Marianne L. Garber Collection, 1780-1899

Collection Number SC 3066


Revised by: Cara Lundgren, February 2014

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Marianne L. Garber Collection

Collection No.: SC 3066

Creator: Marianne L. Garber

Extent: 2 folders in one Hollinger Box: 0.42 linear feet

Language: English

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

Administrative Information


Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research

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. (

Preferred Citation: Marianne L. Garber Collection, SC 3066, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to the Library in January, 1995 by Marianne L. Garber of Timberville, VA.

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

Accruals: None

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 in the 1850 United States census. This Census places them in the 56 1/2 District in  Oct 16, 1850.


Scope & Content:
This collection consists of 19 items from 1780 to 1899, the majority of which are land deeds and miscellaneous legal and business documents for Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties, Va. 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. According to the donor, the journal was written by William Mathias Harner of McGaheysville, VA, born Nov. 24, 1823 and married Jan. 1852.

BOX 1:

Folder 1 Farm journal, Wm. M. Harner, 1847-1861

Folder 2 Legal & Business Documents:


Folder 1 Land Deeds and Indentures: