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Barnes Family Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 39.1 B26

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Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence, chiefly 1820-1875, of Newman Williamson Barnes and his wife Margaret W.(Tomlin) Barnes of Richmond, Virginia and "Greenfield," Culpeper County, Virginia and to their daughter, Margaret W. Barnes. Letters concern life in Falmouth, Virginia and also concern Fredericksburg, Virginia. Correspondents are members of the Braxton, Coalter, Tomlin and Oliver families. Letters contain social and family news.


  • Creation: 1797-1926
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1818-1875

Language of Materials


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:

The following genealogical information is known about the Barnes family. Margaret W. Tomlin and Newman Williamson B. Barnes had the following children: Margaret W., George B., Beverley, Robert Tomlin, Walker, and Lucy Ball. Newman Williamson B. Barnes had the following sisters: Lucy Barnes, Frances C. Barnes, and Balsora Barnes. Other genealogical materials can be found in the "additional related material" section. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


247.00 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically by date. Organization: This collection is organized into 9 series: 1. Correspondence, 1810-1829; 2. Correspondence, 1830-1849; 3. Correspondence, 1850-1869; 4. Correspondence, 1870-1930; 5. Correspondence, n.d.; 6. Envelopes; 7. Financial Papers; 8. Newspaper Clippings; and 9. Poetry.

Acquisition Information:

Gift: 247 items, 10/16/1938.

Related Materials:

Additional genealogical information, the Tomlin Family Chart, and other materials related to this collection can be found under the Brown-Coalter-Tucker Papers (I and II), Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Brown-Coalter-Tucker Papers (I and II), Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary. 1816-1839,1839-1929.Collection number: Mss. 65 B85 Group C and D.


Other Information:

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Barnes Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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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