|Title:||Talbot family papers|
|Quantity:||0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor colections MS 1711 to MS 1727)|
The Talbot family which immigrated to Wilkes County, Georgia, from Maryland shortly after the Revolutionary War almost immediately became influential in Georgia society and politics through the vast landholdings of John Talbot. Matthew Talbot was one of John Talbot's sons.
Matthew Talbot, Georgia's 14th Governor, was born in Virginia, in 1762 (exact date unknown). After serving in the Georgia militia, he entered into a career in politics. He served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1799, and served in the Georgia Senate in 1811 and again from 1817 to 1822, when he also served as president of the senate. On October 24, 1819, Governor William Rabun died in office, and Talbot who was president of the senate at the time, assumed the duties of the governor's office. During his short tenure, he continued to carry out the policies and programs of the Rabun administration. After leaving office on November 5, 1819, Talbot ran unsuccessfully for the governorship in 1823. In 1827, he was once again a gubernatorial candidate, but passed away before the election. Governor Matthew Talbot died on September 17, 1827, and he is buried at the Smyrna Cemetery in Wilkes County, Georgia.-- "Georgia Governor Matthew Talbot." National Governor's Association. http://www.nga.org/ (Retrieved March 25, 2009)
Atha Jarrett (Athalizia Jarrett, formerly Athalizia Pinkston, was the widow of Fadda Jarrett), Thomas Talbot, and Richard Sapping (or Sappington) were the administrators of the estate of Fadda Jarrett. Peter Bennett was the husband of Frances Pinkston, daughter of Shadrack and Atha Pinkston.
Stephen Upson, [was] a noted Georgia lawyer of the times. Born in 1784 or 1785 in Waterbury, Conn., Upson graduated from Yale University in 1804. Because of health reasons, he moved southerward -- first to Virginia, and then in 1807 to Lexington, Ga. Here, he practiced law and became a respected friend of William Crawford. Upson died in Aug. 1824 at age 40 and was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Lexington. Although it is not clear that Upson ever served in public office, his reputation as an attorney and jurist led the General Assembly to name a new county in his honor four months after his death.-- "Upson County Courthouse." GeorgiaInfo. http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/ (Retrieved March 25, 2009)
Col. Duncan G. Campbell (1787-1828) was a noted politician and lawyer. In 1825, Campbell had helped negotiate the Treaty of Indian Springs, in which the Creeks ceded a portion of the land later used to fashion Campbell County.-- "Campbell County Courthouse." GeorgiaInfo. http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/ (Retrieved March 25, 2009)
The collection consists of two documents as follows: 1) manuscript balance sheet submitted to Wilkes County Superior Court by Matthew Talbot, executor of the estate of the late John Talbot , dated 15 February 1803; 2) manuscript reply of Atha Jarrett, Thomas Talbot and Richard Sapping to the bill of complaint of Peter Bennett et al., filed 21 July 1817 in Wilkes County Superior Court. Signed by Stephen Upson and Duncan G. Campbell, lawyers.
Arranged in chronological order.
Talbot family papers, MS 1715. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.