Stanford Brown collection of eighteenth century papers
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Stanford Brown collection of eighteenth century papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Brown, Stanford
Title: Stanford Brown collection of eighteenth century papers
Dates: 1776-1790
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 2564
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Stanford Brown is an educator who resides in the Macon, Georgia area.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of four documents relating to various events in the Savannah, Georgia area in the late eighteenth century, 1776-1790, during and shortly after the Revolutionary War. Included are a bill of sale for slaves in Savannah, dated January 25, 1790; a land lease for a term of one year between William Roche and William Manson of Augusta, Georgia, dated February 9, 1780 for four lots in Savannah and one tract of land in Thunderbolt, Georgia; a letter dated May 16, 1776 from Archibald Bulloch to an unknown captain detailing losses during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cockspur Island, Georgia; a list of grand jury presentments in the form of ten grievances concerning the state of affairs in Savannah. Anthony Stokes was the judge presiding over the court session.

The grand jury presentments and the lease of land were created in the context of British-occupied Georgia (1779-1782).

Index Terms

Anthony, Joseph
Bills of sale
Brown, Stanford
Bulloch, Archibald, 1730-1777.
Cockspur Island (Ga.)
Grand jury--Georgia.
Letters (correpsondence)
Roche, William
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Slave bills of sale--Georgia--Chatham County.
Slave patrols
Slavery--Georgia--18th century.
Stokes, Anthony, 1736-1799

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Stanford Brown collection of eighteenth century papers, MS 2564, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Stanford Brown, 2013.


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.

Container List

Item 1: Bill of sale for slaves in Savannah, 1790 January 25
Bill of sale for an undetermined number of slaves. Brokered by McCulloch Newall and Company in Savannah and sold to Joseph Anthony of Augusta, Georgia for the sum of 215 pounds sterling. Slaves are listed as Mr. Hill, a mulatto man; Davis (or Davie) and Sylvia, a mulatto girl; Abigail Black; Nell; and child mulattoes. Witnessed by James Gardner.
Item 2: Lease of land, Savannah, 1780 February 9
Parcels of land are listed as lots 9 and 10, Slopes Tything, Anson Ward; lots 16 and 17 (both five acres), the Spring; and 50 acres in the town of Thunderbolt. Witnessed by Elizabeth Wall and William Smith. Additional terms of the lease include payment of one "pepper corn" on the last day of the lease term.
Item 3: Letter from Archibald Bulloch, 1776 May 16
Letter from Archibald Bulloch in Savannah to an unknown recipient, dated May 16, 1776. Bulloch was the president and Commander in Chief of militia in Georgia during the Revolutionary War. The letter describes the loss of two guard boats, the capture of all crew members, and the loss of two men in a skirmish at Cockspur Island, Ga. According to the Colonial Records of Georgia, Raven and Cherokee tribes were involved in the event.
Item 4: Grand jury presentments regarding Savannah, 1780 June 15
Grand jury presentments in the form of ten grievances regarding the condition of the city of Savannah. Grievances include "filth of the streets and the many slaughterhouses"; "burying dead bodies in various parts of the town"; "the want of a house of confinement.... for Negroes"; lack of slave patrols "to keep the Negroes in proper subjection" per the Slave Patrol Act; individuals posing as government authorities stealing and reselling cattle; "ruinous condition of publick wells in the Town of Savannah". A copy was submitted to the Crown Office on June 27, 1780. Signed by fifteen grand jurors.