Cohen-Hunter papers
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Cohen-Hunter papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cohen, Cecilia, approximately 1806-1863.
Creator: Hunter-Pearce & Battey (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Cohen-Hunter papers
Dates: 1826-1913
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (3 volumes)
Identification: MS 0161

Biographical/Historical Note

Cecilia Cohen was the daughter of Reverend Moses C. Cohen and sister of Solomon Cohen and Octavus Cohen. She never married.

Gratz Cohen (1845-1865), the son of Solomon Cohen, was killed in action in the Civil War.

Hunter, Pearce & Battey were cotton and naval stores factors and wholesale grocers. The partnership included John Heard Hunter, William K. Pearce, and Frank C. Battey. John Heard Hunter's wife was Fanny O'Driscoll, granddaughter of Solomon Cohen and grandniece of Cecilia Cohen. Frank C. Battey, one of the partners in the firm, Hunter, Pearce & Battey, was the brother-in-law of John Heard Hunter, having married Belle O'Driscoll.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the commonplace book of Cecilia Cohen, commonplace book and diary of Gratz Cohen as well as a scrapbook of Hunter, Pearce & Battey, 1890-1913. The scrapbook includes clippings, correspondence, and circulars regarding banks, cotton growing and manufacturing, naval stores, fertilizer, mutual funds, and insurance.

Index Terms

Cohen, Cecilia, approximately 1806-1863.
Cohen, Gratz, 1845-1865.
Commonplace books.
Hunter, Pearce & Battey (Savannah, Ga.)
Naval stores--Georgia--Savannah.
University of Virginia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Cohen-Hunter papers, MS 161, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jeanne Hunter, 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



1Commonplace book of Cecilia Cohen, 1826-1830
Includes original and copied poems with hand-painted watercolor illustrations.


2Scrapbook of Hunter, Pearce & Battey, 1890-1913
The content includes clippings, correspondence, and circulars from banks and firms in Savannah, Augusta, Atlanta, Columbus, Douglas, Dublin, Louisville, and Valdosta in Georgia as well as out of state. Also included is information about the Alabama Chemical Company in Montgomery, Al, 1903-1909; Shreveport Brewing Co., Shreveport. La., 1913; and estimates of cotton acreage in the U.S., 1897-1901.


3Commonplace book and diary of Gratz Cohen, 1862-1864
The commonplace book includes poetry, psalms, hymns, biblical quotations, a fairy tale. The diary is interspersed with poetry and philosophy and was written during Cohen's time as a student at the University of Virginia, October 14, 1862-March 1864.