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Collection Number: 00607

Collection Title: Douglas Watson Porter Papers, 1819-1862.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract Douglas Watson Porter was a Morgan County, Ga., planter. His wife was Annabella Burwell Dawson Watson (1785-1835). These papers are chiefly bills, receipts, estate inventories, and other financial papers of the Porter family and their plantation, presumably Poplar Grove, 1819-1823. Also included is a letter, 20 April 1862, from Otis Smith while serving in the Confederate Army near Richmond, Va.
Creator Porter, Douglas Watson, 1786-1823.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Douglas Watson Porter Papers #607, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Charles Thach, of New Orleans, Louisiana, prior to 1940.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Douglas Watson Porter (1786-1823) was a Morgan County, Ga., planter. His wife was Annabella Burwell Dawson Watson (1785-1835).

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Financial records, 1819-1834, relating to the Porter family of Morgan County, Georgia, and their agricultural enterprises, presumably centering on a plantation called Poplar Grove. Records consist of bills for household and agricultural supplies and receipts, chiefly for the sale of cotton and corn; and inventories, deeds, and other legal and financial items, relating chiefly to Douglas Watson Porter and his wife, Annabella Burwell Dawson Porter. William Porter appears often in the other items.

One letter is included. It is from Otis [D.?] Smith, a Confederate soldier, and is dated 20 April 1862. It describes a train accident, recent encounters with Union forces, and other experiences near Richmond. The writing is very faint, but, for the most part, legible.

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Processed by: Buck Beasley, June 1990

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