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Ronald, Nicholas M.


Biographical Note

Nicholas M. Ronald was the son of William S. Ronald and Mary Crow. Before the Civil War, Ronald worked as a merchant in Blacksburg, Va. He and his fellow merchants served as an original director of the Blacksburg Savings Institute. Ronald was the younger brother to confederate soldier Charles A. Ronald. The latter led the 4th Virginia Infantry Regiment of the Stonewall Brigade during the American Civil War, but he resigned from service in September 1863 after a debilitating thigh injury sustained in battle. Both brothers owned the Phillips-Ronald house (Five Chimneys) in Blacksburg--the home of their widowed sister Sarah Kent.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Blacksburg, Virginia, Bank Embezzlement Collection

Identifier: Ms-2011-080

The eight documents (ca. 1865) within the collection detail a bank embezzlement case from the Blacksburg Branch of the Farmers Bank in Virginia. Nicholas M. Ronald, supposedly swindled patrons into writing him checks that would pay off their account deficits. Much of the collection consists of testimonials attesting to that suspicion.

Dates: ca. 1865