Papers (1834-2006) including correspondence, land records, Bible records, genealogy notes, cemetery stone listings, and miscellaneous related to the Carpenter, Gay, and Hamner families of Albemarle County, Virginia.
In 1884, William Carey Carpenter (1852-1927), of Louisa County, Va., married Nannie Alberta Gay (1865-1937), daughter of Charles Wingfield and Nancy (Hamner) Gay, of Albemarle County, Va. These papers chronicle events in their lives and those of their families.
Land and tax records of Albemarle and Louisa counties, Va., cover the years 1834 to 1932. Included from Albemarle County are a plat (1857) and tax billings (1854) that list all taxable items including land, white males over twenty-one years, slaves, animals, household goods, revenues, and personal property. The Louisa County land records mainly pertain to Carpenter family deeds but also included is a ten-year lease for farmland (1932). Albemarle County legal documents include records of the settlement of Nicholas Hamner's estate with a listing of the division of household goods and a deed (1874), a 1906 promissory note with record of payment, and Sallie Maddox Gay's handwritten will (1918). Family correspondence (1888) mentions the change in the Sunday church meeting from the first to the fourth Sunday and the pastor's visit and attitude; their flower garden; and chicken and turkey breeding, including the sale of feathers, and the loss of a turkey hen to turkey cholera. Other correspondence (1865, 1884) is oriented to family matters.
Births, deaths, and marriages of the Carpenter family (1820-1906) and the Hamner family (1778-1926) are listed and Charles Wingfield and Nancy (Hamner) Gay family Bible record pages (1821-1894) are also included. Recollections of Samuel Rufus Gay of Lynchburg, Va., link the Gay and Carpenter families to the family of Revolutionary War soldier Edward Garland and present an interesting vignette of family life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the Albemarle County region. The collection also includes a commencement program from Lane High School, Charlottesville, Va., May 31, 1937.
Gift of Mrs. Martha G. Elmore
Processed by C. Crews, April 1991
Encoded by Apex Data Services
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