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Colonel Richard Dennis and family papers

Colonel Richard Dennis and family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Colonel Richard Dennis and family papers
Creator: Dennis, Richard, Colonel, 1771-1845
Inclusive Dates: 1804-1879
Bulk Dates: 1820-1859
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet (10 folders and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number: ms4332
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Colonel Richard Dennis was born in New Jersey on July 5, 1771. In 1794, he moved to Savannah, Georgia where he became a merchant and Major of the 1st Battalion 1st Regiment Georgia militia. Although he would leave Savannah in 1804 or 1805, he maintained his ties to the city and visited over the years. He served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the War of 1812 and was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He died on November 8, 1845 while visiting Louisville, Kentucky.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Colonel Richard Dennis and his family. The majority of the collection is comprised of correspondence, but it also includes genealogical information, legal and land documents, and ephemera. Much of the correspondence involves Dennis' business and the settlement of his estate and property in Georgia following his death in 1845. Additional subjects covered include Savannah's economy during the War of 1812, gold mining in Georgia, and the sale of people he enslaved.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Colonel Richard Dennis and family papers, ms4332, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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Subject Terms

Dennis family
Dennis, Susannah Saltar, 1790-1868
Gold mines and mining -- Georgia.
Merchants -- Georgia.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Economic conditions -- 19th century.
Savannah (Ga.).
United States -- History -- War of 1812.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

12Financial documents, 1809-1842, undated
1Financial documents, 1804-1831, undated
13Genealogical information, undated
14Land documents, 1821, undated
15Legal documents , 1830, undated32108061280437
16Letters from Richard Dennis, 1827-1837
17Letters to Richard Dennis, 1816-1844
1Letter to Richard Dennis, 1814
18Letters from Susan Dennis, 1845-1855
19Letters to Susan Dennis, 1827-1855
110Other family correspondence, 1879-1892, undated