Forman, Bryan, and Screven families papers
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Forman, Bryan, and Screven families papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Bryan family.
Creator: Forman family.
Creator: Screven family.
Title: Forman, Bryan, and Screven families papers
Dates: 1797-1901
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (12 folders)
Identification: MS 0260

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Bryan (1773-1812) of Wilmington Island, Savannah attended Princeton College, New Jersey, and Cambridge University in England. He married Delia Forman (1788-1825) in 1805;she was the daughter of General Thomas Marsh Forman (1758-1845) of Cecil County, Maryland. Bryan was close friends with John Randolph. He and Delia had five children together.


Scope and Content Note

The collection is largely family letters and memorabilia of the family of Joseph Bryan, and his wife, Delia (Forman) Bryan. There are some business letters to General Thomas Marsh Forman in the collection.

Family correspondents are: General Thomas Marsh Forman, Augusta Forman, Charles Forman, John Randolph Bryan, Thomas Marsh Forman Bryan (changed his name to Thomas M. Forman), Georgia Hannah Bryan (Mrs. James Proctor Screven), Virginia Sarah Bryan, Joseph Bryan, Jr., M. Richardsone, Mrs. E.F. Chambers, Benjamin R. Daniell, Emily S. (Screven) Bond, James Proctor Screven, Colonel John Screven, Richard Bedon Screven, Thomas Forman Screven, Miss C.B. Screven, Sarah Ada (Screven) Henderson, the Reverend Matthew H. Henderson, William W.B. Henderson, Marion Henderson, Mrs. S.E. Van Bibber.

Other correspondents are: John Barney, James Brown, James Brade, Timothy Barnard, Jr., Samuel Bradford, John Randolph of Roanoke, Mary Brown, Solomon Barrett, Thomas R. Buchanan, Augusta Bowers, Mary Howard, Julianna Miller, Sarah A. Minis, M.M. Gardner, C.C. Brown, Eliza Goldsborough, Aurora Greland, C. Lesly, Benjamin Tilghman, E. Macfarlane, Charles Colcock Jones, Jr.

Of special interest are 7 letters from William Baldwin, the botanist, some of whose letters were published in Reliquae Baldwinanae, ed. by William Darlington (1843; reprinted 1969), to General Forman re plan specimens around St. Mary's, Georgia. The letter of Thomas F. Bryan to his sister, Georgia Hannah Screven, July 22, 1838, tells of the loss of their sister, Virginia Sarah (Bryan) Mackay and her children in the wreck of the steamer, Pulaski.

Included are genealogical notes on the Forman and Bryan families and legal documents and a sketch re the Henderson family. The clippings are largely obituaries, tributes of respect, etc., of Colonel John Screven, Judge Thomas Screven and the Reverend Matthew H. Henderson. A few concern other members of the family.


Index Terms

Baldwin, William, 1779-1819.
Bryan family.
Bryan, Delia Forman, 1788-1825.
Bryan, Joseph, 1773-1812.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Forman family.
Forman, Thomas Marsh, 1758-1845.
Genealogies (histories)
Letters (correspondence)
Pamphlets.
Pulaski (Steamship)
Randolph, John, 1773-1833.
Screven family.
Screven, Georgia Hannah Bryan, 1807-1887.
Screven, James Proctor, 1799-1859.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Materials were acquired from family descendant.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Forman, Bryan, and Screven families papers, MS 260, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Maude Bryan Foote, 1959; Estate of Maude Bryan Foote, 1980.


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

 

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11-17Correspondence, etc., 1797-1819
 

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218-24William Baldwin letters, 1813-1814
 

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325-44Correspondence, etc., 1820-1823 April
 

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445-65Correspondence, etc., 1823 May-1823 December
 

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566-92Correspondence, etc., 1824-1825
 

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693-115Correspondence, etc., 1826-1833
 

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7116-135Correspondence, etc., 1834-1865
 

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8136-152Correspondence, etc., 1867-1895
 

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9153-173Correspondence, etc., 1900-1901 and undated
The dated letters relate to Forman and Bryan genealogy.
 

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10174-186Genealogies: Forman, Bryan and Henderson families
 

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11187-212Pamphlets and clippings
 

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12213John Randolph to Delia Forman Bryan, 1824 March 26 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding Mrs. Bryan's son, referred to as a wayward boy. Typed copy with letter.
 

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12214John Randolph to Delia Forman Bryan, 1824 April 10
Typed copy of missing original. Further reference to Mrs. Bryan's son.
 

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12215John Randolph's farewell to his children, Randolph and Betty. Dying words in his own hand, attested by Conde Raguel (?), 1833 May 24 ( 1.0 p. )
Bears note in another hand stating that that this paper was given to Mr. Bryan.