Ann Cary Randolph Jones Family Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
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Ann Cary Randolph Jones Family Papers
451 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff 11/1985. Last revised 09/2018.

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EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet

DATE: 1749 – 1946

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Ann Cary Randolph Jones Family Papers include original letters to William Strother Jones from Alexander Burnet and the correspondence of Ann Cary Jones to family and friends. The letters mainly concern the Civil War, the issue of slavery, and the post-bellum period. The correspondence is transcribed. The Collection also includes land surveys, the Vaucluse farm plat and floor plans, and a codicil to Ann Cary Jones’s will.                        


HISTORICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL: Ann Cary Randolph Jones (1794 – 1877) was the second wife of William Strother Jones Jr. (1783 – 1845). His father was William Strother Jones Sr., a captain in the Continental Army, and subsequently a colonel in the militia. His paternal grandfather was the attorney, legislator, and clerk of court Gabriel Jones (1724-1806). The younger Strother Jones and his wife Ann lived at Vaucluse, the manor house built by his father. They had two sons, Beverley Randolph Jones and Francis Buckner Jones. Ann Cary Randolph Jones is buried in the family cemetery at Vaucluse.

 

Vaucluse, their family home located near Stephens City, continued to be occupied by their descendants until the Civil War, after which it began to fall into disrepair. It had since been restored and is now a hotel.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Colt, Margaretta Barton. Defend the Valley: A Shenandoah Family in the Civil War, New York:  Orion Books, 1994 [ 975.5 COL]; Lee, Mrs. Hugh Holmes, The Civil War Journal of Mary Greenhow Lee. Edited by Eloise C. Strader. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 2011[ 973.782 LEE]

CITE AS:  Ann Cary Randolph Jones Family Papers, 451 THL, Stewart Bell, Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.

ORGANIZATION:

BOX 1

Chart of Ann Cary Randolph Jones family tree, 1651-1870, 1 leaf, manuscript

Codicil to the will of Ann Cary Randolph Jones, January 19, 1875, 1 page, manuscript; 1 leaf, typed transcript

Correspondence, Burnet, Alexander M. to William Strother Jones, February 5, 1803 to September 6, 1807, 9 pages, manuscript (folder contains the following):

1803 – February 5

at Farley, to Wm. Strother Jones at Chapel Hill, NC

1804 – February 13

at Farley, Culpeper Co., to William Strother Jones at home of Gabriel Jones, Rockingham

1805 – March 26

at Falmouth, to William Strother Jones at Vaucluse, personal letter

1805 – June 16

at Falmouth, to Wm. Strother Jones at Vaucluse, near Stephensburg, personal letter

1805 – July 3

at Falmouth, to William Strother Jones at Vaucluse, personal letter

1806 – January 3

at Falmouth, to William Strother Jones at Elm Grove, Culpeper, personal letter

1806 – January 25

at Falmouth, to Wm. Strother Jones, personal letter

1807 – January 19

to William Strother Jones at Fauquier C. H. - personal letter, describes Jones's baby son, Charles Marshall

1807 – September 6

at Falmouth, to Wm. Strother Jones at Belle Pre

Correspondence, Burnet, Alexander M. to William Strother Jones, February 5, 1803 to September 6, 1807, 10 leaves, transcript

Letter, Davis, Susie L. to Harriet Parkhill, May 24, 1863, 1 page, manuscript; 1 leaf, typed transcript (folder contains the following):

1863 – May 24

at Vaucluse, to Miss Harriet Parkhill of Florida

Correspondence, Jones, Ann Cary Randolph to family members and friends, 1861-1876, 20 pages, 1 envelope, manuscript (folder contains the following):

1861 – June 10

at Vaucluse

1862 – October 15

at Winchester, to [cousin Harriet] - Yankee soldiers in Fauquier

1862 -- October 23

at Winchester, to cousin Harriet

1862 -- December 24

at Vaucluse, to cousin Harriet

1863 -- May 18

at Vaucluse, to Lucy

1863 -- May 18

at Vaucluse, to Harriet

1863 -- May 19

at Vaucluse (fragment), envelope addressed to Mrs. Lucy B. Parkhill of Tallahassee, Florida - Speaks of her brothers

1863 – June 6

at Vaucluse - Yankee soldiers keeping guard and detaining local people for questioning. Battle of Winchester

1863 – July 13

at Winchester

1863 – August 7

at Winchester, to Lucy -
Has suffered from a slight typhoid fever
Yankees have left the area for now
Post Office in Winchester is closed, and there seems to be some difficulty in taking letters up the Valley to be mailed
Her son is in Staunton
People are anxious to leave Winchester; they are selling their homes
A lot of people are sick and have fevers; diphtheria is also common

1864 – November 30

from Vaucluse, to cousin [Lucy] -
A friend, Tom Marshall, was killed
Searching of private property

1874 – June 22

at Vaucluse -
Taxes on property
Other personal news

1875 – March 2

from Vaucluse -
Friendly gossip

1876 – August 21

from Buffalo Marsh

[1875 or 1876] – Winter

from Vaucluse -
Mentions abolition of slavery
Family news

Correspondence, Jones, Ann Cary Randolph to family members and friends, 1861-1876, 26 leaves, typed transcript

Letter, Jones, Francis Buckner to Ann Cary Randolph Jones (his mother), February 11, 1857, 1 leaf, manuscript; 1 leaf, typed transcript (folder contains the following):

1857 – February 11

to "my dearest mother" (Ann Cary Randolph Jones) on the death of his Mammy

Letter,  Parkhill, Harriet Randolph to Alexander T. Jones, 1916, 5 items, 1 leaf, 1 page, 2 envelopes, manuscript; 1 leaf, typed transcript (folder contains the following):

1916 – May 9

at Orlando, Florida, to "My Dear Cousin" (Alexander T. Jones) at Winchester, introducing herself

1916 – May 23

at Orlando, Florida, to "My Dear Cousin" (Alexander T. Jones) at Winchester, replying to his letter

List of slaves on unexecuted receipt to W. S. Jones, December 27, 1841, 1 page, manuscript

Miscellaneous, 1 page, 7 envelopes, manuscript

Newspaper articles, 3 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Plat and survey, William Strother Jones’ land by John Wright, September 30, 1806, 3 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Mapcase 1, Drawer 4

Unidentified house plans (perhaps tentative sketches of Vaucluse), 3 leaves, manuscript

Floor plan of Vaucluse - first floor, no date, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy available in collection)

Plat and survey of Jacob Crisman land, by John Baylis, March 21, 1749, 1 leaf, manuscript

Plat and survey of William Strother Jones’ land, by John Wright, September 30, 1806, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy available in collection)

Plat of Vaucluse farm, April 26, 1815, 1 leaf, manuscript