Margaret Davis Cate papers

Margaret Davis Cate papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Margaret Davis Cate papers
Creator: Cate, Margaret Davis, 1888-1961
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1964
Language(s): English
Extent: 4.3 Linear Feet (9 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 card file box)
Collection Number: ms1217
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Margaret Davis Cate (1888-1961), a woman of many careers, was credited for developing historical interest that led to designation of Ft. Frederica as a national monument. A native of Brunswick, she taught school here before being married to the late Dr. G.V. Cate. After his death, she became postmaster of Sea Island, serving until retirement in 1958. She also headed the Glynn County Planning Board during the period when it established areas of natural beauty in which sign boards are prohibited, a step which has brought national recognition. She pioneered in the raising of chickens and turkeys here and also served on the board of education, headed the city planning commission and led the Glynn County Board of Public Welfare for 10 years. She devoted almost a lifetime of effort in the field of history with special emphasis on the Oglethorpe area and Ft. Frederica. She was long-time vice president of the Georgia Historical Society and most historical markers set out by the state and private groups in the coastal area were placed upon her advice. She was the author of several books of history and numerous articles. She was first president of the Glynn County League of Women Voters and a former president of the Brunswick Women's Club. Since 1928 she had lectured at the Cloister Hotel on Sea Island on the history of the area. The Atlanta Constitution, published 11/30/1961.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Margaret Davis Cate from 1890-1964. The papers include correspondence; printed material; research notes pertaining to the history of Sea Island, St. Simons Island, and Ft. Frederica, Georgia; photographs; and ledgers (1926-1935) containing information about her poultry business. Of particular interest is correspondence between Cate and fellow historians including E.M. Coulter and Kenneth Colemen; correspondence with archaeologist Charles Fairbanks relating to the preservation of Ft. Frederica; and letters between Cate, John Marsh, and Margaret Mitchell Marsh. The collection also contains records relating to Cate's personal genealogical research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Davis Cate papers, MS 1217. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 September 11.

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Subject Terms

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See also Family connections of Samuel Rufus Jones (genealogical charts), MS 1632.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence, 1932-1961, undated

11General Correspondence, 1932-39
12General Corresp., 1940-45
13General Corresp., 1946-49
14General Corresp., 1950-53
15General Corresp., 1954-March 1955
16General Corresp., April-June 1955
17General Corresp., July-August 1955
18General Corresp., September-December 1955
19General Corresp., January-April 1956
110General Corresp., May-July 1956
111General Corresp., August-December 1956
112General Corresp., January-July 1957
113General Corresp., August-December 1957
21General Correspondence, January 1958
22General Correspondence, February 1958
23General Correspondence, March-June 1958
24General Correspondence, January-December 1959
25General Correspondence, January-December 1960
26General Correspondence, January-December 1961
27Calling cards, miscellaneous addresses
28Miscellaneous corresp., undated
29Personal papers
210Personal papers
211John and Margaret Mitchell Marsh correspendence, 1945-50

2. Poultry business records

31Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens-price list
31Touchstone Ridge Farm
31Article 'She Love Her Work'
312 TLS from George WC Drexel
31Newspaper clippings
31Cooking school broadside
32Poultry Business ledger, 1926
33Poultry Business ledger, 1927
34Poultry Business ledger, 1928
35Poultry Business ledger, 1929
36Poultry Business ledger, 1929-30
37Poultry Business ledger, 1931
38Poultry Record Book, 1931 1936 1939
39Poultry Record Book, 1934
310Poultry Business Ledger, 1935

3. Photographs

41Photos-mostly coastal areas
42Margaret Cate portraits & photos
43Photos, Margaret D. Cate & Orrin S. Wightman, ca 1958 and 1952 ports authority
44Margaret D. Cate & Cloister and Sea Island guests
45Photo John B & Ida R. Stafford, Sr.

4. Early Days of Coastal Georgia files

46Cataloguing of research notes
47Cataloguing of research notes
48Early Days of Coastal Georgia materials-contract, typescripts, edited Ft. Frederica
49EDCG-Frederica; War of Jenkins Ear
49Old Frederica Canon
410EDCG-Barracks Building
410The Town Moat
411EDCG-Foundations of Frederica's Old Houses
411Hawkins-Davison Houses
412Ft. St. Simons
413EDCG-Marker on Military Road
413Military Road near Blood Marsh
413Bloody Marsh Monument
414EDCG-Oglethorpe's Home
414Frederica's Oaks
415EDCG-Christ Church, Frederica
415Couper Tombstones, Christ Church
416EDCG-Armstrong Tomb, Christ Church
416Hazzard Vault, Christ Church
416John Wylly's Tombstone
417EDCG- Pink Chapel, West Point Plantation
417Slave Cabin, West Point Plantation
418EDCG-Date Palm, Cannon's Point
418Ruins of Kitchen, Cannon's Point
419EDCG-Butler Point Slave Cabin
419Hampton River, Butler Point
420EDCG-McIntosh Vaults
420Ruins of Retreat Plantation House
420Retreat Avenue
421EDCG-Retreat Avenue & Baldwin's Ditch
421Retreat Hospital
422EDCG-Retreat Slave Cabins
423EDCG-Sea Island Golf Club House
423St. Simon's Lighthouse
423Lanier's Oak
424EDCG-Floyd White
424Frizzle Chicken
424Lover's Oak
425EDCG-The Marshes of Glynn
425Lanier's Marshes
426EDCG-Oglethorpe Hotel, Brunswick
426Mahoney House
426Jekyl Island Club
427EDCG-Orange Hall, St. Mary's
427Major Archibald Clark's residence, St. Mary's
427Presbyterian Church, St. Mary's
427Oak Grove Cemetery St. Mary's
427The French at St. Mary's
428EDCG-Hofwyl Plantation
429EDCG-Old Rice Mill on Butler Island
429Rice Mill Chimney on Butler Island
51EARLY DAYS OF COASTAL GEORGIA materials-Rice Field Canal, Rice Field Worker
52EDCG-Fort King George
52The Highlanders of Darien
53EDCG-Downey House, the Ridge, Darien
53Midway Church & Cemetery
54EDCG-Old Screven House at Sunbury
54Negro home in Jewtown
55EDCG-Willis Proctor
55Julia Armstrong
55Joe Armstrong
56EDCG-Edith Murphy
56The House that Neptune Built
57EDCG-Lavinia Sullivan Abbott
57Ben Sullivan
58EDCG-Charles Wilson the basketmaker
58EDCG-Charles Wilson & his outdoor kitchen
58EDCG-Charles Wilson & his pipe
58EDCG-Charles Wilson & his horseshoe
59EDCG-Mary Williams
59Rev. Elijah J. Rozzell
59Dan Hopkins
59Rufus McDonald
510EDCG-Ella Pinkney
510Ella Pinkney's front porch
511EDCG-Charles Alexander
511EDCG-Charles Alexander mill
511EDCG-Charles Alexander oxcart
512EDCG-Tyrah Wilson
512Morris Polite
512London Polite
513EDCG-Jerry Harris
513EDCG-Jerry Harris back porch
513Sibby Kelly
514EDCG-Liverpool Hazzard
514Liverpool Hazzard's ox cart
514Liverpool Hazzard's ox cart & trough
515EDCG-Old Jane
515Negro graves
515Jackie Coogan
516Doll's Head
516Bowen's Family Burial
517EDCG-The Bowen's Marker
517Grave of Rachel Bowens
517Grave of Rev. Aaron Bowens
519Manuscript Ft. Frederica Coloring Book
520Manuscript Early Days of Coastal Georgia
521Manuscript General James Edward Oglethorpe

5. Research files

522Historical notes-the Cannon Family
523Historical notes-the Delegal Family
524Historical miscellaneous
525Ft. Frederica National Park
526Notes on 'Daybook of J. and Pierce Butler'
527Margaret D. Cate-talks

6. Clippings, pamphlets, programs

61Newspaper clippings, 1933-43
62Newspaper clippings, 1950-55
63Newspaper clippings, 1956-57
64Newspaper clippings, 1958-59
65Color copies of some of above articles
66Newspaper clippings, 1960-64; no date
67Historical pamphlets authorized by Mrs. Cate
68Historical sketch of 'The Golden Isles of Guale'
69Assorted programs and invitations
Includes 1903-04 annual report public schools of Glynn County, opening ceremony Brunswick-St. Simons Hwy, 1924, Sir Robert Borden's address...grad class, Acadia Univ., Wolfville Nova Scotia, 200th anniv. Battle Bloody Marsh (2), 1942, dedication Ft. Frederica National Monument, 1947, and the premier 'The View from Pompey's Head', 1955

7. Printed Materials

610Various magazines with articles on coastal GA (2)
611'Sea Island Shorelines', March 1942-January 1961
612'Cloister Bells'; Welcome to Sapelo (several issues)
71The natural world-articles
72Magazines: Kentucky Progress; Country Gentleman; The Christian Advocate
73Miscellaneous historical pamphlets
some are Battle of Brier Creek, Telamon Cuyler, Battle of Natural Bridge, Ft. Frederica, and Brunswick, GA
74Miscellaneous pamphlets, circulars
Includes The Old Print Shop Portfolio, Selections by I. E. McKellar, Early Days of Coastal Georgia-circulars, excerpts from reviews, and President's Day-GA Bi-centennial

8. Genealogy files

81Genealogy Notebook
82Blair Family (1)
83Blair Family (2)
84Campen family
85Carr Family
86Davis Family
87Demere Family
88Harris Family
89Harville Family
810Joyce Family
811King and Knight Families
91Stafford family genealogy
92Stafford family genealogy
93Stafford family genealogy
94Stafford family genealogy
95Stafford family genealogy
96May family genealogy
97Mitchell-Cate genealogy
98Wiggins family genealogy
99Wyatt family genealogy
910Zouks family genealogy
911General genealogical information
912Bible records, family, marraiges
913Census information
11Card File

9. Genealogical Charts, DAR Papers, Land Grants

101Charts: Stafford, Zoucks, Ratcliff, etc.
102Charts: Stafford, Blair, Earl, Knight
103DAR Corresp. & papers
104Davis Bible Record
105Land Survey to William Peacock
106Plat, Big Buffalo Swamp
107Land Transaction Robert Stafford
108land grant Wm Swain
109land grant Wm Peacock
1010land survey Wm Swain

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