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

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

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Series  II. Hall Family 

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

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Series  III. Beck Family 

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

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Series  IV. Miscellaneous 

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

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