Edgeworth Bird family papers

Edgeworth Bird family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Baxter, Mary, fl. 1839-1851
Creator: Baxter, Thomas W.
Creator: Bird, Edgeworth, 1825-1867
Creator: Bird, Sallie, 1828-1910
Creator: Bird, Wilson Edgeworth
Creator: Smith, Saida Bird
Creator: Smith, Victor Edgeworth
Title: Edgeworth Bird family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1861-1902
Dates: 1806-1949, bulk 1861-1902
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (5 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms1987

Biographical/Historical Note

Edgeworth Bird (1825-1867), planter of Hancock County (Ga.) and soldier in the 3rd Georgia Infantry Regiment, married Sallie C. Baxter (1828-1910). Their children included Wilson Edgeworth, and Saida B. who married Victor Smith and had a son, Victor Edgeworth Smith.

A selection of the Civil War correspondence was published in The Granite farm letters : the Civil War correspondence of Edgeworth & Sallie Bird published by the University of Georgia Press in 1988.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Edgeworth Bird and the Bird family from 1806, 1835-1949. The papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs (ca. 1848-1900) of the Bird family, a commonplace book (1843-1848) of Sallie C. Baxter containing extracts from her readings, an autograph book, an 1806 diary (author unknown) describing activities in Hancock and surrounding counties in Georgia, and genealogies of the Baxter, Bird, and allied families. Early correspondence (1839-1851) is between members of the Baxter family including letters between Thomas W. and Mary Baxter discussing his health, taxes, and land values; and letters from Leroy M. Wiley to Thomas detailing Wiley's trip to England in 1839.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence between Bird and Smith family members including Edgeworth Bird, Sallie Bird, Saida Bird (Smith), Wilson Edgeworth Bird, and Victor Edgeworth Smith. Of particular interest are letters (1856) from Edgeworth to Sallie describing his visit to New York City, Fire Island (N.Y.), and U.S. politics and letters written between family members during the Civil War. The Civil War letters from Edgeworth discuss the battles of Gettysburg (Pa.), Richmond (Va.), 2nd Bull Run (Va.), Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, and Sherman's March through Georgia. The letters also detail the management of Granite Farm (Hancock County, Ga.), slavery, and Saida's studies.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Baxter family
Bird family
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862.
Byrd family -- Photographs
Chickamauga, Battle of, Ga., 1863.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 3rd.
Diaries.
England--Description and travel.
Farm management--Georgia.
Fire Island (N.Y.)--Description and travel.
Genealogies.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863.
Granite Farm (Hancock County, Ga.)
Hancock County (Ga.)
New York (N.Y.)--Description and travel.
Pennsylvania--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
Slavery--Georgia.
Soldiers--Georgia.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns.
Wiley, Leroy M.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edgeworth Bird family papers. MS 1987. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Correspondence, 1835-1949 undated

BoxFolder
111835
21838
31839
41844
51847
61849
71852
81856
91857
101861
111862
121863
131864
141865
151866
BoxFolder
211867
21868
31869
41870
51871
61873
71874
81875
91876
101877
111881
121882
131888
141889
BoxFolder
311890
21891
31894
41895
51896
61897
71898
81899
91900
101901
111902
121904
131905
141906
151909
161911
171913
181914
191928
201949
21undated
22Fragments, undated
 

Series 2: Genealogy



Subseries 2a: Genealogy Files

BoxFolder
41Baxter, Sallie C.J.; commonplace book
2Bird, Sallie C.; autograph book
3Clippings
4Diary, 1806
5Envelopes
6Genealogy: Barnett
7Genealogy: Baxter
8Genealogy: Bird
9Genealogy: Casey
10Genealogy: Dalton
11Genealogy: Edgeworth
BoxFolder
51Genealogy: Huling
2Genealogy: miscellaneous
3Genealogy: Robeson
4Genealogy: White-Lyons
5Indenture, 1819
6Miscellaneous



Subseries 2b: Photographs

BoxFolder
57A-CPhotos: Bird, William Edgeworth Family (4 Folders)
7 O & EPhotos: Gresham Family (2 Folders)
8Photo: Smith, General
9Photo: Smith, Sadie Bird
10Photo: Smith, Victor



Subseries 2c: Miscellaneous Writings

BoxFolder
511Trip, 1804
12Writings
13Writings: Bird, William Edgeworth