Robert Scott Davis collection

Robert Scott Davis collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Davis, Robert Scott, 1954-
Title: Robert Scott Davis collection
Dates: 1844-2009
Quantity: 37.2 Linear feet (19 document boxes, 1 card file box, 30 cartons)
Coll. Number: ms2549

Biographical/Historical Note

"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)


Scope and Content Note

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.


Arrangement

Partially arranged; a large amount of unprocessed material was added to the collection. Please contact Head of Manuscript to request access.


Index Terms

Aetna Insurance Company. -- History
Articles.
Books.
Carter's Quarters (Murray County, Ga.).
Clinton (Ga.)--History--Sources.
Correspondence
Fannin, James Walker, 1804?-1836
Fire insurance--Alabama--History.
Fire insurance--Georgia--History.
Flags.
Gall, Henry Ross, 1878- -- One hundred years of fire insurance
Georgia--History--1775-1865--Sources.
Georgia--History--Sources.
Gold mines and mining--Georgia.
Harris-Pearson-Walker House (Augusta, Ga.).
Hind, Charles Cole
Historic buildings--Georgia--Augusta.
Historic buildings--Georgia--Murray County.
Historic buildings--Georgia.
Histories.
Insurance agents--Alabama--Biography.
Insurance agents--Georgia--Biography.
Insurance companies--Alabama--History.
Insurance companies--Georgia--History.
Maps.
Photocopies.
Rosters.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Sources.
Texas. Army. -- Officers--Biography
Ward, William A., d. 1836

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Scott Davis collection. MS 2549. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Provenance

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.

721 items

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


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: GOLIAD papers

Maps, articles, research notes, correspondence, photos relating to Georgians in the Texas war of independence from Mexico [1835-36] and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of those events in Georgia and Texas. Materials include data on Col. James Walker Fannin [1805-1836] of Columbus, GA., Lcol. William A. Ward [c 1805-1836] of Macon, GA plus Ga volunteers from Macon, Columbus, Milledgeville and elsewhere. Other information includes Joanna Troutman's flag of the Ga Bn, the story of Ga arms carried to Texas and the monuments to Georgians built from the money owed for the arms; Georgians at the Alamo, at San Jacinto and those executed at the Presidio La Bahia, Goliad, TX in 1836. Also included are research notes by R. F. Bankey on Georgians in early Texas, rosters etc.
BoxFolder
11 James Walker Fannin
Col. of Regiment of Volunteers in flight for Texas including the Georgia Bn & Red Rovers from Alabama. Fannin born in Ga in 1805 & moved to Texas with his family in 1834.
2 William A. Ward
Major & commander of the Georgia Bn
3 Soldier information
includes written accounts of the Texas Revolution & the Ga connections; Dr. J. H. Barnard's Journal of the Fannin massacre: photo of Hugh McLeod's tomb
4 Texas 150th year celebration
with correspondence, newspaper coverage & Ga material
5 The Alamo
correspondence mentions Eliel Melton, William Wells, William T. Malone & others
6 Bounty lands
correspondence & information regarding lands received by men or families as a result of the Revolution
7 Goliad flag
an actual cloth copy of the flag in red/white
8 San Jacinto
correspondence with lists of participants
9 Monuments
located in Albany, TX with photos; Goliad, Troutman, Callahan, Duval, Fannin plus Winn/Bates in Lawrenceville GA
10 Rosters
various studies, Texas info, pamphlet on TX Forgotten Heroes
11 Flags
Joanna Troutman flag with photos, articles & correspondence
12 Illustrations
b/w 6 x 10 of the Georgia Bn marched to death in 'Fannin & His Men" 7 x 10 photo of drawing by Price of the execution at Goliad, 1836
13 Historical markers of Georgia & Texas
14 Maps and plans of Texas sites
Ft. Velasco, battlefield at Coleta; drawing of Ward's route from Refugio to surrender; drawings of Refugio; places associated with Georgia Bn 1835-6 ; Aranxzas Bay; map of some part of TX; May of 1836 Ga at Refugio and La Bahia; photo of map of 1844 Texas; zerox of another part of 1844 map
15 Presidio La Bahia, Goliad
correspondence, newspaper coverage, 4 first edition stamps & envelopes of various battles; photographs of La Bahia & Ft. Defiance
16 Movie 'Going to the Alamo"
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21 R. F. Bankey, of Atlanta, correspondence with Davis, 1982-87
regarding TX issues
2 Bankey
newspapers, historical guide & Clinton Historical Society 1984 publication regarding the town
3 Bankey
notebooks, printed material on Ga & TX
4 Cherokee Boundry papers, 1829
abstracts of depositions and other papers collected by General John Coffee in 1829 regarding border between Cherokee and Creek Indians in Georgia
5 Mackay House, Augusta, GA or 'White House"
was the site of a Revolutionary War battle in September 1780 & was identified as the Ezekiel Harris/Walker House. This material supplements and expands upon research done by Ga Dept of Natural Resources concerning the house & unsuccessful attempt to locate a publication by Ebenezer Starnes called "The Death of Grierson" which possibly contains information on the Mackay House.
6 Miscellaneous Texas items
copies of articles from various historical societies on Texas Revolution
7 Charles Cole Hind
descriptions of Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Griffin, Macon, Mobile, Montgomery, Rome and Savannah done by Hind [1825-1897] of Aetna Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn. during his tour of these cities in 1859-60. Folder contains Davis correspondence regarding Hind.
8 Charles Cole Hind
book of instructions for agents with definitions of building types, charges; other AEtna material
9 Hind insurance surveys of Ga towns
10 Hind insurance surveys of Alabama towns
11 Hind photographs
12 Hind book - 100 Years of Fire Insurance Being a History of the Aetna Insurance Company Hartford, Conn: 1819-1919
133 photos
Richard Randolph Cuyler [1796-1865]; b/w Richard Matthei Cuyler [1825-1879] his son and color of the latter. See folder for explanation - photos in photo file
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31 Mark Anthony Cooper material
Includes notes, correspondence, research notes on Cooper [1800-1885], Ga lawyer, banker, congressman, soldier and manufacturer; Cooper's memoirs and Daniel S. Allan paper on Cooper's Etowah Iron Works in Bartow County; bibliography of source materials on Cooper.
2 Carter's Quarters House, Murray Co Ga
includes research done on National Register House, traditionally believed to be home of Cherokee Judge John Martin but probably was owned by Cherokee Indian George Harlan and later by Ga millionaire Parrish Carter [1780-1861]. Taped tour of house & photographs
3 Wrightsboro, GA
4 Long Swamp Indian Village, Cherokee Co GA
Cherokee Indian village near Ball Ground, Cherokee Co, GA, supposedly where Cherokees won a victory in battle of the Creeks in 1755 and in other accounts, won northwest Ga in a ball game with the Creeks. The village was settled in c 1776, captured by Ga and S. C. militia under Gen. Andrew Pickens in 1781, destroyed 1792 by Tenn. militia under John Sevier. The area was still occupied by Cherokees until the Trail of Tears in 1838. The Treaty of Long Swamp is also covered in these papers.
5 Long Swamp, folder 2
6 Seal found at site of Tate Estate, Tate, GA
7 Second Manassas
research notes
8 Rev. John Newton, Baptist minister..
Info on diaries of Newton and medical journal of his son, Dr. Moses Newton.
9 Thomas H. Cosby, Soldier of Fortune
a general study by Tom Houston
 

Series 2: William Manson-Thomas Ansley materials

Notes, correspondence, photographs and copies of documents relating to settlements in colonial Georgia that existed in what is now McDuffie Co., GA. Info on Thomas Ansley [ancestor of Jimmy Carter], & his Rock House; Joseph Maddock and the Wrightsborough Quaker settlement; and William Manson, Orkney Island sea captain who founded settlement of indentured servants from Scotland named Friendsborough.
BoxFolder
41Correspondence from Charles Ansley to Davis re Thomas Ansley - photos
2Undated corresp. re Ansley, some incomplete
3Edmond gray articles re this Quaker from Virginia, Augusta and Cumberland Island, GA
4William Manson settlement, Friendsborough
5Rock House, McDuffie Co GA correspondence from Charles Ansley, from Orkney Museum & Library, Great Britain; 19 photos of Rock House
6Wirghtsborough Quaker Community - correspondence
7Wrightsborough Quaker Community, articles, records
8William Manson - correspondence
9William Manson - records
10William Manson & Company account book, Friendsborough, 1776-7 (copied from Orkney Library, 166 pages)
11William Manson - correspondence to/by him from Kirkwall, 1780's-90's
12Account book of co-partners William & John Chapeman & William Manson, 1775-79 (copied from Orkney Library, 45 pages)
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51 BUHR stone article, correspondence, photos
2Buhr stone history, geology with correspondence, articles
3Rae's Creek
4Maps
Jefferson Co 1819, 1872 [ copies] and 1985 road map; Dublin 1981 and Louisville area
5Jefferson Co burr stones
6German burr stones
7Georgia stones, 1815-54
8Christopher Fitzsimmons
9Oliver Evans
10Patrick Connelly of Jefferson County
11Photos, slides, negatives
12Examples of actual stones, both French & Georgian - in artifacts
 

Series 3: Montgomery County, GA materials

BoxFolder
61Agriculture
2Agricultural census
3Altamaha River
4Blockhouses
5Boundry changes
6Brewton Parker College
7Census statistics
81850 census
9Charlotteburg
BoxFolder
71Churches - deeds
2Civil War Records
3Civil War Records
4Commissions
5Communities and Towns
6Wilson Conner
7Contracts; correspondence
8Creek Indian Wars
9Creek Indian Wars
BoxFolder
81Dead River Cemetery
2Deed Records
3DeSoto
4Families
5First Families
6First Florida Spanish Cavalry
7Folsom Papers, Georgia Historical Society
8Geology
9Basil and Jumper Hall
10Roland Harper
11History
12Indians
13JP's
14Ladson Library
15'Lamb In His Bosom'
16Land Grants; Land lottery; laws and acts
17Longpond Cemetery; Longpond Methodist Church, Lotts Creek
18Maps
19Margavate of Azilla; McBride AL; John B. McFarland
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91Methodist churches; Old Montgomery County
2Military Records and Districts; Monroe Family, Mortality Schedules
3Mt. Venture and Mary Musgrove
4Mt. Vernon Methodist Church & Presbyterian Churches
5Dwight Newsome
6Newspapers
7Oconee Box and River
8Peterson murder; petitions
9Pine Barren Fraud
10Jack Plane
11Prehistory
12Rafts - 3 photos
13Reconstruction
14-15Records
BoxFolder
101Revolutionary War
2John Salter
3School Records
4Scotsmen
5Secession Convention
6Seward; Sheep; Thomas Sikes
7Slave Schedules & Slaves
8Frankie Snow
9Social Schedules; Swiss, Sopherton
10Spanish Period
11Stephen Swain
12Eugene Talmadge: Tarrytown; Tax Digests; Tax Insolvents; Timber Industry
13Toombs County - Cemeteries and Schools
14Treutlan County - Churches & Cemeteries
BoxFolder
111Robert Troup & Lachlan McInstosh; Geo M Troup; C. T. Trowell
2Turpentine; Uvalda
3Vidalia; Vidalia First Baptist Church
4Washington County; Wheeler County & Cemeteries
5Julian C. Wilkes; Wolfe Publications; WWI
6Yamassees
7Robert Penn Warren's RIVER ROGUE
8Writing the History
 

Series 4: Gold Mining in White County, Georgia

BoxFolder
121Georgia Governor David Brydie Mitchell, [1809-1820]
copies of letters from Bolling Hall, Charles Tait, John Pray, Wilson Lumpkin, William Wyatt Bibb, George M Troup, William H Crawford, Israel Pickens, Governor John Clark, Rev. Jesse Mercer, mostly dealing with Mitchell's work as Creek Indian agent.
2John Loud, Logan Mine, Loudsville United Methodist Church and Campground photos
3White County Mines article - 'A View of a Golden Era:Drawings of a White County Mining Community in 1869", by Mr. Davis; correspondence, photos
4Logan Turnpike
5George W Boyd letter to Richard Ray Ward, 1832
regarding employees of New Potosi Company NY and Mr. Boyd's buying & selling mining properties
6Mining reports, correspondence
7Daniel Blake papers
8Daniel Blake legal papers
9Daniel Blake mansion photos
10Maps
 

Series 5: Walter Webster Findly, North Georgia bounty hunter

Findly [20 May 1841 - 9 June 1910] bounty hunter of Pickens, Gilmer, and Fannin counties, brought to justice such killers as Ayers Jones, Sanford Pirkle and Kate Southern. Material also includes Findly's career outside the law including his legendary gun battle with Robert B. Woody [1838-1901].
BoxFolder
131Article - 'The Great Gunfight at Doublehead Gap' by Davis
2Findly Family History
3 Walter Webster [Webb] Findly
4 Walter Webster [Webb] Findly - Gilmer County Case
5 Walter Webster [Webb] Findly Federal County Case
6 Walter Webster [Webb] Findly pardon papers
7Newspaper accounts
8 Robert P. Woody
 

Series 6: Moonshine War, North Georgia

federal troops were used unsuccessfully in Gilmer County to suppress moonshining in 1876-77. Among persons mentioned are Augustine McIntyre, Charles B. Blacker, John Emory, and Ayers Jones.
BoxFolder
139 Moonshine War 1876-77 Folder 9 - MISSING
10 Moonshine War Folder 10 - MISSING
11Article regarding origin of Lansdown Valley
 

Series 7: Materials relating to the career and murder of Pickens County, GA lawman W. Lee Cape, 5 June 1862 - 17 September 1927

BoxFolder
141Article ' Lee Cape's Last Raid: The Story that Won't Rest'
2 Cape Family
3 W. Lee Cape
4 Levi Cape
5 Lindsey Evans
6 Evans Court transcript
7 Newspaper stories
8 McFarland Incident / Seal Smith
9Tapes - Tom Evans and Ripley Long/Cape murder
 

Series 8: Materials relating to the article about the Revolutionary War letter of Dr. Thomas Taylor

BoxFolder
151 A View From The Other Side: The Revolutionary War Letters of Dr. Thomas Taylor by Davis typescript
2 A View... photocopy & labels for photos [no photos]
3Taylor research correspondence, 1972-84
4Taylor research correspondence, 1985-1996
5Taylor research - photocopies
6Taylor research - newspapers
7Research note cards
8Taylor research - IGI, typed materials
9Berkley / Bowmaker / Edwards materials
10Frazer materials
11Johnston materials
12Mason / Morrison materials
13Simpson / Wickham materials
14Miscellaneous materials
 

Unprocessed materials

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1Carton 1: Honest Man's Friend and Protector, Kate Southern, Amicaloba EMC and Cassets
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2Carton 2: Atlanta Farmer's Market and North Georgia in the Civil War (A-B)
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3Carton 3: North Georgia in the Civil War (A-C, MISC)
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4Carton 4: North Georgia in the Civil War (E-J)
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5Carton 5: North Georgia in the Civil War (L-T)
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6Carton 6: Civil War Atlanta (Box 1)
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7Carton 7: Civil War Atlanta (Box 2)
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8Carton 8: Civil War Atlanta (Box 3)
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9Carton 9: Confederate Gold
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10Carton 10: Macon Arsenal (Box 1)
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11Carton 11: Macon Arsenal (Box 2)
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12Carton 12: Geneology A-B
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13Carton 13: Geneology C
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14Carton 14: Geneology D-F
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15Carton 15: Geneology F-H
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16Carton 16: Geneology H-L
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17Carton 17: Geneology L-M
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18Carton 18: Geneology Mo-P
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19Carton 19: Geneology Q-S
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20Carton 20: Geneology S-V
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21Carton 21: Geneology W-Z
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22Carton 22: Andersonville Prison (A-C)
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23Carton 23: Andersonville Prison (D-F)
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24Carton 24: Andersonville Prison (G-J)
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25Carton 25: Andersonville Prison (K-M)
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26Carton 26: Andersonville Prison (N-S)
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27Carton 27: Andersonville Prison (Spies-Z)
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28Carton 28: Ambrose C. Spencer
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29Carton 29: Orrin Smith Baker
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30Artifact: 12 Burr stones - mostly Georgia and French
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16Box 16: Mercer and Related Families
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17Box 17: Miscellaneous unsorted genealogy material
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18Box 18: Notecards filed by topic
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19Wilson family correspondence