Jacob Minis colonial papers
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Jacob Minis colonial papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Minis, Jacob Florance, 1852-1936.
Title: Jacob Minis colonial papers
Dates: 1768-1793
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 volume)
Identification: MS 0568

Biographical/Historical Note

The Minis family arrived in Savannah in 1733. Abraham (ca. 1694-1757) and Abigail (1701-1794) Minis raised nine children, including Philip, who records indicate was the first white male child born in Georgia. He married Judith Polack in 1774 and worked as a successful merchant. Edward Telfair (1735-1807) was born in Scotland, but moved to Savannah in 1766. He was a member of the Sons of Liberty and served in the Continental Congress from 1779 to 1785, signing the Articles of the Confederation. Telfair was elected as governor of Georgia for 1786, and again from 1789-1793. Mordecai Sheftall (1735-1797) belonged to one of the few Jewish families in colonial Savannah. During the Revolutionary War, he fought against the British and served as Deputy Commissary General. He was captured as a prisoner of war in 1778, along with his son, Sheftall Sheftall. They were paroled in 1780.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence and business records pertaining to some of the founding families of colonial Savannah, including the Minis family, Edward Telfair, Philip Minis, Mordecai Sheftall, the Gibbons family, and Abigail Minis. The items in this collection were bound into a volume by their collector, J. Florance Minis.

Index Terms

Business records.
Consumer goods.
Minis family.
Minis, Abigail, 1701-1794.
Minis, Jacob Florance, 1852-1936.
Sheftall, Mordecai, 1735-1797.
Telfair, Edward, approximately 1735-1807.
United States. Continental Army.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Jacob Minis colonial papers, MS 568, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jacob Florance Minis, 1925.


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: History of the Minis family
Anonymous; hand printed.
Item 2: Account, George Cornell to Moses Nunez, for sundries. Savannah, 1768 February 16 ( 1.0 p. )
Receipted by Moses Nunez.
Item 3: Account, Edward Telfair to Philip Minis for sundries, 1776 January 20-April 16
Item 4: Abigail Minis letter to Mordecai Sheftall. Charlestown, 1780 January 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding certificates for provisions she furnished the Continental Army.
Item 5: Account, Edward Telfair & Co. to Philip Minis for sundries, 1779 August 1 ( 1.0 p. )
Bears receipt dated Savannah, May 14, 1788; signature of Philip Minis nearly obliterated.
Item 6: Philip Minis to Edward Telfair. Savannah, 1788 May 15 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding collecting a debt due by Capt. Samuel Stone.
Item 7: Bond, William Gibbons, Jr. letter to John McCulloch, 1789 July 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Printed form filled in.
Item 8: Writ of Attachment, Abigail Minis vs. John Gibbons and Joseph Gibbons for debt. Charleston, S.C., 1793 March 26 ( 1.0 p. )
Printed form filled in.