Guide to the Skaggs Family Store Records and P.H. Skaggs Papers, 1831-1898, undated

Summary Information

Title: Skaggs Family Store Records and P.H. Skaggs Papers, 1831-1898, undated
Collection: AC.803
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box)

This collection includes bills, order lists, and receipts for a store run by the Skaggs Family in Greenbrier County, West Virginia in the 1800s, circa 1874. Also contains the personal effects papers of P.H. Skaggs.

Creator: Skaggs family; Skaggs, P. H.

Biographical/Historical Note

No historical Information could be located regarding the Skaggs family or their business.

Note: Skaggs could also be spelled Scaggs.

Scope and Contents

Through the bills and lists of items ordered for a country story in West Virginia, one can gain a sense of commerce used in the 1860s. Places mentioned, mostly from bills of distributors for these household goods, are Staunton, Virginia, Blue Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and Lewisburg, West Virginia. Most goods were shipped by wagon.


The papers have been sorted to decade, but within the decade, they are not chronological. Other oversize papers, mostly P.H. Skaggs' personal effects inventory are housed in the Oversize Box 2.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2000. Accession number AC.2001.033

Processing Information

This was processed by Anita Elliott, February 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.803: Skaggs Family, P.H. Skaggs, and Store Records and Papers, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Account with Store for E.R. Skaggs, 1866-1867 Oversize Box 2
Accounts and Notes of P.H. Skaggs and Co., undated Box 1, Folder 1
Agreements, Three, Unsigned, Payments for Effects of P.H. Skaggs and Co., circa 1874-1875 Oversize Box 2
Inventory of P.H. Skaggs' Goods and Personal Property at his Death, 1874 Oversize Box 2
Receipts and Bills, 1831-1846 Box 1, Folder 2
Receipts, Bills and Order Lists, 1850-1859 Box 1, Folder 3
Receipts, Bills and Order Lists, 1860-1869 Box 1, Folder 4
Receipts, Bills, and Loan Payment Requests, 1870-1879 Box 1, Folder 5
Receipts, Bills, and Loan Payment Requests, Folder #2, 1870-1879 Box 1, Folder 6
Receipts, Bills and Order Lists, undated Box 1, Folder 7
Receipt and Cancelled Check, 1893-1898 Box 1, Folder 8