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Woolfolk Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 W88

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Scope and Contents

Papers of the Woolfolk family of Caroline County, Virginia including correspondence and accounts of John George Woolfolk, Jourdan Woolfolk, Pichegru Woolfolk and John William Woolfolk. The collection includes correspondence, accounts and vouchers for the stage line run by the Woolfolk family (Allen &  Woolfolk; Jourdan Woolfolk & Company; and Woolfolk &  Hoomes). Includes records of routes, rates, supplies, arrangements for layover of passengers and mail contracts of the Potomac Steamboat and Stage Company as well as papers concerning stock purchases in the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad. Also includes bound account books for the stage lines. Note: Includes letters written by James Lyons, Timothy Pickering, Robert Ryland and Benjamin Waller; letters of and accounts concerning members of the Maury family; and lists, 1829 and 1837, of vaccinated slaves. Lot 2 consists of about 6000 pieces of papers of the Woolfolk Family of Caroline County, Virginia, dated 1793-1876. There are financial records relating to the stage line and mail service, records relating to agricultural business, correspondence, insurance records, military records, records relating to the erection of Antioch Baptist Church, and copies of newspapers.


  • Creation: 1775-1893


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, 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.

Family History:

The Woolfolk family originally emigrated from Wales. John George Woolfolk (1750-1819) ran a stage line and had a contract to carry the mail. His sons Pichegru Woolfolk and Jourdan Woolfolk continued the stage line. Jourdan had a son, John William Woolfolk, among other children.


10.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: Organized into 14 series. Lot 1 comprises series 1-7. Lot 2 comprises series 8-14. There is a certain overlap between some of the series of lot 1 and 2. Lot 2 is has not been processed beyond the Series arrangement.

Series 1: Correspondence relating to the stage line; Series 2: Accounts and vouchers of the stage line; Series 3: Other papers relating to the stage line and the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad; Series 4: Correspondence of the Woolfolk family; Series 5: Papers of various persons, A-Z; Series 6: Other Papers; Series 7: Bound volumes; Series 8: Papers relating to the stage and mail service operated by members of the Woolfolk Family; Series 9: Papers relating to members of the Woolfolk Family, A-Z; Series 10: Papers relating to the estate of John Hoomes; Series 11: Subscription lists, invoices and receipts relative to the erection of Antioch Christian Church, Bowling Green, Virginia; Series 12: Records of the Caroline troop of cavalry, 1816-1820; Series 13: Newspapers; Series 14: Miscellaneous.

Arrangement: Lot 1: The series are arranged chronologically, with the exception of series 5, which is arranged alphabetically by last name and chronologically within. Lot 2: Series 9 is arranged alphabetically by last name; the other series of Lot 2 have not been further arranged at this point.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 3,980 items, November 5, 1937. Gift: 6,000 items, June 27, 1939.

Related Materials:

John William Woolfolk Notebook (Mss. MsV Ad225).


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Processing Information:

Box and folder list compiled by Patricia Senabria, SCRC staff,  in October 2011.

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