Ritchie, Patricia Turner Collection on Brocks Gap, 1750-1990s

Browse manuscript collections

Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Patricia Turner Ritchie
Title:
Patricia Turner Ritchie Collection on Brocks Gap
Collection No.:
SC 0145
Date:
1750s-1990s
Extent:
2 boxes, 1.4 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Patricia Turner Ritchie Collection on Brocks Gap, 1750s-1990s, is comprised exclusively of photocopies of deeds, wills, surveys, patents, road agreements, accounts, letters and a wide variety of other documents relevant to the Brocks Gap area of northwestern Rockingham County, Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Patricia Turner Ritchie Collection on Brocks Gap, 1750s-1990s, SC 0145, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

^ Top

Bio/Historical Note

Brocks Gap is an area of approximately 200 square miles in northwestern Rockingham County formed by the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

^ Top

Scope and Content

The Patricia Turner Ritchie Collection on Brocks Gap, 1750s-1990s, is comprised exclusively of photocopies of deeds, wills, surveys, patents, road agreements, accounts, letters and a wide variety of other documents relevant to the Brocks Gap area of northwestern Rockingham County, Virginia. The materials document many aspects of rural life. Family names mentioned most frequently are Fawley, Fulk, Turner, and Ruddle, but many others also occur. The "C" series are papers from the Ransom Hess estate; he was the son of Richard and Lydia Shoemaker Hess, grandson of Abraham and Amanda Custer Hess, great grandson of Richard Custer Jr. and Elizabeth Trumbo Custer, and lived on the Custer homestead on Little Dry River Road in Fulks Run.

^ Top

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into informal series or groupings of documents: Brocks Gap (BG), Fulks Run (F), Custer (C), and Turner (T). This arrangement was imposed by the donor. Each document or set of documents was also assigned a numeric identifier by the donor. Corresponding indices are included for the Brocks Gap and Fulks Run documents.

^ Top

Administrative Information

Revision Description

noneConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. 20042013-11-21

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for 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 Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

This collection, comprised exclusively of photocopies, was purchased from Pat Turner Ritchie beginning in May 1991 through 2002.

Provenance

Many of the original documents photocopied in this collection were brought by local residents to the Turner Hams Store on Route 259 in Fulks Run, or the nearby Mt. Carmel Church, for the "Brocks Gap Heritage Day" events first held by compiler Patricia Turner Ritchie in the spring of 1991, where they were copied. Other materials were located by Ritchie through her own research. Ritchie created an annotated index for some of the materials, and notes that some of the documents are not recorded in the Rockingham County Court House.

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 3088.

Location of Originals

Original documents are either retained by private owners or collections in other repositories that Ritchie consulted as part of her research.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

^ Top

Index Terms

Subject

  • Fawley family
  • Fawley family -- Correspondence
  • Faulk family
  • Faulk family -- Correspondence
  • Turner family
  • Turner family -- Correspondence
  • Ruddell family
  • Ruddell family -- Correspondence
  • African Americans -- Virginia -- Brocks Gap
  • Land use -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Community life
  • Communities -- Attitudes
  • Rural families
  • Rural population
  • Social history
  • Deeds of trust
  • Deeds -- Virginia -- Brocks Gap
  • Real property -- Virginia -- Brocks Gap
  • Roads -- Virginia -- Rockingham County
  • Farm equipment -- Patents
  • Brocks Gap (Va.) -- History
  • Brocks Gap (Va.) -- Social life and customs
  • Fulks Run (Va.) -- Genealogy
  • Fulks Run (Va.) -- Surveys
  • Virginia -- Genealogy
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History

^ Top

Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
BG Index box 1 folder 1
BG 1-55 box 1 folder 2
BG 56-136 box 1 folder 3
BG 137-206 box 1 folder 4
BG 207-260 box 1 folder 5
BG 261-266 box 1 folder 6
BG 267-291 box 1 folder 7
BG 291-294 box 1 folder 8
BG 295A-303 box 1 folder 9
BG 303-312 box 1 folder 10
BG 313-320 box 1 folder 11
BG 338-356 box 2 folder 3
BG 357-359 box 2 folder 4
F Index box 1 folder 12
F 1-117A box 1 folder 13
F 118-200 box 1 folder 14
F 201-280 box 1 folder 15
C 1-68 box 1 folder 16
C 69-212 box 1 folder 17
T 1-106 box 2 folder 1
T 107-221 box 2 folder 2