Esther Goldsmith estate records
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Esther Goldsmith estate records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Arnold, Richard D., (Richard Dennis), 1808-1876.
Title: Esther Goldsmith estate records
Dates: 1866-1875
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0316

Biographical/Historical Note

Esther Goldsmith (1776-1866) was a native of Charleston, South Carolina. While living in Savannah, Georgia, Esther maintained a residence at the corner of Montgomery and South Broad streets. Her daughter, Henrietta, was hospitalized at the Georgia State Lunatic Asylum near Milledgeville, Georgia. Henrietta, a native of Savannah, was born in 1820. She died December 1, 1873 in the asylum of pneumonia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence and accounts regarding the estate of Esther Goldsmith as kept by her executor, Dr. Richard D. Arnold. Also included are receipts for care of the Goldsmith residence, city taxes, and an insurance policy issued May 6, 1877, by the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company for the house at Montgomery and South Broad Streets, Savannah, Georgia. Several items pertain to the care, illness, death, and funeral of Henrietta Goldsmith, a ward of Dr. Arnold.

Index Terms

Arnold, Richard D., (Richard Dennis), 1808-1876.
Estate records.
Goldsmith, Esther, 1776-1866.
Goldsmith, Henrietta, 1820-1873.
Insurance policies.
Letters (correspondence)
Mental illness--Treatment--Georgia--Milledgeville.
Tax records.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Esther Goldsmith estate records, MS 316, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Caroline L. Meldrim, 1952.


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




11-23Estate records, 1866-1873 June
Record of the estate of Esther Goldsmith; bills paid by the estate of Esther Goldsmith.



224-50Estate records, 1873 July-December
Bills paid by the estate of Esther Goldsmith and receipts for payment; letters to Dr. Richard D. Arnold from Dr. Thomas Green, Superintendent and Resident Physician of the State Lunatic Asylum, concerning the treatment and death of Henrietta Goldsmith on December 1, 1873.



351-83Estate records, 1874-1875
Bills paid by estate of Esther Goldsmith; receipts for payment; letter to Dr, Richard D. Arnold from George A. Mercer of Hartridge and Chisolm, attorneys, concerning estate of Esther Goldsmith, May 26, 1875.