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James Washington Singleton Papers, 1770-1975 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Jodi L. Bennett

Collection Overview

Title: James Washington Singleton Papers, 1770-1975

ID: 00/MG 10

Primary Creator: Singleton, James Washington (1811-1892)

Extent: 20.8 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

The collection is divided into eleven series. They are: correspondence, legal and government documents, financial and bookkeeping records, business papers, military papers, speeches, miscellany, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, publications and photographs.

Series I: Correspondence

This series is divided into thirteen subseries. Within each subseries, the correspondence is arranged chronologically.

  Subseries A: James Singleton (1762-1815) Includes letters dating from 1787 to 1815. Most of the correspondence dates from the War of 1812 period and is concerned with Singleton's activities in that conflict.

  Subseries B: Joseph Holmes Sherrard (1802-1889) Includes letters dating from 1826 to 1911. This subseries also includes some correspondence of Sherrard's daughters, Virginia and Elizabeth Sherrard.

  Subseries C: James Washington Singleton (1811-1892) Includes letters dating from 1837 to 1892. Most of the correspondence dates from 1860 on. There are five folders of letters from 1860-1866 that give a limited view of Singleton's Civil War activities. Also included is correspondence from 1879 to 1883, the period when Singleton served in the House of Representatives. There is also correspondence from 1884-1885 when Singleton was seeking a position in Cleveland's administration as Commissioner of Agriculture.

  Subseries D: Parthenia McDonald Singleton (1824-1902) Includes letters dating from 1858 to 1898. The correspondence from 1864 to 1866 includes letters from her husband, James W. during his visits to Richmond.

  Subseries E: Anna Singleton McDonald (1836-1929) includes letters dating from 1858 to 1923.

  Subseries F: Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn (1857-1943) Includes letters dating from 1875 to 1942. The principal correspondents in this subseries are Lily's daughter, Cora and historian Matthew Page Andrews. The Andrews' correspondence (1926-1942) contains biographical information about James W. Singleton. Lily corresponded with many relatives and these letters are a good source of genealogical information.

  Subseries G: James Jones Singleton (1860-1848) Includes letters dating from 1891 to 1906. Most of the correspondence pertains to the death of his father in 1892 and the death of his mother in 1902.

  Subseries H: Louise Singleton Thomas Kemp (1884-1969) Includes letters dating from 1890 to 1911. This subseries is composed of the childhood correspondence of Lily's eldest daughter, Louise.

  Subseries I: Judith Ball Thomas Wysong (1887-1976) Includes letters dating from 1894 to 1923 is the childhood correspondence of Lily's daughter Judith.

  Subseries J: Francis Worthington Thomas, Jr. (1889-1910) Includes the letters of Lily's only son Francis dating from 1908 to 1910.

  Subseries K: Cora Elder Thomas (1894-1963) Consists of a few letters of Lily's youngest daughter Cora dating from 1906-1918.

  Subseries L: Judith Ball Wysong Cofer (1923- ) Dating from 1959 to 1975 includes one folder of letters from researchers requesting access to the Singleton papers or information on James W. Singleton.

  Subseries M: Parthenia Marie Thomas deLoach (1892-1983) Dating from 1908 to 1936. This subseries contains the correspondence of Lily's daughter Parthenia.

Series II: Legal and government documents

This series includes agreements, appointments, deeds, indentures, inventories, estate appraisals, licenses, summons, wills, and miscellaneous government documents.

Series III: Financial and bookkeeping records

This series includes agreements, appointments, deeds, indentures, inventories, estate appraisals, licenses, summons, wills, and miscellaneous government documents.

Series IV: Business papers

This is a small series including miscellaneous Papers concerning the Farmer's Bank of Virginia at Winchester. In addition there are several documents relating to Singleton's railroad interests with the Great Western, the Hannibal and St. Joseph, the Quincy Alton and St. Louis, and the Quincy and Palmyra Railroad Companies.

Series V: Military papers

Included in this series are commissions, orders and reports. In addition there is a 1794 Proclamation pardoning participants in the Whiskey Rebellion.

Series VI: Speeches

The series consists of several folders of speeches including those given by James W. Singleton during from 1874 to 1881.

Series VII: Miscellany

This series is divided into three subseries.

  Subseries A: Material of Matthew Page Andrews. Consists of articles on Lincoln and Singleton, book reviews, and notes.

  Subseries B: Genealogical and Historical notes collected by Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn. Includes notes on the Ball, Fauntleroy, McCarthy, McDonald, Singleton, Thomas, Throckmorton and other families.

  Subseries C: Other Subjects. A collection of materials such as poetry, creative writing, insurance policies, political papers, church papers, report cards, tributes, memorials and James W. Singleton's diary for 1870.

Series VIII: Memorabilia

This series consists of miscellaneous mementos such as calling cards, greeting cards, valentines, Confederate bonds, postcards, opera programs, recipes, and wedding invitations.

Series IX: Newspaper clippings

The newspaper clippings (1851-1865) are arranged by subject or name. There are many contemporary clippings concerning James W. Singleton. Some clippings are arranged separately in this series in chronological order.

Series X: Publications

The publications are divided into two subseries. Within each subseries the titles are arranged alphabetically.

  Subseries A: General. Includes books and pamphlets.

  Subseries B: Serial. Includes Harper's Magazine (1856 and 1883) and others.

Series XI: Photographs

The photographic collection is divided into three subseries. Photographic records with names or titles have been arranged alphabetically.

  Subseries A: Ambrotypes and Daguerrotypes. Includes images of Edward C. McDonald, Joseph H. and Ann Sherrard with daughter Lizzie, and Virginia Sherrard.

  Subseries B: Photographic Prints. Included in this series are photographs of James W. Singleton, Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn and her children, photographs of the ruins of Boscobel and photographs of Paxton.

  Subseries C: Prints, Sketches and Lithographs.

Oversize Newspaper Box: The collection also includes one oversize newspaper box of old newspapers. They are arranged by state and then alphabetically by place of publication. Newspapers of particular interest include three issues of the Daily Quincy Herald (1878, 1882 and 1919) and three issues of the Quincy Daily Whig (1882).

Date Acquired: 01/14/1977

Subjects: Copperhead movement, Politicians--Illinois, Singleton, James Washington, 1811-1892, Singleton family, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States. Congress. House

Languages: English

Abstract

Prominent Peace Democrat from Illinois during the Civil War. Served in the United States House of Representatives (1879-1883). Contains family papers spanning five generations, dating from 1770 to 1975. Includes correspondence, business papers, military papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Papers of James Washington Singleton are a collection of family papers spanning the lifetime of five generations of Singleton descendants. The collection includes papers of James Singleton, the father of James W. Singleton, Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn, the daughter of James W. Singleton, the Thomas children, the grandchildren of James W. Singleton and Judith Ball Wysong Cofer, the great- granddaughter of James W. Singleton. A major portion of the collection dating from 1810 until 1940 principally concerns the lives of James Singleton, James W. Singleton and Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn.

Collection Historical Note

Biography: James W. Singleton, 1811-1892

James Washington Singleton was born on November 23, 1811 at "Paxton" in Frederick County, Virginia, the estate of his father, General James Singleton. General Singleton (1762-1815) was a Captain in the Virginia troops in 1785. He rose to the rank of Major in 1804 and commanded the Second Battalion 10th, 16th and 18th Brigades of the Virginia Militia. He commanded the 16th Brigade in the War of 1812. He served as a Justice in Frederick County from 1795-1813 and as a member of the House of Delegates during 1806 and 1807. He married Judith Throckmorton Ball in 1797 and they had seven children: James Washington, Ann, Mary, Frances, Judith, Lucy and Elizabeth. Mrs. Singleton had ancestral ties with George Washington's mother, Mary Ball of "Epping Forest", Virginia.

After attending the academy in Winchester, Virginia, James Washington Singleton moved to Kentucky in 1828. He married Mathilde Caves who died in 1832. Singleton pursued the study and practice of medicine in Kentucky. Later he married Ann Craig of Lexington, Kentucky. About 1834 he settled at Mount Sterling, Illinois. He commenced the study of law in Mount Sterling and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1841. During these years the Singletons had a son, James Washington, Jr. but he died in infancy. Ann Craig Singleton also died about 1840.

James Washington Singleton began to distinguish himself in public service during the 1840's. In the "war" against the Mormons he was in command of a military company and he was later commissioned a brigadier-general of militia by Governor Ford of Illinois for his services in the Mormon War. He married Parthenia McDonald on April 9, 1844. He had two children by his third wife: Louise(Lily) born in 1857 and James J. Singleton born in 1860. In 1847 he was elected to represent his county in a constitutional convention. He served in the Illinois legislature representing Schuyler(Brown) County from 1850 to 1854.

The Singletons moved to Quincy where James Washington practiced law and became active in politics. He served in the state legislature from 1860 to 1862. He also represented Quincy in the state Constitutional convention of 1861. That same year he purchased the most famous country home in the area, Boscobel, a mansion set on an estate of 640 acres. Here he played the roles of gentleman farmer, lawyer, and politician. He also became deeply involved in railroad projects. He was president of two railroads: the Quincy, Alton and St. Louis and the Quincy and Toledo. He was responsible for the extension of the Wabash line through Quincy. In 1862 he served on an international commission that investigated water communication between the United States and Canada.

During the Civil War Singleton may be most accurately characterized as a Peace Democrat who maintained close ties with President Lincoln. He had met Lincoln while he was in legal practice in Illinois in the 1840's. Their friendship lasted until Lincoln's death although they held different positions on the principal political issues of the time. At the beginning of the war Singleton was offered a colonelcy in the Illinois militia by Governor Richard Yates. Although he would have commanded ten companies of cavalry, Singleton refused the commission because he did not believe in the war. He opposed Lincoln's arbitrary measures and was prominent in peace conventions at Peoria and Springfield in 1864.In November 1864 he was in Canada conferring with Clay and Tucker, Confederate "commissioners". He made several trips to Richmond late in the war. He was associated with Senator O.H. Browning of Illinois and Judge James Hughes in a scheme to buy Southern products with greenbacks move them through Grant's lines with presidential permission and sell them for a considerable profit in the North. At first Lincoln apparently approved the scheme so that federal money could pass into Southern hands. He, however, gave General Grant complete discretion in the matter. Grant withheld his approval from the operations in early 1865. Singleton apparently held informal "negotiations" with several people in Richmond including President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee. Lincoln did not give official sanction to these talks but was ready to recognize them if satisfactory Confederate proposals should emerge from the negotiations.

After the war Singleton remained active in politics and farming. Besides attending to the myriad affairs of Boscobel and raising prize stock, Singleton served two terms in the United States House of Representatives (1879-1883). In 1868 he was nominated by the Democratic convention at Monmouth, Illinois for Congress but he was defeated by Mr. John Hawley, the Republican candidate. The Democrats nominated him again in 1878, and this time he was successful. Singleton carried the city of Quincy by the unprecedented majority of 1,732 out of 3,000 votes, and received large majorities in every county in the district. He was reelected in 1880.

Singleton spent most of his later years at Boscobel.He continued to entertain lavishly, manage the affairs of his large estate and give increasing attention to railroad promotion. Political animosities did not disturb his friendships, and he was often called upon to lead civic endeavors. He did not hold any other public office although he sought unsuccessfully the position of Commissioner of Agriculture in the administration of Grover Cleveland. He moved to Baltimore to be with his daughter, Louise (Mrs. Francis W. Thomas) in the fall of 1891 and died at her home on April 4, 1892.

Subject/Index Terms

Copperhead movement
Politicians--Illinois
Singleton, James Washington, 1811-1892
Singleton family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States. Congress. House

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 35 Hollinger document cases; 1 Hollinger drop-front print box and 1 Hollinger oversize box

Access Restrictions: The collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Mrs. Judith Ball Wysong Cofer

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A77-5

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], James Washington Singleton Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University Libraries, Norfolk, VA 23529.


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Series I: Correspondence
This series is further divided into 13 subseries. Within each subseries, the correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Sub-Series A: James Singleton (1762-1815)
The correspondence of James Singleton (1762-1815) dating from 1787 to 1815. Most of the correspondence dates from the War of 1812 period and is concerned with Singleton's activities in that conflict.
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1787-1801
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1804-1810
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1811-1813
Folder 4: Correspondence, March-August 1814
Folder 5: Correspondence, September 1814
Folder 6: Correspondence, October-November 1814
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1815
Sub-Series B: Joseph Holmes Sherrard (1802-1889)
The correspondence of Joseph Holmes Sherrard (1802-1889) dating from 1826 to 1911. This subseries also includes some correspondence of Sherrard's daughters, Virginia and Elizabeth Sherrard.
Box 1
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1826-1827
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1830-1838
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1841-1850
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1852-1911
Sub-Series C: James Washington Singleton (1811-1892)
The correspondence of James Washington Singleton(1811-1892) dating from 1837 to 1892. Most of the correspondence dates from the post 1860 period. There are five folders of letters from the 1860-1866 period which give a limited view of Singleton's Civil War activities. The subseries includes correspondence from the 1879 to 1883, the period when Singleton was serving in the House of Representatives. There is a good file of correspondence from the 1884-1885 period when Singleton was seeking a position in Cleveland's administration as Commissioner of Agriculture.
Box 1
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1837, 1839
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1840-1849
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1850-1859
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1860-1861
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1862-1863
Includes a letter from Ulysses S. Grant on March 24, 1862.
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1864
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1865
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1866
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1867-1868
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1870-1872, 1874
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1875-1879
Box 2
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1880-1881
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1882
Folder 3: Correspondence, January-December 24, 1883
Folder 4: Correspondence, December 25-31, 1883
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1884
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1885
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1886-1892
Sub-Series D: Parthenia McDonald Singleton, (1824-1902)
The correspondence of Parthenia McDonald Singleton (1824-1902) dating from 1858 to 1898. The correspondence from 1864 to 1866 includes letters from her husband, James W. during his visits to Richmond.
Box 2
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1858-1859
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1864-1866
Folder 10: Correspondence, , 1880, 1883-1890
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1891-1892
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1893-1894
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1895-1896
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1896-1898
Sub-Series E: Anna Singleton McDonald, (1836-1929)
The correspondence of Anna Singleton McDonald (1836-1929) dating from 1858 to 1923.
Box 3
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1856-1866
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1871-1910
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1910-1923
Sub-Series F: Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn, (1857-1943)
The correspondence of Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn (1857-1943) dating from 1875 to 1942. The principal correspondents in this subseries are Lily's daughter Cora and historian Matthew Page Andrews. The Andrews' correspondence (1926-1942) contains biographical information about James W. Singleton. Lily corresponded with many relatives and these letters are a good source of genealogical information.
Box 3
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1875-1878
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1880-1881
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1882-December 14, 1883
Folder 7: Correspondence, December 15-22, 1883
Folder 8: Correspondence, December 24-28, 1883
Folder 9: Correspondence, December 27-31, 1883
Folder 10: Correspondence, January-October, 1884
Folder 11: Correspondence, November-December 1884
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1885-1886
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1887
Box 4
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1888
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1889
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1890-1891
Folder 4: Correspondence, January-April 4, 1892
Folder 5: Correspondence, April 5, 1892
Folder 6: Correspondence, April 9-30, 1892
Folder 7: Correspondence, May-December 1892
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1893
Folder 9: Correspondence, January-September 1894
Folder 10: Correspondence, September-December 1894
Folder 11: Correspondence, January-June 1895
Folder 12: Correspondence, July-December 1895
Folder 13: Correspondence, January-May 1896
Folder 14: Correspondence, June-December 1896
Folder 15: Correspondence, January-February 24, 1897
Folder 16: Correspondence, February 25, 1897
Box 5
Folder 1: Correspondence, February 26, 1897
Folder 2: Correspondence, February 27, 1897
Folder 3: Correspondence, February 28, 1897
Folder 4: Correspondence, March 1-3, 1897
Folder 5: Correspondence, March 4-5, 1897
Folder 6: Correspondence, March 6-7, 1897
Folder 7: Correspondence, March 8-13, 1897
Folder 8: Correspondence, March 14-20, 1897
Folder 9: Correspondence, March 21-31, 1897
Folder 10: Correspondence, April, 1897
Folder 11: Correspondence, May-October, 1897
Folder 12: Correspondence, November-December, 1897
Folder 13: Correspondence, January-March, 1898
Folder 14: Correspondence, April-June, 1898
Box 6
Folder 1: Correspondence, July-December, 1898
Folder 2: Correspondence, January-April, 1899
Folder 3: Correspondence, May-December, 1899
Folder 4: Correspondence, January-April, 1900
Folder 5: Correspondence, May-July, 1900
Folder 6: Correspondence, August-December, 1900
Folder 7: Correspondence, January-August, 1901
Folder 8: Correspondence, September-December, 1901
Folder 9: Correspondence, January-February, 1902
Folder 10: Correspondence, March 1-4, 1902
Folder 11: Correspondence, March 5-6, 1902
Folder 12: Correspondence, March 7-8, 1902
Box 7
Folder 1: Correspondence, March 9-12, 1902
Folder 2: Correspondence, March 13-17, 1902
Folder 3: Correspondence, March 18-31, 1902
Folder 4: Correspondence, April-July, 1902
Folder 5: Correspondence, September-December, 1902
Folder 6: Correspondence, January-March, 1903
Folder 7: Correspondence, April-July, 1903
Folder 8: Correspondence, September-December, 1903
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1904
Folder 10: Correspondence, January-August, 1905
Folder 11: Correspondence, September-December, 1905
Box 8
Folder 1: Correspondence, January-February, 1906
Folder 2: Correspondence, March-May, 1906
Folder 3: Correspondence, June-July, 1906
Folder 4: Correspondence, August-October 15, 1906
Folder 5: Correspondence, October 17-November 19, 1906
Folder 6: Correspondence, November 11-21, 1906
Folder 7: Correspondence, November 23-December, 1906
Folder 8: Correspondence, January-June, 1907
Folder 9: Correspondence, August-October, 1907
Folder 10: Correspondence, November-December, 1907
Box 9
Folder 1: Correspondence, January-May, 1908
Folder 2: Correspondence, June-October, 1908
Folder 3: Correspondence, November-December, 1908
Folder 4: Correspondence, January-July, 1909
Folder 5: Correspondence, August-December, 1909
Folder 6: Correspondence, January, 1910
Folder 7: Correspondence, February-March, 1910
Folder 8: Correspondence, April-August, 1910
Folder 9: Correspondence, October 1-22, 1910
Folder 10: Correspondence, October 23, 1910
Folder 11: Correspondence, October 24, 1910
Box 10
Folder 1: Correspondence, October 25, 1910
Folder 2: Correspondence, October 26, 1910
Folder 3: Correspondence, October 27, 1910
Folder 4: Correspondence, October 28-29, 1910
Folder 5: Correspondence, October 30-31, 1910
Folder 6: Correspondence, November 1-3, 1910
Folder 7: Correspondence, November 4-10, 1910
Folder 8: Correspondence, November 11-28, 1910
Folder 9: Correspondence, December, 1910
Folder 10: Correspondence, January, 1911
Folder 11: Correspondence, February-July, 1911
Box 11
Folder 1: Correspondence, August-September, 1911
Folder 2: Correspondence, November-December, 1911
Folder 3: Correspondence, January-February, 1912
Folder 4: Correspondence, March-May, 1912
Folder 5: Correspondence, June-December, 1912
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1913
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1914
Folder 8: Correspondence, January-June, 1915
Folder 9: Correspondence, August-December, 1915
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1916
Folder 11: Correspondence, January-August, 1917
Folder 12: Correspondence, September, 1917
Box 12
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1918
Folder 2: Correspondence, May-October, 1919
Folder 3: Correspondence, November 1-22, 1919
Folder 4: Correspondence, November 23-25, 1919
Folder 5: Correspondence, November 26-30, 1919
Folder 6: Correspondence, December, 1919
Folder 7: Correspondence, January-February, 1920
Folder 8: Correspondence, March-April, 1920
Folder 9: Correspondence, May-July, 1920
Folder 10: Correspondence, August-September, 1920
Folder 11: Correspondence, October-December, 1920
Box 13
Folder 1: Correspondence, January-February, 1921
Folder 2: Correspondence, March-June, 1921
Folder 3: Correspondence, July-September, 1921
Folder 4: Correspondence, October-November, 1921
Folder 5: Correspondence, December, 1921
Folder 6: Correspondence, January-April, 1922
Folder 7: Correspondence, May-August, 1922
Folder 8: Correspondence, October-November, 1922
Folder 9: Correspondence, December, 1922
Folder 10: Correspondence, January-April, 1923
Folder 11: Correspondence, May, 1923
Folder 12: Correspondence, June-July, 1923
Box 14
Folder 1: Correspondence, August-September, 1923
Folder 2: Correspondence, October-November, 1923
Folder 3: Correspondence, December, 1923
Folder 4: Correspondence, January, 1924
Folder 5: Correspondence, February-March, 1924
Folder 6: Correspondence, May-June, 1924
Folder 7: Correspondence, July-September, 1924
Folder 8: Correspondence, October-December, 1924
Folder 9: Correspondence, January, 1925
Folder 10: Correspondence, February, 1925
Folder 11: Correspondence, March, 1925
Folder 12: Correspondence, April-May, 1925
Folder 13: Correspondence, June-July, 1925
Box 15
Folder 1: Correspondence, August-December, 1925
Folder 2: Correspondence, January, 1926
Folder 3: Correspondence, February-April, 1926
Folder 4: Correspondence, May-June, 1926
Folder 5: Correspondence, July-August, 1926
Folder 6: Correspondence, September, 1926
Folder 7: Correspondence, October-November, 1926
Folder 8: Correspondence, December, 1926
Folder 9: Correspondence, January, 1927
Folder 10: Correspondence, February-March, 1927
Folder 11: Correspondence, April-June, 1927
Box 16
Folder 1: Correspondence, July-October, 1927
Folder 2: Correspondence, November-December, 1927
Folder 3: Correspondence, January-February, 1928
Folder 4: Correspondence, March, 1928
Folder 5: Correspondence, April-May, 1928
Folder 6: Correspondence, June-August, 1928
Folder 7: Correspondence, September-October, 1928
Folder 8: Correspondence, November-December, 1928
Folder 9: Correspondence, January-May, 1929
Folder 10: Correspondence, June-September, 1929
Folder 11: Correspondence, October-December, 1929
Box 17
Folder 1: Correspondence, March-June, 1930
Folder 2: Correspondence, July-September, 1930
Folder 3: Correspondence, October-November, 1930
Folder 4: Correspondence, December, 1930
Folder 5: Correspondence, January-February, 1931
Folder 6: Correspondence, March-April, 1931
Folder 7: Correspondence, May-December, 1931
Folder 8: Correspondence, January-April, 1932
Folder 9: Correspondence, May-December, 1932
Folder 10: Correspondence, February-May, 1933
Folder 11: Correspondence, June-October, 1933
Folder 12: Correspondence, January-June, 1934
Folder 13: Correspondence, September-December, 1934
Box 18
Folder 1: Correspondence, January-August, 1935
Folder 2: Correspondence, September-November, 1935
Folder 3: Correspondence, December, 1935
Folder 4: Correspondence, January, 1936
Folder 5: Correspondence, February, 1936
Folder 6: Correspondence, March-June, 1936
Folder 7: Correspondence, September-December, 1936
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1937
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1938
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1939
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1940
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1941
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1942
Sub-Series G: James Jones Singleton, (1860-1948)
The correspondence of James Jones Singleton (1860-1948) dating from 1891 to 1906. The correspondence for the most part pertains to the death of his father in 1892 and the death of his mother in 1902.
Box 18
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1891
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1892
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1894-1906
Sub-Series H: Louise Singleton Thomas Kemp, (1884-1969)
The correspondence of Louise Singleton Thomas Kemp (1884-1969) dating from 1890 to 1911. The subseries is composed of the childhood correspondence of Lily's eldest daughter, Louise.
Box 19
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1890-1896, 1905-1909
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1910-1911
Sub-Series I: Judith Ball Thomas Wysong, (1887-1976)
The correspondence of Judith Ball Thomas Wysong (1887-1976) dating from 1894 to1923 is the childhood correspondence of Lily's daughter Judith.
Box 19
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1894, 1896
Folder 4: Correspondence, October, 1910
Folder 5: Correspondence, November-December, 1910
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1911-1912
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1915-November 24, 1919
Folder 8: Correspondence, November 25, 1919-1920, 1923
Sub-Series J: Francis Worthington Thomas, Jr., (1889-1910)
Correspondence of Francis Worthington Thomas, Jr. (1889-1910) dating from 1908 to 1910 is the letters of Lily's only son Francis.
Box 19
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1908-1909
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1910
Sub-Series K: Cora Eller Thomas, (1894-1962)
The correspondence of Cora Elder Thomas dating 1906-1918 consists of a few letters of Lily's youngest daughter Cora.
Box 19
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1906, 1910, 1912, 1918
Sub-Series L: Judith Ball Wysong Cofer, (1924- )
The correspondence of Judith Ball Wysong Cofer (1924- ) dating from 1959 to 1975 includes one folder of letters from researchers requesting access to the Singleton papers or information on James W. Singleton.
Box 19
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1959-1975
Sub-Series M: Parthenia Marie Thomas deLoach, (1892- )
The correspondence of Parthenia Marie Thomas de Loach (1892- ) dating from 1908 to 1936.
Box 20
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1908-1909
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1910
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1911-1913, 1917-1919
Folder 4: Letters from PMTD, 1898-1921
Folder 5: Letters from PMTD, 1922
Folder 6: Letters from PMTD, January-March, 1923
Folder 7: Letters from PMTD, April-July, 1923
Folder 8: Letters from PMTD, August-December, 1923
Folder 9: Letters from PMTD, January-April, 1924
Folder 10: Letters from PMTD, May-December, 1924
Folder 11: Letters from PMTD, January-April, 1925
Folder 12: Letters from PMTD, May-December, 1925
Box 21
Folder 1: Letters from PMTD, January-July, 1926
Folder 2: Letters from PMTD, August-December, 1926
Folder 3: Letters from PMTD, February-July, 1927
Folder 4: Letters from PMTD, September-December, 1927
Folder 5: Letters from PMTD, January-July, 1928
Folder 6: Letters from PMTD, September-December, 1928
Folder 7: Letters from PMTD, 1929
Folder 8: Letters from PMTD, 1930
Folder 9: Letters from PMTD, 1931
Folder 10: Letters from PMTD, 1932-1933
Folder 11: Letters from PMTD, 1934
Folder 12: Letters from PMTD, 1935
Folder 13: Letters from PMTD, 1936
Series II: Legal and Government Documents
This series includes agreements, appointments, deeds, indentures, inventories, estate appraisals, licenses, summons, wills, and miscellaneous government documents.
Box 22
Folder 1: Agreements
Folder 2: Appointments, 1893, 1901
Folder 3: Bills--U.S. House and Senate
Folder 4: Court Orders
Folder 5: Deeds
Folder 6: Estate of Gen. James Singleton, related documents
Folder 7: Indentures
Folder 8: Inventories and Estate Appraisals
Folder 9: Legal Briefs,, 1834, 1876, 1908
Folder 10: Letters Patent
Folder 11: Licenses
Folder 12: Presidential Message,, 1838
Folder 13: Report of the Committee of Twenty-Four, 1833
Folder 14: Summons
Folder 15: Wills
Series III: Financial and Bookkeeping Records
Box 22
Folder 16: Daybook, ca. 1812
Folder 17: Daybook, ca. 1832
Folder 18: Daybook, 1847
Folder 19: Receipts and invoices, 1770-1810
Folder 20: Receipts and invoices, 1811-1815
Folder 21: Receipts and invoices, 1816-1838
Folder 22: Receipts and invoices, 1840-1855
Folder 23: Receipts and invoices, 1860-1869
Folder 24: Receipts and invoices, 1870-1889
Folder 25: Receipts and invoices, 1890-1909
Folder 26: Receipts and invoices, 1910-1925, 1931, 1934, 1941
Folder 27: Receipts and invoices, Revenue Tax, 1804
Series IV: Business Papers
Box 23
Folder 1: Farmer's Bank of Virginia at Winchester
Folder 2: Great Western Railroad Company
Folder 3: Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad Company
Folder 4: Quincy, Alton and St. Louis Railroad Company
Folder 5: Quincy and Palmyra Railroad Company
Folder 6: Horse Breeding
Series V: Military Papers
Box 23
Folder 7: Abstract, Provisions Paid, 1813
Folder 8: Commission, 1846
Folder 9: Inventory, clothing distributed to men under command of James Singleton
Folder 10: Memorandum of General Washington (a copy)
Folder 11: Orders, 1807
Folder 12: Orders, 1814
Folder 13: Orders, 1844
Folder 14: Organization of the Virginia Militia, 1804
Folder 15: Payroll, April 12, 1795
Folder 16: Proclamation (pardoning participants in Whiskey Rebellion), 1794
Folder 17: Reports, 1795-1814
Series VI: Speeches
Box 23
Folder 18: Speeches, 1812
Folder 19: Speeches, 1838
Folder 20: Speeches, 1871-1872
Folder 21: Speeches, 1874-1881
Series VII: Miscellany
Sub-Series A: Materials of Matthew Page Andrews
Box 23
Folder 22: Article--"Abraham Lincoln's Envoy of Peach"
Folder 23: Article--"Abraham Lincoln's Envoy of Peach"
Folder 24: Article--"Lincoln's Lost Friend"
Folder 25: Biographical Information: Abraham Lincoln
Folder 26: Biographical Information: James W. Singleton
Folder 27: Book Reviews in the Confederate Veteran
Folder 28: Information on James W. Singleton
(Supplied by Mrs. Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn)
Folder 29: Interview with Anna Singleton McDonald, December 6, 1928
Folder 30: Miscellaneous Papers
Folder 31: Notes, Singleton Paper
Folder 32: Questions for Mrs. Osburn
Folder 33: Source Materials
Folder 34: Source Materials, James Singleton
Sub-Series B: Genealogical and Historical Notes Collected by Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn
Box 23
Folder 35: Ball Family
Folder 36: Fauntleroy Family
Folder 37: McCarthy Family
Folder 38-39: McDonald Family
Folder 40-42: Singleton Family I-III
Box 24
Folder 1: Thomas Family
Folder 2: Throckmorton Family
Folder 3-6: Other Families I-IV
Folder 7: Printed genealogical materials
Folder 8: James Singleton
Folder 9: James W. Singleton
Sub-Series C: Other Subjects Arranged Alphabethically
Box 24
Folder 10: Advertisements
Folder 11: Autobiographical Sketch: James W. Singleton
Folder 12: Biographical Material: James W. Singleton
Folder 13: Biographical Material: James W. Singleton: Chicago Times, December 26, 1885
Folder 14: Church Papers, James W. Singleton
Folder 15: Creative Writings
Folder 16: Creative Writings: Anna Singleton McDonald
Folder 17: Diary: James W. Singleton, 1870
Folder 18: Letter to the Editor, Richmond Enquirer, ca. 1840
Folder 19: Insurance Policies, 1899-1944
Box 25
Folder 1: Inventories
Folder 2: Poetry
Folder 3: Poetry: Printed
Folder 4: Poetry: St. John's Wood
Folder 5: Poetry: Anna Singleton McDonald
Folder 6: Poetry: James W. Singleton
Folder 7: Political Papers: James Singleton
Folder 8-9: Political Papers I-II: James W. Singleton
Folder 10: Reception (lists of food and guests), February 26, 1880
Folder 11: Report Cards: Lily Singleton
Folder 12: Report Cards: Louise Singleton Thomas
Folder 13: Report Cards: Francis W. Thomas, Jr., 1900
Folder 14: Report Cards: Francis W. Thomas, Jr., Clay Hill Academy, 1905-1906
Folder 15: Report Cards: Francis W. Thomas, Jr., Hampden-Sydney College, 1906-1910
Folder 16: Report Cards: Parthenia M. Thomas, Stephenson Seminary, 1907-1910
Folder 17: Report Cards: Cora E. Thomas, Stephenson Seminary
Folder 18: Report Cards: Elinor and Willard Osburn
Folder 19: Restoration of Battle Flags
Folder 20: Schoolwork: Italian Exercise Book, Lily Singleton
Folder 21: Schoolwork: The Thomas Children
Folder 22: Slave Recipe for Beer
Folder 23: Societies: National Society, United States Daughters of 1812, Pocahontas Memorial Association, Society of the Cincinnati, Washington Club
Folder 24: Travel Itinerary
Folder 25: Tributes and Memorials
Folder 26: Miscellaneous Fragments
Box 26
Folder 1: Baptismal Certificate: Singleton Van Scharch (copy)
Folder 2: Address Book: Lily E. Singleton Thomas
Folder 3: Calling Book: Lily Singleton Thomas
Folder 4: Booklets, Souvenir
Folder 5: Booklets, Souvenir, Jefferson County, West Virginia, 1801-1851
Folder 6: Calling Cards
Folder 7: Calling Cards: James W. Singleton
Folder 8: Greeting Cards
Folder 9: Clarke County Historical Collection
Folder 10: Confederate Bonds
Folder 11: Diploma
Folder 12: Flowers and Plants
Folder 13: Locks of Hair
Folder 14: Invitations, Miscellaneous
Folder 15: Momentoes, Miscellaneous
Folder 16: Momentoes from Boscobel, Boscobel Stock Farm and Singleton Park
Folder 17: Money and Bank Notes
Folder 18: Music: Columbia's Call
Folder 19: Passes
Folder 20: Pedigree of Airedale Terrier
Folder 21: Postcards
Folder 22: Posters Advertising Sale of Land
Folder 23: Pot Luck Club
Folder 24: Programs
Folder 25: Programs: George Washington Bicentennial Ball
Box 27
Folder 1: Programs: James Exposition, 1907
Folder 2: Programs: National Music Week, 1929
Folder 3-12: Programs: Opera (I-X)
Folder 13-14: Programs: Plays (I-II)
Box 28
Folder 1-5: Recipes (I-V)
Folder 6: Scrapbook: 19th Century clippings
Folder 7: Scrapbook: Clippings, 1830-1850
Folder 8: Scrapbook: Civil War Momentoes
Folder 9: Seals
Folder 10: Valentines
Box 29
Folder 1: Wedding Book: Lily Singleton Thomas Howard Osburn
Folder 2: Wedding Invitations: Louise, Judith and Parthenia Thomas
Folder 3: Wedding Invitations, 1881, 1883, 1903
Folder 4: Wedding Invitations, 1917
Folder 5: Wedding Invitations, 1919, 1921
Folder 6: Wedding Invitations, 1922
Folder 7: Wedding Invitations, 1924-1926
Folder 8: Wedding Invitations, undated
Folder 9: Wedding Invitation List: Lily E. Singleton
Folder 10: Wedding Invitation Lists: Louise, Judith and Parthenia Thomas
Series IX: Newspaper Clippings
Box 29
Folder 11: Ball Family
Folder 12: Breeden Family
Folder 13: Civil War Clippings (contemporary)
Folder 14: Corbyn Family
Folder 15: Jefferson Davis
Folder 16: Parthenia Marie Thomas deLoach
Folder 17-18: Genealogy I-II
Folder 19: Ulysses S. Grant
Folder 20: Wade Hampton
Folder 21: Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson
Folder 22: Louise Singleton Thomas Kemp
Folder 23: Kircheval Family
Folder 24: Robert E. Lee
Folder 25-27: Abraham Lincoln I-III
Box 30
Folder 1: McDannold Family
Folder 2: McDonald Family
Folder 3: Marshall Family
Folder 4: George C. Marshall
Folder 5-14: Miscellaneous(I-X)
Folder 15: Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn
Folder 16-17: Quincy, Illinois and Winchester, Virgina (I-II)
Folder 18: Sherrard Family
Box 31
Folder 1: Singleton Family
Folder 2: James Jones Singleton
Folder 3-7: James W. Singleton (I-V)
Folder 8: James W. Singleton: Silver Heels
Folder 9: James W. Singleton: Tributes
Folder 10: James W. Singleton: 20th Century Articles
Folder 11: Parthenia Singleton
Folder 12: Francis Worthington Thomas
Folder 13: Washington Family
Folder 14: Daniel Webster
Folder 15: Woodrow Wilson
Folder 16: Judith Ball Thomas Wysong
Folder 17: Miscellaneous clippings, 1851
Folder 18: Miscellaneous clippings, 1855
Folder 19: Miscellaneous clippings, 1856
Folder 20: Miscellaneous clippings, 1859
Folder 21: Miscellaneous clippings, 1860
Folder 22-23: Miscellaneous clippings, 1861
Folder 24: Miscellaneous clippings, 1862
Folder 25: Miscellaneous clippings, 1864
Folder 26: Miscellaneous clippings, 1865
Series X: Publications
Sub-Series A: General
Box 32
Folder 1: Almanac, 1802
Folder 2: Art Club of Philadelphia, 1891
Folder 3: Burnett's Floral Handbook
Folder 4: Cord Stunts for Kiddies, 1921
Folder 5: Columbia: The Land of the Free (Anna Singleton McDonald)
Folder 6: The Complaint, or Night Thoughts (Edward Young), 1840
Folder 7: The Constant Christmas (Phillips Brooks)
Folder 8: Early History of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Folder 9: Eulenspiegl Und Munchhausen (Peter Hagboldt), 1933
Folder 10: Ford's History of Illinois (Governor Thomas Ford), 1854
Folder 11: French Language Guide, 1943
Folder 12: Greek and Roman Mythology (Lloyd E. Smith)
Box 33
Folder 1: History of Indian Pottery
Folder 2: Hand Book of Washington Cathedral, 1911
Folder 3: Holy Thoughts and Prayers (Dr. Hook), 1849
Folder 4: Luther Martin: The "Federal Bull Dog" and a Sketch of the Life and Character of Nathaniel Ramsay, 1887
Folder 5: Maryland Life Insurance Almanac, 1899
Folder 6: My Mother-in-Law, Bricktop, ca. 1875
Folder 7: A Neglected Phase of Revolutionary History, 1945
Folder 8: New York As It Is, In 1833
Folder 9: Popular Synonyms
Box 34
Folder 1: The Privateeisman: Captain Manvot (Charles J. Finger)
Folder 2: The Relations of the United States to Each Other as Modified by the War and the Constitutional Amendments (John Randolph Tucker)
Folder 3: Some Emigrants to Virginia (W. G. Standard)
Folder 4: To Cuba and Back: A Variation Voyage (Richard H. Dana)
Folder 5: Wanderer in Washington, 1827
Folder 6: A Young Veteran of the War (Anna Morgan Getyendanner)
Sub-Series B: Serials
Box 34
Folder 7: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. 69, February 1856
Folder 8: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. 392, January 1883
Folder 9: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. 394, March 1883
Folder 10: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. 395, April 1883
Folder 11: The Prophetic Times, Vol. VI, Nos. 8-9, 1868
Folder 12: Quarterly Journal, 1863
Folder 13: Quincy Motor Club Exhaust, Vol. II, Nos. 1-2, 1924
Series XI: Photographs
Sub-Series A: Ambrotypes and Daguerreotypes
Box 35
Folder 1: Edward C. McDonald
Folder 2: Joseph H. Sherrard and Ann with daughter Lizzie
Folder 3: Virginia Sherrard
Folder 4: Unidentified
Sub-Series B: Photographic Prints
Box 35
Folder 5: Reid Baker
Folder 6: Ball Coat of Arms
Folder 7: Boscobel
Folder 8: Jamie Stinson Breedin
Folder 9: Louise Breedin
Folder 10: Celeste Buford
Folder 11: Chapel Green
Folder 12: Joseph Sherrard Coleman
Folder 13: Lucy Singleton Coleman
Folder 14: William Corbyn
Folder 15: Francis Bratten deLoach
Folder 16: Home of General Daniel Morgan
Folder 17: Homes of General James W. Singleton
Folder 18: Louise Singleton Thomas Kemp
Folder 19: Millicent McDonald
Folder 20: Florence McElroy
Folder 21: Frances Buford McElroy
Folder 22: Mary Frances Buford McElroy
Folder 23: Buford Mott
Folder 24: Old Chapel
Folder 25: Lily Singleton Thomas Osburn
Folder 26: Nelson and Barbara Osburn
Folder 27: Clara Singleton Patty
Folder 28: Paxton
Folder 29: Cabel St. Clair
Folder 30: Singleton Coat of Arms
Folder 31: Ed Singleton
Folder 32: James W. Singleton
Folder 33: Jonett P. Singleton
Folder 34: Cora Elder Thomas
Folder 35: Francis W. Thomas, Jr.
Folder 36: Parthenia M. Thomas (deLoach)
Folder 37: W. F. Thorton
Folder 38: Mrs. Humphrey Ward
Folder 39: Judith Ball Thomas Wysong
Folder 40: Unidentified
Sub-Series C: Prints, Sketches and Lithographs
Box 35
Folder 41: Miscellaneous
Series 11: Oversize Newspapers
Sub-Series 1: District of Columbia
Box Oversize N
Item 1: National Intelligencer, April 26, 1827; December 18, 1828
Item 2: The Washington Post, October 10, 1928; January 21, 1936; December 13, 1936
Item 3: The Washington Star, October 21, 1923; February 21, 1926; October 14, 1928
Sub-Series 2: Georgia
Box Oversize N
Item 4: Atlanta American, October 23, 1932
Sub-Series 3: Illinois
Box Oversize N
Item 5: Adams County Democrat, October 28, 1882
Item 6: The Chicago Times, September 28, 1876; December 26, 1885
Item 7: The Highland Park Press, March 1, 1923
Item 8: Daily Quincy Herald, November 5, 1878; August 3, 1882; May 30, 1919
Item 9: Quincy Daily Whig, August 10, 1882; August 13, 1882; August 18, 1882
Sub-Series 4: Baltimore, Maryland
Box Oversize N
Item 10: American Farmer, April 12, 1822; April 26, 1822; November 15, 1822; August 1, 1828; May 7, 1
Item 11: The Baltimore Sun, April 30, 1889; January 9, 1891; May 1, 1891; July 20, 1891; July 21, 1891;
Sub-Series 5: New York
Box Oversize N
Item 12: New York American and Journal, June 29, 1902
Item 13: New York Daily News, July 27, 1864; December 8, 1864; November 20, 1932
Item 14: New York Times, August 6, 1922; February 12, 1928
Sub-Series 6: Ohio
Box Oversize N
Item 15: Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 9, 1892; November 9, 1932
Item 16: Columbus Dispatch, December 30, 1923
Sub-Series 7: Pennsylvania
Box Oversize N
Item 17: Gettysburg Compiler, March 27, 1868
Item 18: Saturday Evening Post (Philadelphia), November 29, 1924
Sub-Series 8: Tennessee
Box Oversize N
Item 19: Daily Memphis Avalanche, May 3, 1868
Sub-Series 9: Virginia
Box Oversize N
Item 20: Virginia Free Press (Charlestown), March 13, 1845; September 15, 1900
Item 21: Virginian Herald (Fredericksburg), December 13, 1875
Item 22: The Genius of Liberty (Leesburg), March 4, 1817
Item 23: Lynchburg News, January 5, 1892; January 14, 1892
Item 24: Richmond Whig, March 26, 1861; March 14, 1865
Item 25: Winchester Virginia, January 2, 1861
Sub-Series 10: West Virginia
Box Oversize N
Item 26: Farmers Advocate, October 29, 1910
Item 27: Martinsburg Evening Journal, March 2, 1929
Item 28: Miscellaneous Central Presbyterian

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