Thomas Bolton Smith papers
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Thomas Bolton Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Smith, Thomas Bolton, 1800-1825.
Title: Thomas Bolton Smith papers
Dates: 1815-1844
Extent: 0.3 cubic feet (5 folders)
Identification: MS 0744

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Bolton Smith (1800-1825) was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of William Smith and Susan Maria Pinder Smith. He was a student at Sunbury Academy in Liberty County in 1816. In approximately 1820 he formed a co-partnership with William P. Bowen of Savannah to sell merchandise. The co-partnership of Bowen and Smith was dissolved in 1821 and Smith continued the business under his own name. He married Caroline Sophia Rebecca Thomson of the Parish of St. Matthew, Orangeburg District, South Carolina, with whom he had one daughter, Susan E. Smith. His wife and daughter survived him.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, 1815-1844; business records, 1820-1822; and other records, 1816-1830. There are some business letters, as well as family letters in the correspondence. With the exception of two memorandum books and a volume of essays, all of the papers are positive and negative photocopies.

Index Terms

Business enterprises--Georgia--Savannah.
Business letters.
Business records.
Letters (correspondence)
Smith family.
Smith, Thomas Bolton, 1800-1825.

Location of Originals

Original papers in the possession of Mrs. C. Braxton Valentine of Richmond, Virginia, as of 1961.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from descendant of creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Thomas Bolton Smith papers, MS 744, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. C. Braxton Valentine, 1958, 1961.


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, 1815-1823 ( 22.0 items. )
Correspondents: William P. Bowen, Mary Sophie Lewis, Ann Lewis (one has a promissory note of Thomas Massie to Col. John Dickinson, October 6, 1779 on the same photocopy); Thomas Bolton Smith, L.H. Sage, Susan Maria Smith, Maria Anna Pierce.


2Correspondence, 1824 ( 15.0 items. )
Correspondents: James Bozeman, Thomas Bolton Smith, Robert E. Goodwyn, William P. Bowen, James G. Wilson, William Murrow, William Davies.


3Correspondence, 1825-1844 ( 15.0 items. )
Correspondents: Maria Ann Pierce, Thomas Bolton Smith, John L. Thomson, C.F. Matthews (regarding death of Thomas Bolton Smith), E. Orelli, Sarah E.L?, Langdon Cheves, William S. Thomson, J.W. Pinder (brother of Susan Maria Smith).


4Business papers, Bowen & Smith, 1820-1822 ( 3.0 items. )
Memorandum cash book, February 1820-May 1821. Original. Back part of the book contains T.B. Smith's personal accounts, 1821-1824. Deed of dissolution of co-partnership between William P. Bowen and Thomas B. Smith, June 29, 1821. Agreement of Thomas B. Smith for settlement of accounts, March 15, 1822.


5Miscellaneous, 1816-1830 ( 16.0 items. )
Thomas B. Smith's book of essays, 1816 (contains questions discussed in the Juvenile Society, two letters to the Rev. William McWhir and one to the faculty of Sunbury Academy, all re the Academy); deed in trust from Thomas Bolton Smith to William S. Thomson and Charles R. Thomson regarding estate of William Russell Thomson, 1820; lists of purchases and other accounts, 1821-1822; receipts to Thomas B. Smith, 1818-1824; statement of J. & M. Prendergast to Thomas B. Smith for purchases, March 5 182?; deed in trust from Thomas Bolton Smith to William P. Bowen and Joseph W. Pinder regarding the estate of William Russell Thomson, January 17, 1822; notes of amounts due Thomas B. Smith for money loaned by him at card parties, 1823; Power of Attorney, Thomas B. Smith to Edwin P. Starr, 1823; list of purchases, undated; inventory of the estate of Susan M. Smith, undated; 2 poems and an acrostic; "Book of Susan Elizabeth Smith..." (original) which contains poetry; photograph of portrait of Susan Elizabeth Smith (age 5) and her mother, Caroline Sophia Rebecca Thomson Smith.