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William Shaw legal documents

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Shaw, William, 1754-1822.
Title: William Shaw legal documents
Dates: 1736-1791
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0724

Biographical/Historical Note

William Shaw (1754-1822) was born in England. He was an attorney-at-law in 96 District, Edgefield District, and Charleston, South Carolina, before moving his practice to Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of William Shaw's volume of legal forms, including indentures, bonds, agreements, assignments, powers of attorney, a notice of declaration, and affidavits, from Cumberland County, Great Britain, 1778. In some of the documents the names and dates are blank. Pages 162-167 contain a copy of the will of William Singleton, Esq. of Rigg, Cumberland County. Pages 169-233 contain copies of deeds, mortgages, leases, and releases, 1736-1791, to property in the estate of William Shaw in North Carolina and South Carolina. Pages 233-236 contain copies of the wills of John Morris of Charleston, South Carolina, 1776, and John Corbyn Morris of Georgetown, South Carolina, 1782. John Morris was the former owner of much of Shaw's property; there are lists of Morris' holdings in North Carolina and South Carolina. Pages 1-2 of the volume are missing.

Index Terms

Cumberland (England)
Legal aid--Great Britain.
Legal documents.
Real property--North Carolina.
Real property--South Carolina--Charleston.
Real property--South Carolina--Georgetown.
Shaw, William, 1754-1822.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

This volume is in extremely poor condition and cannot be used.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Shaw legal documents, MS 724, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Chatham County Superior Court Clerk and Commission, 1951.


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: Volume of legal documents, 1736-1791