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George W. Smith, Papers of a Jackson County Resident

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0427

Scope and Contents

The papers of George W. Smith (1814-1860), a merchant, justice of the peace, land agent, and presidential elector in the town of Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia. There are also papers regarding other family members. The collection serves as a narrative and record of business, local politics, and social conditions in West Virginia before and after statehood. It includes business and personal correspondence, financial and legal papers, business and political ledgers, and ephemera.

The majority of the business and personal correspondence in this collection consists of incoming letters to George W. Smith from his family and business associates. There are a few letters from Nehemiah Smith, a delegate in the Virginia Assembly, some of which discuss efforts to route a proposed turnpike from Staunton to Ripley (ca. 1833-1842); and letters from Confederate prisoners of war, six from Point Lookout prison in Maryland (1864-1865), and one from Elmira, New York (1864).

The financial and legal papers report in depth on the economy during the period, including information regarding taxes, subscription costs, property sales and assessment, and merchandise purchases by a general store owner.

There are two business ledgers that record the day to day sales of livestock and general merchandise, and a ledger of names of voters living in various precincts in southwestern (West) Virginia.

Ephemera includes Civil War picket passes, tickets, advertisements, stock information, and a map of New York (1855); some items are of graphic interest (such as pamphlets, steamboat bills, and railroad tickets).

George W. Smith was an agent for land in Jackson, Wirt, Putnam, and Roane Counties.

There are four record series in this collection:
Series 1. Correspondence; 1818-1885, undated; box 1, folders 1-27 through box 2, folders 1-33.
Series 2. Financial and Legal Papers; 1830-1877, undated; box 3, folders 1-19 through box 4, folder 1.
Series 3. Ledgers; 1849-1867; box 4, folder 2
Series 4. Ephemera; 1855-1908, undated; box 4, folders 3-8.

Dates

  • 1818-1908
  • Majority of material found within 1818-1885

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.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (Summary: 1 ft. 5 1/2 in. (3 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 doc case, 2 1/2 in.))

Overview

The papers of George W. Smith (1814-1860), a merchant, justice of the peace, land agent, and presidential elector in the town of Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia. There are also papers regarding other family members. The collection serves as a narrative and record of business, local politics, and social conditions in West Virginia before and after statehood. It includes business and personal correspondence, financial and legal papers, business and political ledgers, and ephemera. The majority of the business and personal correspondence in this collection consists of incoming letters to George W. Smith from his family and business associates. There are a few letters from Nehemiah Smith, a delegate in the Virginia Assembly, some of which discuss efforts to route a proposed turnpike from Staunton to Ripley (ca. 1833-1842); and letters from Confederate prisoners of war, six from Point Lookout prison in Maryland (1864-1865), and one from Elmira, New York (1864). See scope and content note for additional details.

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/
Title
George W. Smith, Papers of a Jackson County Resident, 1818-1908
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