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Roy Bird Cook (1886-1961), Collector, Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0081

Scope and Contents

Papers of Thomas Tavenner and the Tavenner family of western Virginia, including correspondence; memoirs; journals; financial and legal documents; pamphlets; newspapers; and other material. Much of the material in this collection regards the Civil War. The Tavenner family were Confederate sympathizers.

The collection is organized into ten series, including:

Series 1. Correspondence; 1796-1955, undated; box 1, folders 1A-20
Series 2. Reminiscences; 1861-1866, undated; box 1, folders 21-23
Series 3. Journals; 1840-1863; box 1, folders 24-25
Series 4. Financial papers; 1821-1901, undated; box 1, folders 26-31
Series 5. Indentures and Deeds; 1783-1855, undated; box 2, folders 1-8
Series 6. Subject series; 1859, undated; box 2, folders 9-15
Series 7. Pamphlets; 1845-1935; box 2, folders 16-19
Series 8. Ephemera; undated; box 2, folder 20
Series 9. Miscellaneous; 1932-1940, undated; box 2, folders 21-23
Series 10. Oversize; 1772-1938; box 3, folders 1-6

Series 1. Correspondence; 1796-1955, undated; box 1, folders 1A-20 between members of the Tavenner family in (West) Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Michigan. Other correspondence includes Mason Matthews to his son Joseph William Matthews, CSA; Rev. Enoch Rector and Rector College; Andrew S. Rowan; and Capt John V. Young, 11th Virginia, USA.

Series 2. Reminiscences; 1861-1866, undated; box 1, folders 21-23 includes memoirs of E.D. Camden, Capt. James B. Cassady, and W.T. Kinzer.

Series 3. Journals; 1840-1863; box 1, folders 24-25 includes the Civil War journal (1862-63) of Henrietta Fitzhugh Barr and one unidentified journal (1840-59).

Series 4. Financial papers; 1821-1901, undated; box 1, folders 26-31 includes receipts, tax papers, business contracts and miscellaneous items. Also includes an account book of Thomas Tavenner (1858-59) and a Cow Book.

Series 5. Indentures and Deeds; 1783-1855, undated; box 2, folders 1-8 includes indentures for lands deeded to George Washington by King George III, 19 February 1754 and deeds regarding land purchases by Thomas Tavenner and various members of his family. Most deeds are for land in Wood County, while others are for land located in Monongalia, Kanawha, Wirt, and Harrison counties in western Virginia, and Edwards and Wabash counties in Illinois.

Series 6. Subjects; 1859, undated; box 2, folders 9-15 consists of a Kanawha Valley Economic Petition with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; an index of articles on the John Brown Raid in the Battle Creek (Weekly) Journal (Michigan); a Civil War play about Gauley Mountain; a short history of the 133rd Virginia Militia; poetry written by Thomas Tavenner; and a typescript history of the property title for Weston State Hospital (5 pages).

Series 7. Pamphlets; 1845-1935; box 2, folders 16-19 includes pamphlets and magazines.

Series 8. Ephemera; undated; box 2, folder 20 includes a States Rights Ticket, photo of Colonel John S. Camden's headstone, and calling cards.

Series 9. Miscellaneous; 1932-1940, undated; box 2, folders 21-23 includes typescripts send to Roy Bird Cook, a Captain's commission (copy) for Henry Harris signed by John Hancock in 1776, and miscellaneous envelopes and paper.

Series 10. Oversize; 1772-1938; box 3, folders 1-6 includes genealogy (1932) of Mary Randolph Cook, citizenship papers for Ian Christian Brevoor (1797), a map of George Washington's land grant (1772) on the Little Kanawha River, and Civil War newspapers including 10 issues of the Richmond Whig (1863-64), 11 issues of the Richmond Daily Dispatch (1862, 1864), and miscellaneous newspapers from Staunton, Virginia, New York, Pittsburgh, and Louisville.

Contents List:

Series 1. Correspondence

Box 1; folder 1A; Cook, Roy Bird Correspondence (Tavenner Genealogy); undated

Box 1; folder 1B; Tavenner Family; 1818-1846

Box 1; folder 2; Tavenner Family; 1847-1854

Box 1; folder 3; Tavenner Family; 1854-1861

Box 1; folder 4; Tavenner Family; 1861-1865

Box 1; folder 5; Tavenner Family; 1867

Box 1; folder 6; Tavenner Family; 1867-1868

Box 1; folder 7; Tavenner Family; 1868-1876

Box 1; folder 8; Tavenner Family; 1876-1878

Box 1; folder 9; Tavenner Family; 1879-1882

Box 1; folder 10; Tavenner Family; 1883-1955

Box 1; folder 11; Tavenner Family; undated

Box 1; folder 12; Tavenner Family; undated

Box 1; folder 13; Tavenner Family (copies); undated

Box 1; folder 14; Matthews, Mason to his son, Joseph William Matthews, CSA (contains transcripts); 1861-1865

Box 1; folder 15; Rector College and Reverend Enoch Rector (contains transcripts); 1822-1936

Box 1; folder 16; Rowan, Andrew S. (contains transcripts); 1823-1937

Box 1; folder 17; Young, John V., Captain, 11th Virginia, Company G (Union) (contains transcriptions); 1862-1864

Box 1; folder 18; Young, John V., Captain, 11th Virginia, Company G (Union) (contains transcriptions); 1864-1865

Box 1; folder 19; Young, John V., Captain, 11th Virginia, Company G (Union) (contains transcriptions); 1864-1865

Box 1; folder 20; Miscellaneous (contains transcriptions); 1796-1937

Series 2. Reminiscences

Box 1; folder 21; Camden, E.D. (contains transcriptions); undated

Box 1; folder 22; Cassady, James B. (contains transcriptions); 1866

Box 1; folder 23; Kinzer, W.T. (contains transcripts); 1861-1864

Series 3. Journals

Box 1; folder 24; Barr, Henrietta Fitzhugh; 1862-1863

Box 1; folder 25; Unidentified; 1840-1859

Series 4. Financial papers

Box 1; folder 26; General; 1821-1842

Box 1; folder 27; General; 1842-1874

Box 1; folder 28; General; undated

Box 1; folder 29; Checks; 1855-1867

Box 1; folder 30; Checks; 1897-1901

Box 1; folder 31; Account Books; 1858-1861

Series 5. Indentures and Deeds

Box 2; folder 1; Miscellaneous; 1783-1808

Box 2; folder 2; Miscellaneous; 1813-1822

Box 2; folder 3; Miscellaneous; 1823-1832

Box 2; folder 4; Miscellaneous; 1838-1843

Box 2; folder 5; Miscellaneous; 1843-1854

Box 2; folder 6; Miscellaneous; 1854-1855

Box 2; folder 7; Miscellaneous; undated

Box 2; folder 8; Miscellaneous; undated

Series 6. Subject series

Box 2; folder 9; Kanawha Valley Economic Petition with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad; undated

Box 2; folder 10; Annotated list of articles in the Battle Creek (Weekly) Journal (Michigan) regarding John Brown and his followers; undated

Box 2; folder 11; Civil War Play -- Gauley Mountain; undated

Box 2; folder 12; 133rd Virginia Militia -- Brief Historical Sketch; undated

Box 2; folder 13; Poetry by T.J. Tavenner; undated

Box 2; folder 14; Poetry by T.J. Tavenner; undated

Box 2; folder 15; Weston State Hospital--History of Property Title; undated

Series 7. Pamphlets

Box 2; folder 16; The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. Vol. 9, no. 1 (July 1901); 1901

Box 2; folder 17; Southern Literary Messenger and Southern and Western Literary Messenger and Review. Vol. 13, no. 9 (September 1847); 1847

Box 2; folder 18; item 1; The Home Circle (July 1856 and October 1856, Nashville); 1856

Box 2; folder 18; item 2; Southern Planter. No. 6 (June 1856); 1856

Box 2; folder 18; item 3; Address of the Hon. Charles. J Faulkner at the Memorial Services in Honor of President Garfield in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Martinsburg, West Virginia, On Monday, September 26, 1881; 1882

Box 2; folder 18; item 4; Daniel Boone: Little-Known History of the Famous Pioneer, Trail-Blazer, Indian Fighter in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia, by Roy Bird Cook; 1938

Box 2; folder 19; Pages from the Past: Recollections, Traditions and Old Timers' Tales of Long Ago, by George W. Summers; 1935.

Series 8. Ephemera

Box 2; folder 20; Ephemera; undated

Series 9. Miscellaneous

Box 2; folder 21; miscellaneous items and one Commission (copy) dated 1776; undated

Box 2; folder 22; miscellaneous items; undated

Box 2; folder 23; envelopes; 1932-1940, undated

Series 10. Oversize

Box 3; folder 1; Mary Randolph Cook Genealogy (1932); Citizenship Paper for Ian Christian Brevoor (1797); Map, George Washington land grant (1772)

Box 3; folder 2; Richmond Whig, six issues from 1863 and four issues from 1864; 1863-1864

Box 3; folder 3; Richmond Daily Dispatch; ten issues from 1862, one from 1863, and one from 1864; 1862-1864

Box 3; folder 4; miscellaneous newspapers; 1855-1866

Box 3; folder 5; miscellaneous newspapers; 1865-1876

Box 3; folder 6; miscellaneous West Virginia newspapers including Buckhannon Record, Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail; 1937-1938

See Also:

A&M 858, Cook, Roy Bird (1886-1961), Collector. Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material

A&M 3763, Tavenner, William C. Civil War Correspondence and Other Material

For additional information regarding Captain John V. Young of the 11th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, see A&M 895, Cook, Roy Bird (1886-1961), Collector. Papers

Dates

  • 1772-1955
  • Majority of material found within 1855-1866

Creator

Language of Materials

English

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

Roy Bird Cook was born at Roanoke, Lewis County on April 1, 1886, the son of David Bird and Dora Elizabeth Conrad Cook. In 1905, at age 19, he received his pharmacy license, the youngest person to ever do so in West Virginia. His pharmacy career spanned fifty-six years. During his lifetime, Cook served on many pharmacy and state boards and commissions. His interest in local history, the Confederacy and Stonewall Jackson inspired him to collect manuscripts and some 600 volumes on those subjects. His many awards and honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from West Virginia University in 1938.

Extent

1.1 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 ft. 1 in. (2 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 large flat storage box, 3 in.))

Overview

Papers of Thomas Tavenner and the Tavenner family of western Virginia, including correspondence; memoirs; journals; financial and legal documents; pamphlets; newspapers; and other material. Much of the material in this collection regards the Civil War. The Tavenner family were Confederate sympathizers. The collection is organized into ten series, including: 1. Correspondence (1796-1955, undated); 2. Reminiscences (1861-1866, undated); 3. Journals (1840-1863); 4. Financial papers (1821-1901, undated); 5. Indentures and Deeds (1783-1855, undated); 6. Subject series (1859, undated); 7. Pamphlets (1845-1935); 8. Ephemera (undated); 9. Miscellaneous (1932-1940, undated); 10. Oversize (1772-1938). Please see "Scope and Content Note" and "Historical Note" for further information.

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: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/

Related A&M Collections

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Title
Roy Bird Cook (1886-1961), Collector, Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material, 1772-1955
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536