Alexander Telfair papers
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Alexander Telfair papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Telfair, Alexander, 1789-1832.
Title: Alexander Telfair papers
Dates: 1765-1822
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0790

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Telfair (1789-1832) was a son of Edward Telfair. He was a merchant and planter in Savannah. In addition, he was active in city civic and cultural affairs.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, receipts, certificates, and deeds. Included are a receipt and bill of sale for slaves sold to Alexander Telfair by Sarah G. Telfair; a receipt for 1/2 Carolina hoes bought by Telfair from I.K. Tefft; and minutes from a meeting of the Trustees of the Savannah Theater, 1822. A large portion of the collection concerns Thorn Island plantation, including a certified copy of Alexander Shaw's will (Shaw was a former owner of lands included in the plantation); a release from Thomas Philput to Edward Telfair for 800 acres on the Savannah River; two deeds for land in Barnwell District, South Carolina; a deed from Sarah G. Telfair to Alexander Telfair for Thorn Island plantation, 1818, and a plat of the plantation.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
Plats (maps)
Real property.
Receipts (financial records)
Tefft, I. K., (Israel Keech), 1794-1862.
Telfair, Alexander, 1789-1832.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

The plat of Thorn plantation is very fragile and may not be used.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Alexander Telfair papers, MS 790, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Telfair Hospital Board, 1953; David McCord Wright, 1956; Unknown, date unknown.


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 and other papers, 1807-1822

Edward Telfair to Alexander Telfair. Savannah, 1807 March 16, 1.0 p.
Sending the last payment for college tuition.

Receipt, Sarah G. Telfair to Alexander Telfair. Burke County, 1814 August 17, 1.0 p.
For hire of African Americans.

Bill of sale of slaves to Alexander Telfair by Sarah G. and Margaret C. Telfair and Barack Gibbons, 1814 June 29

Receipts to Alexander Telfair by Mary Telfair, Margaret Telfair and Sarah G. Haig for their portions of Georgia paper money, 1817 January 21

Certificates to Alexander Telfair for tax on whell carriages, 1817 January 8-24, 2.0 p.

Receipt to Alexander Telfair for a year's subscription to the Savannah Gazette, 1817 January 27, 1.0 p.

Receipt to Alexander Telfair for 1/2 doz. Carolina hoes, bought of I.K. Tefft, 1817 February 19, 1.0 p.

F. Walker to Alexander Telfair. Augusta, 1822 February 10, 2.0 p.
Inquiring about a slave named Saunders, the property of Mrs. George Walton.

Thomas Usher Pulaski Charlton to Alexander Telfair. Chatham County Court House, 1822 February 14
Regarding a presentment of the Grand Jury, January Term, 1922, concerning the Court of Ordinary. Telfair's reply as late Foreman written on it.

Minutes of a meeting of the Trustees of the Savannah Theatre, 1822 March 29, 2.0 p.
Unsigned. Regarding the funds of the Trust; mentions payments to William Jay, architect.

Alexander Telfair and other Trustees of the Savannah Theatre to Charles Gilfort, 1822, 1.0 p.
Indenture re lease of lots on which the Theatre was erected. Undated and unsigned.


2Deeds, etc., Thorn Island Plantation, 1765-1818

Certified copy of the will of Alexander Shaw of Colleton County, S.C., 1765 August 6, 1.0 p.
Shaw was a former owner of one of the tracts of the plantation.

Release, Thomas Philput to Edward Telfair, 800 acres on Savannah River, 1799 December 10, 2.0 p.
Philput was also a former owner of some tracts of the plantation.

Deed. Peter Purnel to Benajah Williams, for 41 acres in Barnwell District, S.C., 1808 April 11, 2.0 p.
William was another former owner.

Deed, Sarah G. Telfair and her children (named) to Alexander Telfair, the Thorn Island plantation of 850 acres, 1818 March 24, 2.0 p.

Deed, Samuel G. Bailey to Alexander Telfair, 20 acres in Barnwell District, S.C., 1818 April 23, 3.0 p.


3Plat of Thorn plantation