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John Hall family papers

John Hall family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Hall family papers
Creator: Hall, John
Inclusive Dates: 1806-1958
Bulk Dates: 1850-1879
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 2 document boxes
Collection Number: ms3667
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

John Hall (ca.1780-1850) acquired land near Milledgeville, Georgia for his plantation. He married Mary Johns (d. 1855) and their children included James Monroe (ca. 1820-1881), who married Mary Havis (d. 1881); Mary Jane, who married James Shinholster; and Pamelia, who married Levi Ezell.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, wills and deeds, and accounts of various family members. There are numerous accounts of the settlement of the John Hall estate, of which James M. Hall was executor. Of special interest are the bills of sale for enslaved people, freedmen contracts, and plantation overseer accounts. The accounts show the growth of the plantation, including purchase of enslaved people and supplies and land, operation of a sawmill, sales of cotton, and labor dealings with the Georgia Penitentiary after the Civil War. There is also a Civil War letter from John W. Shinholster on April 23, 1863 from his camp near Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Hall family papers, ms3667, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Enslaved persons -- Georgia
Family papers.
Financial records.
Hall, James, 1793-1868
Plantation owners -- Georgia.
Slave trade -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1854-1881
12Wills, 1828-1871
13Deeds, 1806-1871, 1908, 1923
14Freedmen contracts, 1868, 1869
15Bills of sales and documents for enslaved people, 1817-1856
16Accounts – Georgia Penitentiary, 1852-1857
17Accounts – medical , 1849-1857
18Accounts – overseers , 1850-1853
19Accounts – John Hall estate , 1850-1851
110Accounts – John Hall estate , 1852-1856
111Accounts – family share of John Hall estate
112Accounts – James M. Hall , 1850-1856
113Accounts – James M. Hall , 1857-1879
114Accounts – Lydia Hall , 1856, 1882
115Accounts – John Manderson family , 1822-1847
116Accounts – Charles F. Riley family , 1903-1909
117Accounts – Charles F. Riley family , 1910-1958
118Accounts – miscellaneous , 1822-1901
21Small trunk which housed the documents – covered in decorated oilcloth, lined with wallpaper, and lid trimmed with scalloped leather