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William J. Northen family papers

William J. Northen family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: William J. Northen family papers
Creator: Northen, William J. (William Jonathan), 1835-1913
Inclusive Dates: 1790-1959
Language(s): English
Extent: 8.9 Linear Feet 9 document boxes, 4 cartons, 1 oversized box, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms3327
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

William J. Northen (1835-1913) was president of the Georgia State Agricultural Society, and governor of Georgia in the early 1890s. He advocated for reform measures such as prohibition, increased educational funding, and also against lynching laws. For more information, see the article William J. Northen in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of genealogy, land documents, correspondence, financial papers, writings, photographs, artifacts, and printed material. The correspondence includes letters to William J. Northen regarding the establishment of the town of Fitzgerald, Georgia; letters regarding an apparent scandal involving the Farmers' Alliance and Leonidas Livingston; William J. Northen's letters home as he traveled around Georgia in 1907 promoting racial harmony; and two Civil War letters from brothers William and John Henry Neel of the 15th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Company K. The writings contain a journal by William J. Northen in which he writes of his trip to Tallulah Falls, speeches at Mercer University, his 21st birthday, death of his brother, and a letter to his sister regarding conditions at the end of the Civil War. Farm accounts are also included in the journal. Also of interest are slave documents and bills of sale; receipts from Mercer University and the Georgia Baptist Convention when Peter Northen was treasurer; Ruth Northen's photo album containing University of Georgia photographs from 1911-1912 and other travel photographs; and an 1801 indenture between the Catawba Indians and Thomas Neel for land in York County, South Carolina. The following items were separated from the collection: walking cane without the handle and one square back wooden chair with cane seat is housed in Organic storage.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William J. Northen family papers, ms3327, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2010 April 15.

General Notes

Related collections held by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia: Georgia governors' messages, 1872-1943.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Bills of sale.
Catawba Indian Nation -- History.
Deeds -- Georgia.
Fitzgerald (Ga.) -- History.
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Governors -- Georgia.
Journals (accounts)
Neal family
North family
Northen, William J. (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Correspondence
Northen, William J. (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Family
Northen, William J. (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Finance, Personal
Northen, William J. (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Photographs
Rabun family
Real property -- Georgia.
Slave bills of sale -- Georgia.
Trailor family
Veazey family

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials held in the following collections of this repository: William J. Northen letter to Charles Edgeworth Jones, ms1470.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Family

12Genealogy-Neel family
13Genealogy-Northen family
14Genealogy-A short history of the Northen family by Rev. E. E. Northen
15Genealogy-Traylor family
16Genealogy-Walker family
17Estate papers-Charles C. Bailey
18Estate papers-Henry McClellan
19Estate papers-Thomas Neel
110George W. Scott Mfg. Co. vs. J. H. Traylor, 1891-1897
111Land documents-Carroll County, Ga., 1827 1843
112Land documents-Hancock County, Ga., 1864-1869
113Land documents-Troup County, Ga., 1826-1926
114Land documents-South Carolina, 1794-1819
115Lock of hair-William J. Northen, Jr.
116Pension-War of 1812, Thomas Neel
117Petitions-Hancock County, Ga., 1881
118School report book-Martha Traylor, 1879
119Wills, Power of Attorney, 1790-1959

2. Correspondence

22William J. Northen/Annie Belle Northen, 1878-1919
23William J. Northen/Martha Northen, 1890-1908
24William J. Northen/Thomas Henry Northen, 1880-1896
25William J. Northen-Alliance scandal, 1890-1891
26William J. Northen-Alliance scandal-typescripts of letters, 1890-1891
27William J. Northen-business, 1872-1912
28Annie Belle Northen, 1881-1934
29George T. Northen, 1902-1957, 1984
210George T. Northen - William J. & Martha Northen, 1907-1912
211Thomas Henry Northen - Martha Traylor Northen, 1884-1933
212Neel family, 1845-1897
213Northen family, 1896-1934
214Traylor family, 1894-1928

3. Writings

32Cookbook-Martha Traylor, 1879
33In Memoriam book-Thomas Henry Northen, 1904
34Journal-William J. Northen
35Scrapbook pages
36University System of Georgia

4. Financial

41Thomas & Nancy Neel, 1826-1844
42Thomas & Nancy Neel, 1845-1880 & nd
43Cotton receipts-Thomas & Nancy Neel
44Slaves-bills of sale-Thomas Neel, 1818-1856
45Northen family/Northen Shivers & Co., 1857-1911
46Account book-Martha Traylor Northen, 1919-1932
47University of Georgia War Memorial Fund Martha Traylor Northen, 1922-1923
48Mercer University-Peter Northen, 1838-1845
49-15Georgia Baptist Convention/Mercer-Peter Northen, 1845-1858
416Georgia Baptist Convention/Mercer-Peter Northen - undated
417Financial papers-Peter Northen, 1838-1849
418Financial papers-Peter Northen, 1850-1861
419Financial papers-Traylor family, 1872-1908
420Financial papers-Miscellaneous, fragments

5. Photographs

51Neel, Nancy Veazey
52Northen, Annie Belle
53Northen, Annie Belle
54Northen, George
55Northen, Louisa Maria Davis
56Northen, Martha Moss Neel
57Northen, Martha Moss Neel
58Northen, Peter
61Northen, Ruth
62Northen, Ruth & William Jr.
63Northen, Thomas Henry
64Northen, William Jonathan
65Northen, William Jonathan
66Northen, William Jonathan & grandchildren
67Northen, William Jonathan Jr.
68Stokely, Susan
69Traylor, John Humphrey
610Traylor, Martha
611Traylor, Mary Bailey
612White, John
76Mercer chapel & Northen graves in Penfield, Ga.
77Travel snapshots
78Travel in Washington, DC
79Veazey graves in Hancock County, Ga.
710Various subjects
81Photograph album
82Photograph album-Ruth Peterson, 1922-1923
83Photograph album-Ruth Northen, 1906-1934

6. Printed Material

91Printed material
92John M. Allen
93Atlanta, Georgia
95Mercer University
96Northen family
99Tammany Times-Saratoga Convention, 1893
910Traylor family
911Writings by Annie Belle Northen
912Writings by William J. Northen, 1889-1895
913Writings by William J. Northen, 1899-1911

7.Artifacts and Oversize Material

10Walking cane handles (Two)
10Small pictures
10Small cloth flag
10Gold pocket watch
10Kitchen cutlery and knife sharpener
10Silver butter knife
10Pocket book of Ephriam Northen
10Indenture - York County, South Carolina land-Nation of Catawba Indians to William McMurray and Thomas Neel, 1801
10Indenture - Troup County, Georgia land-Silas Carter to Charles C. Bailey, 1827
10Photograph - Northen, Ruth
10Photograph - Northen, Martha Neel
10Photograph - Northen, Martha Neel with grandchildren
10Photograph - Northen, Thomas Henry or William Jonathan?
10Photograph - Unidentified man
10Photograph - School class ?
10Photograph - Unidentified group of girls
1BGenealogy charts-Neel family, Rabun family, Traylor family, and Veazey family, 1700-1990

8. Books

11Ball, B. L. Rambles in Eastern Asia. Boston: James French and Company, 1856
11Bojesen, E. F. A manual of Grecian and Roman Antiquities. New Your: D. Appleton & Co., 1857
11Champlin, J. T. The Oration of Demosthenes on the Crown with Notes. Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1860
11Cowper, William. The Works of Cowper and Thomson. Philadelphia: J. Grigg, 1834
11Drummond, Henry. The Programme of Christianity. New York: James Pott and Company, 1900
11Fenelon, M. Les Aventures de Telemaque. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1860
11Hale, Edward Everett. The Man Without a Country. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904
11Juvenal. Decimi Junii Juvenalis. Boston: Wilkins, Carter, and Company, 1831
11Mell, P. H. A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Rules for Conducting Business. Macon, Georgia: J. W. Burke & Co., 1888
11Rollin, Charles. The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Medes, and Persians, Grecians and Macedonians. New York: S. A. Rollo & Co., volumes I. III. and V, 1859
11Scott, W. J. Lectures and Essays. Atlanta, Georgia: Constitution Publishing Company, 1889
11Woolsey, Theodore D. The Gorgias of Plato. Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1850
12Knox, Thomas Lowell (ed.). Scenes From Every Land. Springfield, Ohio: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, 1893
12Leonard, John W. (ed.). Who's Who in America. Chicago: A. N. Marquis & Company, 1899
12Liddell, Henry George. A Greek-English Lexicon, based on the German work of Francis Passow. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849
12Maunder, Samuel. The History of the World: comprising a general history, both ancient and modern...New York: Henry Bill, 1854
12Stoddard, John L. Portfolio of Photographs of Famous Scenes, Cities and Paintings. Chicago: Educational Publishing Company
12Latin-English Lexicon (first pages missing)
13Angell, James Rowland. Psychology. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1909
13Brooks, Charles. Family Prayer Book. Hingham: Press of Farmer and Brown, 1829
13Call, Annie Payson. Power Through Repose. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1893
13Carlyle, Thomas. Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. New York: John B. Alden, 1892
13D'Aubigne, J. H. Merle. History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1856
13Grady, Henry Woodfin. The Speeches of Henry W. Grady With a Short Biographical Sketch of His Life. Atlanta, GA: Chas. P. Byrd, 1895
13Lempriere, J. Bibliotheca Classica... New York: W. E. Dean, 1837
13Lucas, E. V. A Wanderer in Holland. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906
13Manly, John Matthews (ed.). English Poetry. New York: Ginn & Company, 1907
13Pope, Alexander. Homer's Iliad. Volume I. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1849
13Riley, James Whitcomb. Rhymes of Childhood. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1894
13The Spectator in eight volumes. Volume VI. Philadelphia: Robert Carr, 1803
13Upham, Thomas C. Life and Religious Opinions and Experience of Madame De La Mothe Guyon...New York: Harper & Brothers, 1864
13Whelpley, Samuel. A Compend of History from the Earliest Times... Volume I. Boston: American Stationers' Company, 1837
13Woodbridge and Willard's Universal Geography. New York: Collins, Keese & Co., 1836
13Morning prayer book and two other books with first pages missing
14Andrews, Garnett. Reminiscences of an Old Georgia Lawyer. Atlanta, Ga.: Franklin Steam Printing House, 1870
14Anthon, Charles. The Aeneid of Virgil. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860
14Brittain, M. L. Semi-centennial History of the Second Baptist Church. Atlanta?, 1904
14Luthers, D. Martin. Das Neue Teftament. Stuttgart
14Notable Men of Atlanta and Georgia. Atlanta, Ga., 1913
14Webster, Noah. An American Dictionary of the English Language. Springfield, Massachusetts: George and Charles Merriam, 1860