The James L. Fuller Collection was recovered in the summer of 2019. A note was included within the papers requesting their return to James L. Fuller if deemed of no use to the library. Additional information about the donation has not been recovered at this time.
The documents and letters in this collection provide a narrow window into the lives of their creators. Many of them pertain to John Shank and his family, including a promissory note to his son, John A. Shank, and a letter to Ida, believed to be his granddaughter. Further biographical information about the people within these documents has not been verified at this time.
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Letter from J.D. Walker to Ida, March 1897
J. D. Walker
Letter from J.D. Walker in Portland, Oregon to a Miss Ida. The letter is dated March 17, 1897 and references a recent boxing match (likely the Corbett-Fitzsimmons fight in Carson City, Nevada).
Letter from E.H. Potts to J.R. Hales, March 1891
E. H. Potts
This letter is addressed to Mr. J.R. Hales and signed by E.H. Potts. The address given is for Lexington, Kentucky and it is dated March 24, 1891. The letter discusses the formation of an association.
Promissory Note to John A Shank from The LaGrange Banking and Trust Company, March 1879
John A. Shank
Document for a loan of $50.00 to John A Shank from The LaGrange Banking and Trust Company. The document is dated March 1, 1879.
Document from Executive Department, December 1870
Georgia Executive Department
Document from the secretary of the Executive Department of Georgia dated December of 1870. Part of the document has been torn away, but it appears to discuss a confirmation to the Senate and an election to be held in Hogansville of Troup County.
Annual Tax Forms, March 1870
U.S. Internal Revenue
Annual Taxes document from the United States Internal Revenue department dated March 15, 1870. The forms are almost completely blank with the exception of two illegible names on the first page and the typewritten entry of $1,000.00 in the deductions section.
Deed from A. E. Early to John Shank, February 1856
Almira E. Early
Land deed signed by Almira E. Early for the sale of 202.5 acres of land located in Troup County, Georgia to John Shank. The deed is dated February 5, 1856.
Last Will and Testament of John Shank, July 1852
This document is the last will and testament of John Shank, a resident of Troup County, Georgia. It is dated July 22, 1852 and details his wishes for the division of his property (including several enslaved people) after he passes.
Bill of Sale to Joel Cony, May 1835
John H. H
Bill of sale to Joel Cony for the sale of two enslaved people. Document is dated May 6, 1835.
Bill of Sale from James Lock to Joel Coney, December 1831
Bill of sale signed by James Lock detailing the sale of an enslaved girl named Jane to Joel Coney. The document is dated December 13, 1831.
The Bassetts Bill of Sale, June 1827
This document records the sale of a girl named Betsy from the Bassetts to Jack Cony in Lawrence County, Georgia. It is dated June 9, 1827.