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Robert Skipwith Papers

Identifier: SC 01265

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Letters, photographs, and genealogical information, ca. 1900, concerning the Bolling family and deafness. Includes letter, 1900, of Robert Skipwith to Mrs. Annie C. Pratt, employee of Dr. Alexander Graham Bell who was studying deafness as connected with education and the Bolling and Skipwith families; twentieth century copy photographs of older images of Mary R. Bolling, deaf-mute daughter of William Bolling, Jane Rolfe Bolling Skipwith, and Robert Skipwith; and data concerning Bell's work with the deaf.


  • Creation: 1900


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Biographical Information:

Robert Skipwith (1810-1904) was born at Amelia County, Va., the son of George and Mary Murray and spent his life in Goochland County, Va., Richmond, Va. and in Powhatan County, Va. He apparently attended the University of Virginia and worked from 1840-1846 on the James River and Kanawha Canal and in Pennsylvania during early 1847. Skipwith married Jane Rolfe Bolling (1809-1867) on July 7, 1847 in Goochland County, and settled at "Bolling Hall," Goochland County, where he remained until Jane's death in 1867. He later moved to Richmond and married Lizzie Jones, then purchased a home, "South East," Powhatan County, and was living there in 1898. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Acquisition Information:


Related Materials:

Mss. 65 Sk4 Robert Skipwith Diaries, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


Previously identified as Mss 74s Sk3.

Processing Information:

Processed by Cynthia L. Barwick.

Guide to the Robert Skipwith Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Cynthia L. Barwick.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository