A Guide to the Gardner Family Papers, 1889-1937 Gardner Family Papers Ms2008-096

A Guide to the Gardner Family Papers, 1889-1937

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2008-096


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2008-096
Title
Gardner Family Papers 1889-1937
Physical Characteristics
1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Papers of the Gardner family of Shawsville (Montgomery County), Virginia, including letters from Joseph Sessler Gardner, property tax receipts of William R. Gardner, and ephemera.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Gardner Family Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Gardner Family Papers, Ms2008-096 - Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Acquisition Information

The Gardner Family Papers were purchased by Special Collections in 2008. The papers had been identified as a collection of Shawsville miscellanea but were determined to relate specifically to the Gardner family.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Gardner Family Papers commenced and was completed in December 2008.


Biographical Information

George Wesley Gardner was born March 31, 1839 in Montgomery County, Virginia. He married Ruth Annette McDonald (born 1842), and the couple had nine children: Ida, John Sessler, George, William Redman, Harvey, Lou Emma, Nannie Sue, Joseph, and Frank. George Wesley Gardner died September 20, 1916.

John Sessler Gardner, a son of George Wesley Gardner and Ruth Annette McDonald, was born in Montgomery County, Virginia, on May 1, 1865. Around 1887, he moved to Florida, where he married Jennie Paige. Gardner died November 23, 1937 in Zellwood, Florida.

William Redman, younger brother of John Sessler Gardner, was born in Montgomery County, Virginia on August 16, 1871, and died April 6, 1952. His essay on store inventory indicates that he operated a mercantile business.

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers of the Gardner family of Shawsville (Montgomery County), Virginia. The collection includes two letters home from John Sessler Gardner in Florida. Within Gardner's letters are lengthy tributes to his parents and the family dog. He also briefly mentions the orange crop, investment in local real estate, the 1890 election, and Florida tycoon Henry Flagler. Also within the collection is a set of Montgomery County property tax receipts for William Redman Gardner, a Shawsville High School grade report and 1937 commencement program, a lighthearted essay by William R. Gardner about end-of-year store inventories, and assorted ephemera.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by document type, then chronologically.

Contents List

Folder 1
Papers 1889-1937