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William Price (1803-1881) Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.1809

Scope and Contents

Papers of William Price (1803-1881), a Monongalia County, West Virginia, resident, member of the Wheeling Convention, and state legislator, 1869-1873. Includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, legal documents, and pictures. The correspondence, 1858-1912, concerns farming, the cattle business, and observations on the Civil War. Land papers also relate to Greene County, Pennsylvania. There is a diary and memo book of William Price, 1861-1863, containing two references to his membership in the Wheeling Convention, 20 June 1861; an account book, 1885-1890; and a journal maintained by Price during two business trips to Philadelphia in 1865. There are also letters from Monongalia County citizens commenting on legislative enactments. Correspondents include R.L. Berkshire and Alexander Martin.

Addendum of 2001/06/29 contains typescript transcriptions of the papers of William Price and family (155 photocopied pages). Includes correspondence and financial and legal papers (such as indentures, land records, wills, etc.) of William Price and the Price family regarding slaves, health, personal advice, farming, etc. There are two letters from Michael Price describing experiences during the campaign to capture Forts Henry and Donelson (1862), correspondence with William Price discussing West Virginia legislative matters (1872-1873), and a few letters from relatives in Wales. Includes Price genealogy information. Bulk of papers date from 1853 to 1875. (Includes transcriptions for all letters.) (1805-1917; 0.1 ft.)

Dates

  • 1787-1917, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1805-1885

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

0.25 Linear Feet (Summary: 3 in. (1 small flat storage box))

Overview

Papers of William Price (1803-1881), a Monongalia County, West Virginia, resident, member of the Wheeling Convention, and state legislator, 1869-1873. Includes correspondence, diaries, notebooks, legal documents, and pictures. The correspondence, 1858-1912, concerns farming, the cattle business, and observations on the Civil War. Land papers also relate to Greene County, Pennsylvania. There is a diary and memo book of William Price, 1861-1863, containing two references to his membership in the Wheeling Convention, 20 June 1861; an account book, 1885-1890; a journal maintained by Price during two business trips to Philadelphia in 1865; and a novel, "Charlotte Temple" published in 1807 owned by Mary Swon, with her family history inscribed on the back pages. There are also letters from Monongalia County citizens commenting on legislative enactments. Correspondents include R.L. Berkshire and Alexander Martin. An addendum of 2001/06/29 contains typescript transcriptions of the papers of William Price and family.

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

28, 1809

Separated Materials

Separated to Rare Signatures, A&M 435:

Land grant (or patent) to William Davis of Washington County, Pennsylvania for 283 3/4 acres of land issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on 6 June 1787, signed by Benjamin Franklin.

Separated to Currency Collection, A&M 2096, 1971/07/09:

22 items of continental currency
Title
William Price (1803-1881) Papers, 1787-1917, undated
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