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Linda Wilkinson Bock papers

Linda Wilkinson Bock papers, 1848-1999
Linda Wilkinson Bock papers
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  • Papers, 1848-1999, of Linda Wilkinson Bock (1907-2005) of Charles City County and Richmond, Virginia, consisting of papers relating to the Linda and Frederic S. Bock (1909-); Bock and Wilkinson families; William L. Wilkinon (1861-1957); Reverend Charles Edward Stewart (1884-1965) and Eleanor May Deverell Stewart (1883-1971); Westover Church and the Episcopal Church in Virginia; and the history, politics, religious, and social life and customs of Charles City County, Surry County, and Virginia
  • Series I: Linda Wilkinson Bock Papers, 1937-1999, containing address books, autograph books, books, correspondence, diaries, newsletters, notebooks, notes, pamphlets, and receipts. Diaries, 1942 and 1954-1956, cover Bock's life in Florence, South Carolina, in 1942, and at Byrdwood in Charles City County, Virginia, from 1954 to 1956. Topics include family and personal news; social life and customs; religion, including Bock's family's attendance at Westover Church in Charles City County; World War II; national, state, and local politics, including local elections in Charles City County and the 1956 presidential election; Supreme Court ruling on segregation; Bock's getting a part-time job as a high school counselor; charity giving for 1955 and 1956; and the weather. Also includes bulletins, cards, clippings, and correspondence filed within the diaries. Papers also include an address book; an autograph book, 1937-1938, signed by Bock's seventh grade students at New Kent High School; book of poems and sayings entitled LEAVES OF GOLD given to Bock in 1972; correspondence, 1942 and 1974, to Bock containing family and personal news; newletter, June 1958, for the Link-Belt Company and newsletter concerning travel allowances; notebook containing a division of personal property, possibly from Byrdwood, 1971, and daily meditations and notes, 1982-1999, of Bock; notes, n.d., for Bock's Westover Church prayer group; pamphlet offering plays for sale to high school drama clubs; and a receipt, 25 May 1962, for Frederic Bock
  • Series II: Wilkinson-Bock family papers consisting of Bible records, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items. Bible records consist of records for the Wilkinson and Kimbrough families, and include information on the Bock, Bowman, Branch, Bumpass, Cosby, Deverell, Finney, Jones, Nixon, Stewart, and Thornton families. Clippings, 1916-1988 and no date, include articles on Charles City County and its history; historic houses along the James River, including Berkeley, Shirley, Upper Weyanoke, and Westover; Poplar Hall in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Westover Church in Charles City County; drives through Charles City County; Hanover County, Virginia; the Virginia Episcopal Church; Short Pump, Henrico County, Virginia; United States history; George E. Pickett (1825-1875); William L. Wilkinson; and Philip Lightfoot's dance competion with the devil. Photographs include members of the Wilkinson family, the Branch family, John S. Alvis (1835-1884), equipment and docks of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Company, and a Christmas party and a dinner possibly for C and O employees. Miscellaneous items include inscriptions, prayers, notes, and other papers copied or removed from various books
  • Series III: William L. Wilkinson Papers, 1861-1945 containing accounts, agreements, automobile registrations, bills, commissions, contracts, correspondence, deeds, driver's licenses, genealogies, insurance policies, invitations, lists, manifests, marriage license, naturalization papers, oaths, petitions, plats, poems, receipts, summonses, tax records, timetables, and other materials. Topics include Wilkinson's family and social life, his bank account and investments, his accounts with local merchants, his home Byrdwood and his farm property, his service on the county school board, as a notary, and as a justice of the peace, his involvement in the lawsuit of C. H. Wilson et. al. vs. W. J. Thornton, and his taxes; Charles City County history including the Civil War, education, agricultures, and social life and customs; and Surry County, Virginia, history, social life and customs, and Episcopalians including those who attended Ritchie Memorial Church. Papers also include Virginia and local history and politics; dredging in the James River; World War I and Virginia servicemen; the Sons of Confederate Veterans; the Daughters of the American Revolution; Mann Page Lodge No. 157; railroads; and roads and ferries in Charles City and Surry County, Virginia. Series also contains papers of William Fanning Wilkinson (1827-1895) of Charles City County concerning the Civil War and his loyalty oath; Letitia S. Wilkinson's driver's licenses and automobile registrations; William L. Wilkinson's and Letitia Deverell Wilkinson's marriage license; the naturalization paper of Persse Deverell; and accounts of the estate of Thomas Branch (d. 1900)
  • Series IV: Account Books, Diaries, Ledgers, 1856-1952 containing diaries, 1889, 1893-1899, and 1913-1952 (one volume), probably of William L. Wilkinson, concerning crops, weather, and accounts; account books, cash books, payroll books, and ledgers, 1883-1906, for the operation of Sandy Point Farm in Charles City County, owned by Thomas Branch and operated by William F. Wilkinson and William L. Wilkinson; account book, 1880-1881, for operation of Retreat Farm, by William F. Wilkinson; account book, 1865, for operation of Hughes Creek Farm by William F. Wilkinson; account books, 1865-1867, 1870, 1872-1876, 1883, for operations of Woodside Farm by William F. Wilkinson; William F. Wilkinson account book 1868-1878; check stub book, 1889-1904, and receipt book, 1889-1896, of William L. Wilkinson; mill account book, 1884-1906; account book, 1878, of William L. Wilkinson, and account book, 1890-1936, probably of William L. Wilkinson; memorandum book, 1911-1918, of William L. Wilkinson at Tettington, Virginia; account book, 1921, including an account of the battle of Drewry's Bluff; blank yearbook for 1929 given to Edna L. Watkinson by her grandfather; and account book, 1933-1934, of Frederic S. Bock, including reports and receipts from Spur Distributing Company, Inc
  • Series V: Stewart Family Papers, 1935-1969 consisting of diaries, prayer book, and Sunday School lessons of the Stewart Family of Onancock, Accomack County, Kenbridge, Lunenburg County, and Sandston, Henrico County, Virginia. Diaries, 1951-1952, 1956-1960, 1967, and 1969, of Eleanor May Deverell Stewart (1883-1971) record comments on the weather, social life and customs, religion, the Episcopal Church, Episcopalians, and other personal and family information while she and her husband, Reverend Charles E. Stewart (1884-1965), were living in Lunenburg and Henrico Counties, Virginia, and while Reverend Stewart was serving churches in Lunenburg County and Nansemond County, Virginia. She discusses religious services and events at St. Paul's Church, Kenbridge, and St. Andrew's Church, Victoria, both located in Lunenburg County, and at Glebe Church, Driver, and St. John's Church, Chuckatuck, both located in Nansemond County. Prayer book of Reverend Charles E. Stewart contains prayers used by Stewart for various religious holidays, regular services, and particular events. Sunday School lessons, 1935-1938, cover material taught by Eleanor Stewart for kindergarten, and grades 2, 3, and 4, at Holy Trinity Church, in Onancock, Accomack County, Virginia, when Reverend Stewart served that congregation
  • Series VI: Westover Church papers, 1934-1991, consisting of Westover Church bulletins, 1954-1991; Westover Church newsletters, 1981-1991; Westover Church annual meeting papers, 1958 and 1960; papers, 1934-1986, concerning the day-to-day operations of the church and its financial status; treasurer's reports, 1958-1962; parish account book, 1960; check record, 1954-1963; every member canvass campaigns, 1956-1962; search committee papers, 1974-1975, 1981; members directory, 1982; altar guild manuals; and pamphlet about Westover Church as a historic site
  • Series VII: Miscellanous Religious Materials. Items include religious magazines: EPISCOPAL CHURCHNEWS, THE EPISCOPALIAN, THE LIVING CHURCH, VIRGINIA CHURCHMAN, and THE VIRGINIA EPISCOPALIAN; Diocese of Virginia parish stewardship manual, 1977; service of holy eucharist from 182nd Annual Council of the Virginia Diocese, 1977; program for the 191st Annual Council of the Virginia Diocese, 1986; and Virginia Diocese mission outreach-church extension pamphlet. Also Sandy Point Sunday School journal and related papers, 1912-1925; St. James Episcopal Church (Monkton, Maryland) newsletters, 1981-1983; First Presbyterian Church (Hopewell, Virginia) newsletter, December 1981; Ritchie Memorial Episcopal Church (Surry County) 100th anniversary bulletin, 1985; Report of St. James the Less Church (Hanover County), including the by-laws of St. Peter's Church; historic pamphlets on St. Luke's Church (Isle of Wight County, Virginia), and the Episcopal Church in Accomack County; Bruton Parish Church (Williamsburg, Virginia) Christmas bulletin and music program, December 1971; annual congregation meeting, 3 December 1970 of Church of Our Saviour (Sandston, Virginia); Reverend James Alves' installation service, 13 October 1974, as rector of St. Philip's Church (Laurel, Delaware); and papers, 1950 and 1974, of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church (Richmond, Virginia). Also pamphlets and booklets on Episcopal Church teachings, prayer, stewardship, and general religious subjects, as well as miscellanous papers on religion
  • Series VIII: Pamphlets, Magazines, etc. Items include 1848 VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA ALMANAC; Brandon Lodge, no. 192, Prince George County, Virginia, by-laws; a book of verse, 1889, titled THE JAMES RIVER; pamphlets addressing the history of Charles City County, Edmund Ruffin, (1794-1865), John Tyler (1790-1862), and the character of the Confederate soldier; programs for the exercises of the Hanover monument to the Confederate soldier, Edmund Waddell (1855-1931), 300th anniversary of Surry County, the 350th anniversary of Jamestown, and for a play titled THE COMMON GLORY; and the following magazines: RED CROSS COURIER, 15 August 1929; ANACONDIA WIRE, April 1951; THE SPIRE, March 1952; and KIPLINGER MAGAZINE, November 1956. Also includes a report, 1938, on the economic conditions of the South; advance sheets, 1951, of cases before the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals; miscellanous pamphlets on Virginia history and driving laws; pageant about Charles City County's history; and other miscellanous items
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Linda Elizabeth Wilkinson was born 9 November 1907 in Surry County, Virginia, to William L. Wilkinson (1861-1957) and Letitia Sarah Deverell Wilkinson (1874-1960), and grew up in Charles City County, Virginia. Linda Wilkinson graduated from Longwood College and became an elementary school teacher. She married Frederic Stanley Bock, Jr., (1909-) 17 July 1933, and they had no children. Linda Wilkinson Bock served as assistant director of the Disability Determination for the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services. With her husband, she was active in the Westover Episcopal Church. Bock died 5 March 2005 in Richmond, Virginia, and was buried at Westover Church in Charles City County.
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Linda Wilkinson Bock papers
Some items located in oversize, cabinet 22, drawer 5
  • The Library of Virginia
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Jones, Virginia Heistand
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Organized into the following series: Series I: Linda Wilkinson Bock Papers, 1937-1999. Series II: Wilkinson-Bock Family Papers. Series III: William L. Wilkinson Papers, 1861-1955. Series IV: Account Books, Diaries, Ledgers, 1856-1952. Series V: Stewart Family Papers, 1935-1969. Series VI: Westover Church, 1934-1991. Series VII: Miscellaneous Religious Materials. Series VIII: Pamphlets, Magazines, etc.
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