The Resource Henkel-Miller family papers, (manuscript)

Henkel-Miller family papers, (manuscript)

Henkel-Miller family papers, 1793-1910
Henkel-Miller family papers
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Miller-Henkel collection
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  • The collection concerns the Shenandoah Valley German American families of Henkel and Miller and the operations of the Henkel Press in New Market, Va
  • Journals of the Rev. Paul Henkel, an itinerant Lutheran pastor record his travels, family events, birth records and Shenandoah Valley history
  • Much of the correspondence concerns Solomon D. Henkel and his multifaceted career as manager of the Henkel Press physician, postmaster and educator. The operation of the press and bookselling are the major topics. Other topics include the decline of the German language in the Shenandoah Valley, and the Lutheran Church, particiularly mission travel and the translations and printings of theological works. Members of the Miller family of Winchester, Va., correspond frequently on business matters and convey family and local news
  • Of interest are a series of letters on the War of 1812, including a discussion of the moral implications of military service, conditions at Camp Crossroads and the defense of Baltimore particularly the battle of North Point and the bombardment of Ft. McHenry where the writer, William Warner, noted "naught could be seen but the light of Rockets and the bursting of Bombs thrown from their shipping at our fort...." There is also a song about the defeat of St. Clair in the North West Territory
  • The collection also contains letters from Congressman John Smith, 1805-1811, discussing national politics, foreign affairs and the prelude to the War of 1812; a letter from Jacob Woltz, 1811 February 9, concerning the hanging of slaves in Fincastle who had murdered their masters; a letter from Warner and Schaeffer of Baltimore, 1813 March 26, on avoiding British troop movements when shipping goods; a letter from Matthias Kin noting the death of Henry Muhlenberg, 1815 June 8; a letter from Jacob Lawton describing life in 19th century Arkansas; a letter from John Barnett regarding deaths from consumption, 1816 June 15; letters from Ananias Davisson concerning books for his singing school, 1817-1820; letters from Sylvanus Henkel on his journey to Ohio; and letters from Gideon Jones, 1818 November, concerning the Cherokees of Georgia, the secret Green Corn Dance and African slaves of Native Americans. There is a brief mention of the New Madrid earthquake of Februay 1812
  • Other correspondents include John Bottler, Augustus Bournier, John Buckius, William Davison, Heinrich Diefenbach, Aldoph Flodoardo, Jonathan Foster, John Gruber, J. H. C. Helmuth, David Jackson, Henry Keerl and sons, William Kreps, William Marshall, F. A. Mayo, Solomon Meyer, Red Bud Paper Mill, Heinrich Muhlenberg, William M. Reynolds, Samuel Saur[Sower], Charles F. S[c]haeffer, J. G. Schmucker, J. N. Stirewalt, L. M. Trimper, Laurentz Wartmann, and Philip Williams
  • Memoranda books of Samuel G. Henkel are a detailed source of infomation on shipping to Winchester and New Market from New York, Philiadelphia, Baltimore and Alexandria
  • In addition the collection contains a few scattered accounts and shipping orders; miscellaneous legal documents including indentures, articles of agreements and Saul Henkel's appointment as militia lieutenant; a transcription "Second journey of Dr. Solomon Henkel to Philadelphia"; genealogy; photographs or photographs of portraits of family members and the original press building; sample of marbling paper; Samuel Henkel's memorandum books, 1823-18236; and various devotional books, memorandum books, notebooks of family members; and two engraving cuts for bookplates for Solomon and Rebecca Henkel
  • The collection also contains manuscripts of religious and medical articles including a preface to the second edition of Paul Henkel's Hymn Book, a Latin-German study book by Solomon Henkel, proceedings of a special conference in Madison County, 1817, an animal history with two accompanying illustrations by Samuel G. Henkel, a "Negro song" by Saul Henkel with an abolitionist theme
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English and German
Henkel-Miller family papers, (manuscript)
  • Special Collections
Series I. Topical including Henkel Press. -- Series II. Henkel family chronological. -- Series III. Manuscripts
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Coles Special Collections Fund, 2008/2009.
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