Academic journal article South Carolina Historical Magazine

South Carolina Historical Society Recently Processed Manuscripts

Academic journal article South Carolina Historical Magazine

South Carolina Historical Society Recently Processed Manuscripts

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The following manuscript collections are now available for research by Historical Society patrons. The society welcomes gifts of manuscript collections and publications relating to South Carolina. Such gifts can be designated charitable contributions and are eligible for income-tax deductions.

Descriptions of all of the society's manuscripts can be viewed at

0386.00 B. H. Rutledge, Jr., family papers


4 linear ft.

Benjamin Huger Rutledge, Jr., a Charleston attorney, was the son of Benjamin H. Rutledge (1829-1893) and Eleanor Maria Middleton Rutledge. In 1892 he married Emma Craig Blake, and their children were Eleanor Middleton (who married Ralph T. Hanson), Emma Blake (b. 1897), Alice Weston (who married Edwin H. Tillman), B. H. Rutledge (b. 1902), Amelia Van Corlandt (who married Asa Davis), Susan Middleton (b. 1906), and Anne Blake (b. 1910).

This collection of papers relating to the family of Benjamin Huger Rutledge, Jr., includes papers of his father, Benjamin H. Rutledge, Sr.; his wife, Emma Craig Blake Rutledge; and the Rutledge family. Papers of B. H. Rutledge, Jr., consist of letters (1915-1919); militia records, including the "Constitution & Roll of the 2nd Battalion Infantry, S.V.T." (1885); and miscellaneous items, including a trust estate account book for the law firm of Rutledge and Rutledge. Rutledge family papers consist of correspondence (1894-1930), mostly that of the children of B. H. Rutledge, Jr., including Alice W. Rutledge (later Mrs. Edwin H. Tillman); miscellaneous items, such as an account (1860) of Oliver H. Middleton with Dr. E. E. Jenkins for the medical care of slaves (named in document); printed material; and a series of property and legal records. The Rutledge family property and legal records (mostly oversize documents) are muniments (1718-1848), chiefly pertaining to a plantation on Chehaw Neck in Colleton County known as Middleton's, which included tracts known as Oak Hill and Buckner's. These records include a number of plats as well as a lease (1786) to Samuel and Benjamin Elliott; a conveyance (1805) of land on the Combahee River (next to Chisolm's and Thompson's, etc.) from Thomas and John Warren to Arthur Hughes; a mortgage (1811 ) of a plantation belonging to the estate of Alexander Chisolm; and a title (1820) to land in St. Bartholomew's Parish, conveyed by Benjamin H. Buckner and wife to William Murray. Another large group of muniments (indentures and plats) relate to land on the Edisto River, including a lease (1718) of Edisto Island land from John Whitmarsh to John Barnwell et al.; a lease (1736) of two tracts on the Edisto River, Ephraim and Elizabeth Mikell to William Tilly; a conveyance (1795) of land on the Edisto River from Paul Grimball, Jr., to William Evans; and a color plat (ca. 1820-1830?) of "Dr. Robert Chisolm's plantation on Edisto Island," showing a house on the South Edisto River. There are also muniments relating to land on St. Helena Island and several other locations. Slave records within the muniments include the will (1735) of Joseph Pendarvis and a marriage settlement (1824) between Benjamin Rutledge and Alice Weston and Joshua Ward and Francis K. Huger, containing a slave schedule.

The papers of Benjamin H. Rutledge, Sr., consist of clippings; correspondence (1864-1889); papers (1844) pertaining to the clay (Whig) Club of Charleston, namely, letters between Henry Middleton and club members regarding his honorary membership; papers (late 186Os to ca. 1875) concerning the South Carolina state debt and state-issued bonds; and speeches on various topics such as the patriots of the Revolution, the Confederate memorial in Charleston, the death of Jefferson Davis, and the death of a Captain Dawson. Also included are papers (1861-1862) pertaining to a proposed duel between B. H. Rutledge, Sr., and R. J. Jeffords (both Confederate army officers). The dispute stemmed from a disparaging remark made by Rutledge about a third party and repeated by Jeffords. …

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