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Joseph Bryan Cumming papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cumming, Joseph B., (Joseph Bryan), 1893-1983.
Title: Joseph Bryan Cumming papers
Dates: 1787-1969
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 0188

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Bryan Cumming (1893-1983) was an attorney in Augusta, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of four series: genealogy, writings and speeches, letters, and Confederate Powder Works papers. The genealogy series includes materials on the Bryan, Cumming, Gairdner, Goode, Hammond, McKinne, Oldham, Pope, and Smith families. The letters include correspondence to and from members of the Cumming family. Correspondents include Thomas Cumming (1765-1834), first mayor of Augusta; Alfred Cumming (1802-1873), mayor of Augusta, sutler with General Zachary Taylor in Mexico, sutler at Jefferson Barracks Missouri, and Governor of the Utah Territory; Henry Hartfort Cumming (1799-1866), diplomatic attaché to Spain, aide de camp for Governor John Forsyth and Augusta lawyer; Ann Cumming (Mrs. Peter Sken Smith, 1805-1883); Joseph Bryan Cumming (1836-1922), major C.S. Army and Augusta lawyer; Joseph Bryan Cumming (1893-1983) and his grandson, Douglas Cumming. Other correspondents include Seaborn Jones, Richard H. Wilde, Governor George M. Troup, Major A.C.W. Fanning, Colonel Isaac Munroe St. John, Joseph Clay the younger, Governor James M. Smith, and Robert G. Stephens. Included in the miscellaneous papers series are a group of papers pertaining to the Confederate Powder Works in Augusta; a book containing copies of plans, specifications, letters; a pamphlet on the history of the Confederate Powder Works; ordnance lists; calculations and notes; and a letter pertaining to matters involving the Nitre and Mining District No. 8, C.S.A., under which the powder mills operated. An itemized list prepared by Joseph B. Cumming is included with the papers.


Index Terms

Augusta (Ga.)
Bryan family.
Confederate Powder Works.
Confederate States of America.
Confederate States of America. Nitre and Mining Bureau.
Construction drawings.
Cumming family.
Cumming, Alfred, 1802-1873.
Cumming, Henry H., (Henry Harford), 1799-1866.
Cumming, Joseph B., (Joseph Bryan), 1893-1983.
Gairdner family.
Genealogies (histories)
Georgia Bar Association.
Georgia Railroad and Banking Company.
Good family.
Hammond family.
Jones, Seaborn, 1752-1815.
Letters (correspondence)
McKinne family.
Oldham family.
Pope family.
Smith family.
Smith, Charles Shaler, 1836-1886.
Smith, James Mongin, 1872-1877.
Speeches (documents)
Troup, George Michael, 1780-1856.
Wilde, Richard Henry, 1789-1847.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Joseph Bryan Cumming papers, MS 188, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joseph B. Cumming, 1970.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Series 1: Genealogy

This series contains genealogical materials on the Cumming, Oldham, Gairdner, Smith, Bryan, Good, Hammond, Pope, and McKinne families.

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1Sketch of descendants of David Cumming by Major Joseph B. Cumming

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2Oldham genealogy

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3Genealogical notes of Mary G. Cumming
Regarding: McKinne, Gairdner & Smith families.

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4Genealogical notes of Bryan and Good families

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5Bryan genealogy. Hard-back green book, by C.C. Baldwin, 1889, 27.0 p.

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6Pamphlet entitled "Hammond:" Descendants of James Henry Hammond

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7McKinne genealogy. From public records prepared by Mell Ellis
Includes Pope genealogy.

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8Thirteen pages torn from notebook containing genealogy of ancestors of Bryan Cumming.

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9Letter from George L. Radcliffe, President, Maryland Historical Society, dated, 1955 June 24
Regarding William Cumming.

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10Record of Joseph Clay
8 1/2 typewritten pages containing source material.
 

Series 2: Writings and Speeches of Joseph B. Cumming

This series contains various speeches given by Cumming and papers written by him. Most materials are from the 1950s.

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11Estate Planning Down the Centuries, published in The Georgia Bar Journal, v.XIX, no.1, p.13, 1956 August
Typescript (carbon copy).

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12 Historic Augusta, Inc., v.1, no.2
Containing "Preservation: Past and Present."

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13History of the Georgia Bar Association, 1883-1893

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141966 April

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15English History in Rhyme (1886-1967), 1886-1967
Typescript (carbon copy).

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16The Cumming-McDuffie Duels, published in Georgia Historical Quarterly, v.XLIV
Typescript (carbon copy).

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17Reprint of "The Cumming-McDuffie Duels"
Containing picture of pistols.

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18Speech: St. Andrews Society 209th Annual Meeting, 1959 November 30
Typescript (carbon copy).

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19History of Georgia Railroad and Banking Company

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20Role of the Psychiatrist in Criminal Trials, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, v.115, no.6, 1958 December
Typescript (original).
 

Series 3: Letters, 1787-1969

This series contains correspondence to and from Thomas Cumming, Gov. Alfred Cumming, Henry H. Cumming, Major Joseph B. Cumming with Gov. James M. Smith Seaborn Jones, Richard H. Wilde, George M. Troup, Joseph Clay, and others.

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21-32Miscellaneous letters from and to Thomas Cumming, Gov. Alfred Cumming and Henry H. Cumming and others, 1787-1837

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22Thomas Cumming to Seaborn Jones. Augusta, 1789 April 11

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26Thomas Cumming to Richard H. Wilde. Augusta, 1816 February 8

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27Alfred Cumming to George M. Troup. Augusta, 1820 March 2

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29From Henry H. Cumming, Aide-de-Camp of Gov. John Forsyth to Maj. A.C.W. Fanning, Comm. U.S. Arsenal at Augusta. Augusta, 1827 December 5

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30Joseph Clay to Ann Cumming. Fort Mitchell Creek Agency, 1831 October 18

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31William Wallace to Ann Cumming. New York, 1837 May 4

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33-34Exchange of letters between Major Joseph B. Cumming and Governor James M. Smith, 173
regarding presentation of seal and resolution to Gov. Jenkins.

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35Copy of letter from Joseph B. Cumming to Congressman Robert G. Stephens, Jr., 1968 September 19

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36-38Exchange of letters between Joseph B. Cumming and Douglas Cumming, 1969 June-July
 

Series 4: Confederate Powder Works papers

This series includes 11 items concerning the construction of the Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia, containing a book of water press copies of plans, a pamphlet, correspondence, and various notes.

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39Book of water press copies of plans, specifications, pertinent letters and estimates involved in the construction of the Confederate Powder Works in Augusta, Georgia, being the book kept by Charles Shaler Smith, Captain, C.S.A., Engineer in charge.

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40Pamphlet entitled "History of the Confederate Powder Works" by Col. (General) Geo. W. Rains, late of the Confederate Army. On the cover of the pamphlet is written "Mary G. Smith" (the daughter of Charles Shaler Smith, referred to in the history." On the flyleaf, in ink in longhand are the words: "Compliment of the author"

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41A four-and-a-half page letter captioned "Chattanooga - August 15, 1863" on stationery of Nitre and Mining District No.8, Confederate States of America, signed by "William Gabbett" (?) and directed to "Colonel" I.M. St. John. In the handwriting of Mrs. Mary G.S. Cumming, the daughter of Captain Charles Shaler Smith, and initialed by her, is the following notation: "Among Father's letters - I know nothing about it." The letter seems to pertain to matters involving the administration of the nitre and mining department under which the powder mills operated

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42-48An undersignated list of ordnance and several other small pieces of blue paper containing memoranda and calculations and doodling sketches recognizable as having been made by Captain Smith - all of them found among the papers of Captain Smith. The papers pertain to Confederate Powder Works in Augusta

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49A letter of recommendation of Charles S. Smith, signed by Edwin F. Gay, "C. Engineer," captioned "Philada May 30th, 1855"

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50A copy of a typewritten letter directed "Dear Mrs. Cumming," signed "Maude B.," quoting excerpts from various works in which the Augusta Powder Mill is referred to.