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Wilkin Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 W64

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Scope and Contents

More than 600 items from the period 1757 to 1922, with the bulk falling between 1780 and 1870.  Most items reference members of the Wilkin/Wilkins family of Shenandoah County, Virginia, particularly Godfrey, John, Philip, Benomi, and Benjamin Wilkin.  Other surnames include Gochenauer, Layman, Funkhauser, Koock, and Miller.  Most documents are financial or legal, such as receipts, promissory notes, account statements, and probate records.  There is some correspondence, as well as a few documents relating to military service in the Revolutionary period and the affairs of the German Reformed Church.  Numerous items are written in the German language.


  • Creation: 1757-1922 and undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1780-1870

Language of Materials

English German

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. 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. 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.


0.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged chronologically within 5 series.

Acquisition Information:

Acquired: 05/07/1939. Acquisition Note: Source: C. J. Carrier of Bridgewater, VA. Exchange.

Processing Information:

Preliminary description by Ellen R. Strong in 2002.  Sorted by Matthew Niendorf in 2014.  Revised and updated by Del Moore in 2015.

Guide to the Wilkin Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Ellen R. Strong, Matthew Niendorf, Del Moore.
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository