A Guide to the Wise-Ware Family Papers, 1846-1871 Wise Family, Papers, 1846-1871 MS 80.5

A Guide to the Wise-Ware Family Papers, 1846-1871.

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 80.5


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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 80.5
Wise-Ware Family Papers, 1846-1871.
6 items.
Wise family. Ware family. E. H. Levetz. Slater Parkes. Elizabeth Wise. William S. Ware.

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Preferred Citation

Wise-Ware Family Papers, Manuscript MS 80.5, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Gift, 1979.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm M-1585.

Biographical/Historical Information

Whether or not either of these families ever resided in Williamsburg, and if so, for how long, has not been ascertained. Though, it is thought that Elizabeth Wise resided in Williamsburg.

Scope and Content Information

Personal and business papers of the Wise and Ware families. Included among the papers are a letter from Parkes Slater in Williamsburg to William S. Ware concerning the unpaid taxes of his sister, Elizabeth [Ware] Wise; also includes a letter from E. H. Levetz in Williamsburg to Mrs. Wise offering to purchase part of a lot "next to Dick Christian's" owned by her and by Mr. Ware's children; and a letter from W[illiam] S. Ware to his sister, Elizabeth C. Wise, in Williamsburg. Also includes a letter from Elizabeth Wise to Sally [?] mentioning the weddings of Lucy and Sarah Welsh and a trip to Richmond. Business papers include a store account and a tuition receipt.


Chronologically arranged.

Index Terms

    Family Names:

  • Ware family.
  • Wise family.
  • Persons:

  • Levetz, E. H.
  • Parkes, Slater.
  • Wise, Elizabeth.
  • Wise, William S.
  • Subjects:

  • African Americans--Health and hygiene--Virginia.
  • Slaves--Health and hygiene--Virginia.
  • Taxation-- Virginia.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Receipts--Virginia--19th century.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Virginia--Social life and customs--19th century.

Contents List

Letter. Elizabeth Wise to Sally re family, a wedding, and a visit to Richmond to a tavern, November 1846.
Receipt for part of the tuition for Mrs. B. Wise's daughter. Signed by S.M. Allen, 21 December 1854.
Letter. W[illiam] S. Ware, Churchview, Virginia to Elizabeth C. Ware, Williamsburg. Explains that children and slaves are sick, wishes to hear from her and invites her to spend the winter with him, August 1855.
Receipt of Mrs. E[lizabeth] Wise for items purchased from Robert Barnham, March-December 1856.
Letter. Slater Parkes, Williamsburg, to W[illiam] S. Ware re tax payment due, 30 April 1858.
Letter. E.H. Levetz, Williamsburg to Eliz[abeth] Wise re purchase of property owned by Mrs. Wise and [William] Ware, 29 March 1871.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • E. H. Levetz.
  • Elizabeth Wise.
  • Levetz, E. H.
  • Parkes, Slater.
  • Slater Parkes.
  • William S. Ware.
  • Wise, Elizabeth.
  • Wise, William S.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Virginia--Social life and customs--19th century.