Chatham County Superior Court records
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Chatham County Superior Court records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)
Title: Chatham County Superior Court records
Dates: 1783
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0139
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

For several decades after the American Revolution (1775-1783), Georgia was the only state that did not have a supreme court to review the decisions made by the trial courts. Until then, the courts were divided regionally. The Supreme Court was not established until 1845. George Walton (c.1749-1804) served in many political roles in Georgia during and after the Revolutionary War. He was elected to the Provincial Congress and a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in 1776 where he was one of three Georgians to sign the Declaration of Independence. After the Revolution, he served as Chief Justice of Georgia, 1783-1786, as Governor in 1789 and later as a U.S. Senator and justice of the state supreme court.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes petitions to the Chief Justice of Georgia, George Walton, and the Assistant Judges for the County of Chatham. Some of the papers are printed forms, while others are entirely in manuscript. All of them are signed by George Walton as Chief Justice. The papers originated in Chatham County Superior Court.

Index Terms

Georgia. Superior Court (Chatham County)
Jones, Noble Wimberly, 1723-1805.
Walton, George, 1749 or 1750-1804.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Chatham County Superior Court records, MS 139, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of P.F Hoag, 1957 (Item 3)


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

Item 1: Jonathon Clarke v. Jane Field and others, to recover a debt. March Court, 1783
Item 2: Noble Wimberley Jones v. Ellenor Patton, to recover rent. March Court, 1783
Item 3: Mary Lancaster, Adms. of estate of Charles Cope and Jeremiah Cope, her husband v. Lewis Cope, to recover a debt. October Court, 1783
Item 4: Perry Wikoff and Isaac Wikoff v. Peter Taarling, Adms. of estate of Jonathon Cochran, to recover a debt. October Court, 1783
Item 5: Mathias Ash v. Francis Paris, to recover a debt. October Court, 1783