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William Thombs papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS35f

Scope and Content

This collection contains William Thombs’s financial and legal documents pertaining to his business in Fulton, Clayton, Henry, Fayette, and Spalding counties. Included are promissory notes of payment to William Thombs; a letter to John Adair from Samuel Mosely regarding a court case involving Thombs; and the distress sale of land and property of James Middlebrooks, in which an African American woman is offered as a levy on the sale. Also contained in this collection are the business and legal documents of Thombs’s family members including a receipt of payment from Mrs. R.A. Thombs to her children; a contract between Roda Thombs and Cicero H. Strong for payment on manure; and a jury summons from Clayton County for William T. Clinton.


  • 1836-1891


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

William Thombs (1813-1868) was born on October 31, 1813 in South Carolina to Samuel and Latitia Thombs. On June 9, 1838, William married Roda Ann Robinson in Henry County, Georgia. They had nine children: Martha S.; Mary L.; Saphrona Adaline; Nancy Jane; Elizabeth; Rhoda Ann; Melissa; William Lee; and Victoria. William was a farmer in Clayton County, Georgia and a landowner. In 1847, he was appointed overseer of a section of Macon Road in Henry County, Georgia. William Thombs died on September 15, 1868.


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Acquisition Information



America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2008

William Thombs papers, 1836-1891
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305