Wilkes County, Georgia subpoenas, writ, and proclamation
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Wilkes County, Georgia subpoenas, writ, and proclamation

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Wilkes County, Georgia subpoenas, writ, and proclamation
Dates: 1794-1812
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0867

Biographical/Historical Note

Wilkes County was laid out in 1777 from Creek and Cherokee Indian land cessions. It is one of the original colonies, delineated by the Georgia Constitution of 1777. It is named for the Honorable John Wilkes, member of Parliament and a champion for American liberty and a free press.


Scope and Content Note

This collection was assembled by the Georgia Historical Society and contains legal documents pertaining to cases from Wilkes County, Georgia. Item 1 is the acknowledgement of a proclamation by Governor George Mathews ordering the state militia to pursue and apprehend Elijah Clarke who had trespassed onto Native American lands and tried to set up his own independent nation, the Trans-Oconee Republic. Item 2 is a Writ of Fieri facias against Robert Carter after he was defeated in his case against Lipham and Moore. The writ entitled the sheriff to sell Carter's property until the balance owed, £21-7s-10d (21 pounds, 7 shillings, 10 pence) plus court costs of £2-17s-9d (2 pounds, 17 shillings, 9 pence), was paid in full. Item 3 is a summons for John Connor (defendant) to appear in Inferior court on the first Tuesday in October 1795, to give testimony in the case of William Layne v John Connor. Conner faced charges of assault and battery. Item 4 is also a subpoena for Henry Holtzclaw's appearance in court on March 4, 1812, in the case of James Montfort v Timothy Holtzclaw.


Index Terms

Assault and battery.
Clarke, Elijah, 1733-1799.
Georgia--History--1775-1865.
Indians of North America--Georgia.
Mathews, George, 1739-1812.
Proclamations.
Subpoenas.
Trans-Oconee Republic.
Wilkes County (Ga.)
Writs.

Location of Originals

Item 1, Proceedings of the magistrates in Wilkes County, 1794 is a contemporary copy of original from the courthouse files.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Item 1, unknown. Items 2-4 were acquired from the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Wilkes County, Georgia subpoenas, writ, and proclamation, MS 867, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of State Historical Society of Missouri, 1955 (items 2-4), Unknown (item 1).


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: Proceedings of the magistrates in Wilkes County, Ga., 1794 August 19 ( 1.0 p. ) (Manuscript copy of original from the courthouse files.)
Regarding Elijah Clarke's Trans-Oconee settlement.
 
Item 2: Writ of Fieri facias in case of Lipham and Moore v Robert Carter for damages, 1795 August 20 ( 1.0 p. )
 
Item 3: Subpoena for John Connor's appearance in court in case of William Layne v John Connor, assault and battery ( 1.0 p. )
 
Item 4: Subpoena for Henry Holtzclaw's appearance in court in case of James Montfort v Timothy Holtzclaw, 1812 March 12 ( 1.0 p. )