Collection, 1650-1989.


Shirley Plantation (Va.). Collection, 1650-1989.

Collection, 1650-1989.

Plantation and family papers (1650-1989) of the Carter family of Shirley Plantation on the James River in Charles City County, Virginia. Collection consists of land matters; the papers of Dr. Robert Carter with mention of slavery, wigs, and agriculture; the journals, accounts, receipts, and personal papers (1816-1875) of Hill Carter; his wife Mary B. Carter; his son Robert R. Carter; daughter-in-law, Louise H. Carter; grandchildren, Alice Carter Bransford, and Marion Carter Oliver; and James H. Oliver. Included are accounts with merchants and tradesmen in Richmond and Petersburg (1816-1920); the Randolph estate at Norwood; the construction of Upper Shirley; the will of Charles Carter; letters of George Washington, Bishop James Madison, Frederic E. Church, Robert E. Lee, and Mary Custis Lee; Civil War papers, including orders from Jefferson Davis, a memoir of the war, and letters of Benjamin Butler and George McClellan; naval journals and letters of Robert C. Carter in the Orient, South America, and the Arctic (1843-1865), Hill Carter on the "Peacock" (1814), and James H. Oliver, who served 40 years in the Navy, including duty as first Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands. Also includes spiritual advice essays (1848-1851) of Rev. N.A. Okeson to Mary B. Carter concerning slavery, adultery, and morality, along with Landonia Randolph's lawsuit to regain ownership of slaves. Material related to slavery includes bills of sale, blankets and food lists, medical accounts, lists of dead from a 1849 cholera epidemic, and runaway slaves. Also includes several personal diaries (1870-1939), writings, genealogy and art work.

ca. 18,000 items and 97 v. + ca. 1000 books.

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