Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers, 1752-1924 Ms.1993.011

Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers, 1752-1924 Ms.1993.011


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Betsy Reed, Graduate Assistant and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1993.011
Title
Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers,1752-1924
URL:
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=vt/viblbv01282.xml
Quantity
0.5 Cubic Feet, 1 box
Creator
John family
Creator
Bigler family
Creator
Sessler family
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, and accounting receipts and records relating to the Bigler, Sessler, and John families of southwest Virginia.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers, Ms1993-011, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was acquired by Special Collections in 1993.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers was completed in October 2013.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, and accounting receipts and records relating to the Bigler, Sessler, and John families who were connected to each other through marriage and resided predominantly in rural Southwest Virginia. The collection contains a varied array of documents including a math workbook from 1803, which belonged to Mark E. Sessler; a share cropping agreement between John Patterson and George Odewait from 1820; and a letter from Priscilla R. John to "Moll," which gives a very detailed description of revival and prayer meeting in Montgomery Co. in 1859. The documents in this collection provide insight into several facets of daily life in Southwest Virginia from the mid eighteenth century through the early twentieth century through the perspectives of members of the Bigler, Sessler, and John families.

Arrangement

Physical arrangement of the collection reflects the order in which the collection was received. The "Contents List" groups like materials together into series.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)
  • Slavery -- United States
  • Virginia, Southwest

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Bigler-Sessler-John Family Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

Correspondence and Invitations.
  • Letter from Dora Lee to Mrs. Seesler, May 31, 1887. 1, box-folder folder: 2,
  • Letter from P. Ruth to Naomi John, August 7, 1857. 1, box-folder folder: 4,
  • Letter from Naomi John to Mary, March 1, 1860. 1, box-folder folder: 5,
  • Letter from Priscilla R. John to Moll, August 24, 1859. 1, box-folder folder: 6,
  • Letter from Sue to Naomi John, September 1863. 1, box-folder folder: 8,
  • Free Franked by H. A. Edmundson Letter to Naomi John, March 2, 1865. 1, box-folder folder: 9,
  • Letter from France to Cousin Mattie (Sessler), December 13, 1878. 1, box-folder folder: 10,
  • Envelope addressed to Miss Mattie Sessler, October 22, from Texas. 1, box-folder folder: 12,
  • Letter from France to Cousin Mattie (Sessler), February 12, 1878/79. 1, box-folder folder: 15,
  • Letter from Wm. J. Walker (indenture) 1752. 1, box-folder folder: 16,
  • Turned envelope addressed to Naomi John, March 22. 1, box-folder folder: 17,
  • Letter to Mr. Biglor from John Gosogen, November 30, 1804. 1, box-folder folder: 19,
  • Letter from George W. P. of Poplar Groce to Jo, January 22, 1857. 1, box-folder folder: 24,
  • Letter from George J. Etzler to J. B. Sesler, April 10, 1875. 1, box-folder folder: 25,
  • Letter from Dr. H. Black to Mr. James John, February 25, 1857. 1, box-folder folder: 27,
  • Letter from Eliza Hammon to Martha John, July 22, 1853. 1, box-folder folder: 28,
  • Letter from Naomi to Mrs. Elizabeth Sessler ("Lizzi"), October 27, 1889. 1, box-folder folder: 29,
  • Letter from Naomi to Mattie, January 8, 1890. 1, box-folder folder: 30,
  • Letter to Martha John from Sarah Henderson, August 10 (no year given). 1, box-folder folder: 31,
  • Letter to Mary Ann John from sister (no date). 1, box-folder folder: 32,
  • Letter to Lomie from Peter M. Deeds, May 30, 1875. 1, box-folder folder: 33,
  • Letter to Lomie (no date). 1, box-folder folder: 34,
  • Letter from Naomi Bishop to her sister Elizabeth Sessler, March 3 and 8, 1897. 1, box-folder folder: 35,
  • Letter from Naomi John Bishop to family, March 15, 1868. 1, box-folder folder: 36,
  • Letter from M. E. Gordin to family, April 18, 1882. 1, box-folder folder: 37,
  • Letter and cober from N. B. [Naomi Bishop] to Mrs. T. S. Henderson, December 31, 1876. 1, box-folder folder: 39,
  • 1 letter and 3 documents concerning case of David John, disabled son of deceased James and Anna John. 1, box-folder folder: 40,
  • Letter from Martha to her sister Lizzie Sesler, February 15, 1883. 1, box-folder folder: 41,
  • Letter from Mark Sessler and his brother to Mattie, September 17, 1878. 1, box-folder folder: 42,
  • Letter from Naomi (John) Bishop to her father James John, November 1, 1875. 1, box-folder folder: 43,
  • Letter from M. E. Armstrong to Annie Gardner. 1, box-folder folder: 46,
  • Letter from Penelope L. Holbrook to Naomi John, June 14, 1852. 1, box-folder folder: 47,
  • Letter from James John to his wife, March 6, 1858. 1, box-folder folder: 48,
  • Letter to Mattie Sesler, March 29, 1878. 1, box-folder folder: 49,
  • Miscellaneous folder #1. 1, box-folder folder: 55,
  • Letter from D. C. Allen to M. E. Sessler, Esq., February 23, 1893. 1, box-folder folder: 59,
  • Letter from Mattie Sessler to W. A. Watkins, May 10, 1882. 1, box-folder folder: 60,
  • Letter from Mattie [Sessler] to James B. Watkins, November 2, 1883. 1, box-folder folder: 61,
  • Letter from James L. Watkins (first page missing). 1, box-folder folder: 62,
  • Letter from James L. Watkins to his brother, September 19, 1906. 1, box-folder folder: 63,
  • Letter from James L. Watkins to Brother, July 8, 1906. 1, box-folder folder: 64,
  • Letter from J. B. Watkins to Mattie Sessler, March 19,1889. 1, box-folder folder: 65,
  • Letter from S. A. Watkins to brother, May 7, 1890. 1, box-folder folder: 66,
  • Letter from B. D. Painter to Mrs. J. B. Watkins, February 28, 1925. 1, box-folder folder: 67,
  • Wedding invitation to Mr. J. B. Watkins and family, Frances Marron Jamison to Marshall W. Mangus, October 18, 1910. 1, box-folder folder: 68,
  • Letter from Pearl watkins to mother Mrs. J. B. Watkins, October 13, 1902. 1, box-folder folder: 69,
  • Letter from Jane S. Dame Wood to unknown recipient, January 14, 1877. 1, box-folder folder: 70,
  • Letter from C. Byrd Manges to Mattie Sessler, December 17, 1878. 1, box-folder folder: 71,
  • Letter from Allice Walters to Cousin Anna Gardner, January 23, 1887. 1, box-folder folder: 72,
  • Letter from James B. Watkins to Mattie sessler, January 3, 1883. 1, box-folder folder: 73,
  • Letter from J. B. Watkins to Mattie Sessler, September 12, 1884. 1, box-folder folder: 74,
  • Letter from J. B. Watkins to Mattie Sessler, September 15, 1878. 1, box-folder folder: 75,
  • Letter to M. E. Sessler, October 18, 1893. 1, box-folder folder: 76,
  • Letter to Mattie from Uncle Harvey, June 12, 1882. 1, box-folder folder: 77,
  • Letter from J. H. H. Figgat to Mr. M. E. Sessler, October 18, 1891. 1, box-folder folder: 78,
  • Letter to "sister" from unknown author, no date. 1, box-folder folder: 79,
  • Letter from Martha E. Brown to Emma and (reverse side) Naomi Bishop to Lizzie, February 10 and February 11, 1880. 1, box-folder folder: 80,
  • Letter from J. J. Bishop to Grandma, February 10, 1880. 1, box-folder folder: 81,
  • Letter from Priscilla [John] to her sister Tabitha S. Henderson, February 7, 1876. 1, box-folder folder: 82,
  • Letter to Mary Ann John from Sussanna McDonald (no date). 1, box-folder folder: 84,
  • Letter from M. A. Kirby to family (no date). 1, box-folder folder: 86,
  • Letter from M. W. Jones to Emma, June 5, 1888. 1, box-folder folder: 89,
  • Letter to James John from I. Frances, July 21, 1849. 1, box-folder folder: 21,
Financial, Land, and Legal Documents.
  • Share Cropping Agreement between John Patterson and George Odewait, February 27, 1820. 1, box-folder folder: 7,
  • Account bill for Jacob Brunk to settle account of Jacob Garman, deceased, October 16, 1823. 1, box-folder folder: 11,
  • A list of hands for the road John Sessler, surveyor 1825. 1, box-folder folder: 13,
  • Sesler Family births. 1, box-folder folder: 14,
  • Note of payment of John Sesler, April 19, 1826. 1, box-folder folder: 18,
  • Montgomery Co. Deed- Zacheriah Stanley to Henry Myers (Miers), April 4, 1797. 1, box-folder folder: 20,
  • Note of Payment from Morse Bigler to John Beckener c. October 1792. 1, box-folder folder: 22,
  • Claim of Jacob Bigler on Ambrose Myers, November 5, 1832. 1, box-folder folder: 23,
  • Indenture between Robert Watkins and Moses and William Watkins [Deed], June 14, 1851. 1, box-folder folder: 38,
  • Bill from R. H. Kyle and Co. to William John, John, and Son, Fincastle, August 21, 1829. 1, box-folder folder: 44,
  • Deed from John C. Gish to Mark B. Sessler, September 24, 1845. 1, box-folder folder: 45,
  • Notes and Receipts Folder #1. 1, box-folder folder: 50,
  • Notes and Receipts folder #2. 1, box-folder folder: 51,
  • Notes and Receipts Folder #3. 1, box-folder folder: 52,
  • Notes and Receipts Folder #4. 1, box-folder folder: 53,
  • Statement and Settlement of Accounts of M. E. Sessler, May 1900. 1, box-folder folder: 54,
  • Miscellaneous folder #2. 1, box-folder folder: 56,
  • Miscellaneous folder #3. 1, box-folder folder: 57,
  • Miscellaneous folder #4. 1, box-folder folder: 58,
  • List of accounts payable by James John to William A. Obenshain, October 21, 1846. 1, box-folder folder: 83,
  • Accounts payable by Jacob Bigler to John Layman, 1835-1844. 1, box-folder folder: 85,
  • Bill of Account of James John from J. R. C. Brown, October 26, 1844. 1, box-folder folder: 87,
  • Bill of Account to J. A. Bass, deceased from Moses Watkins, March-June 1861. 1, box-folder folder: 88,
  • Legal document to appoint Thos. W. Wrenne to represent Maggie G. Clark, February 13, 1895. 1, box-folder folder: 90,
Notebooks and Ephemera.
  • German Writing Exercise on Rag Paper. 1, box-folder folder: 1,
  • Fancy Lettering Compliments of Sessler. 1, box-folder folder: 3,
  • Math workbook of Mark E. Sesler, 1803, (Includes 1788 Fragment from an Architecture workbook). 1, box-folder folder: 26,