Frontier and pioneer life
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 63 Collections and/or Records:
Collection Number: A&M.3024
Overview The papers of a Martinsburg native related to local prominent families. There are genealogical notes and papers concerning the following families: Anderson, Beall, Chenowith, Cowan, Cromwell, Gilbert, Gray, Hoffman, Magruder, McConnell, Newcomer, and Silver. Also included are the letters and papers of Edmond L. Hoffman who served early in the Civil War as a lieutenant in the Stonewall Brigade. He describes in extensive detail the First Battle of Bull Run. In later letters he presents his and...
Collection Number: A&M.1192
Scope and Contents The papers of the President of Giles, Fayette and Kanawha Turnpike, charted in 1837, consist of land grants, deeds, and indentures; legal papers; turnpike correspondence, stock, books, contracts, and reports to the Board of Public Works, the Virginia Legislature, and stockholders. Some of the correspondence deals with the Washington Temperance Society, church activities in the Kanawha Valley, the salt industry along the Kanawha Salines, the James River and Kanawha Turnpike Company,...
Collection Number: A&M.1464
Scope and Contents Correspondence, business and legal papers, and Justice of the Peace documents of Felix G. Hansford, Kanawha County J.P., entrepreneur, and President of the Giles, Fayette, and Kanawha Turnpike. Subjects include the George Boxley slave plot, 1816; cholera in Louisville, 1833; Missouri and westward expansion, 1841; the Kansas struggle, 1858; Albert Gallatin's western lands; and the impact of John Brown's 1859 raids on the South. Correspondents include Albert Gallatin, J. M. Maury,...
Collection Number: A&M.1089
Scope and Contents These are the land and mercantile papers of Felix Hansford, a large land owner along the banks of Pain[t] Creek and the Great Kanawha River, near the town of Clifton in [Kanawha] County. The collection is primarily account statements, receipts and buisness notes.There are a few land surveys, entries and deeds dating back to the 1790. Some of the papers shed light on the Hansford's activities as a falt boat builder, sawmill and grist mill operator, and justice of the peace. A few letters and...
Collection Number: A&M.1244
Scope and Contents Historical and genealogical typescripts, clipping scrapbooks, copies of family and court records, and personal recollections of the Guyandotte Valley area of Cabell, Wayne, and Lincoln counties compiled by F.B. Lambert. Several typescripts deal with the religious institutions of the area, the development of road, river, and rail transportation, and the spread of education in the valley. Other materials deal with the frontier and Indian history of the Guyandotte country and the collection...
Dates: ca. 1819-1959
Collection Number: A&M.3234
Overview Records of Goshen (John Corbly Memorial) Baptist Church of Garard's Fort, PA. Includes a brief history of the church, a short sketch on the life and services of pioneer minister John Corbly, membership lists, and meeting minutes.
Dates: 1775-1913, 1925
Collection Number: A&M.3042
Overview A 12 x 20 facsimile of the petition for the formation of Greenbrier County, handwritten by John Stewart who is considered the "Father of Greenbrier County". The petition, signed by 75 settlers who were heads of households, requested that the state of Virginia form a new county to facilitate the handling of their land claims in a court of local jurisdiction. It cites the area of land, size of population, frontier conditions, and rugged terrain as a justification for the new county of Greenbrier.
Collection Number: A&M.3099
Overview A diary of an overland frontier journey to the California gold fields by H. B. Heiskell. The account is about traveling from the Rockies to the Sierras. As part of a wagon train, Heiskell mentions fellow passengers and the daily events of the journey. He notes in detail the scenery, particularly the character of the soil and streams. Mention is made of Native Americans/First Nations Peoples, namely the Paiutes, Shoshonees and Utes. Rumors are related about prices in California, the death of...
Collection Number: A&M.1072
Scope and Contents Bound volumes of Hardy County newspapers; a Rowell's American Newspaper Directory, 1875; and a typescript on the history of newspapers in Moorefield, written by R. E. Fisher. Newspapers and book transferred.
Collection Number: A&M.1144