A Guide to the

Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849

SC 0243

Compiled by: Tiffany Cole, August 2017

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849

Collection No.: SC 0243
Creator: Robert Stephen

Extent: 1 folder; .08 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, primarily document the taxes paid by Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) resident, Robert Stephen. The tax receipts document the taxes Stephen paid to the sheriff of Greenbrier County and include taxes paid for slaves, cattle, and land.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, SC 0243, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Ebay auction in June 2017 and directly from the seller in August 2017.
Provenance: These materials were sold by Cowan’s Auctions on March 23, 2017 as part of a larger lot of Greenbrier County manuscript materials. The lot (# 226) was described as “Parish Polls Mentioning Taxes for a Number of Slaves and Business Licenses for Greenbrier County, Virginia (West Virginia), ca. 1810s to 1830s.”

Bio/Historical Note:

Robert Stephen (alternately appearing as Steven, Stevens, and Stephens) was born in Augusta County, Virginia on September 22, 1767. Stephen married Mary Craig (1767-1838), who was also born in Augusta County, on November 14, 1788 in Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Stephen was a land owner, slave owner, and proprietor of Stephen’s Ferry at Fort Spring along the Greenbrier River. Stephen died February 24, 1851 and is buried at McVey-Stephen Cemetery in Greenbrier County.

Scope and Content:

The Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, primarily document the taxes paid by Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) resident, Robert Stephen. The collection is comprised of 13 documents. The tax receipts document the taxes Stephen paid to the sheriff of Greenbrier County and include parish levies and taxes paid for slaves, cattle, and land. A tax receipt for E. R. Skeggs of Greenbrier County is also included.

Additional documents include receipts for Stephen’s annual subscriptions to the National Intelligencer, a national newspaper of record, and the Alleghanian.

Arrangement:
The collection is arranged chronologically in one folder.

Bibliography:
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL6-C2BD : 13 December 2015), Robert Stephen, 1851; Burial, Fort Spring, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States of America, McVey-Stephen Cemetery; citing record ID 92322907,Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL6-C2B8 : 11 July 2016), Mary Craig Stephen, 1838; Burial, Fort Spring, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States of America, McVey-Stephen Cemetery; citing record ID 92322991,Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

“Greenbrier County Marriage Records,” West Virginia Division of Culture and History, http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=10975990&Type=Marriage (accessed August 14, 2017).

Price, William T. Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Marlinton. WV: Price Brothers Publishers, 1901.

Contents:

Folder Title
Folder
Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, undated
1