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Tift family research files

Tift family research files

Descriptive Summary

Title: Tift family research files
Creator: Fair, John D.
Inclusive Dates: 20th Century
Language(s): English
Extent: 3 Linear Feet (3 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Collection Number: ms4075
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.

Materials in this collection were the product of research for Dr. John Fair's book The Tifts of Georgia: Connecticut Yankees in King Cotton's Court, published by Mercer University Press.

Scope and Content

This collection contains notes, correspondence, and copies of documents relating to the Tift family in Georgia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Tift family research files, ms4075, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Research notes.
Tift family
Tift, Amos Chapman, 1808-1883
Tift, Henry Harding, 1841-1922
Tift, Nelson, 1810-1891

Related Collections in this Repository

For more material related to this collection see the Tift family papers, ms4074.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Albany - writing
12Anthony, Craig
13Baker County
14Beebe, Carolyn
15Brewster - Mayflower
16Brumby, Mike
17Burrows genealogy - Tifts
19Connections - Albany
110Civi War and the Tifts
111Connections - Tifton
112Davis, Robert Scott
113Dean, Jane
114-15Dews, Bobby
116Genealogy - Connecticut
117Genealogy - Rhode Island
118Gray, James R.
119Harrold family
120Interviews - Tifts
121Interviews - typed
122-23Introduction - books
124Key West
125Lee, William G.
126Lyons, Sue
127McGough, Eliz., Ona, Susan
128Mallorys of Mystic
130Mitchell, Nelson Tift
131Myers, Henry Tift
132Mystic newspapers
133New England trip
134Oliver, Julia
21Pound, Jerome
22Pritchett, C.B.
23Porter, Catherine Tift
24Pynchon, Frances
25Rawson, Charles
26-8Sherman, David
29Sherman, Mercer
210Tefft, Israel
211Tefft, Tim Nathan
212Tefft genealogy
213Terrell family
214Tift, Amos
215Tift, Amos C.
216Tift, Annie
217Tift, Asa
218Tift, Bessie Willingham
219Tift, Charles
220Henry Harding Tift
221Tift, Edmund
222Tift, Henry Harding II
223Tift, Henry Harding III
224Tift, Henry Harding IV
225Tift, Jerome Pound
226Tift, J.M.
227Tift, Lucius
228Tift, Maurice W.
229Tift, Nelson - journals
230-31Tift, Nelson
232Tift, Orville
233Tift, Richard A.
234Tift, Thomas Willingham
235Tift, Tommy
236Tift-Jones, Katherine
237Tift College
239Warner, Hiram
241I. Tifts of Georgia
31-2Writings of other authors
34Research publication materials
35The Tifts of Georgia
36Tift bibliography
37Miscellaneous correspondence
1Family tree poster
1Family history poster