Godfrey Barnsley ledgers, photographs, and other materials
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Godfrey Barnsley ledgers, photographs, and other materials

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Barnsley, Godfrey, 1805-1873.
Title: Godfrey Barnsley ledgers, photographs, and other materials
Dates: 1817-1959
Extent: 3.1 cubic feet (12 volumes, 2 folders)
Identification: MS 0050

Biographical/Historical Note

Godfrey Barnsley (1805-1873), cotton factor and merchant, married Julia Henrietta Scarborough of Savannah. He lived and worked in Savannah and New Orleans from 1824 to 1641. Barnsley settled on a North Georgia plantation known as Woodlands and later as Barnsley Gardens (Adairsville, GA). He lost much of his fortune during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one folder with 2 items and twelve account books of business, household and personal accounts of Godfrey Barnsley and Company from 1817-1890. Also included are three photographs of Preston Saylor, A.A. Saylor, and Harry Saylor.

The folder containing the photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Barnsley, Godfrey, 1805-1873.
Godfrey Barnsley and Company (Ga.)
Ledgers (account books)
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Alice B. Howard of Adairsville, Georgia.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Godfrey Barnsley ledgers, photographs, and other materials, MS 50, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1969, 1975.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Letter from J. W. Ewing to Mrs. Julia V. Schwartz, Rome, GA, 1895 February 26 View online.
Also included is an article from Georgia Magazine, October-November 1959, "Barnsley Gardens," by Joseph Parkam.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items


1Accounts payable; Accounts receivable, 1817 October 2, October 1-1844 July 14


2Various accounts spanning the years 1828 through 1844
Contains an index.


3House and private expenses, 1832 January 7-1845 March 5


4Journal B, 1837 November 14-1845 May 31
House and private expenses with some business expenses.


5Bills and drafts, 1839 October 1-1845 May 5


6Shipping invoices, 1840-January 2-1845 June 9


7Account book, 1840 January 1-1844 January 31


8Cash book, 1840 January 1-1844 December 31


9Cash book, 1842 November 1-1845 November 26


10Day book, 1843 January 1-1846 April 16


11Letter book, New Orleans, 1869 May 15-1872 January 11


12Account book of Woodlands, Barnsley estate, 1890 November-1892 January


1Photographs View online.
This folder contains three photographs. Two are of the Saylor family from the early 1900s, one is identified as Preston Saylor, the other identified as Preston's brother Harry, and their father A.A. Saylor. Based on the age of Harry at the time of his father's this photo is more likely to be the brothers Harry and Preston. A.A. Saylor married Addie Baltzelle daughter of Julia Barnsley. Preston Saylor became a heavyweight fighter known as K.O. Duncan and in 1935 was found guilty of killing his brother, Harry. The third photo is of what appears to be a seance held by the Barnsley family and others identified on the back. At her death, in 1942, Addie Saylor was said to be in possession of a "spirit letter" regarding Godfrey Barnsley; this may be a staged photo of a similar seance conducted by the family.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items