Semantha Atkeson papers -1861
Semantha Jane Atkeson was born on January 23, 1843, in Putnam County, Virginia (now West Virginia). During the Civil War, the Atkeson family, who owned several slaves, supported the Confederacy; Semantha's two eldest brothers were killed in the war. Atkeson studied painting at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Art following the war, and in 1875 married John Morgan, a Confederate veteran. Atkeson continued painting during this time, and eventually had four sons with John. She died on March 31, 1926.