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Baytop-Fitzhugh Papers, 1840-1866

Baytop-Fitzhugh Papers, 1840-1866
MS 00111
0.25 Linear Feet
Scope and Contents

The inventory includes letters, 1851-1861, and accounts, 1840-1866, of Rufus King Fitzhugh and his wife Henrietta Ellen (Baytop) Fitzhugh of Stanardsville, Greene County, Virginia. Most letters to Henrietta are from her mother Lucy Taliaferro (Catlett) Baytop, and her sisters Rowena, Lucy Ann, and Eugenia, all of Springfield, Gloucester County, Virginia. Also includes letters from her sister-in-law Mary F. Fitzhugh of Fredericksburg, Virginia. These letters relate various aspects of nineteenth century farm life, such as men and women's separate responsibilities on the farm, illnesses and treatments, childbirth and its complications, and social activities. There are comments on slaves, tensions between the slave states and the federal government and the abolitionists, and the eventual Civil War. Letters to Rufus King Fitzhugh are generally from business associates or his brother George Fitzhugh, of Port Royal, Virginia. Both his letters and business accounts offer insight into his affairs, such as land speculation, mining for coal, slaves as investments, as well as deeds, receipts of purchase and payment of property, and tax receipts. An undated item records his property in Jackson County, Arkansas that was destroyed by the Union Army.

60 items.

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Organization: This collection has been organized into 2 series. Series 1 contains letters and Series 2 contains accounts and receipts. Arrangement: This collection is arranged into series and then chronologically.
Baytop, Lucy Taliaferro Catlett
Baytop family
Fitzhugh family
Fitzhugh, Henrietta Ellen Baytop
Fitzhugh, Mary F.
Fitzhugh, Rufus King
Agriculture--Virginia--History--18th century
Anti-slavery movements
Baytop family
Farm management
Fitzhugh family
Gloucester County (Va.)--History--19th century
Greene County (Va.)--History--19th century
Legal documents
Marriage-Virginia-Gloucester County
Slavery--Southern States--History
Slavery--Virginia--19th century
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Slavery
Women--Virginia--Social life and customs
Financial records
Receipts (financial records)

Detailed Description

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Administrative Information

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
Acc. No. 86-36; Gift: 60 items, 09/24/1986. Old ID: Mss. 86s B34
Preferred Citation
Baytop-Fitzhugh Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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