John Hall family papers

John Hall family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hall, John
Title: John Hall family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1850-1879
Dates: 1806-1958
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet 2 document boxes
Coll. Number: ms3667

Biographical/Historical Note

John Hall (ca.1780-1850) acquired land near Milledgeville, Georgia for his plantation. He married Mary Johns (d. 1855) and their children included James Monroe (ca. 1820-1881), who married Mary Havis (d. 1881); Mary Jane, who married James Shinholster; and Pamelia, who married Levi Ezell.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, wills and deeds, and accounts of various family members. There are numerous accounts of the settlement of the John Hall estate, of which James M. Hall was executor. Of special interest are the bills of sale for enslaved people, freedmen contracts, and plantation overseer accounts. The accounts show the growth of the plantation, including purchase of enslaved people and supplies and land, operation of a sawmill, sales of cotton, and labor dealings with the Georgia Penitentiary after the Civil War. There is also a Civil War letter from John W. Shinholster on April 23, 1863 from his camp near Port Hudson, Louisiana.

Index Terms

Family papers.
Financial records.
Hall, James, 1793-1868
Plantation owners--Georgia.
Slave trade--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

John Hall family papers, ms3667, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1854-1881
2Wills, 1828-1871
3Deeds, 1806-1871, 1908, 1923
4Freedmen contracts, 1868, 1869
5Bills of sales and documents for enslaved people, 1817-1856
6Accounts – Georgia Penitentiary, 1852-1857
7Accounts – medical, 1849-1857
8Accounts – overseers, 1850-1853
9Accounts – John Hall estate, 1850-1851
10Accounts – John Hall estate, 1852-1856
11Accounts – family share of John Hall estate
12Accounts – James M. Hall, 1850-1856
13Accounts – James M. Hall, 1857-1879
14Accounts – Lydia Hall, 1856, 1882
15Accounts – John Manderson family, 1822-1847
16Accounts – Charles F. Riley family, 1903-1909
17Accounts – Charles F. Riley family, 1910-1958
18Accounts – miscellaneous, 1822-1901
21Small trunk which housed the documents – covered in decorated oilcloth, lined with wallpaper, and lid trimmed with scalloped leather