[Tadini, Elizabeth Oldopedi], Commonplace Book, [1859–1864]. 1 volume. Mss5:5T1213:1.
This volume, kept in English and attributed to "Comtessee Elizabeth Oldopedi Tadini," contains literary quotations, mostly from prose works of history and classics; vocabulary lists; and a few notes on geometry.
Talbott, Sallie Radford Munford, Account Book, 1864–1880. 1 volume. Mss5:3T1427:1. Microfilm reel C303.
This volume contains personal and household expenses of Sallie Radford (Munford) Talbott (1841–1930) while living in Richmond between 1864 and 1872. Entries for 1878–1879 consist of charitable subscriptions to the "Old Woman's Home," probably the Protestant Episcopal Church Home for Ladies or St. Paul's Church Home for the Aged and Infirm. The first few pages of the book illuminate the extent to which Confederate currency had become inflated by the end of the war.
Talcott, Harriet Randolph, Autograph Album, ca. 1904. 1 volume. Mss5:6T1434:1.
This Shakespeare Birthday Book (London, 1881) belonged to Harriet Randolph Talcott (1871–1956) of Richmond and contains signatures and birth dates of friends.
Taliaferro Family Papers, 1810–2004. 1,328 folders. Mss1T1438b.
Collection consists of personal and financial papers of the Taliaferro family of Gloucester County. Section 16 contains a letter book, 1829–1844, of Hannah Philippa Ludwell (Hopkins) Lee, including a biographical sketch by her husband, Cassius Francis Lee, as well as letters by Hannah, chiefly to her sister Mary Ann (Hopkins) Jackson, containing Hannah's thoughts on God, Christianity, sin, and grace. Section 17 contains correspondence, 1860–1916, of Harriotte Hopkins "Hally" (Lee) Taliaferro of Alexandria and Menokin, Richmond County, containing extensive communications [14 folders] with her daughter, Harriotte Lee “Hallie” (Taliaferro) Montague, while she was living in Europe.
Sections 19–23 contain correspondence, financial and miscellaneous items, and writings of Harriotte Lee "Hallie" (Taliaferro) Montague while an art student in Europe and while living at various military bases (in the Philippines and Hawaii) with her husband, Major Jeffry G. A. Montague. Sections 36–37 contain correspondence and miscellaneous items of Frances Burwell "Fanny" (Catlett) Montague. Section 39 contains correspondence, 1904–1933, of Letitia Prosser "Tish" (Nelson) Catlett, chiefly with her daughter, Mary Mann Page (Catlett) Griggs ([8 folders] includes letters written while Mary Mann was a student at Stuart Hall, Staunton, and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass.). Sections 41–44 contain a diary, correspondence, memoir, and scrapbook of Mary Mann Page (Catlett) Griggs concerning her secondary schooling at Stuart Hall in Staunton, experiences at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and family relationships.
Talley, Daniel Doak, Papers, 1873. 64 items. Mss1T1455a.
Chiefly correspondence between Daniel Doak Talley (1841–1930) of Richmond and his fiancee, Julia Harris (d. 1922), between August and October 1873 concerning their courtship and approaching marriage. During this period, Daniel Talley worked for the Tredegar Iron Works. Some of his letters concern the financial problems faced by that firm during the Panic of 1873. Julia Harris, the daughter of Alfred Turpin Harris (1799–1883), in turn was visiting the Virginia mountains for the summer, including stops at Lexington and the Rockbridge Baths. Their correspondence recounts social activities of both persons, matters of personal health, Daniel's concerns about Julia's father's disapproval of the engagement, and religious activities and attendance at St. James's Episcopal Church and Centenary Methodist Church in Richmond. Also, includes brief comments on Washington College, Lexington (now Washington & Lee University), and travel on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad.
Taylor, Bessie Whitworth Carter, Letter, 1949. 1 item. Mss2T2123a1.
Letter, 29 April 1949, from Bessie Whitworth (Carter) Taylor to Estelle (Davis) Carrier regarding the death of Robert Davis (d. 1949) in California and members of the Davis family.
Taylor, Mary Edmonia, Commonplace Book, ca. 1840. 1 volume. Mss5:5T2163:1.
This "cookbook" probably belonged to Mildred E. (Turner) Taylor (1799–1882) of Meadowfarm in Orange County; it includes recipes for preparing foods as well as directions for making cloth dyes and a list of yards of cloth woven. Mary Edmonia Taylor (1824–1892) and Lucy Jane Taylor (1828–1869) produced the children's writing in the volume.
Taylor, Virginia Bagby, Album, 1870–1896. 1 volume. Mss5:5T2195:1.
Mental Photographs: An Album for Confessions of Tastes, Habits and Convictions (New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1870) contains lists of questions designed to provide clues to the inner and outer character of friends. Only a few of the pages have been filled in; they include entries for Virginia (Bagby) Taylor (1864–1955), owner of the volume, as well as one for her mother, Lucy Parke (Chamberlayne) Bagby (1842–1927).
Taylor Family Papers, 1844–1912. 1,683 items. Mss1T2197b. Microfilm reels C304–309.
The Taylor family papers primarily consist of the family and personal correspondence, 1874–1910, of Lucy Parke (Chamberlayne) Bagby (1842–1927) of Richmond, especially with her children, and the family (section 4) and personal correspondence, 1874–1912, of her daughter, Virginia (Bagby) Taylor (1864–1955) of Richmond (section 8). The early portion of Virginia Taylor's correspondence discusses the education of her brothers and visits to Virginia health resorts, while the later is primarily with her son, Henry Taylor (1887–1982), about his education at the University of Virginia and his travels through the eastern United States, and with her daughters. The collection also contains family correspondence, 1886–1912, of Virginia Taylor's husband, Henry Taylor (1854–1945) of Richmond (section 5), and an account book, 1894–1895, that records the wages of farm workers and wood haulers at West End in Louisa County (section 6). There are a few scattered papers of other members of the Bagby, Taylor, and Watson families.
Temple, Lucy Lilly, Papers, 1919–1921. 3 items. Mss2T2475b.
This small collection consists of a bond of Lucy Lilly Temple (1848–1935) of Richmond with the Planters National Bank, Richmond; and a fire insurance policy issued by the Virginia Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Richmond, insuring furniture owned by Lucy Temple.
Temple Family Papers, 1836–1852. 47 items. Mss1T2478a.
This collection consists primarily of the papers of planter Benjamin Temple (1801–1872) of Locust Grove in Middlesex County, and his wife, Lucy Lilly (Robinson) Temple of Berclair in Spotsylvania County. Benjamin's correspondence with his wife, 1836–1845, concerns family activities, including her mother's effort to keep a boarding house in Richmond, and his business affairs (section 1). Loose accounts and two account books, 1837–1850, kept by Lucy Temple document the purchase of clothing and food and contain lists of clothing distributed to slaves and of personal effects (sections 4 and 6). The collection also contains a progress report in music, 1852, issued to one of the Temples' daughters (section 8), and the text of an Episcopalian sermon preached at the funeral of Molly Brooke Temple in 1838 (section 9).
Tennant Family Papers, 1794–1856. 426 items. Mss1T2556a. Microfilm reel C309.
This collection centers on Willie Anne (Buffington) Tennant (1843–1921) of Petersburg; her husband, David Brydon Tennant (1822–1885), a tobacco merchant and manufacturer; and their children. David Tennant's papers include accounts, 1866–1888, and agreements, 1868–1885, regarding the tobacco business (sections 3 and 4) and an account book, 1826–1841, concerning the estate of James Dunlop, that also contains accounts kept by Anne (Allen) Brydon as the executor of her husband, David Dunlop Brydon (section 1). Correspondence, 1868–1921, of Willie Anne Tennant is primarily with family members, especially her children (section 6). Correspondence, 1918–1955, of their son, Charles Colville Tennant (b. 1878), a physician in Charlottesville, is with relatives in Scotland, Australia, and South Africa, most of whom were women, and concerns family connections and genealogy (section 10). Letters from Edward Raynsford Warner McCabe (1876–1960) discuss race relations, labor leaders, and national politics immediately following World War II. Papers of William Brydon Tennant (1870–1940) include correspondence, 1925–1930, discussing Tennant family history and genealogy and accounts, 1925–1934 (sections 11 and 12). A few papers pertain to other family members, and the collection also contains notes on the Brydon and Tennant and related families and a two-volume manuscript genealogy of the Tennant family (section 19).
Tennant Family Papers, 1883–1919. 42 items. Mss1T2556b. Microfilm reel C309.
This collection consists of papers of William Brydon Tennant (1870–1940) and his wife, Janet Bruce (Williams) Tennant (1869–1907) of Richmond. William Tennant's diary, 1883, chronicles his trip to Scotland as a thirteen-year-old boy, including a visit to his grandfather's grave (section 1). Janet Bruce Tennant's diaries, 1888–1889 and 1890–1891, and autograph album, 1887–1888, document her social life as a young, single woman (sections 2, 3 and 4); the diaries include enclosures of visiting cards and invitations. Her papers also contain a pejorative essay on race relations, "The Bleaching of Fairview," and a poem written in African American dialect (section 5).
Terrell, Mary Jerdone Coleman, Album, 1844. 1 volume. Mss5:5T2775:1.
This volume, embossed with the name of Mary Coleman, contains dried flowers collected by Mary Jerdone (Coleman) Terrell (1832–1896) of Louisa, Va., while she was a student at the Patapsco Female College in Ellicott City, Md. Flowers are identified by Latin and common names and sometimes assigned symbolic meanings. Coleman also copied a few poems by William Cowper (1731–1800) and probably Thomas Moore (1779–1852).
Terry, Louisa Cutler Ward Crawford, Papers, 1857–1858. 10 items. Mss2T2795b.
The papers of Louisa Cutler (Ward) Crawford Terry (1823–1897) of Bordentown, N.J., who was the sister of Julia Ward Howe, document the last illness, death, and funeral of her husband, sculptor Thomas Crawford (1813–1857). Crawford became ill while casting a statue of George Washington in Munich, Germany, in 1857, and his wife joined him in London shortly thereafter. Her correspondence includes two letters to her two young children in Bordentown and information on shipping the statue from Munich to Richmond, Va., where it stands on the grounds of the state capitol.
Thomas Family Papers, 1828–1924. 84 items. Mss1T3685a.
This collection consists of papers of three generations of members of the Thomas family of Virginia. Letters, 1828–1834, of Mary Cornick (Puller) Thomas (d. 1836) contain family news, her religious views, accounts of her daily life as a student in Richmond, and advice to her mother, Catherine Puller (d. 1860), regarding a wayward brother (section 1). Correspondence, 1834–1879, of James Thomas (1806–1882) touch on emotional and physical pressures in the life of the family (section 2). Topics include advice to his daughter, Mary Ella (Thomas) Queensbury (b. 1836?), about her relationship with her step-mother, and letters to and from his son, William Dandridge Thomas (1833–1901), discussing life in Virginia during the Civil War, and his on-going struggle with the idea of leaving Virginia for a safer environment. Correspondence, 1881–1924, of Ella Marshall Thomas (1862–1929) concerns social life and describes family activities (section 7). The collection contains a few papers of other family members.
The papers of the Reverend Lewis Feuilleteau Wilson (1804–1873) and his third wife, Mary Elizabeth (Chamberlin) Wilson (1815–1895) account for about one third of the collection. Lewis's papers, including correspondence, 1831–1873, largely concern his Presbyterian pastorates in Shenandoah County, Va., and Berkeley County, W.Va., and his activities as a member of the Education Committee of the Winchester Presbytery (boxes 3–6). Mary Wilson lived in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, and her correspondence, 1844–1894, primarily contains letters from her children, step-children, and members of the Chamberlin family (boxes 7–12). Weekly letters, 1876–1889, from her son Charles Lee Wilson (1856–1889) discuss the variety of jobs that he held in California, Alaska, and Oregon. The collection includes papers of all of Lewis Wilson's sons, but those of Ashmun Hall Wilson (1847–1916) predominate. Hall Wilson's papers, 1867–1915, reflect his work as a farmer in Berkeley and Jefferson counties and his activities in the Democratic party and the Presbyterian church (boxes 14–19). The papers, 1864–1909, of his wife, Mary Emma (Seibert) Wilson (b. 1850), contain letters from family members and friends, as well as a few student papers, 1867–1869 (box 20). Miscellaneous records pertaining to other family members appear throughout the collection. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Terry, Mary M. Stockton, Diary, 1864–1865. 36 pp. Typescript. Mss5:1T2795:1.
Mary M. (Stockton) Terry (b. 1823) kept this diary as a prisoner in Baltimore, Md., and Salem and Fitchburg, Mass. The Lynchburg widow and daughter of a doctor from Princeton, N.J., was detained by Federal troops when she tried to return to Virginia after visiting kin in New Jersey. The diary discusses her experiences and emotions while imprisoned. The location of the original manuscript remains unknown.
Thornhill Family Papers, 1748–1955. 1,306 items. Mss1T3937a.
Contain correspondence, financial and miscellaneous papers, and photographs of the Thornhill family of Lynchburg, primarily revolving about the family of Dr. George W. Thornhill, physician and Confederate surgeon. Contains correspondence (section 5) of his wife, Cornelia J. (Bibb) Thornhill of Lynchburg, with cousin Gertrude Hamilton Bramham of Pasadena, Calif. (where she is being treated for tuberculosis, 1908; in part, describing her trip out West by train), brother Ernest Hancock of Aloha Farms, Coupeville, Wash. (concerning his father's estate), granddaughter Julia Abbott (Thornhill) Jones (while she is at Hampden-Sydney College, 1939, attending a special program, possibly preparing for military service), daughter Lily Hancock (Thornhill) Reams (writing as a teenager to her mother, who was a patient at Woman's Hospital, Baltimore, Md., describing school and social life and Christmas preparations, 1915), son Claude W. Thornhill at Alpoca, W.Va. (working as a clerk in a store in 1917 and at Penniman, Va., 1919, after his marriage, working in a manufacturing plant and taking up housekeeping), daughter Gertrude L. Thornhill (while in Baltimore, Md., recuperating from orthopedic surgery [1914?] and in Lynchburg to her mother in Baltimore, Md., who is suffering some sort of gynecological problem, discussing her social and school activities, 1915), brother-in-law Joshua "Marshall" Thornhill (postcard from Denver, Colo., during a trip to the western United States in 1903), daughter-in-law Julia (Abbott) Thornhill (at Penniman, Va., describing her housing situation and later planning to move to Lynchburg, 1919), and the National Geographic Society (thanking her for continuing her husband's membership after his death).
Thornton Family Papers, 1744–1945. 1,248 items. Mss1T3977b. Microfilm reels C508–513.
This collection contains papers of John Stuart Thornton (1780–1866) and his wife, Susan Hancock (Lee) Gordon Thornton (1792–1867), of Durhamville and Oakley in Shelby County (now part of Memphis), Tenn., and their daughters. John Thornton's papers include family and business correspondence, 1858–1866 (section 4); an account book, 1859–1861 (section 5); loose accounts (section 6); and miscellany. Susan Thornton's papers contain a brief diary, 1866, detailing the work of African Americans (apparently former slaves) (section 9); family and business correspondence, 1848–1877, in part concerning the sale of land in Tennessee and life on the homefront during the Civil War (section 10); and two account books, 1858–1861, (sections 11–12) and two commonplace books, ca. 1860, that discuss family history (sections 17–18).
The papers of Susan Stuart (Thornton) Thornton (b. 1818) of Durhamville, Tenn., the daughter of John and Susan Thornton, include a diary, ca. 1855, that discusses the health of family members and their activities (section 26); personal correspondence, 1837–1882, concerning national politics (section 27); and five account books, 1857–1895, (sections 28–32) loose accounts (section 33), and a commonplace book, 1861–1876, that contain lists of agricultural equipment and livestock (section 34). The papers of her husband, James Bankhead Thornton (1806–1867) of Caroline County, include correspondence, 1853–1867, while serving in the Confederate States Army (section 21); an account book, 1863–1865 (section 22); and other miscellany. Papers of Susan Thornton's sister, Felicia Lee Cary Thornton (1816–1898) of Memphis, include a diary, 1853–1854, in part concerning her tour through the lower Shenandoah Valley (section 38); personal and family correspondence, 1850–1898, especially regarding life on the homefront during the Civil War and spiritualism (section 39); and a commonplace book, ca. 1865, containing lists of clothing and accounts (section 41). Correspondence, 1847–1850, of her husband, William Harrison Shover (1813–1850), centers on his life at the United States Military Academy at West Point and while serving in the U.S. Army in Mexico (section 37). The papers of another sister, Mary Jacquelin Thornton (d. 1896) of Memphis and St. Louis, Mo., include a diary, 1865–1867, documenting postwar life in Missouri and Tennessee (section 45); personal and business correspondence, 1853–1885, illuminating her publishing career (section 46); and the manuscripts of a number of romantic novels that she wrote between 1872 and 1885 (section 50); some were set in Virginia during and just after the Civil War.
Ticer, Patricia Smith, Papers, 1982–2001. 500 folders (22 linear feet). Mss1T4355b.
Collection primarily concerns the service of this Democrat in the Virginia State Senate from 1999 to 2001, essentially picking up where the "a" collection of her papers leaves off. Patricia Smith Ticer was born in Washington, D.C., in 1935. In 1991 she became the first woman mayor of Alexandria, serving until 1996. Prior to that she had won her first race for a seat on city council in 1982. She became vice mayor in 1984 and was reelected in 1986 and 1988. Ticer was first elected as senator from the 30th Senatorial District of Virginia in 1995, and was reelected to her fourth consecutive term in 2007. These papers consist largely of general correspondence (including constituent letters), drafts of legislative bills, and support materials collected by Ticer concerning bills and issues under debate during the years noted above.
Ticer, Patricia Smith, Papers, 1991–1998. 1,986 items. Mss1T4355a.
Long active in local politics, Patricia Smith Ticer (1935– ) served as the first woman mayor of Alexandria from 1991 to 1995 and then was elected as a Democrat to the Virginia State Senate from the 30th senatorial district in 1996. This collection of her papers primarily concerns her service in the Virginia State Senate during the 1997 session and the early days of the 1998 session. The papers are divided into six catagories, generally focusing on her legislative activities as a reflection of her service on various committees, and consist largely of general correspondence and telephone messages; constituent letters and responses; drafts of legislative bills; invitations to various functions and responses; and notes.
Part I (Box 1) consists of biographical materials concerning Senator Ticer and materials documenting her service on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources (issues include water quality and dog/wolf hybrids); Part II (Box 1) contains materials regarding service on the Senate Transportation Committee (primarily concerning private motor vehicle issues); Part III (Boxes 1–2) consists of materials concerning service on the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee (concerning such issues as child support, crime, education, employment, health care, the homeless, immigration, parental rights, and assisted suicide); Part IV (Box 2) contains materials concerning service on the Senate Committee on Local Government (most items relate to a controversy over services provided by J. Hume Taylor as commissioner of accounts for the City of Norfolk, Va.); Part V (Box 3) consists of miscellaneous folders including general constituent letters, personal campaign finances, nominations for the 9th and 18th circuit and state supreme court judgeships, and a variety of general legislative bills; and Part VI (Box 4) contains invitations issued to Senator Ticer to events hosted by state agencies, political groups, civic and non-profit organizations, along with notes concerning her attendance or non-attendance.
Tinling, Marion Rose Gable, Notes, ca. 1977. 250 items (including 12 reels of microfilm). Mss5:9T4954:1.
This collection consists of microfilm, photocopies, and transcripts of seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century manuscripts used by Marion Rose (Gable) Tinling (b. 1904) in compiling The Correspondence of the Three William Byrds of Westover Virginia 1684–1786, Virginia Historical Society Documents Series (2 vols.; University Press of Virginia for the Virginia Historical Society, 1977). Over the course of her career, Tinling worked as an editor for the Henry E. Huntington Library and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission; she deciphered the archaic shorthand used by William Byrd II (1674–1744) in his secret diaries and co-edited them with historians Louis B. Wright and Maude Woodfin. Drawn from a number of repositories, these papers not only contain the correspondence of William Byrd I (1652–1704), William Byrd II, and William Byrd III (1728–1777), but also eighteenth- and nineteenth-century manuscripts documenting their lives and careers and the provenance of their papers. Among the latter are microfilm of Thomas Jefferson's letters to the American Philosophical Society and late nineteenth-century transcripts of William Byrd II's letters created by his great granddaughter, Elizabeth Byrd Nicholas (1830–1901). The collection offers insights into nineteenth- and twentieth-century interpretations of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century past.
Tinsley, Fanny W. Gaines, Memoir, 1862–1865. 13 pp. Photocopy of typescript. Mss5:1T4977:1.
Fanny W. (Gaines) Tinsley (1836–1891) recalls her life as a young mother living with her parents during the Civil War while her husband, Seaton Grantland Tinsley (1836–1901), served in the Treasury Department of the Confederate States of America. The family abandoned their residence in King William County during McClellan's Peninsular Campaign in 1862 and moved to their house in Henrico County. They remained under house arrest there for a time. Tinsley, who wrote the memoir in 1912, remembers heroic attempts by her mother, Jane Spindle Gaines (1817–1869), to secure food, as well as her negotiations with slaves and soldiers to move the family behind Confederate lines during the battle of Gaines's Mill. The diary concludes with an account of the destruction caused by the battle. A slightly different version has been published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 35 (1927): 393–404.
Todd Family Papers, 1860–1966. 1,457 items. Mss1T5662b.
This collection contains papers of members of the Todd family of Richmond. It includes business correspondence, 1872–1909 (section 1); personal accounts, 1860–1909 (section 8); and other business records of Charles Laforester Todd (1840–1909), president of the Richmond grain-milling firm, Gallego Mills (section 7). Papers of his wife, Mary Virginia (Powers) Todd (1855–1941), contain personal correspondence, 1909–1932 (section 14); two personal account books, 1909 (section 19); loose accounts, 1901–1935 (section 20); and a scrapbook, 1880–1950, containing family photographs and obituary notices (section 15). Papers of their daughter, Mabel (Todd) Pemberton (1876–1970), consist of personal correspondence, 1919–1966 (section 21); school records; and estate materials (section 22). Papers of their son Charles Laforester Todd (1881–1938) include correspondence, 1901–1937 (section 27); student notebooks, 1908–1909 (section 28); and accounts, 1901–1937, illuminating his education at the Virginia Military Institute, service in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and career as assistant city engineer in Richmond (section 29).
Tompkins, Ellen Wilkins, Papers, 1861. 26 items. Mss2T5996b.
This collection consists primarily of letters, 1861, written by Ellen (Wilkins) Tompkins (1818–1901) of Gauley Mount in Fayette County, Va. (now W. Va.), to her husband, Christopher Quarles Tompkins (1813–1877), (b15–16) and her sister, Sarah W. Cooch, during the period when Federal soldiers occupied the Tompkins farm (b1–12). Federal officers living in her house censored Tompkins's letters to her husband, who served as a Confederate colonel, and consequently they are written in a formal style that reveals little about her life; letters to her sister, however, detail life under occupation, including accounts of nearby military engagements and relationships between Tompkins and Federal officers and common soldiers. Other items in the collection include correspondence of officers regarding the treatment of the Tompkins family (b19–21) and military passes issued to Ellen Tompkins that permitted her to travel freely to and from Richmond (b23–25). The entire collection has been published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 69 (1961): 387–419.
Tompkins, Ellen Wilkins, Papers, 1886–1891. 7 items. Mss2T5996c.
The collection contains letters of the widow Ellen (Wilkins) Tompkins (1818–1901) of Richmond, Va., concerning Gauley Mount, the Tompkins family's farm in Fayette County, W. Va. They include information on Tompkins's unsuccessful claims for wartime damages to the farm, on renting the farm, and on her plans to sell the farm.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Records, 1827–1976. 10 items. Mss3T7367a.
The records of Trinity Presbyterian Church in New Canton include a list of members, 1827–1976, a few lists of elders and ministers, and two brief church histories, as well as a minute book, 1879–1883, and treasurer's account book, 1879–1909, kept by the church's Ladies' Benevolent Society. Originally part of the Trinity Presbyterian Church at Cartersville, the New Canton group separated and became the Upper Trinity Presbyterian Church in 1883. The Ladies' Benevolent Society purchased an organ in 1880 and sponsored missionary activities and building repairs continuously throughout the period covered by their records.
Tucker, Joel Thomas, Papers, 1887–1913. 76 items. Mss1T7975a.
Joel Thomas Tucker, a native of Buckingham County, was a Baptist minister from Richmond. He served as pastor of Branch's Baptist Church in Chesterfield County in the early 1880s before attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., in 1885. Beginning in 1889, he served as pastor of East End Baptist Church in Richmond, where he remained until 1907. Tucker later served other churches in Virginia and West Virginia until his death in 1927. This small collection consists primarily of correspondence, 1887–1888, of Joel Thomas Tucker (1854–1927), while a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with Mattie E. Miller (1868?–1961) of Nolin, Ky., to whom he was engaged and whom he later married. The couple's correspondence concerns Tucker's personal faith, his efforts to encourage Mattie to join him on the foreign mission field (in either Mexico or Brazil), and his future course of service as a Baptist minister. Other subjects include his courses of study, churches around Louisville in which Tucker preached while a student, family affairs and the illness of female family members, and the couple's social lives. Also, includes letters, 1911–1913, written to Joel Thomas Tucker (of Richmond) by his elder brother, Henry J. Tucker (d. 1913), a lawyer of Fayetteville, W.Va. The letters in large measure concern Henry Tucker's financial support of the education of his nieces and nephews, his plans to retire from law practice to Richmond so that his son could be educated in Virginia, and other family matters.
Tucker, Margaret Nimmo, Diary, 1857–1860. 6 volumes. Mss5:1T7975:1–6.
Margaret Nimmo Tucker (1841–1909) began this five-volume diary (vols. 2–6) at the age of sixteen while her father, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1820–1890), served as U.S. consul in Great Britain. Portions written in France, Switzerland, and Italy discuss travel and social activities. She mentions John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and Lincoln's election, which prompted her father's resignation. A typescript volume (vol. 1) contains extracts from the diaries copied by Tucker's niece, Eleanor Selden (Tucker) Lee (b. 1875).
Tyler, Julia Gardiner, Papers, 1844–1946. 297 items. Mss1T9715b. Microfilm C290.
This collection centers on Julia (Gardiner) Tyler (1820–1889), widow of President John Tyler and resident of Staten Island, N.Y., Richmond, and Sherwood Forest in Charles City County, Va., and her daughter, Pearl (Tyler) Ellis (1860–1947) of Shawsville. Tyler's correspondence, 1844–1889, with family members, friends, and associates, concerns personal and business matters (section 6). Letters from her son David Gardiner Tyler (1846–1927) contain information on family finances. David Tyler's correspondence, 1869–1894, includes letters, 1885–1896, to his sister Pearl Ellis that discuss politics, life in Washington, D.C., and his marriage (section 10). Ellis's correspondence, 1883–1946, consists primarily of letters, 1893–1894, from her husband, William Munford Ellis (1846–1921), living and working in Washington (section 12); they discuss her management of the couple's farm in Shawsville and his life in Washington. There are a few papers of other family members.
Tyler Family Papers, 1723–1961. 12,445 items. Mss1T9718a.
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of men and women in the Rochelle, Shands, Thomas, and Tyler families, most of whom resided in Southampton County. The earliest materials, 1723–ca. 1835, concern land acquisition and settlement there and in neighboring counties. The papers, 1826–1859, of John Tyler (1790–1862) focus on politics and his life after the presidency, while the papers, 1840–1877, of his son Robert Tyler (1816–1877) illuminate his life in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., and his career as a newspaper editor in Montgomery, Ala.
About one-third of the collection consists of the papers of John Tyler (1819–1896), another son of the former president, and his first wife, Martha Frances Blow (Rochelle) Tyler (1820–1867). The younger John Tyler's papers, 1841–1895, document his political career in Virginia, his work as an attorney in Washington, D.C., and his activities as a newspaper editor in Florida, as well as his service as U.S. Assessor of Customs in Tallahassee, Fla. His correspondence includes communications with professional and political associates, as well as lengthy exchanges with family members, especially his daughter, Martha Rochelle Tyler (1846–1928) (section 7). His wife Martha Tyler's correspondence, 1833–1865, is primarily with or about her children (section 37). A sister, Letitia (Tyler) Semple (1821–1907), also corresponded at length with members of the family, primarily while a student at the Eclectic Institute for Young Ladies in Baltimore, Md., and as a teacher at the Louise Home in Washington, D.C. (section 41). Martha Rochelle Tyler of Jerusalem (later Courtland) in Southampton County, served as postmistress of Courtland from 1896 to 1914. Her correspondence, 1862–1928, discusses her federal service, and includes exchanges with political figures, Confederate soldiers, and various family members, as well as with land agents concerning the estate Audley in Westmoreland County (section 48). There are also extensive personal financial records, as well as records pertaining to the Courtland Post Office (sections 49–54). Papers of William Briggs Shands (1820–1906) and his son, William Shands (1861–1922), who were the brother-in-law and nephew respectively of the younger John Tyler and practiced law in Courtland, discuss legal business and family affairs and contain information on politics in eastern Virginia (sections 61–91). Papers of James Henry Rochelle (1826–1889), another brother-in-law who served in the United States and Confederate States navies, document his participation on the Peruvian Hydrographic Commission of the Amazon, an exploratory expedition in the 1870s (sections 122–126).
Tyler, Julia Gardiner, Papers, 1864–1888. 166 items. Mss1T9715a. Microfilm reels C288–289.
This collection consists primarily of letters to Julia (Gardiner) Tyler (1820–1889), widow of President John Tyler (1790–1862) and resident of Staten Island, N.Y., Richmond, and Sherwood Forest in Charles City County, Va. (section 1). Among the letters from various family members and friends are a few from Tyler's daughter, Pearl (Tyler) Ellis (1860–1947), that discuss clothes and her social activities. Other correspondence concerns the settling of John Tyler's estate, requests for autographs, and requests by Laura Holloway Langford for information on Tyler's experiences as "First Lady" for a forthcoming book. Ladies of the White House appeared in two editions in 1870 and 1881.
Updated January 13, 2010
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