Couper family papers, 1827-1955.

Creator: Couper family.
Collection number: 186-z
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Abstract: The Couper family of Glynn County, Ga., included John Couper (1759-1850), his sons, William Audley Couper (1817-1898) and noted agricultural researcher James Hamilton Couper (1794-1866), and grandson, planter and Confederate officer, James Maxwell Couper (fl. 1865). Their plantations included Altama, Hopeton, and Elizafield. The collection consists of three distinct parts. These are a manuscript letter, 1828, from John Couper to James Hamilton, describing the loss of his plantation; Couper and Maxwell genealogical material; and prints of microfilmed Couper material, 1827-1923 (chiefly 1866-1886). The last part includes personal correspondence and financial material relating to the family plantations, their crops; and their workers and slaves. There are letters about life in Vicksburg, Miss., in the early 1860s; material about the Wylly family of Virginia; and 1861 photographs of Fort Moultrie, Sullivan’s Island, and Fort Sumter, S.C.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Papers relate mainly to the family plantations and refer to workers and slaves. Materials include a deed for slaves and land (1827) and a list of plantation slaves recorded for the purposes of a mortgage deed (1861).