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Papers, 1834-1964, of the Fontaine family of Henry and King William County, Virginia. Includes correspondence, clippings, genealogical notes, wills, photographs, and obituaries. Major correspondents include Marian Dandridge Fontaine, Ella Redd Fontaine, John Quarles, William Spotswood Fontaine, and Sarah Aylett Fontaine. Included are many letters between Annie and Patrick Henry Fontaine and their children regarding health, family, and Patrick's service during the Civil War. Other topics include school, family, social life in Virginia, and travels to North Carolina and Texas. The collection includes genealogical notes on the Dandridge, Fontaine, Henry, Quarles, Redd, and West families. Also included are wills, applications for the Virginia Daughters of American Revolution, and reminiscenses by Sarah Spotswood Fontaine Sampson of the family home of "Fontainebleau"
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  • The Fontaine family were prominent farmers in Henry County, Virginia. William Winston Fontaine (1786-1816) was the son of John (1750-1792) and Martha Henry (d. 1818) Fontaine. He married Martha Hale Dandridge (1795-1875) on 1810 January 16 in Goochland County, Virginia. They had three children: William Spotswood Fontaine (1810-1882), Patrick Henry Fontaine (1812-1845), and Sarah Ann Fontaine (1815-1909). Patrick Henry Fontaine married Sarah Miller Cole (1815-1892) and Sarah Ann Fontaine (1815-1909) married Edmund Burwell Redd (1808-1850).
  • William Spotswood Fontaine married Sarah Shelton Aylett (1811-1876), daughter of Philip and Elizabeth Aylett. William built the family plantation of "Fontainebleau" in King William County, Virginia and was a farmer, served in the Virginia legislature, 1838-1842, and was an ordained minister. During the Civil War their plantation was burned and they moved around from North Carolina to Texas, finally settling in Reidsville, North Carolina. William and Sarah had eight children, including Elizabeth, William Winston, Alexander, Charles, Marian, Patrick, Philip, and Sarah.
  • William Winston Fontaine (1834-1917) married Mary Adelaide Burrows (1838-1887). William served with Henrico Light Artillery and after the Civil War moved to Texas to teach. Marian Dandridge Fontaine (1840-1913) married John Hairston Redd (1835-1902). Philip Aylett Fontaine (1845-1862) served with King William's Artillery. Sarah Spotswood Fontaine (1848-1935) married Henry Sampson (1847-1915).
  • Patrick Henry Fontaine (1841-1915) married Annie Elizabeth Redd (1847-1936), daughter of Edmund Burwell and Sarah Fontaine Redd. Patrick was a Baptist minster and was appointed chaplain of the 53rd Virginia Infantry Regiment. After the war he served as chaplain in North Carolina and Halifax County, Virginia. They had nine children, including Ella Redd Fontaine (1866-1941) who married Alta L. Smith (1856-1941).
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Form designation
  • The Library of Virginia
Governing access note
Serve microfilm (Misc. Reel 1133)
Immediate source of acquisition
Nichols, Dorothy Quarles
Type of unit
cubic ft.

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