Guide to the J. E. D. Shipp Papers, RG 181

Processed and Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: June 2004

Date Span:

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.

Physical condition:
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.

Keyword descriptors:
Blue, Simon
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
Americus, Georgia
Buena Vista, Georgia

Item list:
Box 1 Box 2 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5 Box 6 Box 7 Box 8 Box 9 Box 10 Box 11 Box 12 Box 13
Description of contents:

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