John Hall family papers

John Hall family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Hall, John
Title: John Hall family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1850-1879
Dates: 1806-1958, bulk 1850-1879
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, but mainly 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 slave bills of sale, freedmen contracts, and plantation overseer accounts. The accounts show the growth of the plantation, including purchase of slaves and supplies and land, operation of a sawmill, sales of cotton, and labor dealings with the Georgia Penitentiary. There is also a Civil War letter from John W. Shinholster on April 23, 1863 from his camp near Port Hudson, Louisiana.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Hall, James, 1793-1868
Plantation owners--Georgia--Milledgeville.
Slave trade--Georgia--History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

John Hall family papers, MS 3667. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Correspondence, 1854-1881
 
2Wills, 1828-1871
 
3Deeds, 1806-1871, 1908, 1923
 
4Freedmen contracts, 1868, 1869
 
5Slave bills of sales and documents, 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
 
BoxItem
21Small trunk which housed the documents – covered in decorated oilcloth, lined with wallpaper, and lid trimmed with scalloped leather