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Hillyer family papers

Hillyer family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hillyer family papers
Creator: Hillyer family
Inclusive Dates: 1805-1990
Bulk Dates: 1805-1874
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.4 Linear Feet (1 document box)
Collection Number: ms76
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Shaler Hillyer (1776-1820) married Rebbeca Freeman, and lived in Wilkes County, Georgia. Their children were John Freeman, Junius, and Shaler Granby. After Shaler's death, the family moved to Athens, Georgia to facilitate the boys' formal education. Junius Hillyer (1807-1886), was a lawyer, judge and politician, and married Jane Selina Watkins Foster, October 6, 1831.

For more information on Junius Hillyer, see his congressional biography.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the papers of the Hillyer family from 1805-1990 with the bulk between 1805-1874. Materials from the early years (1805-1819) pertain to Shaler Hillyer and consist of a letter and account book describing Petersburg, Elbert County, Georgia. The collection contains a memoir written by Junius Hillyer describing life on his family's plantation, slavery, the family's move to Athens, Georgia (1821), Junius' attendance at grammar school, descriptions of and activities at Franklin College (University of Georgia). Also includes photocopies of letters from William Dickerson and Peter Wellborn Martin, friends of the Hillyers; materials pertaining to the publication of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE JUNIUS HILLYER; and dedication of a marker at the Freeman Hillyer homeplace in Popular Grove, Georgia.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hillyer family papers, ms76, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ellen, Marian, Minnie, and Elinor Hillyer in 1937-1940.

General Notes

The Life and Times of Judge Julius Hillyer / by Julius Hillyer. Tignall, Ga.: John Boyd Publishing Co., 1988.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Athens (Ga.)
College students -- Georgia.
Education -- Georgia.
Elbert County (Ga.)
Georgia -- Social life and customs.
Petersburg (Ga.)
Plantation life -- Georgia.
Popular Grove (Ga.)
Slavery -- Georgia -- History.
Universities and colleges -- Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Shaler Hillyer & Peter Mantin Papers, 1828, 1869, 1888
12Typescript of memoirs p. 1-124
13Typescript of memoirs p. 125-234
14Hillyer letter book (1805-1819) and Memoirs of the early life and times of Judge Junius Hillyer typescript (1937), 1805-1819, 1937