A Guide to the Papers of William Daniel Cabell and the Cabell and Ellet families Cabell-Ellet Papers 276

A Guide to the Papers of William Daniel Cabell and the Cabell and Ellet families

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Accession number 276, 276-a, 283, 1154, 1210, 1744


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Repository
Special Collections, University of Virginia Library
Accession number
276, 276-a, 283, 1154, 1210, 1744
Title
Papers of William Daniel Cabell and the Cabell and Ellet families 1798-1955
Physical Characteristics
This collection consists of ca. 4,100 items
Language
English

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

Papers of William Daniel Cabell and the Cabell and Ellet families, Accession #276, 276-a, 283, 1154, 1210, 1744, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift of Margaret Cabell and Elvira Daniel Cabell, 1938-1943.


Scope and Content

Papers of the Cabell and Ellet family contain family correspondence, financial and legal papers, genealogical and biographical material and bound volumes, chiefly journals, of family members particularly William D. Cabell and Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell.

Major topics are antebellum plantation life at Norwood in Nelson County, Va.; slavery; the Civil War and Reconstruction; the Nelson County Home Guard; the University of Virginia Alumni Association; the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Norwood School; Nelson County, Va.; and the Norwood Institute, Washington, D.C.

Subjects in the correspondence include genealogical and biographical information on the Cabell and Ellet families; European travel, 1855; the Crimean War; collecting of supplies for the Confederate Army; anti-Southern sentiment after the war; the engineering and naval career of Charles Ellet, Jr., especially the design of the Niagara River suspension bridge, war service on the steam ramship he designed, and his death in the naval battle for Memphis.

Additional subjects include the settlement of William Cabell's estate and other Nelson County land transactions. Launcelot M. Blackford and John Hartwell Cocke are mentioned in the correspondence.

Topics of interest in single letters include reaction in Staunton, Va., to John Brown's raid; the Washington Peace Conference, 1861; pro-Confederate sentiments of Lynchburg, Va., women and slaves; the South's response to Lincoln's call for troops; families divided by war; armed slaves fighting for the Confederacy; 1st Bull Run; Confederate troop movements April 1862; and Union occupation of Winchester, Va., May 1862.

Also Antietam; opposition to the Confederacy in western Virginia; an 1865 appeal by Robert E. Lee to Virginia farmers regarding provisions; the U.S. War Department's refusal to compensate the Ursuline sisters of Columbia, S.C. for Sherman's destruction of their convent; and the U.S. Navy investigation of Charles Rivers Ellet.

Also cotton speculation by Union general Samuel R. Curtis; reunion of northern and southern Episcopal churches; the National Union Convention, August 1866; labor conscription of freedmen; baseball in Philadelphia, 1866; proposed merger of the University of Virginia medical school and Richmond Medical College; a Virginia flood, 1870; legal property rights of women, 1870; and a Gridiron Club dinner, 1896.

Also diaries, journals, and commonplace books, 1853-1925, of Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell, with comments on the fugitive slave law and secession; drawings, poetry, and genealogical notes about the Cabell family, the Ellet and related Israel families; speeches on behalf of the D.A.R.; and translations of French articles.

Also journals, memoranda books and scrapbooks of William D. Cabell, catalogs, account books, student autograph books and other printed material of the Norwood Institute, and minutes, 1888-1894, of its Literary Society; a daybook and University of Virginia autograph book of Joseph C. Cabell; pamphlets, 1837-1862, by Charles Ellet about canals, railroads and bridges; and an incomplete essay on the Civil War in 1861 by Edward A. Pollard.

The collection also contains "Cabellana,"1851, 1872, by Nathaniel Francis Cabell, a series of essays on the history of the Cabell family used as the basis of The Cabells and their kin.The volume also contains diary entries, 1871 January-March, of N. F. Cabell, with a catalog of the Norwood School, 1870-1871, and copies of some correspondence, business and legal documents interpersed, including testimony regarding an incident that led to William C. Cabell's expulsion from Norwood School.

Of interest are a letter from Thomas Jefferson to Robert Skipwith, 1771 August 3, giving advice on choice of books, and defending fiction; a statement of Joseph C. Cabell's debts 1837 January 19; and three letters from Robert Skipwith to William Daniel Cabell regarding Cabell's purchase of the 1771 Jefferson letter to Skipwith's ancestor.

Organization

The papers have been grouped into four general series: Correspondence, Financial and Legal Papers, Genealogical and Biographical Material, and Bound Volumes. The correspondence and business papers have been organized chronologically, while the genealogical and biographical records have been separated by subject. Within these subsets, the original order of the documents has been preserved. The seventy bound volumes included in the collection are stored in the final five boxes, and have been organized according to author or subject and category (journal, scrapbook, etc.). A complete box listing, including all bound volumes, follows.

Container List

Correspondence
  • Box 1
    Correspondence
    1806-1865
    (8 folders)
  • Box 2
    Correspondence
    1866-1873
    (7 folders)
  • Box 3
    Correspondence
    1874-1895
    (7 folders)
  • Box 4
    Correspondence
    1896-1900
    (7 folders)
  • Box 5
    Correspondence
    1901-1906
    (6 folders)
  • Box 6
    Correspondence
    1907-1915
    (6 folders)
  • Box 7
    Correspondence
    1916-1934, n.d.
    (5 folders)
Financial and Legal Papers
  • Box 7
    Financial and Legal Papers
    1807-1862
    (2 folders)
  • Box 8
    Financial and Legal Papers
    1863-1938, n.d.
    (5 folders)
  • Box 8
    Financial and Legal Papers: Civil War Records
    1861-1872, n.d.
    (1 folder)
  • Box 8
    Financial and Legal Papers: Slavery Records
    1856-1868
    (1 folder)
Genealogical and Biographical Material
  • Box 8
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: Cabell Family
    1797-1955, n.d.
    (2 folders)
  • Box 9
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: William D. Cabell
    ca. 1870-1910
    (1 folder)
  • Box 9
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: Ellet Family
    ca. 1850-1930
    (1 folder)
  • Box 9
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: Charles Ellet, Jr.
    ca. 1880-1930
    (2 folders)
  • Box 9
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell
    ca. 1930
    (2 folders)
  • Box 10
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell
    ca. 1930
    (2 folders)
  • Box 10
    Genealogical and Biographical Material: Printer's Cut Photographs
    n.d.
    (3 folders)
Bound Volumes:
  • Ellet Family:
    • Box 11
      Hannah Israel, Commonplace Book
      ca. 1825
    • Box 11
      Anna Plumstead, Commonplace Book
      ca. 1827
    • Box 11
      Nina Ellet, Commonplace Book
      ca. 1864
  • Mary Virginia Ellet Cabell:
    • Box 11
      Drawing Album/Poetry Book
      ca. 1853
    • Box 11
      Commonplace Book
      ca. 1855-1859
    • Box 11
      Diary
      ca. 1855
    • Box 11
      Lesson Book
      ca. 1848-1850
    • Box 11
      Commonplace Book
      ca. 1855-1871
    • Box 11
      Account of Correspondence
      ca. 1867
    • Box 11
      Notebook (Daughters of the American Revolution and Norwood Institute material)
      ca. 1890-1895
    • Box 11
      Journal
      ca. 1899-1925
    • Box 11
      Journal
      ca. 1904-1923
    • Box 12
      Journal
      ca. 1906
    • Box 12
      Scrapbook
      ca. 1926
    • Box 12
      "Token Album" Poetry Book
      n.d.
  • Joseph C. Cabell:
    • Box 12
      University of Virginia Autograph Book
      ca. 1852-1855
    • Box 12
      Daybook
      ca. 1855-1861
  • Norwood School/Institute:
    • Box 12
      Catalogues
      1865-1881
    • Box 12
      Catalogues
      1868-1882
    • Box 12
      Scrapbook
      ca. 1892-1896
    • Box 12
      Accounts and School Records
      ca. 1882-1888
    • Box 12
      Accounts and School Records
      ca. 1888-1895
    • Box 12
      Student Autograph Book (Norwood Institute)
      ca. 1881-1897
    • Box 13
      Norwood Institute Literary Society Minutes
      ca. 1888-1894
    • Box 13
      Student Autograph Book (Norwood School)
      ca. 1868-1878
  • William D. Cabell:
    • Box 13
      University of Virginia Autograph Book
      ca. 1854-1855
    • Box 13
      Journal
      ca. 1854
    • Box 13
      Journal
      ca. 1854-1855
    • Box 13
      Journal
      ca. 1855
    • Box 13
      Journal
      ca. 1856
    • Box 13
      Journal
      ca. 1857
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1857 Jan-July
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1857 July-1858 Apr
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1858 Apr-1859 Jan
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1859 Jan-Sept
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1859 Sept-1860 May
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1860 May-1861 Jan
    • Box 13
      Journal
      1861 Jan-Nov
    • Box 14
      Journal
      ca. 1862
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1863 May-1864 Feb
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1864 Feb-1865 Feb
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1867-1873 Mar
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1875-1877 Jan
    • Box 14
      Journal
      ca. 1877
    • Box 14
      Journal
      ca. 1878
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1896 Jan-June
    • Box 14
      Journal
      ca. 1896-1897
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1897 Apr
    • Box 14
      Journal and University of Virginia Alumni Addresses
      ca. 1897-1898
    • Box 14
      Journal
      1901 Jan-Sept
    • Box 15
      Journal
      1901 Sept-1902 May
    • Box 15
      Journal
      1902 May-1903 Jan
    • Box 15
      Journal
      1903 Jan-Nov
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1853-1854
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1854-1855
    • Box 15
      Memoranda and Accounts Held with Slaves
      ca. 1856-1860
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1857
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      1857 Jane-1858 Feb
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      1858 Mar-July
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1858
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1858-1864
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1864-1865
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1869
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1882-1884
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      1893 June-1900 Sept
    • Box 15
      Memoranda
      ca. 1896-1897
    • Box 15
      Scrapbook (University of Virginia Alumni Association)
      ca. 1873
    • Box 15
      Scrapbook
      ca. 188-1890
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Box 15
      N. Cabell, Wallet and Stylus
      1798
    • Box 15
      "The First Year of the War,"by Edward A. Pollard
      1862
    • "Cabellana"by N. F. Cabell
      Physical Location: Following Box 151851, 1872