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Richard Billups Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 B49

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Scope and Contents

Business, military and legal papers, chiefly 1774-1822, of Richard Billups of Mathews and Gloucester Counties, Virginia. Papers include accounts, land records, and correspondence and some concern shipbuilding. Includes minutes, 1842, of a temperance meeting and Methodist church records.


  • Creation: 1705-1857
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1774-1822


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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.

Biographical Information:

Richard Billups was a merchant; shipbuilder; shipowner; justice of the peace; sheriff of Mathews County, Virginia, 1792-1795; major in the Virginia militia; leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church; and member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1807-1817, from Mathews County. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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Arrangement of Materials:

Organization: This collection is organized into 8 Series: 1. Accounts 2. Account Books 3. Legal Papers 4. Letters 5. Military Papers 6. Society Papers 7. Printed Material 8. Oversized Material Arrangement: This collection is arranged chronologically by date. The names mentioned with each folder are just a few of the many names which appear on the documents included within that folder.

Acquisition Information:

Deposit: 4,006 items, 7/18/1941. Deposit: 302 items, 4/12/1942.


Other Information:

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Richard Billups 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