Mackay family letters
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Mackay family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: MacKay family.
Title: Mackay family letters
Dates: 1828-1854
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0531

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Mackay (1772-1816), a well known merchant of Savannah, Georgia and Liverpool, England married Eliza Anne McQueen (1778-1862) in 1800. They had eight children, six of whom are correspondents in this collection. The Mackay children are: Mary Anne Mackay (1803-1862) married in 1825 to Benjamin Edward Stiles; William Mein Mackay (1804-1859) married to Virginia Sarah Bryan (d. 1838); John Mackay (1805-1848); Margaret Cowper Mackay (1807-1893) married in 1830 to Dr. Ralph Emms Elliot (1797­1853); Elizabeth Anne Mackay (1809-1867) married in 1832 to William Henry Stiles (1810-1865); Catherine Mackay (1811-1879); Robert Mackay (1813-1857) and Sarah Mackay (1815-1876).

Scope and Content Note

The Mackay family letters consists of three folders of correspondence mainly between Eliza Anne McQueen (1778-1862) and her children John, Sarah, William, Margaret, Eliza Anne and Catherine. The correspondence from her daughters speaks of family news, gossip and travel notes. Other correspondents include Robert Mitchell, G. A. Stiles, Sarah A. Hodges, and M. E. Hayes. Letters were sent from Savannah, Vienna, Paris, New York and Tybee Island. Letter destinations were Savannah, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Correspondence from John Mackay to Eliza Anne McQueen was sent from various locations including Tampa Bay, Florida, the Cherokee Agency near Calhoun, Tennessee and Pendleton, South Carolina. These locations reflect John's service with the military. John's letters contain information about Georgia and the relocation of the Cherokees as well as plantation life, politics and family news.

Index Terms

Cherokee Indians--Government relations.
Cherokee Indians--Social life and customs.
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Letters (correspondence)
MacKay family.
Mackay, Catherine, 1811-1879.
Mackay, Eliza Anne McQueen, 1778-1862.
Mackay, John, 1805-1848.
Mackay, Robert, 1813-1857.
Mackay, Sarah, 1815-1876.
Mackay, William, 1804-1859.
Stiles, Eliza Mackay.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Mackay family letters, MS 531, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Exchange, 1958.


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

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


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

Container List



1Correspondence, 1828 August -1847
Correspondents include Catherine Mackay, Eliza Anne Mackay Stiles, Robert Mitchell, William Mackay, John Mackay, G. A. Stiles, Bob, Sarah Mackay, and Eliza Anne McQueen Mackay.


2Correspondence, 1847 October -1854
Correspondents include Sarah Mackay, Eliza Anne Mackay Stiles, Sarah A. Hodges, M. E. Hayes, Eliza Anne McQueen Mackay, and Margaret Mackay. Included is a small oil painting of South Hampton Place.


3Correspondence, 1837-1847
Correspondents include John Mackay and Eliza Anne McQueen Mackay.
A-0531-001 Gold mourning brooch with braided blond hair under glass View online.