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Baber-Blackshear family papers

Baber-Blackshear family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Baber-Blackshear family papers
Creator: Baber-Blackshear family
Creator: Baber family
Creator: Blackshear family
Inclusive Dates: 1796-1939
Language: English
Extent: 4.9 Linear Feet (12 document boxes, 1 oversize folder A)
Collection Number: ms11
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Edward Ambrose Baber (1793-1846), physician of Buckingham County, Virginia and later Bibb County, Georgia. Married Mary Eliza Sweet (1810-1894) in 1829. Children include George Francis Burleigh (1833-1854), Naval officer; Lucy Marion (1836-1894); and Ella Hunter (1839-1930). Lucy Marion married Joseph William Blackshear (1833-1906), teacher, accountant, and Civil War soldier of Macon, Georgia. Their children Ella, Paul, Birdie, Mary (Minnie) took as their surname Baber-Blackshear.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the papers of the Baber, Blackshear, and Baber-Blackshear families from 1796-1939 and includes correspondence, journals, ledgers, news clippings, invitations, programs, speeches, and newspapers. The early part of the collection relates to Dr. Ambrose Baber and contains information on the 1802 William Hunter-David Mitchell duel (Savannah, Ga.); Baber's term as Charge'd Affaires to Sardinia, including correspondence from John MacPherson Berrien (1842-1844); and the establishment of the Montpelier Institute in Monroe County, Georgia.

The bulk of the collection falls after 1846. It contains correspondence and journals of George Francis Burleigh Baber during his naval service on the John Adams, Germantown, Dale, and Porpoise. Also included is Civil War correspondence consisting of letters from Joseph William Blackshear of Jackson's Artillery from Camp Brown, St. Simons Island, Georgia, as well as George Dunbar Sweet Smith, who served in South Carolina and Virginia. The remainder of the collection consists of personal correspondence between Marion and William Blackshear; their children Ella, Paul, Birdie, and Minnie Baber-Blackshear; relatives; and friends.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type; in chronological order where possible.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Baber/Blackshear family papers, ms11, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 April 2.

General Notes

Acquired from Birdie Baber-Blackshear in 1940.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Account books.
Acting teachers -- Georgia.
Ambassadors -- Sardinia (Italy)
Atkinson, Fannie
Atkinson, George Baber, 1843-1923
Berrien, John MacPherson, 1781-1856
Blackshear, J. William (Joseph William), 1833-1906
Blackshear, Lucy Marion Baber, 1837-1894
Boarding schools -- Georgia.
Confederate States of America. Army
Dance teachers -- Georgia.
Dueling -- Georgia.
Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia -- Social life and customs.
Journals (accounts)
Montpelier Institute (Monroe County, Ga.)
Sardinia (Italy) -- Description and travel.
Seamen -- Georgia -- Diaries.
Smith, George Dunbar Sweet, 1839-1865
Soldiers -- Georgia.
South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States. Navy -- Sea life
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
boxfolder
11Baber Family Material
 
12Correspondence, 1773 - 1820
 
13Correspondence, 1820 - 1829
 
14Correspondence, 1830 - 1832
 
15Correspondence, 1833 - 1835
 
16Correspondence, 1836 - 1837
 
17Correspondence, 1838 - 1839
 
18Correspondence, 1840 - 1841
 
19Correspondence, 1842 - 1843
includes letter of introduction signed by Daniel Webster for Dr. Baber's appointment to Sardinia.
 
110Correspondence, 1844 - 1845
Dr. Baber's appointment to 3d congressional district seat
 
111Correspondence, 1846 - 1847
Dr. Baber's estate papers
 
112Correspondence, 1840's
 
113Correspondence, 1848- 1849
 
114Correspondence, 1850 - 1857
 
boxfolder
21Correspondence, 1853 - 55
 
22Correspondence, 1856-7
 
23Correspondence, 1858-9
 
24Correspondence, 1860-62
 
25Correspondence, 1863-65
includes Alexander Stephens letter
 
26Correspondence, 1866
 
27Correspondence, 1867
 
28Correspondence, 1868
 
29Correspondence, 1869
 
boxfolder
31Correspondence, 1870
 
32Correspondence, 1871
 
33Correspondence, 1872
 
34Correspondence, 1873
 
35Correspondence, 1874
 
36Correspondence, 1875
 
37Correspondence, 1876
 
38Correspondence, 1877
 
39Correspondence, 1878
 
310Correspondence, 1879
 
311Correspondence, 1870's
 
boxfolder
41Correspondence, 1880's
 
42Correspondence, 1880
 
43Correspondence, January - September 1881
 
44Correspondence, October - December 1881
 
45Correspondence, January - June 1882
 
46Correspondence, July - September 1882
 
47Correspondence, January - June 1883
 
48Correspondence, July - December 1883
 
49Correspondence, 1884
 
boxfolder
51Correspondence, 1885
 
52Correspondence, 1886
 
53Correspondence, January - June 1887
 
54Correspondence, July - September 1887
 
55Correspondence, October - December 1887
 
56Correspondence, 1888
 
57Correspondence, 1889
 
58Correspondence, January - August 1890
 
59Correspondence, September - December 1890
 
boxfolder
61Correspondence, 1891
 
62Correspondence, 1892
 
63Correspondence, 1893
 
64Correspondence, 1894
 
65Correspondence, 1895 - 1899
 
66Correspondence, 1900 - 1901
 
67Correspondence, 1902 - 1905
 
68Correspondence, 1906 - 1909
 
69Correspondence, 1910 - 1915
 
610Correspondence, 1916 - 1919
 
boxfolder
71Correspondence, 1920 - 1925
includes letter from Gov Clifford Walker
 
72Correspondence, 1926 - 1929
 
73Correspondence, 1930 - 1935
 
74Correspondence, 1936 - 1939
 
75Correspondence, undated
Ella Baber-Blackshear
 
76Correspondence, undated
Fannie & George Atkinson
 
77Correspondence, undated
Mary Baber
 
78Correspondence, undated
Birdie, Minnie & Paul Blackshear
 
79Correspondence, undated
Marion & J. W. Blackshear
 
710Correspondence, undated
'Eya', 'Daisy' and 'E & C'
 
711Correspondence, undated
A - Z
 
boxfolder
81Letters, no identity, undated
 
82Ambrose Baber - address: Agricultural Chemistry - Mechanical Society, 1838
 
83Ambrose Baber - address: Agricultural Society, no date
 
84Ambrose Baber - address: Banking Privileges, Legislature, no date
 
85Ambrose Baber - address: Desultory...Memoranda...Influences American Revolution, Georgia Hist. Soc., 1845
 
86Ambrose Baber - address: Education, Legislature, 1832
 
87Ambrose Baber - address: Friendship, Masons [?], no date
 
88Ambrose Baber - address: The Mexican Question, Georgia Hist. Soc, ca 1846
 
89Ambrose Baber - address: Moderation, no date
 
810Ambrose Baber - address: Truth - Masons[?], no date
 
811Ambrose Baber - obituaries, account of death
 
812Burleigh Baber, 1839 - 1849
 
813Burleigh Baber, 1850
 
814Burleigh Baber, 1851-1852
 
815Burleigh Baber, 1853 - 1857 1890 & undated (see box 12 for journal)
includes a photograph, account of death A. Stephens letter
 
boxfolder
91Baber family genealogy, biography, Telamon Cuyler letter
 
92Baber & Porcher family genealogy - J. W. Blackshear's Memoranda (see also box 11)
 
93Baber, Blackshear, Sweet & Pettigru genealogy
 
94Mrs. Mary Baber - writings
 
95John MacPherson Berrien letters, 1836 - 1845
 
96W. T. Bartlett diary, 1873 - 1876
 
97Macon, Ga and Macon France
 
98Masonry in Macon; LaFayette visit
 
99Miscellaneous; 'tour' of Macon by Baber-Blackshear women
 
boxfolder
101Miscellaneous material including In Memoriam - Julia Parkman Jones - d 1886
 
101Huguenot Soc Transactions with list of members
 
101DAR magazines
 
101Newspaper Clippings
 
101Macon History
 
101UDC material on Blackshears
 
101Dance Articles
 
101Nellie Peters Black article
 
102'Coat hanger' from Baber-Blackshears to WWI soldiers; Dance information, Clippings, Tickets to events
 
103Mary Baber obituary; post cards; news articles, no date
 
103Re troops, 1862
 
103Arithmetical tables, 1856
 
103Dr Baber & Oliver Hillhouse Prince - Romance of Medicine in Bibb Co, Ga
 
104Montpelier Institute, Monroe County, Ga - letters Marion Baber/Mary Baber
 
105Montpelier Institute - letters, 1846 - 54 1862, undated
 
boxitem
111Account and Roll Books
 
112Account book, 1862 - 82 (brown leather)
 
113House book, 1842 - 44 (black)
 
1141840 Baber account with C. A. Ellis (brown marble paper)
contains various items dispensed
 
115Book with some addresses in Paris, and Italy (small black)
 
116Names, Numbers, 1924 (ready reference)
 
11J. W. Blackshear's Memoranda, 1860 (brown leather case)
re trip
 
117Account book, 1847 (small brown leather case)
 
118Account book, 1927 (long thin 'order book')
 
119Birdie B Blackshear account book, 1920's (rust paper)
 
1110Dance accounts - 'order book' (grey)
 
1112Dance accounts - 'ledger'
 
1113Dance accounts - 'Nat'l 1910 diary'
 
1114Dr. Baber & Mrs. Baber account book, then Mrs. Baber, 1839 - 46 1863
 
1115Studies on scripture
 
boxitem
121Album of intellectual instructions & religious extracts - Dr. & Mr.s Baber, Marion Baber
 
122Arithmetic book
 
123Quotations (blue hard cover)
 
124Dr's astronomy book, 1817 (printed plate book)
 
125Visiting/business cards - mostly European
 
126Burleigh Baber (dried plants & gold leaf)
 
127USN, journal, 1851 - November 1852
for ships John Adams, Germantown, and Dale - photo inside front cover
 
128Scrapbook of newsclips [Marion's marriage, Ella Blackshear Curtis' wedding]
account book in back, loose clippings
 
oversized_folderitem
1A1Public Ledger - Philadelphia, March 25, 1836
 
1A2Civil, Military, & Naval Gazette - Annapolis, Oct. 24, 1850
 
1A3Gazette Piemontese - Turin [?] Italy, Dec. 21, 28, 29, 30, 1843
 
1A4L'Estafette - Paris, France, Apr. 8 and May 6, 22, 1842