A Guide to the Powell-Drewry Family Papers, 1828-1934 Powell-Drewry Family Papers, 1828-1934 37124, 37775, 42550

A Guide to the Powell-Drewry Family Papers, 1828-1934;

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 37124, 37775, 42550


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Repository
Library of Virginia
Accession number
37124, 37775, 42550
Title
Powell-Drewry Family Papers, 1828-1934
Physical Characteristics
1.8 cubic feet
Creator
Powell-Drewry Families
Physical Location
Personal papers collection, Acc. 37124
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Powell-Drewry Family Papers, 1828-1934. Accession 37124, 37775, and 42550, Personal papers collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1 February 2000 and 31 October 2000.


Biographical/Historical Information

The Powell family were prominent residents of Henrico County, Virginia. Dr. John Norment Powell (1804-1874) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He married Mary Catherine Wright (1824-1885), also of Westmoreland County, on 1 February 1842 in Richmond County, Virginia. Afterwards, they resided at "Melrose," in Henrico County, northwest of Richmond, Virginia. They had three children: Junius Levert Powell (1843-1925), John J.A. Powell (1846-1930), and Blanche Norment Powell (1849-1909). Blanche married John William Drewry (d. 1873) on 7 November 1867. They had three children: William Powell Drewry (1868-1912), Mary Katherine Drewry (1870-1934), and Mildred Lee Drewry (b. 1872).

Scope and Content Information

Papers, 1828-1934 (bulk 1860-1885), of the Powell and Drewry families of Fluvanna and Henrico Counties, and Richmond, Virginia. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1860 to 1885. The collection consists mainly of letters to Blanche Norment Powell Drewry (1849-1909), as well as Bible records, genealogical notes, clippings, a list of slaves, a portion of a diary, and a scrapbook.

The majority of this collection are letters written by various members of the Powell and Drewry families to Blanche N. Drewry. Correspondents include Charlotte Drewry Coalter, Augustus Henry Drewry, Clay Drewry, John William Drewry, William Powell Drewry, Sue T. Mayo, Annie S. Powell, John Norment Powell, Junius Levert Powell, Mary C. Powell, Rupert Powell, Ellen D. Smith, Maria L. Smith, Mary M. Smith, Clara M. Tuggle, and Elizabeth M. Walker.

Subjects covered in the early letters include Blanche's education at St. Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Petersburg Female College in Petersburg, Virginia. There are a number of letters from her parents giving her encouragement and advice on schoolwork, manners, and habits, and expressing their concern over her health, as well as safety during the Civil War. Much of the correspondence details events of the war, including battles fought, troop movements, personal opinions, deaths of relatives and acquaintances who served, as well as her brother Junius' service in the Signal Corps. The post-war correspondence includes family news, births, marriages, and deaths of friends and acquaintances, social news, letters of sympathy concerning the deaths of her husband and her mother, and information on Junius Powell's service in the U.S. Army.

Also included are copies of Bible records of the Bronaugh and Drewry families, a copy of the will of Mary C. Powell, a copy of a list of slaves belonging to Dr. John N. Powell in 1861, a copy of a portion of a diary kept by Blanche N. Drewry covering the period 14 January through 3 February 1862, genealogical notes on the Bronaugh family, clippings, obituaries, and a small scrapbook.

Accession 37775 includes fourteen letters covering the years 1862 to 1864, envelopes, two receipts, and clippings. Also includes a plantation journal, 1862-1868, belonging to Mary C. Powell containing receipts, inventories of household goods and clothing, poetry, and clippings. This accession has been interfiled into Accession 37124.

Arrangement

Arranged into the following two series: I. Letters, 1828-1934, n.d.; II. Miscellaneous Papers.

Contents List

Series I: Letters, 1828-1934, n.d.
Box: 1-3

Dated letters are arranged chronologically. Undated letters are arranged alphabetically by last name of author.

  • Box 1
    Folder 1
    1828-1859
  • Box 1
    Folder 2
    1860
  • Box 1
    Folder 3
    1861
  • Box 1
    Folder 4
    1862
  • Box 1
    Folder 5
    1863
  • Box 1
    Folder 6
    1864 (January-May)
  • Box 1
    Folder 7
    1864 (June-December)
  • Box 1
    Folder 8
    1865
  • Box 1
    Folder 9
    1866 (January-April)
  • Box 1
    Folder 10
    1866 (May-September)
  • Box 1
    Folder 11
    1866 (October-December)
  • Box 2
    Folder 1
    1867 (January-April)
  • Box 2
    Folder 2
    1867 (May-August)
  • Box 2
    Folder 3
    1867 (September-December)
  • Box 2
    Folder 4
    1868
  • Box 2
    Folder 5
    1869
  • Box 2
    Folder 6
    1870
  • Box 2
    Folder 7
    1871
  • Box 2
    Folder 8
    1872
  • Box 2
    Folder 9
    1873
  • Box 2
    Folder 10
    1874
  • Box 2
    Folder 11
    1875
  • Box 2
    Folder 12
    1876
  • Box 2
    Folder 13
    1877 (January-June)
  • Box 2
    Folder 14
    1877 (July-December)
  • Box 2
    Folder 15
    1878
  • Box 2
    Folder 16
    1879
  • Box 3
    Folder 1
    1880-1884
  • Box 3
    Folder 2
    1885 (February)
  • Box 3
    Folder 3
    1885 (March)
  • Box 3
    Folder 4
    1886-1899
  • Box 3
    Folder 5
    1900-1905
  • Box 3
    Folder 6
    1906-1907
  • Box 3
    Folder 7
    1908-1909
  • Box 3
    Folder 8
    1910-1915, 1934
  • Box 3
    Folder 9
    Drewry, John William, n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 10
    Drewry, Mary Harrison, n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 11
    Mayo, Sue T., n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 12
    Powell, Dr. John Norment, n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 13
    Powell, Dr. Junius Levert, n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 14
    Powell, Mary C., n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 15
    Smith, Ellen D., n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 16
    Smith, Maria L., n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 17
    Smith, Mary M., n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 18
    Tuggle, Clara M., n.d.
  • Box 3
    Folder 19
    Various Individuals, n.d.
Series II: Miscellaneous Papers
Box: 4
  • Box 4
    Folder 1
    Bronaugh Family Bible Record, 1730-1915
  • Box 4
    Folder 2
    Bronaugh Family Genealogical Notes
  • Box 4
    Folder 3
    Drewry-Bronaugh Family Bible Record, 1824-1906
  • Box 4
    Folder 4
    Diary of Blanche Powell Drewry (copy), 14 January-3 February 1862
  • Box 4
    Folder 5
    Will of Mary C. Powell (copy), 1884
  • Box 4
    Folder 6
    List of Slaves, 1861
  • Box 4
    Folder 7
    Clippings
  • Box 4
    Folder 8-10
    Envelopes
  • Box 4
    Folder 11
    Postage Stamps
  • Box 4
    Folder 12
    School Compositions
  • Box 4
    Folder 13
    Unidentified Photograph
  • Box 4
    Folder 14
    Miscellaneous
  • Box 4
    Folder 15
    Plantation Journal, 1862-1868
  • Box 4
    Folder 16
    Scrapbook