The Resource Papers of the Pocket Plantation, (manuscript)

Papers of the Pocket Plantation, (manuscript)

Papers of the Pocket Plantation, 1720-1923
Papers of the Pocket Plantation
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Pocket Plantation papers
  • The papers consist of business and personal records, 1740-1923, of Pocket Plantation, Pittsylvania County, detailing economic matters, plantation management and life, agricultural concerns, tobacco and hemp culture and trade, iron manufacturing, dealings with Scottish merchants, slavery, and family and social matters
  • Papers of John Smith, 1740-1776, contain legal papers relating to the estate of Peter Jefferson, the original owner of Pocket Plantation, including twenty receipts signed by Peter Jefferson for surveys 1755 February 4-1756 March 26 and John Smith, Jr.'s list of surveyor's fees owed Peter Jefferson, 1762 October 4
  • Other Smith papers contain items pertinent to the early history of Albemarle and Goochland Counties including land surveys, sheriff-fees, claims against the Albemarle Court for wolf bounties (1750), detailed economic records concerning the tobacco and hemp market, and general stores, and Virginia Militia records. Firms, and merchants involved include Callaway & Trent, Samuel Calland & Co., Robert Cowan, John Ross, John Hook, James Lyle, Alexander Burner, Archibald Byrne, Alexander Stewart, Alexander Speirs, and Smith's factor Alexander Banks
  • Of interest are two letters, 1755, to Gov. Robert Dinwiddie from George Washington and R. Orme describing General Edward Braddock's defeat and a letter, 1766, mentioning repeal of the Stamp Act
  • Papers of Ralph Smith, 1776-1827, contain Revolutionary War records for Pittsylvania and Bedford counties, including tables reflecting depreciation of currency, and lists of food and clothing requisitions for the Continental Army. Account books record tobacco sales to Harry Innes, David Ross, John Ward, James Callaway and John Hook, slave records, and purchases at New London, Va., general stores
  • Papers of the Clement family, 1828-1923, chiefly of George Clement, contain papers pertaining to the settlement of Ralph Smith's estate, inventories, slave inventories and accounts, tax receipts, doctors' account books, overseers' agreements, and materials on the Gold Rush of 1849, and westward migration. There are also slave impressment receipts, 1864; and military records, 1890-1897, of Harry Clement for his service with the United States Cavalry, together with his correspondence with the Odd Fellows
  • Correspondence of Calloway family members pertains to education, camp meetings and conversions, religion, social life, agricultural matters, and concerns about overseers
  • The papers also contain memoirs, 1861-1865, of Isaac Coles, corporal of 6th Regt., Virginia Cavalry, with anecdotes regarding camp life, a skirmish at Laurel Hill, W. Va. (1861), typhoid fever in camp, the Shenandoah Valley Campaign (1862), Stonewall Jackson, the Battle of Cross Keys, his presence at Turner Ashby's death, and his capture at Brandy Station (1863)
  • Topics also include imprisonment and escape attempts at various Union prisoners-of-war camps, hostilities between prisoners and Afro-American guards, (primarily the 54th Massachusetts), and his decision to take the loyalty oath in 1865
  • A letter, 1862, of B.T. Clement to his mother concerns lack of clothing and shoes, low opinion of his captain, and dissatisfaction with army life; and letter, 1863, from Henry W. Clement concerning camp life
  • The papers also include copies of the musters of the following regiments and companies from Pittsylvania County, Va.: 38th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Company H; 53rd Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Company I; 46th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Company C; Chatham (Va.) Home Guards; 6th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, Company E; and Ringgold Battery, Virginia Artillery, Company B
  • There are also account books, 1795-1824, of a blacksmith; a lawyer's fee and expense book, 1849-1851; land patents, 1766-1803, for Franklin County, Va.; a book of eighteenth-century colonial quitrents; and a Sunday School primer
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Biographical or historical data
Represented in the collection are: John Smith (1725-1776), sub-surveyor and sub-sheriff of Albemarle County, Va., later a planter of Pittsylvania County, Va.; his son, Ralph Smith, planter of Pittsylvania County, Va.; and his grandson-in-law, George W. Clement, physician and planter of Pittsylvania County, Va.
Cataloging source
Papers of the Pocket Plantation, (manuscript)
Forms part of the Tracy W. McGregor Library
  • Special Collections
Cumulative index finding aids
Card Index available.
3,000 (ca.)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ALN4456
  • (OCoLC)647850955
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