Inventory of the Buford Family Papers 1845-1895 Buford Family Papers Mss. Acc. 2009.132

Inventory of the Buford Family Papers, 1845-1895

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Accession Number Mss. Acc. 2009.132


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Special Collections Research Center
01/Mss. Acc. 2009.132
Buford Family Papers 1845-1895
Alternate Extent Statement:
2 folders
Buford, Paschal, 1791-1875Buford, Frances A.Buford, Margaret Letitia, 1835-Burks, Edward C.Burks, Mildred Elizabeth Buford, 1822- arrangement
Language of Materials
The papers are in: English

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Buford Family Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

The materials were acquired by Special Collections Research Center on 03/26/2009.

Processing Information

Accessioned and processed by Ute Schechter, March 2009. Further described by Gloria Oh, SCRC Staff in April 2009.

Biographical Note

Captain Paschal Buford was lived from 1791 to 1875. He was the son of Henry and Mildred Blackburn Buford. He married Frances Ann Otey on October 31,1820. Paschal Buford was a farmer and a horse breeder. Regarding his military career, he served as an officer in the War of 1812. During the Civil War, he supported the south and invited General Robert E. Lee's wife and daughter to spend the summer of 1863 at his home. He died at "Locust Level", Bufordsville, Bedford County, Virginia, July 23, 1875.

Scope and Contents

Papers, 1840-1892, of the Buford family of Bedford County, Va., consisting of letters, mostly addressed to Capt. Paschal Buford (1791-1875). Other correspondents include his wife Frances Ann Otey Buford and his daughter Maggie (Margaret Letitia) Buford. Some letters to Paschal Buford were written by his daughter Bettie (Mildred Elizabeth) and her husband Edward C. Burks. Also includes financial records, wedding invitations, records relating to horse breeding and a note book, circa 1880.The following description was provided by the seller:"The letters are talking about travel, deaths, politics, some talk about the good and bad of having servants. Letter, 1845, from Edward Burks to Captain Buford notifying him that he is engaged to his daughter and asking about Buford's wishes and opinion in relation to it. Western Union Telegraph letting  Mrs. T. N. Cobbs (Margaret Letitia Buford Cobbs) know that her husband, Captain Thomas N. Cobbes has died. 2 Wedding Invitations for the children of Captain Buford from the 1860s. Several letters and items dealing with Paschal Buford's raising of prize horses, mainly about the pedigree of a horse named Red Robin from the early 1870s, also about Knight of St George, Trustee and other horses."

Index Terms

    Genre/Form of Material:

  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Topical Term:

  • Horses--Breeding--Virginia.
  • Virginia--Social life and customs--19th century

Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence and Miscellaneous Material
  • 1
    Letters addressed to Captain Paschal Buford
  • 1
    Letters addressed to Frances Ann (Otey) Buford
  • 1
    Letters addressed to Bettie (Mildred Elizabeth) Burks
  • 1
    Letters addressed to Maggie (Margaret Letitia) Buford
  • 1
    Eulogy of Mrs. Frances A. (Otey) Buford
  • 1
    Horse Breeding
    circa 1870s
  • 1
    Household and Financial Records
  • 1
    Wedding Invitations
  • 1
    Miscellaneous Notebook
    circa 1870s-1880s
  • 2
    Letters addressed to Miss Mag Buford
  • 2
    Unidentified Letters
  • 2
    circa 1870s
  • 2
    Telegraph of Captain T.N. Cobbes' Death

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Buford, Frances A.
  • Buford, Margaret Letitia, 1835-
  • Buford, Paschal, 1791-1875
  • Burks, Edward C.
  • Burks, Mildred Elizabeth Buford, 1822-