A Guide to the Ellett Family Papers, 1865-1961 Ellett Family Papers Ms1988-047

A Guide to the Ellett Family Papers, 1865-1961

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1988-047


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Processed by: Clayton McGahee, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ellett Family Papers, 1865-1961
Physical Characteristics
0.2 cu. ft. 1 box
Ellett, Robert Thaddeus

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

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

Preferred Citation

Ellett Family Papers, Ms1988-047, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Ellett Family Papers were acquired by Special Collections in 1988.

Biographical Information

Robert Thaddeus Ellett served as an assistant surgeon in the Confederate States Army from 1863 to 1865, at which time he was assigned to a hospital in Montgomery White Sulphur Springs, Virginia. Prior to his appointment as assistant surgeon, Ellett had served as captain of the Pamunkey Artillery, Virginia Heavy Artillery, Confederate States Army from May, 1861 until his resignation on September 3, 1862. Ellett was pardoned at Charleston, West Virginia on June 14, 1865 as a surgeon, Provisional Army of the Confederate States.

Scope and Content Note

The Ellett family papers consist of 35 letters written by Dr. Robert Thaddeus Ellett (1826-1904) who served as assistant surgeon in White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, for the Confederate States during the Civil War. His letters are written to Sue French of Pearisburg, who would later become Ellett's wife. Other items include biographical and family history information, photos, clippings, a 1961 dedication to Col. W. H. French marker program, DAR applications, and "The Family Album," an 11-page typescript.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Related Material

For more material related to Robert T. Ellett, see the Robert Ellett Account Book, Ms1940-006.

Separated Material

When the Ellett Family Papers were processed in 2004, the Robert Ellett Account Book, a separate manuscript, was mistakenly incorporated into the collection. The account book was separated from this collection in 2011 and returned to its correct location, as collection Ms1940-006.

Index Terms


  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Letters from Robert Thaddeus Ellett to Sue French. 1865-67.
  • Box-folder 1-1
    May 22, 1865
  • Box-folder 1-2
    February 5, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-3
    May 25, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-4
    October 17, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-5
    November 26, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-6
    November 30, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-7
    December 14, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-8
    December 21, 1866
  • Box-folder 1-9
    January 6, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-10
    January 14, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-11
    January 18, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-12
    January 21, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-13
    January 27, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-14
    February 14, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-15
    February 22, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-16
    March 4, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-17
    March 22, 1867
  • Box-folder 1-18
    April 19, 1867
Box-folder 1-19
Letters written to Sue French, 1867-92, n.d.
Box-folder 1-20
Letters written to Dr. Robert T. Ellett, includes copy of deed and contract (2), 1875-1900, n.d.
Box-folder 1-21
Genealogical information on the Ellett and French families (letters, death dates, compiled information), 1905-49, n.d.
Box-folder 1-22
Daughters of the American Revolution membership applications (2), 1911.
Box-folder 1-23
Description of "The Southern Cross of Honor," 1918.
Box-folder 1-24
Miscellaneous, 1949-61, n.d.
Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs and a program taken from the dedication of Colonel William Henderson French marker, a newspaper article describing the death of George Washington, and a copy of the pardon of James H. Hoge, issued by President Andrew Johnson.

Box-folder 1-25
"The Family Album," an eleven page typescript, first person narrative.
Box-folder 1-26
Extracts from "A History of the Middle New River Settlements," by David E. Johnston, n.d.