A Guide to the George Family Papers 1733-1920 George Family Papers. 24642

A Guide to the George Family Papers, 1733-1920

A Collection in the Library of Virginia
Accession 24642


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession Number
24642
Title
George Family Papers, 1733-1920
Extent
8.66 cubic feet (19 boxes)
Creator
George family
Physical Location
Local government records collection, Acc. 24642
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

George Family Papers, 1733-1920. Accession 24642. City of Richmond Circuit Court Records, Local government records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the City of Richmond Circuit Court, Richmond, Virginia, 20 March 1956


Family History

The George family were prominent residents of Caroline, Henrico, and Middlesex Counties, and the City of Richmond, Virginia. Reuben George (d. 1799) was the son of John George (1704-1784) and his first wife Mary Jordan. Reuben George married Mildred Rogers. He died about November 1799. His son, Byrd George, was born on 17 May 1768. He married first, Mary Garthright, of Henrico County, and second, Catherine Wilson, of Caroline County. He died on 7 December 1836. A son by his second marriage, William Orville George, was born on 28 February 1811. He was a resident of Richmond, and owned a large amount of real estate and dwellings which he rented, and also bought, sold, and hired out slaves. He died in Richmond on 16 August 1869.

Scope and Content Information

Papers, 1733-1920, of the George family of Caroline, Henrico, and Middlesex Counties, and Richmond, Virginia. The majority of the collection concerns Reuben George (d. 1799), his son Byrd George (1768-1836), and his son William O. George (1811-1869). This collection was transferred to the Archives by order of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond.

The correspondence covers the years 1763-1844. Topics covered include business and financial matters, legal issues, including land disputes and debts, and estate administrations. There is a substantial amount of correspondence concerning slaves owned by various members of the George family, including their division upon the deaths of family members, and the hiring out of slaves to individuals in the area. Correspondents include James Baber, Byrd George, James George, Reuben George, William O. George, Ursula George, Mary McHaney, Wilson Cary Nelson, and Achilles Rogers.

Also included in the collection are various official appointments of Reuben George, as well as bonds. A large portion of the papers are business and financial records, containing account books, agreements, powers of attorney, bank books, Confederate bonds, lists of money loaned, Negro hires, slave divisions, slave bills of sale, tobacco purchases and shipments, cancelled checks, and receipts. There is also information relating to the construction of the State Penitentiary in Richmond, covering the years 1798 to 1800, including orders written by the architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764-1820).

Another significant portion of the collection consists of court records, namely those relating to the suit Pilcher v. George, which began in 1869, with the death of William O. George, and continued up until 1920. The suit involved a dispute between the heirs of William O. George, and the settlement of his estate. The papers in the series are copies. The originals remain in the Circuit Court of Richmond.

The ficuciary records and estate papers include accounts, sales, divisions, and receipts relating to the estates of Dabney Garthright, Byrd George, Catherine George, John George Sr., John George, Mary George, Reuben George (d. 1799), Reuben George (d. 1807), Robert George, Beverley Graves, James Isbell, Betty Mickleburrough, Robert Mickleburrough, Achilles Rogers, Reuben Tankersley, Catherine Wilson, and Zachariah Wilson.

The land records contain deeds, both original and copies, land patents, plats, and surveys. The military records include adjutant general's orders, Council orders, militia payrolls, returns, and muster rolls, a copy of the constitution and by-laws of the Richmond Light Dragoons (1848), subscription receipts, and other miscellaneous items.

There are also a number of copies of wills of members of the George family, as well as for individuals for whom they were executors. The individuals include Julius Allen, John Garthright, Byrd George, Reuben George, Daniel Isbell, Nancy Clarke Mayo, Sarah Price, Robert Spear, Reuben Tankersley, Zachariah Wilson, and Nathaniel Young.

The miscellaneous records include clippings, George family genealogical notes, insurance policies, invitations, and promissory notes, as well as other unique items, such as a list of students at the College of William and Mary (1830-1831), a lockgate pass (1801), a lottery ticket from the Medical College of Maryland (n.d.), and a proclamation concerning a runaway slave of John George (1758).

There is also a box of oversized items, including deeds, land patents and grants, a relief subscription list, pardons and oaths of allegiance, patent papers for inventions of William O. George, plats and surveys, and tobacco bills of lading and invoices.

Organization

Series I. Correspondence. Series II. Bonds, Commissions, Oaths. Series III. Business and Financial Records. Series IV. Court Records. Series V. Fiduciary Records and Estate Papers. Series VI. Land Records. Series VII. Military Records. Series VIII. Wills. Series IX. Miscellaneous Records. Series X. Oversized Items.

Contents List

Series I. Correspondence, 1763-1869
  • Box:Folder 1:1-13
    Correspondence, 1763-1844
  • Box:Folder 2:1-15
    Correspondence, 1845-1862
  • Box:Folder 3:1-5
    Correspondence, 1863-1869
  • Box:Folder 3:6
    Correspondence, n.d.
Series II. Bonds, Commissions, Oaths
  • Box:Folder 4:1
    Appointments - Reuben George
  • Box:Folder 4:2
    Bonds
Series III. Business and Financial Records
  • Box:Folder 4:3
    Account Book, 1854-1856
  • Box:Folder 4:4-5
    Account Book, 1855
  • Box:Folder 4:6
    Account Book, 1855-1856
  • Box:Folder 4:7
    Account Book, 1859-1861
  • Box:Folder 4:8-9
    Agreements and Powers of Attorney, 1784-1869
  • Box:Folder 4:10
    Bank Book, 1837
  • Box:Folder 4:11
    Bank Book, 1837-1844
  • Box:Folder 4:12
    Bank Book, 1844-1849
  • Box:Folder 4:13
    Bank Book, 1850-1859
  • Box:Folder 4:14
    Bank Book, 1854-1859
  • Box:Folder 4:15
    Confederate Bonds
  • Box:Folder 4:16
    Exchange Bank Account, 1857-1865
  • Box:Folder 4:17
    Bank Book, 1859-1865
  • Box:Folder 4:18
    Estimates
  • Box:Folder 4:19
    Horse Book, 1854-1855
  • Box:Folder 4:20
    James River Company, 1801
  • Box:Folder 4:21
    James River Cement Works, 1867
  • Box:Folder 4:22
    Lists of Money Loaned
  • Box:Folder 4:23
    Lists of Negro Hires, 1836-1842 and Division of Negroes
  • Box:Folder 4:24
    Negro Hires
  • Box:Folder 4:25
    Notices to Vacate
  • Box:Folder 4:26
    Penitentiary Papers, 1798-1800
  • Box:Folder 4:27
    Slave Bills of Sale
  • Box:Folder 4:28
    Tobacco Purchases
  • Box:Folder 4:29
    Tobacco Shipments, 1756-1770
  • Box:Folder 5:1-21
    Cancelled Checks, 1837-1856
  • Box:Folder 6:1-19
    Cancelled Checks, 1857-1868
  • Box:Folder 7:1-58
    Receipts, 1733-1818
  • Box:Folder 8:1-19
    Receipts, 1827-1840
  • Box:Folder 9:1-14
    Receipts, 1841-1845
  • Box:Folder 10:1-12
    Receipts, 1846-1850
  • Box:Folder 11:1-12
    Receipts, 1851-1855
  • Box:Folder 12:1-12
    Receipts, 1856-1861
  • Box:Folder 13:1-12
    Receipts, 1862-1869
Series IV. Court Records
  • Box:Folder 14:1
    Miscellaneous Suit Papers
  • Box:Folder 14:2-14
    Pilcher v. George, 1869-1877
  • Box:Folder 15:1-11
    Pilcher v. George, 1878-1884, 1892, 1920
  • Box:Folder 15:12-14
    Pilcher v. George, n.d.
  • Box:Folder 15:15
    Exhibit Receipts
Series V. Fiduciary Records and Estate Papers
  • Box:Folder 16:1
    Garthright, Dabney
  • Box:Folder 16:2
    George, Byrd
  • Box:Folder 16:3
    George, Catherine
  • Box:Folder 16:4
    George, John, Sr. (d. 1784)
  • Box:Folder 16:5
    George, John (son of Reuben I)
  • Box:Folder 16:6
    George, Mary
  • Box:Folder 16:7
    George, Reuben (d. 1799)
  • Box:Folder 16:8
    George, Reuben (d. 1807)
  • Box:Folder 16:9
    George, Robert (d. 1775)
  • Box:Folder 16:10
    Graves, Beverly
  • Box:Folder 16:11
    Isbell, James
  • Box:Folder 16:12
    Mickleburrough, Betty
  • Box:Folder 16:13
    Mickleburrough, Robert
  • Box:Folder 16:14
    Rogers, Achilles
  • Box:Folder 16:15
    Tankersley, Reuben
  • Box:Folder 16:16
    Wilson, Catherine
  • Box:Folder 16:17
    Wilson, Zachariah
  • Box:Folder 16:18
    Miscellaneous Estate Papers
Series VI. Land Records
  • Box:Folder 16:19
    Deeds - Byrd George
  • Box:Folder 16:20
    Deeds - John George
  • Box:Folder 16:21
    Deeds - Miles George
  • Box:Folder 16:22
    Deeds - Reuben George
  • Box:Folder 16:23
    Deeds - William O. George
  • Box:Folder 16:24
    Deeds - Miscellaneous Individuals
  • Box:Folder 16:25
    Deeds - Overseers of the Poor, 1788-1790
  • Box:Folder 16:26
    Land Patent (copy)
  • Box:Folder 16:27
    Plats and Surveys
  • Box:Folder 16:28
    Miscellaneous Land Papers
Series VII. Military Records
  • Box:Folder 17:1
    Adjutant General's Orders, 1814
  • Box:Folder 17:2
    Council Orders, 1798-1799
  • Box:Folder 17:3
    Militia Pay Roll, 1862
  • Box:Folder 17:4
    Militia Return, 1812
  • Box:Folder 17:5
    Militia Returns, 1814
  • Box:Folder 17:6
    Militia Returns, n.d.
  • Box:Folder 17:7
    Muster Roll, 1794
  • Box:Folder 17:8
    Muster Rolls, 1814
  • Box:Folder 17:9
    Richmond Light Dragoons - Constitution and By-Laws, 1848
  • Box:Folder 17:10
    Subscription Receipts, 1814
  • Box:Folder 17:11
    Miscellaneous Military Papers, 1781-1814
Series VIII. Wills
  • Box:Folder 17:12
    Allen, Julius
  • Box:Folder 17:13
    Garthright, John
  • Box:Folder 17:14
    George, Byrd
  • Box:Folder 17:15
    George, Reuben
  • Box:Folder 17:16
    Isbel, Daniel
  • Box:Folder 17:17
    Mayo, Nancy Clarke
  • Box:Folder 17:18
    Price, Sarah
  • Box:Folder 17:19
    Spear, Robert
  • Box:Folder 17:20
    Tankersley, Reuben
  • Box:Folder 17:21
    Wilson, Zachariah
  • Box:Folder 17:22
    Young, Nathaniel
Series IX. Miscellaneous Records
  • Box:Folder 18:1
    Auction Catalogue, 1867
  • Box:Folder 18:2-3
    Clippings
  • Box:Folder 18:4
    George Family Genealogical Notes
  • Box:Folder 18:5-6
    Insurance Policies, 1839-1864
  • Box:Folder 18:7
    Invitations
  • Box:Folder 18:8
    Licenses to Operate a Still, 1794, 1795, 1798
  • Box:Folder 18:9
    List of Students at the College of William and Mary, 1830-1831
  • Box:Folder 18:10
    Lockgate Pass, 1801
  • Box:Folder 18:11
    Lottery Ticket - Medical College of Maryland, n.d.
  • Box:Folder 18:12
    Memorandum Book, n.d.
  • Box:Folder 18:13
    Miscellaneous
  • Box:Folder 18:14
    Proclamations re. Runaway Slave of John George, 1758
  • Box:Folder 18:15
    Promissory Notes
  • Box:Folder 18:16
    Wrappers
Series X. Oversize Items
  • Box 19
    Deeds - Byrd George
  • Box 19
    Deeds - Reuben George
  • Box 19
    Deeds - John George
  • Box 19
    Henrico Militia - Relief Subscription List
  • Box 19
    Land Patents and Grants
  • Box 19
    Pardon and Oaths of Allegiance, 1865
  • Box 19
    Patent Papers
  • Box 19
    Plats and Surveys
  • Box 19
    Tobacco Bills of Lading and Invoices, 1756-1762, 1792