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Guide to the William D. Smith papers, 1816-1921

Summary

William Doddridge Smith was a land owner, Justice of the Peace, and attorney in Clarke County, Virginia. The collection is mainly comprised of diaries, account books, ledgers, and an autograph album from several members of his extended family and covers multiple generations who lived at various times in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio. Surnames represented are: Page, Smith, Thompson, and Williams. Three of the diaries are written by H.M. Williams (b.1842), who traveled to Cincinnati as a Christian missionary in 1882. Her diaries record her daily activities such as visiting the sick, attending meetings of various social and religious societies, and teaching Sunday school. One notebook was written by Mary Page Thompson (b. 1869) while she attended State Normal School in Baltimore (Md.) 1889, and includes notes on biology, psychology, and religion, including notes on a discussion of Christian missionary work in China. There are several items relating to Philip Doddridge Thompson (b. 1838), a Christian minister who worked in several states and one ledger that indicates that William Doddridge Smith was a Justice of the Peace in Clarke County, Virginia in 1866. The collection also includes one folder of indentures, deeds, and wills, the bulk of which was created during 1816-1854 and is related to the business and legal dealings of William Doddridge Smith and his father, Edward Jaquelin Smith, who were active in Virginia and West Virginia. There is also one folder of correspondence, photographs, clippings, and ephemera.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11646
Title
William D. Smith papers
Date
1816-1921
Creator
Smith, William D.
Extent
0.75 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Mainly diaries, account books, ledgers, and an autograph album from multiple members of the Page, Smith, Thompson, and Williams families who lived in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Ohio. Three of the diaries are written by H.M. Williams (b.1842), who traveled to Cincinnati as a Christian missionary in 1882. Her diaries record her daily activities such as visiting the sick, attending meetings of various social and religious societies, and teaching Sunday school. One notebook was written by Mary Page Thompson (b. 1869) while she attended State Normal School in Baltimore (Md.) 1889, and includes notes on biology, psychology, and religion, including notes on a discussion of Christian missionary work in China. There are several items relating to Philip Doddridge Thompson (b. 1838), a Christian minister who worked in several states and one ledger that indicates that William Doddridge Smith was a Justice of the Peace in Clarke County, Virginia in 1866. Collection also includes one folder of indentures, deeds, and wills the bulk of which was created during 1816-1854 and is related to the business and legal dealings of William Doddridge Smith and his father, Edward Jaquelin Smith, who were active in Virginia and West Virginia. There is also one folder of correspondence, photographs, clippings, and ephemera.

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Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], William D. Smith papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Deeds, wills, and indentures, 1816-1854, 1910
Box 1
Thompson and Smith family records, 1838-1950
Box 1
Correspondence, photographs, clippings, and ephemera, 1866-1921
Box 1
Records of judgments rendered by William D. Smith, Justice of Clarke County, 1866-1869, 1881
Box 1
Supplies and employment ledger, 1872-1883
Box 1
Account book and list of sermons preached at Markham, Emmanuel, and Leeds Chapels, 1874-1912
Box 1
Account book, 1878
Box 1
Mrs. C.V. Hale's estate in account with W.D. Smith committee, 1878-1880
Box 2
Annie W. Smith's autograph notebook, 1881-1888
Box 2
Diary of H.F. Williams, 1882-1885
Box 2
Account book, 1883-1897
Box 2
Supplies and employment ledger, 1884-1901
Box 2
Mary P. Thompson notebook from State Normal School, 1889
Box 2
Leeds Parish church ledger, 1877-1896
Box 2
Diary of H.F. Williams, 1888

Presumed to be H.F. Williams's diary by similarity of handwriting.

Box 3
Diary of H.F. Williams, 1891

Presumed to be H.F. Williams's diary by similarity of handwriting.

Box 3
Agnes P. Smith book of recipes, 1902
Box 3
Attendance and gradebook, 1921
Box 3
Account book, undated
Box 3
Guestbook, undated
Box 3
 

Historical Note

William D. Smith was a land owner, Justice of the Peace, and attorny in Clarke County, Virginia. There are several other family members represented in the collection.


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Provenance

The William D. Smith papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1957.

Processing Information

Processed by Laurin Penland, July 2018.

Accessions described in this collection guide: 56-397, 56-489.