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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 475 items)|
|Abstract||Milligan family members included Joseph Milligan (b. 1800) of Hamburg, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., physician, druggist, natural scientist, and cotton speculator; his son, Joseph A. S. Milligan (b. circa 1823), physician at Milton, S.C., and in Georgia, who also ran a small school at Augusta, Ga.; and Joseph A. S. Milligan's wife, Octavia Camfield, who was sister to Joseph Milligan's second wife, Elizabeth Camfield, and various Camfield relatives, including four more sisters and a brother, William A. Camfield. The Camfield family lived at Augusta, Ga. Most of the correspondence was written in the 1830s and 1840s, and was concerned with personal and family affairs and with Joseph Milligan's scientific and medical interests; also with cotton and business prospects. Included are letters from Samuel Henry Dickson and other Charleston doctors, scientists, and professors; correspondence between the Dr. Milligan, father and son; and letters from the women of the family about their daily activities. The personal letters of this group cover a wide range of topics, including current events and philosophic matters. The volumes are mostly records of physicians. Among the correspondents are members of the Camfield, Longstreet, and Milligan families, E. R. Calhoun, I.R. Branham, Henry M. Bruns, John Dickson, Samuel Henry Dickson, Charles T. Ketchum, M. Laborde, Thomas L. McBryde, George Parrott, and Henry K. Silliman.|
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Joseph Milligan (fl. 1800-1875), of Hamburg (now North Augusta), S.C., and Augusta, Ga., was a physician, druggist, natural scientist, and cotton speculator. His son, Joseph A. S. Milligan (fl. 1823-1871) also practiced medicine. The senior Milligan's first wife, Elizabeth, died in 1841. He married his second wife, Elizabeth Camfield (fl. 1838-1884), also of Augusta, Ga., in 1842. Joseph A. S. Milligan married his stepmother's sister, Octavia Camfield (fl. 1840-1865) around 1848. The Camfields were related to the Longstreet family.Back to Top
The correspondence and other loose papers (bulk 1835-1849) are chiefly concerned with personal and family affairs. Joseph Milligan wrote to Joseph A. S. Milligan about the latter's education, personal and financial well-being, and future prospects as a physician. Many of these letters are prescriptive in tone. The women of the family corresponded regularly with other family members and female friends about domestic and social life--births, marriages, deaths, and illnesses; clothing; household duties; religion; and neighborhood news. In addition to letters dealing strictly with familial matters, there are also letters detailing Joseph Milligan's scientific interests and discussing the standard medical practices of the day; and business papers of the Milligan, Camfield, and Longstreet families.
The volumes are mostly records, 1838-1868, of the Milligans's medical practice. One volume also includes an undated temperance speech by Joseph Milligan, a series of D'Oyley needlework patterns (1852), a book of household accounts (1872), and an undated album of collected poems.Back to Top
Personal correspondence of the Milligan, Longstreet, and Camfield families of Georgia and South Carolina. Most of the letters are concerned with personal and family affairs. However, there are many letters covering business affairs, education, medical practices, and religious views. There are relatively few comments on the Civil War or other political matters.
Joseph Milligan wrote to Joseph A. S. Milligan about the latter's education, personal and financial well-being, and future prospects as a physician. Many of these letters are prescriptive in tone. While attending the College of Charleston, the younger Milligan boarded with his father's sister, Jane Milligan (fl. 1835-1856). Jane often reported to the elder Milligan on his son's material and spiritual needs. There are also letters detailing Joseph Milligan's scientific interests and his seashell collection, discussions of standard medical practices of the day, and some business papers.
Gilbert Longstreet and Abiel Camfield were partners in a mercantile business. In addition to papers related to their partnership, this subseries also includes deeds, indentures, and slave sales. There are also personal letters of the Longstreet and Camfield families.
This subseries begins with the marriage of Joseph Milligan and Elizabeth Camfield. Thus, it continues much of the correspondence begun in subseries 1.1 and 1.2. The bulk of the letters in this subseries were written by the women of the family who corresponded regularly with other family members and female friends about domestic and social life, clothing, household duties, religion, and neighborhood news.
Pocket record books of Drs. Joseph and Joseph A. S. Milligan with brief irregular entries recording accounts, formulae, prescriptions, physician's visiting lists, literary and historical notes, and an undated temperance speech.
A household account book (1852), a booklet of "D'Oyley" needlework patterns (1852), and an undated album of collected poems.
Processed by: Scott Philyaw, October 1991
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An earlier inventory of this collection is included as an appendix to this inventory. This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top