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Collection Number: 00865

Collection Title: A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 410 items)
Abstract A. D. Pollock (Abraham David, sometimes Abram David), a Pennsylvania-born Presbyterian minister of Richmond, Va., and of Fauquier County, Va., married Elizabeth Gordon Lee, daughter of Charles Lee. The collection includes Pollock's diary of his early ministry in western Virginia, 1832-1833; a journal of a tour of England and the Continent, 1841; and an account of the life of his son, Thomas Gordon Pollock (1838-1863), a student at the University of North Carolina, lawyer, and Confederate officer. The collection also includes sermons and sermon notes; scattered Lee and Pollock family correspondence, 1794-1944, about church, personal and business matters; and T. G. Pollock's letters describing trips to the White Sulphur Springs of Virginia (now West Virginia) and down the Mississippi River to Shreveport, La., where he established his law practice, and also his participation in Civil War battles, including the Seven Days' Battles, the Antietam Campaign, and the Gettysburg Campaign. He died in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Creator Pollock, A. D. (Abraham David), 1807-1890.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 A. D. Pollock Papers, #865, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from A. D. Pollock Gilmour of Leesburg, Va., July 1944.
Received from Elizabeth Gilmour (Mrs. Julian) Lake of Winston-Salem, N.C., September 1973.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Abraham David Pollock (sometimes Abram David) (1807-1890) was a Pennsylvania-born Presbyterian minister of Richmond and of Fauquier County, Va. He was educated at Washington College and the Union Seminary of Pennsylvania. In 1832 Pollock left Pennsylvania to begin missionary work in "destitute places" of Virginia. Following Pollock's first church assignment in Culpepper, Va., he moved to Richmond, Va., to take the pulpit of the Shuckoe Hill Church, the largest Presbyterian Church in the state. When his health began to fail in 1841, he took leave from his ministerial duties to vacation in Europe. In the summer of 1843, Pollock resigned his Richmond ministry and moved his family to Fauquier County near Warrington, Va.

Pollock was married to Elizabeth Gordon Lee, daughter of Charles Lee and Margaret Scott Lee. They had six children, Thomas Gordon, Margaret Scott, Elizabeth Hendrick, Roberta, Nannie Lee, and Charles Lee.

Thomas Gordon Pollock (1838-1863), the eldest child of A. D. and Elizabeth Pollock, was born in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Fauquier County, Va. He attended Yale University and the University of Virginia, where he completed law school. Before the Civil war, he practiced law in Morefield and Warrington, Va., and in Shreveport, La. During the war he served as a captain in the Confederate Army in Virginia, participating in the Seven Days' Campaign near Richmond, the Antietam Campaign, and the Gettysburg Campaign, where he was killed.

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The collection includes A. D. Pollock's diary of his early ministry in western Virginia, 1832-1833; a journal of a tour of England and the Continent, 1841; and an account of the life of his son, Thomas Gordon Pollock. The collection also includes sermons and sermon notes; scattered Lee and Pollock family correspondence, 1794-1944, about church, personal and business matters; and Thomas Pollock's letters describing trips to the White Sulphur Springs of Virginia (now West Virginia) and down the Mississippi River to Shreveport, La., where he established his law practice, and also his participation in Civil War battles, including the Seven Days' Battles, the Antietam Campaign, and the Gettysburg Campaign. He died in the Battle of Gettysburg. The earliest papers, 1794-1807, are chiefly letters to Charles Lee, discussing financial and legal matters, and include two typed copies of letters between Lee and George Washington regarding Lee's appointment as Attorney General of the United States. Several letters to Charles Lee and one to Alfred Lee, a relative, discuss the sale of slaves. The post-war correspondence is primarily concerned with family affairs and travel. There are also some materials related to the publication of A. D. Pollock's book Life in the Exode.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1794-1807 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1826-1835 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1838-1853 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1854-1859 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1860-1865 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1866-1868 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1870-1879 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1881-1944 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Undated #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Clippings #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 10

Unidentified picture #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Genealogical material #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Sermons and notes, 1835-1839 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Sermons and notes, 1840-1847 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 13-30

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Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Sermons and notes, undated #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 13-30

Folder 31

Writings, religious #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Writings, social problems #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Writings, miscellaneous #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 1: Pollock biography and family history #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 2: Diary, A. D. Pollock, 1832-1833 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 3: Travel journal, A. D. Pollock, 1841 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 4: Biographical sketch of Thomas Gordon Pollock by A. D. Pollock, 1864 #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 5: Sermon notes #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 6: Sermons and notes #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Oversize Volume SV-865/7

Volume 7: Scrapbook, newspaper clippings #00865, Series: "A. D. Pollock Papers, 1794-1944 and undated." Folder 40, Ovolume SV-865/7

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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