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Will Family Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. Acc. 2008.113a

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Scope and Contents

Letters and papers of Cornelia F. Will and husband, Philip Will, of Toms Brook, Virginia. Toms Brook is a part of Shenandoah County. Correspondence takes place between 1857-1902.

Family members settled throughout West Virginia, Ohio, Wyoming, and California. Prominent correspondents are from children, Edward A. Will, W. B. Will (“Bill”), Sam Will, Joseph Will, and Emma E. Will. There are also letters from her daughter-in-laws, Effa and Maggie.

Locations of her children tend to shift as they move, but Cornelia remains in Toms Brook of Shenandoah County throughout all of the correspondence.

Subjects include family, sickness, courtship, moving/travel, settlement, farming, employment, weather, legal documents/contracts, and daily occurrences of life. Includes pamphlets, advertisements, accounts as well as a photograph and land transactions.

There are letters from sons, Frank Funkhouser and Luther M. Funkhouser, to their father, Nathaniel A. Funkhouser, of Mount Olive, Virginia.


  • Creation: 1857-1902


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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.

Biographical Information:

Cornelia F. Will lived in Toms Brook of Shenandoah County, Virginia around 1857-1902. Her husband was Philip Will, and her children were Edward A. Will, W. B. Will (“Bill”), Sam Will, Joseph Will, and Emma E. Will.

She had two daughter-in-laws, Effa and Maggie. Her sister, S.C. Feller, was from Alexandria, Virginia.

Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Cornelia F Will


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Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information:


Processing Information:

Collection was processed by Gloria Oh in January-March 2009.

Guide to the Will Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Gloria Oh.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Updated by Anne Johnson in 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository