Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913

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The central figures in this collection are Cuthbert Powell (1775-1849), his son, Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896), Charles Leven Powell's wife, Selina (Lloyd) Powell (d. 1871), and their children.

Cuthbert Powell Cuthbert Powell (1775-1849) was born in Middleburg, Loudoun County, Virginia to parents Leven Powell (1737-1810) and Sarah (Harrison) Powell. He was one of eleven children. Cuthbert made his fortune alongside his brother, Leven Powell, Jr. (1772-1807), as a merchant and ship owner. He retired to "Llangollen," Loudoun County, Virginia in 1812 after a decline in business. Later he was elected to serve in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly; the Virginia State Senate in 1829 and the Virginia House of Delegates in 1840. In 1788, Cuthbert married Catherine Simms, daughter of Col. Charles Simms. The couple had ten children including; Anne Maria Powell (1800-1885), who married 1st cousin Dr. William Levin Powell; Dr. Llewellen Powell (1802-1870), who married cousin Sarah Elizabeth Harrison; Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896), who married Selina Lloyd; Mary Emily Powell (b.1807), who married cousin Cuthbert Powell and later Rev. George Adie; Ellen Douglas Powell (1813- 1862) who married Judge William H. Gray; Cuthbert Harrison Powell (1814-1897); and Jane Simms (Fanny) Powell, who married Wellington Gordon.

Charles Leven Powell and Family Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896) married Selina Lloyd (d. 1871) in 1830. The couple had six children, including; Rebecca Powell (1831-1921), Harriet Lee "Hattie" (Powell) Smoot (1833-1870), Lloyd Powell (1834-1861), Charles Leven Powell, Jr. (1835-1862), Minna Powell (1837-1854), and Selina "Nina" (Powell) Hepburn (1842-1918). Harriet Lee "Hattie" (Powell) Smoot (1833-1870) married Rector Smoot. In 1871, Selina "Nina" (Powell) Hepburn (1842-1918) married Sewell Stavely Hepbron. At some point, the last name Hepbron was changed to Hepburn.

Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896) graduated from Yale College in 1825. After unsuccessful attempts at starting a law practice in Alexandria, Virginia, he was able to support his family as a teacher. Still hoping to advance his law career, the family moved to Henry, Illinois in 1850. After the death of their daughter, Minna Powell (1837-1854), the family returned to Virginia leaving the two sons behind. The parents opened a girls boarding school in Winschester, Virginia, but at the start of the Civil War in 1861 were forced to shut down. Lloyd Powell (1834-1861) returned to Virginia to enlist in the war and was killed at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, 21 July 1861. Following his death, Charles Leven Powell, Jr. (1835-1862) returned to Virginia to enlist and was killed in a skirmish in August 1862. The rest of the family scattered across the state to live with various relatives until the end of the war. The family reassembled in Alexandria, Virginia and opened another school for girls called the "Arlington Institute." The teachers on staff include Charles Leven Powell (1804-1896), his wife and his three remaining daughters. This school supported the family for 30 years until its closure in 1894.

From the guide to the Powell Famiy Papers, 1775-1927., (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913. Letter : to Lella Pendleton, 1882 May 27. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1863-1879 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn Tunstall, Nannie Whitmell. Papers, 1842-1886 (bulk 1875-1878). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library
creatorOf Johnston family. Papers, 1779-1891. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. James McNeill Whistler collection, 1863-1906, ca. 1940. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Howe, James Lewis, 1859-1955. Papers, 1893-1951. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Lee, Fitzhugh, 1835-1905. Papers of Fitzhugh Lee [manuscript], 1731-1952. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Owen, Thomas McAdory, 1866-1920. Papers, 1912-1920 (bulk 1912). Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
referencedIn Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Letter to Charles S. Venable [manuscript], 1866 July 6. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Lee family. Papers, 1824-1918. Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Turner, W. R. Map showing roads used by General Lee in his retreat from Richmond and Petersburg and General Grant's advance on Appomattox. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lee, Charles Carter, 1798-1871. Papers of Charles Carter Lee and the Lee family [manuscript], 1768-1931 (bulk 1780-1871). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Westfeldt, Charles Fleetwood. Charles Fleetwood Westfeldt papers, 1861-1865; 1868-1955 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Lee family. Brock Collection: Lee family papers, 1722-1892 (bulk 1765-1870). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Robert E. Lee family collection, 1838-1870. Museum of the Confederacy
creatorOf Lee, Robert Edward, 1843-1914. Letters, West Point, Virginia, to O.P. Grundy, Kutztown, Penna., replying to the latter's request for autographs of General Robert Edward Lee [manuscript] 1901-1904. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Reid family. Papers, 1760-1854. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Wright, Marcus J. (Marcus Joseph), 1831-1922. Papers of Marcus Joseph Wright, 1872-1901. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Thom, William Taylor, 1849-. Papers, 1865-1890. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
referencedIn Custis-Lee-Mason families. Letters, 1756-1863. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Brown-Ewell family papers, 1781-1984. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913. Letters of George Washington Custis Lee [manuscript] 1878 & 1895. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn White, Frank (Frank E.). Papers, [2008]. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913. Letter : Lexington, Va., to Mrs. Yeatman, Alexandria, Va., 1889 Oct. 3. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Saussy, George Nowlan, 1842-1916. George Nowlan Saussy letters, 1864-1909. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn United States War Department correspondence and records regarding Indian affairs and activities with Indian nations, 1798-1874. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf McGuire, Hunter, 1835-1900. Papers of Hunter Holmes McGuire [manuscript] 1861-1958. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Powell Famiy Papers, 1775-1927. Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
referencedIn James McNeill Whistler collection, 1863-1906, circa 1940 Archives of American Art
referencedIn Mastin Gentry White Robert E. Lee Collection, 87-317., 1831-ca. 1931 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Photographic Portrait File The Huntington Library
creatorOf Downing, Henry Hawkins, 1853-. Papers of the Minor and Venable families [manuscript], 1828-1904. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Confederate officers photograph album, n.d. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn University Of Rochester Lib., Dept. Of Rare Books & Spec. Co. David Bailie Warden Papers.
referencedIn [Robert E. Lee and the letter to his son spuriously attributed to him.]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Alexander Stewart Webb papers, 1818-1930 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Carter, Landon, 1760-1800,. Papers of Randolph Fairfax Blackford [manuscript] 1798-1870. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Letter to Charles S. Venable, 1866 July 6. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Webb, Alexander S. (Alexander Stewart), 1835-1911. Alexander Stewart Webb papers, 1818-1930 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Powell family. Powell family papers, 1775-1927. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Lee, Robert E., Jr., 1843-1916. Letter, Richmond to Mr. Collins, Romancoke, Prince William County, Virginia, 1862 November 25. Library of Virginia
creatorOf William L. Clements Library. Jefferson Davis collection, 1861-1865. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Pendleton, William Henry K. Papers, 1808-1927. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Lee, George Washington Custis, 1832-1913. Letter, 1904 March 28, Burke, Virginia, to Harold Goddard Rugg, Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Letter to Charles Carter Lee, 1863 March 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. James McNeill Whistler collection, 1863-1906. Archives of American Art
referencedIn Garnett, Robert S. (Robert Selden), 1819-1861. Papers from members of the Lee family [manuscript] 1770-1865. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wilson, William Lyne, 1843-1900. Papers, 1852-1901. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
referencedIn Records, 1882-1889. Houghton Library
creatorOf Lee, Charles Carter, 1798-1871, collector. Collection, 1768-1931 (bulk 1813-1870) [microform]. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Johnstone Family. Papers, 1753-1989. Francis Marion University, James A Rogers Library, James A. Rogers Library
referencedIn Green, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1802-1863. Thomas J. Green papers, 1820-1910. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Jefferson Davis collection, Davis, Jefferson collection, 1861-1865 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Sievers, Frederick William, 1872-1966. Papers, 1907-1969. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Papers. United States Military Academy, USMA Library
referencedIn Guerrant, John R., 1865-1930. Papers of John R. Guerrant and the Guerrant family, 1881-1927. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864. Papers, 1851-1968 (bulk 1862-1864). Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Papers, 1835-1869. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Letter to C.W. Custis Lee [manuscript], 1845 December 18. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cowles, Jerry. Jerry Cowles family papers, 1842-1862. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Smithsonian Institution. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1865-1891 Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn United States War Department correspondence and records regarding Indian affairs and activities with Indian nations, 1798-1874. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. Papers, 1792-1935 [bulk, 1865-1870]. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
creatorOf Allan, William, 1837-1889,. Letters in recommendation of M. W. Humphreys [manuscript], 1882. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bailey, William. Papers of William Bailey [manuscript], 1773-1888 (bulk 1800-1888). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Photographs of Confederate officers, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Kilmer, George L. Letters to George L. Kilmer [manuscript], 1880-1882. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Grace Memorial Church (Lexington, Va.). Minutes, 1884 February 4. Washington & Lee University, James G. Leyburn Library
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associatedWith Bailey, William. person
associatedWith Butler-Gunsaulus Collection (University of Chicago. Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Centennial Exhibition (Philadelphia, 1876) corporateBody
correspondedWith Century Company corporateBody
associatedWith Conrad, Robert Young, 1805-1875 person
associatedWith Coster, Robert, person
associatedWith Cowles, Jerry. person
associatedWith Custis-Lee-Mason families. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
correspondedWith Dellenbaugh, Frederick Samuel, 1853-1935 person
associatedWith Dupuy family. family
correspondedWith Gibbs, Wolcott person
associatedWith Grace Memorial Church (Lexington, Va.). corporateBody
associatedWith Green, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1802-1863. person
associatedWith Haislip, R. D. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Hopkins, Johns, 1795-1873 person
associatedWith Howe, James Lewis, 1859-1955. person
associatedWith James Monroe. person
associatedWith Johnstone Family. family
associatedWith Johnston family. family
associatedWith Jones, Charles G., person
associatedWith Kilmer, George L. person
associatedWith Lee, Agnes, 1841-1873 person
associatedWith Lee, Charles Carter, 1798-1871 person
associatedWith Lee family. family
associatedWith Lee family. family
associatedWith Lee, Fitzhugh, 1835-1905. person
associatedWith Lee, Mary Anna Randolph Custis, 1806-1873 person
associatedWith Lee, Robert Edward, 1843-1914. person
associatedWith Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870. person
correspondedWith Longfellow Memorial Association corporateBody
associatedWith McGuire, Hunter, 1835-1900. person
associatedWith Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, collector. corporateBody
associatedWith Monroe, James, 1758-1831 person
associatedWith Owen, Thomas McAdory, 1866-1920. person
associatedWith Pendleton, William Henry K. person
associatedWith Powell family. family
associatedWith Powell Family, family
associatedWith Reid family. family
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
associatedWith Saussy, George Nowlan, 1842-1916. person
associatedWith Sievers, Frederick William, 1872-1966. person
associatedWith Stuart, Jeb, 1833-1864. person
associatedWith Thom, William Taylor, 1849- person
associatedWith Tunstall, Nannie Whitmell. person
associatedWith Turner, W. R. person
associatedWith United States. War Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Ward, Henry A. person
associatedWith Washington And Lee University corporateBody
associatedWith Webb, Alexander S. (Alexander Stewart), 1835-1911. person
associatedWith Westfeldt, Charles Fleetwood. person
associatedWith Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. person
associatedWith White, Frank (Frank E.) person
associatedWith White, Mastin Gentry person
associatedWith William L. Clements Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Wilson, William Lyne, 1843-1900. person
associatedWith Wright, Marcus J. (Marcus Joseph), 1831-1922. person
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African Americans--Virginia--History--19th century
Natural history
Reconstruction--Virginia
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Condolence notes
Women--United States--History- -19th century
Kilpatrick--Dahlgren Raid, 1864
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Birth 1832-09-16

Death 1913-02-18

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