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Philip Howerton Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 65 H84

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1812-1870, of Philip Howerton and his family of Halifax County, Va. Includes a letterbook, 1829-1853; account books, 1825-1857, of the store and blacksmith's shop of Philip Howerton and tobacco manufacturing company of Philip Howerton and W. M. Howerton.

The collection also includes accounts, 1852-1859, for transporting tobacco; sermons, 1832 and n.d., of Charles Busser; constitution and minutes of the Branch Bible Society of Halifax County, Va.; letter, 1834, from American Tract Society; part of one of the manuscript volumes contains accounts of orphans (of Mat Cabaniss) who were wards of Philip Howerton, and a contract between Philip Howerton and a former slave family in 1865-1866.


  • Creation: 1812-1870

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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:

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0.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is organized into seven series: 1. Tobacco Receipts, 2. Circulars, 3. A Contract and Legal Papers, 4. Religious Writings, 5. Letters, 6. Miscellaneous, and 7. Personal Accounts of Philip Howerton. Arrangement: The series are arranged by date.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 148 items, 06/04/1940.

Physical Description

148.00 items


Other Information:

Additional information may be found at


Guide to the Philip Howerton Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository