A Guide to the Grayson County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1865 Grayson County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1865 0007404579

A Guide to the Grayson County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1865

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Barcode numbers: 0007404579


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Repository
The Library of Virginia
Barcode numbers
0007404579
Title
Grayson County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1865
Physical Characteristics
0.25 cu. ft. (2 folders)
Collector
Grayson County (Va.) Circuit Court
Location
Library of Virginia
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation

Grayson County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1865. Local government records collection, Grayson County (Va.) Court Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. 23219.

Acquisition Information

These items came to the Library of Virginia in shipments of court papers from Grayson County.


Historical Information

Grayson County was named for William Grayson, a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1787 and one of the first two United States senators from Virginia. It was formed from Wythe County by a statute adopted on 7 November 1792. The county court first met on 21 May 1793. A portion of Patrick County was added in 1810. The county seat is Independence.

Throughout the Civil War, the principal responsibility for Virginia's indigent soldiers' families lay with the locality. The Virginia State Convention in 1861 gave the responsibility entirely to counties and incorporated towns and authorized whatever actions had already been taken. Acts of Assembly in 1862 and 1863 expanded the localities' powers to provide for their needy, and in 1863 some minimal state assistance was added in. At first relief was provided as money, but as the monetary system collapsed, relief was distributed in kind. Agents of the court maintained lists of eligible families, gathered goods for distribution and paid for them, and impressed supplies if necessary. Virginia was unique amongst the southern states in that it assigned the provisioning of needy families almost solely to the locality.

Scope and Content

Grayson County (Va.) Reports of Indigent Soldiers' Families, 1862-1865, records names of the soldiers and family members, number of children per family, the amount of money or provisions provided to each family and for what use. The reports record that funds were to be used for provisions, shoes and clothing.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Index Terms

    Corporate Names:

  • Grayson County (Va.) Circuit Court
  • Subjects:

  • Families of military personnel--Virginia--Grayson County
  • Poor--Virginia--Grayson County
  • Tax collection--Virginia--Grayson County
  • Geographical Names:

  • Grayson County (Va.)--History--19th century
  • Grayson County (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Accounts--Virginia--Grayson County
  • Local government records--Virginia--Grayson County
  • Reports--Virginia--Grayson County

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Grayson County (Va.)--History--19th century
  • Grayson County (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865