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Timberlake family papers

Timberlake family papers, 1762-2009
Timberlake family papers
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  • Papers, 1762-2009, of the Timberlake family of Atlee, Hanover County, Virginia. Includes correspondence and subject files, mainly of John Henry Timberlake (1835-1900) and his wife Etta Gertrude (Bowe) Timberlake (1838-1911), and their daughter Carrie Crenshaw Timberlake (1864-1938)
  • The correspondence is divided into three groups. The first group covers the years 1840-1981. It includes letters written by John H. Timberlake to his cousin and future wife Etta Gertrude Bowe while he was teaching at Southwood Academy in Talladega, Alabama, and later while he was serving with the 4th Virginia Cavalry at Culpeper Courthouse, Brandy Station, Yorktown, Richmond, Hanover County, Martinsburg, and Spotsylvania Courthouse. Of particular note is a letter, dated 4 July 1862, in which he mentions his action as an escort and guide for General Stonewall Jackson to Cold Harbor. There are transcriptions for these letters which cover the years 1858 to 1863. Also included in this group are letters of sympathy written upon the death of John H. Timberlake (1900) and Etta Gertrude Timberlake (1911). There are also numerous letters written to Carrie Crenshaw Timberlake from friends in Germany and France. Much of the post-1900 correspondence is between Gertrude and Carrie while the latter was teaching at Lewisburg Female Institute, and contain information regarding Gertrude's activities in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, including conventions she atttended in Norfolk and San Francisco, as well as her visit to the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon in 1905. There are also descriptions of trips by Gertrude to Jamestown and Nashville, Tennessee. There are numerous letters to Carrie concerning her interest in genealogy from fellow researchers, and also relating to her finances and investments. Also included in this group are letters written by Donald C. Timberlake (1915-2007) to his wife Ethel Lee (Culley) Timberlake (1916-2009), while he was serving in the Army in Italy during World War II
  • The second group of letters covers the years 1871 to 1911, and includes many letters from her parents to Carrie while she was attending Wesleyan Female Institute in Staunton, and later teaching in Botetourt County, Virginia. The correspondence from 1896-1897 is between them while Carrie was studying overseas in Hannover, Germany and Paris, France. There are also letters written by John H. Timberlake in 1899 while he was in Hot Springs, Virginia, and Asheville, North Carolina for health reasons. The post-1900 letters are mainly between Gertrude and Carrie while the latter was teaching in Lewisburg and the Stonewall Jackson Institute in Abingdon, Virginia, as well as when she was on trips to England and Scotland and also out west at Yellowstone. There are transcriptions for some of these letters
  • The third group of letters covers the years 1896 to 1898 and 1901 to 1903. It includes letters written by Carrie to her parents while she was studying in Germany, as well as visiting Italy and France. She also kept two letterbooks containing the text of these letters. These two volumes can be found in the Subject Files. The 1901-1903 correspondence are letters written to Ruby Franklin Beach (1884-1948) prior to her marriage to Maury Cullen Timberlake (1878-1935)
  • The subject files contain a variety of materials relating to the activities of the Timberlake family. There is information relating to the Army service of Donald C. Timberlake during World War II, autograph albums, historical information on Atlee, Atlee's Station, Cool Spring Baptist Church, and Washington-Henry Academy, Bible records, books, and botanical samples collected by Carrie C. Timberlake, and clippings. There are Civil War papers of John H. Timberlake, including a discharge, furlough, oath, and ladies' pass for Gertrude Bowe. The subject files also contain a large amount of material relating to Carrie's extensive travel, including cruise books, menus, passenger lists, programs and itineraries, tickets and passes, tourist brochures and guide books, and a travel journal. There are also deeds, diplomas, estate papers, genealogical notes on the Anderson, Bowe, Carr, Chiles, Clopton, Crenshaw, Dabney, Davis, Garland, Graves, Hill, Meredith, Shelton, Timberlake, and Tinsley families, letters of recommendation, obituaries, plats and surveys, photographs, poetry, postcards, recipe books, and scrapbooks. Finally, there is information relating to the development of the Timberlake home "Rutland" into a mixed-use residential community, and also information on the family's investments and rental properties, and also tax records. Of note are four volumes of tax books (1841, 1844, 1845, 1847) kept by Archibald Burnett Timberlake (1809-1863)
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  • Archibald Burnett Timberlake (1809-1863) married Emily Rushbrook Bowe (1807-1836) on 7 June 1832. Their son, John Henry Timberlake, was born on 23 August 1835. He attended the University of Virginia (B.A., 1857; M.A., 1858) and was a teacher at Southwood Academy in Talladega, Alabama. He then served with the 4th Virginia Cavalry during the Civil War. On 12 November 1863, he married his cousin, Etta Gertrude Bowe (1838-1911), daughter of Nathaniel Fleming Bowe (1809-1875) and Marietta Chiles (Crenshaw) Bowe (1814-1840), and they resided at "Rutland," Atlee, Hanover County, Virginia. John Henry Timberlake died on 11 February 1900 and Etta Gertrude Bowe Timberlake died on 25 May 1911. They are buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
  • Their daughter, Carrie Crenshaw Timberlake, was born on 29 October 1864. She attended Wesleyan Female Institute in Staunton, Virginia, Richmond College, and later studied German and French abroad. She taught at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi, Lewisburg Female Institute in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and the Stonewall Jackson Institute in Abingdon, Virginia. Carrie C. Timberlake traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia following her teaching career. She never married, and died at "Rutland" on 15 March 1938. She is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
  • Her brother, Maury Cullen Timberlake, was born on 16 May 1878. He married Ruby Franklin Beach (1884-1948) on 14 October 1903. Maury C. Timberlake died on 11 June 1935 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery. Following his death, Ruby Timberlake married Andrew Burnett West.
  • Maury and Ruby's son, Donald Crenshaw Timberlake, was born on 5 December 1915. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (B.S. 1938), and served as an Army officer during World War II. He married Ethel Lee Culley (1916-2009) on 9 July 1938. Donald C. Timberlake died on 11 February 2007 and Lee Timberlake died on 4 September 2009. They are buried in Hollywood Cemetery. Donald and Lee's children, Donald Henry Crenshaw Timberlake and Betty Bowe Timberlake, donated these Family Papers to the Library of Virginia in 2011.
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Timberlake family papers
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Immediate source of acquisition
Timberlake, Donald H.C. and Timberlake, Betty Bowe
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Organized into the following series: I. Correspondence. II. Subject Files.
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