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H. A. Buchanan Ledger

Identifier: Ms-1988-026

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single ledger, maintained by H. A. Buchanan, of Smyth County, Virginia. The ledger records Buchanan's work as agent for Fayetta Peterson (aka Mrs. W. J. Peterson). The ledger entries, commencing in 1897, include such expenditures as supplies, taxes, and incidentals; and income from rent, dividends, and interest. The entries end in 1910. Inserted in the ledger are two receipts and an undated note to "Fay."


  • 1897 - 1910


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

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Biographical / Historical

H. A. Buchanan may have been Hugh Alexander Buchanan, a Wythe County, Virginia farmer. Hugh Alexander Buchanan was born April 18, 1837. During the Civil War, a Hugh A. Buchanan served as a sergeant in Company B, 29th Virginia Infantry. The 1880 census describes Hugh A. Buchanan as a 43-year-old farmer, living in Wythe County with wife Mary and a daughter. By 1900, the Buchanans were living in Marion (Smyth County), with Hugh still listed as a farmer. Hugh Alexander Buchanan died April 19, 1914 and was buried in Marion (Smyth County), Virginia.

Mary Fayetta McMullin, born in Smyth County, Virginia, on June 2, 1871, was the daughter of Lafayette and Mary Jane Wood McMullin. She married William Jacob Peterson (1863-1916), of North Carolina, about 1892. The 1900 census lists a 28-year-old Fayetta Peterson living in Salem, North Carolina. A native of Virginia, she was living with husband William Peterson; children Pauline and William Mcm. Peterson; an aunt; and a servant. The family were listed as residents of Winston, North Carolina, in the 1910 census. By 1930, a widowed Fayetta Peterson, 59, was living in the Winston-Salem home of her daughter and son-in-law, Agnes and Thomas J. Boyd. Mary Fayetta McMullin Peterson, wife of William J. Peterson, died on July 24, 1930, and was buried in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


Ledger maintained by H. A. Buchanan of Wythe County, Virginia, acting as agent for Fayetta Peterson (aka Mrs. W. J. Peterson). Entries document Buchanan's work in maintaining Peterson's books; collecting dividends, rent and interest; and paying taxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The H. A. Buchanan Ledger was purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 1988.

Rights Statement for Archival Decription

The guide to the H. A. Buchanan Ledger by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

The processing and description of the H. A. Buchanan Ledger commenced and was completed in April, 2021.

H. A. Buchanan Ledger
John M. Jackson
2021 (CC0 1.0)
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-20: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags
  • 2021-03-08: LM Rozema added missing notes for an unprocessed collection, added FA title and filing titles, added FA date from EAD, and added component with instances previously attached to collection level.

Repository Details

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

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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US