A Guide to the Charles W. Wampler, Jr. Collection, 1798-1962

Collection Number SC 3095

Compiled by: Lindsay Mannell and Chris Bolgiano, Oct. 1998

Revised by: Alicia Henneberry, September, 2013

Descriptive Summary


Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Charles W. Wampler Collection, 1798-1962

Collection No.: SC 3095

Creator: Charles W. Wampler Jr.

Extent: 5 folders

Language: English

Abstract: The Charles W. Wampler, Jr. Collection contains family items, legal and financial documents, and agricultural information related to the Wampler family in Dayton, VA.


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

Preferred Citation: Charles W. Wampler Jr. Collection, 1798-1962, SC 3095, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Acquisition Information: Gift of Mr. Charles W. Wampler, Jr. in March, 1998


Bio/Historical Note: The Wamplers have been one of the most influential families in Rockingham County, VA. John Wampler and family, members of the Brethren Church, moved from Pennsylvania to the Timberville area of the county in 1811. In 1871, John Wampler III purchased a farm in Dayton that he named Sunny Slope and built a house there. His son, Charles W., began various agricultural experiments, particularly in poultry raising, and was one of the earliest farmers to hatch eggs in incubators. He served as the first Rockingham County Extension Agent and in 1927, with two brothers, founded the Wampler Feed and Seed Company. His son Charles Jr., born at Sunny Slope in 1915, continued and furthered these business ventures and community endeavors, including serving in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1954-1966.

Scope and Content: The Charles W. Wampler Collection, 1798-1962, consists of five folders of letters, deeds, and agricultural information from 1798 to 1962 related to the Wampler family of Dayton, VA. The collection is arranged in six series:

Series I, Family Papers, contains 16 items and 2 envelopes, 1854-1971 and undated. Mostly letters on agricultural, family, and church matters. Also included is an 1871-1971 Wampler Family Reunion booklet.

Series II, Land surveys & measurements, includes 5 surveys and 1 list of measurements, 1838-1882, and undated

Series III, Legal Documents, includes 35 items, 1798 (typed transcript of original)-1962. Mostly tax receipts and deeds involving the Wampler family. Also includes an 1844 patent describing an improved Wheat Farm invented by David Watkins of Port Republic, with a receipt for purchase by John Wampler of exclusive rights to use it. There is also the will of John Wampler from 1861, with 1863 codicil.

Series IV, Financial Documents, consists of 52 items, 1858-1930 and undated. Mostly promises to pay, receipts for miscellaneous purchases, and receipts for inheritance monies received, but also a stock certificate for Mt. Jackson and Howard’s Lick Turnpike Co., a sale of right to use Cray’s Washing Machine from 1872, letterhead receipts for sales by Wampler Feed & Seed Co., and receipts for payment of yearly toll on Warm Springs and Harrisonburg Turnpike.

Series V, Agricultural Information, consists of 14 items, 1895-1959 and undated. Lists of books, three photos. Includes several brochures produced by Wampler’s Feed & Seed Co. describing the poultry business. The second folder contains 1 item, which is the 1959 Yearbook of Agriculture with many inserts and notes, as well as information sheets and brochures, mostly concerning poultry.



This collection is arranged in five series:



Wampler, Charles W. My Grandfather, my grandchildren, and me; an autobiography. Harrisonburg, VA. Dayton, VA; Shenandoah Press, 1968.

Related Material:

Wampler Business Records, 1918-1972 SC 5024.

Separated Material: A photocopy of Wampler's Practical Turkey Methods, (Harrisonburg, Va: 1929) was removed from the boxed collection and placed in Special Collections' book collection for ease of use, and given the call number SF507.W36 1929. A second photocopy is also available in Carrier Library's circulating collection




Box: Folder

Series I: Family papers            


Series II: Land surveys & measurements


Series III: Legal Documents


Series IV: Financial Documents


Series V: Agricultural Information