Chatham County Jail records
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Chatham County Jail records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Chatham County Jail (Savannah, Ga.)
Title: Chatham County Jail records
Dates: 1895
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 2380

Biographical/Historical Note

The Chatham County Jail was commissioned in 1791 by the Mayor and Alderman of the city of Savannah, Georgia. The first Chatham County Jail was built in 1801 and was located in LaFayette Ward in Savannah. In 1846, a new jail was erected between Whitaker and Barnard Streets and remained there until 1888 when the jail moved to Habersham Street. In 1978, the jail was again moved, this time to Montgomery Street next to the Chatham County Judicial Complex.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains inmate discharge papers, commitment papers and a warrant for witness testimony, all from Chatham County, Georgia in 1895. Discharge papers list the date, inmate name, offence and are signed by either Justice of the Peace Thomas J. Sheftall or Ex-Officio Justice of the Peace Waring Russell, Jr. Commitment papers list the date, inmate name, offense and are signed by either Justice of the Peace Thomas J. Sheftall or Ex-Officio Justice of the Peace Waring Russell, Jr. The warrant for witness testimony lists the witness's name, offense and date, and is signed by Justice of the Peace Thomas J. Sheftall.


This collection is arranged into3 folders:

Folder 1: Chatham County Jail commitment papers, 1895.

Folder 2: Warrant for witness testimony, 1895.

Folder 3: Chatham County Jail inmate discharge papers, 1895.

Index Terms

Chatham County Jail (Savannah, Ga.)
Prison administration.
Records (documents)
Russel, Waring, Jr.
Sheftall, Thomas J.

Administrative Information

Processing information

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Access restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Encoding funded by a 2008 Archives-Basic Projects grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.