Brooks-Estes-Taylor papers

Brooks-Estes-Taylor papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Brooks, Harriet Estes
Creator: Brooks, Walker
Creator: Taylor, John, of Summerville, Ga.
Title: Brooks-Estes-Taylor papers
Dates: circa 1827-1954
Quantity: 22.3 Linear feet (44 document boxes, 3 oversized folders B)
Abstract:Brooks-Estes papers center around Walker Brooks, of Penfield, Ga., and his wife, Harriet (Estes) Brooks, including personal correspondence (1836-1900) from friends and members of the Brooks and Estes families and business correspondence (1827-1887) chiefly relating to Brooks's plantation in Barnwell County, S.C., including correspondence concerning the price of cotton. Papers of John Taylor chiefly relate to his law practice in Summerville, Ga., including cases dealing with claims arising from the Civil War. Includes Chattooga County, Ga., court documents (1842-1917); court records from other Georgia counties and other states; and 10 boxes of printed material, chiefly relating to education and law.
Coll. Number: ms2533

Scope and Content Note

This collection of approximately 8,000 items (ca. 1827-1954) consists of apparently two unrelated archives. The Taylor section is mainly a group of files from a law office in Summerville, Georgia in Chattooga County and the Brooks-Estes papers deal mainly with affairs in South Carolina. In processing this collection some attempt was made to separate the two groups of papers (See inventory).

The Brooks-Estes section is centered mainly around a Walker Brooks from Penfield, Georgia who married a Harriet Estes. This archive consists mainly of personal and business correspondence and follows much of Brooks life. Personal correspondence (1836-1900) includes letters written from friends and members of both Walker's and Harriet's families. Much of the business correspondence (1827-1887) concerns their plantation in Barnwell County, South Carolina, which later in life Brooks ran through an overseer while living in north-west Georgia. The overseer would often write to Brooks, reporting on agricultural matters, especially cotton prices.

The Taylor archive consists mainly of files from the law office of John Taylor in Summerville, Georgia and dates from the mid 1800's to the mid 1900's. Of some interest here are the cases dealing with claims arising from the Civil War.

Other items of some importance in the Brooks-Estes-Taylor Papers include several boxes of Chattooga Co. court documents (1842-1917), as well as court records from other miscellaneous counties in Georgia and other states. Towards the end of the collection are also several boxes of printed material relating to a wide range of subjects, especially education and law.


Index Terms

Brooks family
Cotton trade--South Carolina--Barnwell County.
Cotton trade--South Carolina.
Cotton--Prices.
County courts--Georgia.
Courts--Georgia--Chattooga County
Courts--Georgia.
Courts--United States.
Education.
Estes family
Family papers.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Claims.
Law.
Lawyers--Georgia--Summerville
Plantation owners--Georgia--Penfield.
Plantations--South Carolina--Barnwell County.
Plantations--South Carolina.
Practice of law--Georgia.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Claims.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Brooks Business Correspondence, 1827-1887

BoxFolder
111827
21836
31840
41842
51843
61845
71846
81847
91848
101849
111850
121851
131852
141853
151854
161855
171856
181857
191858 January-June
201858 July-September
211858 October-December
221859 January-February
231859 March-April
BoxFolder
211859 June-August
21859 September-December
31860 January-February
41860 March-April
51860 May
61860 July-December
71861 January-February
81861 March-May
91861 June-December
101862
111863
121864
131865
BoxFolder
311866
21867
31868 February-June
41868 July-December
51869 January-March
61869 April-June
71869 July-September
81869 October-December
91870 January-March
101870 April-May
BoxFolder
411870 June-August
21870 September-December & Undated
31871 January-March
41871 April-June
51871 July-September
61871 October-December & Undated
71872 January-March
81872 April-May
91872 June-July
101872 August-September
111872 October-December
BoxFolder
511873 January-June
21873 July-December
31874 January-March
41874 April-December
51875
61876 January-July
71876 August-December
81877
91878
BoxFolder
611879
21870's Undated
31880 January-August
41881
51882
61883
71884
81885
91887
10Undated
 

Series 2: Taylor Business and Legal Correspondence, 1855-1954, undated

BoxFolder
711855
21856
31858 February-June
41858 July-December
51859 January-May
61859 June-July
71859 August-December
81860 January-June
91860 July-December
101861
111862
121867
131868
141869 February-July
151869 September-December
BoxFolder
811870 January-July
21870 August-December
31871 January-June
41871 July-September
51871 October-December
61872 January-April
71872 May-July
81872 August-December
BoxFolder
911873 January-June
21873 July-September
31873 October-December
41874 January-June
51874 July-December
61875 February-April
71875 May-October
81875 November-December
BoxFolder
1011876 January-July
21876 August-December
31877 January-March
41877 April-May
51877 June-July
61877 August-December
71878 January-July
81878 August-October
91878 November-December & Undated
BoxFolder
1111879 January-March
21879 April-June
31879 July
41879 August-December
51870's Undated
61880
71881
81882
91883
101884
BoxFolder
1211885 January-March
21885 April-June
31885 July-December
41886 January-May
51886 June-December
61887 January-June
71887 July-December
81888 January-April
91888 May-December
BoxFolder
1311889 January-October
21889 November-December
31890 January-June
41890 July-December
51891
61892
71893 January-June
81893 July-December
91894
101895
111898
121899
131800's Undated
BoxFolder
1411905
21908
31909
41910
51912
61913
71914
81915 January-June
91915 July-September
101915 October-December
111916 January-March
121916 April-June
131916 July-September
141916 October
151916 November-December
BoxFolder
1511917 January-February
21917 March-April
31917 May-October
41918
51920
61922
71931
81941
91954
10Undated
11Correspondence & Addressee, Undated
11Unidentified
 

Series 3: Brooks-Estes Personal Correspondence, 1836-1900, undated

BoxFolder
1611836
21839
31840
41841
51842
61843
71844
81845
91846
101847
111848
121849
131850
141851
151852
161853
171854
181855
191856
201857
211858
221859
BoxFolder
1711860
21861
31862
41863
51866
61867
71868
81869
91871 January-June
101871 September-December
111872
121873
131874
141875
151876
161877
171878
181879
191870's Undated
201880
211881
221882
BoxFolder
1811883
21884
31885
41888
51889
61900
7Undated
 

Series 4: Taylor Personal Correspondence, 1859-1922, undated

BoxFolder
1911859
21861
31866
41872
51880
61881
71884
81885
91886
101887
111888
121889
131892
141911
151915
161916
171917
181922
19Undated
Box
20Empty Envelopes
 

Series 5: Chattooga Co. Board of Education Papers

BoxFolder
211Account Sheet
2Teachers' accounts, 1887-1888
3Teacher's contract, 1887
4-8Teachers' exams. Fldrs. 1-5
 

Series 6: North Georgia Fruit Co., Chattooga County. Papers.

BoxFolder
221Payrolls, etc., 1911
2Payrolls, etc., 1912
3Payrolls, etc., 1913
4Payrolls, etc., 1914
5Payrolls, etc., 1916
6Payrolls, etc., 1917
7Payrolls, etc., 1922
8Payrolls, etc., 1923
9Payrolls, etc., 1924 & Undated
10Ledger, 1906
 

Series 7: County Court Documents



Subseries 7A: Chattooga Co., Georgia Court Documents.

BoxFolder
2311842
21844
31850
41851
51853
61855
71856
81858
91859
101850's Undated
111860
121861
131862
141864
151866
161867
171868
181869
191860's Undated
201870
211871
221872
231873
241874
BoxFolder
2411875
21876
31877
41877
51878
61879
71879
81879
91870's Undated
BoxFolder
251-41880
51881
61881
71882
81883
9-121884
BoxFolder
2611885
21885
31886
41887
51888
61889
71880's Undated
81890
91891
101892
111894
121895
131897
141898
151899
161905
171907
181910
191912
201914
211915
221916
231917
241900's Undated
25Undated
Box
27



Subseries 7B: Miscellaneous Counties

Alabama. Cherokee Co., 1869
Alabama. Decalb Co., 1852-1872
Georgia. Floyd Co., 1879-1922
Georgia. Fulton Co., 1914
Georgia. Gordon Co., 1856
Georgia. Jasper Co., 1858-1866
Georgia. Lowndes Co., Undated
Georgia. Walker Co., 1866-1869
Georgia. Walker Co., 1874-1875
Georgia. Walker Co., 1887-1888
Georgia. Walker Co., 1895
Georgia. Walker Co., 1917
Illinois. Ogle Co., 1872
Illinois. Peoria Co., 1866
Mississippi. Wilkinson Co., 1822
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1804
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1809
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1810
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1811
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1826
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1828
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1829
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1840
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1841
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1846
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1849
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1854
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1855
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1858
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1859
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1860
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1861
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1862
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1863
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1866
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1867
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1868
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1870
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1871
South Carolina. Barnwell District, 1872
South Carolina. Barnwell District, Undated
Tennessee. Hamilton Co., 1873
Tennessee. Marion Co., 1894
Unidentified Counties
Unidentified Counties
 

Series 8: Receipts, 1847-1954, undated

BoxFolder
2811847
21848
31849
41850
51851
61852
71853
81854
91855
101856
111857
121858
131859
141859
151850's Undated
161860
171861
181862
BoxFolder
2911863
21864
31865
41866
51867
61868
71869
81870
91871
101872
111873
121874
131875
141876
151877
161878
171879
181870's Undated
BoxFolder
3011880
21881
31882
41883
51884
61885
71886
81887
91888
101890
111891
121892
131893
141894
151900
161901
171903
181904
191905
201906
211907
221908
231909
241910
251911
261912
BoxFolder
3111913
21914
31915
41915
51915
61916
71916
81917
91917
101921
111922
121923
BoxFolder
3211924
21930's Undated
31943
41953
51954
6Undated
 

Series 9: Writings, Speeches, etc.

BoxFolder
331-4Series 9 Writings, Speeches, etc.
 

Series 10: Miscellany

BoxFolder
341Account books. Fldr. 1
2Account books. Fldr. 2
3Certificates
4Estate papers
5Genealogy
6Insurance policy
7Lists of defaulters
8Lists of road contractors
9Lists of road hands
10Lists, miscellaneous
11Medical papers
12Memorandum books
13Military papers
14Miscellaneous
15Notebook
16Notebook (docket)
17Notes, miscellaneous
18Plans
19Prescriptions
20School records
 

Series 11: Printed Material



Subseries 11A: Advertisements

BoxFolder
351Autos
2Clothing
3Counterfeit money
4Farm supplies
5Food, beverages, etc.
6Furniture
7Hardware, etc.
8Jewelry
9Literary Bureau
10Machinery
11Monuments
12Packaging
13Patent Agency
14Printers and engravers
15Tobacco



Subseries 11B: Education

BoxFolder
361Circulars, letters, etc.
2Exams
3Journals, pamphlets, etc.
4Laws
5School catalogs, programs, etc. Fldr. 1
6School catalogs, programs, etc. Fldr. 2
7School suppliers
8Textbooks



Subseries 11C: Legal Matters

BoxFolder
371-4Attorneys, firms, etc. Fldrs. 1-4
5-6Circulars, etc. Fldrs. 1 & 2
7-8Clippings. Fldrs. 1 & 2
BoxFolder
381-5Books, pamphlets, etc. Fldrs. 1-5
BoxFolder
391-5Publications. Fldrs. 1-5
BoxFolder
401-3Forms. Fldrs. 1-3
4-5Journals, etc. Fldrs. 1-2



Subseries 11D: Miscellaneous

BoxFolder
411Re. Agriculture
2Almanacs
3Re. Art
4Re. Banks
5-6Book catalogs, etc. Fldrs. 1-2
7Calander
8Confederate Imprints
9Dictionaries
10Election tickets
11Envelopes
BoxFolder
421-2Re. Health, Medicine, etc. Fldrs. 1-2
3Re. Insurance Companies
4Re. Inventions
5Library Magazines
6Re. Lotteries
7-8Magazines, Ads for. Fldrs. 1-2
9Magazines, Fragments of
10Maps, Ad for
BoxFolder
431Miscellaneous
2Re. Music
3Poetry
4Re. Politics
5Re. Prohibition
6Re. Railroads
7Re. Real Estate
8Re. Religion
9Re. Science & Scientific Publications
10Speeches by Joseph E. Brown
11Speech by Roscoe Conkling
12Speech by Thomas W. Hardwick
13Speeches by Reverdy Johnson
14Re. Summerville, Georgia
 

Series 12: Photographs

Box
44Series 12 Photographs
 

Series 13: Oversized Materials

OS FolderFolder
1B1Maps and Bridge Plan
OS Folder
2BGeorgia Newspapers (primarily ATL Constitution), 1880-1900
OS Folder
3ANon-Georgian Newspapers (national and Alabama), 1876-1890