Ella Noland MacKenzie papers, 1841-1886.

Creator: MacKenzie, Ella Noland.
Collection number: 3667
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Abstract: Family and personal correspondence of Ella (Noland) MacKenzie, daughter of Lloyd and Elizabeth Noland of Glen Ora, near Leesburg, Va., while she was in school in Virginia and Baltimore, Md.; visiting her aunt, Sara (Hollingsworth) Gibson, wife of Dr. William Gibson (1877-1868), in Philadelphia, Pa.; and after her marriage in 1852 to John Carrerre MacKenzie (d. 1866), a Baltimore physician. Included are letters from the Nolands and other relatives in Virginia and from members of the MacKenzie family and friends in Baltimore, pertaining chiefly to plantation life, social conditions, and women’s activities. Incidents of particular note include a slave uprising, 1856, near Glen Ora; the departure in 1864 of one branch of the family for Europe in voluntary or involuntary exile; and the arrest of John C. MacKenzie as a Confederate sympathizer. Postwar items are scattered, with only slight information on John and Ella’s son, Dr. John Noland MacKenzie (1853-1925), a noted throat specialist.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Letters discuss a sale of enslaved individuals (1849) and the killing of a Virginia slave owner by the enslaved people on his property (1856). See Folders 2 and 5.