Meriwether family papers, 1737-ca. 1880s.

Creator: Meriwether family.
Collection number: 1800-z
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Abstract: The Meriwether family of Virginia included Charles N. Meriwether (fl. 1791-1843), physician and farmer of Virginia, Montgomery County, Tenn., and Christian County, Ky. The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal papers, and other items of Charles N. Meriwether and other members of the Meriwether family. The letters are chiefly to Charles N. Meriwether from business associates and family members, particularly from his brother, William D. Meriwether of Albemarle County, Va., describing family and neighborhood activities, tobacco and slave sales, experiments with wheat planting, family estates, farming, economic conditions in Virginia, and travels down the Mississippi River in 1818 and in the Arkansas Territory in 1823. Other family correspondence includes a letter describing the funeral of Robert E. Lee in 1870. Financial and legal materials include indentures; land grants and survey maps for Montgomery County, Tenn., and Christian County, Ky.; a genealogical chart; and a 1737 certificate of admission to the freedom of the the City of London.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The letters to Merriwether from business associates and family members describe sales of enslaved individuals. Financial and legal papers include a list of enslaved individuals given by Charles Merriwether to his son William in 1830.