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Diaries

Label
Diaries, 1845-1892
Title
Diaries
Inclusive dates
1845-1892
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Extracts of the diaries, 1845-1892, of Levi Pitman of Shenandoah County, Virginia, concentrating on recording deaths, births, and weddings in Shenandoah County; Pittman's work as repairman, dentist, and medical provider; his inventions; agriculture; and observations on elections and church meetings. There is frequent mention of former county residents and family members who have moved or are planning to remove to other states. The war years, despite a missing volume, provide much information on the battles in the Valley of Virginia and citizen activities and hardships brought on by the civil strife. Pittman's pro-Union sympathies are reflected throughout. A detailed picture of life in Shenadoah County -- both social and economic -- is provided in these diary abstracts that cover the later half of the 19th century. Includes typed transcripts of a letter dated 26 March 1830, and genealogical notes on the major family members
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Biographical or historical data
Levi Pitman was born 6 September 1807 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, to Emanuel Pitman (1772-1850) and his wife Esther Funkhouser Pitman (1777-1853). Levi Pitman was a tinker, repairing clocks and musical instruments, as well as extracting teeth. He created many labor saving items and successfully obtained patents on several inventions, including an apple corer and a cherry seeder. He designed and fitted artificial limbs. Pitman was also an ardent Union sympathizer during the Civil War. He married Rachel Windle (1819-1893) 12 June 1845, and they had eight children. Pitman died 12 September 1892.
Cataloging source
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Location of originals duplicates
University of Virginia, Alderman Library, Manuscript Division.
Label
Diaries
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
70
Immediate source of acquisition
Borden, Noel (Mrs.)
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000493084
Reproduction note
Photocopies.
Type of unit
leaves.

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