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Sarah Davies Hall family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hall, Sarah Davies.
Title: Sarah Davies Hall family papers
Dates: 1820-1947
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Identification: MS 2438

Biographical/Historical Note

Sarah Davies Harris was born in Millidgeville on the 25th of October, 1831 to Iverson Louis Harris and Mary Euphemia Davies. She was the third of twelve children born to the later Judge and his wife. Along with her four sisters, she recieved an education at the Episcopal Academy for Young Ladies in Montpelier, Georgia. On February 6th, 1856 she married her first cousin William "Hansel" Hall and the two left the Capitol to live in the wiregrass town of Thomasville in Southwest Georgia. Prior to the marriage, William attended school at the Philadelphia Medical College in Pennsylvania. After moving to the area, William began working in nearby towns such as Albany as a traveling physician while Sarah remained at home. While living in the town, Sarah and William had seven children together, with their first child, Iverson Harrison Hall being born in 1859. Throughout her life in the Piney Woods, she maintained a regular correspondence with both her traveling husband as well as her immediate family in Millidgeville. On October 7th, 1899 William died and on February 17th, 1918 Sarah died as well.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the papers of Sarah Davies Hall of Milledgeville, Georgia. Majority of the collection consists of personal letters written to Sarah from her family, the Harris family of Milledgeville Judge Iverson Louis Harris, to her home in Thomasville Georgia. The collection also contains a large number of personal love letters between Sarah Davies Hall and her husband Dr. William "Hansell" Hall during his occupation as a traveling Southwest Georgia physician during the mid-nineteenth century. Also within the collection are letters between various members of Sarah's immediate family, letters between her children, and several buisiness letters written to her father ranging from the 1820s to the 1880s. In addition, several speeches, eulogies, poems, photographs, receipts, prescriptions, and other miscellaneous items are also contained within the collection.

Topics of discussion within the papers include a large range of nineteenth and early twentieth century people, places, and events involving Georgia and the United States. These topics include: the Mexican-American War and the Battle of Monterrey, the surveying of the Okefenokee Swamp, the "Baldwin Blues" and the Governor's "Horse Guard's" involvement in the Civil War, Sherman's approach to Milledgeville, Confederate war efforts made by the Lady's Relief Society of Milledgeville (including the production of ammunition) , additions to the Lunatic Asylum in Milledgeville, the formation and expansion of the Athletic Football Club of Atlanta, the purchase of the South Georgia newspaper "Wire Grass Reporter" by William Hall, the admission of California as a state, the fight to keep Milledgeville the capitol of the state of Georgia, Masonic ceremonies, marriages and deaths throughout the city and surrounding areas, banquets and celebrations held in the capitol by various political and social groups, church membership numbers and affiliations, trials Iverson was involved in both as a lawyer and judge, lists of real estate exchanges, elections and campaigns, the construction of new railroads and highways through the pine forrests, postal services throughout the Civil War, Confederate uniform changes, creating of makeshift hospitals during Sherman's advance, changes to the Georgia Board of Education, land grants within Pulaski, Telfair, and Montgomery Counties, etc.

In addition to the people, places, and events, numerous ideas and prevalent notions consistent to the study of Georgia History are seen throughout the collection. These ideas include the fading public opinion of legalized dueling, the concept of "bad air" or night-time air as the root of yellow fever outbreaks as well as the general misconception of the piney woods portion of the state as an unhealthy region, public outrage at the election of Aberaham Lincoln, the poor condition of roads throughout the backcountry, fascinations with new technologies such as telegraph corresponances and railway transportation, the rush to invest in Confederate War bonds, treatment of a returned runaway slave, fears of slave rebellions, competition between different fire brigades throughout Milledgeville, and prices of various commodities both before and during the war.

In addition, the collection also contains a number of letters as well as sixty-nine envelopes which either through a lack of signature or through some form of damage have been rendered unidentifiable.

Due to the fact that all original order appears to have been lost as the collection changed hands numerous times, the letters have been arranged at the folder level by subjects. Each folder has been further devided chronologically by the date the letter was sent.


Index Terms

Accounts.
Albany (Ga.)
Bills of sale.
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868.
Confederate States of America--Societies, etc.
Correspondence.
Dueling.
Elections--Georgia.
Freemasonry.
Georgia State Sanitarium at Milledgeville.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia--Politics and government.
Georgia. State Board of Education.
Governors--Georgia--Election.
Hall family.
Hall, William Hansell.
Harris family.
Harris, Clara Ophelia.
Harris, Florence Emma.
Harris, Frances Louisa.
Harris, Iverson Louis, 1805-1876.
Harris, Mary Euphemia.
Harris, Rebecca Ann.
Johnson, Herschel V., (Herschel Vespasian), 1812-1880.
Judges--Baldwin County (Ga.)
Judges--Georgia.
Know-Nothing Party.
Lawyers--Georgia.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Assassination.
Marriage records.
Milledgeville (Ga.)
Monterrey, Battle of Monterrey, Mexico, 1846
Newspapers--Georgia.
Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, Ga.). Phi Delta Society.
Okefenokee Swamp (Ga. and Fla.)
Photographs.
Plantation owners--Georgia--19th century.
Railroads--Georgia.
Real property--Georgia.
Roads--Georgia--Savannah.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
Sketches.
Slave trade--Georgia--Savannah--History--19th century.
Slavery--Georgia--19th century.
Slaves--Georgia.
Speeches (documents)
Sports--Georgia.
Thomasville (Ga.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Women.
United States--History--Mexican War, 1846-1848.
Whig Party (Ga.)
Women--Societies and clubs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Sarah Davies Hall family papers, MS 2438, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


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.


Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1853, 1854, 1855
 
2William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1856-1857
 
3William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1856, 1860-1861
 
4William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
5Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1846-1847, 1849, 1854-1856
 
6Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861
 
7Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
8Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Harris letters, Undated
 
9Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1848, 1858
 
10William Augustine Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1857-1858
 
11Frances Louisa Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1846, 1848, 1855, 1858-1860
 
12Frances Louisa Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
13Frances Louisa Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
14Charles J. Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
15Iverson Louis Harris, Jr. and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
16Florence Emma Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1856-1859
 
17Florence Emma Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
18Richard Hines Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1839, 1860
 
19Rebecca Ann Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1846, 1848-1849, 1856-1861
 
20Rebecca Ann Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
21Rebecca Ann Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
22Clara Ophelia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1855-1859
 
23Clara Ophelia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1860, 1861, Undated
 
24Joseph Henry Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1857, 1858
 
25George Canning Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated
 
26Charles J. Harris and Mary Euphemia Harris letters, Undated
 
27Rebecca Ann Harris and Mary Euphemia Harris letters, 1845, undated
 
28Judge Iverson Louis Harris and William Augustine Harris letters, 1859
 
29Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Frances Louisa Harris letters, 1857
 
30Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Charles J. Harris letters, 1858
 
31Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Iverson Louis Harris, Jr. letters, 1871
 
32William Augustine Harris and Rebecca Ann Harris letters, 1880s?, 1890s?
 
33Frances Louisa Harris and Rebecca Ann Harris letters, 1847, 1849
 
34Charles J. Harris and Frances Louisa Harris letters, Undated
 
35Clara Ophelia Harris and Florence Emma Harris letters, 1864
 
36Judge Iverson Louis Harris business records, 1820s-1840s
 
37Judge Iverson Louis Harris business records, 1850s-1880s
 

Box

Fldr

21Ann Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1854, 1856, 1895, undated
 
2Julia Eleanor Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1849
 
3L.J. Davies and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1883
 
4Marion W. Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1889, 1891
 
5Marrie S. Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1917
 
6W.W. Paine and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1855, Undated
 
7M.C. Wiley and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1855, 1856
 
8Sarah Davies Hall from miscellaneous and unidentifiable, Undated
 
9William Hansell Hall and Ann Hall letters, 1853
 
10William Hansell Hall and Charles Henry Hall letters, 1854
 
11William Hansell Hall and A.J. Hansell letters, 1860, 1868, 1871
 
12William Hansell Hall and Mary Euphemia Harris letters, Undated
 
13William Hansell Hall and Iverson Louis Harris, Jr. letters, Undated
 
14William Hansell Hall and William Augustine Harris letters, 1859
 
15Iverson Harrison Hall and William Hansell Hall letters, 1878
 
16Iverson Harrison Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1898, undated
 
17Sarah Davies Hall and William Hansell Hall, Jr. letters, 1889, 1900
 
18Rebecca Ann Harris from miscellaneous and unidentifiable, 1882, undated
 
19Louis Clarence Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1899, Undated
 
20William Hansell Hall, Jr. and Clara(cousin) letters, 1912
 
21William Hansell Hall, Jr. and "Bess" letters, 1913, 1914
 
22William Hansell Hall and Louis Clarence Hall letters, 1912
 
23Sarah Davies Hall and Thomas Marshall Hall letters, 1888
 
24William Hansell Hall and Thomas Marshall Hall letters, 1888
 
25Thomas Marshall Hall and George Crawford, Jr. letters, 1888
 
26Thomas Marshall Hall from miscellaneous and unidentifiable, 1888, 1900, 1916, 1941
 
27Judge Iverson Louis Harris and J.B. Harris letters, 1830
 
28Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Amy Kelly letters, 1949
 
29Frances Louisa Harris and "Cousin Buck" letters, Undated
 
30William Augustine Harris and Dr. Mug? letter, 1880
 
31R.L. Hunter and Judge J. Hammond letters, 1884
 
32Speeches, Eulogies, Poems, etc., 1844, undated
 
33Unidentifiable letters, Undated
 
34Miscellaneous items including receipts, recipes, photographs, sketches, etc., 1854, 1888, 1896, 1907, Undated
 
35Unidentifiable or loose envelopes, Undated ( 69 envelopes. )