A Guide to the Marianne L. Garber Collection of Shenandoah Valley Documents, 1780-1899

Collection Number SC 0138

 

Revised by: Cara Lundgren, February 2014


Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Marianne L. Garber Collection of Shenandoah Valley Documents, 1780-1899

Collection No.: SC 0138

Creator: Marianne L. Garber

Extent: 2 boxes, .22 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Marianne L. Garber Collection of Shenandoah Valley Documents, 1780-1899, contains one journal written by William Mathias Harner from 1847-1861, eight legal and business documents dating from 1815- 1899, and ten land deeds and indentures dating from 1780-1887.

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection is 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 #], Marianne L. Garber Collection of Shenandoah Valley Documents, 1780-1899, SC 0138, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to Special Collections in January 1995 by Marianne L. Garber of Timberville, Virginia. According to the donor, the journal was written by William Mathias Harner of McGaheysville, Virginia, born November 24, 1823 and married January 1852.

Other Formats Available: The farm journal of William Mathias Harner has been transcribed and is in the first folder.

Processing Information: In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 3066.


Bio/Historical Note: William Harner was born to George and Margaret Harner on November 25, 1823. He was baptized at Peak Mountain Church on January 10, 1824. It is believed that the name Harner might have originally been Hares. He attended Peak Mountain Church, a Lutheran and Reform church all of his life. Harner was the youngest of eight children. He lived on his family's farm according to the 1850 United States census. This census places them in the 56 1/2 District in  October 16, 1850.

Scope and Content:
The Marianne L. Garber Collection of Shenandoah Valley Documents, 1780-1899, contains one journal written by William Mathias Harner from 1847-1861, eight legal and business documents dating from 1815- 1899, and ten land deeds and indentures dating from 1780-1887. The bulk of the documents are land deeds and miscellaneous legal and business documents for Rockingham and Shenandoah counties. Also included in the collection is a farm journal with one-line entries describing agricultural activities almost daily for most of the time period from August 1847 to May 1861.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged topically.

Contents:

Folder Title Box:Folder

Farm journal, William Mathias Harner, 1847-1861

Includes transcript with biographical note and footnotes.

1:1

Legal and Business Documents, 1815-1899, undated

  • Debt obligation of Philip and George Pence, 1815
  • Deposition on behalf of Samuel and Rebecca Fry, 1854
  • Letter from Major C. Shirley to "Dear Friend" (probably a contemporary copy), July 1, 1865
  • Purchase list, Fred Offman to Coffman Zirkle, New Market, 1877
  • Purchase list, Daniel Shirley in acc't with L.P. Henkel & Co., 1887
  • Debt obligation of John Linhoss to Charles K. Urner[?] for land, 1897
  • Debt release of John Linhoss by W.P. Crickenberger, 1899
  • Land resurvey for David Homan, undated
1:2

Land deeds and indentures, 1780-1887

  • Richard Campfield, "A Copy from Record," 1780
  • John Petner [Pitner], signed Beverley Randolph, 1787
  • Henry Mave [Nave], signed by Henry Lee, 1793
  • John and Barbara Pitner to John Nave, 1794
  • Adam and Liza Pitner to John Levich, 1796
  • Michael & Rachel Humble & others to John Livy, 1801
  • John Homan and others to David Homan, 1824
  • Gideon and Regina Pentz to Jonas Pentz, 1847
  • Samuel and Rebecca Fry to Lewis Will, 1854
  • Daniel Shirley to Joseph Roller, 1887
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