Jacob Florance and Louisa Porter Gilmer Minis photograph album
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Jacob Florance and Louisa Porter Gilmer Minis photograph album

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Minis, Jacob Florance, 1852-1936.
Creator: Minis, Louisa Porter.
Title: Jacob Florance and Louisa Porter Gilmer Minis photograph album
Dates: 1905-1909
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (1 volume)
Identification: MS 1570

Biographical/Historical Note

Jacob Florance Minis (1852-1936) was born on November 12, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest son of Abraham and Lavinia Florance Minis. Florance, as she was known, spent much of his childhood in Savannah, Georgia. At the age of fourteen he entered Washington College (known today as Washington and Lee University). By the fall of 1870, he decided to leave college and return to Savannah, where he became a clerk (and later partner) in his father's shipping office. Florance Minis was very active in the Savannah community. He held memberships in several clubs and was the chairman and president of several organizations, including the Commercial Bank, Merchant's National Bank, Savannah Cotton Exchange, Savannah Naval Stores Association, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah Brewing Company, and others.

On June 19, 1890, Minis married Louisa Porter Gilmer (1852-1921) in London, England. Louisa was born on September 3, the only daughter of General Jeremy Francis and Louisa Fredericka Alexander Gilmer. Louisa herself was accomplished, having served as president of the Telfair Hospital and the Louisa Porter Home. Florance and Louisa had no children and, after he retired, traveled extensively in Europe and beyond. They maintained a home in Savannah at 24 West Gaston Street and also had a home in Clarkesville, Habersham County, Georgia, called "Rockwood."

Louisa became ill in the summer of 1921 and was taken to Boston, Massachusetts, for medical treatment. She improved for a short time, but the symptoms returned and she died at the Woman's Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 16. Florance Minis married Mary Elizabeth Haskell, Louisa's first cousin, on My 7. Florance died in Clarkesville on September 3, 1936 after a short illness.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a photograph album that belonged to Jacob Florance and Louisa Porter Gilmer Minis. The photographs in the album were taken between 1905 and 1909. The album includes images of Florance and Louisa's home, "Rockwood" in Clarkesville, Georgia, trips to Europe and North Africa, their home in Savannah, Georgia, images of St. Catherines Island, Beaufort, South Carolina, and scenes of what looks like hurricane damage from circa 1906. Most of the images are unidentified.

Index Terms

Beaufort (S.C.)
Clarkesville (Ga.)
Egypt--Description and travel.
France--Description and travel.
Germany--Description and travel.
Minis, Jacob Florance, 1852-1936.
Minis, Louisa Porter.
Photograph albums.
Saint Catherines Island (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)
Trafalgar Square (London, England)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Jacob Florance and Louisa Porter Gilmer Minis photograph album, MS 1570, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Savannah Historical Research Association, date unknown.


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.

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1Photograph album, 1905-1909