Ben Ritter Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives
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 on 10/74. Last Revised 08/18. 

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers. 

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publications of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. 

EXTENT: 4.13 linear feet 

CREATOR: Ritter, Ben 

DATES: 1742-2013 

ALTERNATIVE FORM AVAILABLE: Many materials from this collection have been digitized and are available on DVD in the archives room [LDS DISCS 014-04-014-07]  

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection is comprised of materials concerning the Civil War, genealogy, and local history covering 1742 to present. The Civil War files include Virginia unit rosters, death notices, and diaries; a burial listing of Civil War veteran-age men for counties in the Shenandoah Valley is also included. The collection includes genealogical information of several local families and the local historical files cover Shenandoah Valley places and items. 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: Ben Ritter is a historian for the Winchester/Frederick County area and is a native of Winchester, VA. 

RELATED MATERIAL: Civil War Collection 1610 THL; Geraldine Kiefer Collection 1736 THL; World War I Collection 1115 WFCHS; World War II Collection 1050 WFCHS 

CITE AS: Ben Ritter Collection, 12 THL, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA. 




General folders 

Confederate Bond Book, 1865 (Oaths of Allegiance) – 1 item, 3 leaves, typescript 

Correspondence to and from Ben Ritter – 5 items, 3 leaves, manuscript; 5 leaves, typescript 

"Tour of Civil War Battle Sites in Winchester & Frederick County, VA," 1 item, booklet


Broadus, John Albert—excerpts from Life and Letters of John Albert Broadus by Archibald Thomas Robertson, Philadelphia: American Baptist Publication Society, 1901,
2 items, 22 leaves, printed (photocopy)
index to excerpts-2 leaves, typescript (photocopy); index prepared by Ben Ritter

Brown, Charles J. – Military Service Record (Civil War), Company K, 13th Maryland (Union) Infantry, 28 leaves, manuscript on printed form (photocopy); Military Service Record (Civil War), 2nd Virginia (Confederate) Infantry, 2 leaves, manuscript on printed form (photocopy) 

Cather, George P. –Letter to his cousin Roy E. Wingfield, dated February 19, 1931; index created by Ben Ritter, 7 leaves, printed photocopy of original manuscript letter

Cobb, Lucy B, “One Women’s Ordeal,” an article published in Saturday Evening Post, July 22, 1961, 1 item, 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Comstock, Elizabeth, Journey to Winchester, 1864—excerpts from Life and Letters of Elizabeth L. Comstock compiled by C. Hare, Philadelphia: J.C. Winston, 1895,
2 items, 7 leaves, printed (photocopy) index to excerpt, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Corkery, Sr. Matilda, “Catholic Sisters Tended the Sick,” first-hand account of the services performed in the Winchester area by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, no author, no date, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy)    

Dandridge, Betty Taylor Bliss, notes on location of her homes during the Civil War by Ben Ritter, Nov. 24, 1988, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy) 

Davis, Wilbur Fiske, “Recollections of My Life – Especially During the War 1861-1865 – For My Children, Part II,” Magazine of Albemarle County History, Volume 66, 2008, pgs. 73-106, Davis was a member of the Carrington (Charlottesville) Artillery, his recollections in this article covers Davis experiences from the Battle of Chancellorsville to the end of the war 

Hillman, Charlotte, Letters, December, 1866-March 14, 1887, two letters, n.d., 8 letters, 15 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Jackson, Stonewall—Investigation of Photograph Authenticity; 6 leaves, printed 

Jennings, J.H., letter to his Aunt, October 19, 1861, camp near Fair Fax, 1 leaf, typescript 

Lee, Laura, diary, March 11, 1862-April 5, 1865–unnumbered leaves, manuscript (photocopy). Original owned by Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Macon, Emma C. Riely—notes and partial index—Reminiscences of the Civil War by Emma C. Riely Macon, Cedar Rapids, IA: Torch Press, 1911; to book, 2 leaves, typescript (Book in Archives 973.782 Mac RARE)       

McCullough, S. T., Notes of Civil War, June 28, 1878, 31 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

McGuire, Hunter Holmes, Jackson’s Doctor, by Carl Coleman Rosen, Sr.—“An address upon Hunter Holmes McGuire—Jackson’s doctor at Col. John Sloan Camp Number 1290 Greensboro College,” August 25, 1988, 14 leaves, typescript 

Milroy, Gen. R.H., Second Battle of Winchester, Report of Evacuation of Winchester, August 1863—from a collection of pamphlets in the New York Public Library on U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, 1 item, 9 leaves, printed (photocopy)   

Pendleton, William Frederick—Shenandoah Valley Events—William Frederick Pendleton’s Confederate Memoirs, Bryn Athyn PA: [self-published], 1958, 2 items, excerpt from published book (in Archives, B Pendleton), 11 leaves, printed (photocopy) index to excerpt, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy)           

Rector, William Baylis, Correspondence regarding Civil War service and burial site, 1992, 2 leaves, typescript 

Shepherd, Hayward, Monument, Correspondence, 2 items, 4 leaves, typescript

Simms, Arthur, “A Georgian’s View of War in Virginia,” by Arthur Simms, edited by Jane Bonner Peacock, Atlantic Historical Society Journal, Summer 1971—letters of Arthur Benjamin Simms, 9 leaves, typescript (photocopy)   

Taylor, J. E., portions of his Sketchbook, With Sheridan Up the Shenandoah Valley in 1864: Leaves from a Special Artist's Sketchbook and Diary, by James E. Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio: Western Reserve Historical Society, 1989, 12 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)         

Washington, Matthew Burwell Bassett “Bird” – Correspondence to Captain Joseph R. Anderson from A. B. Washington (“Bird” Washington’s wife), August 23, 1910, correspondence is a biographical sketch of “Bird” Washington, 2 leaves, typescript, 2 pages, manuscript (photocopy) 

Wilson, Cornelia, correspondence, July 1862, 5 items, 6 leaves, manuscript (photocopy); 9 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Wyndham, Percy –Who Captured Union Colonel Percy Wyndham and his Extravagant Mustache? By W. Cullen Sherwood and Ben Ritter, America’s Civil War, November, 2006, Pages 57-59, printed (photocopy) 


1st VA Cavalry, Co E. – Gallaher, Dewitt Clinton, diary, June 8, 1864-April 9, 1865, 17 leaves, printed by DeWitt C. Gallaher, Jr., 1945 

5th VA Infantry, Co K (Stonewall Brigade) – McCown, James L (1845-1922), “Memoirs of James L. McCown,” printed in the Rockbridge County News, Feb. 12-19, 1953, typed and indexed by Ben Ritter, 8 leaves, typescript (photocopy)    

7th VA Cavalry, Co C – “Stray Recollections of a Private . . .” column, Edinburg Sentinel, May-Aug. 1900, 9 leaves, printed (photocopy); typed index to articles by Ben Ritter, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy)          

33rd VA Infantry – Stonewall Brigade Company Rosters, which include lists of Companies A (1861-1865), D (1861-1865), F (1859-1865), and Co. K (1861-1865) (Winchester Riflemen), compiled by Ben Ritter, 3 items, typescript (photocopy) 

Veterans (extracted, indexed, and typed by Ben Ritter) 

Augusta County, VA (including Staunton)—Death Notices and Tombstone Inscriptions of Confederate Soldiers, 1892-1911—a list of males identified as Confederate soldiers and others who may be Confederate soldiers compiled by Ben Ritter primarily from Staunton newspapers, 2 items, 32 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Augusta County, VA‑Staunton, VA—Confederate Soldiers whose Deaths are Recorded in “Funeral Expense Roll of Pensioners,” 14 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Augusta County, VA‑Stonewall Jackson Camp: record extracts and service statement index, information copied from the Veterans Membership Application, 2 items, index-5 leaves, typescript (photocopy); extracts, 39 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Berkeley County, Camp of Confederate Veterans, Martinsburg, WV – roster, 1897, from the roster on pages 22-25 of Constitution and By-Laws of the Berkeley County Camp of Confederate Veterans, 3 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Confederate Pensioners of Clarke, Frederick, and Winchester, VA, adapted from Virginia Pension Roster, Richmond ca. 1915, 3 items, typescript 1914, 2 leaves; 1919-1920, 2 leaves; 1926, 1 leaf 

Confederate & Union Veterans in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia, 1910, information extracted from Item 30 for each county from the United States Census of 1910, 28 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Ex-Confederates Visiting Carlisle, PA on Sept. 28, 1881, partial list, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy) adapted from Reunions of Ex-soldiers of the North and South held at Luray, Virginia, July 21, 1881 and at Carlisle, Pennsylvania Sept. 28, 1881, Carlisle, PA, Herald and Mirror Print, n.d., by Ben Ritter on 11 February 1983. 

Hampshire County, WV—Society of Ex-Confederate Soldiers roster, 1 leaf, typescript 

Rockbridge County, VA—Union & Confederate veterans, 1910 U.S. Federal Census—Rockbridge County, VA, 3 leaves, typescript 

Rockingham County, VA—Union & Confederate veterans, 1910 U.S. Federal Census—Rockingham County, VA, 5 leaves, typescript 

Shenandoah County, VA, Stover Camp‑United Confederate Veterans, Strasburg, VA—roster, 1891‑1895, extracted from Stover Camp Treasurer’s records and other camp records and Duane L. Borden’s Tombstone Inscriptions of Shenandoah County, VA, 12 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Winchester, VA – Confederate Monument at the Frederick County Courthouse, Winchester, VA, news clippings from the Winchester Star, October 18, 1915-December 9, 1916; June 20, 2009, 7 pages, printed and typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester, VA—General Turner Ashby Camp, United Confederate Veterans—Records, 1891-1943, extracted from photocopied Veterans Membership Applications, 29 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester, VA—General Turner Ashby Camp, United Confederate Veterans—Roster, 1892, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester, VA—General Turner Ashby Camp, United Confederate Veterans—Roster, 1893, 3 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester, VA—General Turner Ashby Camp, United Confederate Veterans—Death Roster, 1893-1909, partial list of ex-Confederates visiting Carlisle, PA, Sept. 28, 1881, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester, VA – The Museum of the Confederacy Newsletter, Summer, 1981 – Contains two photographs of Confederate veterans in front of Frederick County Courthouse, Winchester, VA, 1894-1907), 4 pages, printed 

Union Veterans and Widows of Clarke, Frederick, and Winchester, VA, 1890 U.S. Federal Census, adapted from Special Schedule 11th U.S. Federal Census, Surviving Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Widows, etc., 6 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Box 2 – Civil War Cemeteries—Selected entries, compiled by Ben Ritter, 1974-1986 (not a complete list of all gravestone inscriptions) 

Augusta County, VA—August Stone Church Cemetery, 3 leaves, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—Greenhill Cemetery, 3 leaves, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—Jerusalem Chapel Cemetery, 1 leaf, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—Middle River Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 2 leaves, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery, leaf, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro, VA, 5 leaves, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 4 leaves, typescript 

Augusta County, VA—Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, VA, 3 items, typescript
-list of males buried in Thornrose Cemetery, from Sept. 1861 to Sept. 1867, most are Virginia Confederate soldiers buried in unmarked graves and who died in Staunton hospitals, 12 leaves
-list is primarily of tombstone inscriptions of males born between 1 Jan 1812 and 31 Dec 1850…, which included Confederate soldiers, 33 leaves 

Augusta County, VA—West Augusta Cemetery, 1 leaf, typescript 

Berkeley County, VA—Green Hill Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV, 29 leaves, typescript, indexed, copyright 

Berkeley County, VA—Old Norborne Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV, 6 leaves, typescript 

Campbell County, VA—Old Methodist Cemetery or City Cemetery, Lynchburg, VA, from pages 188-241 of Behind the Old Brick Wall, Lynchburg Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1968, 5 leaves, typescript 

Clarke County, VA—Berryville Baptist Church Cemetery List, 1 leaf, typescript 

Clarke County, VA—Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, VA, 2 items, 10 leaves, typescript, copy 

Clarke County, VA—Old Chapel Cemetery, Millwood, VA, 6 leaves, typescript 

Clarke County, VA—Stone’s Chapel Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 1 leaf, typescript 

Frederick County, VA—Brucetown Methodist Church Cemetery, compiled by Ben Ritter and Jerry Reid, 19 leaves, typescript 

Frederick County, VA—Fawcett’s Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, 1 leaf, typescript 

Frederick County, VA—Larrick Graveyard, 1 leaf, typescript, no date 

Frederick County, VA—Pine Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, 1 leaf, typescript 

Frederick County, VA—White Hall Methodist Church Cemetery, 1 leaf, typescript 

Jefferson County, VA—Edge Hill Cemetery, Charlestown, WV, 26 leaves, typescript 

Jefferson County, VA—Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, WV, 20 leaves, typescript 

Jefferson County, VA—Zion Episcopal Cemetery, Charlestown, WV, 8 leaves, typescript 

Shenandoah County, VA—Virginia Confederate soldiers buried in Our Soldiers Cemetery, Mt. Jackson, 1 leaf, typescript 

Shenandoah County, VA—Confederate Soldiers Buried in the Strasburg Area, Stover Chapter, U.D.C. List, 3 leaves, typescript 

Winchester, VA—German Reformed Cemetery Record by J.R. Nicely, Certified Land Surveyor, 12 leaves, typescript 

Winchester, VA—Mt. Hebron Cemetery, list of interments from the ledgers of the Mount Hebron Cemetery Company, incomplete list of lot owners for 1876, 54 leaves, typescript (bound) 

Winchester, VA—Names and dates selected from gravestone inscriptions in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery, 60 leaves, typescript 

Winchester, VA— Names and dates selected from gravestone inscriptions in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, 4 leaves, typescript 

Winchester, VA— Names and dates selected from gravestone inscriptions in the Shenandoah Memorial Park Cemetery, 5 leaves, typescript 

Missouri, HigginsvilleConfederate Memorial State Park Cemetery, Register of Graves, prepared by Samuel J. Wegner, May 14, 1980, 92 leaves, typescript 

Box 3 All Other American Wars 

U.S. Army – 318th Infantry, Company L, April 1919, roster, 1 item -4 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

 Virginia National Guard – 29th Division, 116th Infantry (1941-1945), Correspondence, 3 items
-2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy); 1 leaf, photographs (photocopy); 2 leaves, photograph
-1 leaf, typescript; 2 leaves, photograph, photocopy
-1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy) 

Virginia National Guard – 29th Division, 116th infantry, 3rd Battalion, Co I (1928-1941)
-Correspondence, December 1930, 1 leaf, typescript (copy)
-General Orders and Commendation, 1941, 2 items, 2 leaves, typescript
-Roster, 1916, 1 item, 1 leaf, typescript, 2 copies
-Roster, 1923, 1 leaf, typescript
-Roster, 1940, 1 leaf, typescript
-Roster, February 1941, 2 leaves typescript
-Roster, April 1941, 2 leaves, typescript 

Virginia National Guard – 29th Infantry Division, Histories 1861-1941, 4 items
-D-Day Account of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 26 leaves, typescript
-116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, 4 leaves typescript
-Company I, 2nd Virginia Infantry “Conrad’s Greyhounds, 3 leaf typescript
-A Brief Historical Sketch of the 29th Infantry Division, 44 leaves, mimeograph 

Virginia State Guard – Company 115 (1943-1947), Receipts for Equipment, 1 item 

Virginia Volunteers – 2nd Infantry, Company I, 1916, letter requesting new attendance roll book, 1 leaf, typescript 

Winchester Light Infantry – Post 1865-Frederick County, VA (1871-1923), 2 items
-June 15, July 27, 1877 rosters, from Winchester News, 15 June and 27 July 1877, 2 leaves, typescript
-Roll Book #4, 1891, 1922-23

World War II – Prisoner of War Camp in Winchester, VA, map prepared by Ben Ritter, drawn 1977, redrawn 1982, 1 leaf 

World War II – “Immortal Six” by Linda McCarty, Winchester/Frederick County Death March Participants, 4 pages, typescript 

Box 4 

Miscellaneous Notes—Ben Ritter compiled this alphabetical index of notes from local newspapers from 1896 to 1989, which were taken while looking for other information. The list is primarily of people; 98% are connected in some way with Winchester-Frederick County, Virginia, or the lower (northern) Shenandoah Valley. Both males and females listed were born after 1771 and/or died before 31 December 1982. Most entries are males, most of whom were in a military unit. Most of the units cited are Confederate Army units. It is important to read ALL entries under the surname being researched. 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 1, 49 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 2, 87 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 3, 33 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 4, 45 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 5, 32 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 6, 40 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 7, 41 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 8, 38 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 9, 36 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 10, 31 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 11, 38 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 12, 45 leaves 

Miscellaneous Notes Part 13, 44 leaves 

Death notices, Winchester Virginia newspapers, 1855-1862, 24 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 


Arnold/Lupton Families—Family Bible Records 1911-1984; unnumbered leaves, printed/manuscript 

Braithwaite, John – May 8, 1794 - June 19, 1864, compiled by Wilmer L. Kerns, n.d., 1 item, 5 leaves, typescript 

“The Name and Family of Brown” by Ben Ritter, 1972, 4 pages, printed 

Carper, Merideth – Bible Records, 1833-1899, 6 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Dailey Family Bible Records – 1898-1929, 4 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Doyle, Mary Frances Ward – Memoirs, March 3, 1855-May 7, 1919, compiled by Gerald F. Doyle (grandson of Mary Frances Ward Doyle) May 1977, 1 item, 6 leaves, typescript 

Garrett Family Data, compiled by Ben Ritter c. 2004, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy) 

Gordon, Abraham – Family genealogy, 1 item, 8 leaves, typescript, manuscript (photocopy) 

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church – bulletin, October 26, 1941; directory c. 1960s, 2 items, printed 

Haines – Family Bible Records, 1820- 1917, 7 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Hart, Camillus Sluman – owner of Hart’s Hotel, obituary from Mercersburg Monthly, Mercersburg, PA, March 1899, 1 item, 3 leaves, typescript 

Hunt, Kate Sperry – Family, includes excerpt from William Faulkner’s Flags in the Dust; article and cemetery illustration by Tommy Covington of the Ripley (MS) Public Library; and article from Tippah County Heritage, Tippah County Historical Society, 1981, 6 items, 6 leaves, printed (photocopy) 

Jones – Family genealogy notes (has much Kurtz family information also), 1 item, 13 leaves, typescript, manuscript (photocopy) 

Keckley/Orndorff – Genealogical material, letters to Mr. and Mrs. Loring Ritter, 1959-1960, 36 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Kibler, Christian (died 1787) – Family tree, no dates, 1 leaf, typescript 

Kibler, Robert – Identification cards; Virginia Woolen Company and the Aircraft Warning Service, 4 cards, printed with photographs 

Kibler, Thelma – AWS Observer Certificates, June 28, 1943 and May 29, 1944; 3 leaves, printed 

Kibler, Thelma – AWS Observer Cloth; 1 item 

Kibler, Thelma – AWS Observer Identification card and pins; 1 item, printed with photograph 

Kibler, Thelma – War Ration Books, 1944; 3 books, printed 

Lupton, Carson Russell and Arnold, Altha Marie – Marriage Certificate, January 23, 1929, also contains birth, marriage, and death records of other family members, 3 pages, manuscript on printed form 

Lupton Family Chart—contains genealogy of Lupton family and their descendants, beginning with Jesse George Lupton; 1 item, 4 leaves, typescript 

McGruder, Monterville – 1846-1904, obituary, 1 item, printed (photocopy) 

Nulton ‑ Family notes, 12 leaves, typescript (photocopy), manuscript (photocopy) 

Ray, Nellie – Scrapbook, extracted information contained in newspaper clippings kept by Mary Ellen “Nellie” Funk (Mrs. John Ray), extracted, indexed and typed by Ben Ritter Oct. 1982, 11 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Riddleberger, James W. 1904-1982 – Biographical Data, obituary from The Winchester Star, Oct. 19, 1982, 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy) 

Ritter, Ben – Certificate of Participation, Re-enactment of Third Battle of Winchester, September 19, 1964, 1 leaf, printed 

Ritter, Ben – Handley Regional Library cards; 5 cards- 3 n.d., December 31, 1964 and July 1, 1971, printed/manuscript 

Ritter, Ben – News Articles

Ritter and Allied Families/Notes, Vol. 1-4, indexed by Ben Ritter, 4 items, unnumbered leaves, printed (photocopy) 

Ritter and Allied Families Notes, Vol. 5, indexed by Ben Ritter, 1 item, 27 pages, printed (photocopy)

Ritter and Allied Families Notes, Vol. 6, indexed by Ben Ritter, 22 pages, printed (photocopy) 

Ritter and Allied Families Notes, Vol. 7, indexed by Ben Ritter, 22 pages, printed (photocopy)

Ritter and Allied Families Notes, Vol. 8, indexed by Ben Ritter, 25 pages, printed (photocopy) 

Ritter Family Genealogical material, 21 leaves; includes two Handley Library cards 

Ritter – Genealogy, Ohio branch, compiled by Donald E. Ritter of Findlay, Ohio, 1 item, unnumbered leaves 

Ritter Home – 369 Gray Avenue, Winchester, VA; 3 deeds, 6 leaves, typescript 

Ritter, Ben – Biographical Sketch, Life Long Resident of Winchester, Ben Ritter by Trista Rutherford, 2 leaves, typescript, 1 folder with drawing 

Sargent/Carper Family Bible Records, 1815-1906 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Schindler/Richardson – Genealogical Data, unnumbered leaves 

Snapp, Joseph H. – Memorial service program, Jan. 1945, 1 item, printed 

Sperry – Family Data collected by Ben Ritter, 6 leaves, typescript 

Tanquary – Family information provided by Patrick G. Tanquary of Danville, IL, 10 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Taylor, Hiram C. – Biographical sketch, 1832, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy) 

West, George B. – Information on his murder, 1883, 3 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Wine, Orville – Handley Regional Library check out card; June 21, 1937-September 23, 1939—printed 

“World War II Service Men and Women” – Adapted from Winchester Evening Star November 12, 1945; compiled by Ben Ritter July 17, 2013, unnumbered leaves, printed  


50th Anniversary – National Fruit Product Co. and White House Apple Products; 1 item, four pages, printed 

Account Book, unknown tailor, 1854-1861, unnumbered leaves, manuscript 

Adams and Adams Chiropractors – business cards, 1 item, printed 

Apple Blossom Festival – Honorary Fire Chief Contest, 1963, program, 1 item, mimeograph

Bell Clothes – label (from jacket), 1 item 

Bethel United Methodist Church Annual Memorial Day Service—June 25, 1995; 1 item, printed 

Bicentennial Miniatures – Historic Articles by Rebecca H. Good, Northern Virginia Daily, 1976, 12 pages, newsprint 

Billheads - Winchester, VA, 1930s, 3 items, printed 

Braddock Street United Methodist Church – Men’s Banquet, 1963, 1 item, printed 

Braddock Street 1st Methodist Church Directory, Winchester—1980; 1 item, unnumbered leaves, printed 

Chancery Case – Oates, Arthur; December 7-12, 1952, 1 item, 13 pages, typescript 

Church of Christ – Winchester and Timber Ridge Christian Churches, Histories, 1956 and 1959, 3 items; 1 leaf, typescript (photocopy), 22 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Civic League Fashion Show – January 26, [1933], 1 program, printed 

Clark, Charles Edward—Certificate from Dowell J. Howard Vocational Center (June 10, 1976); 1 leaf, printed 

Commercial and Savings Bank – blank checks, 2 leaves, printed 

Cookbook – Shenandoah Valley National Bank, 1978, 1item, printed 

Correspondence – Ben Ritter, 1975, 1984, Re Alta Vista, Zachariah Connell, Mary Angus Magee, 3 items; 3 leaves, typescript, 1 page, manuscript, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy) 

Correspondence—To Ben Ritter (October 22, 1963 and November 14, 1984) from Evelyn Moore Moise and George Moore; 3 items, manuscript 

"Echoes from the Past or Winchester and Its Environs in the Olden Times," by C. Toler Wolf, 1872, index included, 5 leaves, typescript (photocopy), 34 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Ewing School of Dance-Art – Recitals, 1944, 1946-50, 6 leaves, printed (photocopy) 

Farmers and Merchants National Bank – checks, 1930, 2 items, printed 

Faulkner, Phil O. – Correspondence, 1930s, 4 leaves, typescript, manuscript 

Fire Companies, Winchester – Membership Lists, 1881-1883, indexed by Ben Ritter Jan. 22, 1975, from Souvenir of the Winchester Fire Department, 1897, 2 leaves, typescript 

First Baptist Church – directory, c. 1960s, bulletin – Edward Thomas Cather, 40th Anniversary Service, may 8, 1966 

Frederick County Census Guide – 1900, by Ben Ritter, March 31, 1982, 1 item, typescript 

Frederick County Magisterial District Maps–1972, 2 leaves, printed (photocopy) 

G&M Music Appliance Center – blotter, 1 item, printed , n. d. 

Gore High School; folder contains the following:

  • “The Awkward Pause,” March 31, 1950; 1 ticket, printed
  • Postcard of Gore High School in a parade (no date); 1 item, printed
  • “A Womanless Wedding,” (February 14, 1947); 1 school play program, printed
  • “The Awkward Pause,” March 31, 1950; 1 school play program, printed
  • Graduation Program (May 28 and 31, 1950); 1 item, printed
  • Graduation Program (June 2, 1927); 1 item, printed
  • “Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick,” (November 26, 1925); 1 school play program, printed

Gold, Thomas D. – Correspondence, 1862 and 1863, 3 items, 1 page, manuscript, 2 leaves, manuscript 

Health Center Bowling League – Annual Banquet, May 24, 1956, May 23, 1957 

Hiker’s Guide to the C&O Canal – “184 Miles of Adventure” Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of American, 1970, 1 booklet, 23 pages, printed 

House of Burgesses 1742-1776 and House of Delegates 1776-1994, members from Winchester-Frederick County, VA, typed by Ben Ritter April 24, 1997 from The Winchester Star, Nov. 3, 1993, 2 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

James Wood High School—graduation program (June 6, 1952); 2 leaves, printed 

Jaycees – Invitation to 50th Anniversary, March 19, 1988, 1 item, printed 

Jefferson County, WV – 150 Years of History and Progress, 24 pages, printed

John Handley High School—graduation program (June 14, 1976); 1 item, printed 

Kipps, Mary C. – Certificate of Confirmation, Nov. 23, 1872, 1 item, printed 

Mitchell Compendium of Internal Improvements of the United States: Comprising General Notices of All the Most Important Canals and Railroads, Throughout the Several States and Territories of the Union, Mitchell and Hinman, Philadelphia, PA, 1835, 1 booklet, 84 pages, printed 

National Fruit Product Company, Inc. Winchester Plant employees manual – August 8, 1964; 1 item, 32 pages, printed 

News clippings – 1976-1977, 8 leaves, print (photocopy), 1 leaf, print 

Northern Virginia Power Company – Business Card, bill, January 20, 1954, 2 items printed

Novik Transfer Company – Booklet c. 1965, 1 item, printed 

Photographers – Shenandoah Valley, compiled by Ben Ritter, Nov. 19, 1974, 1 item, 3 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Popular Songs c. 1915– Compliments of Chamber of Commerce, 1 page, printed 

Quota & Exchange Clubs of Winchester Programs for MameAnything Goes, n.d., 2 items, printed 

BOX 6A- Local History 

Red Lion Tavern Deed – Lord Fairfax to Col. John Baylis, 1753, 1 leaf, manuscript (photocopy) 

Rouss, Charles Broadway – “The Blind Merchant,” by Edwin C. Luke, 11 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Russell, Isaac – Ledger, 1828-1829, extracted, indexed, and typed by Ben Ritter Oct. 1, 1982, 4 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Rutter, Mathais – Land grant and Plat, 1838, 2 leaves, manuscript (photocopy)

Shawneeland – Sale of lot, n.d., 1 item, printed

Shawnee Springs Foods Canning Label, Braithwaite Bros., Cross Junction, VA, 1 item, printed

Shenandoah College (University) – Cornerstone Club Certificate for Lois Trenary, June 15, 1956, 1 item, printed 

Shenandoah County, Virginia—History of Lantz Mills by Margaret R. Crabill and Nancy E. Simmons, n.d., 10 pages, printed; Edinburg Evangelical United Brethren Church 100th Anniversary, 1954, 2 pages, printed    

Shenandoah County, Virginia – Strasburg Institute Prospectus, 1896-1897, 1 item, printed 

Shenandoah National Bank – “The Valley Banker,” July 1918, 1 item, printed, check, blotter, n.d., 1 item, printed 

The Story of One Hundred Old Homes in Winchester, Virginia, by Garland R. Quarles, 1967-Index, compiled by Ben Ritter May 13, 1975, 11 leaves, typescript (photocopy)

Timber Ridge Congregational Christian United Church of Christ – June 19, 1966; 1 item, printed 

Tourism Literature – Winchester, VA, 4 items, printed   

United Daughters of Confederacy–VA Division, 59th Annual Convention held in Winchester, 1954, 1 item, printed, 8 pages 

Virginia Parish Records – List in Annual Reports of the Archivist, I-X, University of Virginia Library, 1930-1940, 17 pages, printed (photocopy)           

"Virginia's Resources" – 1975, Pamphlet, Va. State, 1 item, printed

War Memorial Recreation Center Solicitation for Funds, c. 1946, 1 item, printed 

Washington, George – 1732-1932, items in Exhibit, arranged by Clarke Co. Committee during Bi-centennial for the Father of our Country, 1 booklet, printed, 10 pages 

Welltown, VA Postmasters, 1872-1891, 1 leaf, typescript, manuscript 

West Frederick Hills United Methodist Charge – April 10, 1990, May 10, 1987; 2 items, printed 

White House Newsletters—February, 1966-July 1973, 1973; Vol. 2-Vol. 9, 22 items, printed 

Winchester Female Academy – List of Students, 1851, 1 item, 2 leaves, typescript

Winchester Census Guide – 1900, compiled by Ben Ritter, Dec. 15, 1981, 13 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester Chamber of Commerce – map and brochure, c. 1948, 1 item, printed 

Winchester in the Long Ago – articles by Robert B. Holliday, 1891, index included, published in The Winchester Times, 1891, 7 leaves printed (photocopy), 4 leaves, typescript (photocopy) 

Winchester Land Books – 1850, 1860, Extracted Names and Addresses, 24 leaves, typescript 

Winchester Republican Committee flyer for Winchester City Council, 1 item, printed

Winchester Steam Laundry –calendar card, Jan. 1927, item, printed 

Young People’s Christian Union – 1904, newspaper article of the United Brethren Church; 11th annual convention, 3 items, 1 ribbon, 1 leaf, printed


Photo Album – Unknown People 

BOX 8 

Account book, 1806-1808, unknown store, 1 item, manuscript

Names and dates compiled from a Winchester, Virginia store ledger, 1806-1808, extracted and indexed by Ben Ritter, Nov. 1, 1974, 9 leaves, typescript 


Account books: 1882-1989, store at 130 North Loudoun and 1842-1843, unknown store, 1 item, manuscript (no names and dates listed for this book) 

BOX 10

Scrapbook of Clatus and Grace Lofton, c. 1920-1950 

BOX 11 

Diaries of Thelma Kibler Ritter, manuscript, 3 items 

January-December 19, 1931 

January 1, 1933-December 31, 1935 

January 1, 1938-December 31, 1940 

Thelma Kibler was born in Shenandoah County in 1914. She graduated from Strasburg High School in 1932 and moved to Winchester. In 1950 she married Robert O. Ritter. She died on December 16 2003. 

Oversize—Map case 1, drawer 3 

Folder contains the following:

  • Attendance certificate for Altha Marie Arnold (June 16, 1926); 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form
  • Attendance certificate for Altha Marie Arnold (May 10, 1921); 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form
  • Certificate for completion of the 10th grade to Altha Marie Arnold (June 16, 1926); 1 leaf, manuscript on printed form