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Akehurst - Lines family papers

Akehurst - Lines family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Akehurst - Lines family papers
Creator: Lines family
Creator: Akehurst family
Inclusive Dates: 1850-1914
Bulk Dates: 1858-1883
Language: English
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number: ms73
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Jennie Akehurst and Sylvanus Lines married August 11, 1859. Their daughter Daisy was born August 7, 1864. Other family members include Anna Maria Akehurst, wife of Jennie's brother Joseph.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence and diaries of the Akehurst and Lines families from 1850-1914. The bulk of the correspondence contains letters between Jennie Akehurst, a teacher at Covington, Georgia and Sylvanus Lines of Fayetteville Georgia during their courtship (1857-1860) and married life (1861-1874). Topics discussed include family matters, life in Georgia, and news of relatives. Another portion of the correspondence consists of letters to and from Daisy Lines while teaching in Irvington, Georgia (1882-1898). Includes drafts of letters to and letters from Jerome Reneau, writing from Greene County, Alabama and Texas; correspondence to Jennie Lines; and correspondence from Daisy's aunt Anna Marie Akehurst Barham. Topics discussed include Reneau and Daisy's friendship, Reneau's farming in Alabama, social events, Daisy's teaching, and family news.

The diaries were written by Jennie Akehurst Lines (1859-1861 and 1861-1871) and Anna Maria Akehurst Barham (1861-1871). Jennie's diary entries prior to 1861 mainly concern financial hardships and personal matters. Beginning in 1860, entries discuss the political climate, the 1860 election, abolitionists, and slavery. For 1861-1866, the diary contains information on Georgia's succession from the union, social life and living conditions during the Civil War, problems with slaves, and freedmen. Entries for 1866-1871 again mainly focus on personal matters. The Barham diary contains entries pertaining to the Female Orphans' Asylum (Macon, Ga.), where she was matron, the South's reaction to the Battle of Bull Run, economic and living conditions in Georgia during the Civil War, problems with Confederate currency, cotton planting both during and after the war, and problems hiring and supervising freedmen.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Akehurst - Lines family papers, ms73, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kate L. Calhoun in 1969

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 March 18.

General Notes

Diaries also available on microfilm, FILM HQ1418 .A440 v. 2, r. 28, located in Main Library Basement Microforms.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Abolitionists.
Confederate States of America -- Economic conditions.
Confederate States of America -- Social conditions.
Cotton farmers -- Georgia.
Diaries.
Freedmen -- Georgia.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia -- Social life and customs.
Orphanages -- Georgia.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1860.
Private schools -- Georgia.
Slavery -- Georgia -- History.
State succession.
Teachers -- Georgia.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
boxfolder
11Letters, 1850-1857
 
12Letters, 1858
 
13Letters, 1859
 
14Letters, 1860-1861
 
15Letters, 1862-1865
 
16Letters, 1868
 
17Letters, 1869 January-February
 
18Letters, 1869 March undated
 
19Letters, 1871 May-July
 
110Letters, 1871 August
 
111Letters, 1871 September
 
112Letters, 1874-1878
 
113Letters, 1882 January-April
 
114Letters, 1882 May-December
 
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21Diary, Amelia J. Akehurst (Jennie?), 1851
 
22Diary, Amelia J. Akehurst (Jennie?), 1855
 
23Diary, A. Jennie Akehurst, 1856
 
24Letters, 1883 January-March
 
25Letters, 1883 April-September
 
26Letters, 1883 October-December
 
27Letters, 1884 January-August
 
28Letters, 1884 September-December
 
29Letters, 1885-1887
 
210Letters, 1880s undated
 
211Letters, 1891-1895
 
212Letters, 1889 1896 1899 undated
 
213Letters, 1901-1914
 
214Letters - Fragments
 
215Letters, undated
 
216Envelopes
 
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31Diary, A. Jennie Akehurst, 1857
 
32Diary, Jennie Akehurst, 1858
 
33Diary, Jennie Akehurst, 1858 October-1859 August
 
34Diary, Jennie Akehurst Lines, 1859 - 1860
 
35Diary, Jennie Akehurst Lines, 1861 - 1871
 
36Diary, Anna Maria Akehurst (Barham), 1861 - 1871
 
37Miscellaneous
 
38Pictures