Galphin Family Papers, 30 May 1737-12 Jan. 1952 | Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Front Page 2006 | Previous Issues | Friends of the Library |
Eighty-eight manuscripts, 30 May 1737-12 January 1952 and undated, relate to the George Galphin family of the Beech Island area of Aiken County, South Carolina. The collection focuses principally on legal and economic issues resulting from the resolution in 1850 of the “Galphin claim” which was originally made by George Galphin, 6 June 1775, for money owed him by the British Crown from a 1773 treaty with the indigenous people of that region. After the Revolution, the claim was pressed against the American government. | Manuscripts Gifts 2006 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
The papers also include other transactions of the family—plats, bonds, conveyances, mortgages, deeds, receipts, promissory notes, and wills. Included are nineteenth-century documents relinquishing the rights of dowry for Charlotte Bugg and Christian Jones; an undated circular letter advertising subscriptions to The People’s Literary Companion published by E.C. Allen & Co., of Augusta, Maine; a widow’s pension, 17 June 1879, to Ann H. Galphin, of Beech Island, for the War of 1812 military service of her husband, [John] Milledge Galphin, a sergeant in Burton’s Georgia Company; an 1893 copy of George Galphin’s last will and testament; and an agreement, 12 January 1952, with the United States Atomic Energy Commission for the purchase of land for the Savannah River Operations.
Among the various other documents, including several poems and personal letters, is a manuscript containing advice from Dr. Thomas Sumter Mills as recorded from his deathbed in October of 1832 by his daughter, Ann Helen Mills Poag; a handwritten discharge, 29 March 1863, from the 1st South Carolina Volunteer Cavalry, Co. C, issued to S.S. Galphin; and a poem titled the “Fall of Vicksburg” written by S[amuel] Catawba Lowry at the Arsenal Academy in July of 1863.