[Hall, Nancy Johns Turner], The Imaginist, 1844. 4 volumes. Mss5:9H1405:1.
Written under the pseudonym Ann Tracy, "The Imaginist or Recollections of an old lady, a native of one of the Southern States, now a resident of the State of Ohio in the Year 1844" describes a young girl's introduction to the ideal of romantic love through the sin of novel reading, her subsequent imprudent marriage and divorce, her redemption through education and teaching, and, finally, her successful second marriage to a man whom she perceived more as a friend and companion than a lover. The work has been attributed to Nancy Johns (Turner) Hall (1792–1850) of Bedford County, Va., and many of the events discussed in it parallel those of her life, including her brief marriage to Griffin Bayne at age sixteen, her second marriage to Presbyterian minister Robert J. Hall (d. 1876), and their subsequent migration to Ohio. The work also discusses slavery, the African American colonization movement, and the education of women. Although unpublished, the author clearly intended for her manuscript to circulate. A typed transcript is available in the repository.
Hamilton Family Papers, 1857–1880. 5 items. Mss1H1805a.
This collection consists primarily of three diaries, 1857, 1872, and 1874–1875, kept by Matilda Hamilton (1817–1875) of Forest Hill in Spotsylvania County (a1–3). Hamilton notes her daily routines, especially the visits of friends and family members and changes in the weather. Volume one includes a description of the inauguration of President James Buchanan (a1).
Hankins Family Papers, 1820–1928. 742 items. Mss1H1946a. Microfilm reels C275–277.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of John Henry Hankins (1804–1870) and his wife, Louisiana (Wilson) Hankins (1819–1865), of Bacon's Castle in Surry County, and their children. John's papers include correspondence, 1842–1869, with business associates and his children (section 6); household accounts, 1837–1870 (section 7); and guardian's accounts, 1854–1861, for his niece, Lucy A. Hankins (b. 1843?) (section 8). Louisiana's correspondence, 1857–1864, with her children, James DeWitt Hankins (1841–1866) and Virginia Wilson Hankins (1843–1888), includes observations on the homefront during the Civil War (section 12). James's correspondence, 1857–1865, as a student and while serving in the Confederate army, is primarily with his sister, Virginia (section 13); her letters discuss reading, social life and the homefront. Virginia kept a diary, 1863, which contains reflections on herself and discusses the war and moonlight rides with young men, including poet Sidney Lanier (1842–1881) (section 17). Her correspondence, 1862–1888, is primarily with her younger brother, Louis Hankins (b. 1859), whose education at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Auburn University) she supported by working as a teacher at the Montgomery (Ala.) Female College and Norfolk (Va.) College for Young Ladies (section 18). Personal accounts, 1881–1888, survive for the years spent in Norfolk (section 19). Louis worked as a civil engineer for various railroad companies and for the Nicaragua Canal Company; his correspondence, 1878–1928, consists chiefly of letters to his younger sister, Mary Dorcas (Hankins) Fontaine (b. 1863) (section 21). The collection also contains a few papers pertaining to other family members; a supplementary finding aid is available in Box 1.
Hannah Family Papers, 1760–1967. 4,721 items. Mss1H1956a. Microfilm reels C400–407.
This collection contains papers of at least four generations of members of the Hannah family of Charlotte County. Among the earliest documents in the collection are the records of planter George Hannah (1782?–1870) of Gravel Hill; they include personal and business correspondence, 1805–1869 (section 8); eight personal and business account books, 1804–1858 (sections 10–18); and loose accounts, as well as other financial, military, legal, and land records. Papers of his son, George Cunningham Hannah (1817–1888), consist of correspondence, 1835–1888, concerning farming and the education of his children (section 33); account books (sections 34–36) and personal accounts (section 37); and other records documenting his activities in the Presbyterian Church and on the Roanoke Township School Board in Charlotte County (section 46). Correspondence, 1842–1873, of his first wife, Ann Eliza (Spragins) Hannah (1827–1873), includes numerous letters exchanged with her children, especially while they attended schools throughout the South (section 47). Correspondence, 1870–1920, of his second wife, Margaret MacDowell (Venable) Hannah (1832–1923), is primarily with family members (section 49). The collection also contains a diary, 1899–1903, she kept while living in Hampden-Sydney (section 50) and her personal accounts, 1863–1888 (section 51); scattered letters of children of George C. and Ann Eliza Hannah (sections 53–59); cookbooks, 1873–1880, compiled by their granddaughter Lucy Hannah Morton (d. 1892) (sections 78–80); and a few papers pertaining to other members of the Hannah family.
One of George Hannah's daughters, Lucy Morton (Hannah) Atkinson (1849–1890), married Rev. William Robert Atkinson (1840–1901), but she does not figure prominently in this collection. The collection does include correspondence, 1889–1964, and research notes of one of her descendants, Anne (Atkinson) Burmeister Chamberlayne (1876–1968) of Farmville, a local historian, antiquary, and genealogist (sections 87–89). Her papers also contain a copy of a petition, 1920, supporting Virginia's ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitutions that she presented to Robert Francis Hutcheson (section 90). Chamberlayne was commissioned as a special game warden for Charlotte County in 1924, and chaired the Virginia State Committee for Rural School Music in 1932.
Hargroves, Abigail Langley Granbery, Commonplace Book, 1694–1818. 1 volume. Mss5:5H2244:1. Microfilm reel C277.
The commonplace book of Abigail (Langley) Granbery Hargroves (d. 1763) passed from one generation to the next among members of the Granbery family of Norfolk and Nansemond counties. Abigail's entries include a list of birth and death dates for the children born to her during her marriages to John Granbery and, after his death, to Robert Hargroves, as well as a list of the birth dates of slave children that she owned. There are also lists of debts, some accounts kept by Mary (Granbery) Cowper (1726–1814), and a few notes on the economic activities of family members.
Harper, Eleanor Colhoun, Commonplace Book, 1824–1885. 1 volume. Mss5:5H2318:1. Microfilm reel C467.
This volume, kept in Staunton by Eleanor (Colhoun) Harper (b. 1801?) and bound in leather with her name embossed on the cover, combines elements of a commonplace book and an autograph album. It contains poems in Colhoun's hand by Tappan, Moore, Byron, Cowper, and others on themes of death, hope, illness, and religion and poems and notes signed by friends.
Harrison, Elizabeth Gatewood Williamson, Commonplace Book, 1865. 1 volume. Mss5:5H2456:1.
This volume, kept by Elizabeth Gatewood (Williamson) Harrison (1835–1918) at Elk Hill in Goochland County, contains holograph and printed verses concerning the Civil War and death; newspaper clippings concerning the war and the reunification of the Episcopal Church; and autographs of several Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee and Jubal Anderson Early.
Harrison Family Papers, 1756–1893. 445 items. Mss1H2485d. Microfilm reels C411–412.
This collection contains papers of four generations of members of the Harrison and Roane families. Among the earliest materials in the collection are the correspondence, 1802–1821, and miscellaneous papers of politician and judge Spencer Roane (1762–1822) of Richmond and Spring Garden in Hanover County; they generally illuminate state and national politics and legal issues (sections 2 and 3). The correspondence, 1816–1845, of his son William Henry Roane (1787–1845), who was a member of the Democratic Party in Virginia and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, primarily discusses family matters or politics (section 6).
Letters, 1813–1831, written to Mary (Randolph) Harrison (1773–1835) of Clifton in Cumberland County, whose grandson would marry William Roane's daughter, are primarily from her sons and daughters-in-law (section 5). Letters, 1861–1879, written by her daughter-in-law, Janetta Ravenscript (Fisher) Harrison (1802–1886) of Cumberland County, are directed to her own daughter and granddaughter (section 10). Correspondence, 1851–1861, of Janetta Harrison's son, Carter Henry Harrison (1831–1861), while a student at the College of William and Mary and serving in Company E of the 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., is largely with family members (section 15). Letters, 1853–1893, written to his wife, Alice Burwell (Williams) Harrison of Elkora in Cumberland County, include an extensive group from her brother, Channing Moore Williams (1829–1910), an Episcopal bishop and missionary to China and Japan (section 16).
Correspondence, 1847–1850, of Carter and Alice Harrison's nephew, Edward Cunningham Harrison (1823–1852) of Tree Hill plantation in Henrico County, primarily consists of courtship letters to and from his future wife, Sarah Anne Lyons (Roane) Harrison (1827–1874), especially during her attendance at the Edge Hill School in Albemarle County (section 11). Sarah Harrison's correspondence, 1848–1874, is chiefly with family members but also includes a lengthy exchange of letters with former Virginia governor Henry Alexander Wise and his son, attorney John Sergeant Wise, regarding her indebtedness during her widowhood after the Civil War and the sale of Benville plantation in King and Queen County (section 12). Scattered papers pertain to other members of Roane and Harrison families.
Hart, [?], Commonplace Book, 1810–1870. 1 volume. Mss5:5H2518:1.
This commonplace book, attributed to the wife of J. H. Hart, contains copies of poems, including a long narrative, "The Wanderer of Switzerland," by James Montgomery. The signatures of Mary Lorraine Greenhow of Williamsburg, 1827; Jane C. (Charlton) Keeling (d. 1860); and J. L. Peyton, 1810, also appear in the front of the volume.
Harvie Family Papers, 1807–1913. 122 items. Mss1H2636b. Microfilm reel C467.
This collection centers on Sarah (Blair) Harvie (1814–1890) and her daughter, Josephine Blair Harvie (1848–1913), who never married, both of Amelia County. Sarah's correspondence, 1837–1888, with various family members includes a few letters, 1853–1856, from her brother, Charles McMurdo Blair (1834–1896), who emigrated to the San Joaquin Valley in California, and from her son, Edwin James Harvie (1835–1911), who served with the U.S. Army in the Washington Territory during the same period (section 4). Letters, 1858–1913, to Josephine are from assorted Blair and Harvie relatives (section 7). The collection also contains a few papers of other family members.
Harvie Family Papers, 1810–1913. 115 items. Mss1H2636d. Microfilm reel C467.
This collection consists primarily of correspondence of Sarah (Blair) Harvie (1814–1890) and her daughter, Josephine Blair Harvie (1848–1913), who never married, both of Amelia County. Sarah Harvie's correspondence, 1835–1885, with her children and family members includes a few Civil War letters from her son, Charles Irving Harvie (1842–1864), who served in the Confederate army (section 2). Josephine Harvie's papers contain scattered social and family correspondence, 1869–1913 (section 4). The collection also contains a few letters, 1810–1812, to Martha Judith (Hardaway) Harvie Old (1789–1859) from her mother-in-law offering advice on motherhood (section 1) and a few letters, 1856–1858, written by Edwin James Harvie (1835–1911), while serving in the U.S. Army in Washington Territory, describing camp life and Indians there (section 3).
Hatch, Delphine, Papers, 1918–1993. 138 items. Mss1H2814a.
Margaret Delphine Hatch (1906–1994) spent many years as a teacher and librarian in the Mecklenburg County school system until her retirement in 1973. The collection includes eighteen diaries, 1974–1991, kept by Delphine Hatch in her retirement in South Hill. Entries concern local Methodist Church activities, her involvement with the Prestwould Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, her social life and interactions with family and friends, and the general activities of daily life. Also, includes correspondence, 1918–1940, primarily with her parents and other family members, college friends, and acquaintances concerning her education at Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood University) and at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, and her teaching career; photographs of Delphine Hatch and her parents, Sidney Tasker Hatch (1868–1951) and Lucy Annette (Butterworth) Hatch (1877–1950); newspaper clippings documenting Hatch's various educational and social activities; genealogical notes on the Hatch and related families of Butterworth, McAden, and Hite; papers relating to her high school and college education and teaching career, especially at Buckhorn High School, Mecklenburg County; and lines of verse composed by Hatch.
Hatch, Delphine, Papers, 1918–1930. 13 items. Mss2H2814b.
Include letters and post cards written to Margaret Delphine Hatch (1906–1994), first as a young girl and then as a student at Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood University), primarily by female friends relaying news of their various social activities. Letters from her father, Sidney Tasker Hatch (1868–1951), 1920, 1924, and 1927, reflect the economic conditions of the time and give insight into the special bond between this father and daughter.
Hatcher, Oranie Virginia Snead, Memoir, ca. 1910. 11 pp. Mss5:1H2825:1.
Oranie Virginia (Snead) Hatcher (1843–1925) recalls Philip Henry Sheridan's raid in Fluvanna County in 1865.
Hawes, Katharine Heath, Papers, 1789–1931. 120 items. Mss1H3112a.
Katharine Heath Hawes (1875–1956) probably served as the last family custodian of this collection, which contains the papers of four generations of her Smith and Hawes ancestors. The papers of Judith Anna (Smith) Smith (1769–1820) of Powhatan County consist of an account book, 1802–1814, of domestic expenses; a diary, 1789–1790, of religious meditations (section 2); and a few letters, 1815–1819, to her daughter, Judith Anna (Smith) Hawes (1806–1874) (section 1). The papers of Judith Anna Hawes of Richmond contain a commonplace book, 1824, of meditations on religion and duty that is crudely bound in an 1802 Virginia newspaper (section 4), as well as a few letters, 1852, from her son, Samuel Horace Hawes (1838–1922) (section 5). The papers of Samuel Horace Hawes form the bulk of this collection and include correspondence, 1852–1865, with his parents; his sister, Alice Hawes (1840–1862), who was living in Newark, N.J.; and other family members and friends concerning secession and the Civil War (section 5). Three diaries, 1860–1865, document his service in the army of the Confederate States of America (section 6). There are also a few sketches drawn while he was a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware (section 7). The collection contains a diary, 1886–1887, kept by Martha Crane (Heath) Hawes (1845–1897) in Newark, N.J., and Virginia (section 11); a diary, 1888–1889, kept by Horace Sterling Hawes (1868–1931) as a student at Rutgers University (section 12); and a few family photographs (section 13) and some genealogical notes on the Smith family of Virginia and the Pierce family of Dorchester, Mass. (section 14).
Haynes, [?], Album, 1893–1903. 1 volume. Mss5:5H3335:1.
This volume, kept by Mrs. E. A. Haynes of Richmond, contains a few children's drawings and recipes for food preparation obtained from other women.
Heimerl, George J., Papers, 1942–1945. 34 items. Mss2H3646b.
This collection consists of letters written to George J. Heimerl, who lived in Hampton and worked on a classified research project during World War II. A few letters come from friends in military service, but most are from Lucile Dudgeon of Wisconsin, who worked as an assistant librarian for the U.S. Office of War Information, Overseas Operations Branch, in Bombay, India. Her letters discuss her work and include observations on Indian life, society, and culture, as well as comments on the role of women in wartime foreign service.
Heth Family Papers, 1846–1898. 105 items. Mss1H471a. Microfilm reel C468.
This collection consists primarily of letters written to Elizabeth Chevallie (Heth) Vaden (1829–1903) of Richmond and Manchester from a geographically dispersed network of family members. Letters, 1847–1853, from her brothers, Henry (1825–1899) and John Heth (b. 1833), written while serving in the U.S. Army's western forts in Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, discuss life there, including a trading expedition to the Indians (sections 9 and 10). A single letter from kinsman George Edward Pickett (1825–1875), stationed in Texas, mourns the death of his wife and mentions relations between soldiers and Native Americans (section 14). The Civil War letters, 1862, of Elizabeth Vaden's husband, Thomas Vaden (d. 1877?), contain information on his service in the Confederate army near Richmond (section 15). Letters from Elizabeth's sisters, Fanny Cadwallader Heth (1842–1886) and Kitty (Heth) Maynard (b. 1835), describe their lives in San Francisco and San Mateo, Calif. (sections 7 and 13). Included in a letter, 1885, from Kitty Maynard are her thoughts upon the marriage of her stepdaughter, Manny (Maynard) Dexter. A few letters from Dexter to her aunt discuss her recent marriage and participation in the Reading Room Association in San Francisco, including efforts to raise funds for a new building (section 1). A small number of letters by other family members residing in Virginia also appear in the collection.
Hicks, Dorothy Elizabeth Walton, Scrapbook, 1930–1940. 1 volume. Mss5:7H5292:1.
This scrapbook kept by Dorothy Hicks (1915–2002) in Richmond contains newspaper clippings, photographs, social invitations, and assorted cards, as well as her commencement programs from Westhampton High School (1933) and the Richmond Division of the College of William and Mary [now Virginia Commonwealth University] (1935). There are also newspaper wedding announcement of friends and family members, including herself, and her own fashion modeling photographs, 1937.
Hiden, Martha Frances Woodroof, Papers, ca. 1900–1958. ca. 1,750 items. Mss1H5300a.
The collection consists entirely of genealogical notes concerning about fifty colonial Virginia families. Compiled by Martha Frances (Woodroof) Hiden (1883–1959), it represents part of a life-long effort devoted to commemorating colonial Virginia's history. Hiden, a resident of Newport News, served as president of the Order of First Families of Virginia and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Historical Society and the Board of the Virginia State Library. She wrote How Justice Grew (Williamsburg: Virginia 350th Anniversary Celebration Corporation, 1957), a history of county formation in colonial Virginia, and with Annie Lasch Jester co-authored Adventurers of Purse and Person (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1956), a compendium of early seventeenth-century Virginia settlers.
Higginbotham Family Papers, 1799–1865. 114 items. Mss1H5354b. Microfilm reels C468–469.
This collection consists primarily of letters, 1828–1862, from various family members and friends written to Ann Estelle (Higginbotham) Hoskins (b. 1813) of Morven in Albemarle County, Va., and Philadelphia, Pa. (section 3). It provides insights into the dynamics of gentry family life, including divergent opinions about slavery held by members of the same family, and offers fleeting glimpses of the lives of individual slaves and their relationships with their female owners. Letters, 1828–1853, from Hoskins's sisters, Frances (Higginbotham) Buckner (b. 1818) and Elizabeth G. (Higginbotham) Fischer (b. 1812), discuss their social lives as young, single women; suitors; marriage; and slavery and individual slaves, including their African American nurse. The letters, 1828–1839, of another sister, Jane Randolph MacMurdo (Higginbotham) Haxall (1815–1901), include a description of the effects of the Southampton Insurrection of 1831 (Nat Turner's Rebellion) on citizens in Charlottesville, Va. Letters, 1828–1841, from Hoskins's father, David Higginbotham (1775–1853), discuss slavery and race relations generally, as well as land prices in Albemarle County. A few letters, 1830–1862, from Hoskins's mother, Mary Elmslie (Garrigues) Higginbotham (d. 1872), contain information on individual slaves and on abolitionism and politics. The collection also includes a receipt book, 1799–1833, kept in Philadelphia by members of the Hoskins family (section 1).
Hill Family Papers, 1787–1945. ca. 4,375 items. Mss1H5565aFA2. Microfilm reels C334–337.
This collection contains papers of four generations of members of the Hill and Booton families, active Baptists living in Culpeper and Madison counties and Richmond, Va.; it illuminates the history of politics, economics, education, family and gender relations, and the Baptist Church.
The papers of Ambrose Powell Hill (1785–1858), planter, justice of the peace, and state legislator, include records concerning the estate of Elizabeth Fry (d. 1844), a benefactor of Baptist organizations and institutions, as well as political and governmental correspondence (boxes 1–2). Papers of his cousin, John Booton, contain general correspondence, accounts, and records of his tenure as a deputy sheriff (boxes 3–5). Papers of his wife, Ann Powell (Hill) Booton (1798?–1872), illuminate agricultural operations and mercantile activities in Madison County; they include financial records, post-Civil War contracts with black and white workers, and estate materials (boxes 6–7).
The papers of Ambrose Hill's son, William Alexander Hill (1817–1890), a physician and Baptist minister, consist primarily of correspondence with his sons and daughter during the Civil War; a few letters discuss financial affairs and Baptist Church activities (box 7). Correspondence, 1860–1909, of his wife, Judith Frances (Booton) Hill (1822–1909), with members of her family generally concern her husband's death (box 9). Among the papers of William and Judith Hill's children are letters from John Booton Hill (1814–1913) and his brother, William Powell Hill (1844–1929), to their sister, Anna Lee (Hill) Major (1847–1935), written while both men served in the Confederate army (boxes 10 and 11). Anna Major attended Inglewood Female Academy in Louisa County before her marriage to Philip Major (b. 1847), one of the proprietors of Locust Dale Academy in Madison County. Her correspondence includes material on her own education and her husband's academy, as well as information about the Baptist laity (boxes 15–16).
The last generation of the family is represented by Albert Hudgins Hill (1866–1933), grandson of William Hill and a Richmond Public Schools superintendent, and his wife, Cora J. (Bransford) Hill (1867–1941). Albert Hill's papers contain personal and professional correspondence, 1897–1932, and school records (boxes 17–19). Cora Hill's papers consist of family correspondence, 1902–1939, especially with her two daughters, and personal financial records from the period following her husband's death (boxes 20–21). A finding aid is available in the repository.
Hill, Sarah H., Autograph Album, 1864–1865. 1 volume. Mss5:6H5555:1.
This volume belonged to Sarah H. Hill and contains signatures, service units, addresses, and place of capture for Confederate soldiers imprisoned at Norfolk, Va., and Point Lookout, Md.
Hill, Fannie, Album, 1861–1881. 1 volume. Mss5:5H5515:1. Microfilm reel C301.
This album contains poems dedicated to Fannie Hill of Richmond from male and female friends as well as a few unsigned proverbs.
Hobson Family Papers, 1776–1974. 433 items. Mss1H6538a.
Genealogical notes, obituaries, and other newspaper clippings concerning members of the Anderson, Hobson, and de Graffenried families make up about half of this collection. Sermons, 1971–1974, preached at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond and collected by Sally Archer Anderson Hobson (b. 1881) account for another third of it (section 13). The remainder contains correspondence, 1834–1890, of Joseph Reid Anderson (1813–1892), proprietor of the Tredegar Company in Richmond (section 1), and of his son-in-law, Edwin Lafayette Hobson (1835–1901) (section 4). Edwin Hobson's correspondence contains a few Civil War letters written to his wife, Fannie Anderson (Archer) Hobson (1846–1939). Fannie Hobson's correspondence, 1865–1923, discusses genealogy, the family's history, and the commemoration of her husband's service in the Confederate army in Alabama (section 7). There are a few papers pertaining to other family members.
Hobson, Anne Jennings Wise, Diary, 1866–1868. 17 pp. Typescript copy. Mss5:1H6537:2. Restricted use.
Kept, primarily, at Eastwood, Goochland County. Entries concern family life, including the death of her infant daughter and trips to the springs; the declining health of her husband, Frederick Plumer Hobson (1835–1868), and his death; and the death of her daughter, Annie. The diary also recounts her efforts to establish an Episcopal church and her joy at her husband's joining the church before his death.
Hobson, Anne Jennings Wise, Diary, 1863–1865. 30 pp. Typescript copy. Mss5:1H6537:1. Restricted use.
Kept at Eastwood, Goochland County, by Anne Jennings (Wise) Hobson (1837–1914), this diary, 1864 October 11–1865 May 14, concerns family events, problems with slaves, and religious thought. Included are brief accounts of Union soldiers in the area during Dahlgren's raid, a raid along the James River and Kanawha Canal led by Philip Henry Sheridan in February 1865, news of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, and the freeing of family slaves.
Hoge Family Papers, 1804–1938. 1,695 items. Mss1H6795a. Microfilm reels C19–20.
The bulk of this collection concerns Moses Drury Hoge (1818–1899) and his son Dr. Moses Drury Hoge (1861–1920). Moses Hoge, Sr.'s papers illuminate his life as a student at Hampden-Sydney College, a chaplain in the Confederate States Army, and as minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Papers of his son Dr. Moses Hoge concern his experiences while traveling in Germany and England as a young man and his career as a physician in Richmond. A significant portion of the collection consists of the papers of Alice Page (Aylett) Hoge (1868–1941), wife of Moses Hoge, Jr. Her correspondence, 1893–1938, chiefly concerns her activities as president of the Audubon Society of Virginia (section 51). Also among her papers are miscellaneous items relating to the Audubon Society (section 53) and accounts as executrix of her husband's estate (section 54). Also in the collection is the correspondence, 1843–1868, of Moses Hoge, Sr.'s wife, Susan Morton (Wood) Hoge (1825–1868) with family members and friends (section 34).
Holladay Family Papers, 1804–1938. 1,786 items. MssH7185g.
This collection contains the papers of Waller Holladay (1776–1860) and his wife, Huldah Fontaine (Lewis) Holladay (1781–1863), of Prospect Hill in Spotsylvania County and three generations of their descendants. Women's materials account for more than half of the collection and include information on farming and domestic activities, familial relationships, religion, and emigration from Virginia. Correspondence of Huldah Holladay and her daughter Eliza Lewis Holladay (1816–1878) includes letters, 1849–1865, from Poindexter relatives in Mississippi (sections 4 and 7). Correspondence, 1854–1904, of Huldah Holladay's daughter-in-law, Lucy Daniel (Lewis) Holladay (1826–1905), contains letters from kin in Texas and Kentucky (section 12). Letters and receipts from the 1870s and 1880s illuminate real estate and securities investments of Eliza Lewis Holladay, Huldah Lewis Holladay (1814–1891), Mary Waller Holladay (b. 1818), Frances Ann Holladay (1821–1878), and Virginia Watson Holladay (1829–1888), daughters of Waller and Huldah (Lewis) Holladay (section 15). Twentieth-century correspondence of their grandson, John Waller Holladay, and his wife, Mary Caroline (Harris) Holladay, includes letters from their daughters at the State Normal School (now Mary Washington College) in Fredericksburg (sections 18 and 19). Correspondence between Caroline Holladay and her daughter, Virginia Waller Holliday (1899–1951), discuss the latter's life and work as an American Presbyterian missionary to the Belgian Congo (now Zaire).
Holladay Family Papers, 1766–1955. 202 items. Mss1H7185d. Microfilm reel C358.
This collection contains the papers of several members of the Holladay family of Spotsylvania County. Includes papers of John Waller Holladay (1864–1914) and his wife, Mary Caroline (Harris) Holladay (1866–1942), consisting of John's account book, 1892, kept at Prospect Hill (section 8), and Mary's correspondence, 1910–1927, with family members and friends (section 10); letters, 1937–1939, written primarily by Virginia Waller Holladay (1899–1951) to her family describing her activities as a Presbyterian missionary at Lubondai, Belgian Congo [now the Democratic Republic of Congo] (section 12); and a manuscript, ca. 1955, written by John Waller Holladay's daughter Lucy Nelson (Holladay) Boand (1895–1969) concerning the activities of her sister Virginia Waller Holladay as a Presbyterian missionary in Africa from 1927 to 1950 (sections 13–14).
Holladay Family Papers, 1753–1961. 12,728 items. Mss1H7185b. Microfilm reels C343–357.
Chiefly papers of James Minor Holladay (1823–1891) documenting his interest in agriculture and management of the family plantation, Prospect Hill in Spotsylvania County. Other papers include those of his grandfather, Lewis Holladay (1751–1820) of Bellefonte, Spotsylvania County, including his reports as county coronor; James's father, Waller Holladay (1776–1860), consisting of correspondence regarding the Bank of Virginia, materials relating to family estates, and notes on agricultural operations and the management of slaves. To a lesser degree, there are materials of the related Lewis family of Spotsylvania County and Franklin County, Ky., the Scott family of Stafford County, and the Daniel family of Stafford County.
One-sixth of the collection consists of the correspondence, 1839–1904, of James M. Holladay's wife, Lucy Daniel (Lewis) Holladay (1826–1904), chiefly with Holladay and Lewis family members discussing family and social news (section 174). Papers of her daughter, Louise Richmond Holladay (1862–1930), include correspondence, 1871–1923, mostly with relatives and female friends (section 179). Also, within the collection are materials relating to the education of several female members of the Holladay family. Items relating to this include a commonplace book, 1832–1833, kept by Eliza Lewis Holladay (1816–1878) while a student of Agnes Morton (Quisenberry) Smith in Spotsylvania County (section 92); student notebooks, 1830–1834, kept at Prospect Hill by Mary Waller Holladay (b. 1818) containing poetry and excercises to improve penmanship (sections 96–98); report cards, 1909–1910 and 1909–1912, of Mary Caroline (Holladay) Holladay and Victoria Minor (Holladay) Alexander (1896–1984) issued by the Prospect Hill Home School for Young Ladies, a private school at Prospect Hill operated by their father, John Waller Holladay (1864–1914) (sections 189 and 194); and report cards, 1911–1912, of Lucy Nelson "Nell" (Holladay) Boand (1895–1969) issued by the State Normal School, Fredericksburg [now Mary Washington University] (section 191).
Also of interest is an account book, 1866–1878, kept by Lucy Daniel (Lewis) Holladay regarding washing of clothes at Prospect Hill (section 175). The accounts start with the employment of Matilda Berkeley, then Annis [?], and finally with Matilda's daughter Louisa (Berkeley) Spencer. Note is taken when Louisa's wages are paid to her husband, James Spencer, her son Ned Spencer, or her daughters Rose Spencer or Sallie Spencer. Payment is sometimes made in trade for items of clothing. Also, an agreement, 1887, between Fountain and Laura Coleman and Lucy and James Minor Holladay concerning the payment of $10 for the purchase of a "Home Shuttle" sewing machine to be paid for in labor (section 178). Fountain Coleman is to provide day labor; his wife, Laura, is to serve as a cook and also to do farm work. It could be inferred from the wording of the contract that the Colemans are African Americans.
Hopkins Family Papers, 1732–1844. 78 items. Mss1H7779a. Microfilm reel C469.
This collection centers on Hannah Philippa Ludwell (Hopkins) Lee (1811–1844) of Wheatland in Jefferson County, now in W.Va. Her letters to her sisters, 1830–1843, describe their daily activities and family relationships (section 3); letters to Lucy Lyons (Hopkins) Turner (b. 1800?) of Alexandria discuss Turner's marriage and the possibility of a legal separation. Letters, 1825–1827, of Lee's father, John Hopkins (1757?–1827), to his daughters Lee and Turner offer advice on their educations and discuss their reading habits (section 1). The collection contains a few other papers, including correspondence, 1732–1738, between Eugenia Fitzroy Waldegrave of London, Eng., and her attorney Elment Ballendeen concerning the disposition of land inherited from her husband and letters, 1725, between Julia Cathcart and Eliza Clare Melville that discuss religion (section 1).
Houston Family Papers, 1850–1943. ca. 1,700 items. Mss1H8185aFA2.
The collection contains the papers of Josephine Estelle (Dooley) Houston (1857–1946) of Richmond and her daughter, Nora Houston (1883–1943), artist and political activist, as well as a small number of papers for other members of the Houston and Dooley families. The correspondence, financial papers, and other materials of these two women demonstrate their overlapping familial, social, and political networks; their financial affairs; and Catholicism in the first third of the twentieth century. Josephine Houston's papers (boxes 2–6) and those of her sister, Alice Erina Dooley (1845–1937) (box 7), also include reports on their trust estates and bankers' correspondence for the 1920s and 1930s. Nora Houston's papers contain personal and business correspondence, 1907–1941, exhibit lists, and financial papers, 1907–1942, that offer insights into her life as an artist, especially her struggle to stay solvent (boxes 8–12). Diverse materials, including newspaper clippings and correspondence, reveal the range of her political activities, especially her work for woman suffrage (box 13). Her papers contain several sketches, including some made of women at a suffrage convention (box 12). The collection also contains about fifty letters, 1850–1853, from Matthew Hale Houston (1807?–1877) to his fiance and wife, Eleanora (Gibson) Houston, and a few letters discussing his marriage to a Catholic (box 1). A finding aid is available in the repository.
Hubard, Maria Mason Tabb, Diary, 1860–1862. 1 volume. Mss5:1H8614:1. Microfilm reel C469.
The diary of Maria Mason (Tabb) Hubard (1813–1888) of Henrico County discusses household routines and the activities of her children, other family members, friends, and neighbors. Included are descriptions of the work of her husband, portrait painter and sculptor William James Hubard (1807–1862), in casting cannons for the Confederacy and of his death after a defective one exploded. Hubard also discusses her brother's emigration to Texas, the death of a slave child, and weddings in her neighborhood. She offers an intensely personal perspective on the Civil War through her observations of its effects on those she knows.
Hudson, Dorothy, Oral history interview transcription, 1994. 24 pp. Mss2H8675a1.
A transcription of an oral history interview of Dorothy Hudson (1907–1997) of Midlothian, conducted by Jeanne Marie Bokina Christie on 16 March 1994. In her interview, Hudson told stories of her family, especially her father, Calvin Hudson, and reminisced about her own career as an educator in the Chesterfield County school system. Her interview includes views on the Civil War and Reconstruction, her attitudes toward the Vietnam War, and stories of family social life and customs.
Huffard, Carrie R., Commonplace Book, 1893–1894. 1 volume. Mss5:5H8725:1. Microfilm reel C469.
The pages of this crudely bound volume consist entirely of broadsides advertising Clindenist's Reciprocating Churns, patented by Jacob Clindenist of New Market and sold by Patterson & Brewer in Wytheville. Carrie R. Huffard of Wytheville and Tazewell wrote on the back of these broadsides. The volume includes a list, "marriages of 93," and a narrative concerning relationships between men and women. The pages of the narrative do not always appear to be in sequence and may have been bound after they were written.
Hughes Family Papers, 1811–1880. 27 items. Mss2H8749b.
Papers, 1812–1852, of Frances Thruston Hughes (1780?–1852), who never married, account for about half of the collection and contain letters from family members and friends (section 1), household accounts (section 2), and two wills (section 3), as well as an address written for graduates of an unidentified female academy (section 1). Papers, 1811–1812, of her brother, Thomas Hughes, clerk of Northampton County, N.C., document his career and discuss camp meetings (section 4). There are a few papers pertaining to other family members.
Hughes Family Papers, 1843–1952. 89 items. Mss1H8745a.
This collection centers on Mary Emma (Lewis) Hughes, her husband, Leopold Francis Hughes (1819–1895), and their descendants. Leopold emigrated from Ireland to the United States ca. 1843 and by 1860 had married Mary Lewis of Cincinnati, Ohio. His correspondence, 1861–1895, and legal papers, 1843–1871, reveal his impecuniousness (sections 1 and 3). Her papers, 1866–1893, document her ownership of houses in New Rochelle, N.Y.; Detroit, Mich.; and Cincinnati (section 5). The collection includes a volume of watercolor maps drawn by Anne Lewis, probably a sister of Mary Hughes, at the Edgeworth Seminary in Braddock, Pa., before the Civil War (section 8). There are also letters, 1917–1919, written by Hughes's grandson, James Frances Hughes (1897–1952) as a soldier in France during World War I to his mother, Nettie Virginia (Saunders) Hughes (1869–1950) of Richmond, as well as a few papers of other family members (section 10).
Huguenot Evangelical Society of the South, Records, 1900–1913. 1 volume. Mss4H8757a1.
This volume contains minutes of meetings of the Richmond branch of the Huguenot Evangelical Society of the South (formerly the Huguenot Association of Virginia). Members, who were primarily women descendants of Huguenot exiles to Virginia, sought to promote Protestant evangelism in France. The Richmond branch sponsored a mission church in France.
Hundley, Henry Watkins, Account Book, 1841–1933. 1 volume. Mss5:3H8925.
This brief record falls into two principal parts. One contains accounts kept by Henry Watkins Hundley (1873–1933) concerning land at Denniston Junction in Halifax County left to his wife, Edith Sherwin (Tatum) Hundley (1863–1918), by her mother. Another contains a few accounts concerning securities in Henry Hundley's possession from 1923 until his death in 1933. Also included in the volume is an account of the birth of the slave Griffin in 1841 and a list, 1853, of farm tools.
Hunter, Mary Washington Snickers, Papers, 1830–1839. 12 items. Mss2H9182b.
Include letters written to Mary Washington (Snickers) Hunter (1793–1840) of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, and Hazelfield, Jefferson County, Va. (later W.Va.), by her daughter Fanny Washington Hunter (concerning the Richmond social scene in 1835), son Henry St. George Hunter ([d. 1854] while attending Amelia Academy at Wigwam, Amelia County), son Moses T. Hunter (while attending Winchester Academy, Winchester, and recounting a visit to the United States Senate chamber in Washington, D.C.), sister Emily Snickers (announcing the death of William Snickers Hunter [1821?–1829] while still a child), sister-in-law Ann Evelina (Hunter) Tucker (describing social life in Richmond), and Mary's daughter Nannie S. (Hunter) Weeks (in part, regarding a stagecoach ride from Alexandria to Fredericksburg). Also in the collection is a letter written by Ann Evelina (Hunter) Tucker to her niece Fanny Washington Hunter concerning social life in Richmond.
Hunter Family Papers, 1766–1918. ca. 4,070 items. Mss1H9196aFA2. Microfilm reels C251–258.
This collection consists of the papers of several generations of Hunter family members from Norfolk, Richmond, and Essex County who worked as merchants, planters, politicians, and authors; they contain information on a broad range of subjects, including economics; national, state, and Confederate politics; education; gender relations; family relationships; and single women. The papers, 1766–1787, of James Hunter (1746–1788), a Virginia-born merchant trained by relatives in the linen trade in Scotland and England, contain correspondence and accounts that document his trading activities in Richmond and Petersburg and supplying the Continental army during the American Revolution (boxes 1–2). The family correspondence of his wife, Marianna Russell (Spence) Hunter Hunter, includes two letters, 1772–1794, from her father, a London merchant, and a commonplace book, 1794, containing medicinal remedies and lines of verse; a descendant, Jane Swann Hunter (1804–1880), later recorded distributions of clothing to slaves in the same volume (box 2).
Papers, 1789–1821, of James Hunter's nephew, James Hunter (1774–1826), a Norfolk merchant who later moved to Essex County, document mercantile operations, farming, and iron manufacturing at Hunter's Hill (boxes 3–4). Papers, 1805–1825, of his wife, Apphia Bushrod (Rouzee) Hunter (d. 1822), include a lengthy correspondence with her lifelong friend, Elizabeth (Lindsay) Gordon of Albemarle County, as well as personal accounts, 1809–1820, and records, 1813–1829, concerning a land claim (box 5). Correspondence, 1810–1817, of the brother of the younger James Hunter, Muscoe Garnett Hunter (1779–1818), primarily concerns his mercantile career (box 5); the correspondence, 1796–1841, of Muscoe Hunter's wife, Grace (Fenton) Garnett Hunter (1779–1846), contains letters to or from her Hunter in-laws (box 6). Their daughter, Grace Fenton Hunter (1817–1840), an amateur artist, maintained extensive correspondence, 1823–1839, with the same Hunter family relations; two of her sketchbooks also survive (box 6). The correspondence, 1828–1840, of Martha Taliaferro Hunter (1778–1840), sister of the younger James Hunter, includes numerous family letters containing descriptions of the western United States and discussing politics and the education of male relatives (box 6).
The papers, 1821–1887, of Robert M. T. Hunter (1809–1887), son of the younger James Hunter and an Essex County lawyer, and his wife, Mary Evelina (Dandridge) Hunter (1817–1893) of Jefferson County (later W. Va.), make up about forty percent of the collection. Most of Robert Hunter's papers concern his political career in the Virginia legislature, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and the Confederate Congress. His letters, 1837–1843, to his wife discuss politics and government-related travel, while hers to him focus on family activities and agricultural operations at Fonthill plantation (boxes 7–15). Evelina's papers include correspondence, 1838–1888, with members of the Dandridge and Hunter families (boxes 16–17), as well as farm and mill accounts, 1837–1888 (boxes 18–19).
The collection also contains the papers of Robert Hunter's four sisters, three of whom never married. Maria (Hunter) Garnett (1797–1873), widowed shortly after her marriage, taught at her father-in-law's school for girls in Essex County. Her correspondence, 1820–1870, includes many letters from male relatives about state and national politics, as well as letters from Maryland educator Margaret Mercer (box 19). The correspondence, 1813–1865, of Martha Fenton Hunter (1800–1866), who anonymously published novels, short stories, and juvenile literature, illuminates her writing career and contains letters from several Garnett men concerning their engineering careers, as well as from a number of female teachers (boxes 20–22). The diary, 1824–1829, of Jane Swann Hunter records religious musings (box 23); her papers, 1824–1872, include correspondence with male and female family members and records of slaves employed at Hunter's Hill (boxes 23–24). Papers of her youngest sister, Sarah Harriet Apphia Hunter (1822–1874), contain a three-part diary, 1835–1836, account books, 1849–1863, regarding her inheritance, as well as family correspondence, 1832–1873, and slave records (boxes 25–28). The collection also contains scattered papers of later generations of Hunter family members. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Hunter Family Papers, 1768–1928. 1,072 items. Mss1H9196b.
The Hunter family papers include correspondence, accounts, legal papers, commonplace books, school notebooks and miscellany of the Hunter and related Garnett families of Essex County and the Stevens family of Hoboken, N.J. This collection contains correspondence and other papers of numerous women in the three families.
Notable women of the Hunter family include Marianna Russell (Spence) Hunter (1747–1805) of London, England, and Portsmouth, Va. Section 4 contains her letters with family and also her husband, James Hunter’s business partner, Jerman Baker, concerning the settlement of the affairs of Hunter, Banks & Co., which played a prominent role in the supplying of American troops during the Revolution. Sections 7–8 contain the papers of Martha “Patsy” Taliaferro Hunter (1778–1840) of Essex County, which include some correspondence and her personal accounts, including receipts for medical services rendered to her and for family slaves. Section 11 contains the correspondence of Grace Fenton (Garnett) Hunter (1779–1846) of Elmwood, Essex County, with her nieces Martha Fenton Hunter and Sarah Harriet Apphia Hunter. Her letters to Martha include her opinions on the congressional election of 1838, the Whig party, and Martha’s brother, U.S. congressman and later senator Robert M. T. Hunter.
Section 12 contains the correspondence of Martha Fenton Hunter (1800–1866) of Hunter’s Hill and Fonthill, Essex County, who was the author of anonymously published novels, short stories, and children's books. Her correspondence, 1826–1862, with family and friends touches on topics such as her opinion of the education of her brother Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter and nephew Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett, the Confederacy, Abraham Lincoln, state and national politics, slavery, John Brown, and the Mexican-American War. Sections 13–14 contain the papers of a sister, Jane Swann Hunter (1804–1880) of Hunter’s Hill and Fonthill. Her correspondence in section 13 includes a letter about AfricanAmerican farm workers (1868), information about her family, and subjects such as state and national politics, the 1860 Virginia Democratic Convention, and slavery. Her personal accounts appear in section 14.
Sections 15 and 23–26 contain the papers of Mary Evelina (Dandridge) Hunter (1836–1885) of Fonthill, the wife of R. M. T. Hunter. In section 15, the correspondence of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter contains letters between the couple, including courtship letters, letters discussing family matters, and communications about Hunter's political activities. Sections 23–26 contain Mary’s other correspondence, personal accounts, legal papers, and various miscellaneous papers. Section 30 consists of the papers of Martha “Pink” Taliaferro Hunter (1841–1909), daughter of R. M. T. and Mary Hunter. Most notable is her correspondence with her cousin Lillie (Hitchcock) Coit while Lillie was in Paris during 1860. Coit describes her social life and also her views and those of others in Paris on the increasing likelihood of southern secession.
Notable women of the Garnett and Stevens families include Mary Barton (Picton) Stevens (1806–1854), whose letters to her father, Thomas Picton, were written while she attended Troy Female Seminary (section 41). Also in section 41 are letters from Mary Picton (Stevens) Garnett Lewis to her grandfather Thomas Picton describing her 1854–1855 tour of England, Wales, Ireland, France, and Italy. Additional correspondence of Mary Picton (Stevens) Garnett Lewis is found in section 27, the papers of her first husband, Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett. Mary’s letters to Garnett begin with their courtship, while later letters are about the trials on the homefront during the Civil War, such as protecting their property from looting. The correspondence of Edwin Augustus Stevens (1795–1868), railroad entrepreneur and yachtsman, also contains letters relating to both Mary Barton (Picton) Stevens and Mary Picton (Stevens) Garnett Lewis (section 43).
Hunter family papers, 1802–1907. 330 items. Mss1H9196c.
Papers of the Moses T. Hunter family of Winchester and the related Alfred C. Weeks family of Bell Grove, near New Iberia, St. Martin’s Parish, La., contain correspondence of Moses Hunter and his wife, Mary Washington (Snickers) Hunter, of Hazelfield, Jefferson County (now W.Va.) with or concerning their children (section 1). Alfred Weeks’s correspondence in the 1860s (section 3) includes numerous communications with his wife, Nancy S. (Hunter) Weeks, and daughters, especially after Weeks left Louisiana with his slaves and moved them to Texas during the war. Papers in section 4 concern a dispute between William F. Weeks of New Iberia, La., and his sister-in-law Nancy S. (Hunter) Weeks of Charlottesville over the estate of William's mother, Mary (Conrad) Weeks Moore, as well as the Weeks family's lawsuit involving claims to land in Wisconsin. After Nancy Weeks' death in 1880, her daughter Mary E. Weeks, later of Washington, D.C., acted as the chief litigant against William F. Weeks.
Huntington, William, Papers, 1808–1856. 143 items. Mss1H9262a. Microfilm reel C414.
A transplanted New England merchant from Connecticut, William Huntington (1793–1867?) first came to Richmond after the War of 1812 to engage in business; he later settled in Charlotte County with the intention of pursuing a lay ministry among the local enslaved population. He taught school at Charlotte Court House for a number of years to a sizable group of white male and female students.
Huntington's papers include five diaries, 1839–1856, documenting his religious activities and teaching career, as well as local economic, social, and political life (sections 1–5); they also contain copies of letters of advice written to former female students, and copies of his correspondence with a childhood friend, author Lydia Howard (Huntley) Sigourney (1791–1865), that discuss teaching and religion, and include lines of verse written by her. His correspondence, 1808–1856, is primarily with his sisters, Rebecca (Huntington) Porter (d. 1838) and Sarah (Huntington) Williams (d. 1838) of Ithaca, N.Y., and Lucy (Huntington) Perkins (d. 1822) of Norwich, Conn., and with a variety of Presbyterian and Episcopalian clergyman concerning local religious services and his work among slaves (section 6).
For a time, William Huntington boarded at Edge Vill, the plantation of Paulina (Cabell) Read Legrand (1763–1845), on the outskirts of Charlotte Court House. His correspondence with this Presbyterian minister's widow discusses his management of her household and the Retirement plantation in Charlotte County while she travelled in Virginia and beyond; her letters include detailed instructions to Huntington and information on religion and her travels.
Updated January 13, 2010
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