AUBURN UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
Guide to the J. E. D. Shipp Papers, RG 181
Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: June 2004
7.0 cubic feet; 37 items.
Number of Boxes:
5 legal document boxes and 8 oversized box.
Type of material:
Business records and personal correspondence.
Some water and mold damage.
Organized by title of business; Arranged chronologically.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
John Edgar Dawson Shipp was born in Cusetta, Georgia in 1858. He was an
attorney, historian, scholar, civic leader, farmer and former legislator. He graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Alabama (presently Auburn, Alabama) in 1879. He was the first president of the Americus Chamber of Commerce, served
on the Board of Directors for the Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railway and held controlling shares of the Bank of
Americus. Prior to his death Judge Shipp had one of the largest private book collections in the South, which his widow
donated to the Auburn University library on December 30, 1961. He died on November 29, 1950 at age 92.
William B. Guerry was born in Twiggs County, Georgia on April 21, 1821. He relocated to Americus in 1841 where he admitted to
the bar and in 1845 was elected judge of the district court and later county solicitor. By the 1870's, William and his son
DuPont operated a law firm in Americus.
DuPont Guerry was born in Americus, Georgia on March 26, 1848. He was a jurist an educator. DuPont was elected to the Georgia
State Senate in 1880. He was appointed district attorney for the southern district of Georgia in 1886, a position he held
until 1889. From 1903 to 1909 he was president of Wesleyan Female College at Macon. In 1916 Dupont was appointed judge of the
city court of Macon, which office he retained until his death. He died September 11, 1920 after being struck by a truck in
front of his home.
Scope and Content:
Consists of account ledgers, letter books and insurance abstract ledgers from Americus, Georgia
dating from 1859 to 1939. Collection includes the records of law firms, businesses and insurance companies that operated in
Americus during the later part of the 19th century.
Borum, Daniel M. (1863-1916)
Byrd, R. T. (1831-1897)
Carter, L. H. (1833-1912)
Crawford, William Harris
Daniels, S. A.
Davenport, Jo P.
Guerry, Dupont (1848-1920)
Guerry, William B. (1821-1897)
Johnson, Henry R. (1877-1924)
King, John R.
Roney, Joseph C. (1846-1909)
Schumpert, Amos K. (1815-1902)
Shipp, John Edgar Dawson (1858-1950)
Williams, George T.
Wright, W. E.
Americus Book Company
Americus Law Book Company
Americus Security Company
Georgia Mutual Insurance Company
German - American Insurance Company
Home Insurance Company
North American Insurance Company
Royal Insurance Company
Virginia Home Insurance Company
Security Loan & Association
Sumter County, Georgia
Buena Vista, Georgia
1. Americus Book Company - Title list (by Caroline Speer), 1936-1939
2. Americus Book Company - Book list, No date
3. Americus Law Book Company - Book purchase list, 1903-1906
4. Americus Law Book Company - Account ledger, 1903-1906
5. Simon Blue - Docket ledger, 1892-1893
6. R. T. Byrd - Letter book, 1894-1899
1. L. H. Carter - Account ledger, 1866
2. Handwritten transcripts of William Harris Crawford's Journal, 1813-1815
3. S. A. Daniels Jeweler & Optician - Account ledger, 1920-1921
4. Jo P. Davenport (attorney for Americus Oil Company) - Letter book, 1903-1904
5. Guerry & Son - Account ledger, 1874-1883
6. Guerry & Son - Court docket, 1860-1880
1. Guerry & Son - Letter book, 1877-1879
2. Guerry & Son - Letter book, 1879-1885
3. Guerry & Son - Letter book, 1885-1889
4. Hamilton & Company - Letter book, 1887-1891
1. Security Loan & Association - Account ledger, 1869-1872
2. J. E. D. Shipp - Book purchases, 1931-1937
3. J. E. D. Shipp - Court docket, 1881-1897
4. J. E. D. Shipp - Court docket, 1894-1936
5. J. E. D. Shipp - Private letter book, 1890-1893
1. George T. Williams - Account Ledger, 1903-1906
2. W. E. Wright - Pharmacy lecture notes, 1921
3. Unknown - Account ledger, 1860-1881
1. Americus Security Company - Account ledger, 1911-1923
1. R. T. Byrd & Company, 1883-1888
2. D. M. Borum Cotton Broker - Account ledger, 1894-1900
1. H. R. Johnson & Son - Account ledger, 1914-1924
2. North American Insurance Company - Abstract ledger, 1885-1888
1. Georgia Mutual Insurance Company - Abstract ledger, 1895-1897
2. German - American Insurance Company - Abstract ledger, 1882-1889
3. Home Insurance Company - Abstract ledger, 1882
1. Royal Insurance Company, Abstract ledger, 1875-1889
2. Royal Insurance Company, Abstract ledger, 1890-1893
1. Schumpert, Roney & King Company - Account ledger, 1882-1884
2. Virginia Home Insurance Company - Policy register, 1883-1884
1. Unknown - Daybook, 1895-1896
2. Unknown - Account ledger, 1885-1888
1. Macon County, Georgia Tax Assessment Records, 1859
Description of contents:
I. J. E. D Shipp.
A. Correspondence: Letter book, 1890-1893. Business letters involving dealings in stocks and other investments, railroad
construction, ice factory, and other miscellaneous business correspondence including the Bank of Cordele, hotel in Cordele,
and shoe factory.
II. Guerry & Son Papers
B. Financial Material.
1. Accounts, 1860-1881. Includes general merchandise, leather goods, guano, hardware, meats, etc. Ledger form with
individual accounts with debits and credits, bills receivable, and Shipp own expenditures.
C. Legal Records 1881-1897
2. Accounts, l903-l904 Americus Law Book Co. Records for payment of books by individuals and companies broadly scattered
over the United States.
3. Accounts, 1903-1906. Americus Law Book Co. Sales records and accounts of book customers, including daily sales and
4. Accounts, 1931-1937. Americus Book Co. Sales accounts.
5. Accounts, 1936-1939. Americus Book Co. Book orders and want lists.
6. Accounts, not dated. Americus Book Co. Want list.
Clients, disposition of cases, with notes re: appeals, legal fees, etc. In many cases final disposition of case and fees noted
a year or more later.
A. Correspondence: Letter books
III. R. T. Byrd
1. Letter book, 1877-1879.
B. Guerry & Son, Court Cases, 1860-1880.
2. Letter book, 1879-l885.
3. Letter book, l895-1898.
In general, all three letter books are concerned with letters to clients and rather routine business correspondence of
the law firm on civil law cases particularly.
Court cases with judgments.
C. Financial Material.
Account books, 1874-1883, 1892-1893 Guerry and Son.
Includes expenses and accounts for legal services rendered and personal expenses.
A. Correspondence: Letter book, l871 Business letters re: insurance business
IV. Insurance records, l875-1897
B. Financial Records, Accounts, 1883-1888.
Includes expense accounts, individual accounts, as agent for New York Life Insurance Company primarily.
A. Consists of ledgers of insurance companies, Americus, Georgia and all except #7 are clearly identifiable as R. T.
Byrd, agent for the respective companies. Records show policies issued or renewed, including descriptions of properties or
goods insured with premiums, benefits, terms, etc. Chronological arrangement.
V. Miscellaneous Records, Americus, Georgia. Chronological arrangement.
1. Royal Insurance Company, l875-1889. R. T. Byrd, Agent. Home office: Liverpool.
2. Royal Insurance Company, 1890-1893. [same as above]
3. Home Insurance Company, 1882. R. T. Byrd, Agent. Home office: New York.
4. German American Insurance Company, 1882-1889, R. T. Byrd, Agent. Home office: New York. Fire insurance.
5. Virginia Home Insurance Company, 1883-1884. R. T. Byrd, Agent. Home office: Richmond. Fire insurance.
6. Insurance Company of North America, 1885-1888. R. T. Byrd, Agent. Home office: Philadelphia. Register of policies.
7. Georgia Mutual Insurance Company, l895-1897. W. T. Davenport & Son, and later W. C. Furling, Agents. Policies on fire
risks. Home office: Atlanta.
1. Account book of Hands Daniel's Plantation [later noted as Duncan Plantation]. 1866. L. H. Carter, Calhoun County,
Georgia. Includes: accounts of hands for goods furnished and advanced against wages (staple food, hardware, whiskey, tobacco,
drugs, etc.); records of livestock; annual summary report of plantation regarding cotton, hogs, hay, hands, division of crops;
and some journal type entries regarding plantation planting, hog killing, etc.
2. Cash book, 1869-1872. First part daily cash business; account book also used for accounts for stock and security
trading and also cotton sales.
3. Accounts, 1882-1884. Company unknown. Ledger form. Southwest Georgia persons and companies. Merchandise not specified.
4. Accounts, l885-1888. Company unknown. Accounts reflect commission selling and selling as agent for other concerns.
Miscellaneous goods, some perishable food items.
5. Letterpress book, 1887-1891. Hamilton and Company, Americus, Georgia. Business letters regarding cotton sales,
shipments, storage, etc. Business widely dispersed. In addition to south and southwest Georgia towns, letters indicate
business with firms in New York, Norfolk, Charleston, South Carolina, Fall River, Massachusetts, Cincinnati and other cities.
6. Accounts, l894-1900. Americus, Georgia. Company unknown. Wholesale grocery accounts including expenditures, purchases,
lists of suppliers for various categories of grain, canned goods, produce, etc. companies.
7. Accounts, 1895-1896. Cash book. Grocery store. Owner unknown
8. Letterpress book, l903-1904. Baldwin and Davenport, Americus, Georgia
9. Accounts, 1903-1906. Daybook. Owner unknown. Primarily clothing, dry goods, and notions.
10. Accounts, 1911-1923. Americus Security Company. Includes: stockholder list and accounts of loan business, showing
accounts receivable, collateral securing notes, interests and payments.
11. Accounts, 1916-1918. H. R. Johnson and Son. Americus, Georgia. General store ledger including merchandise in staple
foods, hardware, dry goods and feed stuffs. Also horses and mules and extensive sales of guano.
12. Accounts, 1920-1921. Americus, Georgia. Jewelry store, ledger. S. A. Daniels.
13. Journal of William H. Crawford. Incomplete, handwritten copy. [used in J. E. D. Shipp preparations to publish The Life
and Times of William H. Crawford in 1909 in which he used excerpts from diaries, letters, and speeches]. The diary material
covers part of the period when Crawford was minister to France, 1813-1815
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