Emma Caruthers Preston letters
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Emma Caruthers Preston letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Preston, Emma Caruthers, b. approximately 1831.
Title: Emma Caruthers Preston letters
Dates: 1862-1879
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (4 folders)
Identification: MS 0633

Biographical/Historical Note

Emma Caruthers Preston was the daughter of Dr. William Alexander Caruthers of Lexington, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia, and Louisa Catherine Gibson Caruthers of Savannah. In 1851, she married William Frederick Preston (1823-1884), the son of the Rev. Williard Preston (born in Massachusetts), minister at Independent Presbyterian Church. William F. Preston was born in Vermont, but lived most of his life in Savannah, where he was a cotton broker. After her husband's death in 1884, Emma Preston moved from Savannah to Memphis, Tennessee.

A sister of Dr. William Alexander Caruthers, Sarah Lyle Caruthers, married John Thomas Lewis Preston of Virginia; her sister-in-law was Mrs. William Armistead Cocke, who lived at Oakland plantation in Cumberland County, Virginia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters written to Emma Caruthers Preston, 1862-1879. Most of the letters are from her aunt, E.R. Cocke and William Frederick Preston. Some of the letters include receipts and financial statements; one letter includes financial statements concerning the employment of Emma Preston as the housekeeper at the Bishopthorpe School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Index Terms

Bishopthorpe School (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Financial records.
Letters (correspondence)
Preston, Emma Caruthers, b. approximately 1831.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Emma Caruthers Preston letters, MS 633, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Unknown, 1966.


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



1Correspondence, 1862-1867 ( 17.0 items. )
Includes letters to Emma Caruthers Preston from her aunt E.R. Cocke, written from Lexington, Va., Oakland in Cumberland Co., Va., Baltimore. One letter is to Mrs. Emma Preston from G.W.C. Lee, written from Lexington, Va., 1866. A receipt for money from R.T. Gibson, payment in part for legacy from Margaret Dillon, signed Kate Cluskey.


2Correspondence, 1868-1879 ( 18.0 items. )
Includes letters to Emma C. Preston from E.R. Cocke, written from Oakland, 1868-1872 and from William Frederick Preston, her husband, written from Savannah, 1879. Also receipts and financial statements concerning employment of Mrs. Emma Preston as housekeeper at Bishopthorpe School in Bethlehem, Pa., August and September, 1876.


3Correspondence, undated ( 16.0 items. )
Includes letters to Emma C. Preston from E.R. Cocke, written from Oakland; Allegheny Springs; and Lexington, Va.


4Correspondence, undated ( 22.0 items. )
Includes letters to Emma C. Preston from E.R. Cocke, written from Oakland; Baltimore; Lexington, Va. Also fragment of a letter to Emma C. Preston from William F. Preston.