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Fairfax County Court – Fry, Mary Ella Fourqurean

Fairfax County, Court, Papers, 1742–1793. 12 items. Mss4F1613d.
Consist of miscellaneous legal papers. Of particular note is a summons, 1755, requesting that William Gladdin appear before the court concerning a slave girl, Easter, and the estate of John Gladin (probably Gladdin).

[Fairfax, Sally, Diary, 1771–1772]. 8 pp. Mss5:1F1616:1.
This fragment of a diary kept by Sally Fairfax (1760–1777?) as a child at Towlston in Fairfax County mentions her mother's food preparations for a ball and lists several guests. Fairfax also notes activities of her parents, other members of the household, and friends. Alternative versions have been been published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 11 (1903–4): 212–213, and Wilson Miles Cary, Sally Cary (New York, 1916).

Farrar, Charlotte W. Green, My Africa Story: The War Is Over—What Do We Do Now? 1 item. Typescript. Mss7:1F2422:1.
Autobiographical essay of Mrs. Farrar (b. 1916?), a native of Amelia Court House, covering the years 1945–1947 and describing social and economic conditions following the end of World War II, including the efforts of her husband, Richard Farrar, Jr., to find a job in the petroleum industry following his demobilization from the military. He was eventually hired by the Standard Oil Company to oversee their holdings in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo, and the couple and their three-month-old baby set off for "Darkest Africa." Mrs. Farrar details the difficulties of travel, the social activities of the small European and American enclave, local customs, and everyday life. When her baby fell ill she was forced to return to the United States, leaving her husband behind. In an epilogue she describes his efforts to find a job upon his return and their eventual move to New York City, where he worked for Pan American Airlines.

Faulkner Family Papers, 1737–1954. ca. 12,000 items. Mss1F2735aFA2.
This collection contains the papers of three generations of members of the Faulkner family of Martinsburg in Berkeley County (now W. Va.).

James Faulkner (1776–1817), a merchant and artillery officer in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812, and his contemporary and friend, lawyer and legislator Elisha Boyd, generated the earliest records, primarily business correspondence, financial accounts, and a few military records (boxes 1–12), but the bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Charles James Faulkner (1806–1884), lawyer, state legislator, United States congressman and senator, and minister to France just prior to the Civil War. His extensive correspondence, 1826–1884, documents his political and legal career (boxes 13–40), but also includes significant numbers of letters to and from his wife, Mary Wagner (Boyd) Faulkner (d. 1894), and other members of his family. Legal materials include letters and other documents regarding female litigants and several files pertaining to divorce cases and the settlement of estates of women (boxes 47–68). Papers, 1866–1869, compiled by Faulkner concerning Mary McGuire (b. 1851), the daughter of Irish immigrant parents, document her placement with the Faulkner family as a servant, their financial support for her education, and additional financial support for McGuire after her mother's death in Philadelphia (box 79).

Mary Faulkner's papers include correspondence, 1831–1876, mostly with family members and friends, that contains information on her management of the household; an account book and loose accounts, 1847–1893, that illuminate agricultural operations at Boydville, her plantation; a commonplace book, 1860, kept in France during her husband's diplomatic service; and records concerning a claim for damages to Boydville brought against the United States government after its occupation by Federal troops in 1863–1865 (box 81).

Papers of Charles and Mary Faulkner's son, Charles James Faulkner, Jr. (1847–1929), concern his career as lawyer, judge, and United States senator from West Virginia (boxes 83–88). A few personal papers of his wife, Sallie (Winn) Faulkner (d. 1891), and her mother, Mary Jane (Garrett) Winn (1818–1869), also survive in the collection (box 89). Papers of Sallie Faulkner's sister, Elizabeth Garrett Winn (b. 1840?), document her social life in Charlottesville and her career as a teacher in West Virginia (boxes 92–93). They contain correspondence, 1865–1881; accounts, 1869–1881; a commonplace book, ca. 1876; and records of the Martinsburg Grammar School, 1873–1880. Another sister, Ellen Watson Winn (1842?–1893), who cared for the children at Boydville following the death of Sallie Faulkner, left a small number of personal papers in the collection, along with the financial papers of Charles Faulkner's second wife, Virginia Fairfax (Whiting) Faulkner (1867–1938) (box 93), and scattered papers of Faulkner's sisters, their husbands, and his children (box 94).

Female Humane Society (Richmond, Va.), Letter, 1829. 1 item. Mss2M9925a2.
A letter, 9 October 1829, written to Gustavus Adolphus Myers (1801–1869), then a member of the Richmond City Council, by "The Fair Ladies" soliciting his help in the promotion of a fair to benefit the Female Humane School. The Female Humane Society, founded in 1805, provided a home and basic education for "destitute" girls. In 1921 the society changed its name to the Memorial Foundation for Children. Throughout its history fairs were a common way for the organization to raise funds necessary to its operation.

Figg, Laura Elizabeth Lamb, Papers, 1882–1884. 4 items. Mss2F4685b.
Consist of certificates of merit, 1882–1884, issued to Laura Lamb (later Laura (Lamb) Figg), a student at Bellevue School, Richmond, Va.; a second honor certificate, n.d., issued to Laura Lamb; and a composition book of Laura Lamb, ca. 1884.

Floyd, Martha Beaston Tyler, Commonplace Book, 1860. 1 volume. Mss5:5F6695:1.
Martha Beaston (Tyler) Floyd (1838–1887) kept this volume in Richmond as a young, single woman; it contains notes from books that she read.

Fontaine, Maria Louisa Shackelford, Memoir, ca. 1870. 6 pp. Typescript. Mss5:1F7345:1.
This brief reminiscence of Maria Louisa (Shackelford) Fontaine (1807–1876), written for her grandchildren, focuses on the rearing and education of her ten children at Beaverdam in Hanover County. Fontaine also recalls the deaths of several of them and of her husband, Edmund Fontaine (1801–1869), as well as the burning of their house during the Civil War.

Forster, Virginia Taylor, Papers, 1948. 9 items. Mss2F7745b.
This small collection includes a program for an evening of student plays performed by Virginia Taylor (later Virginia (Taylor) Forster) and other students of Miss Turnbull's School for Girls, Norfolk, and a copy of the play, "A Minuet." Other items include skits from the school; a copy of a play in verse; three creative theme examinations for English and Latin subjects; two photographs of Virginia; and a 1948 school yearbook, "The Attica." The school was founded in 1922 by Miss L. Minerva Turnbull (1899–1965) and Miss Sarah Graham and remained in operation until 1961.

Fortune, Jan Isbelle, The Cavalcade of the Cavaliers, 1937. 77 pp. Mss5:9F7795:1.
Jan (Isbelle) Fortune (b. 1892) wrote this play, celebrating Richmond's history, in honor of the city's bicentennial.

Frame, Ann, Papers, 1798–1812. 9 items. Mss1F8439a. Microfilm reel C458.
The collection contains four account books, 1798–1812, for a general store kept by Ann Frame, a merchant in Charles Town (now W. Va.) (section 1). There are also estate accounts, 1798, for her husband, Joseph Frame, included in one of the account books.

Freeman Family Papers, 1791–1998. 1,472 folders. Mss1F8773a.
Women's materials in this collection of a prominent Richmond family focus on the correspondence (section 5) of Inez Virginia (Goddin) Freeman, the wife of historian and newspaper editor Douglas Southall Freeman, with Mary Wells (Knight) Ashworth (concerning Mary's work as Dr. Freeman's research assistant; letter of 21 August 1954 discusses the disposition of Dr. Freeman's manuscripts after his death), son James Douglas Freeman (discussing his father and sister's car accident, 1938; dorm life at Princeton University; his medical operation at a Navy hospital and sharing the ward with an African American, 1944; life onboard the U.S.S. Audubon and Franklin D. Roosevelt's death, 1945; and his legal separation from wife Janice (Miller) Freeman, 1950), daughter Mary Tyler (Freeman) Cheek (later McClenahan; World War II–era letters concern college life, race and African Americans, and the war effort; postwar letters concern her travel to Europe, the Korean War, and African American servants at her home, Faraway, in Lake Lure, N.C.; letter of 4 March 1962 concerns her impressions of the Arabs she saw in Israel), and daughter Anne Ballard (Freeman) Adler Turpin (regarding her study at Vassar College, her 1948 trip to Europe, and life in New York City). Also, contains letterbooks, August 1952–January 1956 (folders 623–28), containing correspondence of Inez Virginia (Goddin) Freeman with various individuals regarding a variety of topics, including the death of Douglas Southall Freeman.

Sections 8–9 contain correspondence of Inez's daughter, community and civic leader Mary Tyler (Freeman) Cheek McClenahan (consisting of letters from the 1950s) and daughter Anne Ballard (Freeman) Adler Turpin (mostly featuring letters from the 1940s).

French, Sarah Scarborough Butler Henry, Papers, 1847–1870. 13 items. Mss2F8892b.
This collection contains scattered correspondence of Sarah Scarborough Butler (Henry) French (1808–1873) of Fenton in Warrenton, Va., and New York, N.Y., with her children, Matilda (French) Gray Hewes (1833–1887) of Alexandria and Marcellus French (1831–1919). The letters discuss social life, family news, and the end of the Civil War. A few papers pertain to other family members.

Fry, Mary Ella Fourqurean, Commonplace Book, 1856–1860. 1 volume. Mss5:5F9465:1.
This "Keepsake Album" contains poems dedicated to Mary Ella (Fourqurean) Fry (b. 1844?) and Emma (Fourqurean) McCorkle (b. 1846?) by friends and relatives while the two were young girls living at Black Walnut in Halifax County.

Updated January 13, 2010