Kemper, George W. Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868)
Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: George W. Kemper Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868)
Collection No.: SC 0148
Creator: George W. Kemper, 1814-1902
Extent: 2 folders; .2 cubic feet
Abstract: 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.
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Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892 (bulk 1861-1868), SC 0148, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Acquisition Information: The ledger was purchased from Bookworm & Silverfish by the Friends of Carrier Library
in November 1997.
Processing Information: n 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 3093.
George W. Kemper Jr. (1814-1902) studied medicine at Jefferson College in Philadelphia and practiced in Port Republic, Virginia and the surrounding areas. He was also active in community affairs, serving as sheriff of Rockingham County from 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 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
Wayland, John W. A History of Rockingham County, Virginia. Dayton, VA: Ruebush-Elkins
Item 25, Folder 4, George E. May Papers, 1930s, SC 0094, Special Collections, Carrier
Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Box : Folder
|George W. Kemper Jr. Medical Ledger, 1857-1892||
|Photocopy of George W. Kemper Medical Ledger, 1857-1892||
Compiled by: Chris Bolgiano, March 1998; Tara Mastrangelo, September 2010