The Resource Margaret Grattan Weaver Collection

Margaret Grattan Weaver Collection

Margaret Grattan Weaver Collection, 1753-1992 (bulk 1857-1910)
Margaret Grattan Weaver Collection
Inclusive dates
1753-1992 (bulk 1857-1910)
Title variation
Weaver collection,
Title variation date
1753, 1986
Biographical or historical data
  • Margaret Grattan Weaver (1905-2001), was a member of two of the most distinguished families in Rockingham County, the Rollers and the Grattans. She was known throughout the Shenandoah Valley for her involvement in civic, historic, and religious organizations including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, and the Margaret Grattan Weaver Foundation, which she founded in 1997.
  • John Edwin Roller (1844-1918), born near Mt. Crawford, was a prominent lawyer, lecturer, and antiquarian in the Shenandoah Valley. He served in the Confederate Army, and in 1872 became major-general of the 3rd Division of the Virginia Militia. Roller also served four sessions in the Virginia State Senate and was the first president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.
  • Gabriel Jones (1724-1806), lawyer and land owner, was one of the earliest settlers in Rockingham County. According to John Wayland, local historian, he was the first appointed lawyer for both Augusta and Rockingham Counties. By the time of his death, he owned nearly 1200 acres.
Cataloging source
Margaret Grattan Weaver Collection
Also known as the Weaver collection; Gabriel Jones land patent; Gabriel Jones land deed; Jones land patent; Jones land deed
Series I: John E. Roller Papers, 1779-1910; Series II: Biographical/genealogical information, 1877-1992; Series III: Civil War documents, 1857-1894; Series IV: Oversize, 1753-1780, n.d.
Control code
Cumulative index finding aids
See web link for Finding Aid.
1 Holllinger box; two oversize folders.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
Immediate source of acquisition
The bulk of the collection, received in February 1992, is on deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Historical Society. A parchment land patent dated May 31, 1753 to Gabriel Jones, signed by Robt. Dinwiddie, was donated to Carrier Library by Margaret Grattan Weaver of Harrisonburg in October 1986. It was issued by the Virginia (Colonial) Land Office to Gabriel Jones for 644 acres "on the north side of Shannando," in Augusta County (now near Port Republic in Rockingham County). It was signed by Rob(er)t Dinwiddie, Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Library Locations

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      Carrier Library Second Floor Room 203, MSC 1704, 880 Madison Drive, Harrisonburg, VA, 22807, US
      38.438299 -78.8741916
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