Hedrick Family Collection, 1856-1959

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Hedrick Family Collection, 1856-1959

Collection No.: SC# 4043

Creator/Compiler: Generations of the Hedrick family

Extent: 2.09 linear ft; 1/2 Hollinger box; 6 folders



The Hedrick Family Collection, 1856-1959, consists of 1/2 Hollinger box (.209 linear ft.) of correspondence and business papers,as well as digital material.  The Hedrick family has been part of the Elkton community for generations.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions:


Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions:


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

Preferred Citation: 


Hedrick Family Collection, 1856-1959, SC# 4043, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information:


Gift of James C. Hedrick III

Other Formats Available:


Digitized material in Series 5.

Historical Note

The Hedrick family has been a part of the Elkton community for many generations.  During the French and Indian War, a George Hedrick was listed as an Augusta County soldier [later Rockingham County]. During the Civil War, a George W. Hedrick and C.L Hedrick served in the River Rangers, a Confederate cavalry from East Rockingham County, while an H.C. Hedrick served under Company A, 3rd Battalion, Virginia Reserves.

Scope and Content

The Hedrick Family Collection, 1856-1959, consists of 1/2 Hollinger box (.209 linear ft.) of items seperated into five different series:  Legal Documents, Business Documents, Correspondence, Miscellaneous, and Digitized Material.

Legal Documents, 1870-1933, consists of two folders.  The majority of material in the first folder includes a large number of summonses addressed to George W. Hedrick to appear before the Rockingham County Court.  The second folder includes documents pertaining to tax and tax collection.  Some examples include receipts for paid taxes from both Rockingham County and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Of particular interest is a signed letter from former governor Harry Flood Byrd to Mr. Hedrick discussing new tax policy in 1927.

Financial Documents, 1874-1959, also consists of two folders. Personal financial documents include bank notes from Rockingham Bank and the First National Bank of Harrisonburg, promissory notes involving the harvesting of wheat crops, and a document regarding the Stonewall Road Board in 1900 that itemizes equipment and labor costs to be reimbursed to James C. Hedrick.  Reciepts from locations such as the Wetzel Seed Company, United Wool Grower's Association, Shenandoah Valley Livestock Sales, and the Rockingham Petroleum Cooperative are also represented. 

Correspondence, 1856-1943, consists of letters and envelopes, several of which contain unique stamps and cancellations.  Most of the correspondence in this series is personal and usually between cousins, brothers, sisters, and friends.

Miscellaneous, 1892-1922, consists of three publications and handwritten documents describing the establishment of a Reform Church of McGaheysville, campaign business cards for the office of Commissioner of the Revenue for Plains District, and a certificate of promotion for James Hedrick from "B" class to "A" class of second grade in 1905.  One of the church publications is an abstract of acts and proceedings of the Reformed Church in the United States published bt the Quenzel Printing House in Martinsburg, W. Va. in 1892.   The other two items are 1919 and 1922 annual reports of the Reformed Church of the U.S., representing St. Michael's, Frieden's, Brown Memorial, and Island Ford Churches.

Digitized Material, 1857-1932, consists of a variety of items of which the originals were returned to the donor.  Two accounting books belonging to C.L. Hedrick and George W. Hedrick, as well as a list of wedding gifts for Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sipe were scanned and returned to the donor.  The "Miscellaneous" digitized items in this collection also have been photcopied and these copies are in the collection, including 19th Century letters and envelopes, a 1889 promissory note from George W. Hedrick to Abner Shacklett for $210.00, and a 1932 "Get Well Soon" card from Maud R. Lemley to Mrs. Annie Hedrick.  Newspaper clippings from the Twin City Sentinel in Winston- Salem, NC regarding the Pastor Dr. W.H. Causey are also included. 


The collection is arranged chronologically within five series:


I. Legal Documents, 1870-1933

II. Financial Documents, 1874-1959

III. Correspondence,1856-1943

IV. Miscellaneous, 1892-1922

V. Digitized Material, 1857-1932


Wayland, John. A History of Rockingham County Virginia. Dayton, VA: Ruebush-Elkins Company,



Hammond's Edition of the 1885 Atlas of Rockingham County Virginia. (from the 1885 surveys by

          J.M.  Lathrop and B.N. Griffing, reproduced and compiled May 1995 by GP Hammond

          Publishing.) Strasburg, VA: GP Hammond Publishing, 1995.


Series 1: Legal Documents, 1870-1933:  

          Court Summons, 1870-1882

Folder 1

          Tax Receipts, 1884-1933

Folder 2
Series 2: Financial Documents, 1874-1959:  

          Bank & Promissory Notes, 1881-1958

Folder 3

          Business Records & Receipts, 1874-1959

Folder 4
Series 3: Correspondence, 1856-1943
Folder 5
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1892-1922
Folder 6

Series 5: Digitized Material, 1857-1932

[available for scholarly use only; please cite appropriately if quoting from images or using images.]

          Account Book 1, 1857-1888:
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          Account Book 2, 1882-1885:
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          Wedding Gift Record of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sipe, 1919:
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          Miscellaneous Material, 1869-1932
Folder 7