|Creator:||Thomas, Francis, fl. 1835-1837|
|Title:||Francis Thomas account books|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (3 volumes housed with minor collections MS 156 - MS 158)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of account books of Francis Thomas for his general store in "Hamptonsville," Georgia from 1835-1837. The entries give the customer's name, item purchased, and price. Materials sold include liquor, tobacco, cloth, sewing items, clothing, household items, and food staples. The customers who bought the most expensive items were of the Hampton family, including Andrew Y. Hampton, James D. Hampton, and John M. Hampton.|
Francis Thomas was a merchant who ran a general store in "Hamptonsville," Georgia in the 1830s. He was a C.C.O. and an administrator for Andrew Young Hampton and John M. Hampton as late as the 1850s.
As of the twentieth century, no "Hamptonsville" exists in Georgia. However, it seems possible that the Hamptonsville, which Thomas's books refer to, was a nickname for the area. Evidence for this appears in the account books, which list the name of the area interchangeably as "Hamptonsville," "Hampton's Ville," and "Hampton Mills." The area had a significant number of Hampton family members living there, as seen in the customer records. One is Andrew Hampton, who was a wealthy landowner in North Carolina and migrated to Georgia to live along the the Altamaha River in the late 1700s. According to one source, his offspring for the next several generations pushed up the Altamaha River, and a descendant named after him began running a mill on a tributary of the Altamaha. It is possible this "Hamptonsville" or "Hampton Mills" is their business and the surrounding residential area for their workers. Many Southern mill towns took their name from the president or owner of the mill, such as in the case of Hogansville, Georgia, and McAdenville, North Carolina.
Arranged in chronological order.
Forms part of: Georgia mercantile records.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Francis Thomas account books, MS 157. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.