A Guide to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Collection, 1740-1950 Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Collection 2095

A Guide to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Collection, 1740-1950

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Collection Number 2095


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Repository
Special Collections, James Madison University
Collection number
2095
Title
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Collection 1740-1950
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of approximately 1,700 items, in five Hollinger boxes and one Flat box.
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society Collection, Collection #2095, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was compiled from many boxes of miscellaneous papers placed on deposit at the Library by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.


Scope and Content Information

This collection consists of approximately 1,700 items, in five Hollinger boxes and one Flat box, and covers the dates 1740-1950. The collection is comprised of a very wide variety of legal, governmental, business, school, and church records, as well as personal papers, all primarily from the Central Shenandoah Valley (Rockingham, Shenandoah, Augusta, and Page Counties). Most are originals, but some photocopies are included.

The Legal/Governmental Documents Series includes summonses, road documents, juror lists, delivery bonds, papers from the Sheriff's Office and the Circuit Courts of Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, CSA Telegraph Reports, postal accounts, and miscellaneous other official reports, claims, applications, etc.

The Business/Institutional Documents Series includes church histories and other church documents, school catalogs, slave purchase documents, records of Cootes' Store, and other miscellaneous business papers which are not related to families, such as the merger of the News Register Co. and Rockingham Publishing Co.

The Individual/Family Documents Series contains deeds and indentures; letters; receipts; promissory notes and other financial papers, including those related to family businesses; certificates; and miscellaneous other documents. Of particular interest are the Harrison and Lincoln folders, which include several noteworthy deeds; and the Winfield folder, which includes several items relating to the Civil War.

Arrangement

Documents are arranged chronologically within folders, except in the Miscellaneous folders of the Individual/Family series, where they are filed alphabetically.

Contents List

Series: 1: Legal/Governmental Documents
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Account book, J. H. Shue, Clerk of Circuit Ct. 1875-1881
    1 item
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Applications to create voting precincts 1922
    2 items.
  • Box-folder 1:3
    Applications for soft-drink licenses 1916-1931
    78 items.
  • Box-folder 1:4
    Appointments to office 1876-1887
    7 items.
  • Box-folder 1:5
    Arrest warrants 1890-1920
    6 items.
  • Box-folder 1:6
    Articles of agreement, 1861 Militia draft substitute agreement 1821-1894
    11 items.
  • Box-folder 1:7
    Black voters, Rockingham County 1902-1903
    1 item.
  • Box-folder 1:7.5
    Civilian Defense, 1941-1944, 1 item.
  • Box-folder 1:8
    Complaints of illegal sales of poison 1906-1907
    14 items.
  • Box-folder 1:9
    Complaints to the court. One document deals with a Negro escaping from jail 1778-1825
    5 items.
  • Box-folder 1:10
    Court Actions: court decisions and grand jury presentments 1779-1879
    5 items.
  • Box-folder 1:11
    Courthouse and Public Square; papers dealing with the building of a new courthouse 1832-1838
    12 items.
  • Box-folder 1:12
    Court Petitions 1798-1899
    5 items.
  • Box-folder 1:13
    CSA Military telegraph reports, 1864 , 2 items.
  • Box-folder 1:14
    Debt contracts, 1797-1907, 19 items.
  • Box-folder 1:15
    Delivery bonds, 1844-1893, 90 items.
  • Box-folder 1:16
    Inquests, 1790-1823, 10 items.
  • Box-folder 1:17
    Jail: Reports on the condition of the jail 1824-1916
    3 items.
  • Box-folder 1:18
    Juror lists. See also Oversize Series. 1871-1902, 63 items.
  • Box-folder 1:19
    Lawsuit: Haga vs. Bradley. Article of agreement and depositions concerning this lawsuit. 1829-1835
    13 items.
  • Box-folder 1:20
    Licenses: to sell merchandise, keep private entertainment, practice as physician or attorney, operate as daguerrian artist, 1929 list of stills. 1760-1929
    53 items.
  • Box-folder 1:21
    Oaths of office 1779-1893
    7 items.
  • Box-folder 1:22
    Pleas of the Commonwealth 1855-1860
    7 items.
  • Box-folder 1:23
    Postal accounts, Parnassus, Va. 1875-1881
    25 items.
  • Box-folder 2:1
    Prohibition petition 1914
    1 item.
  • Box-folder 2:2
    Promises to pay 1817-1910
    28 items.
  • Box-folder 2:3
    Receipts & applications for business charters 1875-1903
    51 items.
  • Box-folder 2:4
    Records & claims against estates 1792-1890
    9 items.
  • Box-folder 2:5
    Recognizance bonds 1883-1889
    50 items.
  • Box-folder 2:6
    Recognizance bonds, promises to keep the peace 1890-1897
    77 items.
  • Box-folder 2:7
    Road documents. See also Oversize Series. 1793-1927
    57 items.
  • Box-folder 2:8
    Summonses and subpoenas 1801-1930
    36 items.
  • Box-folder 2:9
    Tax Data. See also Oversize Series. 1801-1861
    4 items.
  • Box-folder 2:10
    Miscellaneous legal documents: Claims, judgments of court, deposition notice, program from dedication ceremony of W.G. Myers Armory. 1797-1954
    4 items.
Series: 2: Business/Institutional Documents
  • Box-folder 2:11
    C & W Railroad Company. See also Oversize Series. 1895
    3 items
  • Box-folder 2:12
    Cootes' Store: legal & financial records 1857-1923.
  • Box-folder 2:12.5
    Cootes' Store Horse Co. ledger 1911.
  • Box-folder 2:13
    Cootes' Store: charges receipts 1839-1898.
  • Box-folder 2:14
    Cootes' Store: Post office records 1866-1895.
  • Box-folder 2:15
    Cootes' Store: Bark business 1890-1892.
  • Box-folder 2:16
    Currency: Bills issued from banks and counties. 1860-1861
    2 items.
  • Box-folder 2:16.3
    Gilbert, Felix. Extracts by Warren Skidmore from Account book 1768-9.
  • Box-folder 2:16.5
    Harrisonburg Chamber of Commerce 1925-1944.
  • Box-folder 2:17
    Mossy Creek Iron Works 1801
    1 item.
  • Box-folder 2:18
    Rawley Springs Tonic Water Co. 1896
    3 items.
  • Box-folder 2:18.5
    River Bank Bridge Co. 1867
    3 items.
  • Box-folder 2:18.7
    Rockingham Thespian Society 1866
    1 item.
  • Box-folder 2:19
    Telephone companies: Receipts from Harrisonburg Mutual Telephone Co.; by-laws of Page Co. Telephone Company. 1902-1904
    3 items.
  • Box-folder 2:20
    General Church documents: Contains und. TM "Some Old Churches of R'ham & Neighboring Counties" by Ruebush & Wayland; M.E. Church S., R'ham Dist. Steward's Bk. 1884; 1911 R'ham Sunday Sch. Assn. Constitution; [Peaked Mtn. Church] list, 1920. 1884-1920 & und.
    4 items.
  • Box-folder 3:1
    Trustees and officers of churches 1875-1918.
  • Box-folder 3:2
    Church histories and directories, 1927-1950: Cook's Creek Pres. Church, 2 booklets, 1927, 1951; Hebrew Friendship congregation, booklet 1952, TM [1950?]; Methodist Church of Dayton, booklet 1951; Mt. Hebron, booklet 1950; Port Republic Methodist Church, booklet 1957; New St. Stephen's Reformed Church, booklet 1941; Trissels Mennonite Congregation, TM 1950.
  • Box-folder 3:3
    School documents: Catalogs from Girls' Home School, Prospectus for Industrial School at Massanetta Springs, Program from McGaheysville H.S., Teacher's District Meeting, Timberville, 1908 program. 1889-1926
    5 items.
  • Box-folder 3:4
    Mossy Creek Academy Lists of subscribers, Constitution (with transcription). [1850?]
    5 items.
  • Box-folder 3:5
    Slave Purchase Documents 1794-1825
    3 items.
  • Box-folder 3:6
    Miscellaneous business documents: 1901 timber contract; 1816 & other sale notices; 1843 Elk Run tentholders agreement; subscription form, Golden Horseshoe Tavern, Elkton; 1855 R'ham Mutual Fire Ins. Co. policy for A. Sprinkel; 1913 (?) merger of News Register Co. & R'ham Pub. Co., Account with J.P. Houck; Minutebook of Weyers Cave Telephone Exchange, 1898-1952. 1816-1919
    10 items.
  • Subseries: A: Individual Families
    • Box-folder 3:Bas-1
      Basford, Thomas. Includes summonses, tax data, and business accounts. 1868-1874
      8 items
    • Box-folder 3:Con-1
      Conrad, Edward. Contains deeds & plat for downtown Harrisonburg; other deeds; & receipt for Valley Telephone Co. shares. See also Folder Con-1 Oversize. 1895-1908
      12 items
    • Box-folder 3:Cra-1
      Crawford, William. Contains tax information. 1867-1877
      13 items
    • Box-folder 3:Eve-1
      Eversole Family. Contains letters; road tax toll; RR stock receipts; & misc. 1832-1879
      70 items
    • Box-folder 3:Gai-1
      Gaither Family. 1834-1907
      25 items
    • Box-folder 3:Gar-1
      Garber Family. Includes tax data, muster fines, tax paper for the Confederacy, and receipts from shares of stock. 1834-1886
      5 items
    • Box-folder 3:Gib-1
      Gibbons Family. Contains letters written by Mary Gibbons, including 1 dated 20 Jn 1862 describing battles of Pt. Republic & Cross Keys. 1838-1895
      17 items
    • Box-folder 3:Har-1
      Harrison Family. Includes an indenture that transferred land from T. Harrison to Rockingham County for a courthouse. 1779-1831
      3 items
    • Box-folder 3:Har-2
      Harnsbarger Family. Indentures, surveys. 1815-1824
      6 items
    • Box-folder 3:Kem-1
      Kemper Family. Letters, mostly written to Fanny Kemper before Civil War. 1843-1862
      34 items
    • Box-folder 3:Kit-1
      Kite, Joesph H. Bankruptcy papers. 1873-1875
      30 items
    • Box-folder 3:Koo-1
      Koontz, John. Includes 1812 grant to land where Koontz built the house later occupied by Lincolns. See also Oversize Series. 1805-1832
      24 items
    • Box-folder 3:Lin-1
      Lincoln Family. Includes land indentures and typescript of genealogy. See also Oversize Series. 1780-1831
      6 items
    • Box-folder 3:Mar-1
      Martz Family. Business letters from E. R. Shue, F. H. Bowman, etc. and letter to Hiram Martz commenting on politics and the recent elections. 1840-1914
      31 items
    • Box-folder 3:McG-1
      McGahey Family. Letters, deed, survey, & appraisal of estate of Tobias R. McGahey, 1845; blacksmithing accounts; 1862 note from John Letcher; 1884 note from J.R. Jones; churn patents, & misc. 1809-1944
      45 items
    • Box-folder 4:Mil-1
      Miller Family. 1837-1882
      6 items
    • Box-folder 4:Mor-1
      Morrison Family. 1876-1898
      12 items
    • Box-folder 4:Nic-1
      Nicholas Family. See also Oversize Series. 1839-1843
      5 items
    • Box-folder 4:Reh-1
      Reherd, William, 1834-1881
      17 items
    • Box-folder 4:Rol-1
      Roller, John Edwin. Letters; descr. of military drill; tax receipts & other business papers. 1846-1908
      55 items
    • Box-folder 4:Sen-1
      Senger, Daniel. 1899-1905
      5 items
    • Box-folder 4:Sha-1
      Shacklett Family. Letters. 1834-1872
      65 items
    • Box-folder 4:Sha-2
      Shacklett & Gibbons. Invoices. 1855-1858
      16 items
    • Box-folder 4:Sha-3
      Shacklett & Others. Invoices. 1827-1888
      57 items
    • Box-folder 4:Sho-1
      Showalter, Jacob. Includes 1840 indenture of John Showalter; other docs. relevant to estate of Jacob. 1826-1876
      31 items
    • Box-folder 4:Shu-1
      Shue, J. H. 3 Confederate bills; docs. relating to Shue estate. 1864-1886
      15 items
    • Box-folder 4:Spa-1
      Spader, John, and relatives. Deeds, loan bonds. 1866-1917
      Ca. 12 items
    • Box-folder 4:Win-1
      Winfield Family. Includes many documents relating to the Civil War, business documents, indenture for servitude of a free boy of color. 1823-1944
      37 items
    • Box-folder 4:Zir-1
      Zirkle, Crawford. 1865-1876
      11 items
  • Subseries: B: Misceallaneous. Families
    • Box-folder 4:A-C
    • Box-folder 4:D-G
    • Box-folder 5:H-K
    • Box-folder 5:L-Q
    • Box-folder 5:R-Z
Series: 4: Oversize
  • Subseries: A Legal/Governmental Documents.
    • Flax Box 1:1
      Assessments of clerks of the Court 1880-1914
      100 items.
    • Flax Box 1:2
      Public road papers 1794-ca.1870
      4 items.
    • Flax Box 1:3
      Reports of business of the Courts 1883-1914
      30 items.
    • Flax Box 1:4
      Tax Data 1833
      1 item.
    • Flax Box 1:5
      Miscellaneous legal documents: Juror list, list of Rockingham County officers; lists of county pensioners 1920, '21. 1874-1921
      3 items.
  • Subseries: B: Business/Institutional Documents
    • Flax Box 1:6
      C & W Railroad Company (1 page from Bridgewater Herald Sept. 14, 1895) 1895
      1 item.
    • Flax Box 1:7
      Church documents 1794
      2 items.
  • Subseries: C: Individual/Family Documents
    • Flax Box 1:8
      A-G
    • Flax Box 1:9
      H-K
    • Flax Box 1:10
      L-R
    • Flax Box 1:11
      S-Z
    • Flax Box 1:Con-1
      Physical Location: Oversize
  • Subseries: D: Maps, miscellaneous
    • Flax Box 1:12
      Plat of Hall lands, Harrisonburg. 1883
      1 item.
    • Flax Box 1:13
      Himmelsbrief, Rockingham County ca. 1800
      1 item.