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Overton Family Papers, 1727-1961

Overton Family Papers, 1727-1961
Mss. 65 Ov2
8.5 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Papers, 1727-1918, chiefly 1781-1875, of members of the related Overton, Ragland, Claybrooke and Hart families of Louisa County, Va. and Haywood Co., Tenn. The early papers are primarily legal documents, accounts and account books of John Ragland and Samuel Ragland and correspondence of the children of Samuel Ragland. After 1797, the collection concerns the legal and business papers of Samuel Overton, Thomas Overton, Waller Overton and Sally Overton Claybrooke. After 1810, the collection concerns the Claybrooke family in Tennessee.

There are also papers of James Malcolm Hart, farmer and schoolteacher which concern education, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Prominent correspondents include Peter Johnston, John Marshall, Dabney Minor, Garrett Minor, John Minor and Edmund Randolph.

There are accounts of Francis Jerdone and accounts concerning the boarding of horses; a legal opinion given by Edmund Pendleton; a letter of Jane R. Riordan concerning her learning the millinery trade; and a manuscript volume of distillery tax due in Spotsylvania County, Va.

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Overton family.
Riordan, Jane Robertson
Haywood County (Tenn.)--History--19th century
Horses--United States--History--19th century
Legal documents
Louisa County (Va.)--History--18th century
Louisa County (Va.)--History--19th century
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Spotsylvania County (Va.)--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Financial records

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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
 Source: Robert Campbell and Malcolm Harris.
Acc. 1981.09 was received on 4/10/1981. Other gifts.
Related Publications
Collection inventory printed in the <i>Louisa County Historical Magazine</i>, Vol. 13, no. 2 (Winter 1981-2) and Vol. 14, No. 1 (Summer 1982).
Preferred Citation
Overton Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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Other Note
National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States available from Chadwyck-Healey, Inc., 1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, Va.
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