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Elizabeth G. Elliott Collection(1755–1793, 1832–1871)

  • MS 1989.25
  • Microfilm: M-1819
  • 12 vols., and 173 pieces

Collection includes papers of Warwick and York county resident Elizabeth G. Elliott (d. 1856), widow of Kemp P. Elliott (d. ca. 1836); memoranda books of Warwick County sheriff Thomas Moss; woodcutter Thomas Hogg; and Williamsburg attorney Sydney Smith.

Papers of Elizabeth G. Elliott include accounts, receipts, decrees, bonds, letters, and other material. Included are receipts for taxes from York and Warwick counties; accounts for construction and repair of carriages or “gigs;” several doctors’ accounts for treatment of Mrs. Elliott and her slaves; receipts from carpenters for building coffins for slaves; many bonds for the annual rental of slaves; legal material concerning the estate of Kemp P. Elliott; a Robert Anderson letter (1848); accounts for hauling wood for Thomas Hogg, Jr.; receipts for board at the Eastern Lunatic Asylum for a slave; and Mrs. Elliott’s estate matters administered by Daniel P. Curtis.

Several memoranda books—apparently of Thomas Moss—list taxpayers and amounts in Warwick County (1852–1856) and include hours worked by various individuals, as well as many other accounts (1849–1860). One memorandum book (1850–1853) lists execution of bond payments, carriage repairs, and writs in the circuit court of Warwick County. Account book (1788–1793) of lawyer J. Wickham lists personal and business expenses and expenditures with various individuals, ferry expenses to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and a satiric prose poem (1755) entitled: “On Sundry Inhabitants of Yorkto[wn] by Doctor Porterfield.” Account book and loose papers (1853–1871) of Williamsburg attorney Sydney Smith concern debt cases; litigation; bond accounts; administration of rental, clothing, and medical needs of a slave for the slave owner; and medical account of the R.W. Bucktrout family with Leonard Henley.