Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society
P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17
Scope and Content: This collection contains account statements, individual notes, receipts, stock statements and general bank records of the Bank of Winchester (VA).
(1 box) Last updated 1/07.
Biographical/Historical: A private and unchartered Bank of Winchester opened in 1815. It was operated from the house of Joseph Gamble, one of the principal stockholders. He was a tailor and a respected member of the community. This Bank of Winchester operated through 1818.
Mr. Robert Y. Conrad, president, and Mr. Robert B. Wolf, cashier, started a later Bank of Winchester as a savings institution. Located on Loudoun Street, the bank was chartered in 1853. Though it tried to stay open, the Bank of Winchester was forced to close in 1862. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Dr. William S. Miller, an officer of the bank, hid the assets and papers of the bank until after the war when the bank could safely disburse the funds to the stockholders.
Bibliography: Cartmell, Thomas Kemp. Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants. Berryville, VA: Chesapeake Book Co., 1963.
Cite As: Bank of Winchester Collection, 1148 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.
Accounts Statements, 1816 – 1821, 10 items, 4 leaves, manuscript, 6 pages, manuscript
General Bank Records, 1816 – 1841, 18 items, 3 leaves, manuscript, 15 pages, manuscript
Individual’s Notes, Collection Records, 1816 – 1821, 23, items, 10 leaves, manuscript, 13 pages, manuscript
Receipts, 1799 – 1822, 24 items, 24 pages, manuscript
Stock Statements, 1 item, 1 leaf, manuscript