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Edward Harden family papers

Edward Harden family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Edward Harden family papers
Creator: Harden, Edward, 1784-1849
Inclusive Dates: 1779-1928
Bulk Dates: 1830-1900
Language(s): English
Extent: 5.6 Linear Feet (6 document boxes, 1 flat box, 2 oversized boxes)
Collection Number: ms45
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Edward Harden (1784-1849) was a lawyer, planter, soldier, judge, and Georgia Senator who resided in Savannah and Athens, Georgia. Other family members include Harden's great-niece Evaline Harden Jackson (1848-1928) and great great-niece Elizabeth Carithers (b. 1874).

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the papers of Edward Harden and other Harden and Jackson family members of Savannah and Athens, Georgia from 1779-1928, including letters, receipts, autographs, commissions, deeds, diaries, scrapbooks.

Materials relating to Edward Harden, a planter and politician from Savannah and Athens, include indentures, receipts, account books (1836-1842) for his law practice, and common place books (1805, 1830-1837) containing accounts for his plantations, legal notes, and journal entries.

Also included are the diaries of Mary Ann Elizabeth Randolph, Mary Elizabeth Greenhill Harden, and Edward Harden Jr.'s children. The diaries (1864-1928) of Harden's great-niece, Eveline Harden Jackson, describe her school days, social activities, the Civil War, and news of family and friends.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged into 6 series by family member and/or record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Harden family papers, ms45, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 March 18.

General Notes

Donated by Elizabeth Carithers.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books.
Athens (Ga.) -- Social life and customs.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lawyers -- Georgia.
Plantation life -- Georgia.
Practice of law -- Georgia.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Social life and customs.
Women -- Georgia -- Diaries.

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials located in other repositories: Harden Family Papers Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Edward Harden Papers

11Receipts and bills of sale, 1779-1830 Access Online
Includes bills of sale for enslaved people: Susannah [possibly referred to as Suckey] and her two children Franny and Tom; Peter, 22 years old; Matilda, young girl.
Includes Harden's commission as Brigadier General, 1st Brigade, 1st Division Georgia Militia; list of trustees to the University according to seniority; receipt for bushels of salt; letter to Hartwell Jackson; fragment of the dress worn by Mrs. Edward Harden with Gen. Lafayette presented banners to her husband's regiment.
12Receipts, transcripts of letters from John Howard Payne, correspondence, power of attorney, 1830-1839 Access Online
Includes a marriage settlement includes 21 enslaved people and Oak Grove plantation; membership notes for the Baptist Church of Christ at Fishing Creek; plan for Rockey-Mount plantation
13Receipts, levies and fifas, invoices, correspondence, 1840-1843 Access Online
Includes fifa for William E. Hughes for enslaved people: Susan and infant child Isaac; titles for Walter Appling in Watkinsville for enslaved people Milley and Lucy
14Receipts, fifas and levies, correspondence, 1844 Access Online
Includes invoice for "safe keeping, dieting, + lodging" and clothing for two convicts at the Georgia Penitentiary: Willian Gentry and William Jordon; Pages from book of John Calvin Johnson, Watkinsville, Georgia, Inferior Court; bill of sale for enslaved man named Georgia twenty fives years old
15Receipts, fifas and levies, correspondence, 1845-1849 Access Online
Includes indenture with John Calvin Johnson and Asa Jackson and William Harden for lot in Watkinsville; payment for enslaved woman named Martha (27 years old) and her child Prince (16 months); bill of sale from Edward Lumpkin to Mary Harden for enslaved people: Joe, Theodore, William and Edward; bill of sale for enslaved child named Clayton (13 years old); notes on hiring out enslaved people: Minda, Martha, and Rob Roy; letter of dispension for Baptist Church at Mars Hill; invoice for hiring out enslaved man named Prince (shoemaker); letter from University of Georgia Professor Daniel H. Whitaker
16Receipts, fifas and levies, correspondence, 1850-1855 Access Online
Includes receipt from hiring out enslaved woman named Becky; Estate of John Jackson Sr. enslaved people: Bill, Lucy, Vina, Johnson, Srig, Lia, Dick, Lile; receipt for daughter Anna's tuition; dispension letters from Batpist Church of Christ at Bethabra; receipt for "negro shoes"; list of judgements inferior court cases 1855-1856
17Receipts, fifas and levies, correspondence, 1856-1859 Access Online
Receipt for "professional services of aunt Edie for two negro women"; payment for hired out enslaved people include Billy (carpenter), Samy, Harriett (for one year includes 2 suits of clothes, blanket, one pair of shoes)
18Correspondence from Rosalie Guavain, Joseph Jackson, A. H. Jackson; invoices and receipts, 1860-1864 Access Online
Includes letter mentioning death of T.R.R. Cobb; includes receipt for hiring out enslaved man named Bill
112Correspondence, receipts, 1890-1899 Access Online
Includes correspondence with Charles Strahan.
113Correspondence, receipts, 1900-1909 Access Online
114Correspondence, receipts, 1910-1919 Access Online
Mostly correspondence to Evie H. Jackson
115Miscellaneous clippings, phorographs Access Online
Items document Harden Home and family photographs
22Cut Signatures
23Cut Signatures
24Cut Signatures
25Miscellaneous, undated
3Commonplace book, 1805

2. Elizabeth Carithers

3Diary, 1892
3Scrapbook, Mildred L. Rutherford

3. Evelyn Harden Jackson

Diaries are available on microfilm for the following date ranges:
Reel 1: Diaries- March 11, 1864- July 1881 Reel 2: Daily transcripts- March 1864- Sept. 1869; Nov. 1870; Reel 2: Diaries- Oct. 1925- June 1928 Reel 3: Diaries- July 1881- June 1892 Reel 4: Diaries- July 1893- May 1912 Reel 5: Diaries- May 1912- Oct. 1925
41Diary, 1864-1871
41bDiary, 1864-1871 (typescripts)
42Diary, 1875-1879
43Diary, 1879-1881
44Diary, 1881-1885
45Diary, 1885-1887
5Diaries, 1891-1915
6Diaries, 1916-1928

4. Mary Harden

6Album, 1832
6"Flowers that Bloom in Athens"

5. Chloe Allen

6Pathology notes & drawings

6. Oversize Materials

7Edward Harden - Commonplace books, 1830-1831 1830-37
8Account book, scrapbook, 1836-1842
8Scrapbook - Mirror Fashions
9Elizabeth Carithers - Scrapbook