Mordecai Sheftall papers
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Mordecai Sheftall papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Sheftall, Mordecai, 1735-1797.
Title: Mordecai Sheftall papers
Dates: 1780-1796
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0725

Biographical/Historical Note

Mordecai Sheftall (1735-1797) was born in Savannah, a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Sheftall who emigrated to Georgia in 1733. He served as magistrate of Chatham County and as Deputy Commissioner of Issues for the Continental troops in Georgia. He and his son, Sheftall Sheftall, were taken prisoner in 1779, but exchanged and released in 1780.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a signed memorandum regarding Mordecai and Sheftall Sheftall's paroles, a document describing Mordecai's two imprisonments, and two memorials regarding legal issues.

Index Terms

Georgia Historical Society.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Georgia. General Assembly.
Howe, Robert, 1732-1786.
Official documents.
Sheftall, Mordecai, 1735-1797.
Sheftall, Sheftall, 1762-1847.
Telfair, Edward, approximately 1735-1807.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Mordecai Sheftall papers, MS 725, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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

Published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Selected Eighteenth Century Manuscripts, v.20 (1980).


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

Container List

Item 1: Memorandum that he presented his parole, canceled as he received it at Antigua, 1780 December 19 ( 1.0 p. )
States that his son's parole was presented at the same time.
Item 2: Memorial of Mordecai Sheftall to the President of Congress, 1780
Stating his service until taken prisoner, confined at Sunbury; again taken prisoner on way to Charles Town and sent to the West Indies. Incomplete, retained copy; part torn off.
Item 3: "The Delegates of the state of Georgia request the Court to arrange the Evidence to be taken in the case of Major Genl. Howe in the following Manner", 1782 January 3 ( 2.0 p. )
Questions. In hand of Edward Telfair, addressed to Mordecai Sheftall.
Item 4: Copies of memorials of Mordecai Sheftall to the General Assembly of Georgia, one not dated, the other dated Louisville, 1796 February 12 ( 4.0 p. )
Asking relief for money and supplies he furnished the militia; statement of his war services. Whereabouts of original not known. In one folio.