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John Ray papers

John Ray papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Ray papers
Creator: Ray, John, -1868
Inclusive Dates: 1829-1868
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 box
Collection Number: ms119
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of John Ray's day book, docket book, and plantation book. The day book records debts collected from 1831-1844, and contains some notes concerning land; and the docket book contains notes of proceedings and filings in court cases in Coweta County, Georgia Superior Court from 1843-1865. The plantation book records names of people who were enslaved, and account of their clothes, rations, and blankets; notes on legal decisions; and recipes for various illnesses, including heart disease, measles, rheumatism, pneumonia, scarlet fever, and asthma. The collection also includes handwritten papers on heart disease; promissory notes, deeds and indentures for land in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, a bill of sales for two "Negroes" (named "Roland, 2 years old, and Randal, about 7 years old"); tax records; and records of White Oak Plantation (Coweta County, Ga.) and an unidentified plantation. The plantation records record how much cotton was sold (cotton made at White Oak Plantation).

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Ray papers, ms119, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ruby Felder Ray Thomas in 1945

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2018.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Business records.
Cotton trade -- Georgia.
Coweta County (Ga.)
Newnan (Ga.)
Plantations -- Georgia.
Practice of law -- Georgia.
Slave bills of sale -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Day Book, 1831-1844, 1867-1868
12Docket book, 1843-1865
13Plantation book, 1832-1861
14Papers on heart disease, undated
15Papers, 1829-1862
16White Oak Plantation records & John Ray tax records , 1854-1868