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Pogson family papers

Identifier: Mss 0034-135

Collection Overview

This collection consists of items related to the Pogson family from the time of their arrival in the United States until the Civil War. It includes clippings, correspondence, calling cards, genealogies, personal effects, family documents, and other miscellaneous biographical materials. The majority of the documents refer to Milward Pogson, Sarah Pogson Smith, Frances Pogson Smith, and Harry Freeman Young Pogson. Alston Deas, the compiler of this collection, has attached explanatory notes and transcriptions to many of the items. Deas also included his transcriptions of Pogson family tombstones and his own genealogies of the Pogson family.


  • Creation: 1783-1949


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

The Rev. Milward Pogson and his siblings, Sarah Pogson (later Smith), Frances Pogson (later Blamyer), and George Pogson, were born at Woodside House, Essex, England; all eventually immigrated to Charleston, S.C. A brother, Harry Pogson, was a captain in the Royal Navy and later immigrated to Australia. Milward Pogson came to Charleston, S.C. after being injured at Eton; he was later ordained there. Sarah Pogson married Judge Peter Smith of Peterboro, N.Y. After the couple's separation, Sarah Pogson lived for a brief time in Philadelphia before moving to Charleston to live with her sister, Frances Pogson Blamyer.


1 folder ; 22-28 cm.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated by Alston Deas.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include the Alston Deas collection (Mss 0013).

Inventory of the Pogson Family Papers, 1783-1949
Processed by: Special Collections staff; finding aid created by: Special Collections staff
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Repository Details

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