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Smith-Walker Papers, 1764-1916

Smith-Walker Papers, 1764-1916
Mss. 39.1 Sm8
3098.0 Items
Scope and Contents

This collection of 3,098 pieces, dated about 1764-1916, consists of papers of a family of Smiths who lived at Smith's Cross Roads, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, and the Walker family who lived at Brunswick County, Virginia. Most of the papers are dated about 1860-1900. Some of the more interesting works include the following:

A letter concerning news of the State Legislature (Va.), amending laws regarding transporting slaves across state lines, dated 28 Dec. 1806.

A personal letter from J. J. Grigg to Edward Walker about his school at Sturgeonville, Va., dated 1 Jan. 1840.

A "religious exhortation" from Jas. D. Coultris [?] to Edw. Walker concerning his "wil practices" and his keeping of the Sabbath, dated 19 Feb. 1844.

Many recipes are also mentioned. They are located in box: 1, folder: 3, and include the following: "Cure for Colic in Horse" and "Dr. Blair's Cure for Dysentery"; boiled bread pudding, raspberry jam, tomato catsup, worcester sauce, citron preserves, boiled icing, jelly puddings, dried apple pies, sweet pickle peaches, tomato jelly, brown bread, German pickle cantaloupe, cabbage sauce, cabbage slaw, domestic wine, and blackberry wine.

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Organization: This collection has been organized into six Series: 1. Letters; 2. Other Writings; 3. Account, Receipts, Legal Papers, Etc.; 4. Bound Account Books; 5. Broadsides, Order Forms, Advertisements, Etc.; 6. Miscellaneous Printed Matter. Arrangement: Materials in this collection are separated into Series and then arranged chronological by date. In Series 2, the items are then also separated by surname.
Smith Family
Thomas W. Smith.
Walker Family
Brunswick County (Va.)--History--19th century
Cookery--Southern States
Mecklenburg County (Va.)--History--19th century
Smith family
Walker family
Account books
Financial records
Fliers (printed matter)

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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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Acquisition Note
 Source: C. L. Worthington.
Preferred Citation
Smith-Walker Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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