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Laine family papers

Identifier: MSS 16277

Scope and Contents Note

The Laine family papers (1772-1961; 0.8 cubic feet) contains letters and documents about hiring enslaved people, other family correspondence, and financial and legal papers related to the Laine (sometimes Lane) family in Sussex County, Virginia. There is also a letter and information about the War of 1812. Also of interest is the correspondence and church programs for Amos Lloyd Laine who was a minister in Wakefield, Virginia.


  • Creation: 1772 - 1961

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographical Note

Based on family names and relationships in the letters the Lane/Laine family of Sussex County, Virginia seems to date back to Thomas Lane of Jamestown, who came from England in 1634 and more recently pertaining to this collection, from his descendants Joseph Lane (1721-1775) and his wife Lucy Pride Lane (1720-1792?). They had nine children: Jesse Lane (1741-1803), Leticia Lane Hargrave (1748-1781),Drury Lane (1745-1816), Thomas Lane, Joseph Lane (1750-1810) and Selah Lane Phillips. Peter Lane and Jerry (Jeremiah?) Lane descended from Drury Lane in Sussex County, Virginia. Sources:

Other papers in the collection relate to Mrs. Ella Jane Laine(1873-?) who was married to Christopher Columbus Laine and their children, Amos Lloyd Laine 1906-2004,Eugene Roy Laine, 1908-?), Elva Louise Laine Magee 1909-2012, Josie L. Wiedman, Alvin Woodrow Laine 1913-2007, and Milton Columbus Laine 1898-1944 who was married to Alma Lorraine Morris 1901-1987.


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 document box, 1 half-width legal document box, 1 oversize folder.)

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The collection has been arranged into four series: Series 1. Correspondence, Series 2.Financial and Legal papers, Series 3. Letters and documents about enslaved people, 4. Miscellaneous


Accession 2017-0082, Purchased 19 December 2016.

Laine family papers
Ellen Welch
15 July 2019
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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