A Guide to the Persinger and Staples Family Papers Persinger and Staples Family. 1000

A Guide to the Persinger and Staples Family Papers

A Collection in the
Special Collections Department
Accession number 1000


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Identification
Collection number 1000
Title
Persinger and Staples Family Papers 1793-1937 Inclusive
Quantity
300 items
Creator
Collector: Mrs. David W. Persinger
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Persinger and Staples Family Papers, Accession 1000, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

This collection (# 1000) was purchased by the Library from Mrs. David W. Persingerof Virginia Beach, Virginia, ca. 1940.

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Scope and Content

This collection contains ca. 300 items, 1793-1937, consisting of personal correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, and bound volumes, pertaining to the Persinger Familyand Staples Familyof Virginia.

The personal correspondence concern various events relating to the lives of both the Persinger Familyand Staples Family. The letters are divided into three groups: "Letters between Daniel de Jarnette Staplesand Mary (Waugh) Staples"; "Letters between David W. Persingerand his mother, Mrs. M. E. Martin"; and, "Correspondence of Persinger Familyand StaplesFamilies." The letters between Daniel Staplesand Mary Staplesare written during the period of 1879-1897, with the dominant theme being their enduring love for one another and the elaborate preparations that are undertaken for their 1880 wedding. The letters between David W. Persingerand his mother occur during the period of 1893-1896 and are primarily focused on David Persinger's educational life in regards to his grades and his progress at the University of Virginia. Correspondence, 1894-1937, between the Persingerand Staplesfamilies cover a variety of topics including the various ailments of Daniel Staples' invalid uncle, Judge Waller Redd Staples, and business related information concerning the Staples Family.

"The Autobiography of Judge Samuel G. Staples" elaborates the educational life of Judge Staples and his appointment to a judgeship in Richmond, Virginia. Judge Samuel G. Staplesattended Randolph Macon Academyand the University of Virginia Law School.

The financial papers, 1891-1908, concern David Staplesand Mary Staples. Items include a bankbook of Mary W. Staples, various receipts from merchants, city and state tax return vouchers and demands for payment of goods and services by David Staples. Also included is a list, n.d., of slaves and prices for Judge [Samuel G.] Staples.

The legal papers, 1892-1903, are composed of deeds and insurance policies. The contracts include agreements between David Staplesand others, a notary public notice, and a notice from an investment firm. The deeds include agreements between either David Staplesor Mary Staplesand other parties. There is a deed, January 18, 1896, between the Old Dominion Building and Loan Association of Richmond, Virginiaand Mary W. Staples. In addition, there are different types of insurance policies taken out by David Staplesor Mary Staples, including fire insurance and life insurance, with the majority of them pertaining to those ensuring against fire.

The remaining items in the collection are bound volumes which include day books, 1856-1887, kept by Samuel G. Staples; and, program books, 1902-1910 and 1905-1912, in which are play programs. Among the day books is one kept by Samuel G. Staplesand Waller Redd Staplesas executors of the estate of Abram Penn Staples.

Container List

Correspondence
  • Box 1
    1879-1880Letters between Daniel de Jarnette Staplesand Mary (Waugh) Staples
    (3 folders)
  • Box 1
    1890-1897, n.d.Letters between Daniel de Jarnette Staplesand Mary (Waugh) Staples
    (3 folders)
  • Box 1
    1893-1896Letters between David W. Persingerand his mother, Mrs. M. E. Martin
  • Box 1
    1894-1937, n.d.Correspondence of the Persinger Familyand the Staples Family
Topical
  • Box 2
    1879Autobiography of Judge Samuel G. Staples
  • Box 2
    1891-1908, n.d.Financial Papers
    (2 folders)
  • Box 2
    1892-1896Legal Papers: Contracts
  • Box 2
    1892-1897Legal Papers: Deeds
  • Box 2
    1892-1903Legal Papers: Insurance Policies
  • Box 2
    1895,1924,n.d.Miscellaneous Papers
  • Box 2
    1902-1910, n.d.Programs (removed from the "Program Book")
Bound Volumes
Bound Volumes
  • Box 2
    1856-1862"Day Book"- kept by Samuel G. Staples
  • Box 2
    1872-1887"Day Book"- kept by Samuel G. Staples
  • Box 3
    1878-1883"Day Book"- kept by Samuel G. Staples
  • Box 3
    n.d."Day Book"- kept by Samuel G. Staples
  • Box 3
    1902-1910"Program Book"- kept by Samuel G. Staples
  • Box 3
    1905-1912"Program Book"- kept by Samuel G. Staples

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Abram Penn Staples
  • Daniel Staples
  • Daniel de Jarnette Staples
  • David Persinger
  • David Staples
  • David W. Persinger
  • M. E. Martin
  • Mary (Waugh) Staples
  • Mary Staples
  • Mary W. Staples
  • Samuel G. Staples
  • Waller Redd Staples
  • [Samuel G.] Staples

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia