Guide to the McFarland-Hall-Beck Families Papers, 1772-1928 AIS.1971.01

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ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
McFarland-Hall-Beck Families Papers
Creator
Beck family
Creator
Hall family
Collection Number
AIS.1971.01
Date
1772-1928
Extent
1.88 linear feet
Abstract
The papers of the McFarland-Hall-Beck Families are the records of three families originally settled in Virginia (now West Virginia). This collection includes genealogies, histories, correspondence, memoirs, journals, business and legal papers, photographs and memorabilia. Digital reproductions of the material is available online.

Preferred Citation

McFarland-Hall-Beck Families Papers, 1772-1928, AIS.1971.01, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

The McFarland Family traces its descendants from William McFarland, born about 1750 in County Tyrone, Ireland. William's eldest son, James, immigrated to the United States, and William, with part of the family, followed in 1812. William Jr. began manufacturing cotton goods for the Providence Dye House (Providence, Rhode Island), before becoming a U.S. citizen and enrolling as a volunteer in the cadets. William Jr. moved west and settled in Finley Township, Washington, Pa., where he volunteered in the Monroe Standard until honorably discharged. William Jr. went on to hold several county offices over the next few years before moving to Marshall County, Virginia, in 1834. Here he served as Justice of the Peace, sheriff, and school commissioner before his death on March 13, 1866. The McFarland Family (including the parents of William Jr.) are buried in a cemetery on Roberts Ridge, West Virginia.

The Hall Family immigrated to this country from England during the mid-eighteenth century. The family descends from Thomas Hall who was married to Rebecca Story. The Halls raised a family in Delaware and may have lived in Snow Hill, Maryland, at some point. Thomas Hall died May 29, 1772, near Duck Creek Cross Roads, Delaware. The remaining family moved west after the end of the Revolutionary War, settling by the forks of the Cheat River, a few miles below Morgantown, West Virginia. During that time the area was considered a part of Virginia and was heavily forested. Stockades were built to protect settlers from attacks by Indians. As the attacks became less frequent, the Halls and other settlers began moving up the Monongahela River, trading their furs in Pittsburgh.

The Beck Family of Ohio County, West Virginia, are descendants of Lemuel Beck. One of the descendants, Samuel Beck, received a commission as first lieutenant of Company S, First Regional, West Virginia National Guard on November 30, 1898. Samuel Beck was the administrator of the T. B. McFarland Estate.

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Scope and Content Notes

The papers of the McFarland-Hall-Beck Families are the records of three families who originally settled in Virginia (now West Virginia). The papers include correspondence, as well as memoirs and accounts of battles, particularly during the Civil War. This collection includes genealogies, histories, correspondence, memoirs, journals, business and legal papers, photographs and memorabilia of the McFarland, Hall, and Beck Families.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1974

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. Van Beck Hall of the University of Pittsburgh January 4, 1971, and Mrs. Wayland Mary Bowser, August 7, 1973.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1974.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online in the finding aid.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Beck family
  • Hall family
  • McFarland family

Genre(s)

  • Family papers

Geographic Name(s)

  • Virginia -- Genealogy
  • Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Virginia -- Social life and customs
  • West Virginia -- Genealogy
  • West Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • West Virginia -- Social life and customs

Subject(s)

  • Family histories -- Virginia
  • Family histories -- West Virginia
  • Personal papers
  • Soldiers -- Correspondence
  • Soldiers -- Virginia -- Correspondence
  • Soldiers -- West Virginia -- Correspondence

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Previous Citation

McFarland-Hall-Beck Families Papers, 1772-1928, AIS.1971.01, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. McFarland Family 

  BoxFolder
Genealogy and history 11
("Genealogy and history" online pending)
  Folder
Photographs 2
("Photographs" online pending)
  Folder
Memorabilia 3
("Memorabilia" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's correspondence 4
("William McFarland's correspondence" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's business papers 5
("William McFarland's business papers" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's memoirs and journals 6
("William McFarland's memoirs and journals" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's Justice of the Peace records 7
("William McFarland's Justice of the Peace records" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's school commissioner records 8
("William McFarland's school commissioner records" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's legal papers 9
("William McFarland's legal papers" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland's miscellaneous documents 10
("William McFarland's miscellaneous documents" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's correspondence 11
("Thomas B. McFarland's correspondence" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's Civil War letters 12
("Thomas B. McFarland's Civil War letters" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's Civil War memoirs 13
("Thomas B. McFarland's Civil War memoirs" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's letters 14
("Thomas B. McFarland's letters" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's compositions 15
("Thomas B. McFarland's compositions" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's Civil War memorabilia 16
("Thomas B. McFarland's Civil War memorabilia" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's memorabilia 17
("Thomas B. McFarland's memorabilia" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas B. McFarland's business papers 18
("Thomas B. McFarland's business papers" online pending)
  Folder
Sara A. McFarland 19
("Sara A. McFarland" online pending)
  Folder
Robert C. McFarland 20
("Robert C. McFarland" online pending)
  Folder
William McFarland Jr. 21
("William McFarland Jr." online pending)
  Folder
Mrs. T.B. McFarland's correspondence 22
("Mrs. T.B. McFarland's correspondence" online pending)
  Folder
Mrs. T.B. McFarland's memorabilia 23
("Mrs. T.B. McFarland's memorabilia" online pending)

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Series  II. Hall Family 

  BoxFolder
Genealogy and history 21
("Genealogy and history" online pending)
  Folder
Arthur A. Hall 2
("Arthur A. Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Byron William Hall 3
("Byron William Hall" online pending)
  Folder
George Hall 4
("George Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Homer C. Hall 5
("Homer C. Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Reynear Milton Hall 6
("Reynear Milton Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Jordan Hall 7
("Jordan Hall" online pending)
  Folder
S.E. Hall 8
("S.E. Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Thomas Hall 9
("Thomas Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Van Byron Hall 10
("Van Byron Hall" online pending)
  Folder
Hall Family miscellaneous papers 11
("Hall Family miscellaneous papers" online pending)
  Folder
Newspaper clippings 12
("Newspaper clippings" online pending)
  Folder
Hall Family Association, 1929-1932 13
("Hall Family Association," online pending)

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Series  III. Beck Family 

  Folder
Genealogy and history 14
("Genealogy and history" online pending)
  Folder
Memorabilia, 1899-1928 15
("Memorabilia," online pending)
  Folder
Deeds, 1807-1891 16
("Deeds," online pending)
  Folder
Beck family correspondence, 1823-1833 17
("Beck family correspondence," online pending)
  Folder
Beck family correspondence, 1846-1875 18
("Beck family correspondence," online pending)
  Folder
Beck family correspondence, 1875-1898 19
("Beck family correspondence," online pending)
  Folder
Articles of agreement, 1813-1890 20
("Articles of agreement," online pending)
  Folder
Tax receipts, 1799-1893 21
("Tax receipts," online pending)
  Folder
Insurance policies 22
("Insurance policies" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's agreements 23
("Samuel Beck's agreements" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's surveys 24
("Samuel Beck's surveys" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's receipts 25
("Samuel Beck's receipts" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's wills 26
("Samuel Beck's wills" online pending)
  Folder
Joel Vickers Beck 27
("Joel Vickers Beck" online pending)
  Folder
John Ferval Beck 28
("John Ferval Beck" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's correspondence 29
("Lemuel Beck's correspondence" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's agreements 30
("Lemuel Beck's agreements" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's journals 31
("Lemuel Beck's journals" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's receipts 32
("Lemuel Beck's receipts" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's memoranda books 33
("Lemuel Beck's memoranda books" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's documents 34
("Lemuel Beck's documents" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's surveys 35
("Lemuel Beck's surveys" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck's report 36
("Lemuel Beck's report" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck Jr. letters 37
("Lemuel Beck Jr. letters" online pending)
  Folder
Lemuel Beck Jr. agreements 38
("Lemuel Beck Jr. agreements" online pending)
  Folder
Martha Beck 39
("Martha Beck" online pending)
  Folder
Sallie Beck 40
("Sallie Beck" online pending)
  BoxFolder
Samuel J. Beck's correspondence 31
("Samuel J. Beck's correspondence" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's commission as First Lieutenant 2
("Samuel Beck's commission as First Lieutenant" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck poem 3
("Samuel Beck poem" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's invoices 4
("Samuel Beck's invoices" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's Promissory note 5
("Samuel Beck's Promissory note" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's memoranda book 6
("Samuel Beck's memoranda book" online pending)
  Folder
Samuel Beck's receipts 7
("Samuel Beck's receipts" online pending)
  Folder
Mrs. Samuel Beck's correspondence 8
("Mrs. Samuel Beck's correspondence" online pending)
  Folder
Beck family photographs 9
("Beck family photographs" online pending)

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Series  IV. Miscellaneous 

  Folder
Boggs family 10
("Boggs family" online pending)
  Folder
Taylor, Milligan 11
("Taylor, Milligan" online pending)
  Folder
Vickers family 12
("Vickers family" online pending)
  Folder
Account books 13
("Account books" online pending)
  Folder
Memoranda books 14
("Memoranda books" online pending)
  Folder
Seiberts Western Review 15
("Seiberts Western Review" online pending)
  Folder
1856 Boston Almanac 16
("1856 Boston Almanac" online pending)
  Folder
Etiquette and the Usages of Scoiety 17
("Etiquette and the Usages of Scoiety" online pending)
  Folder
Newspapers 18
("Newspapers" online pending)
  Folder
Miscellaneous publications 19
("Miscellaneous publications" online pending)
  Folder
Posters and broadsides 20
("Posters and broadsides" online pending)
  Folder
Clippings, 1840 21
("Clippings," online pending)
  Folder
Indenture, 1818 22
("Indenture," online pending)
  Folder
Business papers 23
Online
  Folder
Documents 24
("Documents" online pending)
  Folder
Related letters and memorabilia 25
("Related letters and memorabilia" online pending)

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