A Guide to the Silas Omohundro Business and Estate Records, 1842-1882 Omohundro, Silas, Business and Estate records, 1842-1882 29642

A Guide to the Silas Omohundro Business and Estate Records, 1842-1882

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the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 29642


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
29642
Title
Silas Omohundro Business and Estate records, 1842-1882
Physical Characteristics
0.45 cu. ft. and 1 microfilm reel (Misc. reel 1315)
Physical Location
Business records collection, Acc. 29642
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Silas Omohundro. Business and Estate records, 1842-1882. Accession 29642, Business records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

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Biographical Information

Silas Omohundro (1807-1864) was the son of Richard Omohundro of Fluvanna County, Virginia. By 1850, Silas had moved to Richmond where he was the operator of a private jail in Richmond and a slave trader. Additional information on the Omohundro family can be found in The Omohundro Genealogical Record: The Omohundros and Allied Familes in America by Malvern H. Omohundro.

Scope and Content Information

This accession consists of seven volumes and 45 items concerning Silas Omohundro and his estate. The volumes include: "Day Book" of Richard Cooper, 1842-1871; "Farmers Bank of Virginia with Silas Omohundro," 1847-1859; "Putney & Watts with Farmers Bank of Virginia," 1857-1862; "Money Paid Out and Received, No. 1," 1851-1877 (available on Misc. reel 1315); "Market and General Account Book," 1858-1864; "Oak Nole" Farm Account Book, 1858-1877; and "Cash Paid Out" by Richard Cooper, 1860-1882. Also includes a copy of Omohundro's will, some accounts, receipts, and correspondence, a drawing, and an insurance policy. This collection includes records relating to Omohundro's involvment in the slave trade, and provides insight to daily life and expenses.

Contents List

Folder 1
"Day Book" of Richard Cooper, 1842-1871
1 volume (15 p.), incomplete
Contains entries for planking, corn, and bacon, and receipts for executions.
Folder 2
"Farmers Bank of Virginia with Silas Omohundro," 1847-1859
1 volume (200 p.)
This volume is a bank balance book.
Folder 3
"Putney & Watts with Farmers Bank of Virginia," 1857-1862
1 volume (40 p.)
This volume is a bank balance book. Stephen Putney and William K. Watts were wholesale dealers in boots, shoes, and trunks. No association with Omohundro or Cooper has been established.
Misc. reel 1315
"Money Paid Out and Received, No. 1," 1851-1877
1 volume (265 p.)
Includes Omohundro's boarding charges for slaves, with some records of sales, 1851-1864 (pp.1-150); Cash received and paid out, 1864 (pp.152-155); accounts of Richard Cooper as executor, including copies of reports submitted to the Richmond City Chancery Court, 1864-1877 (pp.156-265)
Folder 5
"Market and General Account Book," 1858-1864
1 volume (130 p.)
Contains Omohundro's entries for household expenses, property rental and insurance, medical expenses, fees for newspaper notices of runaway slaves, etc.
Folder 6
"Oak Nole" Farm Account Book, 1858-1877
1 volume (50 p.)
Contains accounts of expenses of farm on Harvey's Road, bought by Omohundro from William W. Crump. Includes list of slaves sold for J.H. Pleasants, 1860, accounts of vegetables sold at market, milk bills, and an 1877 account of Taylor Marshall with Richard Cooper.
Folder 7
"Cash Paid Out" by Richard Cooper, 1860-1882
1 volume (5 p.)
Contains incomplete records of payments made by Cooper as executor of Omohundro's estate. At the end of the volume appears an 1860 account of Omohundro with L. E. Smith.
Folder 8
Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1848-1885
45 items.
Includes receipts, accounts, and correspondence of Omohundro and Cooper. Included are receipts for the purchase of four slaves by Cooper, a memorandum signed by Corinna Omohundro regarding the slaves purchased by Cooper, and an 1859 application of Cooper for insurance on property in Fauquier County with the Southern Insurance Protection Company of Alexandria, Virginia.
Folder 9
Will of Silas Omohundro (copy), 16 Mar. 1864