Series 1
Featherston family papers, 1825-1974
Boxes 1-6, BV 1, OBV 1, OP 1

Scope and Content Note

Legal, business, and personal papers of Lucius H. Featherston concerning his career as lawyer, judge, and landowner in the Franklin and Newnan, Georgia area form the nucleus of this collection. Legal documents pertain to both civil and criminal cases -- land disputes, divorce, slave ownership -- and to Featherston's term as a judge of the Heard County Superior Court (1850-1883). Correspondence includes (4) letters from prominent Georgians Joseph E. Brown (1863, 1871, 1877) discussing Featherston's appointment as a judge, Lemuel P. Grant (1860) concerning the direction the South was taking and possibilities of a new railroad route, and Alfred H. Colquitt (1880) concerning Featherston's candidacy for judge. Documents from the Reconstruction era are a letter from George R. Walbridge (October, 1866), Captain and Assistant Inspector General, LaGrange, questioning Featberston about the ''Black Cavalry" and the murder of blacks in Heard County, Internal Revenue forms (1866-1867), and the draft of a resolution concerning the colonization of ex-slaves (1870) involving the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Family letters include those from Featherston's brothers (1854-1855) urging him to explore lands in Arkansas. Other letters are from Lucius H. Featherston's son C.N. Featherston at a Confederate Army camp near Richmond, Virginia, and from Featherston to his wife Maria. Bills and receipts (1837-1899) depict Featherston's daily business dealings, and account books (1837-1869) list debts owed and paid, land lots bought and sold, and other properties. The account book for 1851-1864 lists names and values of Charles F. and Lucius H. Featherston's slaves prior to the Civil War. Material pertaining to Charles F. Featherston's estate and his business dealings with his son's father-in-law Nicholas Tompkins and his daughter's father-in-law James Fletcher; papers relating to the estate of Giles S. Tompkins, Maria Featherston's brother, and other family legal and business papers complete the series.

The series is arranged with family genealogical information filed prior to Tompkins and Featherston family materials (folders 1-5). The family materials are divided by family member name and are further arranged chronologically. Lucius Horace Featherston's materials (ca. 1835-ca. 1900) follow those of other family members and are filed with legal materials first followed by financial records, personal documents, printed material and chronologically arranged correspondence. One folder of Featherston family correspondence and a folder of family obituaries complete the boxed Featherston family papers. A family Bible (BV 1), a diploma (OP 3), and an account book (OBV 1) are housed separately.

Box Folder Content
1 1 Genealogies
1 2 Genealogical information
1 3 Correspondence re: family history, 1877-1929
1 4 George Peddy Cuttino correspondence re: Featherston family history, 1926-1974
Tompkins family
1 5 Tompkins family genealogical information
1 6 Nicholas Tompkins-Charles and Lucius H. Featherston-Dent business papers, 1835-1852
1 7 Giles S. Tompkins estate - documents, 1825-1852
Charles F. Featherston papers
1 8 James Fletcher - sale of C.F. Featherston's slave to Fletcher, 1832; appointment of an executor, 1838
1 9 Charles F. Featherston - deed, will, list, 1850-1952
1 10 Lucius H. Featherston as executor
1 11 sale of his estate, 1852, 1854
1 12 statement of condition of his estate, 1850-1852; its final disposition, 1859
1 13 receipts and vouchers to returns of his estate, 1852-1959
1 14 Richard M. Fletcher vs. Lucius H. Featherston, 1856 (dispute over disposition of estate)
Lucius H. Featherston papers
2 1 Edward Featherston (b. 1796) - legal documents, 1835-1837
2 2 Lucy Featherston - estate settlement, 1853-1855
2 3 Charles N. Featherston - receipts, 1860-1863
2 4 Giles W. Featherston bills and receipts, 1866-1870
2 5 Maria Ann Featherston - widow's pension certificate, 1893
2 6 W.S. Featherston - 100 Outline Studies in the Word, 1934
2 7 Lucius H. Featherston - legal documents, 1834-1849
2 8 Lucius H. Featherston - legal documents, 1850-1851
2 9 Lucius H. Featherston - legal documents, 1852-1869
2 10 Lucius H. Featherston - legal documents, 1870-1879
2 11 Lucius H. Featherston - legal documents, 1880-1884, n.d.
2 12 Lucius H. Featherston - charges, indictments in criminal cases, 1866-1867
2 13 Lucius H. Featherston - Heard County Superior Court records, 1832-1847
2 14 Lucius H. Featherston - 1848-1849
3 1 Heard County Superior Court records, 1850-1854
3 2 Heard County Superior Court records, 1855-1856
3 3 Heard County Superior Court records, 1857-1860
3 4 Heard County Superior Court records, 1867-1874
3 5 List of cases represented by Lucius H. Featherston in Heard County Superior Court, 1883
3 6 Heard County Court of Ordinary - cases, 1854, 1858, 1867, 1868, n.d.
3 7 County Court cases, Walton, 1838
3 8 County Court cases, Carroll, 1845, 1855, 1860
3 9 County Court cases, Coweta, 1859, 1869, n.d.
3 10 County Court cases, Douglas, 1876, 1878, 1883, n.d.
3 11 County Court cases, Douglas, notebook, 1875
3 12 Conscription decisions, 1862-1864
3 13 Criminal trials and law - notebook, n.d.
4 1 Charges in civil cases, 1863-1967, n.d.
4 2-4 Law briefs, n.d.
4 5 Georgia deeds, 1826-1839
4 6 Georgia deeds, 1840-1871
4 7 Georgia lands, 1851-1867
4 8 Georgia lands, 1873-1879
4 9 Georgia lands, 1880-1898, n.d.
4 10 Jefferson City, Arkansas land, 1859-1876
4 11 Jefferson City, Arkansas land, 1878-1885
5 1 Forms: carrying cases to the Supreme Court of Georgia, n.d.
5 2 Forms: common 1aw, 1843-1858
5 3 Forms: in equity, 1844-1858
5 4 Forms: claims against U.S. Government, 1871
5 5 Forms: return of wild lands, 1885, n.d.
5 6 Forms: miscellaneous, ca. 1868-1880
5 7 Bills and receipts, 1837-1853, n.d.
5 8 Bills and receipts, 1856-1870
5 9 Bills and receipts, 1871-1879
5 10 Bills and receipts, 1880-1899, n.d.
5 11 Confederate tax in kind - returns, 1863-1864
5 12 Internal Revenue forms, 1866-1967
5 13 Memorandum and account books, 1837 [ca. 1840], 1845, "Land book memorandum of nos.," 1850
5 14 List of lots owned by L.H. Featherston, n.d.
6 1 Memorandum, account books, scrapbook: memo books, 1858, [ca. 1872], [ca. 1885]; scrapbook - H.R. Harris, [ca. 1880]; and account book, 1881
6 2 Rental agreements 1874, 1876, 1886 - Heard County and Coweta County properties
6 3 Resolution on colonization of ex-slaves, ca. 1870
6 4 Bill to create a county court, n.d.
6 5 Miscellaneous legal papers, ca. 1835-ca. 1885
6 6 Personal documents: military appointment, 1835; amnesty oaths, 1865 (2), delegate appointment, 1877
6 7 Personal documents: Ga. law licenses 1840, 1852, 1867; Arkansas law license, 1859; American Legal Association certificate, 1850; judicial appointment, 1863
6 8 Personal documents: Certificates - Masons' Chattahoochee Lodge #61, Franklin, Georgia, 1849-1857
6 9 Clippings - Lucius H. Featherston's participation in Georgia Constitutional Convention, 1877
6 10 News clippings, notes, 1863, 1866, 1872, n .d.
6 11 Broadsides and advertisements, 1856, 1860, 1880
6 12 Pamphlets (3) - address of George W. Crawford before Agricultural Association of Georgia, 1846; "Wonders of Galvanism," 1848; "Slavery in the Territories," speech of Honorable Hiram Warner of Georgia, 1856
6 13 L. H. Featherston correspondence, 1854-1869, n.d.
6 14 L. H. Featherston correspondence, 1870-1879
6 15 L. H. Featherston correspondence, 1880 - candidacy for judge
6 16 L. H. Featherston correspondence, 1880-1885, n.d.
6 17 Featherston family correspondence, ca. 1850-1906
6 18 Featherston family obituaries
BV1 Featherston Family Bible
OBV1 Lucius H. Featherston: Account book, 1851-1864
OP1 1 Sara Maria Featherston: diploma, College Temple (Newnan, Georgia), 1870
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