Keith Family

A Guide to the Keith Family Papers, 1830-1879
Call Number MSS1 K2694 C FA2
(Part of the Virginia Heritage: Guides to Manuscripts & Archival Collections in Virginia)
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Keith Family Papers, 1830-1979

1,025 (ca.) items in 14 manuscript boxes.


Chiefly correspondence and other materials of Robert Taylor Scott (1834-1897) and his wife Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott (1838-1923). R. T. Scott was a lawyer in Warrenton and Prince William and Fairfax counties, a member of the constitutional convention of 1867 and the Virginia General Assembly of 1881-1882, and served as attorney-general of Virginia from 1889 to 1897. At the beginning of the Civil War he organized a company of infantry and served as captain of Company K, Eighth Virginia Regiment, C.S.A., until he was appointed to the staff of General George Edward Pickett. His materials include extensive correspondence, chiefly with his wife, both before and during the Civil War, discussing family and personal matters, legal education, admittance to the bar and practice of law, and the impending conflict. War-time correspondence describes the secession convention of 1861, general camp life, duties as quartermaster, and Union activities in Fauquier County and near Leesburg, Va. Also included are legal records and some records for Company K, Eighth Virginia Regiment. Records of Fanny Scott (Carter) Scott include general correspondence, accounts, land records, miscellany, and materials from her term as president of the Black Horse Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, at Warrenton, Va.