Wallace and Montgomery Cumming bills of sale and receipt
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Wallace and Montgomery Cumming bills of sale and receipt

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cumming, Montgomery, 1824-1870.
Creator: Cumming, Wallace, approximately 1827-1877.
Title: Wallace and Montgomery Cumming bills of sale and receipt
Dates: 1852-1863
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0189

Biographical/Historical Note

Montgomery Cumming (1824-1870) and his brother, Wallace Cumming (ca. 1827-1877) were natives of Savannah, Georgia, and prominent citizens in the community. Montgomery was a local merchant and an agent for W.H. Gibbons and Co. Wallace served as the assistant cashier of the Bank of the State of Georgia from circa 1858-1869. In approximately 1870, he formed Wallace Cumming and Company, a banking firm; the company opened an office on Johnson Square, Savannah. Wallace's children included Sarah Gilbert Cumming (Mrs. James P.S. Houstoun) and Mary Cuthbert Cumming, who died of yellow fever in 1876. Wallace died shortly after the yellow fever epidemic of 1876.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a receipt for hire of a male slave belonging to the Cumming family and seven bills of sale (1852-1863) recorded in Chatham County and Bibb County, transferring five slaves, including March (male), Sam, Frank, Maria, and an unnamed male.


Index Terms

Bills of sale.
Cumming, Montgomery, 1824-1870.
Cumming, Wallace, approximately 1827-1877.
Receipts (financial records)
Slave trade--Georgia.
Slavery--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired by A.R. Lawton from a box belonging to Wallace Cumming.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Wallace and Montgomery Cumming bills of sale and receipt, MS 189, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of A.R. Lawton, 1926.


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

 
Receipt. Macon, 1852 March
Received of Montgomery and Wallace Cumming $80 for wages in full for his male slave employed by them; signed by Benjamin Edward Stiles.
 
Bill of sale, state of Georgia. Bibb County, 1852
Ds. Benjamin Edward Stiles sells to Montgomery and Wallace Cumming for $720 a male slave named March; signed by Benjamin Edward Stiles, witnessed by E.E. Brown, J.P.
 
Bill of sale, A.P. Longstreet to Mr. Cumming. Rome, Floyd County, Ga., 1856 April 17
Montgomery Cumming sells to Wallace Cumming for $500 his half interest in slave, March; signed by Montgomery Cumming; witnessed by Wm. J. Bulloch, No. Pub., C.C.
 
Bill of sale, State of Georgia. Savannah, Ga., 1863 July 14
Montgomery Cumming sells to Wallace Cumming for $500 his half interest in slave, March; signed by Montgomery Cumming; witnessed by Wm. J. Bulloch, No. Pub., C.C.
 
Bill of sale, State of Georgia. Savannah, Ga., 1863 July 14
Executors of Robert Hutchison sell to Montgomery Cumming for $800 slave named Frank; signed by Anthony Porter and Wallace Cumming, Excrs; witnessed by Andrew M. Ross, Not. Pub., C.C. On verso, recorded in Clerk's Office, Chatham County, Book VVV, folio 537 by Thos. J. Bulloch, Deputy Clerk, S.C.C.C., September 22, 1863
 
Receipt, Savannah, Ga., 1863 September 19
Wallace Cumming pays $2,500 for slave, Maria; signed by D.H. Baldwin; witnessed by Andrew M. Ross, Not. Pub. C.C. On verso, recorded in Clerk's Office, Chatham County, Book VVV, folio 542, September 1863, by Thos. J. Bulloch, Deputy Clerk, S.C.C.C.
 
Bill of sale. State of Georgia, Chatham County, 1863 September 21
Montgomery Cumming sells to Wallace Cumming for $800 slave, Frank; signed by Montgomery Cumming; witnessed by Andrew M. Ross, Not. Pub., C.C. On verso, recorded in Clerk's Office, Chatham County, Book VVV, folios 537 and 538 by Thos. J. Bulloch, Deputy Clerk, S.C.C.C., September 22, 1863.