Historic Augusta, Incorporated collection of Revolutionary and Early Republic Era manuscripts
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Historic Augusta, Incorporated collection of Revolutionary and Early Republic Era manuscripts

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Title: Historic Augusta, Incorporated collection of Revolutionary and Early Republic Era manuscripts
Dates: 1770-1827
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (19 folders)
Identification: MS 1701

Biographical/Historical Note

Historic Augusta, Incorporated was established in 1965 to preserve historic buildings and sites in Augusta and Richmond County, Georgia. Initially run by members of the Junior League, the organization is affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Historic Augusta, Incorporated gives tours of the city, provides preservation assistance, advocacy, historic structures surveys, and sponsors various preservation programs.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately 19 manuscripts ranging from 1770 to 1827. These papers consist of land grants, legal documents, government appointments, letters concerning the military, a shipping ledger and permit, and a liquor license. The authors of these documents are some of Georgia’s early leaders:

Benjamin Andrew – Delegate, Continental Congress, 1780 Samuel Elbert – Governor, 1785 John Habersham – Major - Continental Army; Delegate, Continental Congress, 1785 John Houstoun – Governor, 1778, 1784; First mayor of Savannah, 1790 Richard Howly – Governor, 1780; Delegate, Continental Congress, 1780, 1781 James Jackson – Governor, 1798-1800 George Mathews – Governor, 1787-88 Laughlin McIntosh – Major General - Continental Army; Delegate, Continental Congress, 1784 Nathaniel Pendleton – Major - Continental Army; Delegate, Continental Congress, 1789 Edward Telfair – Governor, 1789-93 John J. Zubly – First minister of Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah (1760 - 1781); Delegate, Second Continental Congress, 1775

Index Terms

Account books.
Augusta (Ga.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Clarke, Elijah, 1733-1799.
Elbert, Samuel, 1740-1788.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Habersham, James, 1745-1799.
Jackson, James, 1757-1806.
King’s Mountain, Battle of, S.C., 1780.
Land grants--Georgia--Washington County.
Legal documents--Georgia.
Legal documents.
Lincoln, Benjamin, 1733-1810.
Port of Savannah (Ga.)
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Received directly from Historic Augusta Inc.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Historic Augusta, Incorporated collection of Revolutionary and Early Republic Era Manuscript, MS 1701, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Historic Augusta, Inc., 1996.


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 Commmission.

Container List




11Bond signed by John Joachim Zubly, 1770 September 25
2To John Wereat, Ellenor Patton, admin. of Estate of the late John Patton makes oath that Matthew Roche is indebted to the Estate for 42 pounds, 1776 October 31
3John Habersham to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 1779 February 21
This item is a letter from John Habersham to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, Sunbury, regarding issuing a weekly allowance to officers in lieu of rations. Also mentioned are the deaths of Lt. Jones of the 3rd South Carolina Battalion and Lt. Henley of the Georgia Artillery on February 14, 1779 as well as Rev. McAllen, who drowned attempting to escape from the prison ship at Coxspur.
4New Jersey Gazette, Page 1and extract of letter from Colonel Campbell, 1780-1781
This is the New Jersey Gazette, Page 1, Columns 1, 2, and an extract of letter from Col. Campbell dated November 27, 1780, which includes extracts from Elijah Clark’s account from Wednesday, January 24, 1781 of the battle of Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
5Thomas Oswald, refugee, is entitled to 250 acres. Signed by J. Houstoun, 1784 April 23
8Benjamin Andrew, bill and receipt for his services in the council of the state of Georgia, 1785 October 11
6Petition to George Walton for a hearing concerning delivery, or lack thereof, of indigo seed by Raymond Demere, 1785 January 27
7Samuel Elbert, to John Cuthbert, public treasurer, note to pay John Wereat 332 pounds, 1785 January 27
9Nathaniel Pendleton to Seaborn Jones regarding charges laid on behalf of Richard Call, 1786 October 24
10Order for Robert Dixon to call on all persons who received public arms from the Magazine and have them returned. Signed J. Meriwether, 1788 February 15
11George Matthews to General Andrew Pickens, Augusta, 1788 November 15
12Port of Savannah, Schooner Sally, master Samuel Clark, is permitted to proceed to the Port of New York. Signed by Laughlin McIntosh, 1791 March 25
13Land grant to Benjamin Kitchen and his heirs, 1,000 acres in Washington County, Georgia. Signed by Edward Telfair, 1793 October 3
This land grant to Benjamin Kitchen and his heirs, 1,000 acres in Washington County, Georgia. Signed by Edward Telfair. OVERSIZED.
15Joseph Finch in account sales of Sloop Hanna’s cargo, with William Vernon and son in the next proceeds, 1795 December 15
14George Mathews to [unknown], State House in Augusta regarding the payment of troops of Col. Millen of Green County, 1795 May 18
16James Jackson, Governor, appointing Samuel Dameron Coroner and Henry Putnam Justice of the Peace of Chatham County, 1798 December 27
17James Jenkins lands valued at $461.30 to be paid to Noyal Nelms attorney of William Owlsey of Richmond County for damages and debt owed, 1799 November 6
19Richard Howly to John Wilkinson, requesting an account of Colonel Rae’s accounts, undated.
18Liquor License for Allen Craige for a tavern on Broad Street, Augusta. Signed by George M. Walker, 1827 October 11