A Guide to the Meriweather Family Papers, 1792-1864 Meriweather Family, Papers, 1792-1864 MS 75.4

A Guide to the Meriweather Family Papers, 1792-1864

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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
Manuscript Number MS 75.4


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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 75.4
Meriweather Family Papers, 1792-1864.
8 items.
Meriweather family.

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Preferred Citation

Meriweather Family Papers, Manuscript MS 75.4, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1975.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm M-1317.1.

Biographical/Historical Information

The Meriweathers were a prominent Virginia family. The first of their line was Nicholas Meriweather who emigrated from Wales in the eighteenth century.

Scope and Content Information

Miscellaneous papers include land grant, April 26, 1792, for 820 acres of land in Jefferson County, Va., to Nicholas Meriweather; account, November 6, 1795, Richard Bowman to William Meriweather; notice, 1853, concerning the proposed route of the Louisville and Memphis Railroad; letter, 1860, from George P. Deweer, Rome [?], to John Brener, n.p., mentioning a Mr. Ray, a "Black Republican," and the Lincoln-Douglas election; letter, 1864, "Johnny," fortifications [at] South James River [near Petersburg], military activities in the area; and three undated pieces discussing the surrender of the Confederacy, the school system, and the White Star Steamship Line.


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Land grant, 26 April 1792.
Physical Location: 1X

Copy of grant, Henry Lee to Nicholas Merriweather for 820 acres in Jefferson County.

Account, 6 November 1795.
2 pages.

Richard Bowman to William Meriweather. Hire of 2 negroes, sale of a heifer and a yearling cow.

Notice, 5 August [18]53.

Notice of a meeting of Breckinridge County, at the Courthouse in Hardinsburg, re: citizens appointing delegates to a Railroad convention in Greenville. "To take steps to secure the Louisville and Memphis Railroad through Breckenridge Co."

George P. Deweer, Rome, to John Brener, 15 August 1860.

Request B. to reply to Mr. Ray (a "Black Rep[ublican].") aim of the Douglas men is to defeat Lincoln by carrying one or two of the most important northern states for Douglas.

Johnny, at fortification South James River (near Petersburg), to "My own dear mother." 23 May 1864.

Marched from Petersburg across the Appomattox; Gen. B., Gen. Hill, describes wounds of friends.

Memo, n.d.

Concerns the establishment of a paper in the capital of this nation aimed at the surrender of the confederacy and at the bemoaning of such a deed.

Petition, Frankfort, Ken., to the General Assembly, n.d.

Petition advocating the taxing of citizens who have children between 5 and 16 to support the common school system.

"Value of micrometer," n.d.

Ms. chart of micrometer settings and values and a chart of unexplained numbers. Reverse: advertising card of Alfred Lagegren, agent for the White Star Line. Steamship Line.