John McIntosh Kell family papers

John McIntosh Kell family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: DeVotie, Howard
Creator: DeVotie, James Harvey, 1813-1891
Creator: Kell, John McIntosh, 1823-1900
Creator: Kell, Julia Blanche Munroe, 1836-1917
Title: John McIntosh Kell family papers
Dates: 1784-1927
Quantity: 41.2 Linear feet (3 document boxes, 2 card file boxes, 37 cartons, 1 flat framed art, 1 boxed roll, 2 oversized folders A)
Coll. Number: ms2323

Biographical/Historical Note

1) John Kell married Elizabeth — children: John and Mary

2) John Kell b. 3 November 1784 Sunbury, Ga. d. 7 November 1827 Laurel Grove, McIntosh Co., Ga.

*** m. —Marjory Spalding Baillie, daughter of Hester McIntosh and Alexander Baillie b. 14 July 1794, Laurel Grove d. 17 October 1870 Sunny Side

children: Mary Jane, Sarah Spalding; Evelyn Vest; John McIntosh; Hester; Alexander Baillie

3) Mary Jane Kell b. 12 March 1817 Sunbury; d. 11 May 1891 Sunny Side

3) Sarah Spalding Kell b. 22 September 1818 Sunbury; d. 15 December 1819 Laurel Grove

3) Evelyn West Kell b. 17 August 1820 Baisden Bluff; d. 17 August 1898 Sunny Side

m. Charles Spalding (d. 1886) son of Marjory McIntosh & James Spalding

3) JOHN McINTOSH KELL b. 26 January 1823 Laurel Grove

d. 5 October 1900 Sunny Side

m. October 1856 to Julia Blanche Munroe b. 31 January 1836 d. 14 June 1917

children: N. Munroe; John McIntosh (M. D., died at 22); Blanche; Raphael Semmes (m. Pauline Ellis); Marjory Baillie; Hendley Varner (m. Caro Dowdell); Sarah Tibbie (m. J. W. Nisbet); Hester Estelle (m. E. H. Davis); Evelyn Spalding and Mary Carolyn

3) Hester Kell b. 14 August 1825 Sunbury; d. 7 July 1898

3) Alexander Baillie Kell b. 23 February 1828 Laurel Grove; d. 31 September 1913 Sunny Side

*** Marjory Baillie's ancestors:

1) John More McIntosh b. 1700 Scotland, the son of Lachlan & Mary Lockhart McIntosh d. 1745?

m. 1725 Marjory Fraser, daug. of Fraser of Garthmore emigrated with family to Georgia in 1735, fought Spanish in 1740 children: William; Lackland; Ann; George; Barbara

2) William McIntosh b. 27 January 1726? Scotland; d. 1796

m. Mary (or Jane) MacKay

3) John McIntosh m. Sarah Swindon

3) William m. Ann Davis

3) George

3) Marjory m. James Spalding

3) HESTER m. Alexander BAILLIE (see above)

3) Barbara m. William McIntosh

2) Lackland McIntosh b. Scotland

2) Nancy McIntosh m. Richard Baillie

2) Ann McIntosh m. Robert Baillie

2) George (or John) m. Ann Houstoun, daug. of Sir Patrick

3) John Houston McIntosh, Jr.

John McIntosh Kell (1823-1900), son of John and Margery Spalding Baillie Kell of Darien, Georgia, married Julia Blanche Munroe of Macon, Georgia. During the Civil War, Kell served as an officer in the Confederate Navy. After the war, he served as Georgia's Adjutant-General from 1886 until his death in 1900.

John Mclntosh Kell was a major figure in the Confederate Navy, commanding the Savannah and executive officer on the Sumpter and Alabama. He was reported to be a blockade runner and raider during this period. He later became Adjutant General of Georgia. Many of his ancestors came to Georgia from Scotland and he was related to the Mclntosh, Spalding, Baillie and Troop families, all prominent in Georgia history. He lived both in Mclntosh County and Sunny Side, Spalding County, during his life time. The brief genealogy, on the following page, was done from sources in the papers and books in the Georgia Room to give perspective to the people involved in these papers but should not be accepted as accurate without further confirmation.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of the John McIntosh Kell family and the DeVotie and d'Antignac family from 1784-1927.The collection consists of 288 items of correspondence, post cards, diaries, farm account books, bill and photographs (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and paper). The correspondence is mainly to Blanche Munroe Kell from family and friends. The collection consists of 288 items of correspondence, post cards, diaries, farm account books, bill and photographs (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and paper). Of particular interest are letters from Juliette E. Mitchell, a YMCA employee in Europe during World War I. Papers relating to the DeVotie family include correspondence from Howard DeVotie while at school in Penfield (Ga.) and some material relating to Rev. James Harvey DeVotie including correspondence and pamphlets pertaining to the Cabin Creek Baptist Association (Ga.). The d'Antignac material mainly concerns the Aryan Order. The collection also contains diaries (1900, 1909-1911) of Blanche Munroe Kell mostly discussing family news and social life, a muster roll of the 10th Georgia Infantry Regiment, and daguerreotypes and cartes-de-visites of the Kell family.

Unusual items include: the 1784 will of John Kell of Liberty County; a Franklin County jury list of 1836; Confederate roll of Co. K, 10th Ga. Rgt., Kershaw's Division; Mercer University commencement program, 1873; Lyrics of the Gray; proceedings, minutes and quarterlys from 28 various Baptist Associations, both black and white, probably collected by J. H. De Votie during is term as Corresponding Secretary of the State Mission Board.

Materials are mainly arranged chronologically with earliest date to the rear of the box. They were archivally cleaned and some were encapsulated to aid in their preservation. Some large items were removed from the collection for storage in oversized cabinets.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Cabin Creek Baptist Association (Ga.).
Cartes-de-visite (card photographs).
College students--Georgia.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 10th.
D'Antignac family
Daguerreotypes (photographs)
DeVotie family
Georgia--Social life and customs--19th century.
Kell family
Mitchell, Juliette E.
Muster rolls.
Penfield (Ga.)
World War, 1914-1918--War work.
YMCA of the USA.
Young Men's Christian associations.

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

John McIntosph Kell family papers. MS 2323. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related archival materials in other repositories include the John McIntosh Kell papers, 1785-1921, Duke University.

Related collections in the UGA repository: Other Kell family papers; Kell collection 2323 and 2361.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11John Kell will; Franklin Co. jury list; De Votie bills, 1784-1847
2Correspondence, 1850-1859
2Pinckney address of 1854 to Charleston College Alumni Society Journal-unkn. author; Lanier poem
2Journal-unkn. author; Lanier poem
3Correspondence, 1860-1869
4Correspondence, 1870-1879
4Sermon by Rev. Rees, St. Paul's Church Mercer program
5Correspondence, 1880-1899
51897 Court Martials from Ga. Adjutant's Office
5Planter's memo of Dr. John M. Kell
6Correspondence, 1900-1904
6Statements of proceeds from Kell's Recollections
7Correspondence, 1906-1913
7 Lyrics of the Gray
8Correspondence, 1914-1927
8UDC address by Mrs. Walter Lamar
21Correspondence, no date
2Correspondence-De Votie expense book; composition at Univ. of Ala. by Jewette De Votie, 1857-1889
3Correspondence-De Votie speeches; clothing bills, 1860-1869
4Correspondence-De Votie clothing bills, 1871-1883
5Correspondence-De Votie WW I material-Mitchell, 1918-1919
6Correspondence-d'Antignac, 1900-1912
7Bios. of J. M. Kell & J. H. De Votie
10Miscellaneous envelopes
31Book, Recollections of a Naval Life
2Two diaries of Blanche Kell, 1900 & 1909
3Memory album; farm diary
4Farm account book, 1876-1877
5Accounts, farm operations, 1875-1892
6 History of Christ Church Parish, Macon, 1884
4Baptist Association pamphlets
518 photographs-daguerreotypes & ambrotypes
OS Folder
1AFamily photo, group painting, and Confederate roster
OS Folder
2APhoto of unknown Georgia soldier, on canvas