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Overton Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 Ov2

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1727-1918, chiefly 1781-1875, of members of the related Overton, Ragland, Claybrooke and Hart families of Louisa County, Va. and Haywood Co., Tenn. The early papers are primarily legal documents, accounts and account books of John Ragland and Samuel Ragland and correspondence of the children of Samuel Ragland. After 1797, the collection concerns the legal and business papers of Samuel Overton, Thomas Overton, Waller Overton and Sally Overton Claybrooke. After 1810, the collection concerns the Claybrooke family in Tennessee.

There are also papers of James Malcolm Hart, farmer and schoolteacher which concern education, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Prominent correspondents include Peter Johnston, John Marshall, Dabney Minor, Garrett Minor, John Minor and Edmund Randolph.

There are accounts of Francis Jerdone and accounts concerning the boarding of horses; a legal opinion given by Edmund Pendleton; a letter of Jane R. Riordan concerning her learning the millinery trade; and a manuscript volume of distillery tax due in Spotsylvania County, Va. Some folder numbers were skipped when originally processed. In 2019, the collection was checked and all material has been accurately noted in the inventory.


  • Creation: 1727-1961
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1781-1875


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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.

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8.50 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1981.09 was received on 4/10/1981. Other gifts.


Other Information:

National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States available from Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va.

Processing Information:

Processed by Ann Lewis in 1978. Box and Folder List compiled by Emily Eklund, SCRC staff, from October to November 2010.

Guide to the Overton Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Ann Lewis.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository