Collection primarily documents the day-to-day activities of tenant farmer Julius Lee White who worked on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, Virginia. Materials include financial papers, insurance policies, medical records, correspondences, religious materials and photographs. There is information relating to other family members including his wife Geraldine and their adopted son Thomas B. Edmunds. whao had a military career.
The collection measures about two2 cubic feet and contains assorted and varied papers documenting the day-to-day lives of the tenant farmer families the White family, the Edmunds family, and the Fallen family who worked on a tobacco farm in Ringgold, Virginia. They include financial papers including bills, receipts, and statements relating to utilities, insurance, medical matters, housing, automobiles, loans, banking, work (such as pay statements), taxes, and other such concerns; bills of sale for tobacco; greeting cards, postcards and letters; things such as trading stamps, coupons, premiums; church related materials such as programs, a hymnal, religious tracts and other printed material; the personal papers of a World War II soldier including a 1909 letter and selective service documents; and numerous portrait photographs of family members, as well as candid photographs.
The collection is arranged into four series:
Series 1: White Family Papers, 1906-1978
Subseries 1.1: Julius Lee White, 1943-1978
Subseries 1.2: Geraldine White, 1950-1973
Subseries 1.3: General Family Papers, 1906-1971
Series 2: Edmunds Family Papers, 1936-19701
Subseries 2.1: Thomas B. Edmunds, 1945-1970
Subseries 2.2: General Family Papers, 1936-1955
Series 3: Fallen Family Papers, 1949-1971
Series 4: Photographs, 1948-1967
Biographical / Historical:
Julius Lee White was born on March 18, 1911. His parents were Jersey Lee White and Elizabeth Tucker. He married Geraldine Edmunds, but she passed away in 1972. He married a second time at the age of 63 Mary Lee Valentine Davis on December 1, 1974, in Halifax, Virginia. Julius Lee White died on January 3, 1984, in Danville, Virginia when he was seventy two years old.
Geraldine Edmunds White was born on August 25, 1912, in Halifax County, Virginia. She was the eldest daughter of Mattie B. Edmunds. Her siblings included Oslem, Oscar, John H., Willie, Susie, Thomas Bencrlar, and Buddie. She passed away unexpectedly on September 25, 1972, at the age of sixty.
Thomas Bencrlar Edmunds was born on May 26, 1926, in Sutherlin, Virginia. He was the son of Mattie B. Edmunds and Samuel Fallen, and younger brother of Geraldine White. He was inducted into the Army of the United States on January 17, 1945, and he was honorably discharged on August 17, 1946. Thomas B. Edmunds died on December 4, 2006, at the age of eighty.
Thomas Belvin Edmunds was born on March 16, 1946, in Halifax, Virginia. He was the son of Susie Edmunds and nephew of Geraldine White. He passed away in February of 1987.
Howard Albert Fallen was born March 18, 1949, in Pittsylvania, Virginia. He was the son of Susie Fallen and the nephew of Geraldine White.
Susie Anna Fallen was born on March 26, 1924, in Halifax County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Mattie Edmunds, sister of Geraldine White and Thomas B. Edmunds, and mother of Howard A. Fallen. Susie Fallen died on April 30, 1970, in Winslow Hospital Danville, Virginia, after a brief illness. She was only forty-six years old.
Tractor-pulled tobacco planter, Accession Number 1989.0600.01
Hand-held tobacco planter, Accession Number 1989.0600.02
Three wooden hand-held tobacco planting pegs, Accession Number 1989.0600.02
Ten assorted wall calendars, all advertising in nature, Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.02
One sign: "Jesus is the head of this home,", Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.03
Admiral table radio, Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.04
Sonora table radio, Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.05
Silvertone table radio, Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.06
Sears and Roebuck table radio, Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.07
Fourteen assorted burlap fertilizer sacks, Nonaccession Number 1990.3016.08
Collection donated by Ethel H. Carter, along with several three dimensional objects in 1988.
Collection is open for research.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.