John Berrien certificate and commission
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John Berrien certificate and commission

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Historical Society.
Title: John Berrien certificate and commission
Dates: 1786 1792
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 0068

Biographical/Historical Note

John Berrien (1759-1815), the father of John McPherson Berrien, was from New Jersey. John Berrien was Aide-de-Camp to General Lachlan McIntosh in 1777. He served with General McIntosh at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and was in several other engagements during the American Revolution, attaining the rank of major. After the Revolution he served as captain of a volunteer cavalry company. In 1813 he was Justice of the Peace in Jefferson County, Georgia. He died in Savannah, Georgia on November 6, 1815 and was buried in Colonial Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a certificate of John Berrien's service in the American Revolution and his commission as Inspector for the Revenue for the Port of Savannah. It is dated November 22, 1786 and is signed by Lachlan McIntosh. The commission is dated March 6, 1792 and is signed by President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.

Index Terms

Berrien, John, 1759-1815.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
McIntosh, Lachlan, 1725-1806.
Military commissions.
Port of Savannah (Ga.)
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Washington, George , 1732-1799.

General Notes

The commission was treated with Japanese paper, date unknown.

Location of Originals

Original certificate held in the library of the University of North Carolina.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Certificate acquired from unknown source, date unknown. Commission purchased from Eugenia and Cecil Burroughs, date unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Berrien certificate and commission, MS 68, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, date unknown (commission).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research by appointment only.

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



1Certificate of John Berrien's service in the Revolution, signed by Lachlan McIntosh, 1786 November 22 ( 1.0 p. )
Typed copy.


1Commission of John Berrien as Inspector of the Port of Savannah, 1792 March 6 ( 1.0 p. ) View online.
Signed by George Washington as President and Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State.
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items