Papers, 1786-1899.


Papers, 1786-1899.

These papers, 1786-1899, contain genealogical materials; legal records of various types, especially deeds and indentures involving land; letters; correspondence; financial records such as receipts, accounts, notes, memorandum books, and subscriptions; journals (notebooks); electoral records; architectural records; and printed materials. The largest series in these papers include legal records, 1798-1865, .3 cubic ft.; the Charles Tait papers, 1791-1835, .7 cubic ft.; and the James A. Tait papers, 1807-1849 and n.d., .6 cubic ft. These series comprise about three-fourths of the collection. The legal records contain not only records related to land transactions, but wills, slave records, contracts with freedmen, and other documents. The Charles Tait papers, 1791-1836, contain correspondence and letters, general; business letters, and financial records. Major subjects discussed in the correspondence and letters include U.S., Ga., and Ala., politics and government; family matters, the Lea-Conrad scientific controversay; Ala.--description and travel; buying land and agriculture in Ga. and Ala., especially growing cotton; foreign relations; and many others. Major correspondents included William H. Crawford, John Williams Walker, William Wyatt Bibb, John C. Calhoun, Isaac Lea, T.A. Conrad, Jeremiah Austill, James A. Tait, Elizabeth C. Tait, and many others. His memorandum books and financial records are of interest also, especially his accounts with Jeremiah Austill, George Johnston, and various banks. The James A. Tait papers, 1807-1849, contain letters, business and personal; writings; and financial records. Major subjects discussed in the letters include: family matters; the War of 1812; foreign relations generally; buying land and raising crops in Ala., especially cotton and corn; and many others. Major correspondents included Charles Tait, Sarah Tait, and Charles William Tait, and the firms of Austill ? Broadnax, Newton, and Co.; and Harwell & Davis. In his 1813 journal are described some of his experiences in the War of 1812, and the 1831-1842 journal contains notations on various topics, including shipping costs, cotton accounts, slave purchases, and genealogy of Afro-Americans. Financial records are interesting and detailed, especially the accounts and larger receipts, and the steamboat accounts and receipts. In those accounts are reflected Tait's business transactions, especially the shipping and selling of his cotton crop through cotton brokers. Another series of special interest is the Elizabeth C. Tait papers, 1813-1845, which contains letters and accounts and receipts. Major subjects discussed include the migration of the Taits to Ala., and other matters related to family life; the War of 1812; Ala.--social life and customs; and many other subjects. Primary correspondents include Charles Tait, James A. Tait, and Elizabeth's sisters and brother Sarah Ann Goode Coleman, Rebecca S. Goode, and Sidney N. Goode; as well as her son, Charles W. Tait. Another two series of interest, though both are small, are the Charles W. Tait papers, 1818-1865; and the James G. Tait papers, 1856-1899, both of which contain letters on finances and U.S. history, Civil War, 1861-1865, among other subjects.

Originals 2 cubic ft. (5 archives boxes and 2 oversized boxes).Copies: 2 microfilm reels.


SNAC Resource ID: 6740869

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