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Doughty Family Papers, 1855-1904 | Special Collections and University Archives

By Thomas C. Evans

Collection Overview

Title: Doughty Family Papers, 1855-1904

Collection Identifier: MG 47

ID: 00/MG 47

Primary Creator: Doughty family

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Date Acquired: 06/20/1980

Subjects: Doughty family, Families--Virginia--History--19th century, Families--Virginia--History--20th century, Virginia--Genealogy

Languages: English


Letters, paid receipts and household ledgers belonging to William Polk Fitchett, Eastern Shore plantation owner, and his family.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Doughty Family Papers, dating from 1855 to 1904, are a collection of letters, paid receipts and household ledgers belonging to William Polk Fitchett. The content of many of the letters deals with James Polk Fitchett's (William's son) life at the school and also love letters sent to Willetta Fitchett (William's daughter) from various suitors. The paid receipts consist of charges for services rendered to or from Fitchett himself and the ledgers are an account of household expenses from the years 1887-1890. Other items in the 57-piece collection are brochures, a shopping list, a poem and business letters from distant relatives and friends.

Collection Historical Note

William Polk Fitchett was an Eastern Shore plantation owner who resided in the community of Seaview in Northampton County, Virginia. He lived in the Poplar Grove plantation home that was built in 1783 by Benjamin Stratton. As a farmer his income was created by the growing of potatoes, which were transported north by rail and corn, which was used to feed his livestock. He had a common country school education and was of English descent.

William Polk Fitchett was married to the former Margaret E. Mapp, his first wife, who was originally from Willow Grove plantation in Weirwood, Virginia. By his first wife, Fitchett had two children, a daughter Willetta and a son, James P. Fitchett. It is from this first marriage that the Doughty family traces it genealogical roots to the present. The dates of birth, death and marriage to his first wife are unknown. Fitchett's daughter Willetta was born June 19, 1862. She married Edward Joseph Doughty (born May 10, 1861 - died January 19, 1954). The marriage produced two children: E. J. Doughty, Jr. (born March 6, 1895 - d. ?) and Adelaide W. Doughty (born January 24, 1894). Adelaid married Louis M. Doughty. They had two sons, Louis C. Doughty (May 14, 1922) and Francis Marion Doughty (November 5, 1925). Mrs. Adelaide Doughty outlived her husband and resided on the Eastern Shore. She passed away on March 9, 1993.

William P. Fitchett lived through but did not participate in the Civil War and was married a second time to the former Elizabeth Ann Roberts (b.? d.?). They had three children, two sons Julian (b.? d.?) and Charles Polk Fitchett (b.? d.?), and one daughter, Eva Roberts Fitchett (b.? d.?). Little is known about the second set of William Polk Fitchett's children.

Subject/Index Terms

Doughty family
Families--Virginia--History--19th century
Families--Virginia--History--20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 1 Hollinger document case

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Doughty

Acquisition Method: Gift. Accession #A80-30

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], Doughty Family Papers , Special Collections and University Archives, Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Correspondence],
[Series II: Business Correspondence],
[Series III: Receipts and Bills (Cancelled)],
[Series IV: Miscellaneous Material],
[Series V: Account Books of Miss Eva R. Fitchett, Family and Farm Expenses],

Series I: Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 1: College Life in the Mid - 1850's, March 1855 - February 1859
Folder 2: Fitchett Family and Later Life, April 1879 - July 1904
Folder 3: General Undated
Series II: Business Correspondence
Box 1
Folder 4: General, December 1864 - September 1892
Series III: Receipts and Bills (Cancelled)
Box 1
Folder 5: General, July 1859- September 1880
Series IV: Miscellaneous Material
Box 1
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Material
Series V: Account Books of Miss Eva R. Fitchett, Family and Farm Expenses
Box 1
Folder 7: General, January 1887 - February 1889, pp. 1-70
Folder 8: General pp. 1-100, 1888
Folder 9: General pp. 7-108, 1889
Folder 10: General pp. 1-122, 1890

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