A Guide to the James Randal Kent Papers 1825-1887 Kent, James Randal Papers, 1825-1887 Ms1987-031

A Guide to the James Randal Kent Papers 1825-1887

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1987-031


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Ms1987-031
Title
Kent, James Randal Papers 1825-1887
Physical Characteristics
0.4 cubic feet, 1 box, 8 folders
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the James Randal Kent papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Preferred Citation

Kent, James Randal Papers, 1825-1887, Ms1987-031, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Biographical/Historical Information

James Randal Kent was a wealthy land and slave-holder in Montgomery and Pulaski counties, Virginia.

Scope and Content Information

Collection includes court records, correspondence, titheables to the Sheriffs of Montgomery and Pulaski counties, photographs, court summons, and other notes concerning Kent's property (Kentland), his business affairs, and estate. The collection also includes a letter from Kent at Bank of Blacksburg to William H. MacFarland of Richmond, Virginia.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order

Index Terms

    Family Names:

  • Kent family
  • Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Kentland Farm
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Kent Papers from Sam Bell 1825-1870

A. Original materials

1. Legal documents (1825-1839): four of fines against various members of the Kent family.

2. Tax receipt (1864) for Montgomery County taxes received.

B. Photocopies of original materials
1. Financial records: tax receipts for Pulaski and Montgomery Counties (1849-1870), Confederate Army requisition receipt (1865)
2. Correspondence
Staunton, Va., Francis Bell to Maj. James R. Kent (February 11th, 1833[?]): concerns bad weather during his journey, and debt payment [copy is barely legible].
New River Montgomery, Sallie [?] to Gin [?] (May 1st, 1848): concerns their friendship, her impending marriage, and news of their friends.
[Illegible location], Samuel [?] Brownlee to Francis Bell (November [?] 21st, 1857[?]): concerns cattle and other business transactions [copy is barely legible].
Belle Meade, Susanna to "My kind and affectionate master," (June 3rd, 1862): concerns news about the Franklin relatives, their farm, her delay in returning due to a sick baby, and the death of "Uncle Alek" and Aunt Isabel. [typed transcription]
Spring Dale, to Cousin Sarah (February 6th, 1869): [subject unknown as the copy is barely legible].
Box-folder 1-2
Legal Disputes relating to the Cloyd and Kent Estates 1832-1886

Includes documentation such as wills, depositions, court decisions, and appeals relating to the legal battles over the Cloyd and Kent estates.

Box-folder 1-3
Legal Disputes Relating to the Kent Estate 1856-1881

Includes documentation such as court and other legal fees; court suits, responses, and amendments; finances and assets; depositions; summons; commission decrees; copy of Kent will; and accounts of Kent estate assets.

Box-folder 1-4
Legal Disputes Relating to the Kent Estate 1869-1887

Includes documentation such as court and other legal fees; court petitions, suits, responses, amendments, and judgements; depositions; summons; list of assets of Kent estate; list of judgements against the Kent estate; list of disbursements from Kent estate. [Photocopies and original documents].

Box-folder 1-5
Legal Disputes Relating to the Kent Estate 1869-1887

Includes documentation such as court and other legal fees; court motions, rulings, and orders; receipts of payments from Kent estate; sale of stock in White Sulfur Springs from Kent estate; summons; accounts of Kent estate assets; lists of judgements against the Kent estate; and lists of disbursements from Kent estate.

Box-folder 1-6
Legal Disputes Relating to the Kent Estate 1856-1983

Includes documentation such as court and other legal fees; court suits and amendments; depositions; tax list of land in Pulaski County (1866 and 1868); and contemporary correspondence and notes.

Box-folder 1-7
Kentland Photogrphs c.1982

images of the main house and outbuildings, as well as one of James Randal Kent.

Box-folder 1-8
Kentland Farm Historic and Archeological District 1994

Kentland Farm Historic and Archaeological District (1994): copy of the National Register of Historic Places documentation for the Kentland Farm.