Luke Christie papers
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Luke Christie papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Christie, Luke, 1802-1885.
Title: Luke Christie papers
Dates: 1831-1887
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0146

Biographical/Historical Note

Captain Luke Christie was born in England in 1802. His family emigrated from England to New York. In the last 1820s, Christie moved to Savannah, where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1833, he married Emily White. He was appointed Harbor Master of Savannah in 1843, and in 1855 Christie was appointed Local Inspector of Hulls for the Savannah District of the U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service. He became Master of the steam tugboat Lamar in 1858; in this position Christie smuggled illegal slaves from Jekyll Island, where they were brought from Africa, to a Savannah plantation. After the Civil War, Christie worked clearing sunken vessels from the Savannah River, during which time he suffered a serious accident resulting in the amputation of his leg. Christie retired in 1869 and died January 1, 1885.

Scope and Content Note

The papers in this collection consist of a broadside titled "Permanent Rules of Pilotage," Savannah, 1831 and personal papers. The personal papers include his marriage settlement deed with Emily White, receipts and cancelled checks, a travel account, and personal accounts. An account of the family by Mrs. Bessie Christie Hagar is also included.

Index Terms

Broadsides (notices)
Christie family.
Christie, Luke, 1802-1885.
Marine Bank of Georgia.
Marriage--19th century.
Medicine--19th century.
Savannah Harbor (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Luke Christie papers, MS 146, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Mrs. Bessie Christie Hager (granddaughter), 1959.


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: Broadside, ""Permanent Rules of Pilotage, adopted February 10, 1831""
Printed by R.K. Ten Broeck.
Item 2: Marriage indenture between Luke Christie and Emily White, both of Savannah, 1833 January 1
Item 3-6: Notes and receipts for medical care and other services, 1865-1866
Item 7: The U.S. to Luke Christie, Inspector of Steamboats, District of Savannah. Includes travel expense account for quarter ending September 30, 1869
Item 8: Transfer of capital stock of Marine Bank of Georgia, 1872
July 31 and August 3,1872. Emily C. Camp to Elias Ross and power of attorney to Luke Christie.
Item 9: Account of bond and mortgage, Troy, NY, 1880 October 6
Item 10-11: Promissory note, 1878 July 1
Item 12-17: Assorted checks and receipts, 1881-1887
Item 18: Bills of sale for horses. Note with names of horses written on envelope, undated
Item 19: Postcard
Made from pulped U.S. Treasury bank notes.
Item 20: Poem, "A Kiss"
Item 21: Account of Christie family by Bessie Charger Hager, 1959 October