William Hughes letters
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William Hughes letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hughes, William, b. 1794.
Title: William Hughes letters
Dates: 1815-1849
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (2 folders, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 1984

Biographical/Historical Note

William Hughes was born in Sunbury, Georgia and attended the Sunbury Academy. He was the last surviving pupil of Dr. William McWhir, the long-time principal of the Academy. He taught at Sand Hills School from 1816 to 1817, and again in 1819. He also taught at the Sunbury Academy in 1818; both of these schools were in Liberty County. He was elected surveyor of Liberty County in 1844 and continued in that capacity into the 1880s. In 1847 he was also Deputy Surveyor of Bryan County. He made surveys in both of these counties, and in several other nearby counties (MS 406).


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of letters written to William Hughes while living in Buck and Liberty County, Georgia. The letters date from 1815 to 1849. Many of which concern land purchases and ownership, as Hughes was a land surveyor; others contain discourses in personal affairs, including deaths from Yellow Fever and murder in Sunbury, Georgia. Two separate letters in the collection affirm Hughes's purchases of cotton. Correspondents include Mr. Samuel James Jones, Thomas Bacon, Major A. Maylank, Matthew Bennet, Polly Spain, Thomas L. Winn, Matthew Spain, Allen Inman, P. M. Compton, Dr. C. W. Rogers, Col. George McAllister, John J. Maxwell, William Rembrant(?), Edward Anderson, Elias Reed, and Captain P. Wiltberger. An additional letter between P. M. Compton and Lewis H. Lynch is included in the collection.


Index Terms

Buck County (Ga.)
Cotton--Prices.
Hughes, William, b. 1794.
Letters (correspondence)
Liberty County (Ga.)
Murder--Georgia--Sunbury.
Sunbury (Ga.)
Yellow fever--Georgia--Sunbury.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Acquired by Sarah Hein of the Liberty County Historical Society and donated to GHS.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Hughes letters, MS 1984, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Liberty County Historical Society, 2009.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has 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 as the owner of copyright in items created by the donor. Although copyright was transferred by the donor, copyright in some items in the collection may still be held by their respective creator(s). For further information contact the Division of Library and Archives.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Oversize_Folder

1From Mr. Samuel James Jones regarding current affairs in Bullville including the murder of Mr. Bysanz(?), 1815, 4 November
 

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1From Thomas Bacon regarding land being purchased from William Hughes, Esq., 1819, 8 October;
 

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1From Major A. Maylank regarding current affairs in Sunbury including Yellow Fever and 14 deaths contributed to it, 1819, 30 October
 

Oversize_Folder

1From Matthew Bennet, cousin of William Hughes, regarding Bennet's search for a wife and the deaths in Riceboro contributed to [Yellow] Fever, 1819, 18 December
 

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1From Mrs. Polly Spain, sister (?) of William Hughes, regarding her recent travels and her onset of the [Yellow] Fever, 1820, 25 September
 

Oversize_Folder

1From Rev. Thomas L. Winn regarding the welfare of Bro. White, 1823, 4 February
 

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1From John McDean regarding Religious news of people who have recently converted to Christianity, 1824, 18 July
 

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1From Rev. Thomas L. Winn regarding the $10 debt of Edward Way. Hughes is prompted to remind Way of his debt, 1825, 12 January
 

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1From Matthew Spain regarding the death of Hughes's sister (?) Polly Inman due to the [Yellow] Fever. Hughes is asked to visit and receive the assets left by Polly Inman, 1829, 19 November
 

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1From Allen Inman regarding personal matters; a friendly correspondence, 1835, 4 March
 

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2From P, M. Compton regarding a debt of 50¢; the letter once contained a certificate plot and grant to Samuel Miller's 800 acres as indicated by the discourse, 1846, 20 April
 

Oversize_Folder

1From Dr. C. W. Rogers regarding a growing interest on a bank note of Hughes that was due on 1846, 21 June that has not been paid off, 1846, 5 July
 

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2To P. M. Compton; From Lewis H. Lynch regarding information about land, 1846, 3 December
 

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2From Col. George W. McAllister regarding personal matters; a friendly correspondence, 1847, 2 August
 

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2From John J. Maxwell regarding personal matters; a friendly correspondence, 1847, 10 August
 

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2From William Rembrant(?) regarding a land purchase and agreement, 1847, 6 October
 

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2From Edward Anderson regarding a request for plots of the plantations of the late George Anderson, 1848, 28 March
 

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2From Elias Reed regarding the sales of two bags of cotton, totally $136.95, 1848, 12 April
 

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2From Captain P. Wiltberger regarding a recent land purchase by Wiltberger, 1849, 7 February
 

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2From Elias Reed regarding the sales of two bags of cotton, totaling $85.48, 1849, 28 April