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Alexander and James M. Donnan papers

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Alexander and James M. Donnan papers, 1835-1892
Title
Alexander and James M. Donnan papers
Inclusive dates
1835-1892
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eng
Summary
Papers, 1835-1892, of Alexander Donnan and James M. Donnan, lawyers in Petersburg, Virginia, consisting of accounts, almanacs, announcements, checks, correspondence, deeds, envelopes and wrappers, forms, insurance policies, judicial records, powers of attorney, promissory notes, receipts, and other papers. Papers involve the legal work of the Donnans' law firm, including the hire or sale of slaves, legal proceedings, tax payments, and pensions for veterans of the War of 1812
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Alexander Donnan was born 21 May 1818 in Dumfries, Scotland, the sixth child of David Donnan (1778-1857) and Mary Stewart Donnan (1787-1850). The family migrated to Virginia, where the Donnans' ninth child, James Monroe Donnan, was born 6 May 1824 in Amelia County, Virginia. Alexander and James M. Donnan moved to Petersburg, Virginia, where they practiced law together. Alexander Donnan married Anne Eliza Willson (1827-1912), and they had six children. Alexander Donnan died 14 March 1892 in Petersburg, and was buried in Blandford Cemetery. James M. Donnan was an avowed Unionist during the Civil War and a Radical Republican during Reconstruction. He served on the Petersburg City Council and was United States Consul at Belfast, Ireland, from 1873 to 1880. He was married three times: first, to Virginia Hubbard; second, to Mary H. Williams; and third, to Annie Thompson, who died on 16 November 1910. James Donnan died on 14 January 1893 in Richmond, Virginia, and was buried at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.
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VIC
Label
Alexander and James M. Donnan papers
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi04968.html
Note
Mutual Assurance Society insurance policy, 31 December 1858, is located in oversize box 13
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.225
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There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Cowan's Auctions, Inc.
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001722607
Type of unit
cu. ft. (1 box)

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