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Jamerson Family Papers, 1792, 1803-1919 (Ms1990-080)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1990-080


  • 1792, 1803-1919


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Jamerson Family Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical note

The Jamison (also spelled Jamerson) family was a prominent family in Franklin County, Virginia along with the Webster and Basham families. John Jamison was a business man in Franklin County who married Catherine Boone in 1806 and had 11 children. John kept detailed records of his business dealings and transactions, as well as serving as a private for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He died in Franklin County in 1864, leaving his estate to the widowed "Caty" Boone and his children. Samuel Jamison, John and "Caty"'s son, married Sarah Webster, interconnecting two prominent families of Franklin County.

Source: Find a Grave

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Acquisition Information

The Jamerson Family Papers were acquired by Special Collections in 1990.


Papers include receipts, deeds, land settlements, and correspondence from the Jamerson and other Franklin County families, including the Webster, Basham, Rayford, Akers, and Neff families. Also include fifteen Civil War Confederate soldiers' letters from John Jamerson, in the 37th Virginia Cavalry, and John Hartsel, written from Norfolk and Washington County, Virginia.

Folder 1: 1792, 1838-1919 - Jamerson Family Reciepts Collection of receipts beginning in 1792 and organized chronologically with the last one dating to 1907. Certification of business transaction of Luke Webster in 1792. Consists mostly of John Jamison Jr.'s business receipts, property tax reciepts, court proceedings (subpoenas, attorneys), state taxes, township taxes, and loans dated from 1847-1907. Includes a loan of $400 by John C. Jamison to J. Ernest Jamison, Lucy A. Jamison, Sue Jamison, and John W. Jamison on December 23rd 1907 with notes of credit until 1919 when it was paid back in full.

Folder 2: 1803-1875 - Jamerson Family - Correspondence Folder consists mainly of receipts of land payments and official documents of court proceedings between the Jamerson family, primarily John Jamison, and other families of Franklin County, namely the Pennock, Rayford, Fragg, Frailin, and Boon families, ranging from 1803-1875. Also includes John Jamison's letters Civil War letters to his family at home while he was serving in Petersburg, Washington County, and Montgomery Springs 1861-1864.

Folder 3: 1831-1876 - Webster Family - Receipts, Will and Indentures Collection of Webster Family documents primarily those of John Webster including his will, land survey, receipts, and contracts to other families namely the Webster, Holland, and Waldon families, 1832-1876. Also includes land surveys of "lots" given to Mary A. Webster and Jack L. Webster as well as various notes on bricklaying and medicine of that time period.

Folder 4: 1856-1936 - Webster Family - Correspondence Primarily contains Civil War letters from John G. Hartsel in Norfolk, VA to family members and friends in Franklin County, 1862. Also includes letters from various family members including L. Hartsel, John R. Webster, David Webster, S. E. Jamison, S. W. Peters, Katharine Webster, and Nancy Saunders along with a variety of other people from Frankline County, 1864-1914. This collection also consists of deeds, marriage bonds, and a list of births and deaths of the Peters Family from 1783-1870.

Folder 5: 1892, 1897 - Basham Family Deeds (Manuscript Copies) This folder consists of documents pertaining to deeds between James S. Basham and B. Rigney on July 23, 1892 and one between James S. Basham and Sarah A. Basham on May 31, 1897. Deeds outline payment amount, allotment of time, and conditions of contract as well as the trustees involved.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Jamerson Family Papers was completed in September 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US