|Gateway to the "Strange Western Country"
~ Georgia's Old Statehouse & the Governor's Passports ~
|In all of the records located in the archives relating to passports, only two of the
passports themselves were found, perhaps application had been made and the
passports approved, but never picked up. One of those is shown above; it reads
(to the best of my deciphering ability):
State of Georgia
By his Excellency David B. Mitchell, Governor and Commander in Chief of the
Army and Navy of this State and of the Militia thereof.
To all to whom these present shall come, or whom the same may concern,
Know ye that the bearers hereof Isaac Jackson _?_ _?_ from Anson County, North Carolina
have my permission to travel through the Creek Nation, they taking special care to conduct
themselves peaceably towards the Indians and agreeably to the laws of the United States.
In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Executive Seal of
the State to be affixed thereto.
Done at the State-House in Milledgville, the 6 day of May in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and eleven and of the Independence of the United States
of America, the thirty-fifth.
|Illustration of the statehouse, 1847
|Above & below, vintage postcards of the building and gate, dates unknown
|Above & below, building and gate, 1930's
|Cadets pictured after the school became Georgia Military College in 1900.
|Below are a few samples of applications from the passport records.
18 October 1803
Whereas William McCall is desirous of exploring the Western Territory of the state of Georgia and
some parts of the Orleans in the Spanish dominions, he applied to me for a recommendation. We do
hereby certify that we have been well acquainted with the said McCall, both in private and public
capacities, and he is of unblemished character. Therefore, we hope for the patronage of any
gentleman that should see him in a distressed situation.
Signed, Lewis Lanier, Wm. McKennedy, Josiah Everitt, John Lewther, Charles MCall
16 September 1809
Whereas the bearer William Simmons being about leaving His place of nativity in Fairfield District,
South Carolina, in order to travel into Strange Countries, these are therefore to acquaint all people
that he has been brought up under very honest reputable parents and has always behaved himself
as behove the character of every honest inoffensive sober industrious young man, and as such we
herein recommend him to all inquiring people.
Signed, James Alston, Jeremiah Taylor, Lewis Haigood
17 December 1819
Evan Price has business of importance to transact in the Creek and Cherokee Nations and he
wishes a passport to authorize him to go there. I have for many years been acquainted with Mr.
Price and can with propriety recommend him as an honest respectable citizen.
Signed, Robert Rees
Old Photographs of Milledgeville Homes
1930's photos: Library of Congress
|If you'd like to see if your ancestors applied for a passport,
here's the link to an index of Mary Bryan's books:
Index to "Passports Issued by Governors of Georgia"
The link to this page is:
Back to My G-Grandfather's Attic
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|Old Milledgeville Statehouse, the oldest public building of its type in the United States.