John Ray papers

John Ray papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Ray, John, d.1868
Title: John Ray papers
Dates: 1829-1868
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms119

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of John Ray’s day book, docket book, and plantation book. The day book records debts collected from 1831-1844, and contains some notes concerning land; and the docket book contains notes of proceedings and filings in court cases in Coweta County, Georgia Superior Court from 1843-1865. The plantation book records names of people who were enslaved, and account of their clothes, rations, and blankets; notes on legal decisions; and recipes for various illnesses, including heart disease, measles, rheumatism, pneumonia, scarlet fever, and asthma. The collection also includes handwritten papers on heart disease; promissory notes, deeds and indentures for land in Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia, a bill of sales for two “Negroes” (named "Roland, 2 years old, and Randal, about 7 years old"); tax records; and records of White Oak Plantation (Coweta County, Ga.) and an unidentified plantation. The plantation records record how much cotton was sold (cotton made at White Oak Plantation).


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Business records.
Cotton trade--Georgia.
Coweta County (Ga.)
Newnan (Ga.)
Practice of law--Georgia.
Slave bills of sale--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

John Ray papers, ms119, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Day Book, 1831-1844, 1867-1868
2Docket book, 1843-1865
3Plantation book, 1832-1861
4Papers on heart disease, undated
5Papers, 1829-1862
6White Oak Plantation records & John Ray tax records, 1854-1868