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Maury family papers

Maury family papers, 1786-1995
Maury family papers
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  • Papers, 1786-1995, of the Maury family of Caroline County and Fredericksburg, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Missouri, and Texas. The collection includes correspondence and subject files of Charles Broadnax Maury (1822-1906) and his wife Sallie Fontaine (Maury) Maury (1825-1915), and their son William Lewis Maury (1851-1927) and his wife Cora Wells (Sears) Maury (1860-1917). There are also genealogical research files and subject files of Elizabeth Tunstall White (1884-1973)
  • The correspondence begins in the mid-1820's and includes letters from Lucy P. (Hunton) Maury (1787-1828) in Fredericksburg to her husband Richard Brooke Maury (1794-1840) while he was working in Washington, DC. There is also a group of letters from Richard Brooke Maury to John de Bree (1798-1869) in Norfolk discussing business and naval matters, as well as news of their friend Daniel McCarty Fitzhugh Thornton (1800-1865). Correspondence in the 1840's includes letters from John Minor Maury (1826-1868) to his sister Sallie Fontaine Maury (1825-1915) while he was serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the "Constitution" commanded by John "Mad Jack" Percival (1779-1862). There are also numerous letters from Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) beginning in 1847 written mainly to Sallie Fontaine Maury and discussing family and personal news. Letters from 1850 to 1870 are mostly between Charles Broadnax Maury and his wife Sallie Fontaine Maury. Correspondence in the 1880's includes a group of letters by Dabney Herndon Maury (1822-1900) while he was serving as minister to Colombia, and there are a large number of letters written by William Lewis Maury in Palestine, Texas to his wife Cora Sears Maury while the she was visiting friends and family in Florida, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Of note are letters relating to the deaths of Matthew Fontaine Maury and Dabney Herndon Maury. The post-1900 correspondence includes letters written by the three sons of William Lewis Maury while they were serving in France during World War I, as well as letters pertaining to his genealogical research, including correspondence with Mary Maury Werth (1844-1928), the daughter of Matthew Fontaine Maury, and Nannie Rose Maury Pollard (1853-1943), the daughter of Dabney Herndon Maury
  • The subject files include appointments and commissions, Bible records, books on the Maury family, Civil War oath, parole, and pardon of John Minor Maury, deeds of the Sears family of St. Louis, diaries, genealogical notes compiled by William Lewis Maury, invitations, photographs, scrapbook, sermons, and sketches, memorials, and biographical materials on Matthew Fontaine Maury
  • The collection also contains genealogical research files compiled by Elizabeth Tunstall White (1884-1973) on the allied families of Allen, Anderson, Anthony, Bagley, Irvine, Lewis, Pugh, Rives, Savage, Townes, Tunstall, and White and others. There are abtracts and transcriptions of deeds and other land records, marriage records, military records, parish and church registers, published sources, tax records, tombstone inscriptions, wills and estate administration records, as well as correspondence with numerous descendants, especially Claudia Kelsall Townes (1861-1940), family charts, and genealogies compiled by others. In addition, there are subject files which include books, clippings, Colonial Dames application papers, genealogical charts, miscellaneous research notes, photographs, and poetry
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  • Charles Broadnax Maury was born on 29 November 1822. He was the son of William Grymes Maury and Anne Hoomes Woolfolk. He married Sallie Fontaine Maury (1825-1915) in Washington, DC on 19 November 1850. She was the daughter Richard Brooke Maury and Lucy P. Hunton. Following the death of her father, Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873) was appointed as guardian to her and her brother John Minor Maury (1826-1868). Charles Broadnax Maury served as treasurer of the Fire Insurance Company in Washington, DC. He died on 10 February 1906. He and his wife are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, DC.
  • Their son, William Lewis Maury, was born on 30 November 1851. He married Cora Wells Sears (1860-1917) in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was employed as an auditor for a railroad company. They later moved to Palestine, Texas where he worked for the International and Great Northern Railway Company. William Lewis Maury died on 15 December 1927. He and his wife are buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. They had five children, including Isabel Lee Maury, who married Dr. Thomas Wistar White.
  • Elizabeth Tunstall White was the sister of Dr. Thomas Wistar White. She was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on 21 June 1884. She graduated from Randolph-Macon College (A.B., 1907) and Washington University in St. Louis (A.M., 1916). She was a high school teacher. Elizabeth Tunstall White died in March 1973 and is buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Danville, Virginia.
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Maury family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Jones, William Maury and Anne White
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Maury Family Papers. II. Elizabeth Tunstall White Papers.
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Type of unit
cu. ft. (14 boxes)



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