Varner Family Papers, 1774-1933

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Varner Family
Title:
Varner Family Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0129
Date:
1774-1933
Extent:
1 box, .4 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
The Varner Family Papers, 1774-1933, documents the Varner family of Page County, Virginia with particular emphasis on correspondence, legal and financial documents, and documents relating to their distillery business.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Varner Family Papers, 1774-1933, SC 0129, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bio/Historical Note

The Varner family of Page County, Virginia was of German descent, and their name appears as early as 1801 on records of the Antioch Christian Church near Stony Man Creek, Virginia.

Despite wide-spread anti-liquor sentiment in the Shenandoah Valley in the nineteenth century, the Varners operated a distillery. Documentary evidence of the business begins in 1869 and includes state permits to distill, Internal Revenue "Distillery Gauger" forms, and several orders for brandy.

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Scope and Content

The Varner Family Papers, 1774-1933, document the Varner family of Page County, Virginia with particular emphasis on correspondence, legal and financial documents, and documents relating to their distillery business.

Series 1: Letters, 1816-1910, contains documents from relatives of the Varners in the Midwest and from other family members within Virginia. Most of these documents date from the latter half of the nineteenth century. In general these letters discuss health, the weather and farming; however, there are several accounts relating to the Civil War and its devastating effects on the family.

Series 2: Legal Documents, 1774-1931, contains a thorough collection of tax receipts dating from 1803-1930; several papers pertaining to John Varner's duties as an executor; a folder of receipts for various financial transactions; and, among other papers in the miscellaneous folder, a Confederate States of America Bond.

Series 3: Distillery Papers, 1869-1893, contains documents related to the Varner's distillery business in Luray, Virginia. Despite wide-spread anti-liquor sentiment in the Shenandoah Valley in the nineteenth century, the Varners operated a distillery. Documentary evidence of the business begins in 1869 and includes state permits to distill, Internal Revenue "Distillery Gauger" forms and several orders for brandy.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series:

Series 1: Letters, 1816-1933

Series 2: Legal Documents, 1774-1931

Series 3: Distillery Papers, 1869-1893

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Administrative Information

Revision Description

EditedConverted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl. July 20082013-11-21

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 not 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 is on deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.

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 3035.

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

Subject

  • Varner family
  • Varner family -- Correspondence
  • Varner, John
  • Agriculture -- Virginia -- History -- 19th century
  • Distilleries -- Virginia -- Sources
  • Liquor laws -- Virginia
  • Liquor -- Selling
  • Financial statements -- Virginia
  • Estates (Law) -- Virginia -- Sources
  • Page County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- Sources
  • Page County (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- Sources
  • Page County (Va.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Social life and customs -- Sources
  • Shenandoah River Valley (Va. and W. Va.) -- Economic conditions -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources
  • Virginia -- Social life and customs -- Sources
  • Virginia -- Economic conditions -- Sources
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Destruction and pillage

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Bibliography

Lambert, Darwin S. The Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park. Boulder, CO: Roberts Rinehart, Inc., 1989.

Strickler, Harry M. A Short History of Page County Virginia. Richmond, VA: Dietz Press, Inc., 1952.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Letters, 1816-1933

Title/Description Instances
Letters from Virginia, 1816-1865 box 1 folder 1
Letters from Virginia, 1866-1933, undated box 1 folder 2
Letters from the Midwest, 1840-1869 box 1 folder 3
Letters from the Midwest, 1870-1910, undated box 1 folder 4

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Series 2: Legal Documents, 1774-1931

Title/Description Instances
Tax Receipts, 1804-1930 box 1 folder 5
Executor Documents, 1822-1836 box 1 folder 6
Financial Documents, 1807-1931, undated box 1 folder 7
Miscellaneous Documents, 1774-1910 box 1 folder 8

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Series 3: Distillery Papers, 1869-1893

Title/Description Instances
Distillery Papers, 1869-1893 box 1 folder 9

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