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Hannah-Barksdale family papers

Hannah-Barksdale family papers, 1810-1923
Hannah-Barksdale family papers
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  • Papers, 1810-1923, of the Hannah and Barksdale families of Charlotte County and Lynchburg, Virginia, and West Virginia, namely Samuel Hannah (1796-1859), Claiborne G. Barksdale (1820-1883), and Grief Barksdale (1774-1850). Includes accounts and receipts, correspondence, estate administration records, guardian's accounts, and other materials. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1820 to 1860
  • The Samuel Hannah Papers, 1810-1923, include accounts and receipts, agreements, bills of lading, correspondence, estate accounts, judgment, plat, and power of attorney. The accounts and receipts are for household goods, groceries, clothing, shoes, medical services, blacksmith work, court fees and tax bills, subscriptions, freight bills, coal and wood, hotel rooms and board, and tuition. There are also accounts of sales of tobacco and salt sold by commission merchants on behalf of Hannah. The earliest correspondence relates to tobacco sales while Hannah was a commission merchant in Lynchburg. Other topics include family news, health, marriages and deaths, and slave hires. There is also information relating to Hannah's brother-in-law William H. Barksdale (1816-1896), while he was a patient at the Western Lunatic Asylum in Staunton. The later correspondence is from Samuel Hannah (1852-1929) to his mother Charlotte Ella Barksdale Hannah (1813-1886) while he was attending Norwood School in Nelson County, Virginia, as well as the University of Virginia. There are also letters written to him while he was living in Danville from his brother George B. Hannah (1842-1914). Also included in this series are letters, 1858-1861, from Julia Elizabeth Ruffner (1822-1864) to Mary Elliott Hannah (1837-1914)
  • The Claiborne G. Barksdale Papers, 1836-1870, include accounts and receipts, circulars, correspondence, deed, guardian's accounts, membership certificate to the Virginia Central Agricultural Society, plat, and summons. The earliest correspondence is written to him while he was a student in Lynchburg and Charleston, (West) Virginia, and then in the mercantile business in Lynchburg. Many of the letters are written by his mother and siblings, and subjects include family news, health, weather, farming operations, and inquiries about his business prospects. There are also numerous letters from commission merchants regarding goods sold to Barksdale, as well as sales of his tobacco and wheat on consignment. The collection also contains accounts concerning Barksdale's guardianship of two of his sisters, Nancy Elliott Barksdale (1829-1904) and Susan Emmet Barksdale Townes (b. 1832), upon the death of their father, Grief Barksdale
  • The Grief Barksdale Papers, 1828-1852, include accounts and receipts, agreements, correspondence, deed, estate papers, and suit papers. There is information relating to his serving as executor of the estate of Anthony North (d. 1824). A majority of the correspondence concerns sales of his tobacco, and payments of accounts with various merchants. There are also records regarding the settlement of his estate, incuding accounts, deposition notice, inventory and appraisement, order to appraise, land divisions and survey, refunding bonds, and sales
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  • Grief Barksdale was born 25 December 1774 in Prince Edward County, Virginia, to Claiborne Barksdale (1738-1825) and Sarah Goode Barksdale (1745-1775). Grief Barksdale was a planter and merchant in Charlotte County, Virginia. He was captain of a rifle company in the Charlotte County militia in 1808 and during the War of 1812, it was assigned to the 4th Regiment, 2nd Brigade, under the command of General Joel Leftwich (1759-1846). The company was stationed just outside Richmond, Virginia, and Baltimore Maryland. After the War of 1812, Barksdale returned to Charlotte County. He served as a justice on the Charlotte County Court, as sheriff, and as a member of the board of the overseers of the poor. Barksdale died 23 January 1850 in Charlotte County.
  • Barksdale married Mary Allen (Ann) Elliott (1794-1837) on 6 February 1810 and they had ten children, including Claiborne Grief Barksdale and Charlotte Ella Barksdale. Claiborne Grief Barksdale was born on 20 April 1820. He was a commission merchant in Lynchburg, and then moved back to Charlotte County, where he was a tobacco farmer. He never married. Claiborne G. Barksdale died in 1883. His sister, Charlotte Ella Barksdale, was born on 9 July 1813. She married Samuel Hannah (1796-1859) on 1 February 1837, and they resided in Kanawha County, West Virginia, where he was a planter and cashier for the Bank of Virginia. She died on 18 August 1886.
Cataloging source
Hannah-Barksdale family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books & Manuscripts
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Samuel Hannah Papers. II. Claiborne G. Barksdale Papers. III. Grief Barksdale Papers.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (4 boxes)

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