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Roy Bird Cook, Collector, Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0858

Scope and Contents

Papers of the Tavenner family of western Virginia, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, maps, and other material. Much of the material in this collection regards the Civil War. The Tavenner family was sympathetic to the Confederate cause. One member of the family, William Cabell Tavenner, served in the Confederate army; his letters are part of the collection. This collection also contains material related to families allied to the Tavenner family by marriage, particularly the Withers family, including material regarding Alexander Scott Withers and his book Chronicles of Border Warfare.

The collection is organized into six series, including:

Series 1. Genealogy; 1868-1952, undated; box 1, folder 1 (7 items)
Series 2. Correspondence; 1778-1953, undated; box 1, folders 2-6 (73 items)
Series 3. Maps; 1863, 1939, undated; box 1, folder 7 (3 items)
Series 4. Miscellaneous; 1822-1950, undated; box 1, folders 8-10 (30 items)
Series 5. Newspaper Clippings; 1829-1931, undated; box 1, folder 11 (15 items)
Series 6. Oversize Materials; 1829-1861; box 1, folder 11 and box 2 (3 items)

Series 1. Genealogy; 1868-1952, undated; box 1, folder 1 (7 items). Includes genealogies, historical narratives, and other material related to the Tavenner, Withers, Thayer, Gambrill, and Flesher families.

Series 2. Correspondence; 1778-1953, undated; box 1, folders 2-6 (73 items). Mainly includes correspondence between the Tavenner and Withers families; subjects include family members; personal opinions regarding secession, the South, and the Civil War. This series also contains correspondence with family members serving in the Confederate army. A sizable section of this series contains correspondence regarding the book Chronicles of Border Warfare.

Series 3. Maps; 1863, 1939, undated; box 1, folder 7 (3 items). Consists of three maps: Colton's map of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware; Virginia and Delaware; Virginia Frontier Forts and Some Battles and Massacres, 1754-1776; and Outline Map Showing the Positions of the Reservoirs Proposed for Feeding the Kanawha River.

Series 4. Miscellaneous; 1822-1950, undated; box 1, folders 8-10 (30 items). Includes stamped and stampless envelopes, handbill, tribute, petition, several book lists and advertisements of West Virginia and western Virginia books by noted authors.

Series 5. Newspaper Clippings; 1829-1931, undated; box 1, folder 11 (15 items). This series contains news clippings regarding Ella Poole, her supposed collaboration with the Rebels, and eventual imprisonment. There are also clippings regarding Chronicles of Border Warfare and other subjects.

Series 6. Oversize Materials; 1829-1861; box 1, folder 11 (SEE ALSO box 2) (3 items). Includes two newspapers, one regarding the early months of the Civil War and the other a hot air balloon trip, and a deed to property in Shepherdstown, (West) Virginia. Preservation photocopies are located in box 1, folder 11; originals are located in box 2.

Contents List:

Series 1. Genealogy

Box 1; folder 1; item 1; Manuscript (Typed Copy) -- "Colonel Thomas Tavenner's Plantations as they Remain Today" by Minnie Kendall Lowther. Includes many dates and names of Tavenner's ancestors and children. Also includes a brief history of the Beauchamps of Wood and Wirt counties; undated

Box 1; folder 1; item 2; "M. Calloway's Captivity" (Photocopy) by A.S. Withers, includes genealogical information on the extended Withers family; ca. 1868-1869

Box 1; folder 1; item 3; Letter -- (Old Photocopy) Robert Walter Withers, Rock Castle, Virginia to Lyman C. Draper about Draper publishing an annotated edition of the book Chronicles of Border Warfare. Also contained in the letter is genealogical information on the Withers family; 1869

Box 1; folder 1; item 4; Letter -- (Old Photocopy) Mrs. J.S. Tavenner, Parkersburg, to L.C. Draper about his publishing a 2nd edition to Chronicles of Border Warfare. The letter also comments on receiving information from Mr. Zane and Mr. Hacker; ca. 1890

Box 1; folder 1; item 5; Typed Manuscript -- (Typed Copy) "Autobiography of an Octogenarian" by Robert Enoch Withers, cites the Last Will and Testimony of John Withers, dated 29 August 1698. Three pages of Withers genealogy follow. Two copies; 1907

Box 1; folder 1; item 6; List -- Thayer Genealogy, including Richard Thayer, Nathanial Thayer, Zachariah Thayer, Able Thayer, Job Thayer, William Taylor Thayer, and John Atkinson Thayer; undated

Box 1; folder 1; item 7; Letter -- C.W. Esher, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to Roy Bird Cook, regarding the genealogy of the Flesher family and the naming of Flesherville (now Weston); 1952

Series 2. Correspondence

Box 1; folder 2; item 8; Letter -- (Copy) P. Henry to Lt. Colonel George Rogers Clark authorizing him to raise five companies of Virginia Militia and transport them down the Ohio River to attack a British outpost; 1778

Box 1; folder 2; item 9; Letter -- (Copy) L.E. Davisson to his nephew Frederick Augustus Davisson informing him of the death of his grandfather Daniel Davisson; 1819

Box 1; folder 2; item 10; Militia Fine -- (Typed Copy) Cabell Tavenner fined by G.H. Beall, County Clerk, for failing to attend Regimental muster in Captain P. Cox's Company; 1837

Box 1; folder 2; item 11; Letter -- (Typed Copy) C. Tavenner, Clarksburg, to his father (T. Tavenner) discussing land and deed issues; 1845

Box 1; folder 2; item 12; Letter -- (Typed Copy) C. Tavenner, Weston, to his father, (Thomas Tavenner) discussing pending court case of land issue; 1846

Box 1; folder 2; item 13; Letter -- Rufus Maxwell to Stage Agent, Clarksburg, Virginia asking for information for shipping a box containing a patent model to the U.S. Patent Office in Washington, D.C. via Cumberland, Maryland; 1848

Box 1; folder 2; item 14; Letter -- Rufus Maxwell to Commissioner of Patents, Washington, indicating that he will send money to his Congressman to pay the patent fees and filing costs for his patent. He visualizes his patent object sitting in the great depository of American Skill and Genius; 1848

Box 1; folder 2; item 15; Letter -- Rufus Maxwell to the Honorable Robert A. Thompson, mailing him $30.00 to pay his patent application fee; 1848

Box 1; folder 2; item 16; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Jennet (Tavenner), Weston, (West) Virginia to her father, Colonel Thomas Tavenner, telling of the events of the evening leading up to her husband's death; ca. 1849

Box 1; folder 2; item 17; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Jennet (Tavenner), Weston, to father (Col. Thomas Tavenner) regarding a decision about being the executrix of her husband's estate and problems associated with it; 1850

Box 1; folder 2; item 18; Will -- (Typed Copy) Cabell Tavenner's will prepared 27 November 1842; 1842

Box 1; folder 2; item 19; Letter -- (Typed Copy) To Jennet Tavenner, Weston, from sister-in-law discussing things she has made and the present situation at home; 1850

Box 1; folder 2; item 20; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Jennet (Tavenner), Weston, to her father, telling of the sale of books and other items in her husband's estate. Also lists provisions of the will and creditors; 1850

Box 1; folder 2; item 21; Letter -- (Typed Copy) E.T. Withers, Birdville, Texas, to sister (Jennet Tavenner) discussing family matters and the growing of crops and fruit; 1858

Box 1; folder 2; item 22; Letter -- (Typed Copy) A.E.B., to sister, regarding family matters; undated

Box 1; folder 3; item 23; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Jennet Tavenner, Weston, (West) Virginia to her father, talking about property values and estate matters; undated

Box 1; folder 3; item 24; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Poca, on riverboat Landis near Cincinnati, to her sister; undated

Box 1; folder 3; item 25; Letter -- (Typed Copy) W. Cabell Tavenner, New Orleans, to Jen (Jennet Tavenner) discussing family matters and the deaths of Mrs. H.C. Neal, her daughter, and Mrs. Harris of Parkersburg in a boat accident; 1860

Box 1; folder 3; item 26; Letter -- (Typed Copy) William C. Tavenner, New Orleans, to mother, regarding the possibility secession and questioning what side they would be on; 1860

Box 1; folder 3; item 27; Letter -- (Typed Copy) W.C. Tavenner, New Orleans, to mother regarding family matters and the possibility of war; 1861

Box 1; folder 3; item 28; Letter -- (Typed Copy) W.C. Tavenner, New Orleans, to his mother, regarding personal matters and leaving New Orleans; 1861

Box 1; folder 3; item 29; Letter -- (Typed Copy) W.C. Tavenner, New Orleans, to Jennet, regarding family news; 1861

Box 1; folder 3; item 30; Letter -- (Typed Copy) W.C. Tavenner, New Orleans, to his mother telling her of the preparation for war or peace, as the case may be. It also lists family members and their positions in the Confederate Army. Those mentioned include: Captain Vincent, Orleans Light Guard, Captain Douglas West (cousin), and Lt. Cormier, a personal friend; 1861

Box 1; folder 3; item 31; Letter -- (Typed Copy) W.C. Tavenner, New Orleans, to Jennet regarding the commission of Captain Vincent. He also mentions that cousin Douglas West has been appointed a captain in the regular army of Louisiana and gun batteries being constructed along the river; 1861

Box 1; folder 3; item 32; Letter -- Lt. W.M. McKinney, Company I, 15th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, Camp Cheat Mountain, Beverly, to cousin A.E. telling of his travels since joining the Union army at Covington. Was in camp at Indianapolis, then Camp Tippicanoe, Lafayette; Camp Reynolds, Indianapolis; Camp Clay, Cincinnati; then Marietta, Parkersburg, Clarksburg, and Buckhannon, enroute to Rich Mountain, McClellan's headquarters. Although not a participant in the battle, McKinney graphically describes the aftermath of the battle at Rich Mountain, with dead lying everywhere. He also talks about ambushes by Rebels and the surrounding area; 1861

Box 1; folder 3; item 33; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Bettie T(avenner), New Orleans, to cousin Willie hoping he is doing alright. She continues that New Orleans is taking up arms, ready to fight and how General Lovell says they are safe; 1862

Box 1; folder 3; item 34; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Aunt Poca, Galveston, to son Willie telling him she wished he had stayed closer to her in Norfolk, with General Blanchard, instead of going so far away. She tells how she will tough it out until there is nothing left and she goes to fight; 1862

Box 1; folder 3; item 35; Letter -- Orders (Typed Copy) Granting a leave of absence to Captain W. C. Tavenner for 20 days to go to Richmond on private business. Also, forty-five government muskets turned over to the Quartermaster Department, and a note that Lt. Halstead of Captain Amicks Company will deliver a watch and chain to Lt. Colonel W. C. Tavenner, which was taken from him when he was captured; 1862

Box 1; folder 3; item 36; Letter -- Major General Irvin McDowell states that Captain R. B. Ayers is one of the most gallant and distinguished officers in the artillery corps. Ayers had served under McDowell at the battle of Manassas; 1863

Box 1; folder 3; item 37; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Coml.. Ferguson, French's Battery, Salem, informs the troops that Brigadier General A.G. Jenkins has held an election and Captain William C. Tavenner was elected Lieutenant Colonel; 1863

Box 1; folder 4; item 38; Letter -- (Typed Copy) E. Richardson, Huntsville, Alabama To Mr. W.C. Tavenner, c/o Johnathan M. Bennett, Richmond, Virginia, informing him about activities taking place since the Federals took New Orleans; 1863

Box 1; folder 4; item 39; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Lt. C. McCally, Company F, 5th Texas, Hoods Division to Lt. Colonel William C. Tavenner asking that he be transferred to a Virginia unit rather than a Texas unit since he is from Virginia; 1863

Box 1; folder 4; item 40; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Lucy, Big Lick, to Will (Tavenner) writing about her work as an electioneer. Talks about candidates and mentions a Mr. Alderson, Camden, Jack Skidmore, Frank Pierson, D.O. Kelly, and Luther. Mentions that the 25th and 31st Regiments were ordered to report to General Imboden, and that Dunn's Battery had already gone; 1863

Box 1; folder 4; item 41; Letter -- Captain M. Egan, Narrows, Virginia to Lt. Holstead of Captain Amicks' company regarding the delivery of a gold watch and chain to Lt. Colonel William C. Tavenner that was taken from him when he was captured; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 42; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Unnamed sender to brother about crops and war related issues. Names mentioned include John Hoffman, Goff, Hammond, John W. Withers[?]. He thinks the war will be over in the summer if Grant takes Richmond; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 43; Letter -- (Unknown author) Near Union, West Virginia. Discusses skirmishing and troop movements of the 17th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry and Battery B. Also mentions that Colonel McCausland has been promoted to Brigadier General; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 44; Orders -- (Typed Copy) Brigadier General John McCausland, N. Fitzhugh, Adjutant General to Lt. Colonel W.C. Tavenner ordering him to move his men to his headquarters and join the command as soon as possible; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 45; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Horse evaluations for officers in the 17th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. Names included are Lt. Colonel William C. Tavenner, Lt. O.G. Bond, Lt. J.C. Long, Lt. A.J. White, Company D, John Nelson, Lt. J.R. Long, Company G, and Lt. D.T. Bond, Company K; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 46; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Florence Armstrong, Ripley, to Mrs. Tavenner concerning the wounds received by her son, Lt. Colonel Tavenner. Florence Armstrong's brother, Captain V.S. Armstrong, 17th Virginia Regiment, C.S.A. provided the information; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 47; Telegraph -- (Typed Copy) J.H. Gambrill to T.A. Tavenner stating that Colonel Tavenner died at his house 11 July 1864, and was buried in Urbana Cemetery; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 48; Letter -- (Typed Copy) J.H. Gambrill, Frederick, Md. To T.A. Tavenner stating that Colonel Tavenner was wounded at the battle of Monocacy, on July 9, died on July 12, and was buried in the Episcopal Burial Ground at Urbana; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 49; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Bettie, to her sister, Mrs. Tavenner, on the uncertainty regarding the survival Colonel Tavenner after he was wounded at the battle of Monocacy. She suggests that she write to Judith Chiffelle in Baltimore to see if she can get more news; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 50; Letter -- (Typed Copy) J.H. Gambrill to his brother telling of the wounding and death of Colonel Tavenner and asking whether Tavenner's mother will come and collect his things or whether they should be shipped; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 51; Letter -- (Typed Copy) S.T. Foote, Chaplain, 151st New York Volunteers, 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Corps, near Berryville, Virginia, to Mrs. J.S. Tavenner, Parkersburg, enclosing Colonel William C. Tavenner's wallet which he requested be given to her; 1864

Box 1; folder 4; item 52; Letter--(Typed Copy) Lucy, Big Lick, to Will (Tavenner) inquiring about the location of family and enclosing a letter from Mrs. Bennett. She also asks about Homer Holt; 1865

Box 1; folder 5; item 53; Letter -- (Typed Copy) James M. Laidley, Charleston, to D.R. Neal about collecting debt owed him. Debts discussed were those of the C.S. Reynolds estate, the Colonel William Tavenner debt, and another estate administered by Mr. Snodgrass; 1865

Box 1; folder 5; item 54; Letter -- A. Cunningham, Kanawha Court House, Charleston, West Virginia, to Mr. J.S. Cunningham, President, Union Committee, informing him that the Governor of West Virginia had requested information on the proper status of returning people who were in rebellion against the United States. He provides instructions on how the questions should be handled; 1865

Box 1; folder 5; item 55; Letter (with Envelope) -- H. Slack, Charleston, to G. Slack regarding payment of bounty to certain people such as Mrs. Elizabeth Petrey, George W. Jerrell and a person named Rutherford; 1867

Box 1; folder 5; item 56; Letter (with Envelope) -- A.C. Partridge, Wheeling, West Virginia to Mr. Slack, Charleston, West Virginia stating that his business, Partridge Gallery, wants to make a picture of the Senate; 1867

Box 1; folder 5; item 57; Letter (with Envelope) -- H. Slack, Charleston, to G. Slack, Wheeling, noting that Samuel Martino has applied for a pension and needed a discharge certificate. He was going to request assistance from Major Skinner and the Adjutant General's Reports; 1867

Box 1; folder 5; item 58; Letter -- (Typed Copy) H.H. Withers, Gilmer County, to "Tat" (Thomas Alexander Tavenner) discussing family matters, a hatchet injury, and sale of land; 1868

Box 1; folder 5; item 59; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Robert W. Withers, Green Meadows, to Jennet discussing various members of the Withers family; 1873

Box 1; folder 5; item 60; Letter -- (Typed Copy) Robert W. Withers, Green Meadows, to his niece Jennet discussing various members of the Withers family. Includes genealogical information; 1873

Box 1; folder 5; item 61; Letter -- E.A. Snyder, Cedar Falls, Iowa, to G. Slack asking if he wants to sell his lot to an Irishman who owns property next to his. A lot map is attached; 1875

Box 1; folder 5; item 62; Letter (With Envelope) -- R. Burke, Union, West Virginia, to Major H. Slack, defending his article in the Monroe County Register about an appointment of Captain Patton to the Marshall's office. Slack was running for Sheriff, and the paper thought he had withdrawn his application to the Marshall's office; 1876

Box 1; folder 5; item 63; Letter -- O.G. Scofield, Editor of the State Journal, Parkersburg, to H. Slack discussing the confirmation of Captain Patton as the Marshall. It further discusses those who supported and opposed him, and Republican feelings toward the appointment. Mentioned are Don Cameron, Patterson, Edwards, Colonel Swan, Hutchinson, and G.B. Gibbons, who Patton appointed Deputy; 1877

Box 1; folder 5; item 64; Letter -- Nathan Goff, Jr., U.S. Attorney, Clarksburg, to H. Slack discussing fund raising and Goff trying to raise funds from debtors for Slack; 1877

Box 1; folder 5; item 65; Post Card -- E.A. Snyder, Cedar Falls, Iowa, to G. Slack inquiring about Slack selling property; 1874

Box 1; folder 5; item 66; Letter -- William Dillon, Wheeling, to General B.F. Butler telling him that he owes money to Dillon because Butler's brother bought half of his boat (Iberville) and made river trips with it, hauling freight and cattle, and never paid him his half; 1884

Box 1; folder 5; item 67; Letter -- George W. Thompson, Vice-president, Ohio River Railroad Co., Parkersburg, a notice that Mr. Charles Howard resigned as General Superintendent and that C.L. Williams is appointed Assistant Superintendent, and all general officers will report to Thompson; 1884

Box 1; folder 6; item 68; Letter -- George I. Neal, Huntington, to William Morgan, telling him that since he has been appointed a delegate from his county he should support Louis Bennett for the nomination as Governor on the Democratic ticket; 1908

Box 1; folder 6; item 69; Letter -- W.J. Bryan, Lincoln, Nebraska, to Adam B. Littlepage, Charleston, West Virginia thanking him for his suggestion of Mr. Mitchell as Vice-President; 1908

Box 1; folder 6; item 70; Letter -- (With Envelope) Fred F. Allen, Secretary, Masonic Lodge, Coblenz, Germany, to Roy Bird Cook, regarding the situation with the Army of Occupation in Germany and his looking forward to coming home; 1919

Box 1; folder 6; item 71; Letter -- To Mr. E.E. Meredith, Fairmont, West Virginia, regarding the history of the naming the town of Rivesville; 1936

Box 1; folder 6; item 72; Letter -- L.A. Tavenner, Parkersburg, to Roy Bird Cook, regarding of descendants of Colonel A.S. Withers and those still living in West Virginia. Also mentions letters regarding Dr. Josiah Huff and a man named Butcher competing against Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson for appointment to West Point; 1937

Box 1; folder 6; item 73; Letter -- Virginina Withers Ast, to Roy Bird Cook regarding the returning of letter he had loaned out; undated

Box 1; folder 6; item 74; Letter -- Olita Withers Hooker, Buchannon, West Virginia to Roy Bird Cook talking about the reprint of the book Chronicles of Border Warfare. She mentiones that the book was the best seller in 1831, and the reprint was published by Robert Clark & Co., Cincinnati, Ohio. Also discussed was the book being burned after a few hundred copies were produced. This edition was worked on by Liman (Lyman) Draper and Mr. Thwart; undated

Box 1; folder 6; item 75; Letter -- C.R. Rector, Washington, West Virginia, to Dr. Roy Bird Cook, explaining a photograph of the Mineral Wells Hotel in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Identified are the wells, the hotel, the Sulphur Well, and the wreckage of the Friedel Mill. Included are letters from Dr. And. W. Clark, T.A. Harris and Rezin P. Davis analyzing the mineral waters and telling of their curing powers; 1937

Box 1; folder 6; item 76; Letter -- Boyd B. Stutler, New York, to Roy Bird Cook, thanking him for photostatic copies of the Withers copyright. He also mentions other places he received information such as the Wisconsin Historical Society, Hugh Paul Taylor papers, Noah Zane, Stuart, and the Peel Tree judge; 1943

Box 1; folder 6; item 77; Letter -- Boyd B. Stutler, New York, to Roy Bird Cook, thanking him for information on the book Chronicles of Border Warfare. He states that even though finished in 1831, the book might have been ready for distribution and mentions that the subscription copies would go out in 1832. Inquiry is also made about other books he is writing and books others are writing, such as Freeman's Washington; 1948

Box 1; folder 6; item 78; Letter -- Mrs. Basil Mathews, Vancouver, to Roy Bird Cook, with information on Booker T. Washington. She notes discrepencies that her husband commented on and issues with salt furnaces and coal mines. She said her husband interviewed James B. Washington, foster brother of Booker T. Washington; 1949

Box 1; folder 6; item 79; Letter -- Kenneth P. Williams, Bloomington, Indiana, to Mr. Cook, with information about Grant's Aunt Rachel. She was a sister of Jesse R. Grant, and lived in Chestnut Hill, Virginia; 1952

Box 1; folder 6; item 80; Letter -- Robert E. Shields, First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown, to Roy Bird Cook, listing all the names and dates on the old cemetery head stones remaining at the corner of Spruce and Forest Avenues. He explains that many of the graves were removed to other cemeteries before the church was built; 1953

Series 3. Maps

Box 1; folder 7; item 81; Map -- J.H. Colton's Map of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Color; 1863

Box 1; folder 7; item 82; Map -- Virginia Frontier Forts and Some battles and Massacres, 1754-1776, French and Indian War. H.H. Hutchinson to Accompany the Hutchinson Family History; 1939

Box 1; folder 7; item 83; Map -- (Copy) Outline Map Showing the Positions of the Reservoirs Proposed for Feeding the Kanawha River; undated

Series 4. Miscellaneous

Box 1; folder 8; item 84; Warrant -- For Andrew Westfall for failure to pay tax. Issued by G.M. Tolbert, Justice of the Peace, Upshire County, to Constable G. T. Ferrell, for complaint by W. Hoffman, Sheriff of Lewis County; 1853

Box 1; folder 8; item 85; Court Order -- (Photostatic copy) Fayette County Court, June Term 1861. Ordered that tax money paid for keeping an Ordinary be refunded since no license was issued. Court authorizes county, cities, and towns to pass a levy to arm the militia. Resolution to resist the invasion of the army of "Northern Fanatics" by all means necessary; 1861

Box 1; folder 8; item 86; Pay Advance Voucher -- 3rd Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, U.S.A., to Thomas T. Marting ($7), Harvey McAfee ($19), and Henry Reichendollar ($1); 1865

Box 1; folder 8; item 87; Muster Roll (Copy) -- Copy of the Names of Jacob W. Marshall Guerilla Band, Roll Company J, 19th Virginia Cavalry. Note on last page indicates that some of these men pass themselves off as Union men to register to vote; 1861

Box 1; folder 8; item 88; Grade Report -- Glenville Branch Normal School (Glenville State College), for Alice Starcher. Report signed by Louis Bennett, Principal, T. Marcellus Marshall, teacher, and Peregrine Hays, parent; 1874

Box 1; folder 8; item 89; Certificate (Blank) -- Certificate of Appointment to the Hayes Guards when Rutherford B. Hayes was elected President. Blank certificate signed by John Appleton, Chairman of the County Committee of Kanawha County; 1876

Box 1; folder 9; item 90; Envelope -- With photograph identified as Greenbury Slack attached to it; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 91; Envelope -- To Colonel James W. Hogue, Putnam Court House, West Virginia. Three cent stamp attached. Postmark Kanawha C.H., fancy cancel, no letter; 1866

Box 1; folder 9; item 92; Envelope -- To James W. Hogue, Putnam C.H., West Virginia. Three cent stamp attached. Postmark Kanawha C.H., fancy cancel, no letter; 1864

Box 1; folder 9; item 93; Envelope -- To Mr. Hogue, Winfield, Putnam County, Virginia, three cent stamp attached, Postmark Kanawha C.H., Virginia, fancy cancel, no letter; 1864

Box 1; folder 9; item 94; Envelope -- To James W. Hogue, Attorney at Law, Winfield, Putnam County, West Virginia. Three cent stamp attached, Postmarked Kanawha C.H. Virginia, fancy cancel, no letter; 1863

Box 1; folder 9; item 95; Envelope -- To J.W. Hogue, Attorney at Law, Winfield, Putnam County, West Virginia. Three cent stamp attached, Postmarked Kanawha C.H., Virginia, fancy cancel, no letter; 1864

Box 1; folder 9; item 96; Envelope -- To Greenbury Slack, Member of West Virginia Senate, Wheeling, West Virginia. Free Franking, Postmark Raleigh C.H., West Virginia. No letter; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 97; Election Ticket -- Virginia Republican Ticket for Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. Lists electors and their home towns; undated

Box 1; folder 9; item 98; Handbill -- Some Conspicuous Achievements of the Republican Party. Lists fraud and wasteful spending by the Republican Party. Printed in support of Cleveland and Hendricks; undated

Box 1; folder 10; item 99; Tribute -- Tribute of Respect to the memory of Cabell Tavenner. Resolution of the members of the bar in Weston, Lewis County, Virginia, including I.C. Spalding, W.D. Williams, G.D. Camden, John McWhorter, T. McWhorter and John Morrow; 1849

Box 1; folder 10; item 100; Petition -- (Typed Copy) From Charles J. Faulkner, Fort Lafayette, to Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, regarding his unjust imprisonment when he returned from Europe. He was from Virginia and assumed to be loyal to the Confederate Government; 1861

Box 1; folder 10; item 101; Book List -- Annotated. Copyright Record of the First Judicial District in (West) Virginia, West of the Alleghany Mountains, Deposited in the Office of the District Attorney. Books in Possession of Mrs. Beatrice Arnold Griffin. Includes titles by Alexander Campbell, B.J. Bowen, Joseph Doddridge, James B. Dodd, Benjamin Dolbeare, Joseph Funk, Ezekiel Hildreth, kenton Harper, Soloman Henkle, Joseph Isreal, Samuel Kercheval, David S. Kirkpatrick, Thomas J. Lees, William Mathers, Robert McCormick Jr., McVay & Ewing, Wesley T. Newham, Charles H. Picket, Albert Picket Jr., A. & E. Picket, William Powers, Alexander Smyth, William Slocomb, John W. Steffy, Ralph Schenck, Henry St.George Tucker, Enoch Thomas, John Wagner, and Alexander S. Withers. All are early (West) Virginia authors; 1822-1845

Box 1; folder 10; item 102; Book List -- Duplicate of item no 101.

Box 1; folder 10; item 103; Book List (Typed) -- Books about the upper Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania with prices. Subjects include Glass Industry in the Ohio Valley, Religion, Pittsburgh, Ephrata (Pennsylvania) and photography. Reverse shows cover of An Oration, Delivered Before the Washington Benevolent Society, at Marietta, on the 22d of February, 1814, being the anniversary of the Birth Day of the Immortal Washington; undated

Box 1; folder 10; item 104; Book Notes -- A History of the Labor Movement in West Virginia by Charles Phillips Anson, Ph.D. notes. References are made to certain pages in the Dissertation; undated

Box 1; folder 10; item 105; Book List -- List of West Virginia authors and subjects. Four typed pages. All on list, except one, Clarence Poe, Ohio and Vandalia Companies, are in the West Virginia Collection; 1900-1939

Box 1; folder 10; item 106; Book Advertisement Clipping -- Withers, Alexander. Chronicles of Border Warfare, or a History of the Settlements of the Whites of North-Western Virginia and of the Indian Wars and Massacres in that Section of the State. Clarksburg, VA, 1831. $75.00; ca. 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 107; Book Advertisement Clipping -- Withers, Alexander. Chronicles of Border Warfare, or a History of the Settlements of the Whites of North-Western Virginia and of the Indian Wars and Massacres in that Section of the State. Clarksburg, VA, 1831. $75.00; ca. 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 108; Book Advertisement Clipping -- Jacob, J.G. Brooke County. Being a record of Prominent Events, Occurring in Brooke County, W. Va. From the Settlement of the Country until January 1, 1882, etc. Wellsburg, W. Va. 1882. $35; ca. 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 109; Book advertisement Clipping -- Kennedy, J.P. The Blackwater Chronicle. A Narrative of an Expeditions into the Land of Canaan 1853. $20.00; ca. 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 110; Book Advertisement Clipping -- Jacob, J.G. A Biographical Sketch of the Life of the late Captain Michael Cresap. 1866. $10; ca. 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 111; Book Advertisement Clipping -- Doddridge, Reverend Joseph. Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Vigininia and Pennsylvania, from the Year 1763 until the Year 1783, inclusive.; 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 112; Book Advertisement Clipping -- Withers, Alexander. Chronicles of Border Warfare or a History of the Settlement of the Whites of Northwestern Virginia; 1831. $75; ca. 1940-1950

Box 1; folder 10; item 113; Book Advertisement Clipping--Withers, A.S. Chronicles of Border Warfare, 1831. $85; ca. 1940-1950

Series 5. Newspaper Clippings

Box 1; folder 11; item 114; Typescript Copy -- Extracted from Newspaper by Mrs. Lyon G. Tyler, Holdcroft, Virginia. "Arrest of a Lady on Suspicion of Treason." Newspaper extract from the Wheeling Intelligencer on the arrest of Miss Ella Poole for treason for corresponding with the rebels; 1861

Box 1; folder 11; item 115; Typescript Copy -- Extracted from Newspaper by Mrs. Lyon G. Tyler, Holdcroft, Virginia. "The Case of Miss Ella Poole." Newspaper extract from the Wheeling Intelligencer on the arrest of Miss Ella Poole for treason for corresponding with the rebels. Article states that she was captured by police detectives and was taken to Washington by order of General Sherman; 1861

Box 1; folder 11; item 116; Typescript Copy--Extracted from Newspaper by Mrs. Lyon G. Tyler, Holdcroft, Virginia. "The Female Prison." Newspaper extract from the New York Times on the arrest of Miss Ella Poole for treason and her sympathy with the rebellion; 1862

Box 1; folder 11; item 117; Typescript Copy -- Extracted from Newspaper by Mrs. Lyon G. Tyler, Holdcroft, Virginia. "The Female Prison." Newspaper extract from the Philadelphia Press on the treason charge. Miss Ella Poole was offered release upon a parole of honor, but she refused; 1862

Box 1; folder 11; item 118; Typescript Copy -- Extracted from Newspaper by Mrs. Lyon G. Tyler, Holdcroft, Virginia. "Release of Miss Poole." Extract from the New York Herald. Miss Poole left prison in charge of an officer on her way to Richmond. She was released on parole not to give aid and comfort to the enemy; 1862

Box 1; folder 11; item 119; Typescript Copy -- A typed copy of the above five articles with the addition of Poole being confined at Fort Greenhow, in Beymer's On Hazerdous Service, p.97. Fort Greenhow was the home of Mrs. Greenhow. She reported that Poole tried to get favor of the federal officers by reporting on the activities of other prisoners; undated

Box 1; folder 11; item 120; Newspaper Clipping -- Masthead from the West Virginia Walking Beam, Parkersburg, West Virginia; 1880

Box 1; folder 11; item 121; Newspaper Clipping -- Sunday Exponont Telegram, Clarksburg, West Virginia, "Best Seller in 1831." Article regarding Alexander Withers gathering information for his book, Border Warfare. The article also provides a history of his life; 1931

Box 1; folder 11; item 122; Newspaper Clipping -- Obituary of Eugene Levassor, born at Rouen, France in 1789. He was a captain in Napoleon's army. He later settled in Covington, Kentucky, and became a wealthy merchant; ca. 1881

Box 1; folder 11; item 123; Newspaper Clipping -- "Reconstruction in Virginia." Executive Order to Reestablish the Authority of the United States, and Execute the Laws within the Geographical Limits known as the State of Virginia, by order of President Andrew Johnson. Article on reverse of clipping contains information on the vote for Secession in White Sulphur Springs, 23 May 1861. It lists all who voted against Secession; 1865

Box 1; folder 11; item 124; Newspaper Clipping -- Reprint of the White Sulphur Springs Echo. Contains articles regarding local social life, the ideal Southern woman, and other topics. Copy is dated 27 September 1867; 1939

Box 1; folder 11; item 125; Newspaper Clipping -- "Miss Tavenner Taken By Death." Obituary and family history of Hattie Warth Tavenner; undated

Box 1; folder 11; item 126; Newspaper Clipping -- "Proof Sheet of Paper Printed in 1817 Found." A proof sheet of The Farmers' Repository was found in Charles Town when an old building was being razed. The article mentions some of the old advertisements in the paper; undated

Box 1; folder 11; item 127; Newspaper Clipping -- Article regarding the book Border Warefare. One reader thought that the book was written on a farm close to Bridgeport Hill, but another disputes that, saying it was not really written in one place. Also suggests a West Virginia Highway marker be erected at that location; undated

Box 1; folder 11; item 128; Newspaper Clipping -- Clarksburg Exponent. Article by Charles E. Reynolds, Wilsonburg, West Virginia, regarding copy of Border Warfare that was given to his father Benjamin S. Reynolds by "Stonewall" Jackson; undated

Series 6. Oversize Material

Box 1; folder 11; item 129; Newspaper Clipping -- Portsmouth, Virginia. "An Aerial Excursion." Talks about the excitement of taking a balloon ride from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Monroe County, (West) Virginia by balloon. Reverse of page has many different advertisements. (These are preservation photocopies from originals; originals located in box 2.); 1835

Box 1; folder 11; item 130; Deed -- Shepherdstown, (West) Virginia. Peter A. Young to John Smurr. Location is Lot 156 on Washington Street. (These are preservation photocopies from originals; originals located in box 2.); 1829

Box 1; folder 11; item 131; Newspaper -- Cincinnati Daily Gazette. Includes many Civil War related articles. Page 3 contains article titled "The Army in Western Virginia" from Bull Town and Page 4 contains another article "The Army in Western Virginia" from Camp Elk Fork, Virginia. (These are preservation photocopies from originals; originals located in box 2.); 11 September 1861

Box 2; loose; the originals of preservation photocopies located at box 1, folder 11, items 129-131.

See Also:

A&M 81, Cook, Roy Bird (1886-1961), Collector. Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material

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

Dates

  • 1778-1953
  • Majority of material found within 1819-1884

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. Cook died in 1961.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (Summary: 3 in. (1 document case, 2 1/2 in.); (1 oversize folder, 1/4 in.))

Overview

Papers of the Tavenner family of western Virginia, including correspondence, newspaper clippings, maps, and other material. Much of the material in this collection regards the Civil War. The Tavenner family was sympathetic to the Confederate cause. One member of the family, William Cabell Tavenner, served in the Confederate army; his letters are part of the collection. This collection also contains material related to families allied to the Tavenner family by marriage, particularly the Withers family, including material regarding Alexander Scott Withers and his book Chronicles of Border Warfare . The collection is organized into six series, including: 1. Genealogy (1868-1952); 2. Correspondence (1778-1953); 3. Maps (1863, 1939, undated); 4. Miscellaneous (1822-1950, undated); 5. Newspaper Clippings (1829-1931); and 6. Oversize Materials (1829-1861). 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

81, 858, 895, 1309, 1379, 1528, 1561
Title
Roy Bird Cook, Collector, Tavenner Family Papers and Other Material, 1778-1953
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