Mabel Freeman La Far papers
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Mabel Freeman La Far papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: La Far, Mabel Freeman, approximately 1879-1947.
Title: Mabel Freeman La Far papers
Dates: 1926-1946
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Identification: MS 0474

Biographical/Historical Note

Mabel Freeman La Far (ca. 1879-1947) was the wife of S. Branch La Far. She was an amateur historian, chiefly interested in genealogy and church history. She was one of the members of the committee in Savannah who promoted the FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) workers of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in indexing the Savannah newspapers in the library of the Georgia Historical Society, abstracts of wills and marriage records in Chatham County, Georgia, etc. With Caroline Price Wilson, she abstracted and compiled Abstracts of Wills, Chatham County, Georgia, 1773-1817, published in 1936. She copies and indexed the early records of the First Baptist Church, Savannah, Georgia, typed and bound in three volumes. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a charter member of the Savannah Historical Research Association.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the personal papers, rough copies of publications, genealogies, and church histories and records of Mabel Freeman La Far. The churches included in the collection are Corinth Baptist Church, Screven County, Independent Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church of Savannah. Also included is a manuscript copy of the Charleston, S.C. City Directory, 1849, and copies of Chatham County Court House Wills, 1773-1817. Also included is the Revolutionary pay roll, 1779. of Lt. Col. John McIntosh, 3rd Georgia Continental Battalion All except the correspondence and printed materials are copies of originals.

Index Terms

Charleston (S.C.)
Chatham County (Ga.)
Church records.
Corinth Baptist Church (Screven County, Ga.)
Genealogies (histories)
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Independent Presbyterian Church (Savannah, Ga.)
La Far, Mabel Freeman, approximately 1879-1947.
Letters (correspondence)
Randolph family.

Location of Originals

Original Revolutionary Pay Roll, 1779 in the National Archives, Adjutant General's Records.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from daughters of Mabel Freeman La Far.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Mabel Freeman La Far papers, MS 474, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Margaret La Far and Mabel La Far Whitt, 1950, 1971, 1976.


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.

Separated Material

The following were separated from the collection and cataloged with the library book collection: Scrapbook of genealogies (missing); 1750-1863 Marriage Records of Gloria Dei Church by Park McFarland, Jr. (1879); Lancaster County Pennsylvania Tax Lists, 1751, 1757, 1758, by A.H. Geberich and G.M. Brumbough (1933); Genealogical Research Among Pennsylvania German and Huguenot Families, by C.R. Roberts (1933); Yearbook and Directory, Christ Church, Savannah, Georgia (1926); Chatham County Marriage Abstracts, 1805-1877. 4 v. typed MS.

Publication Note

Chatham County Court House Wills, published as Abstracts of Wills, Chatham County, Georgia, 1773-1817, abs. and comp. by M.F. La Far and C.P. Wilson. Washington: National Genealogical Society, 1936.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11Correspondence, 1929-1946 ( 1.0 p. )
B. Palmer Axson to Mrs. La Far, Savannah, June 8, 1929. Regarding Randolph family; encloses photograph of tombstone of Eleanor Randolph in Midway Cemetery. B. Palmer Axson to Mrs. La Far. Wayside, Jones County, Ga., September 18, 1946. Regarding Potter family and their connection with the Roosevelts. Telemon Cuyler to Mrs. La Far, Wayside, Jones County, Ga., June 9, 1937. 1 p. ALS. Regarding gift of "Stamp Act" Stamp, enclosed a revenue stamp but not a "Stamp Act" one.
2Chatham County Court House Wills, 1773-1817
Typed copy with penciled notes by Mrs. La Far.
3Will Book "G", Chatham County, Georgia, 1826-1827
Part typed, part MS. Never published.
4"Ancestors of Mabel Freeman La Far" ( 14.0 items. )
Notes on Brock, Brossard and Newton families.
5Miscellaneous: N. Versepuy to S.P. Hamilton (at Savannah), Paris, 1870 November 7 ( 3.0 items. )
Regarding shipment; "Programme: Ceremonies at Parris Island, South Carolina on March 27, 1926. Unveiling the ...Ribaut monument;" Song: "Elberton, My Elberton" signed by W.F. Jones, words without music.
6Pendleton and Bard family notes. Nathaniel Pendleton, Peter Bard, Ann Zubly Bard ( 13.0 items. )
7Miscellaneous genealogies: Notes on Armistead, Fox, Scott, Walthour, and Weeks family ( 5.0 items. )
8Wills. Hugh Clark; Alexander McCrie Duncan, 1772, 1914 ( 2.0 items. )
9Revolutionary Pay Roll, 1779
Lt. Col. John McIntosh, 3rd Georgia Continental Battalion. Original in the National Archives, Adjutant General's Records. 6 double pages.
10History of the Corinth Baptist Church, Screven County, Effingham County?, Georgia
MS in pencil on tablet pages.
11Charleston, S.C. City Directory, 1849
MS copy in pencil.
12Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, history ( 6.0 items. )
MS copy of extracts from Program of the Centenary Celebration of the Independent Presbyterian Church, 1819-1919; History of the Sunday School in 12 parts; extracts from Annual Church Book of the Independent Presbyterian Church, 1909; copy of history of the Church from The Old Homestead, May ?; typed one page sketch; extract from Manual of the Independent Presbyterian Church, undated; engraving: "Interior of the Presbyterian Church, Savannah," drawn by W. Goodacre, Jr., engr. & printed by Fenner, Sears & Co.
13Independent Presbyterian Church records ( 2.0 items. )
Notebook containing lists of pastors, 1760-1931; trustees, 1755, 1823; elders, 1800-1882; communion roll, 1791-1886; baptisms, April 21, 1828-1865; marriages, 1828-1866; dismissions, 1856-1864; members, 1791-1909, 1918-1926; members in war service, 1918-1920; typed copies of baptisms, 1828-1866.
14Independent Presbyterian Church ( 68.0 items. )
Clippings; programs of Church services and announcements, 1927-1932; annual report of officers, 1915; 1 picture postal card.


2First Baptist Church, Savannah, records
MS copies made by Mrs. La Far from original records. Minute books, 1852-1877. 5 notebooks. Minutes and Proceedings of the Conference and Discipline Meetings, 1852-1877. 4 notebooks.


3First Baptist Church, Savannah, records
Membership records: dates and method of admission, baptisms; dismissions, deaths. Each notebook is alphabetical by name. 7 notebooks.