HUBERT, MATTHEW H., 1814-1888.
Hubert family plantation diaries, 1853-1885

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hubert, Matthew H., 1814-1888.
Title: Hubert family plantation diaries, 1853-1885
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1216
Extent: 1 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Abstract:Diaries from the Hubert family plantation in Warren County, Georgia, including descriptions of plantation life and business.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Purchase, 2012.


[after identification of item(s)], Hubert family plantation diaries, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Sarah Quigley, 2012.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The Hubert family is descended from Benjamin B. Hubert, a French Hugenot, who settled in Virginia in 1764. In 1785, Hubert moved with his family and slaves to Warren County, Georgia and established a plantation.

Hiram Hubert, the grandson of Benjamin B. Hubert, eventually inherited the plantation. He fathered a daughter, Jincy, with an enslaved woman named Phyllis. Hiram's son Matthew H. Hubert (1814-1888) inherited Jincy along with his portion of the plantation in 1843. Following emancipation, Jincy's son Zach Hubert became the first former slave to own land in Georgia when he purchased a farm in Hancock County.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of diaries from the Hubert family plantation near Warrenton, Georgia between 1853-1885. The diaries detail life on the plantation, including people, travel, weather conditions and business transactions. The diaries also include brief descriptions of enslaved people on the plantation. Many of the diaries contain business and accounting receipts. There are no diaries for the years 1861-1875.

Included with the diaries is a manuscript copy of Thomas Hardaway of Chesterfield County, Virginia and His Descendants, written by Sarah Donelson Hubert and published in 1906. Sarah Donelson Hubert was the daughter of Matthew H. Hubert and Elizabeth Mason Hardaway.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 1853
1 2 1854
1 3 1855
1 4 1857-1858
1 5 1859 [includes correspondence dated 1869-1870]
1 6 1860 circa
1 7 1876
2 1 1877
2 2 1879
2 3 1883
2 4 1884
2 5 1885
2 6 Thomas Hardaway of Chesterfield County, Virginia and His Descendants, manuscript copy, 1906