William G. Morrell and John L. Hammond business records
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William G. Morrell and John L. Hammond business records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hammond, John L., 1843-1891.
Creator: Morrell, William G., 1852-1915.
Title: William G. Morrell and John L. Hammond business records
Dates: 1890-1902
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet (4 volumes)
Identification: MS 2232

Biographical/Historical Note

William G. Morrell (1852-1915) was a native of Savannah, Georgia. His company, W. G. Morrell Rice Company, was located on Bay Street. He and his wife, Katherine (Kate) Drane had one surviving son, William G. Morrell Jr., who was born circa 1892. Kate died in 1912 and William in 1915. Their son continued his father’s rice business.

John L. (1843-1891) Hammond sold seeds and fertilizer in Savannah through his company, J. L. Hammond & J. Hull Co. He was also president of the Merchants National Bank at the time of his death in 1891 at the age of 47. His wife, Ellen Marion, survived her husband until 1917 when she passed away at age 71. Both are buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains four ledgers relating to William G. Morrell Sr. and the estate of John Hammond. The first ledger is an invoice book of William G. Morrell’s rice company spanning 1890-1893. The second ledger is a letter-press copy book of William G. Morrell dating from 1893-1894. It is very fragile and difficult to read. The last two ledgers deal with the estate of John L. Hammond and accounts for his widow, Ellen. The first ledger dates from 1891-1902. The second ledger is a cash disbursement book and dates from 1891-1900.

Index Terms

Account books.
Factoring (Finance)--Georgia--Savannah.
Hammond, Ellen Marion, 1846-1917.
Hammond, John L., 1843-1891.
Ledgers (account books)
Letter books.
Morrell, William G., 1852-1915.
Rice trade--Georgia--Savannah.
W.G. Morrell Rice Company (Savannah, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

These records remained with the Morrell family until the materials were donated in 1987 by William G. Morrell's daughter, Mrs. Henry F. Garlington.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William G. Morrell and John L. Hammond business records , MS 2232, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Henry F. Garlington, 1987.


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.

Container List

Volume 1: Invoice Book for William G. Morrell, 1890-1893
Volume 2: Letter Book of William G. Morrell, 1893-1894
Volume 3: Ledger of estate of John L. Hammond, 1891-1902
Volume 4: Cash book of estate of John L. Hammond, 1891-1902