Bourquin family legal documents and notes
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Bourquin family legal documents and notes

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Savannah Bank and Trust Company (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Bourquin family legal documents and notes
Dates: 1892-1928
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 1202

Biographical/Historical Note

Gugie Bourquin (1837-1902) was the son of Benedict Bourquin (1795-1875) and was the administrator of his father's estate. Gugie Bourquin was murdered by persons unknown on November 2, 1902. After his death, the estate, which consisted of a large amount of property in Chatham County, was claimed by Guillemain Bourquin (1869-1933) by virtue of a deed of his father to him. His brothers, Polignac (b. 1870) and Elliott (b. 1876) claimed the estate, the former stating that he was the heir at law. There were some allegations that Guillemain was illegitimate and had no right to inherit. There were years of litigation between the brothers over the property; the animosity was so intense that Elliott and Polignac attempted to murder Guillemain in 1921.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of legal documents and notes concerning the litigation of Elliott and Polignac Bourquin versus Guillemain (Gulie) Bourquin over the division of their father's property. The papers of 1892-1899 relate to Gugie Bourquin; the remainder relate to the various suits between the brothers.

Index Terms

Bourquin family.
Bourquin, Gugie, 1837-1902.
Bourquin, Guillemain, 1869-1933.
Decedents' estates.
Inheritance and succession.
Legal documents.
Savannah Bank and Trust Company (Savannah, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Bourquin family legal documents and notes, MS 1202, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Savannah Bank and Trust Company, 1973.


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



1Legal papers, 1892-1897 ( 8.0 items. )
Mortgage deeds: Gugie Bourquin to Margaret A. Winn and same to Nicholas Land with relevant papers; Gugie Bourquin to Guillemain Bourquin, a tract of land.


2Legal papers, 1899 ( 4.0 items. )
Polignac Bourquin vs. Gugie Bourquin and vice versa; regarding a lot in Savannah.


3Legal papers, 1903-1904
Guillemain Bourquin vs. Polignac Bourquin and vice versa; regarding a lot in Savannah.


4Legal papers, 1914-August 1919 ( 9.0 items. )
Agreements, Guillemain Bourquin with the Georgia-Carolina Lumber Company for sale of timber; Elliott Bourquin vs. Guillemain Bourquin re division of property; also affidavits, etc. pertaining to Guillemain's right to inherit.


5Legal papers, 1919 October-December ( 10.0 items. )
Elliott Bourquin vs. Guillemain Bourquin.


6Legal papers, 1920 January-June ( 10.0 items. )
Elliott Bourquin vs. Guillemain Bourquin.


7Legal papers, 1920 September-October ( 10.0 items. )
Elliott Bourquin vs. Guillemain Bourquin.


8Legal papers, 1921 ( 10.0 items. )
State vs. Elliott and Polignac Bourquin, assault with intent to murder Guillemain Bourquin.


9Legal papers, 1926-1928 ( 9.0 items. )
Elliott and Polignac Bourquin vs. Guillemain Bourquin: petitions, depositions, 1926-1927; jury list, April 3, 1928; subpoena, April 2, 1928.


10Notes ( 9.0 items. )