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Tift family papers

Tift family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Tift family papers
Creator: Tift, Henry Harding, 1841-1922
Creator: Tift, Amos Chapman, 1808-1883
Inclusive Dates: 1750-2015
Language(s): English
Extent: 11 Linear Feet 3 boxes, 6 oversized boxes, 1 oversized folder
Collection Number: ms4074
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Tift family has its roots in Colonial Connecticut in shipping and trade, as well as the American Revolution.

Nelson Tift (1810-1891) was a businessman, Georgia House of Representatives and U.S. Representative (1868-1869) who settled along the Flint River after working with the family businesses along the east coast, realizing the potential of lumber and cotton in South Georgia for ship building material. He facilitated trade in the area that, with the help of the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway, led to his founding of the city of Albany. For more information, see the article Nelson Tift (1810-1891) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia and his congressional biography.

Henry Harding Tift (1841-1922) was an industrialist who established a lumber operation on that same RR further north of Albany on a high point near the Fall Line, and founded the city of Tifton, Georgia. The city of Tifton grew, and the county of Tift was created as business flourished with the connection to Atlanta and the country beyond. For more information, see the article Henry Tift (1841-1922) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, business and land records, photographs, family history, and printed material. Some highlights include American Revolution militia recruitment orders, Colonial land records from Connecticut, and photographs of early Tifton, Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tift family papers, ms4074, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Albany (Ga.)
Business records -- Georgia.
Galveston (Tex.)
Georgia -- Genealogy.
Industrialists -- Georgia.
Key West (Fla.) -- History.
Landowners -- Georgia -- History.
Lumber trade -- Georgia.
Mystic (Conn.)
Railroads -- Georgia.
Tift family
Tift, Amos Chapman, 1808-1883
Tift, Henry Harding, 1841-1922
Tift, Nelson, 1810-1891
Tifton (Ga.)

Related Collections in this Repository

Research material related to this collection are in the Tift family research papers, ms4075.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. History - Genealogy

11Family history
12Mr. Thomas Willingham Tift
13Catherine Tift Porter
14Mrs. Porter
15Lewis Historical Publishing Co.
16Genealogy - correspondence and notes - Catherine Tift Porter
254Genealogy - correspondence and notes
17Tifton Centennial speech
19Amos Chapman Tift
110Katherine Tift-Jones
111Carolyn Harding Beebe Whitehouse

2. Correspondence

112Amos Chapman Tift
113Phoebe Harding Tift (married to Amos Chapman Tift)
114-15Amos Chapman Tift to Phoebe Tift - Florida
116Amos Chapman Tift to Phoebe Tift
117E.H. Tift to Amos Chapman and Phoebe Tift
118Nelson Tift
119William Orville Tift
120Wiliam Orville Tift to Amos Chapman Tift
121Bessie Willingham Tift (married to Henry Harding Tift)
122Helen Tift Beebe
123Thomas Willingham Tift
124Catherine Terrell Tift (married to Thomas Willingham Tift)
125Eliza Tift (married to E.B. Noyes)
126W.F. Tift
127Annie Tift Buckley
128James M. Tift
22Mrs. Henry H. Whitehouse

3. Legal and Business

23Thomas Harding/Harden, Capt.
24Jeremiah Harding, Capt.
25Henry Harding
26Charles Chapman
27Amos Chapman Tift
28Phoebe Harding Tift
29Nelson Tift
210Charles Tift deed to Hannah Tift, 1854
211Henry Harding Tift
255Annie Tift Buckley
212Carolyn Beebe Whitehouse (married to Henry H. Whitehouse)
213E.A. Buck
214Mitchell W. Gaskins
215Killis W. Horne

4. Photographs

217Nelson Tift
218Phoebe Harding Tift
219Henry H. Tift
220Bessie Willingham Tift (married to Henry Harding Tift)
221Eliza Mallory Tift (married to William Orville Tift)
222Artie, Mary Katherine Tift - children of William Orville and Eliza
223Thomas Willingham Tift
224Cara Tift Holmes
225Annie Tift Buckley
226Helen Tift Beebe
227Cecelia Willingham
228Carolyn Beebe Whitehouse
229Mary Catherine Tift
230Evelyn Sheppard Tift
231Telie Tift Sumner
232Uncle Dan - worked for H.H.
233Catherine Hill - photograph on glass
234Family groups
237Buildings - farms
238Lumber mill - tin types
240Army-Navy E Award - Piedmont Cotton Mills, 1943 July 27
241European trip
3Cased Ambrotypes (7)
3Cased Daguerrotypes (6)
1Army-Navy E Award - scrapbook, 1943
2Large format family photographs
4Large family photograph album - cabinet cards
5Family Photograph albums (2) - cabinet cards

5. Printed material

242Militia recruitment order
243Meeting notes
244Census lists, 1835, 1843
246A Letter Upon Dancing
247Gaskell's Complete Compendium of Elegant Writing
248Connecticut history
249Bessie Tift College
250St. Margaret's School for Girls
251Postcards - New England
253Spring Valley Factory - Youle's shot #3 sack
1Pilot Rules for the Inland Waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, 1907
3Frogs of Windham - comic opera
3People's Cyclopedia, 1881
3Georgia plantations in the Albany area - map
3Generals of Our Army - engraving, 1861
6Postcard albums (2)