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For a detailed scope and content note, series description, and historical background note please refer to the finding aid, which is both available online and in the repository

Label
1665-1947
Inclusive dates
1665-1947
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The Kilby family papers, 1665-1947, are organized into 4 series: Kilby family Papers, John R. Kilby Papers, Wilbur J. Kilby Papers, and Arthur Smith Papers. The collection includes accounts, bills of sale, certificates, clippings, correspondence, deeds, estate accounts, genealogical notes, ledgers, marriage records, memoirs, military records, obituaries, plats, postmasters accounts, promissory notes, receipts, sheriff fee and tax books, slave records, surveys, and wills, documenting a prominent Nansemond County, Virginia family
  • These papers are most notable because they contain many records relating to Nansemond County, a county for which many records are no longer extant. Included are numerous deeds, plats, surveys, and wills, 1665-1931. (An individual listing of each deed and will can be found in Appendix A at the end of the finding aid.) Included are overseer of the poor records and account books of levies and fees collected by John R. Kilby, as sheriff of Nansemond County, from c. 1840-1870. Included are accounts of the post office of Nansemond County, 1804-1844, when Arthur Smith was postmaster of the county. Also included are many estate accounts of Nansemond County residents, found in the John R. Kilby series. There are also many slave records throughout the collection, which include names, birth and death dates
  • The collection also includes military records from the 59th Virginia Militia, 1812, and the 16th Virginia Infantry, Confederate States of America. A memoir written by John Kilby describes his experiences in the Revolutionary war and his work with John Paul Jones (1747-1792). Also included are numerous genealogical notes and obituaries on the Blackwell, Glazebrook, Kilby, Riddick, Smith, and Thompson families of Hanover and Nansemond County and Norfolk, Virginia
  • Series I: The Kilby family papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title in four boxes and six oversize folders (see oversize folders 1-6). This series consists of accounts, clippings, correspondence, deeds, genealogical notes, notebooks, obituaries, plats and surveys, promissory notes, receipts, slave records, suit papers, and wills. Of note within the collection are the deeds, plats and surveys, and wills, 1665-1931, mainly from Nansemond County and Norfolk, Virginia. Many of the records pre-1866 of Nansemond County were burned, so these records provide information that is no longer extant
  • Series II: The John R. Kilby papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title in three boxes and fourteen volumes and divided into two subseries. Subseries have been designated for Papers; and Accounts books and ledgers. This series consists of accounts, bank books, bills of sale, broadsides, contracts, correspondence, estate accounts and records, ledgers, promissory notes, receipts, and county records, of John R. Kilby of Nansemond County, Virginia. The paper subseries relate mostly to Kilby's personal and professional life as a lawyer and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1849-1852. The account books and ledgers relate mainly to his career as sheriff of Nansemond County, c. 1840-1870
  • Series III: The Wilbur J. Kilby papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title in one box, three volumes, and one oversize folder (see oversize folder 7). This series consists of appointments, circulars, correspondence, endorsements, estate accounts, graduation certificates, marriage licenses, notes from the University of Virginia law program, and receipts. Of note are the papers relating to Kilby's career as a lawyer and judge in Nansemond County, Virginia. Kilby served as county court judge, superintendent of the cemetery, commissioner of accounts of the court, and judge of the first judicial circuit
  • Series IV: The Arthur Smith papers are arranged alphabetically by folder title in one box and one oversize folder (see oversize folder 8). This series consists of account books, circulars, clippings, correspondence, daybooks, promissory notes, and receipts of Arthur Smith of Nansemond County, Virginia. Included are numerous accounts of the post office of Nansemond County, 1804-1812, where Smith was postmaster from 1804-1844. Also included are receipts for monies paid on behalf of the post office, circulars announcing rate increases, and quarterly reports. Also included is an account book of the post office, 1832-1844, contains postal accounts and a list of subscribers of various newspapers and magazines, such as the Richmond Christian Advocate, Christian Sentinel, Norfolk Herald, Norfolk Beacon, and the Philadelphia Courier (Pa.)
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  • The Kilby family were prominent residents of Hanover and Nansemond Counties, Virginia. John Kilby (1758-1826) of Maryland married Elizabeth Thompson (1763-1818) on 25 December 1787 in Hanover County, Virginia. They had six children: John Thompson (1789-1838), Turpin (1792-1793), Turpin (1794-1832), Harriet (1797-1865), Spotswood (1800-1818), and Thomas Jefferson Kilby (1803-1881). John Thompson Kilby married Ann Newton (Jones) Baker (1800-1857), daughter of Matthias Jones and Mary (Riddick) Jones, and widow of Joseph B. Baker, at Suffolk, Virginia, on 1 May 1817. Harriet Kilby married Samuel Corbell on 4 May 1838 in Nansemond County, Virginia, and John L. Collins of Louisa County, Virginia, on 20 May 1855. Thomas Jefferson Kilby married Ann Upshur Smith (1803-1879) and Turpin Kilby married Martha Glazebrook (1796-1878) on 6 March 1817.
  • John Richardson Kilby (1819-1878), second of the seven children of Turpin (1794-1832) and Martha (Glazebrook) Kilby (1796-1878), was born in Hanover County, Virginia. He served as sheriff of Nansemond County, lawyer, member of the Virginia Convention, 1861, and served in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1849-1852. He married Martha Jane Louisa (1816-1888), daughter of Arthur (1779-1849) and Susan (Richardson) Smith (1781-), on 5 December 1838. Arthur Smith operated a general store in Suffolk, Virginia, and served as postmaster of Suffolk, from 1804-1845. They had eight children, Walter, Leroy Richardson (1841-1883), Wallace (1843-1899), Susan (1845-1917), Arthur Turpin (1847-1851), Wilbur J. Kilby (1850-1907), Livingston Clay (1852-1917), and Annette Maria (1853-1882).
  • Wilbur John Kilby (1850-1907), sixth of the eight children of John Richardson and Martha Jane Louisa Kilby, was educated at Randolph Macon College and University of Virginia. He was a lawyer in Suffolk, Virginia, and judge of the County Court of Nansemond, Virginia. He was also examiner of records in the second judicial circuit and the superintendent of Cedar Hill Cemetery in Nansemond County. He married Harriett Lanetta Brownley (1855-1887), daughter of Mary (1818-1881) and Joseph (d. 1878) Brownley of King and Queen County, Virginia, on 5 September 1876. They had four children: Miriam (1879-), Bradford (1876-), John Richardson, and Hilah Kilby. On 23 January 1889 Wilbur Kilby married Mary D.H. Finney (1850-1917).
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Papers
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For a detailed scope and content note, series description, and historical background note please refer to the finding aid, which is both available online and in the repository
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http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vivadoc.pl?file=vi00487.xml
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For a detailed scope and content note, series description, and historical background note please refer to the finding aid, which is both available online and in the repository
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Extent
4.05
Immediate source of acquisition
Kilby, Mildred K.
Organization method
Organized into 4 series: I. Kilby family papers, II. John R. Kilby papers, III. Wilbur J. Kilby papers, and IV. Arthur Smith papers.
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000504254
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