Inventory of the Byers Family Papers 1806-1928 Byers Family Papers 1806-1928. Mss. 65 B99

Inventory of the Byers Family Papers 1806-1928

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Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Collection Number: Mss. 65 B99


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Special Collections, College of William and Mary
Collection number
Mss. 65 B99
Byers Family Papers, 1806-1928.
884 items.
Byers Family, Joseph Byers, Samuel C. Byers, Robert C. Byers.
The Byers Family Papers include personal and business correspondence; accounts and ledger books; of Joseph Byers, who repaired water wells; Samuel C. Byers; Howard Byers; and other various members of the Byers family of Augusta County, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

Byers Family Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Purchased: 884 items, 10/01/1940.

Alternative Form

Microfilm available.

Scope and Content Information

The Byers Family Papers include personal and business correspondence; accounts, and business records of the members of the Byers family of Augusta County, Virginia, especially those papers belonging to Joseph Byers, who repaired wells; Samuel C. Byers; and Robert C. Byers. This collection also includes report cards, 1890-1893, of Edwin C. and Howard Byers, and a few letters of James C. Byers, and Leila Byers.



This inventory has been organized into seven Series: 1. Personal Correspondence; 2. Business Correspondence; 3. Accounts, Bills and Receipts; 4. Legal Papers; 5. Printed Material; 6. Miscellaneous Items; 7. Ledger and Account Book.


Materials in this collection are separated into series and then arranged chronologically by date. Those items with no date or an unknown date are placed at the end of the series.

Separated Material

The following newspapers were removed, and added to the Newspaper Collection:

Index Terms

Additional Seperated Material

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

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Components List

Personal Correspondence, 1820-1906, n.d.. 1:1-4, Box-folder
Series 1
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Business Correspondence, 1834-1904, n.d.. 1:5, Box-folder
Series 2: Business Correspondence

Business correspondence of the Byers family, Augusta County, Virginia, including Samuel Byer's correspondence with various individuals concerning payment of debts; use of a gate near Mt. Sidney, Augusta County, Virginia; execution of bonds; and purchase of land, 1834-1878; also including correspondence of Robert and Rebecca Byers, Fort Defiance, Augusta County, Virginia, with commission merchants and other individuals concerning the sale of farm products and livestock, such as butter, hay, cattle and hogs; concerning the hiring of farm laborers and lawsuit by a laborer; building a barn; payment on notes; sale, rental, and taxes on farm land; and correspondence with a farm machinery co. concerning machinery and fertilizers, 1880-1894, and n.d.

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Accounts, Bills and Receipts, 1808-1908, n.d.. 2:1-5, Box-folder
Series 3: Accounts, Bills and Receipts
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Legal Papers, 1829-1898, n.d.. 4:1, Box-folder
Series 4: Legal Papers

Legal papers of Samuel C. Byers including record of appointment as surveyor; summons to appear in court; and papers dealing with settlement of James Patterson's and William Craig's estates involving the sale and rental of land, and sale and hiring out of slaves; of Sam[ue]l Clarke for a claim to money owed by William A. Truck; of Sarah A. Finley for the rental of a farm to Joseph Altapher; Robert C. Byers dealing with the settlement of S[amuel] B. Weller's inheritance and arbitration over a land dispute; of H[oward] S. Byers including a partner ship agreement with Frank Winter and J. D. Creager to become a firm of general merchants; sample draft of an inventory of an estate; lists of taxable property including white males, slaves, livestock, wagons, and home furnishings; indenture of bargain and sale between William and Matilda Craig, and the legal heirs of James Patterson for 180 acres of land in Augusta County, Virginia.

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Printed Material, 1828-1928, n.d.. 4:2, Box-folder
Series 5: Printed Material

Printed material, including an electoral ticket for John Quincy Adams and Richard Rush, 1828; Abstract of the Laws relating to the…Surveyors of Roadsfor Augusta County, Virginia; list commissioner's sale of lands; advertisements for farm implements, pianos, livestock, shoes, medicine, and a plant nursery, some including printed pictures; electoral tickets for Middle River Township; broadsides containing weekly price lists for produce, livestock, furs, etc. in Richmond; religious material including daily lessons, a manual for the Presbyterian Progressive Program (1922-23), and financial information for home missions; an Eastern Normal College Catalogue; fiscal report for Staunton National Valley Bank; and a personal property tax form.

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Miscellaneous, 1839-1906, n.d.. 4:3-4, Box-folder
Series 5: Miscellaneous
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Ledger and Account Books, 1806-1902.. 5:1-14, Box-folder
Series 6: Ledger and Account Books
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