Margaret E. Rushing midwife records
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Margaret E. Rushing midwife records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia. Department of Archives and History.
Title: Margaret E. Rushing midwife records
Dates: 1899-1937
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1726

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Elizabeth Smith Rushing (1867-1957) was born in Savannah Georgia. Shem married Dennis T. Downing in 1884, and in 1900 she remarried to Charles H. Rushing. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Rushing worked as midwife in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of a typescript of the records of Margaret E. Rushing's work as a midwife in Savannah, Georgia. The records were compiled mostly in 1930 from receipts kept by Mrs. Rushing; the time period covered is 1899-1937. Rushing performed most of her work in the Old Fort section of Savannah, an Irish neighborhood during the early 20th century, located near East Broad Street where Fort Wayne once stood (for more information on Savannah's Irish neighborhoods, see "From the Old Fort to Yamacraw, Savannah's immigrant population sank roots into new homeland," Savannah Morning News 3/17/2004). The early records include the parents' names, address, the infant's name and gender, and the date. After 1924, the records include the date (sometimes including the time), address, age, place of birth, and profession for each of the parents, the name and gender of the baby, the total number of children, and the number of living children. The microfilm roll, X-1545-01, also contains materials from other collections; this collection appears as the fourth on the roll.

These records were microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Savannah Public Library in 1989.

Index Terms

Birth records.
Georgia. Department of Archives and History.
Rushing, Margaret E., 1867-1957.

Location of Originals

Original records in the possess of Mrs. Charles Carter and Margaret Downing of Savannah, Georgia in 1989.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Margaret E. Rushing midwife records, MS 1726, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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



1X-1545-01. Margaret E. Rushing midwife records, 1899-1937
Collection appears 4th on the roll.