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Armistead-Cocke Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 Ar6

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, 1756-1764, of Maria Carter Armistead (including letters written by Mrs. Thomas Feilde); business papers, 1782-1828, of William Cocke of "Bremo," Henrico County, Virginia and of "Oakland," Cumberland County, Virginia; and letters, 1861-1863, of William Fauntleroy Cocke, Thomas Lewis Preston Cocke and Edmund Randolph Cocke concerning their service in the Confederate States Army (including the Battle of First Bull Run).

Also included are five volumes of farm and account books, 1851-1863, of Richard P. Jones of "Land's End," Gloucester County, Virginia; copybooks on astronomy, [circa 1770-1780?], scrapbooks, and genealogical material.

Includes letter, 1869, of Benjamin Stoddert Ewell concerning the connections between the Randolph and Preston families and the College of William and Mary.

Additions to the collection (1997.34 and 1998.45) include family letters, genealogical notes and poems of members of the Cocke family and to related branches of Throckmorton, Curtis, Sheldon, Jones, Preston, Byrd, Dandridge and Carter families living in Richmond, Virginia and Powhatan County, Virginia. Some letters are written from Richmond in the Reconstruction Era.


  • Creation: 1680-1917


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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:

Maria Carter, daughter of Charles Carter of "Cleve," King George County, Virginia married William Armistead of "Hesse," Gloucester County, Virginia William Cocke, son of Elizabeth Fauntleroy Cocke and Bowler Cocke, married Jane Armistead.

Their son, William Armistead Cocke had among other children, Thomas Lewis Preston Cocke who married Mary Booth Curtis.


2.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Arrangement: the collection is arranged chronologically.

Organization: The inventory has been divided into seven series. Series 1 is the genealogical and donor material, Series 2 is photographs, Series 3 is material concerning houses and land, Series 4 is correspondence and other papers, Series 5 is the Jones Account Books, Series 6 is Accession 1997.34 and Series 7 is Accession 1998.45.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

When available, microfilm, photocopies, digital surrogates, or other reproductions must be used in place of original documents.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 296 items, 1958. Gift: ca. 150 items, 1997. Gift: 287 items, 1998.

Related Materials:

Mss. 69 J71 Jones Family Papers


Other Information:

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Armistead-Cocke Papers
Special Collections Staff.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository