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  • Papers, 1837-1938, of the Ranson-Alexander-Washington family of Staunton, Virginia, consisting correspondence, genealogy, and speeches, and divided into the following series: Series I: Alexander-Washington Correspondence, 1837-1857. Series II: Thomas Ranson Letters, 1894-1909. Series III: Ranson-Opie Letters, 1929-1938. Series IV. Miscellaneous, 1889-1936.Series I: Alexander-Washington correspondence, 1837-1857, contains letters to and from members of the Alexander and Washington families of Jefferson County, (West) Virginia, and Fairfax County, Virginia, discussing family and personal news, including health and travels. letters contain information on social life in Jefferson County, Fairfax County, and Richmond, Virginia. Correspondence also contains information on weather, slaves, livestock, agriculture, ministers, science lectures, clothing and dress, and other matters. Letters include information on the inauguration and death of President William Henry Harrison (1773-1841). Also letters from L. Prosser Tabb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John Augustine Washington of Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, concerning his medical studies. Collection contains letters concerning William F. Alexander's efforts to secure a government position and a break-in at the Alexander home in Jefferson County. Collection also includes a letter from Thomas R. Blackburn to William H. Harman concerning Blackburn's military service during the War of 1812. Correspondents include: Anna Maria Alexander, Cary S. Alexander, William F. Alexander, L. Prosser Tabb, Charlotte Alexander, and Thomas Blackburn
  • Series II: Thomas Ranson letters, 1894-1909, contain correspondence to and from Thomas D. Ranson of Staunton, Virginia, concerning the genealogies of the Ranson, Ransom, Baldwin, Briscoe, and Morgan families of Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York, and West Virginia, as well as other states. Also correspondence between Thomas D. Ranson and General Marcus J. Wright concerning the Confederate military service of Thomas Ranson, Ambrose R. H. Ranson, and Frank Ranson. There are also other letters between members of the Ranson family discussing genealogy and personal matters. Series III: Ranson-Opie Letters, 1929-1938, consists of correspondence concerning the genealogies of the Washington, Alexander, and Ranson families of Virginia and West Virginia. Correspondents include Nelly Howard, John Ranson, Briscoe B. and Daisy Baldwin, and Sol Bloom of the the committee in charge of the celebration of George Washington's two-hundredth birthday. Recipients include Mary Opie of Staunton, Virginia. Series IV: Miscellaneous consists of: a list of articles related to the Alexander and Washington families loaned by Thomas D. Ranson and other members of the Ranson family to Sophia Jackson Tucker of Norfolk, Virginia, for use in an exhibition, and also loaned to the World's Fair Exposition in Chicago, Illinois; a speech on Reconstruction delivered by Thomas D. Ranson to the Daughters of the American Revolution; a speech, April 1936, on Oakenwold in Staunton, Virginia, by Charlotte Ranson Taylor; and genealogical notes on the Alexander, Ranson, and Washington families
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John Augustine Washington (1789-1832) married Jane Charlotte Blackburn (1786-1855) in 1811, and they had at least five children, including John Augustine Washington (1821-1861), the last Washington who owned Mount Vernon, and Anna Maria Washington (1817-1850). Anna Maria Washington married William Fontaine Alexander (1810-1862), and they had children. Their daughter Mary Fontaine Alexander married Thomas Davis Ranson of Staunton, Virginia, a Confederate Veteran.
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Robinson, George W., Mrs.
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Organized into the following series: Series I: Alexander-Washington Correspondence, 1837-1857. Series II: Thomas Ranson Letters, 1894-1909. Series III: Ranson-Opie Letters, 1929-1938. Series IV: Miscellaneous, 1889-1936.
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