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					                                Family History Series
          Eleanor S. Brockenbrough Library of The Museum of the Confederacy

The Family History Collection Series consists of manuscripts and books that pertain to distinct
families and range from the early nineteenth century into the third quarter of the twentieth
century. Included in this collection are civilian correspondence, letters from Confederate
soldiers, and postwar genealogical correspondence. Of special note wartime letters that were
received by a Southern woman from her Northern fiancé in the Coggill-Mitchell Family
Collection, correspondence from the families of such notables as Ambrose Powell Hill and John
Hunt Morgan in the Hill-Hunt-Morgan Family Collection, and a letter from Robert E. Lee in the
Deas-Archer Family Collection.

Bateman Family Collection (MS-991017)
Spanning the years 1847 to 1874, this collection consists primarily of documents that were in the
possession of Charles Bateman of Mississippi. These documents range from store receipts to
county tax receipts to land purchase indentures.
Finding aid is available.

Baughman Family Collection
This collection consists primarily of letters that Charles Christian Baughman (Company F, 21st
Virginia Infantry and the Otey Battery) wrote to his family during the Civil War. The collection
also includes correspondence and other papers from other members of the Baughman family.
Finding aid is available.

Beauchamp-West Family Collection
This collection consists primarily of letters that were written by I. P. “Ike” Beauchamp
(Company H, 20th Mississippi Infantry) and his fiancée Lizzie West from May 1849 until
December 1862. The remainder of the letters were exchanged by various members of the West
family.
Finding aid is available.

Breedin-Coleman Family Collection
The majority of this collection is comprised of wartime letters that were received by Anna
Sherrard Breedin Coleman (the wife of Assistant Surgeon Clayton Glanville Coleman, Jr.) and
her sisters Lucy Breedin and Louise Breedin. The Breedin family lived in Winchester, Virginia.
Finding aid is available.

Bryan Family Collection
This small collection consists primarily of postwar letters that were written by Saint George
Tucker Coalter Bryan (a former member of 2nd Company, Richmond Howitzers) to his cousin
Jane Wallace Bryan. The focus on the correspondence is Jane Wallace Bryan’s husband Henry
Bryan. The genealogical information that is included in this collection pertains not only to the
Bryan family, but also to the Glen, Bourke, Jones, Howard, Wallace, Anderson, Lillie, Breck,
Thomas, Carleton, and Cox families as well.
Finding aid is available.
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Clack-Livingston Family Collection (MS-520101)
This collection consists primarily of transcripts of the correspondence of Robert Livingston
Nicholson of Kansas City, Missouri, from the 1950s. The correspondence may be divided into
three sections: comments on articles in The Kansas City Star, genealogical information, and
correspondence with India Watson Thomas of The Museum of the Confederacy concerning
Nicholson’s donation of the Clack-Livingston Family Collection and quest for additional
information on his family.
Finding aid is available.

Coggill-Mitchell Family Collection (MA-840702; MS-020424)
The majority of this collection is comprised of the letters that Frederick William Coggill of New
York City wrote to his fiancée, Julia Ann Mitchell of Richmond, Virginia. Julia Mitchell
ultimately crossed Union lines to marry Fred Coggill in 1863. At the time, she was still in
mourning for her brother Samuel Demilt Mitchell, who was killed at the battle of Gaines’s Mill
in 1862. Other letters and journals pertain to the Mitchell family.
Finding aid is available.

Cutchin-Hodsden Family Collection (MS-030410)
The items that are included in this collection include wartime correspondence to Mary Virginia
Cutchin Hodsden—primarily from her cousin Josiah F. Cutchin of Company A, 16th Virginia
Infantry—and the postwar reminiscences and ephemera of her husband, Wilfred I. Hodsden, who
served in Company F, 9th Virginia Infantry.
Finding aid is available.

Dabney Family Collection (L-341231)
In 1934, Lucy Jane Dabney compiled a scrapbook of information on her family—most
importantly her father Lieutenant Walter Scates Dabney (1837-1905) of the 2nd Stuart Horse
Artillery—and her own career as the Head of the Spanish Department at Sam Houston State
Teacher’s College in Huntsville, Texas.
Finding aid available.

Deas-Archer Family Collection (MS-870408)
This collection consists of the correspondence of Lavinia Heth Randolph Deas, whose family
included members of the Heth, Lee, Carter, and Randolph families. Most significantly, the
collection contains a letter from Robert E. Lee and correspondence concerning the sale of two of
her slaves. Other items in the collection include calling cards, poetry, recipes, and genealogical
information.
Finding aid is available.

Ellyson-Hotchkiss Family Collection (MA-851208; MS-910614)
This collection consists almost entirely of postwar letters that were written to James Taylor
Ellyson and Lora Effie Hotchkiss Ellyson by their family and friends. Included in the collection
are a letter from Lora Hotchkiss Ellyson’s uncle Jedediah Hotchkiss and correspondence
concerning the death of Varina Howell Davis. Taylor Ellyson was a member of 2nd Company,
Richmond Howitzers during the Civil War and was a postwar
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businessman, politician, and member of a variety of community and national organizations. Lora
Hotchkiss Ellyson was a leader in a variety of Richmond organizations, including The Museum
of the Confederacy.
Finding aid is available.

Finley Family Collection (MS-730102)
Spanning the years 1817 to 1866, the majority of this collection pertains to the family of
Confederate Brigadier General Jesse Johnson Finley’s family business and political career.
Finding aid is available.

Hunt-Morgan-Hill Family Collection (MS-991204)
This collection consists primarily of wartime letters and notes, most of which are condolence
missives that were written to Henrietta Hunt Morgan upon the death of her son, John Hunt
Morgan, in 1864. The collection also contains correspondence and clippings pertaining to the
Hill-MacGill family (descendants of Ambrose Powell Hill), clippings and ephemera of the
Morgan-Hunt family, and correspondence of the Bissette family (descendants of the Morgan
family).
Finding aid is available.

Hunter Family Collection
The sole item in this collection is an eight-page biographical sketch of Confederate Congressman
Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter. The sketch contains a significant amount of genealogical data.
Finding aid is available.

Leake Family Collection
This small collection of letters pertain to the family of Walter Leake of Coal Hill, Goochland
County, Virginia. The collection includes two letters from W. Goddin, of Goddin & Apperson,
of Richmond, Virginia, regarding the estate and slaves of Samuel Leake, but the contents revolve
around Sarah Leake and relatives in the Deitrick and Fisk families. The letters are from the
1850s and the 1870s.
Finding aid is available.

Macgill Family Collection
The focus of this collection is Confederate Surgeon Charles Macgill and his son, Private William
D. Macgill of Company A, 2nd Texas Cavalry and Company C, 1st Maryland Cavalry. The
collection consists of several newspaper clippings—including obituaries—that pertain to the
Macgill family, as well as two receipts from the Confederate Memorial Literary Society’s 1893
Bazaar.
Finding aid is available.

Mason Family Collection
(Reconstruction Collection)
This collection consists of African American freedmen’s papers and a few papers that pertain to
the family of John Young Mason of Southampton County, Virginia. The papers all appear to
relate to the former slaves of the Mason family.
Finding aid is available.
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Moody Family Collection
Including only the years 1863 and 1865, this collection consists of four letters that were written
to V. M. R. Branch of Richmond, Virginia. The first two letters were written in 1863 by Captain
George Vernon Moody of Captain Moody’s Company (Madison Light Artillery) Louisiana
Artillery. The second two were written by his wife, Mary Dickinson Bringhurst Moody.
Finding aid is available.

Morris Family Collection
Although the Morris Family Collection is a part of the Confederate Government, Bureaucracy,
Politics, and Diplomacy Series, many of the items pertain to the Morris family. Dr. William S.
Morris was an important stockholder of the Southern Telegraph Company in Lynchburg,
Virginia. This small set of correspondence consists of letters to Morris from members of his
family, including brother John D., a cavalry officer serving in West Virginia; wife, Page; son, R.
Page; and daughter Mary, written from Lynchburg and “Retreat”; and a letter from Mary Poulen.
Finding aid is available.

Nelson-Overbey Family Collection (MS-971016)
This collection consists primarily of the wartime letters that were sent by Howell Stevens Nelson
to his second wife, Ann Judson (Overbey) Nelson. The collection also includes several prewar
and wartime receipts. Nelson was a private in Company K of the 6th Virginia Infantry.
Finding aid is available.

Nicholls-Clopton Family Collection
Consisting entirely of transcripts, this small collection pertains to several generations of the
Nicholls-Clopton family. Of particular note is the information on John Calhoun Nichols, who
served in both Company C, 26 Georgia Infantry and Company I, 4th Georgia Cavalry. Following
the war, he was a member of the Georgia Senate and the United States House of Representatives.
Finding aid is available.

Pilcher-Wilkinson Family Collection (MS-020419)
This small collection consists of wartime and postwar items that pertain to several soldiers in
disparate military units, including the 9th Virginia Cavalry, the 42nd Battalion Virginia Cavalry,
the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry, and the 47th Virginia Infantry.
Finding aid is available.

Richwood-Cameron Family Collection (MS-981230; MS-990201)
This collection consists primarily of genealogical information on the Richwood, Pope, Jenkins,
Melson, Simmons, and Ellis families that was collected by Ruth May Richwood Cameron. Most
of this information was gathered in the 1950s and 1970s.
Finding aid is available.

Kate Mason Rowland Collection
(Southern Women’s History Series)
Although this collection is a part of the Southern Women’s History Collection Series, many of
the items in this collection pertain to Kate Mason Rowland’s family. This large collection
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consists of Kate Mason Rowland’s notes and writings, correspondence, papers that she kept as
the historian of the Virginia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, clippings, and
scrapbooks, as well as the correspondence of her family members, most notably Emily Virginia
Mason, Catherine A. Rowland, Elizabeth Rowland, and Thomas Rowland.
Finding aid is available.

Seward Family Collection (L-801004)
This small collection consists of a farm account book/diary that was kept by Lewis Bernard
Seward from 1832 until 1846 and a letter that was written by his daughter Sarah Elizabeth
Seward in 1861. Lewis Bernard Seward was the owner of a plantation, “Gales,” in Middlesex
County, Virginia.
Finding aid is available.

Smith-Johnson Family Collection (L-841105)
The focus of this collection is John Taylor Smith, who was a member of the 13th Alabama
Infantry. The letters include prewar letters that he wrote as a college student in Tennessee and
wartime letters that he wrote from Virginia. He was killed at Chancellorsville in 1863. Other
letters and documents in the collection pertain to other members of the family.
Finding aid is available.

Storey Family Collection (977.L-14; MS-040503)
The Storey Family Collection consists of two poems and five letters that Joseph McLester Storey
(18th Georgia Infantry and 43rd Georgia Infantry) wrote to Harriet Eliza “Lizzie” Watson Storey.
The majority of the documents date from the first two years of Storey’s military service. Also
included are several family obituaries.
Finding aid is available.

Sullivan Family Collection (MS-510326; MS-310131)
This collection consists of transcripts of wartime letters that were sent to Algernon Sydney
Sullivan, Mary Mildred Hammond Sullivan, and members of the Hammond family. The most
significant set of transcripts are of letters that were written by Confederate prisoners of war.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Hammond Sullivan were residents of New York
City who were involved with relief efforts to benefit the South following the Civil War.
Finding aid is available.

Surghnor-Joiner Family Collection (MS-980810)
This small collection consists of a letter that was written by Jesse Joiner (whose daughter
married Lloyd Walter Surghnor) in 1857 and an autograph album that was kept by Corrine
Dortch Surghnor from 1885 until 1891. Jesse Joiner was born in Southampton County, Virginia,
and died in Monroe, Louisiana. Corinne Dortch Surghnor was Jesse Joiner’s granddaughter.
Finding aid is available.
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Thom Family Collection
The focus of this small collection is Captain Joseph Pembroke Thom of Company C, 1st Virginia
Infantry Battalion, and his nephew, John DeHart Ross, a professor at Virginia Military Institute
and a member of the 52nd Virginia Infantry. The collection consists of a biographical sketch of
both men.
Finding aid is available.

Thomas Family Collection
The Thomas Family Collection consists solely of an article on the Thomas Family by Ella M.
Thomas that appeared in the February 9, 1928, edition of the Religious Herald. This article
traces the descendants of Robert Thomas, who immigrated from Wales to Colonial Virginia circa
1654.
Finding aid is available.

Tompkins Family Collection (L-791103)
The majority of the letters in this collection were written by Ellen C. Wilkins Tompkins to her
husband Christopher Quarles Tompkins during the Mexican War. Also of significance are the
letters and documents that pertain to Ellen Wilkins Tompkins’s claim that the Union Army
damaged her property in West Virginia during the Civil War. Christopher Quarles Tompkins
was the half-brother of Sally Louisa Tompkins.
Finding aid is available.

Williams Family Collection
The Williams Family Collection consists of three letters, a pass, and a receipt that are related to
the Williams Family of Portsmouth, Virginia. David Edward Williams was a private in
Company K of the 9th Virginia Infantry.
Finding aid is available.

Williams Family Collection (MS-251231)
This collection consists primarily of letters (most of which were written by Martha Custis
Williams Carter) and newspaper clippings that pertain to the death of her brother, William Orton
Williams (Lawrence W. Orton). William Orton Williams and his cousin, Walter Gibson Peter,
were accused of spying for the Confederacy and were executed in 1863.
Finding aid is available.