A Guide to the George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers, 1850-1947 [bulk 1850-1904] Kabrich, George W. L., Family Papers Ms2019-013

A Guide to the George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers, 1850-1947 [bulk 1850-1904]

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Collection Number Ms2019-013


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2019 (CC0 1.0)

Processed by: Caroline Harvey, Student Worker, and Laurel Rozema, Archivist, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2019-013
Title
George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers, 1850-1947 [bulk 1850-1904]
Physical Characteristics
0.25 Cubic Feet 1 box
Creator
Kabrich, George Washington Lewis, b. 1824
Language
English
Abstract
The George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers, 1850-1947 [bulk 1850-1904], contain correspondence, legal records, financial records, and religious documents. The collection documents the personal and professional life of George W. L. Kabrich, who taught school and Sunday school, worked as Overseer of the Poor for Blacksburg Township, and was on church councils for local Lutheran churches. Items also relate to George's father-in-law John Surface, his daughter Effie Kabrich, and others. An item of note is a Rat Belt which is believed to have belonged to Robert H. Kabrich, the grandson of George's brother Issiah.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers, Ms 2019-013, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers were donated to Special Collections in July 2015.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the George W. L. Kabrich Fmaily Papers commenced in April 2019 and was completed in May 2019.


Biographical Note

The George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers relate to the activities of Kabrich (sometimes Kabrick) and his family in Blacksburg, Virginia. The son of George and Elizabeth Kabrich, George Washiongton Lewis Kabrich (b. 1824) taught school and Sunday school, worked as Overseer of the Poor for Blacksburg Township, and was on church councils for local Lutheran churches. During the American Civil War, he enlisted in April 1862 as a private in Company D, Virginia 45th Infantry Regiment (Confederate States of America), mustering out a month later.

On August 18, 1846, George Kabrich married Susan Ann (or Amanda) Surface (1829-1919), the daughter of John and Elizabeth Surface. The couple had five children: Sarah E. (1849-1935), Mary C. "Mollie" (ca. 1854-1895), Marion W. (b. ca. 1858), Arthur J. (1862-1941), and Effie May (1867-1927). Sarah married Joseph E. Francis on January 3, 1872, and Marion married Mollie M. Price on October 6, 1885. The couple had a daughter, Florence A. (1886-1963). Florence later lived with Susan, Arthur, and Effie.

Isaiah Kabrich (1827-1899), the brother of George W. L. Kabrich, was the grandfather of cousins Robert Kabrich (1825-1994) and Effie Kent "Billie" Kabrich Shanks (1903-1966). Both attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute: Billie was one of the first five full-time women students to enroll in 1921, and Robert attended after serving in World War II.

Scope and Content

The George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers, 1850-1947 [bulk 1850-1904], contain correspondence, legal records, financial records, and religious documents. The collection is divided into six series, based on material type: Series I: Correspondence, Series II: Legal Papers, Series III: Financial Papers, Series IV: Religious Papers, Series V: Assorted.

The first series, Correspondence, 1850-1904, undated, is subdivided by correspondent: George W. L. Kabrich, 1850-1889; Effie Kabrich, 1903-1904; and Assorted, 1880, 1904, undated. Letters include correspondence with George's brother Isaiah, church members, George's daughter Effie, George's granddaughter Florence, and people asking for money or goods, possibly because of his job as Overseer of the Poor.

The second series, Legal Papers, 1855-1880, undated, includes promissory notes, articles of agreement, and a contract for G. W. L. Kabrich to teach a school for local families.

The third series, Financial Papers, is subdivided into Account Balances, 1859-1890, Tax and Tuition Receipts, 1860-1978, and Assorted, 1872, 1888, 1932, undated. Accounts document balances and payments for local goods and services, and the tax and tuition receipts include tax payments for G. W. L. Kabrich and his father-in-law John Surface as well as tuition receipts for students at Kabrich's school. Assorted contains financial notes, bank items, and printed documents.

The fourth series, Religious Papers, 1870-1887, relate to George W. L. Kabrich's involvement with local Lutheran churches. Items include meeting minutes from church councils, Sunday School class book, and a donation envelope.

The fifth series, Assorted, 1947, undated, includes an advertisement for female regulating pills, genealogy of births and deaths in the 1850s-1860s, and a Rat Belt which is believed to have belonged to Robert H. Kabrich, the grandson of George's brother Issiah. (Rat belts were - and are - worn by freshmen in the VPI Corps of Cadets.)

Arrangement

The George W. L. Kabrich Family Papers are organized in the following series:

Series I: Correspondence, 1850-1904
Series II: Legal Records, 1855-1880, undated
Series III: Financial Records, 1859-1890, 1932, undated
Series IV: Religious Papers, 1870-1887
Series V: Assorted, 1947, undated


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • People:

  • Kabrich family
  • Genres and Forms:

  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Legal works

Contents List

Series I: Correspondence
  • box-folder 1
    1
    George W. L. Kabrich, 1850-1989
  • box-folder 1
    2
    Effie Kabrich, 1903-1904
  • box-folder 1
    3
    Assorted, 1880, 1904, undated
box-folder 1
4
Series II: Legal Records, 1855-1880, undated
Series III: Financial Records, 1859-1890, 1932, undated
  • box-folder 1
    5
    Account balances, 1859-1890
  • box-folder 1
    6
    Tax and tuition receipts, 1860-1878
  • box-folder 1
    7
    Assorted, 1870, 1872, 1888, 1932, undated
box-folder 1
8
Series IV: Religious Papers, 1871-1887
Series V: Assorted, 1947, undated
  • box-folder 1
    9
    Rat Belt, 1947
  • box-folder 1
    10
    Advertisement and Genealogy, undated

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Kabrich, George Washington Lewis, b. 1824