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  • Papers, 1832-1905, of the Harris-Rodes-Smith family of Albemarle and Nelson Counties, Virginia, consisting of correspondence, essays, obituaries, photographs, poems, receipts, and recipes, as well as genealogical information on the Harris and Rodes family and a biography of Jacintha Tazewell Rodes Smith Harris (1809-1860). Correspondence consists of letters between Jacintha Harris, her husband James Montague Harris (1813-1893), and her sons by her first marriage, Charles Thomas Smith (b. ca. 1838), Francis Rodes Smith (b. ca. 1840), and John Massie Smith (1843-1909), discussing her visits to various springs to regain her health, her sons' educations at various colleges, religion, agriculture, social news, and family news. Correspondents also include letters to and from John Massie Smith (1795-1843), William Henry Harris, Powhatan Jones, Jane A. Barnett, Lucy Ann Harris Neuland, and Lizzie Woods Harris. Also includes a letter from William and Ettoly Spenn, former slaves of Jacintha Harris. Photographs are of a portrait of Francina Brown Rodes (1775-1846), James M. Harris, and Midway Plantation in Albemarle County. Obituaries are for James M. Harris, John Massie Smith, Cynthia Rodes McClun, and Lucy E. Brown. Also contained published correspondence concerning Charles Thomas Smith's Civil War service. There are also recipes are for various food dishes and home remedies for illnesses
  • These are transcripts and photocopies of the letters. There are no transcripts of photocopied letter dated 1 July 1842 from James Montague Harris to John Massie Smith. There is also a receipt dated 27 July 1857 from Crawford and Cochran, merchants in Staunton, Virginia, to Jacintha Harris which is not included in the transcripts
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Jacintha Tazewell Rodes was born 20 August 1809 at Midway Plantation in Albemarle County, Virginia, to John Rodes (1766-1841) and Francina Brown Rodes (1775-1846). She married first John Massie Smith (1765-1843), 2 March 1831, and they had six children, including Charles Thomas Smith (b. ca. 1838), Francis Rodes Smith (b. ca. 1840), and John Massie Smith (1843-1909). She married second James Montague Harris 28 May 1845, and they had three children, including Lizzie Woods Harris and Mary Alice Harris. Jacintha Harris died 19 December 1860 at Greenfield Plantation in Nelson County, Virginia, and was buried at Hebron Baptist Cemetery in Nelson County. James Montague Harris was born 11 June 1813 in Nelson County to William Benjamin Harris (ca. 1772-1862) and Elizabeth Woods Harris (b. ca. 1770). He lived at Greenfield Plantation. Harris died 8 January 1893 (or 1894) in Nelson County and was buried at Hebron Baptist Cemetery.
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  • 88
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Webb, Betsy
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Permission to publish must be obtained from Betsy Webb, representative of the Harris-Rodes family.
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