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Series 4: Additions


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Papers, 1770-1875, of the Blow family of "Tower Hill," Sussex County, Va. and of the Waller family. Prominent correspondents in the collection include Philip Barraud, John Hartwell Cocke, Henry Lee and Edmund Ruffin. Most of these accessions were integrated as the collection was partially processed, but some are boxed separately.

Includes a Blow family scrapbook containing many manuscript items. Collection includes: correspondence of Richard Blow (1746-1833), merchant, who had stores in Virginia and North Carolina; letterbooks, 1770-1813, of Richard Blow; and account books, 1764-1812, of Richard Blow; correspondence of George Blow (1787-1870) and his account book, 1824-1829; correspondence of Doctor Richard Blow (1810-1855) and George Blow, Jr. (1813-1894); correspondence concerning the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Hampden-Sydney College; a typescript history of "Tower Hill," by William Nivison Blow with pen and ink drawings; medical account books, 1836-1851, of Dr. Richard Blow; and notes, 1810-1815, concerning experimental farming.

The Nottoway Indian deed (indenture) with transcript was separated and is located with oversized items.

The Blow family scrapbook contains miscellaneous items including: deeds, 1738-1745, from the Nottoway Indians; land records; accounts of Richard Blow's stores, obituary and will (copy) of Richard Blow (1746-1833); letters to Richard Blow; and material concerning the 4th Regiment, Virginia Militia; 15th Regiment, Virginia Militia; 3rd Brigade, Virginia Volunteers (Confederate States Army) and Sussex Light Dragoons (Company H, 13th Virginia Cavalry, Confederate States Army).

Some accessions are boxed and labeled separately, but most (particularly the early accessions) have been integrated into the collection.

Blow Family Account Books 1783-1844 are available on 1 reel of microfilm in Swem Library’s microforms area call number 1993.27. Manuscript notes on the Blow family of Virginia also available on 1 reel.


  • Creation: 1613-1960
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1770-1875


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.


From the Collection: 43.00 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository