Stephen, Robert Papers, 1815-1849

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Stephen, Robert, 1767-1851
Title:
Robert Stephen Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0243
Date:
1815-1849
Extent:
1 folder, .08 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, primarily document the taxes paid by Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) resident, Robert Stephen. The tax receipts document the taxes Stephen paid to the sheriff of Greenbrier County and include taxes paid for enslaved persons, cattle, and land.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, SC 0243, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

Robert Stephen (alternately appearing as Steven, Stevens, and Stephens) was born in Augusta County, Virginia on September 22, 1767. Stephen married Mary Craig (1767-1838), who was also born in Augusta County, on November 14, 1788 in Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Stephen was a land owner, enslaver, and proprietor of Stephen's Ferry at Fort Spring along the Greenbrier River. Stephen died February 24, 1851 and is buried at McVey-Stephen Cemetery in Greenbrier County.

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Scope and Content

The Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, primarily document the taxes paid by Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) resident, Robert Stephen. The collection is comprised of 13 documents. The tax receipts document the taxes Stephen paid to the sheriff of Greenbrier County and include parish levies and taxes paid for enslaved persons, cattle, and land. A tax receipt for E. R. Skeggs of Greenbrier County is also included.

Additional documents include receipts for Stephen's annual subscriptions to the National Intelligencer, a national newspaper of record, and the Alleghanian.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically in one folder.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection 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).

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Ebay auction in June 2017 and directly from the seller in August 2017.

Provenance

These materials were sold by Cowan's Auctions on March 23, 2017 as part of a larger lot of Greenbrier County manuscript materials. The lot (# 226) was described as "Parish Polls Mentioning Taxes for a Number of Slaves and Business Licenses for Greenbrier County, Virginia (West Virginia), ca. 1810s to 1830s."

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

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

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Tax records

Subject

  • Receipts (Acknowledgments) -- West Virginia -- Greenbrier County
  • Business records -- West Virginia -- Greenbrier County -- Sources
  • Taxation -- West Virginia -- Greenbrier County -- 19th century
  • Tax assessment -- West Virginia -- Greenbrier County -- 19th century
  • Tax collection -- West Virginia -- Greenbrier County -- 19th century
  • Greenbrier County (W. Va.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Greenbrier County (W. Va.) -- Economic conditions -- 19th century -- Sources
  • Slavery -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century

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Bibliography

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL6-C2BD : 13 December 2015), Robert Stephen, 1851; Burial, Fort Spring, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States of America, McVey-Stephen Cemetery; citing record ID 92322907,Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVL6-C2B8 : 11 July 2016), Mary Craig Stephen, 1838; Burial, Fort Spring, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States of America, McVey-Stephen Cemetery; citing record ID 92322991,Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

"Greenbrier County Marriage Records," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=10975990&Type=Marriage (accessed August 14, 2017).

Price, William T. Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Marlinton. WV: Price Brothers Publishers, 1901.

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Robert Stephen Papers, 1815-1849, undated box 1 folder 1