William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers

William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Few, Catherine Nicholson, 1764-1854?
Creator: Few, William, 1748-1828
Title: William and Catherine Nicholson Few papers
Dates: 1782-1844
Quantity: 0.8 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. Born: June 8, 1748 Died: July 16, 1828 Father: William Few Mother: Mary Wheeler Wife: Catherine Nicholson - married June 8, 1788 Children: Frances (1789-1885) married Albert Chrystie Mary (1790-1872) Matilda (1794-1878) married

Catherine Nicholson Few Born: August 7, 1764 Died: 1854? Father: James Nicholson (1737-1804) Mother: Frances Witter (1744-1832) Siblings: Hannah (1766-1849) married Albert Gallatin, Frances (1771-1851) married Joshua Seney, James Witter (1773-1851) married Arm Grifiin, Maria (1775-1868) married John Montgomery, Jehoiadden (1783 -1828) married James Chrystie

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of mainly of letters dated 1782-1844 which had been stitched together in groups. The letters 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 to and from other family members. There is also a folder of 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. Though these are essentially 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.


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Index Terms

Few, Catherine Nicholson, 1764-1854? -- Correspondence
Few, Catherine Nicholson, 1764-1854? -- Family
Few, William, 1748-1828 -- Correspondence
Few, William, 1748-1828 -- Family
Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)--History.
Nicholson, Joseph Hopper, 1770-1817 -- Correspondence
United States--History--War of 1812.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William and Catharine Nicholson Few papers. MS 3245. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

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
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