Dates: 1969-1971

Collection Number: MS 18

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 2 items.

Creators/Collectors: Burfoot, Marion W.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research.

User Restrictions: No restrictions.

Preferred Citation: Correspondence Concerning the Burfoot and Wiant Families, MS 18, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Gift, Reference Division, University of Virginia Library, 1976 August 15.

Biographical/Historical Information: The Wiant family of Albemarle County, Virginia began with John Weygandt [Wiant] who emigrated to Albemarle County, Virginia from Germany around 1776. He and his wife Mary had 8 children, 5 of whom later pioneered in Champaign County, Ohio.

Scope and Content:

Two letters of correspondence between Marion W. Burfoot (Mrs. J. Dabney, Jr.) and the Reference Division of Alderman Library (Mrs. E.A. Talley and Edmund Berkeley, Jr.) transmitting Wiant family materials, with Edmund Berkeley’s response thanking Burfoot for her donation of Wiant family materials. Letters have brief information about boarding houses near the University of Virginia, on Chancellor Street in the 1920s, referring to meals taken at Mrs. Hartman’s, and Sally Hamilton’s rooming house. Edward R. Stettinius, a UVA student, also mentioned.

Added to the collection from the ACHS vertical files are two letters written by Rena W. [Wiant] Prather to Marion Burfoot, dated 16 May 1969 and 29 May 1969. The 16 May letter is only the first page (second page missing). Both letters include Wiant family genealogy. A photocopy of Wiant Family Genealogy, 1782-1970 by Rena (Wiant) Prather and Gertrude (Wiant) Stickley, 1970. Has the descendants of John Wiant of Albemarle County, Va., up to 1970 (39 pages), plus a bibliography (i-ii) and index (iii-vi).

Persons: Wiant, John.

Family Names: Wiant famiy.


  • Wiant family
  • Genealogy

Record Types:

  • Correspondence.
  • Reports.

Related Collections:

  • Wiant Family Bible Records [MS 39]: photocopy of the Wiant Family Bible, 1783-1854, 5 pages.
  • Mount Moriah Methodist Church [MS 2] lists church members with Wiant surname.
  • The University of Virginia has the Papers of the Wiant Family [MSS 9672, -a, -b, -c, -b Box 1], donated by Marion Wiant Burfoot, which includes a genealogy of the Wiant family of Virginia and Ohio, family photographs, photographs of the family estate "Pleasant Retreat" in Albemarle County, as well as copies of Bible records, deeds, wills, letters, and maps.