22.3 Linear feet
(44 document boxes, 3 oversized folders B)
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.
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.