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Borland Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 B66

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Scope and Contents

The Borland, Green, and Godwin families are related in the following manner. George Godwin, son of Jeremiah Godwin, married Fanny Green (whose mother was Mary (Giles) Green) in 1805. Dr. Thomas Wood Borland (d. 1830 or 1831), father of Roscius Cicero Borland, married Harriott Godwin, daughter of Jeremiah Godwin and Sarah (Wilkinson) Godwin.

Family correspondence, chiefly 1830-1854, of Mary (Giles) Green and George Godwin of Nansemond County, Virginia; Roscius C. Borland of Murfreesboro, North Carolina; Thomas Roscius Borland of Norfolk, Virginia; and of other family members in Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. This collection includes business correspondence and receipts, 1788-1867; a manuscript by Armistead Borland about his father Thomas R. Borland (who was involved with William Mahone and the Readjuster Party) which contains a genealogy of the Borland and Godwin families; and family photographs. And it also contains a letter, 1828 April 18, from Euclid Borland to George Godwin giving impressions of life at College of William and Mary.


  • Creation: 1771-1940

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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.

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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.

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Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is organized into 3 Series. Series 1 contains personal papers and correspondence, Series 2 contains tax statements and receipts, and Series 3 contains typed material. Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically by date with those items lacking dates found at the end of each series.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 521 items, 1944.

Physical Description

521 items


Other Information:

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Borland Family Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository