O'Byrne family papers
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O'Byrne family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: O'Byrne family.
Creator: O'Byrne, Dominick, 1793-1850.
Title: O'Byrne family papers
Dates: 1799-1926
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: MS 1294

Biographical/Historical Note

Dominick O'Byrne (1793-1850) was a lumber merchant and Alderman in Savannah, Georgia. He married Margaret Gillespie (circa 1804-1878). They had three children: Dominick Austin O'Byrne (circa 1830-1896), John F. O'Byrne (circa 1845-1873), and Josie O'Byrne (circa 1842-1873). Dominick A. O'Byrne was a Judge of the Court of Ordinary in Savannah. He married Josephine Ellen Clements (circa 1835-1876); they had the following children: Ida (Sister Mary Dominica O'Byrne), Marie O'Byrne Altick (circa 1863-1936), William C. O'Byrne (circa 1870-1915), and Josephine O'Byrne (1872-circa 1969).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of the O'Byrne family in Savannah, primarily concerning Dominick O'Byrne and his son, Dominick A. O'Byrne. The papers include correspondence, financial papers, deeds, legal documents, and clippings.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Letters (correspondence)
O'Byrne family.
O'Byrne, Dominick, 1793-1850.
William Scarbrough House (Savannah, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the granddaughter of Marie O'Byrne Altick.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], O'Byrne family papers, MS 1294, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. George H. Waters, 1975.


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.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Family correspondence, financial papers, and deeds

Family correspondence. Savannah, 1865-1890
Correspondents include Judge Dominick A. O'Byrne, P. Dufau, Margaret O'Byrne, G.A. Clements, William A. Shober, John Deeiry, J. Leon Phillips, William C. O'Byrne, Mr. Bowling, W. Edwin Grady.
Family correspondence. Savannah, 1892-1896
Correspondents include Peter Reilly, Dominick A. O'Byrne, William C. O'Byrne, Jule Morris Sherman, A. Kincaid, C. Shivers, Jamie Snow, Stella, Sister M. Dominica O'Byrne, Rachel, George T. Cann, Susie, George C. Schwarz, T.W. Wood, R.K. Swett, W.L. Wilson, Marie Altick (Mrs. H.R.), Charles King, William B. King, Marion Davis, Joseph M. Dreyer, D. Appleton.
Family correspondence. Savannah, undated
Correspondents include William C. O'Byrne, Sister M. Dominica O'Byrne, Dominick A. O'Byrne, Ida, Marion Davis, F.C. Garmany.
Receipt book. Savannah, 1860-1866, 1.0 volume
Belonging to Dominick O'Byrne.
Miscellaneous bill, receipts, and pamphlets. Savannah, 1868-1897
These papers involve Dominick A. O'Byrne, Ida O'Byrne, William C. O'Byrne, Joseph J. O'Byrne, Miss M. Caruthers.
Account sheets. Savannah, 1869-1896
Include the same people as above plus W.J. Clements and Margaret O'Byrne.
Deeds for Dominick O'Byrne's property in Savannah, including the Scarbrough house, 1799-1829
Deeds for Dominick O'Byrne's property in Savannah, 1835-1839
Deeds for Dominick O'Byrne's property in Savannah, 1840-1847
Deeds for Dominick O'Byrne's property in Savannah, 1856-1895




211113-121Legal papers. Savannah, 1802-1857
Included are wills, petitions, court decisions, affidavits, and depositions. People involved are David Johnston, Emanuel Sheftall, Daniel H. Stewart, Alred E. Jones, Sarah A.I. Jones, Oscar J.H. Dibble, Margaret E. Dibble, Judge William B. Fleming, Michael John Cronin, Daniel Healy, Ellen Mangin, Andrew Byrne, Savannah Neil Brown, Margaret Neil Kavanaugh, Peter Brown, Jeptha Hagan, William Lee, Jefferson Roberts.
12122-125Legal papers. Savannah, 1861-1893
Included are a promissory note, will, petition, and an act to incorporate a railroad. People involved were Dominick A. O'Byrne, James T. Hickey, Margaret O'Byrne, Louis Falligant, John F .O'Byrne, James Ray, Denis F. Kiley, Ernest A. Massart.
13126-134Legal papers regarding James W. Duncan's trial. Savannah, 1866 (newspaper clippings.)
Judge Dominick A. O'Byrne was Duncan's defense lawyer at this trial for allegedly committing murder and other atrocities at Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. These papers include the "brief of proof," "Charges and specifications preferred against James W. Duncan," "statement of James W. Duncan," notes on testimony, and newspaper clippings covering the trial.
14135-151Advertising papers. Various publishers, undated
Companies represented are the Numismatic Bank, Boston Mass.; Kondon Manufacturing Company, Minneapolis, Minn.; James S. Kirk and Company, Chicago, Ill.; Persse's Drug Stores, Savannah; M. Behrens, Savannah; Equitable Building and Loan Association, Macon, Ga.; Fisk, Clark and Flagg, New York, N.Y. Also included are 10 business cards.
15152-193School reports, 1875-1883
These are cards for excellence of conduct of merit. Those cards, for Ida, Marie and William O'Byrne and Josephine Clements, all came from the Academy of the Visitation, B.V.M., Georgetown, D.C. The cards for Nellie O'Byrne came from the Academy of the St. Vincent De Paul in Savannah.
16194-245Catholic papers. Various places, circa 1880-circa 1896
These papers include a church bulletin, hymnal, devotions, and prayer cards. They belonged to Ida, Marie, and William C. O'Byrne.
17246William C. O'Byrne's autograph book. Georgetown, D.C., 1885 November 12
This book was signed by friends in "Athletic Sports" at Georgetown College.
18247-252Miscellaneous papers. Savannah, various dates
Included here is Josephine E. O'Byrne's oath of allegiance to the Union after the Civil War; an anonymous poem, "Tears," dedicated to Ida O'Byrne; an essay on the history of Ireland; a "Report of Committee on Convict Camp;" a chart showing the alphabet in sign language; and the "Reports of Committee and Officers of the Music Culture Club for First Season, 1895-1896," in Savannah.
19253-256Newspaper articles. Savannah, 1875-1929
Includes an anonymous poem, September 19, 1875; a history of the Scarbrough House, September 4, 1927; and an article on "Savannah, Cradle of Georgia History, Is Rich in Tradition." Also includes photograph of a young girl.
Loose in box: Photograph of the ALEE Patrol M-40 taken at the 51st Annual Session of the Imperial Council, A.A.O.N.M.S., in Los Angeles, 1924
A-1294-001 Lock of blond hair View online.
A-1294-002 Stencil to print the name D. A. O’Bryne View online.
A-1294-003 Political button, image of William Jennings Bryan View online.