Thomas Rasberry papers
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Thomas Rasberry papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Rasberry, Thomas, approximately 1705-1762.
Title: Thomas Rasberry papers
Dates: 1758-1761
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 folder, 1 volume)
Identification: MS 0647

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Rasberry (circa 1705-1762) came to Georgia ca. 1751. He was a merchant, a member of the Commons House of Assembly (1758-1762), and a member of several commissions for Savannah and Christ Church Parish. He was also a large land owner. Rasberry married a woman named Ann, who remarried to John Milledge I after Rasberry's death. Together they had two daughters, Anne and Esther.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Thomas Rasberry's letter book. It mostly concerns orders to English suppliers for goods for his store in Savannah and describes the economics of the period. It also includes comments on colonial Savannah and its inhabitants. Also in the collection are photocopies of a document grating guardianship of Esther to her mother, Ann Rasberry, after Thomas Rasberry's death, inventories of Thomas Rasberry's estate, and an Inventory of Appraisement of the Goods and Chattels belonging to the late Thomas Rasberry.

Index Terms

Consumer goods.
Estate inventories.
Guardian and ward.
Letter books.
Milledge, Ann Rasberry.
Rasberry, Thomas, approximately 1705-1762.
Spouse's share.

Location of Originals

Originals of the photocopied documents located in the Department of Archives & History.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas Rasberry papers, MS 647, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Department of Archives & History, Unknown (addenda).


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.

Publication Note

Letter book published as Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: The Letter Book of Thomas Rasberry, 1758-1761, v.13 (1959).


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

Container List



1Letter book, 1758 August 2-1761 February 9


2Photocopy of document granting guardianship of Esther, minor daughter of Thomas Rasberry (deceased) to her mother, Ann Rasberry, 1766 June 18


3Photocopy (2) of inventories of the estate of Thomas Rasberry


4Photocopy of An Inventory of Appraisement of the Goods and Chattels belonging to the late Thomas Rasberry, deceased, taken this 3 Day of April 1762