Georgia Historical Society
Hall, Sarah Davies.
|Title: ||Sarah Davies Hall family papers|
1.5 cubic feet
|Identification: ||MS 2438|
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.
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.
Material was acquired from a collector.
[item identification], Sarah Davies Hall family papers, MS 2438, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.
Collection is open for research.
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.
|1||1||William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1853, 1854, 1855|
|2||William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1856-1857|
|3||William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1856, 1860-1861|
|4||William Hansell Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|5||Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1846-1847, 1849, 1854-1856|
|6||Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1860, 1861|
|7||Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|8||Mary Euphemia Harris and Sarah Davies Harris letters, Undated|
|9||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1848, 1858|
|10||William Augustine Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1857-1858|
|11||Frances Louisa Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1846, 1848, 1855, 1858-1860|
|12||Frances Louisa Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|13||Frances Louisa Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|14||Charles J. Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|15||Iverson Louis Harris, Jr. and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|16||Florence Emma Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1856-1859|
|17||Florence Emma Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|18||Richard Hines Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1839, 1860|
|19||Rebecca Ann Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1846, 1848-1849, 1856-1861|
|20||Rebecca Ann Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|21||Rebecca Ann Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|22||Clara Ophelia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1855-1859|
|23||Clara Ophelia Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1860, 1861, Undated|
|24||Joseph Henry Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1857, 1858|
|25||George Canning Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, Undated|
|26||Charles J. Harris and Mary Euphemia Harris letters, Undated|
|27||Rebecca Ann Harris and Mary Euphemia Harris letters, 1845, undated|
|28||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and William Augustine Harris letters, 1859|
|29||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Frances Louisa Harris letters, 1857|
|30||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Charles J. Harris letters, 1858|
|31||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Iverson Louis Harris, Jr. letters, 1871|
|32||William Augustine Harris and Rebecca Ann Harris letters, 1880s?, 1890s?|
|33||Frances Louisa Harris and Rebecca Ann Harris letters, 1847, 1849|
|34||Charles J. Harris and Frances Louisa Harris letters, Undated|
|35||Clara Ophelia Harris and Florence Emma Harris letters, 1864|
|36||Judge Iverson Louis Harris business records, 1820s-1840s|
|37||Judge Iverson Louis Harris business records, 1850s-1880s|
|2||1||Ann Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1854, 1856, 1895, undated|
|2||Julia Eleanor Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1849|
|3||L.J. Davies and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1883|
|4||Marion W. Harris and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1889, 1891|
|5||Marrie S. Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1917|
|6||W.W. Paine and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1855, Undated|
|7||M.C. Wiley and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1855, 1856|
|8||Sarah Davies Hall from miscellaneous and unidentifiable, Undated|
|9||William Hansell Hall and Ann Hall letters, 1853|
|10||William Hansell Hall and Charles Henry Hall letters, 1854|
|11||William Hansell Hall and A.J. Hansell letters, 1860, 1868, 1871|
|12||William Hansell Hall and Mary Euphemia Harris letters, Undated|
|13||William Hansell Hall and Iverson Louis Harris, Jr. letters, Undated|
|14||William Hansell Hall and William Augustine Harris letters, 1859|
|15||Iverson Harrison Hall and William Hansell Hall letters, 1878|
|16||Iverson Harrison Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1898, undated|
|17||Sarah Davies Hall and William Hansell Hall, Jr. letters, 1889, 1900|
|18||Rebecca Ann Harris from miscellaneous and unidentifiable, 1882, undated|
|19||Louis Clarence Hall and Sarah Davies Hall letters, 1899, Undated|
|20||William Hansell Hall, Jr. and Clara(cousin) letters, 1912|
|21||William Hansell Hall, Jr. and "Bess" letters, 1913, 1914|
|22||William Hansell Hall and Louis Clarence Hall letters, 1912|
|23||Sarah Davies Hall and Thomas Marshall Hall letters, 1888|
|24||William Hansell Hall and Thomas Marshall Hall letters, 1888|
|25||Thomas Marshall Hall and George Crawford, Jr. letters, 1888|
|26||Thomas Marshall Hall from miscellaneous and unidentifiable, 1888, 1900, 1916, 1941|
|27||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and J.B. Harris letters, 1830|
|28||Judge Iverson Louis Harris and Amy Kelly letters, 1949|
|29||Frances Louisa Harris and "Cousin Buck" letters, Undated|
|30||William Augustine Harris and Dr. Mug? letter, 1880|
|31||R.L. Hunter and Judge J. Hammond letters, 1884|
|32||Speeches, Eulogies, Poems, etc., 1844, undated|
|33||Unidentifiable letters, Undated|
|34||Miscellaneous items including receipts, recipes, photographs, sketches, etc., 1854, 1888, 1896, 1907, Undated|
|35||Unidentifiable or loose envelopes, Undated (