A Guide to the
George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868)
Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, March 1998
Revised by: Tara Mastrangelo, September 2010
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868]
Collection No.: SC# 3093
Creator: George W. Kemper, Jr.
Extent: 2 Folders
The George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868], consists of one large ledger, handwritten by Kemper, including dated entries of names, amounts owed, and occasional notes beneath the names.
This item cannot be photocopied by patrons due to the fragile condition of the ledger.
The George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892, SC# 3093, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
The ledger was purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish by the Friends of Carrier Library, November 1997.
George W. Kemper, Jr. (1814-1902) studied medicine at Jefferson College, Philadelphia and practiced in Port Republic, Virginia and the surrounding areas. He was also active in community affairs, serving as sheriff of Rockingham County 1851-1852, commissioner of the school literacy fund for county district 10 in 1861, and a founder of the Rockingham Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1869. In June of 1862, Kemper's house, Madison Hall, was the resting place for Confederate General Turner Ashby's body before it was taken to Charlottesville for burial. It is also said that Stonewall Jackson stayed at Madison Hall as Kemper's guest before the battle of Cross Keys.
Scope and Content
The George W. Kemper, Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 [bulk 1861-1868], consists of one large ledger, handwritten by Kemper, including dated entries of names, amounts owed, and occasional notes beneath the names. Notes include names of people in the family who were treated, how debts were paid, when debts were settled and, rarely, a mention of the services performed or the nature of illness.
There are several inserts, most of which are addressed to Kemper. These inserts include receipts or lists of items and amounts, directions for ink making, and a reply to a price inquiry made by Kemper from James Smith Woolen Machinery Co. in 1897.
This collection is arranged into two folders containing the original ledger and a photocopied version.
Wayland, John W. A History of Rockinham County, Virginia. Dayton, Va.: Ruebush-Elkins Co., 1912.
Folder 4, George E May Papers, 1930s, SC# 2055, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
|George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892||
|Photocopied version of Ledger||