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Katherine Williams, Collector, Williams Family Papers

Collection Number: A&M.4138

Scope and Contents

Family papers compiled by Katherine Williams of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Most of the papers are of the James H. Taylor family of Clarksburg, West Virginia dating from the 19th century. There are also records of the Irwin family including a genealogy, and the Civil War letters of private George Irwin, a soldier in Company F, 95th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Other families documented include the Redman and Summers families. The collection includes letters, autograph books, family business records, genealogies, photographs, and other material.

Addendum of 2017/07/10 includes two books regarding the Misty Pilots of the Vietnam War, one of which contains autographs of the pilots obtained during a reunion, and an autograph of Senator McCain who authored a foreword. They are titled "Bury Us Upside Down" (2006), which contains the autographs, and "First Person Stories of the F-100, Misty Fast FACS in the Vietnam War" (2002). Charles Williams, the donor, was a relative of a Misty pilot who was shot down, Howard Williams.

Addendum of 2017-08-22 includes an Upshur County marriage license for James Taylor (1861) and four books regarding the Taylor family (1976-2005).

Contents List:

boxes 1-3
books (59 items, subjects and genres include Civil War adventure stories, English grammar, home decoration, Latin, mathematics, McGuffey’s Readers, novels, plays by Shakespeare, poetry, religion, sewing, US history, and World War I, ca. 1840-1930

box 4
list of coal township voters absent in service of the US (1 item), 1864
George Irwin (private in Company F, 95th Ohio Volunteer Infantry), Civil War letters (10 items), 1 CDV of George Irwin, 1864-1865
autograph books (2 items), 1882-1884
pocket book expense ledgers (4 items), 1 of which belonged to James Taylor, 1850s, 1870s
correspondence of the Taylor family (6 folders), ca. 1840-1890, undated
family business records (3 folders, includes invoices, tax records, and other material), ca. 1850-1890
plats of residential property in Clarksburg, ca. 1920-1940
ephemera (2 folders, includes US presidential tickets from 1860 and 1868, US Grant song book from 1868, greeting cards, poetry, and other material), ca. 1860-1900
miscellaneous (2 folders, includes Morgan family genealogy newsletter, genealogy chart, clipping, etc.); ca. 1866-2003

box 5
genealogy of Irwin family, undated
genealogy of Redman family, ca. 1850-1910
genealogy of Taylor family, booklet, photos, undated
genealogy of Summers family (4 folders, includes a few original documents and card mounted photos), ca. 1860-1980
photographs, Taylor family (3 items), ca. 1915-20
publications (2 folders, 5 items, includes 2 seed catalogs, and photographic history of Newark), ca. 1902-1904

box 6
miscellaneous family papers (5 folders, includes tax records, bonds, invoices, legal documents, and other material related to the Taylor family, ca. 1850-1940

box 7
3 framed photographs, jewelry, ca. 1880, 1940, undated

box 8
1 photo album with CdVs and tintypes, some images identified, ca. 1855-1880
1 photo stand with photo, ca. 1925-1935
1 wallet owned by Elizabeth Summers, ca. 1990s

box 9
card mounted photographs of Clarksburg scenes, ca. 1900-1915
genealogy chart of Taylor family, undated
estate document of Elizabeth Taylor, 1929
newspapers (4 items, Harrison Republican, 1843, Clarksburg Democrat, 1872, 1873, 1886)

box 10
Addendum of 2017/07/10 contains two books regarding the Misty Pilots of the Vietnam War, one of which contains autographs of the pilots obtained during a reunion, and an autograph of Senator McCain who authored a foreword.

box 11
Addendum of 2017/08/22:
box 11; folder 1; marriage license with archival mat; 1861
box 11; unfoldered; “John George Jackson” by Dorothy Davis, owned by Elizabeth T. Summers; 1976
box 11; folder 2; dust jacket of book listed above; 1976
box 11; unfoldered; “The History of Ritchie County, West Virginia to 1980” by the Ritchie County Historical Society, owned by Kenneth Summers; 1979
box 11; folder 3; additional information interleaved in "History of Ritchie..."; ca. 1980
box 11; folder 4; “Taylors from Peter to James Henry... following the family from Cheshire, England to Clarksburg, West Virginia” by John A. and Betty P. Crislip; 1999
box 11; folder 5; letter removed from between pages 60 and 61 of the item in folder 4; ca. 1860
box 11; folder 6; “A Baby Boomer Looks Back” by Debby Machemehl McGinn; 2005
box 11; folder 7; frame formerly containing item in folder 1; undated

framed oval portrait, undated
Licking County, Ohio postmaster commission for George Irwin, 1861


  • ca. 1840-2005


Conditions Governing Access

Social Security and medical benefit cards were removed to closed collections since they contain sensitive and personally identifying information. Access requires permission of a curator and completion of a confidential records form.

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

George Irwin was born ca. 1837.

He enlisted September 23, 1864 as a private in Company F, 95th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; and died April 15, 1865, at Fort Gaines, Alabama, killed by chronic diarrhea (according to, and Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]) or hepatitis (according to the Widows Pension). He was buried in Mobile County, Alabama.

His wife, Margaret A. Irwin (nee Hahn), Toboso, Licking County, OH (1841-1915), married George on March 11, 1856. She remarried in 1869.

They had three children, including: Albert F., born 1858, Alice S. or L. (later Alice Redman), born 1861, and Laura A., born 1863. (From Widow's Pension Application,


6.1 Linear Feet (6 ft. 1 in. (3 record cartons, 15 in. each); (3 document cases, 5 in. each); (4 document cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 1 in.); (2 unboxed framed items, 2 in.))



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

Social Security cards and medical benefits cards for Kenneth C. Summers and Elizabeth T. Summers were put into closed collections.


Katherine Williams, Collector, Williams Family Papers
Michael Ridderbusch; Laureen Wilson
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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