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Branch-Newbill family papers

Branch-Newbill family papers, 1837-1935
Branch-Newbill family papers
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  • Papers, 1837-1935, of the Branch and Newbill families of Amelia, Dinwiddie, and Prince George Counties, Virginia and Anderson County, Texas, including correspondence and subject files
  • The earliest correspondence is written by Robert H. Branch (1812-1895) to his wife Martha P. (Alfriend) Branch (b. ca. 1813), while he was employed in the stage office of James M. Boyd in Richmond, and later when he was travelling in the surrounding counties as a school teacher. Topics include his health, the pains of separation and his concern for her welfare, religious views and thoughts, attending church services, and his attempts at having her relocate to Richmond. Some of the letters are written while he was employed on the stage line at White Sulphur Springs. There are also descriptions of Lynchburg and Natural Bridge. The letters he wrote while working as a teacher are from Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, and Pittsylvania Counties. He describes the difficulties he is having in obtaining suitable teaching positions, and the amount of money he is earning. There are a couple letters from the Civil War era, including one mentioning James Peter Branch (b. 1842) and his service with the 44th Virginia Infantry, and one from that unit thanking the ladies of Appomattox County for their gift of a flag. The later letters in the collection are written mainly to Nathaniel P. Newbill (ca. 1820-1909) and Annie M. Branch (b. 1845). Subjects include business and financial matters, most involving taxes on land owned by Newbill in Texas, and the sale of his property there following his death
  • The subject files contain a variety of materials, including accounts and receipts, clippings and obituaries, papers relating to the estate of Nathaniel Green Newbill (ca. 1868-1891), invitations, poetry, postcards, photographs, tax tickets, lists of traveling expenses from Texas to Virginia (1872), a typescript history of the 26th Georgia Infantry, a University of Virginia Jefferson Society celebration program (1860), and vouchers of Robert H. Branch as trustee for his children
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Robert Henry Branch was born on 8 November 1812. He was the son of Robert F. Branch and Mary Tatum. He married Martha P. Alfriend (b. 1813) on 3 December 1835. They resided in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, where he was employed as a teacher. Branch later worked in the stagecoach office of James M. Boyd in Richmond. Their daughter, Mary Frances Branch (b. 1836) married Nathaniel P. Newbill (ca. 1820-1891). The resided in Palestine, Anderson County, Texas. Following his death, Mary Newbill moved back to Virginia, and resided in Meherrin in Prince Edward County.
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Branch-Newbill family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Carwile Auctions, Inc.
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