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Garth Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 G19

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This inventory contains personal correspondence, business correspondence and accounts, receipts, loans and promissory notes, legal documents, tax information, and land records of the Jesse Garth family, Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., Virginia, The majority of the inventory deals with correspondence chiefly from 1800-1854, between family members, mostly the adult children of Jesse and Elizabeth Garth, fl. 1798-1854, especially Lucy E. B. Garth, fl. 1820-1849; Sarah Garth Goodman, fl. 1820-1842; Jesse B. Garth, fl. 1833-1834; and May S. Garth Sumner, fl. 1849-1851, as well as other nephews and family members; and the correspondence, accounts and other documents from business and legal acquaintances in the Richmond and Charlottesville, Va. areas. The subject matter in these letters for the most part pertain to agricultural and business matters, the War of 1812, slavery and emancipation, land transactions and speculation, schools, legal concerns, and family news. Also included in a suicide note dated, 30 June 1835.


  • 1798-1872

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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.

Family History:

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2.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is separated into five Series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Financial Records, 3. Legal Records, 4. Miscellaneous Material, 5. Manuscript Volumes. Arrangement: After being organized into Series, each Series is then arranged chronologically by date.

Acquisition Information:


Physical Description

1259 items

Processing Information:

Processed by Madelyn Redd in 1984.

Guide to the Garth Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Madelyn Redd.
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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