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Papers, 1771-1885,
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  • Papers, 1771-1885, of the Waller family of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, consisting of accounts, agreements, bills of lading, bonds, certificates, commissions, deeds, guardianship records, judicial records, letters, letters of recommendation, licenses, lists, military records, orders, plats, promissory notes, receipts, returns, rosters, subscription lists, tax records, and wills. Series I: Letters, 1800-1885; Series II: Personal Papers, 1787-1885; Series III: Legal Papers, 1771-1864; and Series IV: Military Papers, 1795-1819. Series I: Letters, 1800-1885, consists of letters to and from Aylett Waller (ca. 1779-1820), Absalom Waller (1772-1823), and Nelson S. Waller (d. 1869) mostly concerning family and personal matters. Of particular interest are: letter, October 1800, from the Baptist Church of Christ, Bethesda Meeting House in Spotsylvania County to the Goshen Association in Orange County, Virginia, concerning their upcoming meeting; letter, 14 July 1804, from Absalom Waller to John B. Anderson concerning a dispute over Waller's preaching; two letters, both dated 7 November 1860, from Nelson S. Waller to an unknown recipient concerning a misunderstanding between them; and a letter, 16 April 1864, from Rufus B. Merchant of Cobb's Legion to [Nelson S.?] Waller concerning the Civil War and religion
  • Series II: Personal Papers, 1787-1885, consists of receipts, accounts, promissory notes, lists, tax records, licenses, agreements, bonds, guardianship records, subscription lists, certificates, bills of lading, deeds, and judicial records relating to the personal and business accounts of the Waller family. Papers includes Aylett Waller's accounts as guardian of Atwell and Elijah Wiglesworth; receipts for purchase and rental of slaves; license for Aylett Walker to operate a still; an agreement between Aylett Waller and William Tiller for Tiller to serve as his overseer; and a Confederate bond. Series III, Legal Papers, 1771-1864, consist of Absalom Waller's will; division of slaves from a Waller estate; a survey of land for Benjamin Waller; an incomplete survey; and an incomplete deed. Series IV: Military Records, 1795-1819, cover Aylett Waller's militia career including his command of the Sixteenth Regiment, Virginia militia, during the War of 1812. The bulk of the militia records date from July to September, 1814, during the British invasion which culminated in the burning of Washington. The military records include provision returns, reports, special and general orders, equipment reports and intelligence reports on the movements of the British fleet up the Potomac River
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Aylett Waller (ca. 1779-1820), Absalom Waller (1772-1823), Curtis Waller, and Benjamin Waller were the sons of Benjamin Waller (1749-1835) of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Aylett Waller served as a colonel in the Virginia militia and commanded the 16th Virginia Regiment during the War of 1812. Curtis Waller also served as a captain in the 16th Regiment during the War of 1812. Their brother Absalom Waller (1772-1823) was a Baptist preacher. He married first Lucy Jones and second Cicely Shelton. Nelson Samuel Waller (d. April 1869) was Absalom's son by his first wife. He became a physician in Spotsylvania County and was also a county court justice. Nelson S. Waller married Mary Hampton DeJarnette (ca. 1820-1901), and they had at 5 children.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Immediate source of acquisition
Briggs, Nan Waller
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Organized into the following four series: I: Letters, 1800-1885. II: Personal Papers, 1787-1885. III: Legal Papers, 1771-1864. Series IV: Military Papers, 1795-1819.
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