Margaret Davis Cate papers

Margaret Davis Cate papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Cate, Margaret Davis, 1888-1961
Title: Margaret Davis Cate papers
Dates: 1890-1964
Quantity: 4.3 Linear feet (9 document boxes, 1 half box, 1 card file box)
Coll. Number: ms1217

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Davis Cate (1888-1961), a woman of many careers, was credited for developing historical interest that led to designation of Ft. Frederica as a national monument. A native of Brunswick, she taught school here before being married to the late Dr. G.V. Cate. After his death, she became postmaster of Sea Island, serving until retirement in 1958. She also headed the Glynn County Planning Board during the period when it established areas of natural beauty in which sign boards are prohibited, a step which has brought national recognition. She pioneered in the raising of chickens and turkeys here and also served on the board of education, headed the city planning commission and led the Glynn County Board of Public Welfare for 10 years. She devoted almost a lifetime of effort in the field of history with special emphasis on the Oglethorpe area and Ft. Frederica. She was long-time vice president of the Georgia Historical Society and most historical markers set out by the state and private groups in the coastal area were placed upon her advice. She was the author of several books of history and numerous articles. She was first president of the Glynn County League of Women Voters and a former president of the Brunswick Women's Club. Since 1928 she had lectured at the Cloister Hotel on Sea Island on the history of the area. The Atlanta Constitution, published 11/30/1961.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Margaret Davis Cate from 1890-1964. The papers include correspondence; printed material; research notes pertaining to the history of Sea Island, St. Simons Island, and Ft. Frederica, Georgia; photographs; and ledgers (1926-1935) containing information about her poultry business. Of particular interest is correspondence between Cate and fellow historians including E.M. Coulter and Kenneth Colemen; correspondence with archaeologist Charles Fairbanks relating to the preservation of Ft. Frederica; and letters between Cate, John Marsh, and Margaret Mitchell Marsh. The collection also contains records relating to Cate's personal genealogical research.

Index Terms

Coleman, Kenneth
Coulter, E. Merton, (Ellis Merton), 1890-
Fairbanks, Charles Herron, 1913-
Fort Frederica (Ga.)
Historic sites--Georgia.
Marsh, John R., (John Robert), 1895-1952
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
Sea Island (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Davis Cate papers, MS 1217. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

See also Family connections of Samuel Rufus Jones (genealogical charts), MS 1632.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence, 1932-1961, undated

11General Correspondence, 1932-39
2General Corresp., 1940-45
3General Corresp., 1946-49
4General Corresp., 1950-53
5General Corresp., 1954-March 1955
6General Corresp., April-June 1955
7General Corresp., July-August 1955
8General Corresp., September-December 1955
9General Corresp., January-April 1956
10General Corresp., May-July 1956
11General Corresp., August-December 1956
12General Corresp., January-July 1957
13General Corresp., August-December 1957
21General Correspondence, January 1958
2General Correspondence, February 1958
3General Correspondence, March-June 1958
4General Correspondence, January-December 1959
5General Correspondence, January-December 1960
6General Correspondence, January-December 1961
7Calling cards, miscellaneous addresses
8Miscellaneous corresp., undated
9Personal papers
10Personal papers
11John and Margaret Mitchell Marsh correspendence, 1945-50

2. Poultry business records

31Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens-price list
1Touchstone Ridge Farm
1Article 'She Love Her Work'
12 TLS from George WC Drexel
1Newspaper clippings
1Cooking school broadside
2Poultry Business ledger, 1926
3Poultry Business ledger, 1927
4Poultry Business ledger, 1928
5Poultry Business ledger, 1929
6Poultry Business ledger, 1929-30
7Poultry Business ledger, 1931
8Poultry Record Book, 1931 1936 1939
9Poultry Record Book, 1934
10Poultry Business Ledger, 1935

3. Photographs

41Photos-mostly coastal areas
2Margaret Cate portraits & photos
3Photos, Margaret D. Cate & Orrin S. Wightman, ca 1958 and 1952 ports authority
4Margaret D. Cate & Cloister and Sea Island guests
5Photo John B & Ida R. Stafford, Sr.

4. Early Days of Coastal Georgia files

46Cataloguing of research notes
7Cataloguing of research notes
8 Early Days of Coastal Georgia materials-contract, typescripts, edited Ft. Frederica
9 EDCG-Frederica; War of Jenkins Ear
9Old Frederica Canon
10 EDCG-Barracks Building
10The Town Moat
11 EDCG-Foundations of Frederica's Old Houses
11Hawkins-Davison Houses
12 EDCG-Tabby
12Ft. St. Simons
13 EDCG-Marker on Military Road
13Military Road near Blood Marsh
13Bloody Marsh Monument
14 EDCG-Oglethorpe's Home
14Frederica's Oaks
15 EDCG-Christ Church, Frederica
15Couper Tombstones, Christ Church
16 EDCG-Armstrong Tomb, Christ Church
16Hazzard Vault, Christ Church
16John Wylly's Tombstone
17 EDCG- Pink Chapel, West Point Plantation
17Slave Cabin, West Point Plantation
18 EDCG-Date Palm, Cannon's Point
18Ruins of Kitchen, Cannon's Point
19 EDCG-Butler Point Slave Cabin
19Hampton River, Butler Point
20 EDCG-McIntosh Vaults
20Ruins of Retreat Plantation House
20Retreat Avenue
21 EDCG-Retreat Avenue & Baldwin's Ditch
21Retreat Hospital
22 EDCG-Retreat Slave Cabins
23 EDCG-Sea Island Golf Club House
23St. Simon's Lighthouse
23Lanier's Oak
24 EDCG-Floyd White
24Frizzle Chicken
24Lover's Oak
25 EDCG-The Marshes of Glynn
25Lanier's Marshes
26 EDCG-Oglethorpe Hotel, Brunswick
26Mahoney House
26Jekyl Island Club
27 EDCG-Orange Hall, St. Mary's
27Major Archibald Clark's residence, St. Mary's
27Presbyterian Church, St. Mary's
27Oak Grove Cemetery St. Mary's
27The French at St. Mary's
28 EDCG-Hofwyl Plantation
29 EDCG-Old Rice Mill on Butler Island
29Rice Mill Chimney on Butler Island
51 EARLY DAYS OF COASTAL GEORGIA materials-Rice Field Canal, Rice Field Worker
2 EDCG-Fort King George
2The Highlanders of Darien
3 EDCG-Downey House, the Ridge, Darien
3Midway Church & Cemetery
4 EDCG-Old Screven House at Sunbury
4Negro home in Jewtown
5 EDCG-Willis Proctor
5Julia Armstrong
5Joe Armstrong
6 EDCG-Edith Murphy
6The House that Neptune Built
7 EDCG-Lavinia Sullivan Abbott
7Ben Sullivan
8 EDCG-Charles Wilson the basketmaker
8 EDCG-Charles Wilson & his outdoor kitchen
8 EDCG-Charles Wilson & his pipe
8 EDCG-Charles Wilson & his horseshoe
9 EDCG-Mary Williams
9Rev. Elijah J. Rozzell
9Dan Hopkins
9Rufus McDonald
10 EDCG-Ella Pinkney
10Ella Pinkney's front porch
11 EDCG-Charles Alexander
11 EDCG-Charles Alexander mill
11 EDCG-Charles Alexander oxcart
12 EDCG-Tyrah Wilson
12Morris Polite
12London Polite
13 EDCG-Jerry Harris
13 EDCG-Jerry Harris back porch
13Sibby Kelly
14 EDCG-Liverpool Hazzard
14Liverpool Hazzard's ox cart
14Liverpool Hazzard's ox cart & trough
15 EDCG-Old Jane
15Negro graves
15Jackie Coogan
16 EDCG-Superman
16Doll's Head
16Bowen's Family Burial
17 EDCG-The Bowen's Marker
17Grave of Rachel Bowens
17Grave of Rev. Aaron Bowens
19Manuscript Ft. Frederica Coloring Book
20Manuscript Early Days of Coastal Georgia
21Manuscript General James Edward Oglethorpe

5. Research files

522Historical notes-the Cannon Family
23Historical notes-the Delegal Family
24Historical miscellaneous
25Ft. Frederica National Park
26Notes on 'Daybook of J. and Pierce Butler'
27Margaret D. Cate-talks

6. Clippings, pamphlets, programs

61Newspaper clippings, 1933-43
2Newspaper clippings, 1950-55
3Newspaper clippings, 1956-57
4Newspaper clippings, 1958-59
5Color copies of some of above articles
6Newspaper clippings, 1960-64; no date
7Historical pamphlets authorized by Mrs. Cate
8Historical sketch of 'The Golden Isles of Guale'
9Assorted programs and invitations
Includes 1903-04 annual report public schools of Glynn County, opening ceremony Brunswick-St. Simons Hwy, 1924, Sir Robert Borden's address...grad class, Acadia Univ., Wolfville Nova Scotia, 200th anniv. Battle Bloody Marsh (2), 1942, dedication Ft. Frederica National Monument, 1947, and the premier 'The View from Pompey's Head', 1955

7. Printed Materials

610Various magazines with articles on coastal GA (2)
11'Sea Island Shorelines', March 1942-January 1961
12'Cloister Bells'; Welcome to Sapelo (several issues)
71The natural world-articles
2Magazines: Kentucky Progress; Country Gentleman; The Christian Advocate
3Miscellaneous historical pamphlets
some are Battle of Brier Creek, Telamon Cuyler, Battle of Natural Bridge, Ft. Frederica, and Brunswick, GA
4Miscellaneous pamphlets, circulars
Includes The Old Print Shop Portfolio, Selections by I. E. McKellar, Early Days of Coastal Georgia-circulars, excerpts from reviews, and President's Day-GA Bi-centennial

8. Genealogy files

81Genealogy Notebook
2Blair Family (1)
3Blair Family (2)
4Campen family
5Carr Family
6Davis Family
7Demere Family
8Harris Family
9Harville Family
10Joyce Family
11King and Knight Families
91Stafford family genealogy
2Stafford family genealogy
3Stafford family genealogy
4Stafford family genealogy
5Stafford family genealogy
6May family genealogy
7Mitchell-Cate genealogy
8Wiggins family genealogy
9Wyatt family genealogy
10Zouks family genealogy
11General genealogical information
12Bible records, family, marraiges
13Census information
11Card File

9. Genealogical Charts, DAR Papers, Land Grants

101Charts: Stafford, Zoucks, Ratcliff, etc.
2Charts: Stafford, Blair, Earl, Knight
3DAR Corresp. & papers
4Davis Bible Record
5Land Survey to William Peacock
6Plat, Big Buffalo Swamp
7Land Transaction Robert Stafford
8land grant Wm Swain
9land grant Wm Peacock
10land survey Wm Swain