Hopkins family collection of Whitehall Plantation records
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Hopkins family collection of Whitehall Plantation records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hopkins, Anna Meuer, 1894-1970.
Creator: Hopkins, William Lathrop, 1895-1944.
Title: Hopkins family collection of Whitehall Plantation records
Dates: 1759-1903
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0863

Biographical/Historical Note

William Lathrop Hopkins (1895-1944) was born in New Jersey, the son of Richard Hopkins. In 1921 he inherited Whitehall Plantation in Savannah, Georgia, from his father, Richard Hopkins. He married Anna Katherine Meuer (1894-1970) in 1925.

Whitehall Plantation, located 6 miles north of Savannah, belonged to a number of well-known Georgians during the 18th and 19th centuries. John Musgrove's widow sold the plantation to William Francis, a large landowner, before 1754. He died in 1763 and willed 559 acres of the plantation to his brother, John Francis, with the stipulation that Francis must move to Savannah; should he not, the land would pass to James Port. Port inherited the land and sold it to Isaac Young. Young's widow, Martha, and her son, Isaac, sold most of their share of the plantation to John Morel, James Seagrove, and Nathaniel Pendleton, all trustees for Ann Valleau. Valleau married Peter Morel and they lived on the plantation for nine years. In 1800, the Morels sold their land to Thomas Gibbons (1757-1826). After Gibbons' death, his son, William Gibbons (1794-1852) inherited Whitehall Plantation. During his ownership of the land, William had a canal constructed in Pipemakers Swamp in order to straighten Pipemakers Creek on the boundary of Whitehall Plantation. Upon his death, the land passed to Gibbons' son, William Heyward Gibbons, who then passed the land to his nephew, William Gibbons Lathrop. Per William Heyward Gibbons' will, his brother, Francis, became owner of the estate upon the early death of William Gibbons Lathrop. Francis Gibbons died in 1909 and left the plantation to his sister, Louise. When Louise died, she left Whitehall Plantation to her cousin, Richard Hopkins. ( Savannah River Plantations, Georgia Historical Society: 1947).

Whitehall Plantation incorporated many tracts of land under different names, including Grantham, Orange Valley, Fairlawn, Shaftesbury, Argyle Island, and Caton. The entirety became known as Whitehall Plantation while under the ownership of the Lathrop family.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of records pertaining to the ownership of Whitehall Plantation throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Included are deeds, leases, mortgages, surveys, and an agreement for cutting a canal at Pipemakers Creek. A large portion of the documents are deeds for land sold to William Gibbons. Individuals named in these documents include William Francis, Joseph Gibbons, James Port, John Barnard, Isaac Young, Martha Young, Josiah Bryan, John Morel, James Seagrove, Nathaniel Pendleton, King George II, Joseph Woods, Francis Davies, Daniel Course, Peter Deveaux, Edward Lloyd, Thomas Gibbons, John Irvine, Thomas Norton, Hannah Houstoun, Joseph Bryan, William Dotson, George W. Evans, Elizabeth Course, Caroline Course, James Morrison, Eliza Morrison, James J.W. Spencer, Charles Gregory, Thomas G. Davies, Richard Dotson, Edward Keller, Levicy Keller, Margaret Keller, John Keller, Thomas Wolf, Hiram Roberts, William Gibbons, William Dotson, Ann E. Spencer, Paul Keller, James B. Hunks, George J. Zipperer, Thomas Wolf, Catherine E. Wolf, Ebenezer Jencks, Francis Lathrop, and Sarah T. McAllister.


Index Terms

Agreements.
Canals--Georgia.
Deeds.
Hopkins, Anna Meuer, 1894-1970.
Hopkins, William Lathrop, 1895-1944.
Leases.
Mortgages.
Plantations--Georgia.
Surveys (documents)
Whitehall Plantation (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The Hopkins family owned Whitehall Plantation at the time of the acquisition of materials.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Hopkins family collection of Whitehall Plantation records, MS 863, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Lathrop and Anna Meuer Hopkins, date unknown.


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

 

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11William Francis, certificate, grant from King George II, 1759 July 12
 

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12Joseph Woods, land grant, 1761 July 7
 

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13John Barnard, land grant, 1797 April 7
 

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14Joseph Gibbons, extracts from will, 1769 July 16
 

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15James Port, deed to Isaac Young, 1770 May 8
 

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16James Port, deed to Isaac Young, 1770 May 9
 

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17John Barnard, land leased to Josiah Bryan, 1772 May 10
 

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18John Barnard, land deed to Josiah Bryan, 1772 May 11
 

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19Isaac Young and Martha Young, lease to John Morel, James Seagrove, and Nathaniel Pendleton, 1791 July 9
 

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110Martha Young and Isaac Young, Mary Young, land deed to Francis Davies, 1792 August 23
 

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111Martha Young and Isaac Young, land deed to Francis Davies, 1794 June 2
 

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112"Sale of Confiscated Land to Daniel Course, Land Owned by Robert Porteous and sold by State to Samuel Hammond and Resoled", 1794 July 26
 

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113Edward Lloyd, land deed to Peter Deveaux, 1794 August 8
 

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214Martha Young and Isaac Young, lease land to Edward Lloyd. Lease transferred to Thomas Gibbons, by Edward Lloyd, 1795 February 19; 1796 January 5
 

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215Martha Young, will, 1795 March 14
 

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216John Irvine vs. Martha Young, 1795 September 17
 

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217Isaac Young, land deed to Thomas Gibbons, 1795 October 23
 

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218Thomas Norton, deed to Thomas Gibbons, 1796 March 7
 

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219Hannah Houstoun and Joseph Bryan, land deed to Thomas Gibbons, 1796 September 17
 

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220Francis Davis, sale of land to Thomas Gibbons, 1798 February 5
 

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221Peter Morel and Ann Seagrove Morel, James Morel, John Morel, deed to Thomas Gibbons, 1800 March 31
 

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222Edward Lloyd Davies, agreement between Thomas Gibbons, 1804 April 26
 

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223Edward Lloyd and Edward Lloyd Davies, memo agreement between Thomas Gibbons, June 27, 1804
 

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224Peter Shick (estate of Rebecca Lloyd), land deed to Thomas Gibbons, 1805 June 12
 

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225Mary Davis, land deed to William Dotson, 1807 December 28
 

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226Certificate re: confiscated property in Georgia (Robert Porteous, 1794; purchased by Daniel Course), 1813 March 31
 

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227George W. Evans, Elizabeth Course, and Caroline Course, land deed to Thomas Gibbons. Confiscated from Robert Porteous and sold by the State to Daniel Course, undated
 

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228George W. Evans, Elizabeth (executor and executrix), of Daniel Course bargain and sale to Thomas Gibbons (Orange Valley), 1815 April 20
 

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229James Morrison and Eliza Morrison, land deed to Christian F. Hucks, 1819 November 16
 

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230James J.W. Spencer, mortgage to Charles Gregory, executor of Thomas G. Davies, 1823 August 5
 

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231Thomas gibbons, agreement between executors of Thomas Young re: cutting canal at Pipemakers Creek, 1834 March 14
 

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232Richard Dotson, survey of land in Chatham County, 1835 January 2
 

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333Edward Keller, deed of gift to Levicy Keller, Margaret Keller, John Keller and etc.
 

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334Thomas Wolf, land transfer to Hiram Roberts, 1837 April 3
 

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335Hiram Roberts, land deed to William Gibbons, 1837 April 6
 

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336William Dotson, deed of gift to William Dotson, Richard Dotson, 1837 November 4
 

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337Ann E. Spencer (executrix), application to Court of Ordinary, Chatham County, to sell land, 1839 May 6
 

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338Ann E. Spencer (executrix), deed to Paul Keller, 1839 November 20
 

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339Edward Keller, deed to William Gibbons, 1840 March 12
 

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340Paul Keller, land sale to William Gibbons, 1840 March 12
 

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341William Gibbons, land deed from James B. Hunks, George J. Zipperer, Thomas Wolf, Catharine E. Wolf, 1842 March 7
 

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342William Gibbons, agreement between George J. Zeppero (Zipperer), 1846 December 11
 

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343Ebenezer Jencks and Julia Ann Jencks, land deed to William Gibbons, 1848 January 6
 

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344Richard Dotson, memo of agreement between William Gibbons, 1848 November 27
 

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345Richard Dotson, land transfer to William Gibbons, 1849 February 10
 

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346Harden and Lawton, receipted bill to William Gibbons, 1849 February 21
 

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347Henry Hull and Co., 1881 August 29
 

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348W.H. Gibbons, letter to Henry Hull, 1881 December 2
 

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349Martha S. Hurlbut and Frank M. Hurlbut, articles of agreement between Louise Gibbons Lathrop (Morristown, N.J.), 1903 November 10
 

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350Joseph Wood and Catholina Wood, memo of sale of land to Rebecca Lloyd (née Holmes), undated
 

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351Francis Lathrop and Sarah T. McAllister, Chatham Co. map exhibit "2-G", 1838
 

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352Bay Lane, proposed extension through Oglethorpe Ward, "Expenses of my Yamacraw Plan", undated
 

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353William Posey, survey plat of land for William Dotson, undated