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Margaret B. Burruss Collection of Scott and Saufley Family Papers

Identifier: SC 0118

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Scope and Content

The Margaret B. Burruss Collection of Scott and Saufley Family Papers, 1789-1912, consists of three boxes containing letters, family records, photos, letter transcripts, and the Hanna family Bible. The collection relates to the Scott and Saufley families of Rockingham County, Virginia.


  • 1786-1912
  • 1991



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Use Restrictions

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Bio/Historical Information

Rueben A. Scott and his fiancée, later wife, Mary (Mollie) Catherine Saufley, lived near Port Republic in Rockingham County, Virginia. She was slightly older than Reuben, and was well educated, having attended Fair View Academy and Miami Seminary in Missouri. Reuben Scott joined the Confederate forces as a private in the Company B, 10th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, at least by April 1861 when he was in his twenties. He suffered a wound to the arm at the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863. He was then taken prisoner of war at Port Republic in September 1864, and later paroled on May 23, 1865. He returned to live a prosperous life as a farmer in Port Republic, where he died in 1912.


1.10 cubic feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Margaret B. Burruss Collection of Scott and Saufley Family Papers, 1786-1912, 1991, is comprised of correspondence, transcripts, photographs, and the Hanna family Bible.


This collection is arranged in five series:

  1. Scott-Saufley Correspondence, 1861-1865
  2. Family Letters, 1768-1912
  3. Miscellaneous, 1859-1861
  4. Photographs, circa 1860s, 1912
  5. Envelopes, 1861-1912
  6. Transcripts, 1991

Acquisition Information

Donated in July 1990 by Mrs. Margaret B. Burruss, a great-granddaughter of Reuben A. Scott and Mary (Mollie) Saufley Scott.

Processing Information

At some point after acquiring this collection, Special Collections staff separated the correspondence from their corresponding envelopes. The separated envelopes have penciled notations on them referring back to their original letter. In an effort to not further lose original order by trying to marry each letter with an envelope, the two remain separated. In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in the spring of 2017. (The collection was also minimally reprocessed during this time.) This collection was previously cataloged as SC 2097.

A Guide to the Margaret B. Burruss Collection of Scott and Saufley Family Papers, 1786-1912
Chris Bolgiano, Alicia Henneberry, Tiffany Cole
September 1990, October 2013, January 2018
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Revision Statements

  • Feb 19, 2004: PUBLIC "-//James Madison University::Carrier Library::Special Collections//TEXT (US::ViHarT::vihart00013::Margaret B. Burruss Collection)//EN" "vihart00013.xml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • Feb 25, 2004: converted to conform to eadVIVA.dtd by vivastrict.xsl
  • 2013-11-21: Converted to schema conforming EAD by dtd2schema.vh.xsl.
  • October 2013: Revised by Alicia Henneberry
  • 2017: Collection renumbered.

Repository Details

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