A Guide to the Burwell Family Papers, 1736-1786 Burwell Family, Papers, 1736-1810 MS 64.4

A Guide to the Burwell Family Papers, 1736-1810

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the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 64.4


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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 64.4
Title
Burwell Family Papers, 1736-1786, 1736-1810.
Extent
15 items.
Creators
Burwell family. Carter Burwell, 1716-1756. Nathaniel Burwell, 1750-1814.
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Burwell Family Papers, Manuscript MS 64.4, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1964.

Alternative Form

All but the printed materials are available on microfilm M-1557, and M-1558. Some items are available in transcription TR/06 and TR/59.


Biographical/Historical Information

Carter Burwell of James City County studied at the College of William and Mary in 1734. He married Lucy Ludwell Grymes.

Nathaniel Burwell, born in 1750, was the son of Carter and Lucy Burwell. He inherited Carter's Grove but moved to Clark County in the Shenandoah Valley where he built and lived in Carter Hall. He married Susanna Grymes in 1772. She bore him eight children before her death in 1788. After Susanna's death, Burwell married Lucy Page Baylor who also bore him eight children. He died in 1814.

Scope and Content Information

Account books kept by Carter Burwell (1716-1756) and his son, Nathaniel Burwell (1750-1814), for their plantation, Carter's Grove, James City County, Va. One account book contains accounts of their neighbor, James Bray (d. 1744), who ran a tannery and shoemaking shop at his plantation; others contain accounts for the building of Carter's Grove. Also, a Book of Common Prayer and a Bible owned by Carter Burwell and four stud horse advertisements and an equine poster concerning the pedigree and performance of the "late Eclipse."

Accounts include the names of James Anderson, Gov. Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, John Bracken, Mrs. Ann Burwell, Armistead Burwell, John Carter, George Charleton, Josiah Chowning, Mrs. Davenport, Dr. John Minson Galt, William Gooch, Philip Grymes, Matthew Hubbard, William Moody, Hugh Nelson, John Norton, Dr. William Pasteur, Dr. John de Sequeyra, Richard Taliaferro, William Trebell, Robert Waller, Henry Wetherburn, Thomas Wharton, Ralph Wormeley, and many others.

Index Terms

    Family Names:

  • Burwell family.
  • Persons:

  • Anderson, James, ca. 1740-1809.
  • Botetourt, Norborne Berkeley, Baron de, ca. 1718-1770.
  • Bracken, John, d. 1818.
  • Burwell, Armistead.
  • Burwell, Carter, 1716- 1756.
  • Burwell, Ann.
  • Burwell, Nathaniel, 1750-1814.
  • Carter, John.
  • Charleton, George.
  • Chowning, Josiah, d. 1772.
  • Davenport, Mrs.
  • De Sequeyra, John, 1712-1795.
  • Galt, John M., 1744-1808.
  • Gooch, William, Sir, 1681- 1751.
  • Grymes, Philip.
  • Hubbard, Matthew
  • Moody, William.
  • Nelson, Hugh.
  • Norton, John 1719-1777.
  • Pasteur, William, d. 1791.
  • Taliaferro, Richard, d. ca. 1789.
  • Trebell, William, d. 1789.
  • Waller, Robert.
  • Wetherburn, Henry, d. 1760.
  • Wharton, Thomas, ca. 1712-ca. 1748.
  • Wormeley, Ralph, 1715- 1790.
  • Subjects:

  • Horses--Breeding.
  • Plantations--Virginia--James City County.
  • Shoemakers--Virginia.
  • Tanning--Virginia.
  • Architecture, Colonial--Virginia--James City County.
  • Horse shows--Virginia.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Ledgers (account books)--Virginia--James City County--19th century.
  • Obituaries-- Virginia--19th century.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Carter's Grove (Va.)

Contents List

Oversize 1X
"The Pedigree, performance, and produce, of the famous running horse, Eclipse," 1791.
1 printed page.

Brief biography of Eclipse, a famous race horse once owned by William, Duke of Cumberland. Printed by J. Jones, Chapel-Street, Soho.

Folder 1
"Telemachus," 29 Mar 1810.
1 printed page.

Stud advertisement for Telemachus a horse owned by Beverly Whiting and kept at Bullskin, four miles from Charles-Town.

Folder 1
"The Celebrated English stallion, Buzzard," Mar 1805.

Stud advertisement for the race horse Buzzard, owned by Nathaniel Rives on the Nottoway River in Greensville County. Advertisement was printed by Dickson and Pescud, Printers, Petersburg.

Folder 2
"An account of Mr. Carter Burwell's Apparel, etc., etc.," [1756]

List of Mr. Burwell's clothes contained in two trunks, with valuation.

Folder 2
Obituary of Mrs. Lucy Burwell, [1843]
1 page.

Written by Mr. John Hay.

Oversize 1X
Newspaper clippings, 1843-1873 and n.d.
5 newspaper clippings mounted on one sheet.

Includes two wedding announcements and three obituaries. The wedding announcements are for Rosalie Lisle Wheat and John Townsend Burwell. The obituaries are for George H. Burwell, Francis B. Whiting and Nathaniel Burwell.

Folder 2
"Carter's Grove sold."

Newspaper clipping concerning the sale of Carter's Grove by Dr. E. G. Booth to Mr. T. C. Bislord.

Folder 2
Envelope: "Obituaries of Col. Nathaniel Burwell of Carter Hall and Lucy Burwell, his wife.
Folder 2
Envelope: "Grand mother's obituary lent me by cousins Mary Blair and Lucy Whiting. Belle Mayo.
Oversize 2X
"The famous high blooded English horse Hambleton," 1807.
1 printed page.

Stud advertisement for Hambleton. Printed by W. G. Lyford in Staunton.

Oversize 2X
"The noted and much admired English horse Knowsley," 1807.
1 printed page.

Stud advertisement for Knowsley. Printed by Samuel Pleasants, Jr. in Richmond.

Obituary of Francis B. Whiting, 1867.
Folder: 3
Newspaper clipping.

Removed from Book of common prayer.

Folder 3
Births.
Printed form with manuscript insertions.

List of Whiting family births. Includes information for Francis B. Whiting, his wife Mary Burwell Whiting, and Francis b. Whiting, Jr. Removed from the Book of common prayer.

Folder 3
Note, 1886.
2 pages.

Note by Robert Carter Randolph concerning the provenance of the Book of Common Prayer. Removed from the Book of common prayer.

Oversize 1X
Ledger, 1736-1746.
Oversize 1X
Ledger, 1738-1753.
Oversize 1X
Ledger, 1764-1776.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Anderson, James, ca. 1740-1809.
  • Botetourt, Norborne Berkeley, Baron de, ca. 1718-1770.
  • Bracken, John, d. 1818.
  • Burwell, Armistead.
  • Burwell, Carter, 1716- 1756.
  • Burwell, Ann.
  • Burwell, Nathaniel, 1750-1814.
  • Carter Burwell, 1716-1756.
  • Carter, John.
  • Charleton, George.
  • Chowning, Josiah, d. 1772.
  • Davenport, Mrs.
  • De Sequeyra, John, 1712-1795.
  • Galt, John M., 1744-1808.
  • Gooch, William, Sir, 1681- 1751.
  • Grymes, Philip.
  • Hubbard, Matthew
  • Moody, William.
  • Nathaniel Burwell, 1750-1814.
  • Nelson, Hugh.
  • Norton, John 1719-1777.
  • Pasteur, William, d. 1791.
  • Taliaferro, Richard, d. ca. 1789.
  • Trebell, William, d. 1789.
  • Waller, Robert.
  • Wetherburn, Henry, d. 1760.
  • Wharton, Thomas, ca. 1712-ca. 1748.
  • Wormeley, Ralph, 1715- 1790.