Marmaduke Hamilton and Dolores Boisfeuillet Floyd papers, 1562-1970

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Marmaduke Hamilton and Dolores Boisfeuillet Floyd papers, 1562-1970

This collection of papers of Marmaduke Hamilton Floyd and his wife, Dolores Boisfeuillet Floyd includes family and personal papers of members of the Floyd and Boisfeuillet families, but, by and large the papers are writings and/or notes and data for projected writings of both of them. There are records of the Floyd cotton business in Savannah, legal papers, genealogies, and photographs in the collection. Of special note in D.B. Floyd's papers are the Brittany parish records, the only complete set in the U.S.; unpublished manuscripts and notes for a history of Roman Catholics in early Georgia (4 boxes); the same for the history of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah; notes on early Spanish and French explorers, especially Jean Ribaut; and notes and data for a history of the Minorcan settlers (including genealogy) in Florida and maps of Minorca (8 boxes and 4 folders). Also of special interest are M.H. Floyd's correspondence and other papers pertaining to the revival of the culture of sea island cotton in the 1930s (3 boxes), and the manuscript with supporting data of his book Certain Tabby Ruins of the Georgia Coast, (published in Georgia's Disputer Ruins, ed. by E.M. Coulter, 1937) (3 boxes). Delores B. Floyd's personal papers consist of correspondence, 1913-1959, biographical information, photographs, legal papers and her writings. Some of the correspondence is in chronological order; the remainder is arranged either by name of individual or subject or organization with which she was associated, just as she arranged it. There is a box of correspondence between M.H. and D.B. Floyd and letters to them and a box of their Bibles and prayer books. Marmaduke H. Floyd's personal papers consist of correspondence, 1893-1949, his papers re Sea Island cotton revival and tabby ruins in Georgia, and his surveys and field notes. There is a box of correspondence and other papers of their son, Picot B. Floyd. There are correspondence and other papers of M.H. Floyd's father, Thomas Bourke Floyd, Sr., 1880s-1930, and miscellaneous papers of other members of his immediate family; correspondence and other papers of Floyd & Co., 1910-1039; legal papers of Floyd & Co., 1833-1932, and correspondence and miscellaneous papers of members of earlier generations of the Floyd family. In connection with Dolores B. Floyd's papers there are papers re the family of her first husband, William Neyle Colquitt, and his mother's family, Habersham. The Brittany parish records, the only complete set in the U.S., and other printed books pertaining to Brittany, fill 5 boxes. Dolores B. Floyd's writings, published and unpublished, fill 4 boxes. They consist of some completed manuscripts, some ms. Drafts, and data. The largest portions of these pertain to Catholics in Early Georgia; a history of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, early Spanish and French explorers, Georgia Colonial history, Mary Musgrove and Thomas Bosomworth, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (including an inventory), and Minorcan settlers in Florida. In connection with her studies of colonial Georgia, her ms. Copies and extracts of materials in the Phillips Collection at the University of Georgia, Journals of the South Carolina Upper House of Assembly, Commons House of Assembly and Governor and Council are in the collection. Papers of the "earlier generations" mentioned above are personal papers or papers about: Charles Floyd, one deed, 1817; Charles Rinaldo Floyd, journal (1821), miscellaneous papers, 1838-1840, drawings and papers re; John Buchanan Floyd, papers re, 1862; John Fenden Floyd, one letter, 1897; Mary Rose (Floyd) Graves, journal, 1879, and writing, either ms. or printed; Richard S. Floyd, drawings and papers re; Dr. Aime Delarocheaulion, letters and miscellaneous papers, 1842-1846, John F. Hamilton, diary and legal paper, 1850-1852; Marmaduke Hamilton, correspondence and miscellaneous papers, 1853-1896. There are also a legal paper and clipping of Charles Henry Bourke Floyd I and II, 1899 and 1942; letters of Samuel A. Floyd, 1895, 1901; minutes and other papers of the Camden Hunt Club, 1832-1836, and a printed brochure, "The National Sportsman's Club, Camden Co., Ga." n.d. The books, pamphlets and maps that are not family related, as well as coins, old paper currency, clay pipes and a Chatham Artillery silk badge, 1886, have been added to such collections in the Georgia Historical Society library. The following artifacts have been placed with the artifacts collection: Jean Pierre Arnaud's leather wallet; two small silk Confederate flags made by Eleanor Margaret Snyder (DBF's grandmother); a book mark which had belonged to Mary Elliott Habersham; and a scrap of fabric from the NC-4 given to MHF by Telamon Cuyler. This collection is divided into three main subject headings: DBF and MHF personal and family papers, genealogies, and writings. While the original order of the papers as devised by DBF has probably been destroyed, the order of the papers as arranged by Picot B. Floyd has been maintained. Within the boxes, the personal correspondence and legal papers are in chronological order; special correspondence is arranged by subject; following this are bibles, prayer books and personal and estate papers, business correspondence (arranged chronologically and by business), e.g., OPA, Sea Island cotton; then come MHF's papers, notes and manuscripts re his Tabby Ruins...(boxes 12-14); and then his field and survey books. Papers by and re various members of the Floyd family follow (Picot and Mary (Keating) Floyd, T.B. Floyd), and those of Floyd and Co. are next. The genealogies and notes re the Floyd family and related lines are in boxes 20-24; the same for the Boisfeuillet and Colquitt families and related lines are next in boxes 25-29. The Brittany parish records follow the genealogies in boxes 30-34. The miscellaneous writings, both published and unpublished, of DBF with her notes and data are arranged by subject, with Catholics of Early Georgia in boxes 35-38; a history of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is in box 39; miscellaneous writings fill boxes 40-43, arranged by subject, but not in alphabetical order. Manuscripts and notes re the first year of the colony of Georgia, the Yamacraws, Irene Mound are next; then papers and photographs re the Telfair family and the Academy; her writings and research re explorations and explorers, including Jean Ribaut, follow; then come the Mary Musgrove/Thomas Bosomworth papers. In boxes 51-54 are notes and papers from William Stephens' Journal and papers of the South Carolina Journals. Boxes 55-61 contain DBF's papers re the Minorcan settlers of Florida and Georgia, box 62 contains oversize miscellaneous papers; two oversize folders on the shelf contain maps of Minorca and a print.

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