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Porterfield family papers

Porterfield family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Porterfield family papers
Creator: Thompson, B. M.
Inclusive Dates: 1855-1891
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms1318
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

W.H.C. Porterfield was married to Sarah Porterfield. Mr. Porterfield was a member of the 66th Georgia Regiment, Company I and died on May 22, 1864, due to illness.

Dr. B. M. Thompson, a prominent physician of Madison county, Ga., whose home is at Thompson's Mills, near Five Forks, is a native of the county, a son of William and Mary (Tilman) Thompson, and was born in 1821. His paternal great-grandparents were natives, respectively, of Ireland and Scotland, and on coming to this country settled in Pennsylvania. His paternal grandparents were Alexander and Mary (Hodge) Thompson. He was born in Pennsylvania, was a soldier during the revolutIonary war, migrated to North Carolina and afterward to Georgia. Dr. Thompson's father was born in Burke county, N. C., and came to Georgia in 1790 with his parents, who settled in Wilkes (now Oglethorpe) county. The mother of Dr. B. M. Thompson was a daughter of William and Mary (Farrow) Tilman. He came from South Carolina and located in Georgia soon after the revolutionary war, and settled in Burke county, where he reared his family. He afterward moved to Madison county, where he died. Dr. Thompson was reared on a farm, and in 1850 married Amanda J. Carithers, daughter of William C. and Mary (Griffith) Carithers. Her father was a South Carolinian and moved to Georgia and lived in Madison county till his death. They have two children: William H. and Mary B. The mother was born in 1832 and died in 1875. She was a woman much loved and was a sincere Christian lady. Dr. Thompson began reading medicine in 1843 under Dr. Culbertson and has practiced for fifty years. He first attended the Jefferson Medical college, Philadelphia, in 1844-5, and was then graduated from the Atlanta Medical college in 1856. The doctor enjoys an extended reputation for professional skill and has a very large practice. He owns about 1,900 acres of choice land near Five Forks, and a big mill on South river. He is the owner of a mill built by his grandfather in 1790, it being the first mill erected in Madison county.

"Memoirs of Georgia: Containing Historical Accounts of the State's Civil, Military, Industrial and Professional Interests, and Personal Sketches of Many of Its People" Vol. 1 & 2, Atlanta, Georgia: The Southern Historical Association, 1895.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of receipts for state and county taxes paid in Madison County, Georgia, and signed by various tax collectors during the thirty-six year period which these documents cover. There are also several other receipts during 1864 relating to Sarah Porterfield as administration of the estate of W. H. C. Porterfield including a $75.00 medical bill from Dr. B. M. Thompson dated 3 December 1864.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Porterfield family papers, MS 1318. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Medical care, Cost of -- Georgia -- Madison County.
Porterfield, W. H. C., -1864 -- Estate
Property tax -- Georgia -- Madison County.
Property tax -- Georgia.
Receipts (Acknowledgments) -- Georgia.
Receipts (financial records)
Taxation -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Receipts, 1855-1869
12Receipts, 1870-1891