A Guide to the Papers of Edward F. Hewins 1856-1957 Hewins, Edward F., Papesrs 1856-1957 MG 26

A Guide to the Papers of Edward F. Hewins 1856-1957

A Collection in
Special Collections and University Archives
Collection Number MG 26


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University
Collection number
MG 26
Title
Edward F. Hewins Papers 1856-1957
Physical Characteristics
1 Hollinger Documents Case
Provenance
Gift of Mr. Edward F. Hewins, March 10, 1978
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

The Old Dominion University Department of Archives and Manuscripts does not own the copyright to the material in the Hewins collection. For permission to quote or copy from the papers, the researcher should contact the family of Edward F. Hewins. This address will be provided upon request. Other questions should be directed to the Special Collections Librarian.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Edward F. Hewins Papers , Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


Biographical/Historical Information

The man, around whom the Edward F. Hewins Papers are organized, is the donor's father, Captain Charles E. Hewins. Charles Hewins was born in Dorchester, Mass., September 2, 1841 and was the second of six children born to John and Charlotte Hewins. Volunteering at the beginning of the Civil War in the Union Army, Hewins was enrolled in Company I, 42nd Massachusetts Infantry. Hewins served in Company I until January 1863 when he was taken prisoner at Galveston, Texas. During this same year, Charles' oldest brother William was killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Charles however, was fortunately paroled after a short confinement in a prisoner of war camp. After a prisoner exchange was arranged at New Orleans, Hewins returned for a brief period to his home in Dorchester and then came to Fort Monroe near the close of the Civil War. While stationed at Fort Monroe, Hewins and his friend Albert Howe served under Captain Charles Wilder in the Freedman's Bureau. Following the war, both Hewins and Howe began collaborating in the general mercantile business in Hampton, Virginia.

A few years later, Charles Hewins began developing his business interests in oyster planting and harvesting. He remained in the oyster field for the rest of his life, and during the first year of business, owned and sailed two vessels, The Independence and The Farmer's Return. As one of the pioneer oyster planters of Virginia, Hewins held oyster grounds at Ballast Marsh and Hampton Bar.

On March 31, 1891 Charles Hewins married Mary E. Coats of New York state, at the time a teacher at the Hampton Institute. They resided until his death in the home that he had built on a tract of land purchased from the former Bates Estate.

Charles Hewins was active in community affairs and was a member of St. Tammany Lodge No. 5, A.F. & A.M., and of the Hampton Commandry, Knights Templar. In 1927 Hewins suffered a stroke of paralysis and died several months later, at the age of 86.

Among those who survived Charles Hewins was his only son, Edward F. Hewins. Edward Hewins was born in 1893 in Hampton, Virginia and is the donor of the Hewins Papers to the Old Dominion University Department of Archives and Manuscripts. Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Edward Hewins achieved prominence in the Tidewater area as a marine architect at the Newport News Shipbuilding Drydock Company. As was his father, he was active in local civic organizations until well advanced in years.

Scope and Content Information

The Papers of Edward F. Hewins contains family papers relating primarily to the donor's father Captain Charles E. Hewins (1841-1927). The collection is arranged into three series according to content: Correspondence, Civil War Military Papers, Miscellaneous.

By far the highlight of the collection is Series I in which family correspondence is well represented for the period 1862 through Reconstruction. Numerous historical references to the Civil War period, such as the Lincoln Assassination and Sherman's southern campaign, are found in the letters written by Charles Hewins. In this first subseries, are also several letters written while Hewins was a prisoner of war, describing both the camp at New Orleans and the Battle of Galveston in 1863. The Hewins letters additionally provide an interesting perspective on secessionist activities and social attitudes toward the Black "freedman", as viewed through a Unionist's eyes.

Incoming correspondence to Charles Hewins from family and business friends completes the first series. Signing her letters as "C.A. Hewins", Charles' mother is the most frequent contributor. Providing family news along with comments on local affairs, these and similar accounts from the remaining letters allow for a balanced overview of social conditions in the North and the South during the same historical period.

Series II contains photocopies from the National Archives and the US Bureau of Interior. In both cases, these copies deal with the military record of Charles Hewins. Under Series III are grouped a small number of miscellaneous materials, among which is a brief genealogical chart of the Hewins family in the hand of Edward F. Hewins.

The nature of the documents in the collection vary according to their physical state and provenance. In most cases, the items are original holographs and their entries in the finding aid are designated with the letter "H". A relatively large number of the letters, however, are photocopies of original letters. Because of their physical deterioration in many cases, these documents have been grouped by year instead of assigned an item by item entry. Also grouped by year are brief summaries of original correspondence. The synopses as well as the copies were made by Mrs. Gladys Blair, a former graduate student in History at Old Dominion University. Accordingly, these documents are designated in the finding aid with either the letter "C" or "S".

Arrangement

The nature of the documents in the collection vary according to their physical state and provenance. In most cases, the items are original holographs and their entries in the finding aid are designated with the letter "H". A relatively large number of the letters, however, are photocopies of original letters. Because of their physical deterioration in many cases, these documents have been grouped by year instead of assigned an item by item entry. Also grouped by year are brief summaries of original correspondence. The synopses as well as the copies were made by Mrs. Gladys Blair, a former graduate student in History at Old Dominion University. Accordingly, these documents are designated in the finding aid with either the letter "C" or "S".

Contents List

Series I: Correspondence
  • Subseries A: Charles E. Hewins - outgoing
    • Box 1, Folder 1
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins (Mother): (H) June 1, 1863
    • Box 1, Folder 2
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) September 23, 1867
    • Box 1, Folder 3
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) March 13, 1868
    • Box 1, Folder 4
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (C) - five letters 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 5
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (C) - six letters 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 6
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (C) - three letters 1866
    • Box 1, Folder 7
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (C) - four letters 1867
    • Box 1, Folder 8
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (S) - three letters 1862, 1863, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 9
      Mr. John C. Hewins: (C) 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 10
      Charlotte Hewins: (S) - three letters 1862, 1863
    • Box 1, Folder 11
      Helen Hewins : (S) March 5, 1863
    • Box 1, Folder 12
      Susie Hewins: (H) June 15, 1866
    • Box 1, Folder 13
      Susie Hewins: (C) June 21, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 14
      Susie Hewins: (S) February 27, 1863
  • Subseries B: Charles E. Hewins - incoming (family)
    • Box 1, Folder 15
      Lillian H. Gay: (H) November 21, 1926
    • Box 1, Folder 16
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H)
    • Box 1, Folder 17
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) June 12, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 18
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) June 30, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 19
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) August 21, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 20
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) September 11, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 21
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) October 2, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 22
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) December 14, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 23
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) December 25, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 24
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) January 18, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 25
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) January 22, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 26
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) February 12, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 27
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) August 13, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 28
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) September 2, 1866
    • Box 1, Folder 29
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) February 3, 1867
    • Box 1, Folder 30
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) August 5, 1867
    • Box 1, Folder 31
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) September 8, 1867
    • Box 1, Folder 32
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) October 22, 1868
    • Box 1, Folder 33
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) May 9, 1868
    • Box 1, Folder 34
      Mrs. C.A. Hewins: (H) November 14, 1869
    • Box 1, Folder 35
      Helen Hewins:(H) January 1, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 36
      John Foster Hewins:(H) March 30, c. 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 37
      John Foster Hewins:(H) February 4, 1894
    • Box 1, Folder 38
      Richard Hewins:(H) May 24, 1876
    • Box 1, Folder 39
      Susie Hewins:(H) May 29, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 40
      Susie Hewins:(H) July 22, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 41
      Susie Hewins:(H) October 30, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 42
      Susie Hewins:(H) February 5, 1865
    • Box 1, Folder 43
      Susie Hewins:(H) January 2, 1869
    • Box 1, Folder 44
      Captain Charles B. Wilder:(H) November, 1880
  • Subseries C: Charles E. Hewins - incoming (friends and business)
    • Box 1, Folder 45
      Clarence (?):(H) July 10, 1864
    • Box 1, Folder 46
      George G. French:(H) February 25, 1877
    • Box 1, Folder 47
      George G. French:(H) July 17, 1877
    • Box 1, Folder 48
      George G. French:(H) June 20, 1878
    • Box 1, Folder 49
      Albert Howe:(H) August 6, 1877
    • Box 1, Folder 50
      J.A. Lowe:(H) February 4, 1869
    • Box 1, Folder 51
      Increase S. Smith:(H) December 30, 1857
  • Subseries D: Family Correspondence
    • Box 1, Folder 52
      Edward F. Hewins to Aberdeen W. Child: (encl. letter 9/20/41; bill 1/12/42, photograph 6/14/41) c. January 6, 1857
    • Box 1, Folder 53
      Mrs. Charles B. Wilder to Mrs. C.A. Hewins:(C) February 22, 1864
Series II: Civil War Military Papers - Charles E. Hewins
  • Box 1, Folder 54
    Civil War Company Muster Role: (C) National Archives 1863
  • Box 1, Folder 55
    Civil War Prisoner of War Record: (C) National Archives 1863
  • Box 1, Folder 56
    Charles E. Hewins Pension File: (C) US Bureau of the Interior
Series III: Miscellaneous
  • Box 1, Folder 57
    Order of Exercises at the Gibson Grammar School March 24, 1856
  • Box 1, Folder 58
    Newspaper obituaries for Charles E. Hewins 1927
  • Box 1, Folder 59
    Hewins family genealogical chart:(H)
  • Box 1, Folder 60
    Calling cards: Lucia F.M. Fenner, Dr. & Mrs. Boutelle