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Samuel Edward Butler diary

Samuel Edward Butler diary

Descriptive Summary

Title: Samuel Edward Butler diary
Creator: Butler, Samuel Edward, 1748-1809
Inclusive Dates: 1784-1786
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms432
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Samuel Edward Butler (1748-1809) married Elizabeth Wingfield in 1770. In 1784, Samuel E. Butler travelled from Virginia to Georgia on horseback to purchase land. He purchased 400 acres on Uptons Creek from Joel Williams.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the diary of Samuel Edward Butler from 1784-1786. The diary was kept while Butler made trips between Virginia and Georgia. The entries reflect his observations regarding a myriad of topics including farming, hunting, slavery, the aftermath of the American Revolution, and Native Americans. The collection also contains several surveyor's maps of property held by the Butler family in Wilkes County (Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel Edward Butler diary, ms432, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

This collection has been digitized and is available online through the Digital Library of Georgia,

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Agriculture -- Southern States
Hunting -- Southern States.
Indians of North America -- Southern States.
Land surveys.
North Carolina -- Description and travel.
Slavery -- Southern States.
South Carolina -- Description and travel.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783.
Virginia -- Description and travel.
Wilkes County (Ga.) -- Surveys.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

VB1Diary, 1784-1786 Access Online
1Diary transcript, maps, legal documents [laid into the diary], 1787, 1794, 1836, undated Access Online
Includes accounts, receipts, survey of Butler's plot of land, survey of land on Beaverdam (Wilkes Co.), and 10 cent fractional currency note.