Houstoun family papers
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Houstoun family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Houstoun family.
Creator: Houstoun, James Edmund, 1777-1819.
Creator: Houstoun, Mary Ann Williamson, 1786-1860.
Title: Houstoun family papers
Dates: 1802-1875
Extent: 0.3 cubic feet (6 folders)
Identification: MS 0398

Biographical/Historical Note

James Edmund Houstoun and Mary Ann Williamson Houstoun had four children: Mary Williamson Houstoun (1815-1871), John Williamson Houstoun (1817-1861), James Edmund Houstoun, Jr. (1819-1852), and Eliza V. Houstoun (1810-1836) who married Charles Spalding in 1834. After James' death, Mary Ann Williamson Houston married Major Jonathan Thomas.

Mossman Houstoun (1786-ca. 1865) was James Edmund Houstoun's brother.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers of the estate of Mary Williamson Houstoun, mostly legal, as kept by her executor, Dr. Richard Dennis Arnold of Savannah. It contains records of real property: Marengo plantation in McIntosh County, Woodstock plantation in Chatham County, land in Murray County and a house and lot in Savannah. There are conveyances, surveys, tax lists, etc. Included also are slave lists; copies and drafts of the will of Mary Ann Thomas, 1847 and 1853; copy of the will of George Woodruff of Trenton, New Jersey, 1846; letters of administration; family correspondence; personal accounts; copy of family Bible records; a list of the estate papers by R.D. Arnold and his account with the estate. The family letters contains family news, social life in Savannah and elsewhere, etc. Correspondents, many of them relatives, include G.W. Anderson, George Baillie, Harriet Louise Baillie, James S. Bulloch, G.B. Cumming, Richard R. Cuyler, John F. Gunn, Charles Harris, Charles C. Jones, Jr., Dr. Thomas S. Kirkbride, John Houstoun McIntosh, Horatio Marbury, John Williamson, George Woodruff, Patrick Houstoun Woodruff.

Many of the papers concern the care of Mossman Houstoun in the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, March 2, 1840 - April 1865: letters of guardians, accounts, receipts. With these is the Commission of Mossman Houstoun as Lieutenant Colonel in the 8th Regiment of Infantry, United States, July 23, 1812, signed by President James Madison, and a certificate for 160 acres of bounty land due Mossman Houstoun for his military service, 1857.

The papers are in chronological order.

Index Terms

Georgia--Social life and customs.
Houstoun family.
Houstoun, James Edmund, 1777-1819.
Houstoun, Mary Ann Williamson, 1786-1860.
Houstoun, Mossman, 1786-approximately 1865.
Land surveys.
Legal documents.
Letters (correspondence)
Mental health.
Real property.
United States--History--War of 1812.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Houstoun family papers, MS 398, 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



1Items 1-22, 1802-1836
(includes 4-A).


2Items 23-50, 1840-1846


3Items 51-73, 1847


4Items 74-96, 1848-1853


5Items 97-120, 1854-1868


6Items 121-143, 1869-1875 and undated