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Stovall Family Collection

Identifier: M497

Scope and Contents

Materials contained in this collection include correspondence from Stovall descendants to Lyle Williams, editor of the Stovall Journal, correspondence to Don Bishop regarding Stovall family members, newspaper clippings, financial records, deeds, wills, marriage records, land and estate papers, census records, requests for copies of the Stovall Cookbook, genealogical charts, notebooks of compiled information, genealogy periodicals, email correspondence and other miscellaneous correspondence. States with information on deeds, wills, marriage and death certificates included in the collection are: MS, NC, SC, KY, GA, VA, TN, TX, SD, IN, AL, OK, KS, LA, IL and MO. There is also a significant amount of correspondence to/from and compiled by Carmae Massey Smith.


  • Creation: unknown

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Taken from Family Lineage of Drury and Sarrah Stovall by Ada Ruth Stovall, c1997.

More than 250,000 people in the U.S. are descendants of Bartholomew Stovall who came from England to Virginia in 1684. Bartholomew Stovall, was born to George and Joan Stovall, August 24, 1665 at Ashbury-Surrey, England. A modest youth from Albury, England, Stovall agreed to a written contract to be indentured as a husbandman to John Bright, to travel to Virginia on the merchant ship Booth and to do whatever he was told to do for four years in exchange for payment for his passage and "meat, drink, apparel, lodging and most other necessities."

A Quaker lad who was baptized in the Anglican church in his town of Albury, England, Bartholomew wanted to be free of the political and religious strife that gripped England and was in opposition to his Quaker beliefs. He came to America and worked off his indenture. On August 8, 1693, he married Anne Burton in the St. John's Episcopal Church, Henrico Parish, VA. The couple had seven children. On August 17, 1715, Bartholomew was granted a patent in Henrico County for 318 acres of land near Powhaton, Va., about 30 miles from Richmond.

Children of Bartholomew and Anne Stovall:





Bartholmew, Jr.



Bartholomew Stovall was a private in the North Carolina militia during the war of the Revolution, he had refused or neglected to take the Oath of Allegiance to the State of North Carolina. Dury Stovall is on the Muster Rolls for the War of 1812. John M. Stovall served as a private in the Texas Confederate Calvalry, 1864. John C. Stovall was killed in the Civil War. Andrew Stovall served in the Mississippi infantry, Confederate army until 1864. In 1893, Wallace Fisher Stovall founded the Tampa Tribune, and helped establish the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Eddie Stovall served in the US Infantry in the Philippine Insurrection, 1899.


59 Cubic Feet (Original material and photocopies) : 107.B4

Language of Materials



The Stovall Family Association records and research material.


The materials were transferred from letter size folders to acid-free legal size folders and labeled according to Mr. Bishop's original arrangement. Some folders list just the Stovall name. Others list descendants, where they live, and the Stovall surname about which they are providing information. Some folders include a mixture of names listed within the alphabet letter. For the folders marked "Miscellaneous", a listing of contents in each folder is provided.


This collection was donated by Don Bishop of The Stovall Family Association. He continues to contribute materials on a regular basis. Material in the collection is also stored in a database maintained and held by Mr. Bishop of Laurel, Mississippi. Dates of material include circa 1984 and continue to the present.

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001