John Holbrook Estill indenture and statement
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John Holbrook Estill indenture and statement

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Estill, John Holbrook, 1840-1907.
Title: John Holbrook Estill indenture and statement
Dates: 1885, 1902
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0238

Biographical/Historical Note

Col. John Holbrook Estill was born October 28, 1840 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1851, he moved with his father William Estill to Savannah, Georgia. William was a bookbinder, bookseller and printer and Estill became involved in his father's printing business at a young age. When Estill was eleven years old he started working in the office of the Evening Journal. During the Civil War, Estill served as a private in the Confederate Army and was wounded at the First Battle of Manassas. Following his recovery he served as a captain in the lst Volunteer Regiment of Georgia. Following the war, he returned to his work in Savannah, where he became the proprietor of the Savannah Morning News. Estill was actively involved in the community serving as County Commissioner for 12 years and on the Board of Education for 22 years. He had a variety of business interests including serving as president of the Chatham Real Estate Improvement Company, the Bonaventure Cemetery Company, and the Inland Water Association. From at least 1887 until 1892, Estill was involved with the Tybee Beach Company, serving as its director in 1887 and 1891. Estill died November 9, 1907 in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection includes a certified copy of an indenture for the sale of lots on Tybee Island, Georgia and a description of the Red House in Effingham County, Georgia. The indenture dated February 13, 1885 transfers property from John H. Estill, et al., of the Chatham Company to Thomas Screven and John Screven. The six lots on Tybee Island had been mortgaged to the Chatham Company by the Tybee Improvement Company, formed February 7, 1876, for the purposes of building a railway hotel. A statement given by W. B. Metzger to Estill on September 15, 1902, recounts the story of the death of Georgia Governor John Adam Treutlen who was killed in the rear of the Red House by Tories who dismembered him with their swords. Metzger believed that the governor was buried on the property.

Index Terms

Estill, John Holbrook, 1840-1907.
Treutlen, John Adam, 1733-1782.
Tybee Improvement Company (Ga.)
Tybee Island (Ga.)--Deeds--19th century.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Holbrook Estill indenture and statement, MS 238, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Item 1 acquired from Rita Trotz.


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

Indenture, John H. Estill, Simon Guckenheimer, and Henry Solomon to Thomas F. Screven and John Screven, Chatham County, Georgia, 1885 February 13 ( 10.0 p. )
Certified copy of land sale on Tybee Island, Georgia.
Statement by W. B. Metzger to J. H. Estill recounting the story of the death of Governor John Adam Treutlen, 1902 September 15 ( 1.0 p. )