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Charlton family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Charlton family.
Title: Charlton family papers
Dates: 1811-1936
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0133

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton (1779-1835) was a Savannah lawyer who became a member of the legislature, as well as state attorney general. Charlton served as a member of a committee that compiled Georgia Statutes in 1825, was a six-term mayor of Savannah, and the author of several literary works. One of his sones was Dr. Thomas Jackson Charlton I (1805-1835), who distinguished himself in a cholera epidemic in 1834. His son Dr. Thomas Jackson Charlton II (1833-1886) was a surgeon on the Confederate commerce raider Florida. Charlton II's son, Dr. Thomas Jackson Charlton III (1863-1920) was a prominent Savannah medical practitioner and active in community affairs. Charlton III's son, Dr. Thomas Jackson Charlton IV (1895-1955), graduated from Yale University in 1917. After serving in World War I as an artillery officer, he graduated from Yale Medical School. He married Miss Anne Carrington Read (1898-1948) in 1930 and had a daughter and two sons. Charlton IV returned to the army during World War II, serving in the Phillipines as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Scope and Content Note

The Charlton family papers consist of 40 items arranged, with the exception of the last three items, in chronological order, subdivided by family generation. The first folder dates from 1811 to 1831, and consists of Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton's business letters and Thomas Jackson Charlton I's business letters and tickets to medical classes at the University of Pennsylvania.

The second folder consists of the papers of Thomas Jackson Charlton II and III, which date from 1854 to 1920.These items are tickets to Savannah Medical College classes, papers dealing with Charlton III's medical schooling, the donation of Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton's letters, a pamphlet about the Georgia Medical Society, and letters concerning the health and death of Charlton III.

The third folder consists of items that date from 1856 to about 1936. It includes correspondence with and a clipping about Dr. William H. Welch, a letter from Anne Charlton to her husband, Charlton IV, discussing family matters, and shipping manifests from 1856 of the brig Robert M. Charlton, named after Charlton I's brother.

Index Terms

Charlton family.
Charlton, Anne, 1898-1948.
Charlton, Thomas Jackson , 1833-1886.
Charlton, Thomas Jackson , 1863-1920.
Charlton, Thomas Jackson, 1805 or 1806-1835.
Charlton, Thomas Jackson, 1895-1955.
Charlton, Thomas U. P., (Thomas Usher Pulaski), 1779-1835.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Letters (correspondence)
Robert M. Charlton (Brig)
Ships' manifests.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

Charlton family papers, MS 133, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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 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



1Papers of Thomas Usher Pulaski and Thomas Jackson Charlton I, 1811-1831
Item 1: Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton to unknown, Savannah, regarding title to slaves, 1811 April 14
Item 2: Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton's receipt for fee paid by Lewis Hines as trustee, and by Thomas Mann, 1830 June 25
Item 3: Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlto letter to Petit de Villers, regarding fees for case of Dr. Aldrich
Items 4-14: Eleven tickets of admission for Thomas J. Charlton I to lectures on anatomy, midwifery, chemistry, surgery, and pharmacology in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, 1826-1831
Items 15-16: Two receipts for medical services, Dr. Thomas J. Charlton to Lewis Hines as trustee for the children of Thomas and Harriett Mann, 1830-1831


2Papers of Thomas Jackson Charlton II and Thomas Jackson Charlton III, 1854-1920
Items 17-26: Nine tickets for admission for Thomas J. Charlton II to classes on chemistry, pharmacology, obstetrics, surgery, diseases of women and children, anatomy and physiology. A ticket of admission to obstetrics for Jacob Weichelsbaum, signed by Thomas J. Charlton II as Professor, Savannah Medical College, 1854-1880
Item 27: Certificate by William H. Welch, M.D., Bellevue Hospital, Medical College that Thomas J. Charlton III has taken medical courses under his direction, 1884 June 1
Item 28: Austin Flint, Jr. to Thomas Jackson Charlton III, Bellevue Hospital, Medical College, New York, notifying Charlton he has passed his examination with grade of No. 3, 1885 6March 6
Item 29: Walter B. Beals to Walter G. Charlton, Seattle, Washington. Donating Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton letters, 1904 April 7
Item 30: Constitution and bylaws of the Georgia Medical Society, including list of members, 1907
Item 31: Samuel W. Lambert to Thomas J. Charlton, Kennebago Lake, Maine. Regarding Dr. Charlton's health, 1919 August 5
Item 32: William H. Welch to Mrs. Thomas J. Charlton, Baltimore, condolence on death of Dr. Charlton and praise for his character and ability, 1920 July 31
Item 33: Prescription by Dr. Thomas Jackson Charlton, undated


3Papers of Thomas Jackson Charlton and Robert M. Charlton (ship), 1856-1936
Item 34: William H. Welch to Thomas Jackson Charlton IV, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Asking for details of professional studies and class standing before he can write recommendation, 1923 January 8
Item 35: William H. Welch to Thomas Jackson Charlton IV, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Has sent recommendation to Dr. Clover at St. Luke's Hospital; praises his inheritance, 1923 January 14
Item 36: Undated clipping about pending retirement of Dr. William H. Welch, 1931
Item 37: Ann Charlton to her husband, Thomas Jackson Charlton, Highlands, North Carolina. About herself and children, and gossip of Savannah, 1936 October 10
Items 38-40: Papers of Brig Robert M. Charlton. Report and manifest, return of merchandise, entry of merchandise, 1856