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Nicolson Family Ledgers and Journals

Identifier: 01/Mss. 65 N52, 76 N52 and 93 N52

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Scope and Contents

Collection contains account journals, some papers and other items of James M. Nicolson, a general merchant in Gloucester County, Virginia (1802-1869), an account book kept by Nicolson and Capt. John L. Hibble as Assistant Quarter Masters of the 26th Virginia Regiment, 1861-1864 (discusses slaves labors); a letter book of H. Yeatman & Co., merchants of Gloucester Court House, 1869-1870, which also contains some of Nicolson's correspondence; and ledger accounts, 1892-1899, for farming at 'Severn Hall', Gloucester County, Va.    Includes a list of slaves hired out on 23 Dec. 1802.


  • Creation: 1802-1914


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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.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Manuscripts and Rare Books Librarian, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Before using Mss. 65 N52, please see SCRC staff.

Biographical Information:

James Monroe Nicolson was a merchant at Gloucester County, Va. during the 1800s. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:

1949:  Deposit by Mrs. J.R. Nicolson of Selden, Virginia. 1976:  Gift of Joe Nicolson. 1993:  Gift of Mrs. John Tabb Duval through Spottswood Hunnicutt Jones.


Other Information:

Deposit by Mrs. J.R. Nicolson (Fanny J. Nicolson) included 1 leatherbound journal of Joseph S. James, grandfather of Ms. Nicholson (1828-1829) and 1 paperbound  "Receipts of Personal Accounts... of Capt. J. Monroe Nicolson of the Confederate Army." 

These two itens were returned to Ms. Nicolson in September 1951.

Processing Information:

Processed by Cynthia B. Brown in 1983.

Guide to the Nicolson Family Ledgers and Journals
Finding Aid Authors: Cynthia B. Brown and Anne Johnson.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository