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Southall Papers

Identifier: 01/Mss. 39.1 So8

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Scope and Contents

Papers of the Southall family of Williamsburg, Va. including correspondence, 1828-1830, of Peyton Alexander Southall but mostly comprised of the legal correspondence, 1831-1851, of George Washington Southall and documents concerning lawsuits and civil proceedings in many Virginia counties and including account books, 1832-1846, of George Washington Southall. Prominent correspondents include Lemuel Jackson Bowden, Richard Coke, John Augustine Deneufville, Thomas Roderick Dew, George Frederick Holmes, James Alexander Seddon, Abel Parker Upshur and Henry Alexander Wise.

Obituary of Mary Southall Jones, wife of Henly T. Jones and transcript of November 5, 1863 letter from Edward S. Joynes at Halifax C.H. (Va.) to R.G. H. Kean, Chief of Bureau of War about Miss Mary Southall who is seeking employment.  Also mentions Miss Southall's leadership in trying to save William and Mary's library when it was burned.  Addition Mss. Acc. 1992.47b.

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  • Creation: 1807-1904


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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:

The Southall family were residents of Williamsburg, Va. Peyton Alexander Southall (1804-1855) was a captain's clerk and purser in U.S. Navy and his brother George Washington Southall (1810-1851) was a lawyer and member of Virginia House of Delegates. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


43.01 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Gifts. February 1923 - Robert Bright Mss. Acc. 1947.15 found by Thomas Thorne in the Bright House attic. Mss. Acc. 1993.47b - transferred from Archives.

Related Materials:

Mss. Acc. 1996.24 Bright Family Papers

UA 5.131 Robert Southall Bright Papers

Mss. MsV Ap 4-5  Samuel F. Bright Account Books, 1826-1861

University of Delaware, Bright Family Papers, Mss. Collection Number 128.

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection include: brass calling card printing plate for Captain Robert A. Bright (1947.015.01)

Separated Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection include: brass calling card printing plate for Captain Robert A. Bright (1947.015.01)

Alternate Extent Statement

23572 items


Guide to the Southall Papers
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Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository