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Smith family papers

Smith family papers, 1828-1950
Smith family papers
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  • Papers, 1828-1950, of the Smith family of Albemarle and Augusta Counties, and Staunton, Virginia; and Alabama, Mississippi, Rhode Island and Ohio, containing accounts, Bible records, certificates, checks, correspondence, a Virginia militia commission, a diploma, an indenture, marriage records, a Civil War military pardon, military passes, photographs, promissory notes, property tax receipts, receipts, and report cards. Bible records contain information on the related families of Barret, Harmon, Munro, Snapp, Staples, and Thacker
  • Correspondence, 1839-1949, principally concerns family matters and social events, family military service including the Revolutionary War record of David Bullock (1761-1838), biographical information on David Bullock and John H. Smith (d. 1830), family genealogy, family member deaths and causes of death, ages of family members, and family education and the Miller Manual Labor School. Principal correspondents and recipients include Robert B. Barret, Virginia P. Means, Alexander Munro, James W. Smith (1846-1909), John F. Smith (1807-1876), Laura Eudora Smith (1852-1903), Martha H. Smith (1814-1884), Roy Harmon Smith (1879-1963), and William Robert Smith (1835-1896). In this collection there are also photographs of Monticello taken during a visit by Roy Harmon and Jessie M. Smith in 1906 and photographs of Virginia Beach taken during their honeymoon in 1904. Virginia Beach photos include images of the Princess Anne Hotel and a shipwreck
  • This collection also contains receipts and accounts, 1828-1900, including receipts and promissory notes of John F. Smith and checks, accounts, and Albemarle and Augusta County property tax receipts of James William Smith; a marriage certificate, 4 October 1834, issued to John F. Smith and Martha H. Barret; a Virginia militia commission, 17 April 1837, issued to John F. Smith by Governor David Campbell; a Civil War military pardon, 15 August 1865, issued to John F. Smith by President Andrew Johnson; a report card, 1866, and diploma, 1870, from Virginia Female Institute for Laura Staples; an indenture agreement, 20 January 1896, between Roy Harmon Smith and Harry Blundell and Company; and education certificates, 1896-1897, a military pass, 1945, and an honorary diploma, 1950, issued to Roy Harmon Smith. There is also a copy of THE CHRISTIAN LIFE TEXTBOOK owned by Jessie Duncan Munro Smith containing names of family members and their birth and death dates (?). A Bible owned by Douglas Nisbet (1820-1877) containing no vital statistic information is also contained in this collection
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Biographical or historical data
  • The Smith family traces its roots to John H. Smith, who was born in Albemarle County the son of John Smith and Polly Hardin. He married Keziah Patterson on 28 July 1806 in Albemarle County and died 7 March 1830 in Albemarle County. His son John Fleming Smith was born on 8 March 1807 and died 10 January 1876. He married Martha H. Barret, who was born on 17 May 1814 and died 23 November 1884. Their son James Wickliffe Smith was born 7 July 1846 in Staunton, Virginia. He married Laura Eudora Staples on 23 September 1874. Staples was born on 20 September 1852 at Massey Mills, Nelson County, Virginia, and died 6 August 1903 at Staunton, Virginia.
  • Roy Harmon Smith was born on 19 February 1879 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of James Wickliffe and Laura Eudora Staples Smith. He married Jessie Duncan Munro (1879-1958) on 4 April 1904 in Providence, Rhode Island. The couple eventually settled in Kent, Ohio, where Roy Harmon Smith died on 9 November 1963.
Cataloging source
Smith family papers
  • The Library of Virginia
Immediate source of acquisition
Rogers, Martha
Type of unit
cu. ft.

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