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McGavock Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 39.1 M17

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Scope and Contents

Papers (including correspondence, legal documents, and accounts) of James McGavock (1728-1812), his son James McGavock (1764-1838) and his grandsons James McGavock (1804-1839) and Stephen McGavock (1807-1880). Many of the papers concern lead mines at Fort Chiswell, Va, slavery, agriculture, aspects of the Revolutionary War, and other.  Included are a list of parish levies before 1776; receipts for supplies issued at Fort Chiswell, Wythe County, Va. and at Fort Patrick Henry, Tenn. for an expedition, 1776-1777, against the Cherokees; and county tax and fee bills for Augusta, Bedford, Botetourt, Montgomery, Pittsylvania, Washington and Wythe counties, Va. The collection includes genealogical information on the McGavock and Boyd families and letters written by members of the Cloyd family and by John Williamson McGavock while attending the University of Virginia.


  • Creation: 1760-1888


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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.

Family History:

Three generations of the McGavock family lived in Wythe County, Va. The immigrant was James McGavock (1728-1812) who came from Scotland. His son was James McGavock (1764-1838) and his grandsons were James McGavock (1804- 1839) and Stephen McGavock (1807-1880) who was president of the Farmer's Bank of Virginia at Wytheville. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


3540.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:



Guide to the McGavock Papers
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository