Thomas J. Charlton family papers
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Thomas J. Charlton family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Charlton family.
Creator: Charlton, Thomas Jackson , 1833-1886.
Creator: Charlton, Thomas Jackson , 1863-1920.
Title: Thomas J. Charlton family papers
Dates: 1857-1920
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0132

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Thomas J. Charlton II (1833-1886) graduated from the Savannah Medical College in 1856. In 1857, he was appointed as a surgeon in the United States Navy. He married Julia Crane (1837-1882) in 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Charlton resigned his commission and joined the Confederate States Navy, serving aboard the commerce raider Florida. He had nine children, including Tattnall Charlton and Dr. Thomas J. Charlton III (1863-1920)

Dr. Thomas J. Charlton III was a prominent medical practitioner in Savannah. He married Wilhelmina Stuart Howell in 1887. Charlton III was very active in public affairs, serving ion the Board of Chatham County Commissioners from 1893 to 1897, and helping initiate the development of a public road system in the county. He also served on the Board of Education and was a member of both the Georgia Historical Society and the Savannah Public Library Board. At the time of his death in 1920, he was serving on the staff of St. Joseph Hospital. Charlton III had one son, Dr. Thomas J. Charlton IV (1895-1955) and one daughter, Catherine Howell Charlton (1893-1952), who was Society Editor for the Savannah Morning News.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 25 items arranged in chronological order. The first items are Charlton II's commission as surgeon with the United States navy and an invitation to his wedding. The majority of the collection consists of letters to Charlton II from his wife, Julia, his brother-in-law, Horace Averill Crane, Felix Senac, and his sister "Pussie" (Eileen Charlton). Subjects include family matters, conditions in Savannah during the Civil War, Charlton II's pay, and the assassination of Lincoln. The collection also includes a child's letter from Tattnall Charlton to his mother, letters to Dr. and Mrs. Charlton III presenting dishes, a bill for hats, a letter of condolence on the death of Charlton III, the calling card for an envoy of the King of Belgium, poetry, and a scrapbook primarily containing newspaper clippings.

Index Terms

Bills of sale.
Charlton family.
Charlton, Julia Crane, 1837-1882.
Charlton, Thomas Jackson , 1833-1886.
Charlton, Thomas Jackson , 1863-1920.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Military commissions.
Savannah (Ga.)--History.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from member of creating family.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas J. Charlton family papers, MS 132, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Estate of Catherine Howell Charlton, 1953.


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



1Commission of Thomas J. Charlton II as Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Navy, 1857


1Invitation to the wedding of Julia C. Crane and Dr. Thomas J. Charlton, 1860


1Letters of Julia Charlton to her husband Dr. Thomas J. Charlton II, Surgeon in C.S.N. Written from savannah and addressed to him at Liverpool, England, 1863-1865 ( 11.0 items. )
News of family and the war at home.


1Horace Averill Crane to Thomas J. Charlton II. Savannah, 1865 March 29 ( 2.0 p. )
Tells Dr. Charlton that his wife has been ordered to leave Savannah along with other Confederate Officers' wives; is trying to keep her home; conditions in Savannah.


1Felix Senac to Dr. T.J. Charlton II. Paris, 1865 June 2 ( 3.0 p. )
Regarding keeping up Charlton's pay if he leaves his station.


1Pussie (Eileen Charlton) to her brother, Thomas J. Charlton II. Savannah, 1865 July 13 ( 4.0 p. )
News of home and family.


1Tattnall Charlton to his mother, undated (prior to 1888)
Hunting with his father.


1John R.F. Tattnall to Thomas J. Charlton III, 1899 June 3 ( 1.0 p. )
Presenting Charlton three English plated dishes.


1Harriette F. Neufville to Mrs. Charlton. Savannah, 1901 June 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Presenting Chinese dish.


1Statement of M.A. Golden to Dr. T.J. Charlton. Savannah, 1911 May 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Bill for hats.


1Bob to Tiddlewinks (Catherine H. Charlton?). Camp Jesup, Georgia, 1920 August 18
Condolence on death of her father (Dr. Thomas J. Charlton III).


1Calling card of Edward Blondel van Cuelebroeck, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plentipotentiary for King of Belgium. Bears handwritten note: "Polaski Hotel", undated


1Verse, undated
signed "d.g.b." on stationery of D.G. Bickers.