John Young Noel papers
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John Young Noel papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Noel, John Young, 1762-1817.
Title: John Young Noel papers
Dates: 1796-1797
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0588
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Young Noel (1762-1817) was born in New York. He practiced law in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, where he married Sarah C. Dennis Stites, widow of Richard Stites and mother of Richard Montgomery Stites. The family moved to Savannah where Noel became a distinguished member of the bar. He was a Judge of the Courts in Upper Georgia prior to 1789, Judge of the Eastern Circuit, 1807, Mayor of Savannah, March 1796 - July 1797 and 1804-1807, and Alderman of Savannah, 1798-1799 and 1804-1807.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters, resolutions, and a state act relating to the Savannah fire of 1796. Included are an act to contribute relief to Savannah from the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, a letter from Noel to an unknown addressee regarding payment due him and the relief of sufferers from the fire, a letter from Noel to Representatives for Chatham County, Georgia, in the Georgia Legislature regarding the relief of fire sufferers and enclosing a memorial of the Citizens of Savannah, a resolution of the City Council calling a meeting to plan for relief, and a letter from Noel to the citizens of New York asking for aid. Joseph Clay, John Habersham, and Thomas Young are mentioned in the last letter.

Index Terms

Disaster relief.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Noel, John Young, 1762-1817.
Resolutions (administrative records)
Savannah (Ga.)--History.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Young Noel papers, MS 588, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mills Lane IV, 1979 (Addendum 1).


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: "An Act to Contribute to the relief of the Sufferers by the late fires in the City of Savannah in the State of Georgia", by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, 1796 December 23 ( 2.0 pages )
Certified as a true copy.
Item 2: John Y. Noel letter to unknown recipient. Savannah, 1797 January 13 ( 3.0 pages )
Regarding payment due him by the State and relief of sufferers from the fire.
Item 3: John Y. Noel letter to the Representatives for the County of Chatham in the Legislature of Georgia. Savannah, 1797 January 13 ( 10.0 pages )
Regarding relief for fire and sufferers, enclosing a memorial of the Citizens of Savannah and Resolutions of City Council; mentions relief by Pennsylvania and South Carolina and Enclosures, Resolutions of City Council, Jan 2, 1797. 3 p. Extract from the Minutes. Memorial of the Inhabitants of Savannah to the Legislature of Georgia. Jan. 2-5, 1797. 4 p. Signed by A.Y. Noel.
Item 4: Resolution of City Council, 1797 January 30 ( 1.0 page )
Extract from the Minutes. Calling a meeting of Council to plan for relief of individual citizens.
Item 5: John Y. Noel letter to the citizens of New York. Savannah, Ga., 1796 November 29 ( 3.0 pages )
Addenda item. Regarding New York's aid to Savannah after the great fire of 1796. Mentioned in the letter are Joseph Clay, John Habersham, and Thomas Young.