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John Henry Tabb Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 T12

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Chiefly papers, 1826-1856, of John Henry Tabb of Gloucester County, Va. who moved to Danville, Va. where he was a merchant (Tabb, Allmand & Co.). Collection includes correspondence of members of the Tabb family with Tabb and business letters written to him.


The letters primarily concern the business that Tabb conducted in Danville, Virginia. Letter comments on dining at "White Marsh" for three and one half hours and the $20,000 worth of silver on the table, December 26, 1838. Second page of letter is itemized list of supplies shipped from Baltimore to a Gloucester County estate, May 11, 1827. Comment on Virginia Constitutional Convention, November 23, 1829 and personal expression of desire for separation of eastern and western Virginia. Letter from Danville, Virginia, October 8, 1832, commenting on two female seminaries there; bank reorganizations and general news.


Also contains a photographic print; 1908 or 1909, 8"x 10", black and white, of the last ring tournament in Gloucester County, Va., held at "White Marsh," the seat of Capt. John Tabb. The sixteen participants were identified by Monroe J. Cockrell as: Robert Corbell, Mensin Cooke (?), Dunham Withers, Edwin Curtis, Lockie Sinclair, Roland Sinclair, John Henry Tabb, Fred Parrish, Capt. John Tabb, Powell Catlett, Frank Sinclair, Barnes Lawson, Hayes Hogg, Colgate Selden, Harry Tabb, and Jack Sinclair.


  • Creation: 1826-1856


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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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Biographical Information:

John Henry Tabb of Gloucester County, VA who moved to Danville, VA where he was a merchant (Tabb, Allmand & Co.). Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: Henry Tabb


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Related Materials:

See also the Tabb Family Papers, the Tabb Family Diary, and the Dr. Henry W. Tabb Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


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