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Papers of the Hunter and Garnett Families [manuscript] 1704-1940.

Hunter, Grace Fenton
Format
Manuscript/Archive
Language
English
Variant Title
Hunter-Garnett family papers.
Related Title
Mitchell-Garnett ledgers
Finding Aid Note
Card index available.
Summary
Correspondence, account books, and other papers of the Essex County, Va. families, chiefly of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, U.S. Senator and Confederate Secretary of State; with smaller groups of papers of his nephew, Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett, lawyer and statesman; and of Garnett's grandfather, James Mercer Garnett, agriculturist, legslator, and pioneer educator of women. Business records of Hunter and Garnett merchantile firms during the coloniel and Revolutionary periods, plantation and slave accounts of the Hunter estates, Fonthill and Hunter's Hill, and of the Garnett estate, Elmwood. Letters of Hunter and Garnett descendants, reflecting conditions in the Reconstruction era, and Essex County farm life in the early twentieth century.
Bound volumes include a ledger (3 vols.), 1821-1863 containing school, plantation, and legal accounts; a day book (2 vols.), 1794-1847, containing house expenses (Fredericksburg) and legal accounts; and, a journal (15 vols.), 1830-1854, containing spindle, mill, gin, shop, distillery, farm, slave and grain accounts. The volume for 18778-1879 is a record of Occupacia Mills run by John Ray for Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter.
The collection also contains the diary, 1838-1839, of Grace Fenton Hunter Garnett, kept at Elmwood, Essex County, Va., which includes descriptions of a trip to White Sulphur Springs, Charlottesville, Monticello, and the University of Virginia.
Description
24 ft.
Cite as
Papers of the Hunter and Garnett Families, 1704-1940, Accession #38-45, 863, 837, 1262, 1896, 4034, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Other Forms
R.M.T. Hunter papers : also available on microfilm reels 1811-1823.
Slave records books : also available on microfilm reel 1238.
Accounts for music instruction : also available on microfilm reel 14.
Garnett family notes : also available on microfilm reel 38.
Cited in
Ledgers : Eighth annual report of the Archivist, University of Virginia Library, 1937-1938, p.27, no.45.
Annual report of the archivist, University of Virginia Library, 1937-1938, p. 6, 14, 27; 1939-40, p. 11; and 1941-1942, p. 34 (Includes list of correspondents).
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