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Series 1
Family papers, 1823-1936
Boxes 1-8, OP1, BV 1-2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the papers of the Porter family from 1821-1936 including correspondence, financial records, legal documents, personal papers, professional papers, and photographs. The majority of this series is correspondence (1823-1936) between members of the Porter family and pertains to domestic matters, daily events, and family news. Much of the correspondence is between relatives living away from Apalachicola, Florida, including numerous letters sent by William G. Porter to his sisters during his time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Other topics covered in the letters include the Southwark riots (1844); the Mexican-American War (1846); slave labor, both within the home and in the William G. Porter and Company; and the bank panic of 1837. Also included in family correspondence are letters between Richard G. Porter, William G. Porter, and John Ruan regarding the family business, William G. Porter and Company. Photocopies and transcriptions of most of these letters are available to researchers.

Financial records (1868-1912) consist of Porter family investments, receipts and invoices for personal purchases and medical bills, and property and income taxes. Financial records also include documents regarding the estate of Richard G. Porter. Legal documents (1821-1867) pertain mainly to events in Franklin County, Florida, some involving Samuel Benezet in his role as notary public while others, including estate divisions, contracts, and a number of financial disputes and settlements, directly involve other members of the family. There is also a slave deed from 1846 in which William G. Porter was a party as well as Dr. John Ruan's citizenship papers. Transcripts of many of the letters, created by the donor, are included.

Personal papers (1849-1907) include materials produced or collected by the Porter family, including devotionals, drawings, historical writings, and a report card. Of particular interest is a series of hunting journals that documents wildlife and hunting practices of Northern Florida from 1868-1907. Photographs (circa 1870-1920) include carte de visites and cabinet cards of at least three generations of Porter family members, as well as a cabinet card of the Apalachicola Band from 1897. Professional papers (1831-1907) include commissioner papers for William Porter and Richard G. Porter; materials relating to William Porter's position as Vice Consul to Belgium; and founding records of William G. Porter and Company including a letter, written on July 27, 1831, in which William Porter confirms details on the founding contract with Charles and Joseph Lawton of the firm J & C Lawton.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Correspondence
Box Folder Content
1 1 1823
1 2 1826
1 3 1829
1 4 1830-1831
1 5 1832-1834
1 6 1835-1836
1 7 1837
1 8 1838
1 9 1839
1 10 1840
1 11 1841
1 12 1842
1 13 1843
1 14 1844
1 15 1845 January-July
2 1 1845 August-October
2 2 1845 November-December
2 3 1846 January-March
2 4 1846 April-May
2 5 1846 June-July
2 6 1846 August-December
2 7 1847
2 8 1848
2 9 1849
3 1 1850
3 2 1851
3 3 1852
3 4 1853
3 5 1854
3 6 1855, January-May
3 7 1855, June-July
4 1 1855, September-December
4 2 1856, January-June
4 3 1856, July-December
4 4 1857, January-June
4 5 1857, July-August
4 6 1857, September-December
4 7 1858, January-June
4 8 1858, July-December
4 9 1859, January-June
4 10 1859, August-December
4 11 1860, January-July
5 1 1860, August-December
5 2 1861
5 3 1862-1863
5 4 1864-1866
5 5 1867-1869
5 6 1870
5 7 1871
5 8 1872
5 9 1873
5 10 1874
5 11 1875
5 12 1876
6 1 1877-1882
6 2 1883-1886
6 3 1887-1890
6 4 1891-1893
6 5 1894-1901
6 6 1923-1936
6 7 Undated [1 of 2]
6 8 Undated [2 of 2]
184 1 Transcripts, 1823-1839
184 2 Transcripts, 1840-1843
184 3 Transcripts, 1844-1845
184 4 Transcripts, 1846
184 5 Transcripts, 1847-1848
184 6 Transcripts, 1849-1851
184 7 Transcripts, 1852-1853
184 8 Transcripts, 1854
184 9 Transcripts, 1855
184 10 Transcripts, 1856
185 1 Transcripts, 1857-1858
185 2 Transcripts, 1859
185 3 Transcripts, 1860
185 4 Transcripts, 1861-1869
185 5 Transcripts, 1870-1872
185 6 Transcripts, 1873-1876
185 7 Transcripts, 1877-1901
Financial records
6 9 Accounts, John and Mary Ruan, no date
6 10 Bills and receipts, 1827-1829, 1835, 1840-1846
6 11 Bills and receipts, 1860-1861, 1863, 1865-1869
6 12 Bills and receipts, 1871, 1873, 1877, 1882, 1885, 1887, 1888
6 13 Bonds and mortgages, no date
6 14 City bills and invoices, 1866
6 15 Disputes and settlements, William G. Porter, 1842-1867
6 16 Estate of Richard Porter, 1867-1876, 1882, 1884-1885, 1913, 1944
OP1 1 Estate of Richard Porter, 1867-1870
7 1 Investments, William G. Porter, 1868-1869
7 2 Ledger, account book, August 1861
7 3 Ledger, account book, Mary S. Porter, 1866-1870
7 4 Ledger, memorandum book, 1817
7 5 Tax receipts, 1848-1869, 1875, 1884
Legal
7 6 Bill for divorce, Franklin Circuit Court, 1867
7 7 Death notice for M Delgapo y Aguilera, 1882
7 8 Estate of Champney (settlement), 1830
7 9 Estate of P. Laprade, 1861
7 10 Estate of Thomas Porter, 1821
7 11 Slave deed, Jackson County, Florida, 1846
7 12 United States Citizenship document, James Ruan, 1840
Personal papers
7 13 Devotionals
7 14 Drawings
7 15 Genealogy, family names
7 16 Historical sketches
7 17 Hunting journal, Volume 1, 1868 December-1872 March 1872
7 18 Hunting journal, Volume 2, 1872 March-1877 March
7 19 Hunting journal, Volume 3, 1878 November-1882 May
7 20 Hunting journal, Volume 4, 1883 May-1886 January
7 21 Hunting journal, Volume 5, 1886 June-1897 January
7 22 Hunting journal, Volume 6, 1897 January-1907 January
7 23 Invitations, Richard G. Porter, 1829
7 24 Journal, R. G. Porter, 1823-1828
7 25 Poem, no date
7 26 Printed material, 1830, 1924
7 27 School term report, Jamie Porter, circa 1890
Photographs
7 28 Apalachicola Band, cabinet card, 1897
7 29 Gheen, Harriett Frances Porter , cabinet card, 1906 April 1
7 30 Porter, Helen B., cabinet card, circa 1880
7 31 Porter, Marietta Ida, cabinet card, circa 1905
7 32 Porter, Marietta Ida, carte de visite, circa 1886
8 1 Porter, Mary, cabinet card, circa 1880s
8 2 Porter, Richard Henry, carte de visite, circa 1870
8 3 Porter, Virginia Raney, with unidentified individuals, cabinet card, circa 1900
8 4 Ruge, Olive, circa 1920s
Professional
8 5 Business cards, no date
BV1 - Ledger, Cash books, "Harry Porter," 1907, no date
BV2 - Ledger, Samuel Benezet's notary public record, 1852-1856
8 6 Porter, Richard, Franklin County Commissioner documents, 1865
8 7 Porter, William G., Commissioner of the Port of Apalachicola documents, 1849
8 8 Vice Consul to Belgium appointment, William G. Porter, 1861
8 9 Vice Consul to Belgium, correspondence from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1842-1879
8 10 Vice Consul to Belgium, manuals, Belgium industries, 1847
8 11 Vice Consul to Belgium, manual, customs of Belgium, 1847-1848
8 12 Vice Consul to Belgium, manuals, foreign affairs, 1839
8 13 Vice Consul to Belgium, manuals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1847-1860
8 14 Vice Consul to Belgium, manual travel rights, 1843
8 15 Vice Consul to Belgium, printed material, The Belgium Monitor, 1859
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