Somerville family papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains a Civil War memoir of Fletcher Harris Archer, Lieutenant Colonel in the Confederate Army and Mayor of Petersburg, Va. Also present are notes and documents about Archer's service during the Mexican-American War, possibly for a memoir that was never completed. The collection also includes letters of Atwell W. Somerville while a student and cadet at Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina. Other topics include, Atwell Somerville’s studies, athletic events, and church services and work. Of note is a letter of 1940 November 12 in which Somerville mentions he has had a recurrence of malaria. Of interest are letters of Atwell W. Somerville during his service in World War II as a member of the 90th bomber squadron (a.k.a. "The Jolly Rogers") in the South Pacific. There is also a ledger (1830s) from a store at Racoon Ford, near the Culpeper and Orange counties border.
Somerville, James. The Baronial House of Somerville: An Abridged and Condensed Narrative of the Principal Branches of the Ancient Family. Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson and Co., 1920.
McGhan, Judith, comp. Genealogies of Virginia Families: from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Baltimore: Clearfield Company, 2007.
“Somerville, Atwell.” The Daily Progress, 27 Feb. 2014, https://www.dailyprogress.com/orangenews/obituaries/somerville-atwell/article_da96d574-9202-5dac-b5f5-422dc47206dc.html.
- 1821 - 2013
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24 Cubic Feet (24 cubic foot boxes)
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- J. Azizi and E. Wilkinson
- 13 September 2019
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Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
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University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States