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Lewis, Fielding. Papers
1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center
Fielding Lewis, plantation owner. Papers contain business records, legal documents, tax receipts and other records that document the management of an ante-bellum plantation on the James River. The collection also includes receipts for purchase of slaves as well as daily expenses.
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Fielding Lewis (d. 1834) owned a plantation on the James River, where he raised corn and wheat. Lewis was the son of Col. Warner Lewis and Eleanor Bowles of Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia. He was also a great uncle of the famed Captain Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Around 1788, Lewis married Agnes Harwood, daughter of Samuel and Margaret Woddrop Harwood. With that marriage came the estate of Weyanoke on the James River.
Fielding Lewis, plantation owner. The Fielding Lewis Papers contain business records, legal documents, tax receipts and other records that document the management of an ante-bellum plantation on the James River. The collection also includes receipts for slaves as well as daily expenses. Lewis practiced advanced methods of agriculture at that time and some of the papers detail his actual operations in this regard.
The collection contains material relating mostly to Weyanoke plantation but also another property Lewis owned called Belle Farm. The invoices and receipts include Lewis’s business and personal expenses, arranged chronologically. Included are receipts for food, clothing, equipment and slaves.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Invoices and Receipts, 1783-1789
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Invoices and Receipts, 1790-1794
|Box 1 Folder 3|
Invoices and Receipts, 1795-1799
|Box 1 Folder 4|
Invoices and Receipts, 1800-1801
|Box 1 Folder 5|
Invoices and Receipts, 1802-1803
|Box 1 Folder 6|
Invoices and Receipts, 1804-1805
|Box 1 Folder 7|
Invoices and Receipts, 1806-1808
|Box 1 Folder 8|
Invoices and Receipts, 1809-1810
|Box 1 Folder 9|
Invoices and Receipts, 1811
|Box 1 Folder 10|
Invoices and Receipts, 1812
|Box 1 Folder 11|
Invoices and Receipts, 1813-1816
|Box 1 Folder 12|
Invoices and Receipts, 1817-1820
|Box 1 Folder 13|
Invoices and Receipts, 1821-1822
|Box 1 Folder 14|
Invoices and Receipts, 1823
|Box 1 Folder 15|
Invoices and Receipts, 1824-1825
|Box 1 Folder 16|
Invoices and Receipts, 1826
|Box 1 Folder 17|
Invoices and Receipts, 1827
|Box 2 Folder 1|
Invoices and Receipts, 1828
|Box 2 Folder 2|
Invoices and Receipts, 1829
|Box 2 Folder 3|
Invoices and Receipts, 1830
|Box 2 Folder 4|
Invoices and Receipts, 1831
|Box 2 Folder 5|
Invoices and Receipts, 1832
|Box 2 Folder 6|
Invoices and Receipts, 1833
|Box 2 Folder 7|
Invoices and Receipts, 1834
|Box 2 Folder 8|
Tax Receipts, 1790-1832
|Box 2 Folder 9|
|Box 2 Folder 10|
Purchase Inventiories, 1805-1834
|Box 2 Folder 11|
Estate Inventories, 1778-1830
|Box 2 Folder 12|
Legal Correspondence, 1789-1833
|Box 2 Folder 13|
Farming Instructions and Records, undated
|Box 3 Folder 1|
|Box 3 Folder 2|
Diary (fragment), undated
|Box 3 Folder 3|
|Box 3 Folder 4|
Correspondence, 1828-1834, and undated
|Box 3 Folder 5|
Receipts and notes, undated
|Box 3 Folder 6|
Material relating to Robert Douthat, 1832-1859
|Box 3 Folder 7|
Material relating to Robert Douthat, 1860-1900