Peter Whelan certification
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Peter Whelan certification

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Chatham County (Ga.)
Title: Peter Whelan certification
Dates: 1861
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0856

Biographical/Historical Note

Reverend Peter Whelan (ca. 1800-1871) was born in County Wexford, Ireland. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop England of the Diocese of South Carolina and Georgia and served in several missions in North Carolina and Georgia. He was made Vicar General of the Diocese by Bishop Barry. During the Civil War, he was General Chaplain in Georgia to Tybee Island. He was captured with the Confederate troops at the fall of Fort Pulaski in 1862 and was a prisoner for several months. He is best known for his ministry to the prisoners at the Andersonville, Georgia, stockade from 1864 until the end of the war.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of certification by the Ordinary's Office in Chatham County, Georgia, that Rev. Peter Whelan is the Executor of the late Rt. Rev. John Barry, Roman Catholic Bishop of Savannah. The certification is dated 1861.

Index Terms

Barry, John, Bishop, 1799-1859.
Decedents' estates.
Executors and administrators.
Whelan, Peter, approximately 1800-1871.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop in Charleston, South Carolina.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Peter Whelan certification, MS 856, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1969.


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: Certification, Ordinary's Office, Chatham County, Ga., 1861 July 11 ( 1.0 p. )
Certifying that the Rev. Peter Whelan is the Executor of the late Rt. Rev. John Barry, Roman Catholic Bishop of Savannah.