The DuVals of Virginia: A Bibliography Compiled by Joel Stanford Hays
About the DuVals
Florida Founder William P. DuVal: Frontier Bon Vivant by James M. Denham published in 2015 is available from The University of South Carolina Press and Amazon. Dr. Denham has written a biography of William Pope Duval. He gave a talk to the Association at the Holiday Inn, Tallahassee, Florida, in 2017, available here.
Mt. Comfort Plantation: A History and Description of an Authentic Colonial Virginia Home by Richard L. Guild, a “pamphlet” type publication, was privately printed in 1983. Mr. Guild’s Mt. Comfort should not be confused with Mt. Comfort, the Richmond home of Samuel DuVal. The Mt. Comfort of Appomattox was named by Samuel DuVal’s son in honor of his parent’s home, possibly after the original Mt. Comfort was destroyed by fire. Mr. Guild advised the Association that Mt. Comfort was struck by lightening several years ago and destroyed by fire. All of the contents were lost, including extra copies of his book. A few copies may be available from online booksellers.
The DuVal Family in Richmond: The First One Hundred Years (1750-1850) by Joseph Stephen Hays. Mr. Hays presented this PowerPoint to the Association at the Omni Hotel, Richmond, Virginia, in 2003, revised 2005, available here in PDF.
“Lilium Inter Spinas”: The DuVal Family Heirloom and Coat of Arms by Joseph Stephen Hays. Mr. Hays writes on the history of the DuVal heirloom, described as a tureen, and the coat of arms, available here in PDF.
A Family History 1559-1979: Jennings, Cornelius, DuVal, Harris, Martin by Mildred King Whitten published in 1980. An original copy is very difficult to find. The Association has been able to purchase two copies from Mr. Gary Melanson who kindly contacted Pat Koenig.
Another family history is A Record of the Descendants of Robert Cammack Duval & Wife, Judith Dabney Billingsley, for Fifty Years, 1932-1982: To Supplement the DuVal Family of Virginia, 1701 by Bessie Berry Grabowski by Addison M. DuVal published in 1982. An original copy is very difficult to find.
DuVals in Virginia
“Examinations of George Wythe Swinney for Forgery and Murder: A Documentary Essay,” W. Edwin Hemphill, in William and Mary Quarterly, vol. 12 (1955), pp. 543-574. Thomas Jefferson exchanged a series of letters with William DuVal of Richmond, Virginia, on the Wythe case.
“Virginia’s Unknown Novelist: The Career of J. S. French, a Southern Colonel of Parts,” by Curtis Carroll Davis, in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 60 (1952), pp. 551-581. James Strange French was a novelist and lawyer. He was the the son of William French and Maria Brooke DuVal.
Benjamin DuVal Pottery
“The Remarkable 19th-Century Stoneware of Virginia’s Lower James River Valley,” by Kurt C. Russ, Robert Hunter, Oliver Mueller-Heubach, and Marshall Goodman, in Ceramics in America, vol. 12 (2013), pp. 200-58.
Lucy (Pope) DuVal
“The Tangled Trail of Two John Popes: Colonel John Pope of Amherst County, Virginia and John Pope of Prince William County, Virginia and Wilkes County, Georgia,” by F. Claiborne Johnston Jr., in Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, vol. 50 (2012), pp. 45-64. John Pope married Lucy DuVal, a daughter of Samuel and Lucy (Claiborne) DuVal of Henrico Co., Va. They are said to have moved to Georgia. This article shows that to be incorrect. John Pope has often been confused with his cousin, also named John Pope, who did move to Georgia. John Pope who married Lucy DuVal was a travel writer and author of the book: A Tour Through the Southern and Western Territories of the United States of North-America; the Spanish Dominions on the River Mississippi, and the Floridas; the countries of the Creek Nations; and Many uninhabited parts published in 1792.
DuVals in Texas and Florida
The Handbook of Texas Online, an encyclopedia published by the Texas State Historical Association, has separate articles on William Pope Duval, Burr H. DuVal, Thomas Howard DuVal, John Crittenden DuVal, DuVal West, and DuVal County (named for Burr H. DuVal).
DuVals in Louisiana and Mississippi
More on the DuVals
William Pope DuVal was the inspiration for “The Early Experiences of Ralph Ringwood” in Washington Irving’s Wolfert’s Roost published in 1855, which first appeared in “The Knickerbocker; or New York Monthly Magazine” in 1840. DuVal was also likely the model for James Kirke Paulding’s character “Nimrod Wildfire.”
Florence DuVal West in The Poets and Poetry of Texas by Sam H. Dixon published in 1885. Florence DuVal, a granddaughter of William Pope DuVal, wrote poetry, such as The Marble Lilly and Other Poems published in 1878.
The Red Hills of Florida, 1528-1865 by Clifton Paisley published in 1989. Paisley discusses William Pope DuVal’s political career in Florida.
DuVals in the Presidential Papers
Twenty DuVal letters have been published in the presidential papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. They are now available from the National Archives at Founders Online. Three examples of these DuVal letters are linked below:
“To George Washington from William DuVal, 6 January 1794,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified March 30, 2017, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-15-02-0023. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Presidential Series, vol. 15, 1 January–30 April 1794, ed. Christine Sternberg Patrick. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, pp. 31–32.]
“Thomas Jefferson to William DuVal, 20 April 1813,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified March 30, 2017, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-06-02-0074. [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, vol. 6, 11 March to 27 November 1813, ed. J. Jefferson Looney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009, pp. 75–76.]
“William P. DuVal to Thomas Jefferson, 29 August 1813,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified March 30, 2017, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/03-06-02-0370. [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, vol. 6, 11 March to 27 November 1813, ed. J. Jefferson Looney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009, p. 460.]
Revolutionary War Pension Applications
DuVal Family Association Publications
Recipes & Remembrances: The DuVal Family Cookbook by DuVal Family Association published in 2001 is available from the Association.
Claiborne of Virginia: Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne, the First Eight Generations by John Frederick Dorman published in 1995 is available from The National Society of the Claiborne Family Descendants.
“Memorial to Henry Fox, Gentleman, of ‘Huntington,’ King William County, Virginia,” by George Harrison Sanford King, in Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 21 (1940), pp. 217-290. Reprinted in Genealogies of Virginia Families from Tyler’s Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Volume I: Albidgton-Gerlache in 1981.
Chapters in the History of Popes Creek Plantation: Where George Washington was born and where he spent part of his youth. George Washington Birthplace National Monument by Charles E. Hatch published in 1979 by the National Park Service.
Claiborne of Virginia: Descendants of Colonel William Claiborne (The First Eight Generations), reviewed by Jack Belsom, in Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, vol. 38 (1997), pp. 106-07.
Mareen Duvall of Maryland
Mareen Duvall of Middle Plantation: A Genealogical History of Mareen Duvall, Gent., of the Province of Maryland and his Descendants, With Histories of the Allied families of Tyler, Clarke, Poole, Hall, and Merriken by Harry Wright Newman published in 1952. Mareen Duvall of Maryland was not related to Daniel DuVal of Virginia.
For additions or corrections contact: Joel Stanford Hays