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Guide to the John Richardson Kilby papers, 1680-1919 and undated, bulk 1840-1889

Abstract

Kilby and his son, Wilbur John Kilby (1850-1907), were both lawyers of Suffolk, Virginia, and of members of the Riddick family.

Correspondence and legal and other papers of Kilby and of his son, Wilbur John Kilby (1850-1907), both lawyers, of Suffolk, Va., and of members of the Riddick family. The bulk of the collection concerns such legal activities of the Kilbys as administration of estates, collection of bills, and adjustments of property. The collection is important in part for its early records of families and references to politics and social conditions of Nansemond County, Virginia, but also for its references to slavery, the American Colonization Society and conditions in Liberia, and for its slave lists from the Riddick and Glazebrook families. There are many wills, one of which refers to the manumission of slaves. Other items refer to the legal affairs of the Riddick family, Richard H. Riddick, merchant of Pantego, N.C., and agent of the Albemarle Swamp Land Company; pro-Civil War activities of the Methodist Episcopal Church; Southampton Insurrection of 1831; Civil War action near Shepherdstown and Fredericksburg; African American soldiers during Reconstruction; the Negro Reformatory Association of Virginia; the gold rush of Pike's Peak, Colorado; a Suffolk, Va. cholera epidemic; and the Panic of 1857.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Kilby, John Richardson, 1819-1878.
Title
John Richardson Kilby papers 1680-1919 and undated bulk 1840-1889
Language of Material
English
Extent
14.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 39,509 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence and legal and other papers of Kilby and of his son, Wilbur John Kilby (1850-1907), both lawyers, of Suffolk, Virginia, and of members of the Riddick family. The bulk of the collection dates from 1840-1889 and concerns such legal activities of the Kilbys as administration of estates, collection of bills, and adjustments of property. The collection is important in part for its records of families and social conditions of Nansemond County, Virginia.

Other important subjects include genealogical information for other families; the case of Harriet Whitehead, whose mind was impaired by the loss of her family in the Nat Turner Southampton Insurrection, 1831; freedom for slaves, with references to the work of the American Colonization Society and to life and conditions in Liberia; legal affairs of the Riddick family, Richard H. Riddick, merchant of Pantego, N.C., and agent of the Albemarle Swamp Land Company; pro-Civil War activities of the Methodist Episcopal Church; the Suffolk, Va. cholera epidemic (1849); the Panic of 1857 and the Pike's Peak, Colorado gold rush in 1859; action around Fredericksburg and Shepherdstown during the Civil War; African American soldiers in Charleston, S.C. during Reconstruction; Nansemond County, Virginia politics, especially during W. J. Kilby's career; and the Negro Reformatory Association of Virginia.

Several slave lists date from 1839-1858. The most extensive is of the Riddick family in undated legal papers. As the Office of Clerk of County burned in 1866, the legal, financial, and genealogical records are valuable for their information. A partial list of wills also exists, including the wills of Josiah Riddick, Richard Riddick, and John Glazebrook. One will, later contested, stipulates the manumission of a slave. Volumes include daybooks, memoranda, account books, notebooks, both professional and personal, as well as broadsides of land sales in Nansemond County, Virginia. The genealogical records are a photocopy of the printed genealogy of the Kilby, Jynes, Riddick, and Glazebrook families.

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Contents of the Collection

1840-1850 Apr.; case of Harriet Whitehead; photographs; information on collection
Box 1
1850 May-1852
Box 2
1853-1855 June
Box 3
1855 July-1856
Box 4
1857
Box 5
1858 Jan.-1859 Aug.
Box 6
1859 Sept.-1862
Box 7
1863-Sept. 1866
Box 8
1866 Oct-Aug 1867
Box 9
1867 Sept.-Feb. 1868
Box 10
1868 March-1868 Aug.
Box 11
1868 Sept.-1869 April
Box 12
1869 May-1870 Feb.
Box 13
1870 March-1870 Sept.
Box 14
1870 Oct.-1871 April
Box 15
1871 May-Nov.
Box 16
1871 Dec.-1872 April
Box 17
1872 May-1872 Oct.
Box 18
1872 Nov.-1873 March
Box 19
1873 April-1873 Oct.
Box 20
1873 Nov.-1874 May
Box 21
1874 June-1874 Dec.
Box 22
1875 Jan.-1875 June
Box 23
1874 July-1876 Jan.
Box 24
1876 Feb.-1876 Aug.
Box 25
1876 Sept.-1877 Sept.
Box 26
1877 Oct.-1878 Dec.
Box 27
1879-1881 June
Box 28
1881 July-1883 March
Box 29
1883 April-1886 June
Box 30
1885 July-1886 Dec.
Box 31
1887-1888 Aug.
Box 32
1888 Sept.-1890 June
Box 33
1890 July-1891
Box 34
1892 Jan.-1893 Dec.
Box 35
1894 Jan.-1895 June
Box 36
1895 July-1896 Aug.
Box 37
1896 Sept.-1897 Dec.
Box 38
1898 Jan.-1899 Dec.
Box 39
1900-1901
Box 40
1902-1905 May
Box 41
1905 June-1907 Dec. and undated
Box 42
1680-1842
Box 43
1843-1851
Box 44
1852-1855
Box 45
1856-1858
Box 46
1859-1863
Box 47
1864-1866
Box 48
1867-1868
Box 49
1869-1871 Sept.
Box 50
1871 Oct.-1874 June
Box 51
1874 July-1877
Box 52
1878-1882
Box 53
1883-1886
Box 54
1887-1892
Box 55
1893-1907
Box 56
Miscellaneous papers and undated items
(4 boxes)
Box 57-60
1814-1840s
Box 61
1840s
(2 boxes)
Box 62-63
1850s
(5 boxes)
Box 64-68
1850s-1860
Box 69
1860-1866
Box 70
1867-1869, 1860
Box 71
1860s
(2 boxes)
Box 72-3
1860s-1870s
Box 74
1870s
(5 boxes)
Box 75-79
1870s-1880s
Box 80
1880s-1890s
Box 81
1890s-1900s
Box 82
Undated
Box 83
Undated, also printed material
Box 84
Genealogy, miscellaneous papers, volumes
Box 85
Transfer, Katharine, widow of Philemon Haywood, quoting will of Henry Lowe, Sr., 1747 Oct. 13
Extract, William Crawford, 1762 Jan. 27
Extract, George Veale, 1776 Jan. 16
Extract, Samuel Veale, 1793 Mar. 12
Wm. Garrison, Jr., 1776, Accomack Co., Va.
Jonathan Garrison, 1789, Accomack Co., Va.
George Garrison, 1789, Accomack Co., Va.
George Garrison, 1788 Mar.
John Garrison, 1795, Accomack Co., Va.
Rachel Garrison, 1801, Accomack Co., Va.
Extract, George Hall, 1823 May 7
Extract, William Deams, 1825
Thomas Radwell, 1819 Jan. 2, Mansemone [Nansemond?] Co., Va.
John Glazebrook, 1824 July 13, Hanover Co. Va.
Legal document on this will, 1847 Oct.
Sarah Shivers, 1827 Nov. 28, Isle of Wight Co. Va.
Extract, Alfred Ames, 1830 Jan. 19
Extract, Josiah Riddick, 1838 Sept. 16, Nansemond Co., Va.
Extract, John Harrell, 1840 Mar. 2
Joseph Wright, 1840 May 29, Nansemond Co., Va.
Extract, William Addison, 1841 Mar. 21
William Murphrey, Nansemond Co., 1841 July 31
James Parker, 1843 Jan. 23, Nansemond Co.
Joseph Corbell, 1809 May 19
Joseph Vaughan, 1855 Aug. 3, Nansemond Co.
Thomas Tartt, 1856 Feb. 11, Norfolk Co.
Robert H. Tatem, 1856 May 21, Norfolk Co.
William Green, 1857 Jan. 5, Isle of Wight Co.
Exum Jenkins 1857 Nov. 20, Nansemond Co.
Richard Riddick, n.d., Beaufort Co., revoked in favor of later will (1857 Nov. 13?), original
Richard Riddick, 1857 Dec. 13, Beaufort Co., original
John Gray, 1858 May 25, original
Excerpts, Theoderick Robertson, 1853 July 21
Drewry Waller, 1859 May 28, Southhampton Co.
Extract, Mrs. Bunch, 1861 Aug. 12
James Majitt, 1861 Apr. 4, Va.
Lumuel Vaughan, 1862 Nov. 10, Hanover Co.; codicil, 4 June 1864
Archie C. Godwin, 1863 June 13, N.C., original
Thomas Hall, 1863 Nov. 2, Isle of Wight
William H. Goodwin, 1864 Aug. 31, Nansemond Co.
Nancy Barrett, 1855 Nov. 17, Isle of Wight, original
William H. Summerell, 1864 Nov. 14, Southampton
Ro. Laurence, 1865 Oct. 28, Nansemond
Jesse Perry, 1863 Aug 8, Nansemond

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The John Richardson Kilby papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift from 1942-1952.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Jennifer Snow, November 2013

Accessions acquired from 1942-1952 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.