content:
Letter from B. Reeder of Shinnston to Mrs. Sarah C. Reeder of Marthaville, MO about family matters, 1838 June 17

Donor: Gift of Elsie Farrow, 1954.

Collection #: Ms80-88
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Dubois, Delafield. Letters from Wayne County to George F. King of Tiffany and Company in New York, 1885 September 8-22.

Content:
Letters from Delafield Dubois to George F. King of Tiffany and Company regarding iron deposits in Wayne County and pearls from Kanawha River mussels, 1885 September 8-22.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-89
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Johnson, Valentine and William Robinson family history, ca. 1888.

Content:
Family history information about Valentine Johnson and William Robinson, ca. 1888.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-90
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Poem. "Kanawha River", 1878.

Content:
Poem by unknown author in Leon, WV entitled "Kanawha River," 1878.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-91
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Powell, Bran. Letters to Major Thomas Broun, 1895.

Content:
Letters from Evan Powell to Major Thomas Broun regarding an extract from diary of W. C. Hunter regarding lands of George Washington on the Kanawha River, ca. 1790.

Donor: Gift of Evan Powell, 1895

Collection #: Ms80-92
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Laidley, William Sidney. "West Virginia Hills," n.d.

Content:
Text of article by William Sidney Laidley entitled "West Virginia Hills."

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-93
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Caldwell, J. Ed. Letter to Emma Bigelow, 1860 November 8.

Content:
Letter from J. Ed. Caldwell of Kanawha Court House to Miss Emma Bigelow of Waltham, MA, 1860 November 8 mentioning election of Lincoln and Caldwell's visit to Bunker Hill.

Donor: Purchase, 1955

Collection #: Ms80-94
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Canning, Edward. Letter to Josiah W. Canning, 1838 July 22-23.

Content:
Letter from Edward Canning and wife, Wheeling, to Josiah Canning, Gill, OH, 1838 July 22-23, concerning family matters and description of Grave Creek Mound.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-95
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Carlile, John Snyder. Letters to John Martin, Richmond, 1851-1855.

Background:
John Snyder Carlile (1817-1878), U.S. Senator, born in Winchester, VA, died in Clarksburg, WV. Member of 1850 Constitutional Constitution, and 1861 Virginia Convention, where he opposed secession. Prominent member of June 1861 Wheeling Convention where he opposed separate state, preferring to have unionist government in Wheeling recognized as true Virginia government.

Content:
Letters from John Snyder Carlile, Clarksburg, to John Martin, Richmond, concerning land warrants, 1851- 1855.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-96
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Armstrong, William. Letter to Upton Bruce, 1815 January 30.

Content:
Letter from William Armstrong, Paddytown, to Upton Bruce, Cumberland, MD, 1815 January 30, concerning collecting taxes for U. S. Treasury.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-97
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Morgan, William Stephen. Letter to Mahlon Dickinson, 1837 October 10.

Background:
William Stephen Morgan (1801-1878) was born in Monongalia County. He served in the U. S. House of Representatives 1835-1839 and remained there as a clerk until 1840, when he transferred to become a clerk of the Virginia Assembly. Member of the Virginia House of Delegates 1841-1844.

Content:
Letter from William Stephen Morgan, Washington, DC to Mahlon Dickerson regarding appointment of Mr. Grantland to U. S. Naval Academy, 1837 October 10.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-98
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Virginia Governors. Letter from Governor James Pleasants, 1825 February 8.

Background:
Governor James Pleasants (1769-1839) served in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1796, clerk of the House of Delegates 1803-1811, and a member of the U. S. House of Representatives 1811-1819. He served as U. S. Senator 1819-1822, when he resigned to become Virginia governor.

Content:
Letter from Virginia Governor James Pleasants, Richmond, to governor of Tennessee, 1825 February 8, regarding apprehension of fugitives Samuel and Thomas Caldwell.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-99
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Banks, Linn. Letter to Blair and Rives, 1838 August 5.

Content:
Letter from Linn Banks, Madison County, VA to Messrs. Blair and Rives, 1838 August 5, regarding printing order.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-100
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Day, W. H. Letter to General Isaac Duval, 1869 November 22.

Content:
Letter from W. H. Day, former captain of Company A, 11th WV Infantry, now in Andrain County, MO, to General Isaac Duval, 1869 November 22, regarding payment of bounty for Civil War service.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-101
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Demon, Sarah. Letter to Hanna Gray, 1829 February 9.

Content:
Letter from Sarah Demon, Charles Town to Hanna Gray, Alexandria, VA, 1829 February 9, regarding prayer meeting.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-102
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Edmundson, Henry Alonzo. Letter to Gideon Wells, 1861 March 18.

Content:
Letter from Henry Alonzo Edmundson, Washington, to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Wells, 1861 March 18, regarding appointment of Joseph Anderson to U. S. Naval Academy.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-103
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


English, Thomas Dunn. Poem "Ben Bolt, n.d.

Content:
Poem entitled "Ben Bolt" by Thomas Dunn English, formerly of Logan County, n.d.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-104
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Goff, Guy Despard. Address on dedication of State Capitol, 1932 June 20.

Background:
Guy Despard Goff (1867-1933) was born in Clarksburg to Judge Nathan Goff. Guy Goff served as U. S. District Attorney for Wisconsin and served in the Judge Advocate Corps during World War I.

Content:
Address by Guy Despard Goff on occasion of dedication of State Capitol, 1932 June 20.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-105
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Rogers, Henry. Letter to Alva Hansford, 1833 July 20.

Content:
Letter from Henry Rogers, Charleston, to Alva Hansford, 1833 July 20, concerning cholera pill.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-106
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Heckard, M. Partial letter to Michael Legrist concerning lawsuit, n.d.

Content:
Partial letter from M. Heckard, Pomeroy, OH to Michael Legrist, Virginia, n.d. concerning lawsuit.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-107
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Huger, Frank. Letter to unidentified colonel, 1852 February 17.

Content:
Letter from Frank Huger, Harpers Ferry, to unidentified colonel, 1852 February 17, concerning donation to a church.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-108
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Jackson, John George. Letters, 1810 January 12, n.d.

Background:
John George Jackson (1777-1825), from Clarksburg, surveyor of public lands in Ohio (1793), member of Virginia House of Burgesses (1798-1801, 1811-1812), U.S. Representative (1803-1810, 1813-1817), and judge of the District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Content:
Letters from Congressman John George Jackson to the Secretary of the Navy concerning appointments of Woodrow Dailey and John Goulding to U. S. Naval Academy, 1810 January 12, n.d.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-109
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Jackson, John Jay. Letters, 1869-1887.

Background:
John Jay Jackson (1824-1907) Member of Virginia legislature 1852-1853, federal judge in western Virginia

Content:
Letters from John Jay Jackson to several individuals, including U. S. Attorney General E. R. Hoar and "Mr. President", 1869-1887.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-110
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Kidwell, Zedekiah. Letters, 1857 March-May

Background:
Zedekiah Kidwell (1814-1872), physician, state delegate (1842-45, 1849-50, 1852), US Representative (1853-1857), member Board of Public Works (1857-1860)

Content:
Letters from Zedekiah Kidwell, 1857 March-May, concerning Democratic Convention at Martinsburg and recommending James Neeson to Virginia Governor Henry Wise.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-111
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


McCurdy, James. Letter to John McCurdy, 1849 September 10.

Content:
Letter from James McCurdy, Sacramento City, CA to John W. McCurdy, Charles Town, 1849 September 10 concerning his trip to California.

Donor: Gift of Charles McC. Mathias, n.d.

Collection #: Ms80-112
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Peach Limb Faith, Berkeley County, n.d.

Content:
Peach limb faith manuscript on water dowsing or conjuring in Back Creek Valley, Berkeley County, n.d.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-113
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


McIntosh, Fauri. Poem "Poor House Nan", 1893.

Content:
Poem by Fauri McIntosh entitled "Poor House Nan," 1893.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-114
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Maxwell, Lewis. Letters, speech, ca. 1828-1832.

Background:
Lewis Maxwell (1790-1862) served in the Virginia House of Delegates (1821-1824) and as U. S. Representative (1827-1833).

Content:
Letters and part of speech of Lewis Maxwell, 1828-1832.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-115
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Poem, possibly Valentine to Hester G. Miller, 1846.

Content:
Poem, possibly Valentine, to Hester G. Miller, Berkeley County, 1846.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-116
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Miller, Solomon. Papers, ca. 1821-1861.

Content:
Business papers and notes of Solomon Miller, Shepherdstown weaver, and Jacob W. Reynolds, ca. 1821- 1861.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-117
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Millspaugh, A. W. Letter to Thomas Venable, 1850 July 23.

Content:
Letter from A. W. Millspaugh, Richmond, to Thomas F. Venable, Farmville, VA, 1850 July 23, concerning danger of flooding in Richmond area.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-118
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Nash, J. W. Letter to J. D. Lewis, 1849 March 14.

Content:
Letter from J. W. Nash, Lewis Creek, to J. D. Lewis, 1849 March 14, concerning salt manufacturing.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-119
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Russell, A. B. Letter to Benjamin Hale, 1845 May 20.

Content:
Letter from A. B. Russell, Selma, MD to Benjamin Hale, Geneva, NY, 1845 May 20, concerning Harpers Ferry armory.

Donor: Purchase, 1945

Collection #: Ms80-120
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Silver, Gray. Agreement and basis of settlement between Democrats and Republicans in the 1911 session of the W. Va. legislature, 1911

Content:
Agreement and basis of settlement between Democrats and Republicans in the 1911 session of the West Virginia legislature, 1911.

Donor: Gift of Gray Silver, 1911

Collection #: Ms80-121
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Slack, Greenbury. Letters, account books, 1865-1868

Background:
Greenbury Slack (1807-1863) served as a justice of the peace and member of the 1861 and 1863 Constitutional Conventions from Kanawha County. He served in the West Virginia Senate 1863-1868.

Content:
Letters and account books of Greenbury Slack, 1865-1868.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-122
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Thompson, Philip Rootes. Letter to Allen Latham, 1833 March 22.

Content:
Letter from Philip Rootes Thompson, Coalsmouth, to Allen Latham, Chillicothe, OH, 1833 March 22, concerning land held in partnership with Mr. Patton in Logan County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-123
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


U. S. District Attorney. Partial letter, 1872 October 7

Content:
Partial letter from U. S. District Attorney, Clarksburg, 1872 October 7, concerning James Powelson, distiller.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-124
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Van Meter family papers, 1785-1910.

Content:
Van Meter family history, 1785-1910.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-125
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Whaley, Kellian Van Rensalear papers, 1863-1879 (bulk 1863-1866)

Background:
Kellian Van Rensalear Whaley (1821-1876) U. S. Congressman from Virginia (1861-1863) and West Virginia (1863-1867).

Content:
Letters to Kellian Van Rensalear Whaley from various correspondents, including General Isaac Duval, D. D. Farnsworth, General R. H. Milroy, William Francis Seward (son of the Sec. of State), and General Franz Sigel, 1863-1879, most concerning politics and the Civil War.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-126
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Woodbridge, Dudley. Bond, 1798 July 7.

Content:
Bond signed by Dudley Woodbridge, Washington County, to Benjamin Ives Gilman, Washington County, 1798 July 7.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-127
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Schaarmann family. Letters, 1848-1860.

Content:
Letters between members of the Schaarmann family in Germany and Harpers Ferry, 1848-1860. Letters are in German.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-128
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


Robinson, David. Letters, 1805.

Content:
Typescript letters regarding David Robinson's donation of his journal of travels through Louisiana territory to Thomas Jefferson, 1805.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-129
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


McPherson, Joel. Papers. 1868.

Content:
Letters of Joel McPherson concerning remittance by state for services of physicians to the Greenbrier County jail, 1868.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-130
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-87 through 80-130


North, John A. Letters, 1832-1855.

Background:
John A. North was the clerk of the Virginia Court of Appeals held at Lewisburg.

Content:
Letters of John A. North, Lewisburg, most dealing with court cases of the Virginia Court of Appeals held at Lewisburg, 1832-1855.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-131
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Beckley family papers, 1795-1845.

Background:
Alfred Beckley (1802-1886), graduate of U. S. Military Academy (West Point) in 1823. Served 13 years in the artillery. Settled in Fayette County and when Raleigh County was created became its first circuit court clerk. Became a brigadier general of the Virginia Militia in 1849. During the Civil War he guarded ferries on the New River under orders of Confederate General Wise until Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes took over Raleigh Court House and then surrendered to Hayes. Spent one month at Camp Chase prison, Ohio.

Content:
Letters of Alfred Beckley and his mother Maria Beckley, 1795-1845.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-132
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Dandridge, Danske Bedinger. Papers, 1887-1901.

Content:
Letters and poems of Danske Bedinger Dandridge, Jefferson County, 1887-1901. Most of the letters addressed to either Dr. Ward or Miss Ward.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-133
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Dewey, Samuel W. Letter, 1855 December 11.

Content:
Letter from Samuel W. Dewey, Washington, to I. Hiny? regarding Hiny's lands in Randolph County which appear to have been sold for non-payment of taxes.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-134
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Freer, Romeo H. Letter to Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877 March 5.

Background:
Romeo H. Freer (1845-?) U. S. Consul to Nicaragua (1872-1876), Registrar of Lands for Santa Fe, NM, legislator, prosecuting attorney and circuit judge for Ritchie County, U. S. Representative (1899-1901), Attorney General (1901-1905). Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) Colonel of the 23rd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and U. S. President, 1877-1881.

Content:
Letter from Romeo H. Freer, Charleston, to President Rutherford B. Hayes, Washington, 1877 March 5, recommending Lewis A. Martin for any position in administration he might want.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-135
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Henderson, J. H. Letter, 1862 June 19.

Content:
Letter from J. H. Henderson, Willow Island, Pleasants County, to H. J. Samuels, Adjutant General of the Restored Government of Virginia, regarding court of enquiry held at St. Marys.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-136
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Howell, James M. Letter, 1895 April 8.

Content:
Letter from James M. Howell, Farm, WV, to Colonel Flintlock Perry, Charleston, 1895 April 8, regarding Howell's enlistment in the 36th VA Infantry in Raleigh County.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-137
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Lamb, Daniel. Papers concerning Lamb's Historical Commentary, 1901-1924.

Background:
Daniel Lamb (1810-1890), member and chief draftsman 1st West Virginia Constitutional Convention, House of Delegates member from Ohio County (1863-1867). Granville Hall (1837-1934 ), 1st clerk of the House of Delegates (1863-1865), Secretary of State (1865-1868), editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer.

Content:
Letters, most between Granville Hall and Gertrude Lamb concerning final disposition of her father's writings, 1901-1924.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-138
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Lovell, Joseph. Letters to James Bream, 1814.

Content:
Letters from Joseph Lovell, Charleston, to James Bream, Richmond, 1814, regarding salt industry.

Donor: J. J. Lovell, n.d.

Collection #: Ms80-139
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Scott, Thomas. Letter to I. C. McGrew, 1869 February 23.

Content:
Letter from Thomas Scott, Brandonville, Preston County, to I. C. McGrew, 1869 February 23, recommending Captain William H. Rantner for a position as Inspector of Liquor.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-140
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Shaw, Otis. Letter to brother and sister, 1868 January 1.

Content:
Letter from Otis Shaw to his brother and sister, 1868 January 1, offering New Year's greetings. Shaw may be writing from Canada or Alaska.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-141
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Spinks, Jabez. Petition to Court of Appeals, 1838 July 20.

Content:
Petition of Jabez Spinks to Court of Appeals, 1838 July 20, protesting decision of the court in the case of Jesse Spinks vs. Jabez Spinks.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-142
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Stevenson, W. E. Letter, 1857 February 25.

Background:
William Erskine Stevenson (1820-1883) was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1857-1858), member 1st Constitutional Convention (1861), WV Senate (1863-1869), Governor (1869-1871), publisher of Parkersburg State Journal.

Content:
Letter from W. E. Stevenson, House of Representatives, Harrisburg, to Albert Hinkley, 1857 February 25, regarding renting Stevenson's home "Valley Farm."

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-143
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Sydenstricker, Michael. Partial letter, ca. 1865-70.

Content:
Incomplete letter from Michael Sydenstricker, probably Greenbrier County, discussing need for strong Union men and reconciling North and South and adhering to constitution. Probably written during Reconstruction period.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-144
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Summers, Lewis. Letters, 1817-1842.

Background:
Lewis Summers (1778-1843), judge of the Kanawha Judicial Circuit

Content:
Letters from Lewis Summers to various correspondents on various topics, including transportation improvements such as the James River and Kanawha Company, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, 1817-1842. Also contains newspaper account of George William Summers' speech in Congress on the Veto Bill.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-145
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Wilson, William Lyne. Letter to Professor William M. Foulke, 1892 March 3.

Background:
William Lyne Wilson (1843-1900), U. S. House of Representatives (1883-1895), U. S. Postmaster General (1895-1897), president Washington and Lee University (1897-1900?). While Postmaster General he established Rural Free Delivery.

Content:
Letter from Congressman William Lyne Wilson, Washington, to Professor William M. Foulke, Piedmont, thanking Foulke for his help in the recent examinations for the U. S. Military Academy.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-146
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Wood, Warren. Letters, 1863, 1925-1926.

Content:
Letters, many between Warren Wood, Ravenswood, and Miss Marietta Blennerhassett. Other letters between Roy Bird Cook and C. L. Brown concern Washington Lands, including photocopy from 1863 Magazine of American History about lands.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-147
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Hedges, Reuben Foreman, 1827-1828.

Content:
Typescript copy of Reuben Foreman Hedges' account of 1826-1827 trip from West Liberty to Maryland, including Baltimore and Annapolis, and Philadelphia. Includes some basic family history and some accounts of early Indian attacks upon settlers in western Virginia.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-148
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Wellman, Clyd A. History of Marshall College, 1908.

Content:
Typescript history of Marshall College by Clyd A. Wellman, 1908.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-149
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Program for the Dedication of a Window ... Westminster Abbey, 1922 May 26.

Background:
Louis Bennett of Lewis County was shot down and killed in France in 1918 while heading the West Virginia Flying Corps. His family sponsored several memorials to Bennett and other aviators killed during the war.

Content:
Program from the dedication of a memorial window to members of the Royal Flying Corps, placed in Westminster Abbey, London, England, by Mrs. Louis Bennett in memory of her son Louis, 1922 May 26.

Donor: Gift of John J. Cornwell, 1922

Collection #: Ms80-150
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Moredock, G. W. Remembrance of poem commemorating burning of H.M.S. Sir Robert Peel on Lake Erie in 1838, 1888.

Content:
G. W. Moredock's remembrance of poem commemorating burning of H.M.S. Sir Robert Peel on Lake Erie in 1838, as remembered in 1888.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-151
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Van Bibber, Mathias. Papers, 1799-1844.

Content:
Papers of Mathias Van Bibber, Kanawha and Nicholas counties, including business receipts, invoices, legal documents and correspondence, 1799-1844.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-152
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Lewis, James. Tribute to George Washington, n.d.

Content:
Tribute by James Lewis, Charleston, to George Washington, n.d.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-153
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Cook, J. B. Letters regarding land dispute, 1867-1868.

Content:
Letters concerning disputed lands in Monroe County and case of J. B. Cook vs. Henry Hagan and William Cox. C. H. Botts also involved in correspondence.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-154
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Canning, Edward et al. Letter to Rev. Josiah Canning, 1839 January 29.

Content:
Letter from Edward W. B. Canning, William P. Canning and Mrs. Edward Canning, Wheeling, to Reverend Josiah W. Canning, Gill, MA, 1839 January 29, concerning their educational qualifications. They were faculty of the Wheeling Institute.

Donor: Purchase, 1942.

Collection #: Ms80-155
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


U. S. Quartermaster General. Records for construction at Harpers Ferry, 1800.

Content:
Receipts fro construction materials used in building quarters for General Pinckney at Harpers Ferry, 1800.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-157
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Wise, Henry Alexander. Letters to E. W. M. McComas, 1855.

Background:
Henry Alexander Wise (1806-1876), lawyer, Congressman (1833-1844) Governor of Virginia (1855-1859), Confederate Brigadier-General during the Civil War.

Content:
Letters from Henry Alexander Wise to E. W. M. McComas, 1855, concerning political situation in Virginia, Wise as a possibly presidential candidate, slavery.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-158
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Clay, Henry. Letters, 1831, 1844.

Background:
Henry Clay (1777-1852) served in the U. S. House of Representatives and U. S. Senate from Kentucky. He successfully defended Aaron Burr against the charge of treason.

Content:
Letters from Henry Clay to men in Fayetteville and Charleston regarding setting up meetings to discuss various topics, 1831, 1844.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-159
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Diaz, Jose de la Cruz Porfirio. Letter to Stephen B. Elkins, 1896 May 19.

Background:
Jose de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz (1830-1915) served several terms as president of Mexico.

Content:
Stephen B. Elkins (1841-1911) served several offices in the New Mexico territory before settling in West Virginia in 1878. He married Henry Gassaway Davis' daughter and was in business with him in railroading, coal and timber. He was appointed Secretary of War (1891-1893) and was elected to the U. S. Senate (1895-1911).

Content:
Letter (in Spanish) from Jose de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz, president of Mexico, to Senator Stephen B. Elkins, 1896 May 19, concerning introduction to Diaz of a General Gordon as recommended by Elkins.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-160
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Bancroft, George. Letter to Carrie F. Jaynes, 1857 April 15.

Background:
George Bancroft (1800-1891) served as Secretary of the Navy (1845-1846) where he established the U. S. Naval Academy and minister to Great Britain (1846-1849), minister to various German states (1867-1874). But he is best known as a noted historian and author of the multi-volume set History of the United States.

Content:
Letter from George Bancroft, New York, to Carrie F. Jaynes, 1857 April 15, concerning his research on her great-grandfather Richard Henry Lee.

Donor: Gift of Carrie F. Jaynes to West Virginia Historical Society, 1895.

Collection #: Ms80-161
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Buchanan, James. Letter to Jessie Bright, 1853 November 29.

Background:
James Buchanan (1791-1868), U.S. president (1857-1861)

Content:
Letter from James Buchanan, London, to Jessie Bright, 1853 November 29, concerning his foreign affairs assignment to London.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-162
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Davis, Rebecca Harding. Letter, 1869 May 3.

Content:
Letter of Rebecca Harding Davis, Philadelphia, 1869 May 3, expressing thanks for an expression of appreciation of Davis' work.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-163
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Doddridge, Phillip. Letter, 1832 July 6.

Background:
Phillip Doddridge (1772-1832) served in the Virginia Legislature 1815-1816 and 1822-1823. He was a leader of the 1829-1830 Constitutional Convention and elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1829, where he served until his death.

Content:
Letter from Phillip Doddridge, Washington, 1832 July 6, to mayor of Georgetown, relating to city charters.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-164
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Lee, Robert Edward. Letter, 1869 July 21.

Content:
Letter from Robert Edward Lee, Rockbridge Baths to Messes. Peyton, White Sulphur Springs, 1869 July 21, concerning reservations for Lee and two of his daughters.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-165
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Blennerhassett, Mrs. Harman. Journal entry of her visit, 1858 September 1.

Background:
Harman Blennerhassett (1764?-1831) met with Aaron Burr at his Wood County island home beginning in 1805 and was arrested on a charge of treason for Burr's plotted overthrow of the government. Released in 1807 when Burr failed to be convicted, his property and home had been seized by the government and the house accidently burned by careless slaves. He died on the Isle of Guernsey in 1831.

Content:
Unsigned journal page, 1858 September 1, regarding visit of Mrs. Blennerhassett of St. Louis and her showing of a miniature and 3 volumes of journals kept by Blennerhassett during the Burr trial, his imprisonment, and some trips to Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-166
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Boone, Daniel. List of lawsuits in North Carolina, 1766-1767.

Background:
Daniel Boone (1733-1820), frontier explorer and early settler in the Kanawha Valley.

Content:
List of lawsuits involving Daniel Boone, 1766-1767, on the letterhead of the Superior Court, Rowan County, North Carolina.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-167
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


U. S. War Department. Notice of appointment to U. S. Military Academy (West Point), 1856 March 20.

Background:
Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) served as Secretary of War (1853-1857), U. S. Senate (1857-1861) and president of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865).

Content:
U.S. War Department notification of appointment of George A. Thornton to the U. S. Military Academy (West Point), 1856 March 20, signed by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-168
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Wood, Warren. Letters concerning Burr and Blennerhassett books, 1901.

Content:
Letter to Warren Wood, Ravenswood, from Charles Felton Pidigin Boston, concerning Wood's library of Burr and Blennerhassett books, 1901.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-169
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Sehon, John L. Letter to Michael Sechrist, 1815 August 8.

Content:
Letter from John L. Sehon, Clarksburg, to Michael Sechrist, Mason County, 1815 August 8, regarding payment of Sehon's taxes.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-170
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Poindexter, B. W. Announcement, 1824 January 10.

Content:
Circular announcing B. W. Poindexter, Charleston, is running for Virginia Assembly, 1824 January 10.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-171
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Content:
Register of cholera deaths, Kanawha County, 1850.

Content:
Register of cholera deaths, Kanawha County from the mouth of the Elk River to the upper salt works (Malden), 1850 May-September.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-172

Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Trimble, H. J. Letters to and from family, 1857-1868.

Content:
Letters, many to H. J. Trimble from family members, Ellenboro, Ritchie County, 1857-1868.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-173
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Smith, Benjamin H. Letter to William H. Cabell, 1844 January 1.

Letter from Benjamin H. Smith to William H. Cabell, Richmond, concerning a court case Rector vs. Jacob Uhl, 1844 January 1. Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-174

Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Sawyers, Sampson. Letter, 1808 August 16.

Content:
Letter from Sampson Sawyers, Dunlaps Creek, Botetourt County, to Mrs. Miriam Robinson, Peters Creek, 1808 August 16 regarding land.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-175
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Brown, George. Letter, 1839 February 26.

Content:
Letter from George Brown, Hollidays Cove, Brooke County, to Thomas Barns, Barn's Mills, Harrison County, 1839 February 26, concerning Methodist Protestant prayer meetings.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-176
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Peyton, Henry. Letter concerning Revolutionary War service, 1858 September 15.

Content:
Letter from Henry Peyton, Cabell County, to Richard Literal, Botetourt, 1858 September 15, asking if Literal can testify to remembering Peyton from various Revolutionary War engagements.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-177
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Campbell, A. Order for leather, 1823 May 2.

Content:
Order for leather from A. Campbell to Robert Moore, 1823 May 2.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-178
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Boone, Nathan. Letter, 1831 September 19.

Content:
Letter from Nathan Boone, St. Charles County, Missouri to Jesse VanBibber, 1831 September 19, discussing family matters.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-179
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Welch, John. Letter, 1844 September 5.

Content:
Letter from John Welch, Philadelphia, to Mrs. Julia Welch, Kanawha Court House, 1844 September 5, regarding his business trip to Philadelphia.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-180
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Willey, Waitman Thomas. Letter, 1840 January 17.

Background:
Waitman Thomas Willey (1811-1900), member of the 1850-1851 Virginia Constitutional Convention, selected as U. S. Senator for the Reorganized Government of Virginia (1861-1871). He introduced and sponsored the statehood bill to create West Virginia.

Content:
Letter from Waitman Thomas Willey, Senate Chamber, to John S. Barns, Barn's Mills, Monongalia County, 1840 January 17, regarding passage of bill regarding new county.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-181
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Taylor, Robert. Letter, 1817 January 7.

Content:
Letter from Robert Taylor, Orange, 1817 January 7, regarding payment of debt.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-182
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de. Letter, 1825 August 29.

Background:
Marquis Marie Joseph Paul Roch Yves Gilbert de Motier Lafayette (1757-1834) served in the American Revolution.

Content:
Typescript of letter from Lafayette, Washington, to Ludwell Lee, 1825 August 29 concerning his plans before leaving America.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-183
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Lucas, Harrison. Certificate of free birth, 1835 May 6.

Content:
Certificate of free birth of Harrison Lucas, Fauquier County, 1835 May 6, given by Andrew Turner.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-184
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


U. S. Post Office. C. K. Gardner letter, 1829 September 1.

Content:
Letter from C. K. Gardner, Washington, to John McArgle, Fishing Creek, Tyler County, 1829 September 1, regarding establishment of post office there and appointing McArgle postmaster.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-185
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Johnston's Fork Church. Register of members, 1802.

Content:
Register of members of Johnston's Fork Church, 1802.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-186
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


Harrison, Thomas. Deposition, 1737 June 17.

Content:
Deposition of Thomas Harrison, relating to discovery of the "Falls of Potowmack", witnessed before and signed by William Byrd, 1737 June 17.

Donor: u.d.

Collection #: Ms80-187
Location: In box with manuscript collections 80-131 through 80-187


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