James Wallace McAlpin papers
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James Wallace McAlpin papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: McAlpin, James Wallace, 1831-1905.
Title: James Wallace McAlpin papers
Dates: 1830-1882
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0513

Biographical/Historical Note

James Wallace McAlpin (1831-1905) was a son of Henry McAlpin (1788-1851) who developed the Hermitage Plantation and built the well-known mansion that once existed there. After Henry McAlpin's death his three sons, Angus, James Wallace, and Donald, carried on their father's work at the plantation until the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1866, the brothers lost the plantation to Aaron Champion, who conveyed the estate to James Wallace McAlpin, in trust for his daughter, Maria Sophia Champion McAlpin, the wife of James Wallace McAlpin.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two deeds to a plantation on Argyle Island, one from David Timothy to Ann Timothy, and one from Ann Timothy to James Wallace; both deeds are dated 1830; a pardon and amnesty to Aaron Champion, 1867, stamped with President Andrew Johnson's signature; certification from the Department of State that Aaron Champion's pardon is on file; and a notebook kept by Mrs. James Wallace McAlpin containing addresses, lists of linen and silver, and other notes. The notebook contains only one date: 1882.

Index Terms

Argyle Island (Ga.)
Confederate States of America--History.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
House furnishings.
Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875.
McAlpin, James Wallace, 1831-1905.
Plantation life--Georgia.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Louise Shuey, the granddaughter of James Wallace McAlpin.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], James Wallace McAlpin papers, MS 513, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1969.


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

Item 1: Deed to a plantation on Argyle Island: David T. Timothy to Ann Timothy, 1830 March 17
Item 2: Deed to a plantation on Argyle Island: David T. Timothy to Ann Timothy, 1830 March 18
Item 3: Pardon and Amnesty to Aaron Champion, 1867 January 15 ( 2.0 p. )
Signed by President Andrew Johnson with a rubber stamp, and by William H. Seward, Secretary of State. Presidential seal.
Item 4: Certification from the Department of State that the pardon is on file ( 2.0 p. )
Signed by William H. Seward with rubber stamp. Department of State seal.
Item 5: Notebook of Mrs. James Wallace McAlpin
Containing addresses, lists of linen and silver, a household remedy and a few notes. 1882 is the only date found in the notebook.