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  • Papers, 1780-1955, of the Maupin family of Albemarle County and Portsmouth, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1870 to 1955. Includes correspondence, subject files, and oversized items
  • The correspondence mainly concerns three generations of the Maupin family, including Dr. Socrates Maupin (1808-1871), his son Chapman Maupin (1846-1900), and granddaughter Margaret Lewis Maupin (b. 1877). There are two early letters written to Mrs. Mary E. MacPherson, the sister of Dr. Socrates Maupin's wife Sally Hay Travis Washington. They include information on the appointment of William T. Washington to West Point, and the impending marriage of Sally H. T. Washington to Dr. Maupin
  • The correspondence between the years 1845 and 1870 deal with Dr. Maupin's work at the University of Virginia. Subjects include appointments and recommendations of faculty members, letters of introduction for various students, including the son of Senator David Levy Yulee of Florida, and other news relating to the university. There are also letters between members of the Maupin family and others discussing national politics and family matters. There is an extensive letter which relates to the future military career of Robert Washington Maupin, and his interest in serving in Peru. The correspondence from this time period also includes letters written to Peter Grayson Washington while he was serving as Assistant Secretary of State which deal with recommendations, appointments, and meetings
  • The correspondence from 1870 to 1900 concerns Champman Maupin and his family. There are letters of sympathy after the death of Dr. Socrates Maupin, letters from Chapman's brother Robert Washington Maupin while a business school student in Baltimore, as well as correspondence involving estate matters, including the sale of lands owned in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Texas, the destruction and restoration of the Grayson family burial ground at "Bel Aire" estate near Woodbridge in Prince William County, as well as other family matters, genealogical subjects, travels, health, weather, and information relating to Chapman's operation of Maupin's University School in Ellicott City, Maryland
  • After 1900, the letters are written mostly to Margaret Lewis Maupin from her mother and sisters, containing family news. Also ncluded is a letter of sympathy after the death of her sister Agnes Marshall Maupin, Margaret's marriage to Rex Corbin Spencer Maupin and subsequent letters from her husband, and annual dues notices and correspondence from various patriotic organizations
  • The subject files contain accounts and receipts, booklets, a Civil War letter dated 14 August 1864, clippings, genealogical notes and charts, two obituaries, pamphlets, photographs, publications, speeches, a copy of the will of William Maupin dated 1813, and miscellaneous items
  • The oversized items include two deeds, a membership certificate to the Order of LaFayette, a pedigree and genealogical chart, and a sectional map of the cities of Superior, WI and Duluth, MN (1876)
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  • The Maupin family were residents of Albemarle County and Portsmouth, Virginia, and Baltimore. Dr. Socrates Maupin was born on 25 November 1808. He was a professor of chemistry at Hampden-Sydney College, and later head of the Richmond Academy. He aided in the establishment of the Richmond Medical College. For fifteen years he was associated with the University of Virginia, where he served as President of the Faculty. On 14 December 1837 he married Sally Hay Travis Washington (1812-1891) a daughter of Lund Washington and Susan Monroe Grayson. Dr. Socrates Maupin died in a runaway accident in Lynchburg on 19 October 1871.
  • His son Chapman Maupin was born in Albemarle County on 23 April 1846. He graduated from the University of Virginia, studied abroad for a few years, and then moved to Maryland where he was made principal of the Baltimore City College, and later founded Maupin's University School in Ellicott City, Maryland. On 5 January 1871 he married Margaret Lewis Taliaferro (1846-1930), a daughter of Gen. Alexander Galt Taliaferro of Annandale, Culpeper County. Chapman Maupin died in Ellicott City, Maryland on 25 July 1900.
  • Chapman Maupin and his wife had three daughters. They were Agnes Marshall Maupin (1871-1904), Sally Washington Maupin (1874-1944), and Margaret Lewis Maupin (b. 1877) who married Rex Corbin Spencer Maupin. Margaret Lewis Maupin was very active in the Maryland Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She died on 23 September 1955.
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Arranged in three series: I. Correspondence. II. Subject Files. III. Oversized Items.
  • The Library of Virginia
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Atkins, William K.
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