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Shipman-Wills Papers, 1833-1870

Shipman-Wills Papers, 1833-1870
Mss. 39.2 Sh7
66.0 Items
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, 1833-1856, between the Shipman family of Rockingham County, Va. and the Wills family of Fluvanna County, Va. There are letters, 1838-1840, between James C. Shipman while serving in the Virginia House of Delegates and his wife Mary Minor Wills Shipman. Many letters are written by women. The collection includes letters of Jane R. Riordan discussing her going to Richmond to learn the millinery trade and starting in business; letters concerning marriage and courtship; letters describing stagecoach rides as well as a pass, 1839, for a slave to go from Fluvanna County to Rockingham County; and a printed circular, 1870, advising southerners to take advantage of the United States Bankruptcy Act.

See Also:  Southern Women and their Families in the 19th Century Papers and Diaries Series C Reel 9 in Swem Library’s microforms area, call number HQ1438 .V5 S68.

Other URL
Shipman, James C.
Riordan, Jane Robertson
Shipman, Mary Minor Wills
Bankruptcy--United States
Coaching--United States--History--19th century
Fluvanna County (Va.)--History--19th century
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Rockingham County (Va.)--History--19th century
Slavery--Virginia--19th century
Women--Virginia--Social life and customs

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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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Shipman-Wills Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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