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John Stevens papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Stevens, John, 1804-1877.
Title: John Stevens papers
Dates: 1825-1887
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0758

Biographical/Historical Note

John Stevens (1804-1877) was born in Liberty County, Georgia. He was the son of Major John and Amarinthia Munro Stevens.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two personal narratives, a sketch of Midway Church and the surrounding area, the genealogy of Henry Dana Stevens (John Steven's nephew), portions of three letters, and a photograph of the Stevens coat-of-arms. The first personal narrative, entitled "Personal Narratives of John Stevens of Liberty County, Ga., copied from his diary written in his handwriting," is a bound folio that contains typed copies of "Genl. Lafayette's Visit to Savannah...1825," and "Personal Narrative of Sherman's Raid in Liberty County, Ga. Atrocities of the Enemy, etc. by John Stevens, an Eye-Witness." The second personal narrative is a manuscript copy of his narrative of Sherman's raid in Liberty County, dated Quitman, Nov. 5, 1877. The last page of the narrative contains a poem "Composed by me on the bank of the Suwanee River in 1865," signed "Refugee." The sketch of Midway Church and its surrounding area is unsigned and undated, and is missing page 1; it ends with the names of Liberty County military companies which served in the Civil War. Henry Dana Stevens' genealogy was prepared for insertion in Numsell's American Ancestry, although it is not included in the 8 volume published by Numsell. This collection also includes portions of three incomplete letters by Julia King regarding the Munro and Stevens families.


Index Terms

Genealogies (histories)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Heraldry.
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834.
Letters (correspondence)
Liberty County (Ga.)
Munro family.
Photographs.
Savannah (Ga.)
Sherman, William T., (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.
Sketches.
Stevens family.
Stevens, John, 1804-1877.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Destruction and pillage.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from John Steven’s grand-nephew.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Stevens papers, MS 758, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Henry D. Stevens, Jr., 1964.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 
Item 1: "Personal Narratives of John Stevens of Liberty County, Ga., copied from his diary written in his handwriting." Bound folio containing typed copies of "Genl. Lafayette's Visit to Savannah...1825;" and "Personal Narrative of Sherman's Raid in Liberty County Ga. Atrocities of the Enemy, etc. by John Stevens, an Eye-Witness"
 
Item 2: "Personal Narrative of Sherman's Raid in Liberty County, Ga. Atrocities of the Enemy, etc., by John Stevens, an Eye-Witness." Manuscript copy dated Quitman, 1877 November 5
Last page contains a poem "Composed by me on the bank of the Suwanee River in 1865," signed "Refugee."
 
Item 3: Undated and unsigned MS Sketch of Midway Church and the area
Page 1 is missing. Ends with names of Liberty County military companies which served in the Civil War.
 
Item 4: Genealogy of Henry Dana Stevens prepared for insertion in Numsell's American Ancestry
Henry D. Stevens was the nephew of John Stevens. This genealogy is not in the 8 published volumes by Numsell.
 
Items 5-7: Portions of three incomplete letters by Julia King regarding the Munro and Stevens families
 
Item 8: Photograph of the Stevens coat of arms