A Guide to the Gibson Family Papers, 1775-1938 Gibson family, 1775-1938, Papers of 25342

A Guide to the Gibson family Papers, 1775-1938

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 25342


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
25342
Title
Gibson family Papers, 1775-1938
Physical Characteristics
1.35 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Physical Location
Personal Papers Collection, Acc. 25342
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Gibson family Papers, 1775-1938. Accession 25342, Personal Papers Collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. J. Hampden Chamberlayne, 1 June 1961.


Biographical/Historical Information

Patrick Gibson (d. 1827), the son of George Gibson (d. 1821), of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, was an exporter of cotton and tobacco. He married Elizabeth Sanderson (d. 1811) in 1797 and they had seven children: George Hardy (1797-1798), Josephine Eleanor (1799-1802), George Sanderson (1800-1872), Henry (1802-1843), Mary Elizabeth (1805-1875), Alexander (1808-1872) and Patrick (1809-1868).

In 1813, Patrick married Martha Ann Elizabeth Macmurdo (1792-1867). Martha was the daughter of Charles James Macmurdo (b. 1771) and Elizabeth Selden (1770-1792) of Richmond, Virginia. Martha and Patrick had seven children including Ann Elizabeth (b. 1817) and Churchill Jones (1819-1892). Ann Elizabeth Gibson married Reverend Hobart Bartlett in 1839 and George Gibson in 1856. Charles Jones Gibson attended Bristol College (Pa.), served as a minister in Petersburg, Virginia, and was married to Lucy Fitz Hugh Atkinson.

Scope and Content Information

Papers, 1775-1938, including booklets, correspondence, genealogy, newsclippings, ephemera, and financial materials of the Gibson family of Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. The bulk of the collection consists of family correspondence. The major correspondents are: Patrick Gibson; his wife, Martha Ann Elizabeth Macmurdo Gibson; two of their children, Ann Elizabeth "Bess" Jones Gibson and Churchill Jones Gibson; a cousin, Robert Fitzgerald; Charles James Macmurdo, Churchill Jones and his wife, Martha Selden Jones.

Topics covered in the correspondence pertain to financial affairs, marriages, health, births, deaths, social events, travel, and the education of the children. Of note, are letters from former slaves of Martha Macmurdo Gibson's; correspondence from Patrick Gibson, dated 23 June 1807, concerning the trial of Aaron Burr in Richmond, Virginia; and correspondence regarding secession and the Civil War. Also of note are two lengthy letters from Jubal Early to William Mahone, dated 1871, regarding an article in which negative comments were made about Early, Robert E. Lee, and other Confederate generals, by Mahone. Early's rebuttal letters to Mahone contain very detailed information on several Civil War battles, including Bristoe Station (Va.) and Spotsylvania Court House (Va.).

Also included in the collection are compositions written by Martha Ann Elizabeth Macmurdo Gibson, 1806-1808; military papers of John Hampden Chamberlayne, 1903-1919; poems by John A. Blair, 1809-1813; free negro certificates, 1851-1861; recipes and medicinal cures, 1821-1886. The collection also contains some genealogical information on the Gibson and Macmurdo families, as well as correspondence from 1889 concerning genealogy of the Starke family of Petersburg and Staunton, Virginia.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Oversized folder located in oversize, box 101.

Contents List

Box 1
Folder 1
Booklets, 1827-1871
Box 1
Folder 2
Business cards, nd
Box 1
Folder 3
Compositions, 1806-1808
Box 1
Folder 4
Confederate currency, 1861-1864
Box 1
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1775-1799
Box 1
Folder 6
Correspondence, 1802-1809
Box 1
Folder 7
Correspondence, 1810-1812
Box 1
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1813
Box 1
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1814
Box 1
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1815-1816
Box 1
Folder 11
Correspondence, 1817-1818
Box 1
Folder 12
Correspondence, 1819-1821
Box 1
Folder 13
Correspondence, 1822
Box 1
Folder 14
Correspondence, 1823-1829
Box 1
Folder 15
Correspondence, 1830-1833
Box 2
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1834
Box 2
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1835-1836
Box 2
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1837-1838
Box 2
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1839-1842
Box 2
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1843-1849
Box 2
Folder 6
Correspondence, 1850-1854
Box 2
Folder 7
Correspondence, 1855-1859
Box 2
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1860-1862
Box 2
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1863-1864
Box 2
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1865-1889
Box 2
Folder 11
Correspondence, 1890-1919
Box 2
Folder 12
Correspondence, Churchill Gibson, outgoing to, Ann E. Gibson, nd
Box 2
Folder 13
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, incoming from, Ann E. Gibson, nd
Box 2
Folder 14
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, incoming from, Churchill Gibson, nd
Box 3
Folder 1
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, incoming from, Patrick Gibson, nd
Box 3
Folder 2
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, incoming from, miscellaneous, nd
Box 3
Folder 3
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, outgoing to, Ann E. Gibson, nd
Box 3
Folder 4
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, outgoing to, Patrick Gibson, nd
Box 3
Folder 5
Correspondence, Martha A.E. Gibson, outgoing to Martha Jones, nd
Box 3
Folder 6
Correspondence, Gibson-Macmurdo family, nd
Box 3
Folder 7
Ephemera, 1792-1892
Box 3
Folder 8
Ephemera, nd
Box 3
Folder 9
Financial records, 1859-1862
Box 3
Folder 10
Free negro certificates, 1851-1861
Box 3
Folder 11
Genealogy, nd
Box 3
Folder 12
Inventory notecards, nd
Box 3
Folder 13
Magazines, 1938
Box 3
Folder 14
Military papers, 1903-1919
Box 3
Folder 15
Miscellaneous, 1822-1919
Box 3
Folder 16
Newsclippings, 1884-1912
Box 3
Folder 17
Poems, 1809-1813
Box 3
Folder 18
Recipes and medical remedies, 1821-1886
Box Oversize
Folder 1
Miscellaneous, 1858-1917