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Allen Family Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.2257

Scope and Contents

Personal and business correspondence, legal papers, ledgers, family records, and other papers of the Allen family of Moorefield, Hardy County, West Virginia. Also includes papers of members of the Barr, Weibley, Taylor, and Gamble families. The majority of the collection includes personal and business correspondence , legal papers, and financial records of Judge James W.F. Allen (December 2, 1813 - July 16, 1875), a Hardy County lawyer, Jacksonian Democrat, and Circuit Court Judge in Hardy and Grant Counties (active ca. 1852-1865, 1872-1875). Disbarred because of Confederate sympathies, Allen regained bench in 1872. The collection also includes the papers of Allen's second wife, Caroline Williams Allen (d. 1907); son and merchant Franklin Page Allen (b. 1860); daughter Eleanor Boyd Allen (b. 1866); daughter and teacher Marie Annette Allen (b. 1841); daughter and teacher Mary E. Allen (b. 1857); and son Paul Allen. There is also business correspondence, legal papers, and financial records of Alfred Taylor, a leather worker and dealer in Moorefield; letters to Charity Johnson, a black "mammy," from her charges; correspondence and diaries of Mrs. Sophie Weibley, wife of a Kansas frontier doctor; and a large group of 19th century advertising memorabilia. The collection is divided into series, which include:

Series 1. Judge James W. F. Allen Papers (1st); 1766-1876, undated (includes facsimiles); boxes 1-20.
Series 2. Judge James W. F. Allen Papers (2nd); ca. 1830s-1880s; boxes 1-26.
Series 3. Caroline W. Allen Papers; 1848-1907, undated; boxes 1-6.
Series 4. Frank P. Allen Papers; 1878-1932, undated; boxes 1-6.
Series 5. Eleanor Boyd Allen Papers; 1878-1933, undated; boxes 1-7.
Series 6. Alfred Taylor Papers; 1828-1889, undated; boxes 1-4.
Series 7. Papers of Various Persons; 1833-1932, undated; boxes 1-4.
Series 8. Ledgers; undated; boxes 1-2 and 8 loose ledgers.

Series 1. Judge James W. F. Allen Papers (1st); 1766-1876, undated (includes facsimiles); boxes 1-20. This series includes correspondence, legal papers, business advertising, financial records, and miscellaneous material. Additional correspondence involving Judge Allen can be found in Series 2. For folder-level inventory, see the contents list.

Series 2. Judge James W. F. Allen Papers (2nd); ca. 1830s-1880s; boxes 1-26. This series includes Judge Allen's correspondence dealing with business and politics, as well as some legal papers. For folder-level index, see the control folder. Letters are indexed through folder 48; from folder 49 on, business letters are not indexed and political letters are indexed.

Series 3. Caroline W. Allen Papers; 1848-1907, undated; boxes 1-6. This series includes correspondence and other miscellaneous papers of Judge Allen's second wife, Caroline Williams Allen. For folder-level inventory, see the contents list.

Series 4. Frank P. Allen Papers; 1878-1932, undated; boxes 1-6. This series includes personal correspondence, business correspondence, and bills and receipts of Judge Allen's son, Franklin Page Allen. For folder-level inventory, see the contents list.

Series 5. Eleanor Boyd Allen Papers; 1878-1933, undated; boxes 1-7. This series includes correspondence, financial records, legal papers, and other miscellaneous papers of Judge Allen's daughter, Eleanor Boyd Allen. For folder-level inventory, see the contents list.

Series 6. Alfred Taylor Papers; 1828-1889, undated; boxes 1-4. This series includes business and personal correspondence, deeds and proclamations, receipts and contracts for slaves, and other financial records. For folder-level inventory, see the contents list.

Series 7. Papers of Various Persons; 1833-1932, undated; boxes 1-4. This series includes papers of various children and relatives of Judge Allen. Some papers may relate to the family of his first wife, Ann Caroline Gamble (married in 1840, died in 1845). Also included are papers of Dr. and Mrs. Sophie Weibly, whose diary can be found in the collection; and letters to Charity Johnson, a black "mammy" or domestic servant of the Allen family. This series also includes two addenda, which include papers of John A. Olson pertaining to genealogy of the Allen family and the allied Barr family, especially Ted Barr; papers of Judge Allen; and typescripts of some of the Allen family correspondence. For folder-level inventory, see the contents list.

Series 8. Ledgers; undated; boxes 1-2 and 8 loose ledgers. This series includes ledgers pertaining to Allen's family and others. For inventory, see the contents list.

Contents List:

Please note, some boxes did not have box titles, and some folders did not have folder titles. In cases where there is both a box and a folder title, they are separated with a double dash ( -- ).

Series 1. Judge James W. F. Allen Papers (1st)

Box 1; Folder 1; July - December 1848

Box 1; Folder 2; January - August 1849

Box 1; Folder 3; September - December 1849

Box 1; Folder 4; 1850

Box 1; Folder 5; 1851

Box 1; Folder 6; 1852

Box 2; Folder 1; January - December 1853

Box 2; Folder 2; January 1854 - June 1855

Box 2; Folder 3; July 1855 - December 1856

Box 2; Folder 4; January - June 1857

Box 2; Folder 5; July - December 1857

Box 3; Folder 1; 1858

Box 3; Folder 2; 1859

Box 3; Folder 3; January 1860 - December 1869

Box 3; Folder 4; February 1870 - November 1874

Box 3; Folder 5; Correspondence between Judge Allen and his wife Carrie; undated

Box 3; Folder 6; Correspondence on Spiritual Philosophy; undated

Box 4; Folder 1; Legal Papers; 1792-1835

Box 4; Folder 2; Legal Papers; 1836-1838

Box 4; Folder 3; Legal Papers; 1839

Box 4; Folder 4; Legal Papers; 1841

Box 4; Folder 5; Legal Papers; 1842

Box 4; Folder 6; Legal Papers; 1843

Box 4; Folder 7; Legal Papers; 1844-1846

Box 5; Folder 1; Legal Papers; 1847-1849

Box 5; Folder 2; Legal Papers; 1850

Box 5; Folder 3; Legal Papers; 1851

Box 5; Folder 4; Legal Papers; 1852

Box 5; Folder 5; Legal Papers; 1853

Box 5; Folder 6; Legal Papers; 1854

Box 6; Folder 1; Legal Papers; 1855-1856

Box 6; Folder 2; Legal Papers; 1857

Box 6; Folder 3; Legal Papers; 1858

Box 6; Folder 4; Legal Papers; 1859

Box 6; Folder 5; Legal Papers; 1860

Box 6; Folder 6; Legal Papers; 1861-1864

Box 6; Folder 7; Legal Papers; 1865

Box 7; Folder 1; 1832-1841

Box 7; Folder 2; 1842

Box 7; Folder 3; January - May 1843

Box 7; Folder 4; June - December 1843

Box 7; Folder 5; 1844

Box 8; Folder 1; 1845

Box 8; Folder 2; January - August 1846

Box 8; Folder 3; September - December 1846

Box 8; Folder 4; January - June 1847

Box 8; Folder 5; July - December 1847

Box 8; Folder 6; January - June 1848

Box 9; Folder 1; January - June 1866

Box 9; Folder 2; July - December 1866

Box 9; Folder 3; 1867

Box 9; Folder 4; 1868

Box 9; Folder 5; January - June 1869

Box 9; Folder 6; July - December 1869

Box 10; Folder 1; Legal Papers; 1870

Box 10; Folder 2; Legal Papers; January - June 1871

Box 10; Folder 3; Legal Papers; July - December 1871

Box 10; Folder 4; Legal Papers; 1872

Box 10; Folder 5; Legal Papers; 1873

Box 10; Folder 6; Legal Papers; 1874-1875

Box 11; Folder 1; Legal Papers -- Court Dockets; 1837-1844

Box 11; Folder 2; Legal Papers -- Court Dockets (includes instructions to Grand Jury); 1860-1874

Box 11; Folder 3; Legal Papers -- Deeds; 1791-1854

Box 11; Folder 4; Legal papers -- Indentures; 1794-1906

Box 11; Folder 5; Legal Papers -- Confederate Cavalry Muster; undated

Box 12; Folder 1; Various Legal Cases -- Hopkins vs. Davis, Fisher M. Rice Papers; undated

Box 12; Folder 2; Various Legal Cases -- Moorefield & Alleghany Turnpike Company vs. Job Sions et al; 1850-1852

Box 12; Folder 3; Various Legal Cases -- Spitler vs. Barb et al; 1855-1861

Box 12; Folder 4; Various Legal Cases -- Heirs of Matthew Toler; 1785-1850

Box 12; Folder 5; Various Legal Cases -- Anderson and McClung vs. Adam Sites; undated

Box 12; Folder 6; Various Legal Cases -- Elijah Cunningham; undated

Box 12; Folder 7; Various Legal Cases -- Thrasher vs. Barns, J.F. Weidemeyer, J.S. Whiting; undated

Box 12; Folder 8; Various Legal Cases -- Miscellaneous Cases (includes appointment as U.S. Legal Correspondent); 1845-1866

Box 12; Folder 9; Various Legal Cases -- Miscellaneous Cases; 1866-1867

Box 13; Folder 1; Legal Papers; 1792-1869

Box 13; Folder 2; Legal Papers -- Internal Revenue; ca. 1867

Box 13; Folder 3; Legal Papers -- Miscellaneous Unidentified Cases; undated

Box 13; Folder 4; Legal Papers -- Miscellaneous Cases; undated

Box 13; Folders 5-9; Legal Papers; undated

Box 14; Folder 1; Personal Legal Papers; undated

Box 14; Folder 2; Joseph H. and G.B. Samuels Legal Correspondence; 1845-1849

Box 14; Folder 3; J.J. Williams Legal Correspondence; 1845-1849

Box 14; Folder 4; Stephen Downey Cases; 1872-1873

Box 14; Folder 5; Zion Church Case; 1852-1853

Box 14; Folder 6; Postal Material; undated

Box 14; Folder 7; Memo Book; 1847

Box 14; Folder 8; Proclamation for Lord Fairfax (copy); December 2, 1766

Box 14; Folder 9; Miscellaneous (includes War of 1812 Boundary Lines); 1812, 1838-1839

Box 14; Folder 10; Miscellaneous (includes John Jenkins, Revolutionary War Bounty Land [June 13, 1837]); 1831-1837

Box 14; Folder 11; Oath of Allegiance; July 13, 1865

Box 14; Folder 12; Business Advertising; undated

Box 15; Folders 1-2; Business Advertising; undated

Box 15; Folder 3; undated

Box 15; Folder 4; Family Records (includes J.W.F Allen's Obituary, August 20, 1875); 1875, undated

Box 15; Folder 5; Miscellaneous; 1840-1874

Box 15; Folder 6; Miscellaneous Papers (includes Internal Revenue License [September 1865], Voting Lists, XX Club, Dismembered Papers, Diary [1832], Poetry, Memo Books [1845, 1847], July Fourth Speech, Photograph [June 1865]); 1832-1865, undated

Box 15; Folder 7; Miscellaneous (includes religious material, sheet music, printed matter, a German banknote [1923], photographs [ca. 1880s-1903], broadsides, "Slaves for Hire" [November 1, 1891], Land Grant from President Buchanan [May 2, 1860; original separated to A&M 435]); 1860-1903

Box 15; Folders 8-9; Fee Books and Other Financial Records; 1839-1869

Box 15; Folder 10; Grade Reports; undated

Box 16; Folder 1; Receipts; pre-1830

Box 16; Folder 2; Receipts; 1830-1834

Box 16; Folder 3; Receipts; 1835-1839

Box 16; Folder 4; Receipts; 1840-1841

Box 16; Folder 5; Receipts; 1842

Box 16; Folder 6; Receipts; 1843-1844

Box 17; Folder 1; Receipts; 1845-1846

Box 17; Folder 2; Receipts; 1847-1848

Box 17; Folder 3; Receipts; 1849-1850

Box 17; Folder 4; Receipts; 1851-1852

Box 17; Folder 5; Receipts; 1853-1854

Box 18; Folder 1; Receipts; 1855-1856

Box 18; Folder 2; Receipts; 1857-1859

Box 18; Folder 3; Receipts; 1860-1862

Box 18; Folder 4; Receipts; 1863-1868

Box 18; Folder 5; Receipts; 1869-1870

Box 19; Folder 1; Receipts; 1871-1872

Box 19; Folder 2; Receipts; 1873-1875

Box 19; Folder 3; Receipts; post-1875

Box 19; Folders 4-6; Receipts; undated

Box 19; Folder 7; Receipts -- Receipts with accounts attached; 1841-1903

Box 20; Folder 1; Financial Records -- Financial Ledgers; 1802-1843

Box 20; Folder 2; Financial Records -- Financial Ledgers; 1844-1853

Box 20; Folder 3; Financial Records -- Financial Ledgers; 1854-1859

Box 20; Folder 4; Financial Records -- Financial Ledgers; 1860-1869

Box 20; Folder 5; Financial Records -- Financial Ledgers; 1870-1876

Box 20; Folder 6; Financial Records -- Financial Ledgers; undated

Series 2. Judge James W. F. Allen Papers (2nd)

Boxes 1-26; Folders 1-193; Correspondence; ca. 1830s-1880s

(see control folder for more detail)

Series 3. Caroline W. Allen Papers

Box 1; Folder 1; 1852-1873

Box 1; Folder 2; 1874-1881

Box 1; Folder 3; January - September 1882

Box 1; Folder 4; October 1882 - February 1883

Box 1; Folder 5; March - December 1883

Box 1; Folder 6; 1884

Box 2; Folder 1; 1885 - October 1886

Box 2; Folder 2; November 1886 - July 1887

Box 2; Folder 3; August 1887 - May 1888

Box 2; Folder 4; June 1888 - February 1889

Box 3; Folder 1; March - December 1889

Box 3; Folder 2; 1890

Box 3; Folder 3; January - August 1891

Box 3; Folder 4; September 1891 - February 1892

Box 3; Folder 5; March - August 1892

Box 4; Folder 1; September - December 1892

Box 4; Folder 2; 1893

Box 4; Folder 3; 1894

Box 4; Folder 4; 1895

Box 4; Folder 5; 1896

Box 5; Folder 1; 1897

Box 5; Folder 2; 1898

Box 5; Folder 3; 1899

Box 5; Folder 4; 1900

Box 5; Folder 5; 1901

Box 6; Folder 1; 1902

Box 6; Folder 2; 1903

Box 6; Folder 3; 1904

Box 6; Folder 4; 1905-1907, undated

Box 6; Folder 5; J.W.F. Allen to C.W. Allen; 1848-1874

Box 6; Folder 6; C.W. Allen to A.J. Hollenbeck; 1900-1902

Box 6; Folder 7; Death of J.W.F Allen, Settlement of Estate; undated

Series 4. Frank P. Allen Papers

Box 1; Folder 1; Personal Letters; 1878-1892

Box 1; Folder 2; Personal Letters; 1893-1899

Box 1; Folder 3; Personal Letters; 1900-1902

Box 1; Folder 4; Personal Letters; 1903-1909

Box 1; Folder 5; Personal Letters; 1910-1932, undated

Box 1; Folder 6; Personal Letters -- Speeches, State Tax Forms; undated

Box 1; Folder 7; Personal Letters -- Miscellaneous; undated

Box 2; Folder 1; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1883 - June 1889

Box 2; Folder 2; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; July - December 1889

Box 2; Folder 3; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1890-1891

Box 2; Folder 4; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; January - June 1892

Box 2; Folder 5; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; July - December 1892

Box 2; Folder 6; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1893

Box 3; Folder 1; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1894-1897

Box 3; Folder 2; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1898-1900

Box 3; Folder 3; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; June - September 1900

Box 3; Folder 4; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; October - December 1900

Box 3; Folder 5; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; January - April 1901

Box 3; Folder 6; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; May - August 1901

Box 4; Folder 1; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; September - December 1901

Box 4; Folder 2; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; January - April 1902

Box 4; Folder 3; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; May - August 1902

Box 4; Folder 4; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; September - December 1902

Box 4; Folder 5; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; January - April 1903

Box 5; Folder 1; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; May - August 1903

Box 5; Folder 2; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; September - December 1903

Box 5; Folder 3; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1904

Box 5; Folder 4; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; January - June 1905

Box 5; Folder 5; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; July - December 1905

Box 6; Folder 1; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; January - September 1906

Box 6; Folder 2; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; October 1906 - 1908

Box 6; Folder 3; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts; 1909-1919

Box 6; Folder 4; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts -- Miscellaneous (includes outstanding credit vouchers); 1920-1932, undated

Box 6; Folder 5; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts -- Insurance and Contracts; undated

Box 6; Folder 6; Business Correspondence, Bills and Receipts -- Deeds and Leases; 1902-1923

Series 5. Eleanor Boyd Allen Papers

Box 1; Folder 1; 1878-1889

Box 1; Folder 2; 1890-1892

Box 1; Folder 3; 1893

Box 1; Folder 4; 1894-1895

Box 1; Folder 5; 1898-1906

Box 1; Folder 6; 1907-1908

Box 2; Folder 1; 1909-1910

Box 2; Folder 2; 1911-1912

Box 2; Folder 3; 1913-1914

Box 2; Folder 4; 1915-1916

Box 2; Folder 5; 1917-1918

Box 3; Folder 1; 1919-1921

Box 3; Folder 2; 1922-1923

Box 3; Folder 3; 1924-1926

Box 3; Folder 4; 1927

Box 4; Folder 1; 1928

Box 4; Folder 2; 1929-1930

Box 4; Folder 3; 1931-1932

Box 4; Folder 4; 1933

Box 4; Folder 5; Miscellaneous; undated

Box 4; Folder 6; Financial Records, Recipes; undated

Box 4; Folder 7; Legal Papers Concerning Eleanor Boyd Allen's Estate; undated

Series 6. Alfred Taylor Papers

Box 1; Folder 1; Business Correspondence; 1828-1857

Box 1; Folder 2; Business Correspondence; 1858-1860

Box 1; Folder 3; Business Correspondence; 1861-1865

Box 1; Folder 4; Business Correspondence; 1869

Box 1; Folder 5; Business Correspondence; 1870-1871

Box 2; Folder 1; Business Correspondence; 1872-1873

Box 2; Folder 2; Business Correspondence; 1874-1875

Box 2; Folder 3; Business Correspondence; 1876-1877

Box 2; Folder 4; Business Correspondence; 1878

Box 2; Folder 5; Business Correspondence; 1879-1880

Box 3; Folder 1; Deeds and Proclamations, Receipts and Contracts for Slaves -- Business Correspondence; undated

Box 3; Folder 2; Deeds and Proclamations, Receipts and Contracts for Slaves -- Vouchers for final settlement as Guardian of James Q. Turley; undated

Box 3; Folder 3; Deeds and Proclamations, Receipts and Contracts for Slaves -- Legal and J.P. Papers; 1835-1857

Box 3; Folder 4; Deeds and Proclamations, Receipts and Contracts for Slaves; 1858-1859

Box 3; Folder 5; Deeds and Proclamations, Receipts and Contracts for Slaves; 1860-1868

Box 3; Folder 6; Deeds and Proclamations, Receipts and Contracts for Slaves -- Thanksgiving Proclamation, Receipt for Slaves, Miscellaneous; 1870-1880, undated

Box 4; Folder 1; Personal Correspondence; 1828-1875

Box 4; Folder 2; Miscellaneous (includes correspondence to wife, Caroline [1839-1861, undated]); 1839-1889, undated

Box 4; Folder 3; Financial Ledgers; 1833-1855

Box 4; Folder 4; 1856-1875, undated

Box 4; Folder 5; Advertisements; undated

Series 7. Papers of Various Persons

Box 1; Folder 1; Maria Annette Allen -- Mrs. Frank Allen; 1888-1906

Box 1; Folder 2; Maria Annette Allen; 1852-1870

Box 1; Folder 3; Maria Annette Allen; 1871-1885

Box 1; Folder 4; Maria Annette Allen; 1886-1897

Box 1; Folder 5; Maria Annette Allen; 1898-1912

Box 2; Folder 1; 1913-1921

Box 2; Folder 2; Annette Allen; 1922-1926

Box 2; Folder 3; Miscellaneous; undated

Box 2; Folder 4; Alice Allen; 1899-1910

Box 2; Folder 5; Ann Allen; 1901-1904

Box 2; Folder 6; Edgar Allen; 1927

Box 2; Folder 7; Harry Allen; 1861-1903

Box 2; Folder 8; Jane E. Allen; 1860-1863

Box 2; Folder 9; Janie Allen Burr; 1869-1894

Box 2; Folder 10; E. Leigh Allen; 1873-1891

Box 2; Folder 11; Lucie Allen; 1889-1904

Box 2; Folder 12; Paul Allen; 1882-1911

Box 2; Folder 13; Mary E. Allen; 1880-1914

Box 2; Folder 14; Sallie Allen; 1893-1905

Box 2; Folder 15; Ruth Allen; 1892-1908

Box 3; Folder 1; William A. Allen; 1878-1904

Box 3; Folder 2; George Allen; 1895

Box 3; Folder 3; Dr. and Mrs. (Sophie) Weibly; 1856-1878

Box 3; Folder 4; Dr. and Mrs. (Sophie) Weibly; 1880-1896

Box 3; Folder 5; Dr. H. McS. Gamble; 1865-1913

Box 3; Folder 6; Charity Johnson; 1882-1893

Box 3; Folder 7; Poppy and Grammie; 1881, 1929

Box 3; Folder 8; Sarah Leatherman; 1892-1911

Box 3; Folder 9; Lucie Taylor; 1882-1932

Box 3; Folder 10; M. Bee Baker; 1889

Box 3; Folder 11; Mrs. J.C. Cunningham; 1899

Box 3; Folder 12; Catherine Leatherman; 1840

Box 3; Folder 13; Edgar Williams; 1867, 1896

Box 3; Folder 14; Miscellaneous; undated

Box 3; Folder 15; Unidentified; 1833-1926

Box 4; Folder 1; Sophy [Sophie/Sophia] Weibly's Diary (see control folder for more information); 1859-1865

Box 4; Folder 2; Sophy [Sophie/Sophia] Weibly's Diary (see control folder for more information); 1866-1870

Box 4; Folder 3; Allen Sprigg; 1869-1875

Box 4; Folder 4; James Miles; 1839-1847

Box 4; Folder 5; J.J. Williams; 1850

Box 4; Folder 6; Alfred Allen; 1889-1913

Box 4; Folder 7; Business Postcards, Miscellaneous; undated

Box 4; Folder 8; Business Cards, Miscellaneous; undated

Box 4; Folder 9; Miscellaneous Papers; undated

Box 4; Folder 10; Addendum 1993 July 08, John A. Olson Papers; undated

Box 4; Folder 11; Addendum 1994 August 23, James W.F. Allen Church Certificate; undated

Box 4; Folder 12; Addendum 1994 August 23, James W.F. Allen Law Memo Book; undated

Box 4; Unfoldered; Addendum 1994 August 23, Binder, "Hitherto: The Allen Family Letters, 1832-1887" (selected transcriptions); undated

Series 8. Ledgers

Box 1; Folder 1; Ledgers -- Frank P. Allen; undated Box 2; Folder 1; Various Books and Ledgers -- Frank P. Allen; undated

Box 2; Folder 2; Various Books and Ledgers -- Alice Allen; undated

Box 2; Folder 3; Various Books and Ledgers -- Alfred Taylor; undated

Box 2; Folder 4; Various Books and Ledgers -- Sallie Taylor; undated

Box 2; Folder 5; Various Books and Ledgers -- R. G. Cunningham; undated

Box 2; Folder 6; Various Books and Ledgers -- Willie Allen; undated

Box 2; Folder 7; Various Books and Ledgers -- Logan-Gregg Hardware Company Catalog; undated

Box 2; Folder 8; Various Books and Ledgers -- Unknown; undated

Unboxed; Eight Ledgers; undated

Dates

  • 1766-1933, undated
  • Majority of material found in ca. 1840s-1933

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

31 Linear Feet (Summary: 31 ft. (72 document cases, 5 in. each; 8 unboxed ledgers, 12 in.))

Overview

Personal and business correspondence, legal papers, ledgers, family records, and other papers of the Allen family of Moorefield, Hardy County, West Virginia. Also includes papers of members of the Barr, Weibley, Taylor, and Gamble families. The majority of the collection includes personal and business correspondence , legal papers, and financial records of Judge James W.F. Allen (December 2, 1813 - July 16, 1875), a Hardy County lawyer, Jacksonian Democrat, and Circuit Court Judge in Hardy and Grant Counties (active ca. 1852-1865, 1872-1875). Disbarred because of Confederate sympathies, Allen regained bench in 1872. The collection also includes the papers of Allen's second wife, Caroline Williams Allen (d. 1907); son and merchant Franklin Page Allen (b. 1860); daughter Eleanor Boyd Allen (b. 1866); daughter and teacher Marie Annette Allen (b. 1841); daughter and teacher Mary E. Allen (b. 1857); and son Paul Allen. There is also business correspondence, legal papers, and financial records of Alfred Taylor, a leather worker and dealer in Moorefield; letters to Charity Johnson, a black "mammy," from her charges; correspondence and diaries of Mrs. Sophie Weibley, wife of a Kansas frontier doctor; and a large group of 19th century advertising memorabilia. See Scope and Content Note for more 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/

Separated Materials

For list of separated newspapers, see control folder.

Land Grant Signed by President James Buchanan, May 2, 1860, has been separated to A&M 435. Photocopy remains in collection.

Creator

Title
Allen Family Papers, 1766-1933, 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:
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P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536