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William Wiseham Paine papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Paine, William Wiseham, 1817-1882.
Title: William Wiseham Paine papers
Dates: 1837-1882
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Identification: MS 0603

Biographical/Historical Note

William Wiseham Paine (1817-1882) was born in Richmond, Virginia. He moved with his parents to Milledgeville, Georgia, in 1827. He attended school in Mount Zion and studied law in Washington, both Georgia towns. Paine was admitted to the bar in 1838. He served in the Seminole Indian was of 1836. In 1840, he moved to Telfair County, Georgia, and commenced practicing law. He was a member of the State Convention in 1850, and he served as private secretary to Governor Howell Cobb, 1851-1852. He was in the Georgia Senate from 1857 until 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he entered the Confederate States Army as a Captain in the 1st Georgia Volunteer Regiment. At the end of the war, he moved to Savannah and continued to practice law. Pain was a representative from Georgia in Congress, 1870-1871, and a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1877-1879. On June 12, 1876, W.W. Paine was appointed a Special Commissioner of the U.S. Commissioners of Claims to take testimonies on cases pending from the State of Georgia. He was a member of the Board of Curators of the Georgia Historical Society.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of legal cases, correspondence, and county records kept by William Wiseham Paine. The papers in box 2, folders 21-24 pertain to Paine's work as a Special Commissioner of the U.S. Commissioners of Claims department. These cases were in Chatham and Liberty Counties and were mostly made by African American former slaves. Some of the letters in this collection, especially those of Kenneth McLea, refer to conditions in Savannah, England, and Canada, as well as to politics. One letter refers to the establishment of the Little Minnie Mission for the benefit of orphaned or neglected infants.

The papers are in alphabetical order by name of county and/or case.

Index Terms

African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.
Appling County (Ga.)
Baldwin County (Ga.)
Chatham County (Ga.)
Clinch County (Ga.)
Georgia--Politics and government.
Glynn County (Ga.)
Irwin County (Ga.)
Legal documents.
Letter books.
Letters (correspondence)
Liberty County (Ga.)
Montgomery County (Ga.)
Paine, William Wiseham, 1817-1882.
Pensions (compensation)
Telfair County (Ga.)
United States. Commissioners of Claims.
Ware County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from grandson of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Wiseham Paine papers, MS 603, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William G. Morrell, 1964.


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.


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Container List




11-4Letter books, 1868 November 28-1871 July 14; 1873 March 11-1874 February 4; 1874 February 12-1875 February 11; 1875 February 12-1876 July 1
1"Book of briefs and decisions & C and other matters"


2Legal cases and other papers, A-Coo

Guinn Allison vs. John Montford, 1837
Complaint of trespass.
Appling County, Ga., 1844-1859, 4.0 items.
Notebook labeled "Appling and Coffee" listing amounts of fees received, decisions on cases, 1844-1856; list of Appling County property, giving number of lot, number of district, names of owners in 1851 and counties from which they came, 12 p.; Thales A. Linthicum to W.W. Paine, Baltimore, July 8, 1859, with list of land owned by Thomas H. Busey; list of Appling County land owners as above with no date.
Baldwin County, Ga., 1825-1840, 3.0 items.
Petitions to the Superior Court of Baldwin County of the following: Charles Jenkins vs. James Kinney, for trespass, 1825; James O'Brien vs. John Hodge, debt for rent, 1838; Nathaniel B. Juhan vs. Thomas Vanlandingham, for assault, 1840.
Baker and Hammond vs. Peter H. Behn. Correspondence, 1868-1878, 21.0 items.
Baker and Hammond vs. Peter H. Behn. Legal papers, 10.0 items.
Mary H. Bennett, 1875-1879, 2.0 items.
James Arnold to Cohen Thomas and Brother, September 15, 1875, regarding the Bennett land; application of Mary H. Bennett for a Homestead, Coffee County, 1879, with plat and affidavit attached.
G.E. Bevans, 1879-1882
William H. Selden to W.W. Paine, Washington, February 14, 1882. 1 p. ALS. Regarding claim for bounty land of G.E. Bevans, enclosing draft of Articles of Agreement for bounty land.
Bilbo Canal, 1872
Report of assessment of damages to property owners for widening the Bilbo Canal, by the City Marshall, April 29, 1872.
Elbert Bird, 1879, 3.0 items.
Receipts to W.W. Paine for payments in behalf of Elbert Bird.
Bonnell & Adams vs. Unkles & Son, 1868
Fi. fa. Issued in the 5th Circuit Court of the U.S. in the Southern District of Georgia to recover debt; judgment in favor of the plaintiff, March 2, 1868.
Hugh Brice vs. G.C. Germenden, 1874, 2.0 items.
Regarding hospital, funeral, and burial expenses of Hugh Brice.
Samuel S. Brinson vs. James Chancy, 1845-1848, 3.0 items.
Samuel S. Brinson of Randolph County sues to recover slaves (named) from James Chancy, Jr. of Montgomery County.
Rachel Brownfield, 1867, 1.0 items.
Petition of Rachel Brownfield, an African American woman of Laurens County, Ga., to start suit to recover debt due from John B. Wolfe, administrator of Young J. Anderson; supporting papers incorporated in the petition.
R.D. Bryan & Son, 1875, 2.0 items.
Letter and postal card from William O. Fleming to W.W. Paine, March and April, 1875, regarding collecting sum due from R.D. Bryan & Son.
Henry P. Bushe vs. James R. Dowdy, 1870
Petition to recover debt.
James H. Carter, 1867-1877, 6.0 items.
bill for surgical attendance, W.M. Walsh, M.D.; notice of tax due U.S. Internal Revenue, 1867; two letters, Louis Nathan & Maurice to Carter, Jan., February 1868, regarding shipments of Rangoon rice, cotton and lumber; Alex Campbell to Carter, may 1868, regarding settling of accounts; P. Stotesbury to W.W. Paine, March 14, 1877, regarding collecting money due, with comment on returning the capital to Milledgeville.
Chatham County jail, 1875, 2.0 items.
List of described bonds and stocks in the new Jail Fund, December 16, 1875; extracts from the County Treasury Books regarding funds for new jail, 1856-1869, from County Treasurer, December 22, 1875.
Elizabeth Cherry, 1865-1880, 9.0 items.
Letters and other papers regarding the death of her son, James, a private in the 14th Regt. Maine Vols., by drowning in the Savannah River, and efforts to collect a pension and a bounty from the town of West Broxton, Maine.
Claghorn & Cunningham, 1874-1876, 18.0 items.
Notebook, papers, and letters regarding collections to be made by W.W. Paine for Claghorn & Cunningham.
W.W. Paine, Claims vs. U.S.: correspondence, 1876, 10.0 items.
Includes Paine's commission as Special Commissioner, and a letter from Charles C. Jones, Jr. re the character of a claimant.
W.W. Paine, Claims vs. U.S.: journal, 1876-1877, 2.0 items.
Persons upon whom he called and their testimony. Almost all of them were African Americans in Chatham and Liberty Counties, Ga. In the folder is a sheet reporting the first days of his mission, July 3 and 6, 1876.
W.W. Paine, Claims vs. U.S.: cases pending, 1874-1876, 16.0 items.
On cards; name of persons, place of residence, witnesses, losses, sometimes age and former status, whether slave or free.
W.W. Paine, Claims vs. U.S.: testimonies, 9.0 items.
Interviews with claimants, giving name, age, place of residence, property lost, claims to property, financial status, etc. Numbers by names of claimants correspond to number on cards described above.
John Clark lands, 1854-1874, 36.0 items.
Papers regarding the sale of lands in Telfair (formerly Wilkinson) County, Ga., which were a portion of the estate of Governor John Clark, by W.W. Paine, Agent; letters, a broadside, powers-of-attorney from some of Gov. Clark's descendants, lists of grants and plats of lands.
Clinch County, Ga.: timber lands
Portion of a letter, addressee, writer, date missing, regarding condition of pine trees on certain lots in Clinch County, Ga.
Colding & Turner, 1873-1874, 5.0 items.
Pearson & McDonald in account with Colding & Turner, 1873-1874; list of monies paid by Colding & Turner in various claims, undated; statement of Levi Evans that Colding & Turner is indebted to him.
Connerat & Johnson, 1869-1870, 15.0 items.
Connerat (Joseph V.) and Johnson (John R.) was a firm selling provisions and sundries. Sometime in 1870, Johnson was no longer in the firm. These are papers concerning several cases in which W.W. Paine acted as their attorney, Paine's accounts for legal services, and a couple of monthly statements for purchases made by Paine. The cases are Connerat & Johnson vs. William O. Godfrey, vs. Mrs. B. Golding, vs. B.E. Guerard, vs. William M. Nicholls.
George Cooke, n.d, 2.0 items.
Memoranda regarding a grant of land to George Cooke from the Spanish government.
Cooper & McArthur vs Alexander H. Sadler, 1859-1870, 8.0 items.
marriage settlement, Virginia A. Montfort and Alexander A. Sadler, 1859; deed from Lemuel L. Hover to Alexander H. Sadler for a tract of land on White Bluff Road, 1863; promissory note re a mortgage, A.H. Sadler to Cooper (John) & McArthur (Alexander G.), 1867; Rule nisi on foreclosure, Cooper & McArthur vs. A.H. Sadler, 1869; Bond and affidavit in same case, Isaac D. LaRoche, claimant, 1870; Sheriff's receipted statement of fees, 1870; receipt to Paine as plaintiff's attorney from Cooper & McArthur for claims in the case, 1870.


3Legal cases and other papers, Cop-K

Joseph Cope, 1864-1869, 2.0 items.
Account of Samuel G. White of Baldwin against Maj. Joseph Cope, formerly of Beaufort, S.C., now of Savannah, for medical fees.
Christina Craft vs. estate of Elias Barnett, 1875-1878, 20.0 items.
Interrogatories in the case of Christina Craft vs. Wolf Barnett, Exr. Of the estate of Elias Barnett, 1875; warrant of appraisement and affidavit, 1878.
A. Deas, 1874-1875, 3.0 items.
Letters of A. Deas to W.W. Paine regarding payment of a debt owed Holcombe Hull & co., 1874-1875.
William E. Dodge et al vs. Hilliard, Bailey & Reppard, 1877-1879, 34.0 items.
papers of the above case for trespass, tried in the 5th Circuit Court of the U.S. for the Southern District. The plaintiffs were William E. Dodge, Daniel James, and James Stokes; the plaintiffs were Cuyler Hilliard, James and William Bailey and C.W. Reppard. W.W. Paine was the defendant's attorney. The papers include interrogatories and answers, briefs, authorities, petition, letters, testimony, notes, etc.
Elections returns, miscellaneous, 1847
W.W. Paine to the Savannah Republican, Jacksonville, Ga., October 6, 1847. 2 p. ALS. Transmitting election returns form Telfair, Irwin, Appling and Montgomery Counties.
Ennis Brothers, 1880-1881, 11.0 items.
Letters to W.W. Paine re the case in the U.S. Court against P.T. Ennis and E.A. Ennis for tax on brandy. Paine was their attorney. Some of the letters were written by C.W. Ennis, Sheriff of Baldwin County, their brother. A note by Paine on an envelope states that the accompanying petitions were turned over to Col. E.C. Wade, Collector of Internal Revenue, Savannah.
Georgia Land and Lumber Co.: correspondence, 1852-1878, 8.0 items.
Letters regarding cases of Georgia Land and Lumber Co. Correspondents are John McRae, Jr.; Francis S. Bartow; Nisbet, Bacon & Hines; John Parker; Jasper Rawlins; R.K. Hines; W.W. Paine; Rollin A. Stanley.
Georgia Land and Lumber Co.: legal papers, 1840-1878, 37.0 items.
The Georgia Land and Lumber Co. (formerly Georgia Lumber Co.) was chartered in new York. It owned extensive lands in Telfair, Montgomery, Pulaski, Laurens and Dodge Counties in Georgia. These papers relate to various suits in the 5th Circuit Court of the U.S. for the Southern District of Georgia. They are petitions, deeds, abstracts of title, subpoenas, etc.
William H. Gibbons vs. William Warner, 1861
Gibbons, Trustee under the marriage settlement of Francis Lathrop and Isabel his wife, and William Warner, Trustee of Elizabeth Warner, rule nisi.
Glynn County, Ga.: Board of Commissioners of Roads and Revenues, 1869-1879, 17.0 items.
By an Act of the Georgia Legislature in 1866, justices of the Inferior Court of Glynn County were authorized to issue county bonds, proceeds from the sale of which were used for rebuilding the Court Houses and jails which had been destroyed by Federal troops. Another Act in 1870 authorized an issue of $75,000 and created the Board of Commissioners of Roads and Revenues to administer these funds. The papers in this folder pertain to two suits against the Commissioners for misuse of the funds. The first one, Thomas M. Foreman et al vs. John B. Miller, et al, was against Court officials and was tried in Glynn County Superior Court. The other case was Andrew J. Preston vs. the Board of Commissioners of Roads and Revenues and was tried in the 5th Circuit of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Georgia.
Esther Goldsmith, 1877
Interrogatories in the matter of Esther Goldsmith's will.
John Wesley Griffin, 1874-1876, 4.0 items.
Regarding character and previous trial of.
Peter Grove (Groves), 1820
Peter Groves was a free African American man. This paper is a fragment of his will which is recorded in the Chatham County Court House.
L.J. Guilmartin & Co. vs. R.M. McCall, 1871
Interrogatories to be used in the case.
Edward J. harden, 1839-1849
Notices that drafts are due for payment, signed by Edward J. Harden, Notary Public.
John Hill, 1876
V.E. McLendon to W.W. Paine?, Pearson, Ga., March 28, 1876. 3 p. ALS. Requesting professional services in the case of John Hill's indebtedness to Jonathan Ashley.
Irwin County, Ga., 1857, 8.0 items.
Lists of land owners in Irwin County showing NO., Dist., names of persons and county of residence.
John C. Jacobsohn vs. Thomas H. Beasley, 1872-1873, 3.0 items.
Papers regarding judgment and payment of costs by W.W. Paine, Plaintiff's Attorney.
E.A. Jelks et al vs. Heirs of T.S.T. Knight, 1881
Bill for injunction.
Thomas H. Keeger estate: account book, 1857-1861
In account with A.A. Smets, Trustee.
Thomas H. Kreeger estate: papers, 1857-1862, 11.0 items.
Correspondence: account with John Scudder; execution for taxes on estate of George Herb to debt of T.H. Keeger and children; H. Kreeger (named); warrant of appraisement to A.A. Smets for the estate of Thomas H. Kreeger; vouchers. One letter and one package of vouchers pertain to the estate of John Jackson, also administered by A.A. Smets.


4Legal cases and other papers, L-M

Land: miscellaneous, 5.0 items.
Application for "Claim by Minor children for Bounty Land," not filled in; form of transfer of land warrants; list of names, unidentified as to county, giving number, district, name, county or residence; two sheets of notes regarding land, unidentified.
Little Minnie Mission, Savannah, 1881
Aminta E. Green to W.W. Paine, Savannah, February 14, 1881. 4 p. ALS. Regarding the establishment of the Little Minnie Mission for the benefit of orphaned or neglected infants.
Ms. Patrick Laughlin, 1869, 8.0 items.
"Letters from W.A. Pardee in relation to matters between him and Mrs. Laughlin & account on same," written to W.W. Paine; "Letters from Col. Peeples in relation to Mrs. Laughlin's claim and other papers.
John M.B. Lovell, 1874, 3.0 items.
Account of W.W. Paine in the matter of a bill of interpleaded in Chatham County Superior Court, John M.B. Lovell, Stake holder; Joseph H. Baldwin and George W. Lamar, claimants.
Maas & Heyman, 1855
Moses Bettman vs. Adolphus H. Maas and Edward Heyman (Maas & Heyman), suit to recover debt.
Daniel McCranie, 1867, 3.0 items.
Interrogatory and testimony of Daniel McCranie in the case for his ejectment from certain lots in Dodge County.
Kenneth McLea & Co., 1865-1872
Kenneth McLea of New York came to Savannah circa 1865 and started the firm Kenneth McLea & Co., commission and provision merchants. The parent firm, Kenneth McLea & Co. in New York City remained in business there; James H. Carter managed the business in Savannah. W.W. Paine was the attorney for the firm. When the firm ceased operation in Savannah in 1868, the papers were left with Paine in order for him to collect sums due the business.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: letter book, July 12, 1867-March 25, 1868
It contains some business accounts. The back part of the book was used by Frank F. Dodd for a few letters and accounts, 1867, and poetry.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: letters and other papers of supplies, 1865-1868, 142.0 items.
Arranged alphabetically by name. Folder 59 contains A-K. Folder 60 contains letters to and from Kenneth McLea & Co., 1865-1867. The letter of September 1, 1865 gives information on exports and imports into Savannah of cotton, rice, naval stores, timber, lumber, coal, salt, crockery, manufacturers, iron, fish, sugar, molasses and a general discussion of harbor facilities - vessels, wharfage, pilotage, labor, etc. Folder 61 contains Ma-U.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: Horace Williams, 1866
Horace Williams was the overseer for cutting staves in South Carolina at Red Bluff and McCoy's Bluff. The papers include lists of laborers; receipts for wages paid, for their passage across Savannah River, and for freight charges. There are some receipts for payment for goods purchased by Williams.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: letters and other papers of customers, 1866-1868, 32.0 items.
Alphabetical by name: Isaac Aiken of Darien; Charles Barnard, Jacksonville, Fla.; Antonio Gatzgens & Co., Matanzas, Cuba; E.D. Hendry; Mrs. Sarah H. Maxwell, Rose Dhu (Rosedew) plantation, Chatham County (supplier of cotton and customer); William A. Pardee (Charlton & Pardee), Valdosta, Ga.; John H. Thomas, Savannah; L. Warnock, Jacksonville, Fla.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: W.W. Paine, 1867-1872, 19.0 items.
Power of Attorney to W.W. Paine to collect debts due Kenneth McLea & Co.; lists of those owing money with amounts due; personal letters. The letters of McLea to Paine from London, 1869-1870, relate to land speculation in Georgia.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: accounts, receipts, etc., 1866-1867, 19.0 items.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: Freight and wharf payments, 1866-1867, 38.0 items.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: Licenses, tax notices, 1866-1867, 6.0 items.
City of Savannah licenses; U.S. Internal Revenue licenses and tax notices.
Kenneth McLea & Co.: miscellaneous, 1866, 7.0 items.
Certificate and other papers from Liverpool Underwriters' Association appointing Kenneth McLea their agent in Savannah; Savannah Prices Current, September 1, 1866; receipt to Kenneth McLea for pew rent in St. John's Church.
A.T. McLeod vs. Coffin & Weathersbee, 1869-1870, 15.0 items.
Suit for Attachment in Montgomery County: letters, extracts of records, etc.
Macon & Brunswick Railroad vs. Joseph H. Smith and Arthur Morgan, 1874, 14.0 items.
Declaration, interrogatory, notes, etc. Includes letter from William M. Wadley, President of the Central Rail Road & Banking Co. of Georgia, stating the agreement of that railroad with the M. & B. R.R.
W.H. Mars, W.B. Bell vs. W.H. Mars: defendant's testimony, undated
William N. Marsh et al vs. William H. Burroughs, 1871
Supplemental bill for a suit in equity regarding Merchants and Planters Bank of Savannah.
J.C. Maund, 1872-1876, 11.0 items.
Letters of Maund and others in the case of John O. Guinn vs. John McDonough.
Wallace H. Millen, 1845, 2.0 p.
Bond for title to house and lots in Thomasville, W.H. Millen to Thomas J. Youngblood, trustee for Mrs. Frances V. Brown.
H. Miller & Brother, 1868, 2.0 items.
Miscellaneous accounts.


5Legal cases and other papers, Mo-W

Biggers and John Mobley, 1867-1873, 3.0 items.
Account, Biggers Mobley to Cooper & McArthur, 1867; receipt for Hartridge & Chisholm for note of John Mobley, 1868; John Mobley to W.W. Paine regarding receipt noted above, 1871; Biggers Mobley to W.W. Paine regarding his case, 1873.
Crawford Monroe, 1871
Claim of Crawford Monroe of Atlanta before the U.S. Commissioner of Claims for property taken for the use of the U.S. Army. Printed form filled in.
Montgomery County, Ga., 1861
"Brief of Title to Lands on Swift & Rocky Creeks."
Morrell & Mercer vs. Latimer & Weaver, 1874
Interrogatories for a witness in a case in Appling County Superior Court.
J.A. Morris, 1861-1871, 3.0 items.
Claims for payment for services in the Eighth U.S. Census (1860).
James Myers et al vs. Alexander Fraser et al, 1879-1882, 17.0 items.
James Myers and members of the Mount Olive Society suit to recover box of money belonging to the Society, in the possession of Alexander Fraser. The papers include lists of members of the Society of the plaintiffs and defendants, petitions of the plaintiffs, disclaimers of Alexander Fraser, and others, brief, decision, etc. Mt. Olive Society was an African American organization.
Orff, Watkins & Co. vs. M.G. Willcox & Sons, 1871-1873, 5.0 items.
M.G. Willcox & Son in account with Orff, Watkins & Co., for merchandise, 1871; John Willcox to W.W. Paine, 1873, transmitting deeds; Livingston & Hendrix, Station 10, M. & B. R.R., ordering dry goods from Orff & Watkins of Savannah, and bill for same, 1873; Statement of Watkins, Nelson & Co., to Livingston & Hendrix for merchandise, 1876.
Padelford, Fay & Co., 1859
Padelford, Fay & Co. to S. Alexander Smith. Savannah, March 2, 1859. Regarding payments on stock in the Merchants & Planters Bank.
W.W. Paine: letters, 1868-1882, 14.0 items.
Most of the letters are to Paine regarding legal matters.
W.W. Paine: miscellaneous notes on legal cases, and a plat of land in Tattnall County, 1860-1874 and undated, 22.0 items.
W.W. Paine: bills and receipts, 1869-1882, 10.0 items.
Most for legal fees.
W.W. Paine: miscellaneous, 4.0 items.
Lists of names in columns headed Paine (W.W.), Humphreys (John), Fletcher (Wiley). Regarding an election?
Pensions, etc. for war service, U.S., 1846-1878, 11.0 items.
Correspondence and other papers for pensions for the following: Mr. Goff, war not specified (letter by John Macpherson Berrien, 1846); William Black of S.C., 3rd Seminole War; Joseph Harvey of Savannah for bounty land; Caroline le Stults and Charlotte S. Davis; William Bandy, Florida War, bounty land; Mrs. Peggy Smith; Irvin S. Roberts of Barnwell District, S.C., Revolution; Mrs. Susan D. Habersham, widow of Joseph Habersham, Jr., War of 1812; Samuel B. Wilson, U.S. Army in Civil War; Act Granting Pensions to the Survivors of the War of 1812...and to Their Widows (1871).
Charles R. Platen vs. the Ordinary of Chatham County, 1875
Suit for balance due on work done for the County.
W.A. Ransom & Co. vs. J.T. Latimer and Millard W. Surrency (Latimer & Surrency of Appling County), 1875, 2.0 items.
Suit to recover debt. Also petition of A.P. Surrency to recover debt due him by Latimer & Surrency, 1875.
W.P. Renfroe, 1872-1873, 9.0 items.
Bankruptcy case.
Rice Planters Association, Savannah, 1880, 2.0 items.
Paine's accounts for legal services.
Henry Roberts, 1881-1882, 8.0 items.
Claims of Eva Roberts, widow of Henry Roberts, for his services in Co. G., 103 Regt. Colored Inf. Vols. (Union). Letter of Sen. Joseph E. Brown, February 15, 1881 also mentions claims of Robert Wade and Fortune Stephens, both African American.
Harriet Sanchez, 1880, 2.0 items.
Regarding her claim to a lot in Savannah. She was an African American woman.
Levi H. Scott vs. Alexander Smith, 1873, 5.0 items.
Suit for debt.
Gordon H. Smets et al vs. Exrs. Of Alexander A. Smets, 1864
Suit in equity.
E.J. Smith vs. Shelden P. Smith, 1871
Statement of Miss E.J. Smith of Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. to Shelden P. Smith for tuition and expenses of Lizzie Smith.
A.N. Sollee, 1878, 2.0 items.
Letters of A.N. Sollee of Savannah to W.M. Hammond of Thomasville, Ga. regarding claims against the insolvent firm of A.M. Sloan & Co. ? Sollee had been a partner in the firm.
Ebenezer Starnes and William W. Paine vs. Calvin Quinn, 1847
Trover in Telfair County Superior Court.
Peter Stotesbury, 1873-1876, 6.0 items.
Letters and papers regarding his claim for cotton taken by the United States, and his case against F.M. Helmley.
Telfair County: land owned by Indiana, 1844-1874, 19.0 items.
Letters and legal papers pertaining to lands in Telfair County, Ga., owned by the State of Indiana and individuals in Indiana, bought form the Georgia Lumber Co.
Telfair County: miscellaneous, 1816, 1872, 4.0 items.
Petition of John Everett to recover debt due him by James Parramore; receipt to William Ryals from the U.S. Internal Revenue for the tax on his business as a wholesale liquor dealer in Temperance, Telfair County, 1872; list of land owners in Telfair County, 1851, giving name, number, and district of land, district and county of residence of owner.
Thomas vs. Bennett, 1875-1878, 31.0 items.
Solomon and Colding Thomas' suit for ejectment against Richard Bennett; letters and legal papers.
Dr. Charles W. Torrey, 1873, 21.0 items.
Letters and other papers regarding land for sale in Georgia belonging to the estate of Joseph Torrey.
U.S. vs. James S. Gregory et al, 1878
Petition of the U.S. vs. James S. Gregory, Thomas J. Head and Thomas V. Smith for breach of obligation bond for Gregory's brandy distillery in Monroe County, Ga.
U.S. vs. Holcombe et al, 1869-1875, 3.0 items.
Suit by the U.S. vs. Thomas Holcombe and Hiram Roberts to recover customs receipts of John Boston, former Customs Collector, of whom Holcombe and Roberts were securities. Includes a broadside memorial of Holcombe and Roberts. Also in the file is a note by W.W. Paine regarding Thomas Holcombe vs. O.J. Murray and L. Carrington.
U.S. vs. Minton et al, 1873-1874, 2.0 items.
"Evidence taken on trial of Defts in Emanuel Supr. Court," 1873 (defendants: Green Lamb, William green, Henry T. Mitchell, Thomas McGar, Jefferson Minton, on trial for murder of David Wise); G.J. Minton to W.W. Paine, 1874, regarding witnesses.
U.S. vs. Powell et al, 1875
Petition of Scott Powell in the case of U.S. vs. Robert Powell, Scott Powell and Samuel Varnadoe for conspiracy in violation of a section of the Revised Statues of the United States.
J.E. Van Valkenberg, 1882, 2.0 items.
Notes regarding a bill of exchange drawn on Chris Carley in favor of W.W. Paine.
Edward and Cynthia Varner, 1836
Bill in equity, Jasper County, Ga., Superior Court, on the case of William H. Byron by his guardian, Edward Price vs. Edward and Cynthia Varner et al, on the estate of John Byron.
John E. Walls and Zachariah C. Dotson, 1857
Guardian's Bond, J.E. Walls and Z.C. Dotson to John Bilbo, Ordinary of Chatham County, for the minor children of John E. Walls.
Ware County, Ga., 1878, 2.0 items.
Certificate of William L. Evans, Ex-Tax Receiver of War County regarding lands returned in 1868 to the Tax Collector for default in tax returns, 1878; names of Tax Receiver, Tax Collector and Sheriff of Ware County in 1868.
Wells vs. Schowl, 1848, 1860, 2.0 items.
Fi. fa. For levy on William Schowl of Savannah, 1848; deposition of Philip M. Russell, Justice of the Peace regarding a lot of land levied on as the property of William Schowl in the case of Ashbel Wells vs. William Schowl, regarding the above fi. fa. From City Court, 1860.
Wild lands, 1870, 1879, 2.0 items.
Broadside supplement to The Atlanta Intelligencer, listing the wild lands (unimproved) in Georgia, unreturned or in default for taxes; J.S. Logan to W.W. Paine, 1879, regarding Paine's claims to wild land lots.
William J. Willcox vs. Obidiah Johnson, undated
Answers of William H. Tison of Savannah to interrogatories in the case of Willcox vs. Johnson regarding sale of cotton.
Martin H. Williams, L.L. Williams, J. Williams, Gordon Williams, 1874-1875 and undated, 3.0 items.
M.H. Williams vs. Christopher White, suit for debt, 1874; M.H. Williams vs. Adeline Raetz (formerly Adelaide Immen) suit on account, 1875; notes by W.W. Paine on Heiss & Grahm vs. L.L. and J. Williams, Epstein and Epstien vs. same, Padelford & Fey vs. Gordon Williams, undated.
W.W. Williamson, 1876, 2.0 items.
Two letters of W.W. Williamson to W.W. Paine, May 24, July 19, 1876, Thomas Johnson vs. T.W. White, a case involving city lots in Savannah.