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Ogden family papers

Identifier: MSS 15524

Content Description

Ogden Family papers, 1801-1979, 3 cubic feet containing family correspondence about the Civil War, politics, Freedmen, race riots, and mostly describing a young family trying to make a living in farming, and merchant business with westward expansion after the Civil War.

The family of Elias and Maria Louisa Gordon Ogden came from Newark, New Jersey and settled in several places including Abingdon, Virginia, Warrenton, Missouri, and Bossian Parish, Louisiana. One of the sons (Henry “Harry” Warren Ogden) was a state representative in Shreveport, La. Another son, Beverly Johnston Ogden died in a race riot in 1868. There are also slavery claims, property deeds, wills, genealogy, photographs, writings, poems, and business letters.

There are also photographs from other family members including Rice, Dunlop, and McGavock.


  • Creation: 1801-1979

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Ogden family in the nineteenth century originated from Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and moved to Virginia, and westward. The patriarch of this family was Elias Ogden Jr. (1797-1874) who married Maria Louisa Gordon Ogden (1808-1881) in 1829. Maria Louisa was the daughter of John Matthews Gordon (1781-1840) from Lynchburg, Virginia. Elias and Maria Louisa had nine children and lived in Abingdon, Virginia, Warrensburg, Missouri, and Bossier Parish, Louisiana, where Elias Ogden was a successful merchant.


3 Cubic Feet (6 legal document boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift from Martha Senter Green and Lester Senter Wilson to the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia on April 29, 2013.

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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States