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Bucktrout-Smith Papers

Identifier: MS 00142

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Scope and Contents

Papers of Richard M. Bucktrout, merchant and mortician in Williamsburg, Virginia. Includes correspondence, receipts, financial papers, records of soldiers killed at the Battle of Williamsburg and legal papers, dated 1855 to 1869. List of deaths at the Seminary Hospital from July to November 1861 in Williamsburg, Virginia and coffins made for soldiers dying in Williamsburg in July-August 1861.

The business papers of Sydney Smith, dated 1874 to 1929.

Lists names of people who purchased coffins and others in financial accounts.

Acc. 1997.14A, folders 1- 7 Acc. 1997.18, folder 8


  • Creation: 1855-1929

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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 reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Like his father (Benjamin Bucktrout, an emigrant from England who died in 1812), Richard Manning Bucktrout (1805 - 1866) of Williamsburg, Va. was an entrepreneur. He did just about anything to bring a buck or a shilling. He made keys, repaired furniture, mounted curtains, sold lumber and other goods, and rented out anything he owned, from land and houses to his carriage, horses, and his slave. Following in his father's footsteps, Richard was also the town's undertaker, responsible for providing coffins and burial for virtually everyone in Williamsburg and the surrounding countryside.


0.25 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1997.14A, gift of 104 items on 3/24/1997; Acc. 1997.18, gift of 6 items on 4/11/1997.

Related Materials:

See also; Richard Manning Bucktrout Daybook and Ledger; Bucktrout-Braithwaite Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Processing Information:

Processed by Ellen Strong in 1997.

Guide to the Bucktrout-Smith Papers
Ellen Strong.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository