Philip Williams 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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Philip Williams Family Papers
172 WFCHS

Inventory created by Archives Staff 05/1989. Last revised 04/2018.

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EXTENT: 1.5 linear feet

DATE: 1802-1942

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Philip Williams Family Papers collection contains personal correspondence of Philip Williams II written from 1817 to 1898. It also contains correspondence to John J. Williams, personal correspondence of Philip Williams III, and miscellaneous papers such as receipts, school papers, and brochures concerning the Williams family. The collection also includes materials concerning several Civil War units.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL:  Philip Williams II was born on Sept. 15, 1802 in Woodstock, VA to Philip Williams I and Sarah Croudson. Williams left school when he was 15 and worked as a deputy clerk for his father who was Clerk of the County of Shenandoah. Later he studied law in Richmond and was admitted to the bar in 1823. Eventually, he became the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Shenandoah County, VA, and in 1831 became its representative in the Virginia House of Delegates. On February 9, 1826, Williams married Anne Mauzy Hite, daughter of Major Isaac Hite of Belle Grove. They had two children. She died on March 21, 1833. In 1834, Williams moved to Winchester, VA and married Mary Louise Lillis Dunbar, daughter of Dr. Robert Dunbar of Winchester. They had nine children. Williams successfully practiced law as a partner to David W. Barton and was the first president of the Shenandoah Valley Bank. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Philip Williams II died from a stroke on April 2, 1868, in the middle of a trial. He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA.

John James Williams was born in 1842 in Winchester, VA to Philip Williams II and Mary Louise L. Dunbar.  He attended the University of Virginia law school and was a student there when the Civil War broke out.  Williams transferred to the Virginia Military Institute and became a member of the Frederick County militia and of the Rockbridge Artillery.  After the war, he returned to legal studies under Judge Richard Parker and began to practice law, first with his father and then alone.  He remained an avid supporter of Confederate Veterans, eventually becoming Grand Commander of Confederate Veterans of the Department of Virginia.  In 1877, Williams married Emilie Waterman Gray, daughter of Robert W. Gray of Leesburg.  They had three children.  Williams was President of the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society, the YMCA, General Counsel of the Shenandoah Valley Bank, and served as Mayor of the City of Winchester. He was serving his fourth term at the time of his death.  John James Williams failed to recover from an operation to remove gallstones and died on October 15, 1899.  He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Philip Williams III was born in 1888 in Winchester, VA to John James Williams and Emilie Waterman Gray.  He attended the University of Virginia law school and practiced with Beverly Strauss in Winston-Salem, NC until the outbreak of World War I.  Williams enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps and trained at Kelly Field in Texas.  At the close of the war he opened a successful law office in Winchester and in 1927 was appointed Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit containing the City of Winchester and Clarke, Warren, Frederick, and Shenandoah Counties.  He maintained a keen interest in local history and secured the services of historian Frederic Morton to produce The Story of Winchester in Virginia.  Williams married Gladys George of Winston-Salem, NC.  They had three children.  Williams died at the University of Virginia Hospital in the fall of 1942.  He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

RELATED MATERIAL: Correspondence to Ann Maury Hite Williams can also be found in Hite‑Bowman‑Hall Family Papers, 168 WFCHS.

Bibliography: Quarles, Garland R. Some Worthy Lives. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1988.

Cite As: Philip Williams Family Papers, 172 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

ACQUISITION INFORMATION: Acquired as a gift.

Organization: 

Box 1 

Williams, Philip, 1802-1868, biographical data, 1 leaf, 35 x 21.5 cm., typescript, photocopy

Williams, Mrs. Philip (Mary D.) [1810]-1879

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1834-1849, 14 items, manuscript

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1852-1860, 9 items, manuscript

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1861-1865, 15 items, manuscript (See table below: Correspondence is listed by recipient or greeting, author, date written, and place or origin)
 

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

WM & Clayton
Williams

[unknown]

4/26/1861

Baltimore

Martin

James B. Avirett

3/11/1862

[unknown]

Philip Williams

Sam H. Alexander

9/16/1862

[unknown]

Philip Williams

Margaret Russell

11/18/1862

[unknown] (attached
receipt from John
H. Kimmel)

My dear Pa

John Mackey Dunbar

4/20/1862

Woodstock, VA

My own dear one

[unknown]

3/24/1863

Winchester, VA

My dear son

Mrs. Philip Williams

4/18/1864

[unknown]

Philip Williams

Philippa Williams

6/26/1864

[unknown]

Mr. Williams

M

9/29/1865

Winchester, VA

My dear Mother

T.C. Williams

6/30/1865

Winchester, VA

My dear Mother

T.C. Williams

8/18/1865

Baltimore

Mrs. Williams

C.W. Andrews

2/18/1865

Shepherdstown

Dear Sister Mary

Philippa Williams

6/25/18--

[unknown]

Dear Mama

Lucy

1/22/18--

Winchester, VA

[unknown]

Philippa Williams

4/18/18--

Winchester, VA

 

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1866, 28 items, manuscript

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1867-1870, 16 items, manuscript

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1871-1876, 6 items, manuscript

Correspondence—Philip Williams, 1883-1896, 7 items, manuscript

Correspondence—Philip Williams, no date, 28 items, manuscript, typescript

Correspondence—Ann Hite Williams, 1817-1832, 26 items, manuscript

Reminiscences—Philip Williams, “Candid reminiscences of a Comfortable Life, n.d., manuscript

Reminiscences—Philip Williams, “Candid reminiscences of a Comfortable Life, n.d., typescript published in Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society Journal, v.6, p67-92, 1991.

Box 2 

Correspondence—John J. Williams, 1855-1860, 20 items, manuscript

Correspondence—John J. Williams, 1861-1865, 11 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

John

Balmain (?)

2/3/1862

Richmond

John

Balmain

1/1/1862

Richmond

Johnny

T.C.W.

12/16/1863

Orange Court House

Dear Johnny

T.C. Williams

12/--/1863

[unknown]

John

L.B.P.

11/21/1863

Richmond

My dear friend

Hortensia H. Lee

9/6/1865

Clarksburg

My dear John

H.H. Lee

9/19/1865

Clarksburg

John

Hortensia H. Lee

12/7/1865

Clarksburg

[unknown]

Hortensia H. Lee

12/25/1865

Cherry Hill

[unknown]

L.D.P.

10/27/1865

Bleak House

Dear John

L.D.P.

11/27/1865

Bleak House

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, 1866, 18 items, manuscript

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, 1867‑1869, 12 items, manuscript

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, 1870‑1871, 16 items, manuscript

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, 1872‑1877, 19 items, manuscript

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, 1878‑1879, 9 items, manuscript

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, 1880, 1887‑1899, incomplete, 16 items, manuscript

Correspondence ‑ John J. Williams, no date, 32 items, manuscript

Confederate Army Memorabilia, Private John J. Williams, 1864‑1865, 4 items, manuscript, printed, typescript; furlough request to go to Richmond on behalf of his father who was imprisoned as a hostage in Wheeling.

"Some Modern Instances of a Wise Saw," paper read by John J. Williams, Virginia Bar Association, 1898,1 booklet, printed

Box 3

John J. Williams’s notebook from Judge Parker's class, 1865‑1866, 1 item, manuscript

John J. Williams’s letterbook, 1902‑1904, 1 item, manuscript

"Out of Chaos," by John J. Williams, 339 leaves, typescript

Fort Frederick booklet, by W. McCulloh Brown, 1 item, 24 pages, printed

One Hundred Fourteenth Regimental Association Annual Reunion brochure, 1898, 11 items, printed

Receipts, 1819‑1837, 6 items, manuscript

"Trial Bibliography of Colonial Virginia, 1754‑1776,” 1 item, 94 pages, printed
Confederate note with poem, by Major Jonas, 1865, 1 item, printed

Box 4

Eighteenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Reunion Badge, 1895, 1 item, 23 x 6 cm., cloth, celluloid, metal, printed

Cards - Winchester Light Infantry, Capt. Jno. J. Williams, 10 items, print

BOX 5

Correspondence—Philip Williams III, August 1916, 8 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

Phil Dearest

Gladys George

8/2/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

Phil Dear

Gladys George

8/3/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

My dearest Philip

Gladys George

8/16/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

My dearest Phil

Gladys George

8/17/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

My darling

Gladys George

8/20/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

My dearest

Gladys George

8/21/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

Phil

Gladys George

8/22/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

Philip Williams

Gladys George

8/24/1916

Winston-Salem, NC

Correspondence—Philip Williams III, 1918, 12 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

Philip Williams

Gladys George

2/1/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

My darling Philip

Emilie Waterman Gray

2/6/1918

Winchester, VA

My dearest Philip

Gladys George

2/10/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

Philip Williams

Gladys George

3/27/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

My sweetest piddie widdy

Gladys George

4/--/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

Philip dearest

Gladys George

[unknown]

Winston-Salem, NC

Philip Williams

Gladys George

5/17/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

Sweetest piddie widdy

Gladys George

6/23/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

My sweetest Philip

Gladys George

7/16/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

My darling baby

Emilie Waterman Gray

8/19/1918

Winchester, VA

Philip Williams

Gladys George

9/20/1918

Winston-Salem, NC

 

Correspondence—Philip Williams III, 1920-1926, 8 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

Mrs. Phily Williams

Philip Williams

11/16/1920

Winchester, VA

Mrs. Phily Williams

Philip Williams

11/18/1920

Winchester, VA

My dearest sweetheart

Gladys George Williams

9/29/1922

Dublin, VA

Dearest piddie

Gladys George Williams

10/28/1922

Winston-Salem, VA

Dearest piddie

Gladys George Williams

10/30/1922

Winston-Salem, VA

My dearest

Philip Williams

4/24/1926

Winchester, VA

Dearest

Philip Williams

4/24/1926

Winchester, VA

My dearest

Philip Williams

4/26/1926

Winchester, VA

Ledger—Philip Williams III, Examination marks and notes from the University of Virginia, 1907- 1908, 2 items, manuscript

Ledger—Philip Williams III, Personal Expenses and Disbursements, March 1911-August 1921, 80 items, manuscript

Ledger—Philip Williams III, Financial Audits, 1924-1932, 24 items, manuscript

Correspondence—O.F. Morton, Regarding history of Rockbridge County, August 3 1918, 7 items, manuscript

Miscellaneous—Philip Williams III and family, 5 items, manuscript

OVERSIZED

Mapcase 3, Drawer 11

Williams, John - Descriptive list and pay account with photograph of Private John J. Williams, Company E, Eleventh Virginia Cavalry

Williams, John, 1842 – 1899, Portrait

PHOTOGRAPHS

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