William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers

William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Few, Catherine Nicholson, 1764-1854?
Creator: Few, William, 1748-1828
Title: William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers
Dates: 1782-1844
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet 2 document boxes
Coll. Number: ms3245

Biographical/Historical Note

William Few (1748-1828), politician and lawyer, was born in Baltimore County, Maryland to William Few and Mary Wheeler. At age 10 his family moved to North Carolina and later to Georgia. Few served in numerous political positions including delegate to the Constitutional Convention (1787), surveyor general of Georgia, Judge of Richmond County (Ga.), and U.S. Senator (1789-1793). In 1788 he married Catherine Nicholson (1764-1854?) fo New York, daughter of Commodore James Nicholson. Their children were Frances (1789-1885), Mary (1790-1872), Matilda (1794-1878), and Albert (d. 1810). in 1799 William Few's health declined and he decided to move his family to New York for a visit. But they remained in New York where he continued his career in politics and commerce, serving as state prison inspector and bank president. In 1803 Few returned to Georgia for the last time to dispose of his plantation (Hesperia) near Augusta, Georgia.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters that were exchanged between William Few, his wife Catherine and their children. Catherine Few also wrote letters to her sister Maria Few Montgomery, her grandchildren and her friend, Harriett Woodward Murray. There are several letters written by Joseph Hopper Nicholson (1770-1817), cousin of Catherine Few, to Frances Few. Writings and a biographical sketch of William Few are included. These are family letters describing such topics as children, health, social activities, local and foreign travel and weather, there is also commentary on political and military matters. Some of the letters of Joseph Nicholson mention his part in the War of 1812 bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland.


Index Terms

Correspondence.
Few, William, 1748-1828 -- Correspondence
Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)--History.
United States--History--War of 1812.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers, ms3245, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related collections in other repositories: Murrays of Woodstock Farm, West River Collection of Family Papers, MSA SC 2301


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Correspondence - Catherine Nicholson (Few) to William Few, 1787-1788
 
2Correspondence - William Few and Catherine Nicholson (Few), 1785-1798
 
3Correspondence - William Few and Catherine Nicholson (Few), 1800-1822
 
4Correspondence - William Few to Frances Few, 1802-1826
 
5Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few (Chrystie), 1805-1822
 
6Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie, 1823-1826
 
7Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie and Albert Chrystie, 1826-1831
 
BoxFolder
21Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie and Albert Chrystie, 1832-1841
 
2Correspondence - Catherine Few to Frances Few Chrystie and grandchildren, 1842-1844
 
3Correspondence - Catherine Few to Mary Few, 1805-39
 
4Correspondence - Catherine Few to Mary Nicholson Montgomery, 1793-1833
 
5Correspondence - Catherine Few to Harriett Woodward Murray, 1782-1824
 
6Correspondence - Catherine Few to Harriett Woodward Murray, 1824-1840
 
7Correspondence - Joseph H. Nicholson to Frances Few, 1809-1817
 
8Biography - William Few
 
9Writings - William Few
 
10Miscellaneous papers