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Guide to the John Bonsack Papers, 1786-1929.

Abstract

Collection contains personal and business correspondence, and accounts and genealogical records of the Bonsack and Plaine families, connected by marriage. Included are letters from family members in schools in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York. Included also are letters concerning woolen factories in Good Intent, Va., 1862, and at Bonsack, Va., during the 1880s. There are also references to David H. Plaine's work as a churchman, teacher, and politician in and around Roanoke, Va.; accounts of Jacob Bonsack, a merchant in Good Intent, Va., and accounts of Harry E. Plaine, a hardware dealer in Broken Bow, Neb., during the 1880s. About fifty letters, 1786-1851, are written in German to the two John Bonsacks, father (1760-1795) and son (1781-1859).

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Bonsack papers
Creator
Bonsack, John, 1760-1795
Extent
2.0 linear feet, 4 Boxes, 2,034 items.
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English and German (mostly for letters to the two John Bonsacks, father (1760-1795) and son (1781-1859).

Collection Overview

This collection contains personal and business correspondence, and accounts and genealogical records of the Bonsack and Plaine families, connected by marriage. Included are school and college letters from Emory and Henry College, Virginia, 1851, Calvert College, New Windsor, Maryland, 1851-1852, State Normal School, Millersville, Pennsylvania, 1881, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia, 1882, and Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1883.

Included also are letters concerning woolen factories in Good Intent, Virginia, 1862, and at Bonsack, Virginia, during the 1880s, references to David H. Plaine's work as a churchman, teacher, and a politician in and around Roanoke, Virginia, accounts of Jacob Bonsack (1819-1889), as a merchant in Good Intent, Virginia; and accounts of Harry E. Plaine as a hardware dealer in Broken Bow, Nebraska, during the 1880s.

About fifty letters, 1786-1851, are written in German to two John Bonsacks, father (1760-1795) and son (1781-1859). Included in these are several religious tracts, memorandum books, study notes, and short diaries. The diaries contain accounts of a trip in 1856 from Randolph County, Virginia, to Madison, Wisconsin, travels in the vicinity of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and a record kept by D. H. Plaine in 1857.

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Contents of the Collection

Family genealogy document, undated
Box 1
Correspondence, 1786-1857
(6 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1858-1879
(6 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 1880-1899
(7 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence, 1900-1929 and undated
(5 folders)
Box 4
Bound volumes
Volume 1-3

Historical Note

David H. Plaine's was a churchman, teacher, and a politician in and around Roanoke, Virginia. Jacob Bonsack (1819-1889), was a merchant in Good Intent, Virginia. Harry E. Plaine was a hardware dealer in Broken Bow, Nebraska, during the 1880s.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], the John Bonsack Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

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