Akehurst - Lines family papers

Akehurst - Lines family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Akehurst - Lines family papers
Creator: Lines family
Creator: Akehurst family
Inclusive Dates: 1850-1914
Bulk Dates: 1858-1883
Language(s): English
Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number: ms73
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Jennie Akehurst and Sylvanus Lines married August 11, 1859. Their daughter Daisy was born August 7, 1864. Other family members include Anna Maria Akehurst, wife of Jennie's brother Joseph.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence and diaries of the Akehurst and Lines families from 1850-1914. The bulk of the correspondence contains letters between Jennie Akehurst, a teacher at Covington, Georgia and Sylvanus Lines of Fayetteville Georgia during their courtship (1857-1860) and married life (1861-1874). Topics discussed include family matters, life in Georgia, and news of relatives. Another portion of the correspondence consists of letters to and from Daisy Lines while teaching in Irvington, Georgia (1882-1898). Includes drafts of letters to and letters from Jerome Reneau, writing from Greene County, Alabama and Texas; correspondence to Jennie Lines; and correspondence from Daisy's aunt Anna Marie Akehurst Barham. Topics discussed include Reneau and Daisy's friendship, Reneau's farming in Alabama, social events, Daisy's teaching, and family news.

The diaries were written by Jennie Akehurst Lines (1859-1861 and 1861-1871) and Anna Maria Akehurst Barham (1861-1871). Jennie's diary entries prior to 1861 mainly concern financial hardships and personal matters. Beginning in 1860, entries discuss the political climate, the 1860 election, abolitionists, and slavery. For 1861-1866, the diary contains information on Georgia's succession from the union, social life and living conditions during the Civil War, problems with slaves, and freedmen. Entries for 1866-1871 again mainly focus on personal matters. The Barham diary contains entries pertaining to the Female Orphans' Asylum (Macon, Ga.), where she was matron, the South's reaction to the Battle of Bull Run, economic and living conditions in Georgia during the Civil War, problems with Confederate currency, cotton planting both during and after the war, and problems hiring and supervising freedmen.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Akehurst - Lines family papers, ms73, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Kate L. Calhoun in 1969

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 March 18.

General Notes

Diaries also available on microfilm, FILM HQ1418 .A440 v. 2, r. 28, located in Main Library Basement Microforms.

Related Materials and Subjects

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1850-1857
12Letters, 1858
13Letters, 1859
14Letters, 1860-1861
15Letters, 1862-1865
16Letters, 1868
17Letters, 1869 January-February
18Letters, 1869 March undated
19Letters, 1871 May-July
110Letters, 1871 August
111Letters, 1871 September
112Letters, 1874-1878
113Letters, 1882 January-April
114Letters, 1882 May-December
21Diary, Amelia J. Akehurst (Jennie?), 1851
22Diary, Amelia J. Akehurst (Jennie?), 1855
23Diary, A. Jennie Akehurst, 1856
24Letters, 1883 January-March
25Letters, 1883 April-September
26Letters, 1883 October-December
27Letters, 1884 January-August
28Letters, 1884 September-December
29Letters, 1885-1887
210Letters, 1880s undated
211Letters, 1891-1895
212Letters, 1889 1896 1899 undated
213Letters, 1901-1914
214Letters - Fragments
215Letters, undated
31Diary, A. Jennie Akehurst, 1857
32Diary, Jennie Akehurst, 1858
33Diary, Jennie Akehurst, 1858 October-1859 August
34Diary, Jennie Akehurst Lines, 1859 - 1860
35Diary, Jennie Akehurst Lines, 1861 - 1871
36Diary, Anna Maria Akehurst (Barham), 1861 - 1871

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