John Oliver Ferrill letter book and account books
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John Oliver Ferrill letter book and account books

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Ferrill, John Oliver, approximately 1836-1884.
Title: John Oliver Ferrill letter book and account books
Dates: 1872-1882
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 volumes)
Identification: MS 1266

Biographical/Historical Note

John Oliver Ferrill (circa 1836-1884) was an attorney in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Virginia and began his law career in Savannah in 1854. Ferrill served in the Confederate Army, and was present at the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861. He later became Judge Advocate of the first Regiment of Georgia Volunteers and ultimately Provost Judge under General Beauregard. After the war, Judge Ferrill was an alderman in Savannah for four years and Solicitor of City Court. In 1873 he was elected Ordinary of Chatham County, Georgia, a post he held until his death. In 1883 he was named Assistant Attorney of the U. S. Court of Claims in Washington, D. C.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two receipt books and one letter book from John Oliver Ferrill. The receipt books cover the cash accounts of Ferrill and the letter book are miscellaneous letters written to Ferrill and have been glued into this volume.

Index Terms

Account books.
Ferrill, John Oliver, approximately 1836-1884.
Letter books.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John Oliver Ferrill letter book and account books, MS 1266, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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



1Receipt book. Savannah, Georgia, 1872-1875


2Receipt book. Savannah, Georgia, 1878-1882


3Receipt book. Savannah, Georgia, 1879-1882