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Atkeson-Morgan Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M.3372

Scope and Contents

Record Series

1. Civil War Related Letters and Poems (Folders 1/1a)

2. Business Correspondence with John Morgan, Sr. and Jr. and James Beale, (Folders 1/1/b-1/5)

3. Incoming Letters to John Morgan, Sr. (Folders 1/6-1/8)

4. Correspondence-John Morgan, Jr., (Folders 1/9-1/12)

5. Correspondence-Sons of John Morgan, Jr. and Semantha Atkeson-Morgan, (Folders 1/13-1/15)

6. Incoming Letters to John Morgan, Sr., (Folder 1/16)

7. Incoming Letters to John Morgan, Jr. from his Brother Jim Morgan, (Folders 1/17)

8. Outgoing Letters to William Morgan from his Brother John Morgan, Jr., (Folder 1/18)

9. Incoming Letters to John Morgan, Jr. from his Relatives, (Folders 1/19-1/20)

10. General Correspondence with John Morgan. Jr., (Folder 1/21)

11. Correspondence with Semantha Atkeson-Morgan-Art related, (Folder 2/1)

12. Incoming Letters to Semantha Atkeson-Morgan from her Relatives, (Folders 2/2-2/12)

13. Incoming Letters to Semantha Atkeson-Morgan-Miscellaneous, (Folders 2/13-2/19)

14. Outgoing Letters from John Beale, (Folder 2/20)

15. Correspondence-Miscellaneous, (Folder 2/21)

16. Legal Documents, (Folders 3/1-3/2)

17. School Compositions and Poetry, (Folder 3/3)

18. Photograph, (Folder 3/4)

19. Invoices, (Folders 3/4-3/15)

20. Receipts, (Folders 3/16-4/6)

21. Ephemera, (Folders 4/7-4/17)

22. Subjects, (Folders 4/18-4/19)


  • 1833-1923
  • Majority of material found in 1850-1900


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

John Morgan, born in Shenandoah County, Virginia on October 10, 1840, was brought by his parents, John and Elizabeth A. (Beale) Morgan, to Putnam County where they settled in 1846. John Morgan was married to Samantha J., daughter of Thomas and Virginia (Brown) Atkeson. She was born in Mason County in January 1843, and was married to John Morgan on 12 October 1875 in Putnam County by Reverend Crooks. They had three sons: John (born 18 August 1876), Thomas Atkeson (15 April 1878), and Rembrandt (19 June 1880). During the Civil War John Morgan enlisted in 1863 in Company A, 22nd Virginia Regiment, Confederate Army, serving till the surrender. His brother William S. Morgan, a member of Company A., 36th Regiment, Confederate Army, was killed at Fayette Courthouse in 1862. John Morgan was a farmer who lived on bottom land opposite the mouth of the Poca River in Putnam County, West Virginia. (From West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, 1976)


1.9 Linear Feet (Summary: 23 in. (4 document cases, 1 flat storage box))


Papers of John and Sarah Atkeson-Morgan documenting Atkeson-Morgan family history and the history of the Morgan home and farm in Putnam County, West Virginia for period ca. 1840-1900. Materials include Civil War papers; personal and business correspondence; legal documents; school compositions and poetry; one photograph; and invoices and receipts. Subjects include: personal business (such as health, travel, and courtship), farm business, hunting, education (particularly at Barboursville College), and steamboat travel (including the vessels 'Active' and 'Chesapeake'), among others. Individuals who are prominent in the collection include: John Morgan, Sr., John Morgan, Jr., James 'Jim' Morgan, Semantha Atkeson-Morgan, John Beale, James Beale, Samuel Moore, Thomas Atkeson Morgan, Rembrandt Morgan, Albert Sidney Morgan, Anna Jackson, Thomas Atkeson, and Virginia Wells. West Virginia and Virginia locations of significance to the family include: Walnut Grove, Kanawha County; Point Pleasant; Kanawha Court House; Buffalo, Putnam County; Poca or Poca Bottom; Pocatalico or Pocatalico Bottom; Mount Jackson; Gallipolis, Raymond City, Putnam County; Barboursville; Winfield; Charleston; Rio, Hardy and Hampshire Counties; Orkney Springs; Edge Hill, Virginia; Lewisburg; Letart; Huntington; and Fowlers, Brooke County. Other states of interest include: New York, Ohio, Indiana, and Washington, D.C.

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL:

Separated Materials

February 21, 1896 issue of the Putnam Democrat separated for microfilming and incorporation into the Miscellaneous Newspaper Collection.
Atkeson-Morgan Family Papers, 1833-1923
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Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US