Walker family papers [manuscript] 1753-1873 (bulk 1816-1853).


Barbour, James, 1775-1842. Walker family papers [manuscript] 1753-1873 (bulk 1816-1853).

Walker family papers [manuscript] 1753-1873 (bulk 1816-1853).

The collection pertains to Alexander Walker, a merchant, mill owner and militia captain, his siblings and five generations of descendants, and includes correspondence, business and legal papers, memoirs, autographs, military documents, poems and ledgers. Much of the correspondence is between Alexander and his brother John who immigrated to Missouri. There are also Civil War letters of Sam A. Walker, 14th Virginia Cavalry. In addition to family news, topics include early settlement,land speculation, and politics in Missouri; Virginia politics; emigration to Tennessee; commerce; epidemics; slavery and emancipation; and the Civil War. There are also letters concerning ironworks in Rockbridge County, Va., and the California gold rush. Business and legal papers contain documents re slave sales and hirings, and a Confederate "tax in kind" form, as well as items pertaining to John Walker's will; insurance; Snicker's Gap Turnpike Company; and the James River and Kanawha Company. A series of land grants signed by early Virginia and Kentucky governors including James Monroe and John Tyler and autographs of prominent Virginia figures are also present. The collection also contains a small group of Virginia military papers; some printed and miscellaneous papers including a pamphlet regarding the Freedman's Bank Swindle and a notice re an auction of Alexander Stuart's land and slaves; ledgers and an account book of Walker family members which contain genealogical information; and a statement of the Graham Society of Washington College.

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