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William Stephens papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Stephens, William, 1752-1819.
Title: William Stephens papers
Dates: 1781-1818
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0756

Biographical/Historical Note

William Stephens (1752-1819) was born in Savannah, the son of Newdigate and Frances (Milledge) Stephens and grandson of William Stephens, Secretary to the Georgia Trustees in Georgia and Georgia's first president. William Stephens II was an eminent lawyer and jurist, as well of Judge of the U.S. District Court.

Scope and Content Note

Collection contains two items of correspondence, between William Stephens and Seaborn Jones, the other from Nathaniel Pendleton to William Stephens regarding the history of the Yazoo affair. The collection also contains a family compact, listing Stephen's kinsman in various public offices. The document is in the hand of William Harden, and bears a note in the hand of Dolores B. Floyd that states, "Copies by William Harden from memoranda shown him by Philip Box, postmaster at Savannah." Mr. Harden and Mrs. Floyd were librarians at the Georgia Historical Society.

Index Terms

Floyd, Dolores Boisfeuillet, 1887-1966
Harden, William, 1844-1936.
Jones, Seaborn, 1752-1815.
Letters (correspondence)
Stephens family.
Stephens, William, 1752-1819.
Yazoo Fraud, 1795.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Stephens papers, MS 756, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David M. Sherman, 1970 (Item 1); Israel Keech Tefft, Unknown (Item 2).


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: William Stephens to Seaborn Jones. Savannah, 1781 June 24 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding sale of property; mentions several persons.
Item 2: Nathaniel Pendleton to William Stephens. Savannah, 1790 June 4 ( 27.0 p. )
History of the Yazoo affair.
Item 3: Family compact, 1818 ( 3.0 p. )
A document listing kinsmen of Judge Stephens in various public offices.