Milligan family papers, 1771-1885 (bulk 1830-1850).

Creator: Milligan family.
Collection number: 1020
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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. ca. 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.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folders 7-8 in Subseries 1.2 (Longstreet-Camfield Correspondence) contains bills of sale for enslaved individuals.