Oliver Hillhouse Prince family papers

Oliver Hillhouse Prince family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Prince family
Title: Oliver Hillhouse Prince family papers
Dates: 1785-1919
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet 2 boxes
Coll. Number: ms141

Biographical/Historical Note

The Jackson and Prince families lived in several Georgia locations, notably Athens and Macon. Henry Jackson (1778-1840 and his wife, Martha J.R.C. Jackson (1786-1853), lived in Athens, Georgia. Their son, Henry Rootes Jackson, became a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and was later a minister to Austria (1853-1858) and to Mexico (1885-1886).

Oliver Hillhouse Prince Junior (1823-1875), Jackson's son-in-law, also had a deep passion for politics. He was educated in Milledgeville, Georgia, and Yale in Virginia. He edited the Georgia Telegraph in the early 1840s and served in the Mexican-American War. After the conflict, Prince Jr. became a prominent planter in Georgia, and he married Sarah Jackson during this time. He served in the Civil War as a captain and helped recruit soldiers in Georgia. His wife and children (Basiline, Henry, Marie Jacqueline, and Oliver) remained elsewhere in Georgia during the war and for several years afterward when Prince remained away tending to his plantation in Baker County.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers pertaining to the family and decedents of the Oliver Hillhouse Prince from 1785-1919. A considerable number of documents focus on Oliver Hillhouse Prince, Jr., including his interest in the genealogy of the Prince family and documents relating to his service in Cobb's Legion during the Civil War. Correspondence is written by or addressed to Abraham Baldwin, Mrs. Martha Price, Martha J. Jackson, Dr. H. Jackson, and John B. Lamar. Of particular interest is a parody of a court case at the Honorable Mouse-Owlry court, in Bibb County, where Billy Beeswax of Honey Comb Hall is petitioning that Peter Pushroot pays him the 400 bushels of potatoes he is owed. The collection also includes wills of Oliver H. Prince, Henry Jackson, Joseph Webber; and a scrapbook containing mostly printed pictures and newspaper clippings relating to Georgia political matters and deaths of Prince family members and notable Athenians.


Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Index Terms

Baldwin, Abraham, 1754-1807
Confederate States of America. Army. Cobb's Legion. Cavalry Battalion.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Jackson, Henry R., (Henry Rootes), 1820-1898
Jackson, Henry, 1778-1840
Jackson, James, 1757-1806
Prince, Oliver Hillhouse, 1782-1837

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Gift of Oliver Hillhouse Prince family.

Preferred Citation

Oliver Hillhouse Prince family papers, ms141, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Original will of Joseph Webber; An annotated sketch of the town of Moreton; Handwritten copy of letter to Abraham Baldwin, 1785-1799
2Letter from James Jackson; Letters to Abraham Baldwin from Ephraim Kriby and William Prince; Letter to Lieutenant Simon M. Levy; Handwritten copy of letter to Governor Milledge from Abraham Baldwin, 1801-1806
3Store list; Poetic love letter; Letters from Martha J. Jackson and Dr. H. Jackson, 1816-1824
4Rejected will of O.H. Prince; Will of Henry Jackson; Parody of a court case; Poem by Martha J. Jackson; Account of a duel between Henry Jackson and S. T. Chapman; War Dept. letter to O.H. Prince appointing him as second lieutenant, 1830-1847
5Oliver H. Prince license to practice Law, Supreme Court of Georgia; Master Mason certificate of Oliver H. Prince; Receipt, Macon Lodge; Letter from O.H. Prince; Letter to Mrs. Martha Price from John B. Lamar, 1850-1859
6Prince family genealogy; Letters regarding a slight made to Henry Jackson; letters regarding Prince's Civil War service; POW note from Prince; Poem about Stonewall Jackson; Page from Prince family Bible, 1860-1869
7War Dept. letter to Miss Basiline Prince; Calling cards; Letter from Henry Jackson; Letter regarding Martha Jackson; Miscellaneous letters, 1895-1900, undated
OS BoxItem
21Scrapbook, approx. 1840-1919