Samuel Kercheval Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17


Inventory created by Archives Staff 12/1984. Last revised 12/2019.

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EXTENT: 2 volumes, plus 2 envelopes of loose papers

DATE: 1876-1816

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The Samuel Kercheval Records collection contains two account books kept by Samuel Kercheval of Frederick County, Virginia. The earlier book dates from 1786 to 1790 and the later from 1788 to 1816.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Samuel Kercheval was born in 1786 at Stone Bridge, Virginia to John Kercheval and Frances Winifred Gholson. He spent most of his life in Frederick County, Virginia. He stood as a candidate for the United States Congress and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. In 1833, Kercheval published a history of the Shenandoah Valley. He married Susanna Chinn of Gloucester County, Virginia and had 14 children. He died in about 1845 and is buried in Bowman Graveyard. Kerceval's book, A History of the Valley of Virginia, is one of the earliest histories of the Lower Shendandoah Valley.

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah in 2007 [GSU Disc 013-04]. Not online.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Kercheval, Samuel. A History of the Valley of Virginia. Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1925.

CITE AS: Samuel Kercheval Records, 405 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




Account book, 1786-1790, 1 volume (variable pagination) ; 40cm

Envelope, loose papers found in Account book, 1786-1790

Account book, 1788-1816, no cover, 1 volume (approximately 100 pages) ; 40cm

Envelope, loose papers found in account book, 1788-1816