The highest bidder will take home pieces of local history from an auction Saturday.
Hundreds of property sale documents, surveys and deeds dating to 1776 will be on the block. Most of the historical items feature family names from the original settlers of Burke, Warren, Edgefield and Richland counties, said Martha Lyons, the owner of Lyons Appraisals and Sales, who cataloged the documents.
“They’re very early Georgia history. They show important genealogical matter and important historical records,” Lyons said.
The document collection belonged to Mary Pearl Chance Hopkins, the wife of Henry Hopkins, from Waynesboro, Ga. When she died in 1995, the documents were given to Hopkins’ daughter-in-law, Catherine Hopkins, of Augusta, Lyons said.
For decades, the collection was neatly preserved in attic boxes. More boxes of letters were found at family property in Saluda, N.C. The personal collection also included 19th-century newspapers and revenue stamps from the Civil War.
“Most of the land grants were given for Revolutionary War service or the War of 1812,” Lyons said.
The document collection auction begins at noon. At 10 a.m., military items from the 20th century will be auctioned.