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Collection Number: 04686-z

Collection Title: Hooe, Hamilton, and Henderson Family Papers, 1756-1912

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Size (4 folders). feet of linear shelf space (approximately 35 items)
Abstract Hooe, Hamilton, and Henderson family of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, including James H. and Robert Hooe of Alexandria, Va., who represented Charles, Earl Tankerville's interests after the American Revolution and traded with France and England in the early 19th century; Jacob Hamilton, who lived in Bristol, Va., and wrote to his daughter Olivia, who lived with other family members during the Civil War; W. F. Henderson, overseer of roads in Saltville, N.C.; and Helen and Dorothy Henderson of Bristol, Tenn. Correspondence and related items include a 31 December 1775 letter from Robert Hooe in Alexandria, Va., to Richard Harrison about supplying Captain Scott and his troops; several letters, 1787-1790 and 1804, relating to Robert and James Hooe's handling of the power of attorney Charles, Earl Tankerville had issued to General George Washington and conferring with Virginia Governor Randolph about selling the Earl's lands to avoid possible confiscation; letters, 1796-1807, relating to trade between the Hooes in Alexandria and companies in England and France, including one about the effect of the Napoleonic Wars on trade; and several letters, 1862-1864, about home life during the Civil War. Other items include a few handwritten poems, song lyrics, and school essays; a miniature New Testament, undated; and a Civil War era wallet.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Hooe, Hamilton, and Henderson Family Papers #4686-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Linda Fowle Morrison of Asheboro, N.C., in December 1993 and January 1994 (Acc. 93161).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Hooe, Hamilton, and Henderson family of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina, including James H. and Robert Hooe of Alexandria, Va., who represented Charles, Earl Tankerville's interests after the American Revolution and traded with France and England in the early 19th century; Jacob Hamilton, who lived in Bristol, Va., and wrote to his daughter Olivia, who lived with other family members during the Civil War; W. F. Henderson, overseer of roads in Saltville, N.C.; and Helen and Dorothy Henderson of Bristol, Tenn.

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Note that many items in this collection are present because they relate in some way to ancestors of the donor. In the case of a few items, the connection is tenuous or unclear. A genealogy of several family branches, prepared by the donor, is available (request material from collection control file).

Correspondence and Related Items

1756 Cover enclosing letter (not included) to "Citizen James H. Hooe" in Morlaix, France, from John Jones Waldo in Paris.

31 December 1775 Letter from Robert Hooe in Alexandria, Va., to Richard Harrison about supplying Captain Scott and his troops.

1787-1790; 1804 Six letters relating to Robert and James Hooe's handling the power of attorney Charles, Earl Tankerville had issued to General Washington and conferring with Virginia Governor Randolph about selling the Earl's lands to avoid possible confiscation.

1796-1807 Five letters relating to trade between the Hooes in Alexandria and companies in England and France. In the letter dated 6 October 1796, a merchant in Nantes, France, informed James Hooe that "Maryland tobacco is not fit for our Market and can be sold only when the Virginia's [sic] is wanting." In the letter dated 15 May 1797, Fulwar Skipworth in Paris wrote that events in France made travel to Paris from London difficult and dangerous. In a letter dated 22 October 1807, a New York shipping firm informed James Hooe that "...we have reports of Bonaparte's having declared war against this country--confiscated all American property and imprisoned all American citizens that could be found--should this be true the Embargo will speedily be raised."

1811-1813 Two letters relating to Hooe and Harrison land sales in Virginia.

25 January 1862 Letter from Beth Cherry in Winchester, Frederick County, Va., to "Dear Madam" on the death of the addressee's son. (Typed transcription provided by the donor.)

6 July 1862 Letter from Nancy M. Staples to her brother Bill, fighting with Confederate troops, about family and neighborhood activities. (Typed transcription provided by donor).

1864 Two letters to James Hamilton in Bristol, Va., from his daughter Olivia, living with relatives, about family life. (Typed transcriptions provided by the donor.)

31 May 1872 Account of taxes, payroll, and other items of W. F. Henderson, overseer of roads, District 2, Saltville Township, N.C.

1911 Letter to Helen and Dorothy Henderson of Bristol, Tenn., from their mother, who was on a trip, telling of her activities.

1912 Two letters of unknown origin about getting jobs, perhaps in Lagos.

Undated Agreement relating to penalties exacted for unspecified actions.

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Currency from the Confederate States of America, Japan, the U.S.S.R., Syria, and Greece has been transferred to Miscellaneous Stock Certificates, Bonds, and Currency (#4672).

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