The Resource Papers of the Meade-Funsten families, (manuscript)

Papers of the Meade-Funsten families, (manuscript)

Papers of the Meade-Funsten families, 1792-1926
Papers of the Meade-Funsten families
Inclusive dates
  • Include business and personal correspondence, 1811-1906, of David Meade ("Pidgy"), William H. Fitzhugh Meade ("Buck"), and their mother, Louisa Washington Meade, regarding family matters; Frederick and Clarke County, Va., society; David Meade's studies at Princeton; and the death of George W. Nelson
  • Topics also include Christian response to suffering; troop movements and camp life during the Civil War; the terms of surrender at Appomattox; relatives in Texas; the death of Buck Meade; the Nelson family; sermon notes; and courtship. Correspondents include C.W. Andrews and Granville Penn
  • Also include letters of Susan Meade Funsten, sister to David Meade and William H. Fitzhugh Meade, regarding her flight from Alexandria, Va., before the Union invasion, her poverty after the Civil War, and the difficulty of raising children under these conditions
  • Also include Meade family correspondence, 1885, regarding genealogy, reinterment of family remains, and local support for a Meade family member's congressional campaign; letter, 1886, from a former slave to Meade and Funsten family members, with annotations, n.d., from David Meade
  • Also include business and personal correspondence, 1829-1862, of Richard E. Byrd, regarding slave health and hiring; Virginia politics, especially regarding slavery and secession; and miscellaneous Byrd family correspondence, 1838-1865, regarding scarlet fever, and prisoners of war at Ft. McHenry, Md., and in New Orleans, La
  • Also include Funsten family correspondence, 1835-1899, regarding family and social matters; temperance pledges; scarlet fever; travel in Georgia, Louisiana, Cuba, and Germany; politics in Alexandria, Va.; and the 1st Bull Run campaign
  • Also include letters, 1864, of George W. Ward, written while a first-year cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, to his mother, regarding Civil War news, especially the battle of New Market; newspaper fragments, 1885, from the Southwest Examiner of Abingdon, Va., describing an assassination attempt on Judge George W. Ward; legal papers, 1889-1892; and other Ward family correspondence, n.d. and 1895, describing the Civil War's effect on the family, and missionary work in China
  • Also include miscellaneous business and legal papers, 1792-1906, including correspondence, bills, receipts, promissory notes, accounts, judgments, and land records concerning property in the states of Louisiana, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia
  • Also include miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1807-1896, regarding Virginia and Washington, D.C. social life and customs, the morality of dancing, an Emancipation Day parade, Brandon, Mo., and travel in Massachusetts
  • Undated miscellany include letter fragment of Ann R. Page regarding family matters; description of a medieval clock; list of home remedies for common ailments; and lyrics for "The Ole Battered Banjo," written in African-American dialect
Biographical or historical data
Represented in the collection are the Funsten family of Frederick County, Va., the Meade family of Clarke and Frederick counties, Va., and Richard Evelyn Byrd (1800-1872), lawyer of Frederick County, Va.
Cataloging source
Papers of the Meade-Funsten families, (manuscript)
Some items in fragile condition
  • Special Collections
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ALM1013
  • (OCoLC)32671932
Type of unit




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