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Guide to the Winn family papers, 1780-1925

Abstract

Collection contains personal and business correspondence, papers, and volumes, mainly of John Winn (d. 1844), farmer, lawyer, and postmaster, and his son, Philip James Winn, physician and postmaster of Fluvanna Co., Va., and of the Winn (Wynn) family. The papers of the elder Winn relate to bounty claims of Revolutionary veterans, personal and business affairs, and include information about "Bremo," the plantation of Gen. John Hartwell Cocke. The papers of Philip James Winn relate to his education at the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, his career in medicine, the service of his brothers in the Confederate Army, and family activities, and include a description of the religious service of the Dunkards, records of the invention and patenting of a "new gate latch," and a letter of William H. Winn describing the battles of Bethel (1861) and Gettysburg (1863). More than half the collection consists of receipts and bills connected chiefly with John Winn's work in Revolutionary bounty lands and with Philip James Winn's invention. Twenty-seven volumes include post office accounts of John Winn and of his successor, Philip James Winn; a letter book concerning the "New Gate Latch"; accounts of the estate of Samuel Kidd; letter books; ledgers; medical notes; and records of births and deaths of slaves.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Winn family papers
Extent
5.0 linear feet, 9 boxes, 2,684 items, 27 vols.
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

Collection Overview

Family and business correspondence of John Winn (d. 1844); of his wife Lucy Winn; and of their numerous children, including Philip James Winn. The correspondence of John Winn, farmer, lawyer, postmaster at Winnsville, captain in the War of 1812, and agent for General John Hartwell Cocke, includes information on Bremo, the plantation of the latter, including also a list of periodicals subscribed to by Cocker and legal cases relative to Revolutionary bounty land.

Correspondence centering around Philip James Winn includes information on the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, both of which he attended; one letter with a description of the unusual religious services of the Dunkards; a deed for land purchased by a free Negro; records of the invention and patenting of a 'New Gate Latch' by Philip J. Winn; and the interest of various members of the family in law, medicine, agriculture, mechanics, business, religion, and the operation of a stagecoach line between Richmond and Staunton, Virginia.

Collection also Includes a letter of William H. Winn containing detailed descriptions of the battles of Bethel, 1861, and Gettysburg, 1863, in which he participated as a Confederate soldier. More than half the collection consists of receipts and bills connected chiefly with John Winn's work in Revolutionary bounty lands and with Philip James Winn's invention. Twenty-seven volumes include post office accounts of John Winn and of his successor, Philip James Winn; a letter book concerning the 'New Gate Latch'; accounts of the estate of Samuel Kidd; letter books; ledgers; medical notes; and records of births and deaths of slaves.

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Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1780-1837
(6 folders)
Box 1
Letters, 1837-1865
(7 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1866-1925 and undated
Box 3
Legal papers, bills, etc., 1770-1829
(4 folders)
Box 4
Legal papers, bills, etc., 1830-1838
(5 folders)
Box 5
Legal papers, bills, etc., 1839-1854
(5 folders)
Box 6
Legal papers, bills, etc., 1855-1880
(5 folders)
Box 7
Legal papers, bills, etc., 1881-1892 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 8
Drawings, printed materials, pictures, undated
(3 folders)
Box 8
Other writings and fragments, undated
(2 folders)
Box 8
Bound volumes

Bound volumes not itemized below are boxed together here.

Box 9
Memoranda book, 1852-1858
Volume S:4172
Journal, 1878
Volume M:4173
Account book, 1832-1842
Volume L:4175
Account book (Post Master's), 1836
Volume M:4176
Account Book (Post Master's), 18399-1840
Volume F:4178
Account book, 1841-1842
Volume M:4179
Account book, 1870-1888
Volume F:4181
Account book, 1877-1874
Volume L:4182
Account book, 1892-1893
Volume L:4184
Day book, 1832
Volume L:4185
Letter book, 1885-1887
Volume L:4186
Ledger, 1893
Volume L:4187
Ledger, 1898-1900
Volume L:4188
Medical notes, 1883
Volume M:4189
Account book, 1833-1838

Records of soldiers from Virginia who served in the War of 1812. Kept by an attorney for purposes of obtaining pensions for ex-soldiers.

Volume S:4190
Account book, 1853-1864
Volume M:4193
Account book, 1845
Volume M:4196
Lecture notes (Medical), 1847-1849
Volume M:4197
Ledger, 1889
Volume L:4198
Letter book, 1883-1887
Volume L:4199
Records of births and deaths of slaves, 1775-1924
Volume S:4200

Historical Note

John Winn (d. 1844), was a farmer, lawyer, and postmaster in Fluvanna County, Virginia. His son, Philip James Winn, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, was a physician and also postmaster of Fluvanna County. He also served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and was present at the Battles of Bethel (1861) and Gettysburg (1863).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Winn Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Winn Family Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1933 and 1951.

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