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McIntosh family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Britt, Annie McIntosh, 1908-1990.
Title: McIntosh family papers
Dates: 1772-1943
Extent: 0.4 cubic feet (15 folders)
Identification: MS 1213

Biographical/Historical Note

John Nash McIntosh (1783-1843) was born near Savannah, Georgia, the son of General John and Sarah Swinton McIntosh. According to the family Bible, his full name was John Hugh Nash McIntosh. He was appointed at Darien as captain in the 4th U.S. Infantry in 1808; he served in the War of 1812. When he resigned from the army in 1920, John was a Major in the 8th U.S. Infantry. After his resignation, he became Superintendent of the Custom House at Brunswick. He was married in 1820 to Sarah Ann (Sally) Rokenbaugh.

William Swinton McIntosh (1841-1904) was a son of John Nash McIntosh. He served in the Civil War in the 5th Georgia Cavalry. At the time of his death, he was city clerk and Treasurer and Clerk of the County Board of Commissioners in Darien, Georgia. He married Ida Sutherland Tally in 1878. They were the parents of Olin Tally McIntosh.

John McQueen McIntosh was the oldest son of John Nash McIntosh. He never married.

Lachlan H. McIntosh was descended from William McIntosh through his son, Lachlan. He was a Major in the Confederate States Army. After the Civil War, he worked in the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers of various members of the McIntosh family who were descended from John Mohr McIntosh, through his son William. Those represented in the collection are John Nash McIntosh, William Swinton McIntosh, John McQueen McIntosh, and Lachlan H. McIntosh. There are also copies of papers pertaining to John Mohr McIntosh, Roderick McIntosh, General Lachlan McIntosh, and a grant of land to Charles H. McIntosh, 1853. Genealogies of the McIntosh family, clippings pertaining to various members, three issues of The Darien Gazette (October 5, 1824, April 12, 1825, May 7, 1904), and photographs of James Simmons McIntosh, James McQueen McIntosh, and Lachlan H. McIntosh, all by Mathew Brady, are in the collection. Also in this collection is a list of the tracts of land belonging to the Troup and McIntosh families, 1766-1776.

John McQueen McIntosh's journal contains miscellaneous notes pertaining to the Ocmulgee and Flint Railroad, 1841 (p. 6-10, 18, 138), the Centennial Almanac, 1800-1900 (p. 26), geometrical calculations, philosophical discussions, poetry, a Fourth of July oration, 1854 (p. 101-114), several letters, and personal accounts.

The letters of Lachlan H. McIntosh, 1892, concern the claims of heirs of General John McIntosh against the government.

The papers relating to John Mohr McIntosh, Roderick McIntosh, and Lachlan McIntosh are copies from sources available elsewhere. The genealogies are all of the McIntosh family, particularly the Borlum branch. The Darien Gazette, October 5, 1824, has an article and notices on the hurricane of that year.

The papers are in folders in this order: John Nash McIntosh (4 folders), followed by those of his wife, Sarah Ann Rokenbaugh McIntosh which pertaining to J.N. McIntosh's estate; William Swinton McIntosh; John McQueen McIntosh; Lachlan H. McIntosh; other McIntoshes; genealogies; the Darien Gazette, 1824 and 1825; clippings. Photographs. Two oversized surveys are outside the box.

Index Terms

Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896.
Britt, Annie McIntosh, 1908-1990.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Cavalry Regiment, 5th.
Estate records.
Genealogies (histories)
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Journals (accounts)
Land grants.
Letters (correspondence)
McIntosh family.
McIntosh, John McQueen.
McIntosh, John Mohr, 1687-1761.
McIntosh, John Nash, 1783-1843.
McIntosh, Lachlan H.
McIntosh, Lachlan, 1725-1806.
McIntosh, Roderick.
McIntosh, William Swinton, 1841-1904.
Military commissions.
Plats (maps)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a descendant of the creators, the daughter of Olin Talley McIntosh.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], McIntosh family papers, MS 1213, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Annie McIntosh Britt, 1971, 1976, 1979.


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



1John Nash McIntosh, correspondence, 1815-1840 ( 11.0 items. )
Correspondents: letter of appreciation signed by officers under his command; John McIntosh (his father) re the family (2); McQueen McIntosh (brother) re family; Duncan L. Clinch re McIntosh's horse (2); Winfield Scott (2), one with news of himself and the other recommending McIntosh as tax collector at Darien; Alexander Cummings re Court Martial of Major Gates at Savannah and his (Cummings') military career; A.P. Hayne presenting a sketch of his ((Hayne's) military life; comptroller's office re settling of accounts of the Custom House.


2John Nash McIntosh, commissions, etc., 1808-1820 ( 5.0 items. )
As 1st Leut. Of Capt. Telfair's Company of Artillery, 1808; promotion of rank of Major, 8th Regt. Inf., 1819; transfer from the 4th Regt. Inf. To 8th Regt. Inf., 1819; McIntosh letter of resignation from army, 1820; acceptance of the resignation, 1820.


3John Nash McIntosh, deeds, 1808-1836 ( 5.0 items. )
Deeds and warrants for land in McIntosh County, also deeds for property to William Gomash and Charles Atkinson for tracts contiguous to McIntosh's land.


4John Nash McIntosh, other legal papers, 1824-1831 ( 2.0 items. )
Power of attorney, John Nash McIntosh to John McIntosh, 1824; deed for slaves bought from estate of Eliza G.L. Telfair of Beaufort District, S.C.


5Sarah Ann Rokenbaugh McIntosh papers, 1865, 1878, 1891 ( 3.0 items. )
List of slaves belonging to the estate of John Nash McIntosh, 1865; claim as a widow for pension for her husband's (John Nash McIntosh) services in the War of 1812 (1878); notice of her death clippings from the Darien Gazette, October 1891.


6William Swinton McIntosh paper, 1894-1904 ( 6.0 items. )
Deeds and plats concerning W.S. McIntosh' portion of the Bellevue tract in McIntosh County, 1894-1903; clipping from an undated issue of Savannah Morning News, listing the men of the 5th Ga. Cavalry who surrendered to Gen. Sherman near Greensboro, N.C., April 26, 1865; The Darien Gazette, May 7, 1904, with obituary of W.S. McIntosh.


7Journal of John McQueen McIntosh ( 1.0 items. )
Miscellaneous notes, letters, poetry, accounts, Ocmulgee and Flint Railroad, 4th of July Oration.


8Lachlan H. McIntosh papers, 1892 ( 2.0 items. )
Two letters to Jennie, May and June 1892, re the claims against the government by the heirs of Gen. John McIntosh.


9Other McIntoshes

John Mohr McIntosh
Typed copies of two letters to Harman Verelst and Alex McIntosh written from Spain where he was a prisoner of war. Copied from The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, XXXV, 340-346.

Roderick (Rory) McIntosh. James Hamilton Couper's sketch of him as written in a letter to an unidentified person in 1842 (copy)

Lachlan McIntosh. Copy of the sketch of his life from National Portrait Gallery, 1856

Charles H. McIntosh. Grant of 22 acres in McIntosh County, with plat and pendant seal, 1853

List of tracts of land belonging to Troup and McIntosh families, 1766-1775


10McIntosh genealogies ( 12.0 items. )
Certified copies of family records from the Bible of Gen. John McIntosh (2); "Genealogical Tree of the Mackintoshes of Borlum" (printed broadside); "Excerpts from the Particular Register of Sasines for the Counties of Inverness, Ross, and Sutherland, relating to Persons of the Name of Mackintosh," 19 p., printed; "The McIntoshes and Their Name," typed MS compiled by the Medial Research Bureau; "Copy and Two Codicils of Ann Winwood...widow," 5 p., printed; two papers re the suit in chancery between William Lord Cowper vs. William Mackintosh et al; 1866: the Report (MS) and the printed pedigree chart of William Mackintosh and his wife Mary Baillee of Dunain; Olin Talley McIntosh, typed papers showing his descent from William McIntosh (1726-1799); typed and certified copy of his wedding notice to Jane Kirkland Lawton, 1904. Historical relics in the possession of Mackintosh of Mackintosh of Moy Hall (photograph excerpted from "The Celtic Monthly," undated).


11 The Darien Gazette and St. Andrew's Society. Darien Gazette, 1824 October 5 and 1825 April 12 ( 3.0 items. )
the former contains the account of the hurricane, the notices of damage to the lighthouses in the area and the relocation of the Custom House, both by John N. McIntosh, Superintendent of the Custom House, Brunswick. St. Andrew's Society, 1876: eulogy on the deaths of members in the yellow fever epidemic. Broadside.


12Clippings ( 7.0 items. )
"The State Flag Hoisted on the Custom House;" typed copy of article in Daily Morning News, February 2, 1861; flag hoisted by Maj. W.J. McIntosh; "The story of the Sumter," by John McIntosh Kell, from an undated issue of the Atlanta Journal; "The Battle of Elkhorn," from the Vicksburg Whig, undated (mentions Gen. James N. McIntosh); "How a Georgia helped to open Japan's Closed Door," by Wylly Folk St. John, Atlanta Journal, January 18, 1943 (Commodore Perry and John McIntosh Kell); "The Fighting McIntoshes," by Dena Snodgrass, from an undated Jacksonville, Florida, newspaper; "The Clansmen of Scotland," by Douglas Story, from an undated Munsey's magazine; map of the Clan Chattan Country, from an unidentified magazine.


13Photographs ( 4.0 items. )
James Simmons McIntosh, James McQueen McIntosh, Lachlan H. McIntosh, all by M.B. Brady. Filed with them is a rough genealogical chart to show relationship.


14Surveys ( 2.0 items. )
Tract of land in McIntosh County, surveyed by Lachlan McIntosh, Deputy Surveyor, St. Andrews Parish, May 13, 1772. Tract cut off from "Bellevue" in McIntosh County for W.S. McIntosh, surveyed by Alexander C. Wylly, September 14, 1893. Both torn.


15Correspondence, 1915 ( 2.0 items. ) (photocopies.)
Both of these letters are from Alexander MacKintosh in Scotland. The first is to William S. McIntosh in Darien, Ga., requesting genealogical information on the descendents of John Mohr McIntosh. The second is to Olin T. McIntosh regretting the death of the latter's father, William S., and thanking him for his help.