Semantha Atkeson papers  [1856]-1861
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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.