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Joseph Wheaton papers

Joseph Wheaton papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Joseph Wheaton papers
Creator: Wheaton, Joseph, 1755-1828
Inclusive Dates: 1805-1808
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet 5 folders and 1 oversize folder
Collection Number: ms1124
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Joseph Wheaton (1755-1828) was a mail carrier for the postal route from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Joseph Wheaton pertaining to the development of the U.S. postal route from Washington D.C. to New Orleans, Louisiana from 1805-1808. Correspondence and legal dispositions regard misuse of federal funds against Wheaton and the U.S. Post Office under Postmaster Gideon Granger. Materials also document the development of the road, the frontier postal system, problems with mail delivery, and descriptions of the territory from "Coweta Town to the Tombigby" river, the "high Shoals of Appalachy River on the frontier of Georgia" to Fort Stoddert and the Athens, Georgia vicinity.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order and by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Wheaton papers, ms 1124. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2017.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.) -- Description and travel.
Fraud investigations -- United States.
Georgia -- Description and travel.
Granger, Gideon, 1767-1822
Post roads -- Georgia.
Post roads -- United States.
Postal service -- Georgia.
Postal service -- United States.
United States. Post Office Dept.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

121807 January-March
131807 April-August
151805-1806, undated
1General post office letter to Caleb Swan et al from G. Granger, circa 1800