|Table of Contents|
|Scope and Content Note|
|William Manson-Thomas Ansley materials|
|Montgomery County, GA materials|
|Gold Mining in White County, Georgia|
|Walter Webster Findly, North Georgia bounty hunter|
|Moonshine War, North Georgia|
|Materials relating to the career and murder of Pickens County, GA lawman W. Lee Cape 5 June 1862 - 17 September 1927|
|Materials relating to the article about the Revolutionary War letter of Dr. Thomas Taylor|
|Creator:||Davis, Robert Scott, 1954-|
|Title:||Robert Scott Davis collection|
|Quantity:||37.2 Linear feet (19 document boxes, 1 card file box, 30 cartons)|
"Robert Scott "Bob" Davis is director of the Family and Regional History Program, Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama. His program pioneers genealogy and family history in a college environment. As a professor at Wallace State, he teaches genealogy, geography, and history. He holds a master of education degree in history from North Georgia College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, Professor Davis is doing more graduate work at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Documentary Editing of the National Historical Records Publications Commission. Professor Davis' more than 1,000 publications on records and research include guides to doing research in Alabama and Georgia. He also wrote the chapters on Alabama and Georgia for the current edition of Ancestry's Redbook. His articles have appeared in such periodicals as Ancestry, The American Genealogist, Heritage Quest, The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, as well as in many archival, education, history, library, and other professional journals. As a private citizen, he has worked on many efforts in Alabama and Georgia to encourage the saving of historical records, including as a speaker at hundreds of meetings of genealogical and historical societies. In 2006, the American Association for State and Local History awarded the program that he has built up with its Oustanding Leadership in History Award of Merit." -- "Robert Scott Davis" from http://www3.wallacestate.edu/bobdavis/docs/Biography_Genealogy.pdf (Accessed October 6, 2009)
The collection consists of mostly xeroxed articles from various historical agencies, some original correspondence, maps, photographs, and newspaper articles relating to subjects Mr. Davis has written about. Included are materials about Georgia's participation in the Texas Revolution; Charles Cole Hind and Aetna Insurance; and miscellaneous Georgia material (especially historic Georgia houses). The first deposit relates to Georgia's participation in the Texas Revolution. There is general soldier information, rosters, maps, flags, and photographs, plus specific information on James W. Fannin and William A. Ward. The Charles Cole Hind and Aetna Insurance material concerns Georgia and Alabama. Mrs. Hind, as the insurance representative, made pre-Civil War building insurance surveys in the two states; xeroxes of the surveys are in this collection. There is also a copy of the book of instruction for agents & a bound copy of The 100 Years of Fire Insurance..., the history of Aetna from 1819-1919. Finally, selections from the miscellaneous Georgia material include: information about the Harris-Pearson-Walker House in Augusta, Carter's Quarters (National Register house) in Murray County, gold mining in Georgia, and materials gathered on the history of Clinton and other places in Georgia.
Partially arranged; a large amount of unprocessed material was added to the collection. Please contact Head of Manuscript to request access.
Robert Scott Davis collection. MS 2549. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
The first deposit consists of some 1140 items.
1-3-1988 - Two items added to Mackay folder: ALS from Ola Webb, 12/3/87 and copy of TLS from Peter Malphurs to Dr. Edward Cashin, Augusts College, re archeological investigation on Murray Road extension with 2 maps.
October 1988 - Materials received includes the Mark Anthony Cooper materials; the National Register house knows as Carter's Quarters in Murray Co Ga; the Long Swamp Indian village, a Cherokee area in Cherokee Co GA; photos in Carter's Quarters materials & Long Swamp plus a cassette tape tour of Carter's Quarters. A separate folder contains a seal found at the site of the Tate Estate in Tate, Ga.
April 1989 - Additional information on Carter's Quarters & Presidio La Bahia; a soft bound volume on Thomas H. Cosby, Soldier of Fortune, a General Study by Tom Houston; folder of material on Rev. John Newton, Baptist minister; folder of research sources on 2d Manassas from various institutions done by a member of the Park Service, including UGA; correspondence re Thomas Ansley, mostly from Charles Ansley, Red Springs, NC to Davis during 1979-87 period, some incomplete & undated; 2 articles about Edmond Gray, a Quaker of Va., Augusta and Cumberland Island Ga; correspondence, photos re Rock House, McDuffie Co Ga, some from Orkney Museum, Great Britain; Wrightsboro Quaker Community corresp., articles, records; William Manson corresp., records, 2 account books 1775-70. Most of materials are copies & those on deteriorating copy paper have been recopied onto acid-free paper.
July 1989 - 3 photos: 1. Richard Randolph Cuyler [1796-1865], president of Central of Georgia Railroad by Bogardus of New York City, probably made before the Civil War in wallet size
2. b/w of Richard Matthei Cuyler [1825-1879], son of R. R. from original on marble probably done in Baltimore after the Civil War - he was commander of Macon Arsenal;
3. color of # 2
photos removed to photo file, explanation sheet in 2:13.
December 1991 - Materials on Georgia & French Burr [Buhr] stone, used to made flour grinding stones including history, maps, information on individuals and photos, slides and negatives of various sites plus the final draft of a article written by Mr. Davis - 397 items
Box of stones in artifacts.
June 1992 - ca. 2 linear feet of materials, mostly copies, of materials collected in preparation for writing a history of Montgomery County.
August 1995 -- Gold mining in Georgia - Governor David Brydie Mitchell letter copies; John Laud Logan mine; Blake materials; maps; White Co mines.
March 1997 - Walter Webster Findley; Robert P. Woody, Moonshine War 1876-7; Lansdown Val; Lee Cape, Lindsey Evans, McFarland incident; tapes
1 linear foot
May 1997 - materials collected for writing about the Revolutionary letters of Dr. Thomas Taylor; original correspondence 1972-96, much of it from Great Britain; typescript of A View From The Other Side:The Revolutionary Letter of Dr. Thomas Taylor by Davis; some research on families of Berkley, Bowmaker, Edwards, Frazer, Johnston, Mason, Morrison, Simpson & Wickham.
1 linear foot