Branch family papers

Branch family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Branch family
Creator: Branch, Claire
Creator: Branch, Otho M.
Creator: Phillips, James W.
Creator: Phillips, Vivian Branch, 1915-ca. 1987
Creator: Planters Gin Co. (Bishop, Ga.).
Title: Branch family papers
Dates: 1836-1986
Quantity: 46.8 Linear feet (74 document boxes, 11 half boxes, 3 cartons, 1 slide box, 4 large card file boxes, 7 oversized boxes, 5 oversized volumes, 7 oversized folders A, 3 oversized folders B), 1 card file box.
Coll. Number: ms2523

Biographical/Historical Note

The Branch family seems to have resided in Clarke, Oconee, and Greene counties for a significant period of time. William Scott Branch received his land in the lottery, owning a plantation and slaves. The Branch family mainly resided in Oconee County from the mid-1800s to late 1900s.

The donor, Vivian Branch Phillips, worked as a librarian for the University of Georgia for 29 years, retiring in 1974. She was born in 1915 in Oconee County, Georgia in the house where she later lived with her husband, James W. Phillips, a farmer and former civilian employee with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Vivian's father, Otho M. Branch, was a cotton farmer, who also built Planters Gin Co. in Bishop, Georgia. His father, Marcellus L. Branch was also a farmer who developed and sold a variety of cotton called Branch's Long Shank Cotton.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 97 Hollinger boxes and 10 oversize folders of material relating mainly to the Branch Family of Oconee County, Georgia and date from around 1836 to 1986. Since the papers were only somewhat organized when received, a good deal of order was imposed during their processing. It should also be mentioned that Mrs. Phillips annotated many of the original folders and individual items. These folders were retained and placed near the end of the collection. See Box no. 89.

Papers relating to Vivian B. Phillips and her husband comprise only a part of this collection. Much of the material includes personal correspondence and farm business papers (including Planters Gin Co. records) of her parents, Otho and Claire Branch, and also personal correspondence to and from related family members and friends.

A brief outline of the collection follows:

Boxes 1-4 contain biographical and genealogical information on the Branch and allied families.

Boxes 5-41 consist entirely of personal and family correspondence organized for the most part in chronological order (1870-1986). Several groups of letters within this section have been kept separate, as they were received this way. For instance, boxes 29-39 consist entirely of letters to Mamie McRee Elliot from her longtime friend, Katie Downs. There is also a box of correspondence between Vivian Branch Phillips and various Georgia and national political figures. This group of letters was organized by last name. Also of interest is a box of letters addressed to D.H. Waggoner and concern the Jennings Inheritance, a mail fraud of the 1930s, in which many people were swindled, by being led to believe that they could share in a huge inheritance.

Boxes 42-79 consist of business correspondence, receipts, ledgers, etc. (1862-1980), most of which relates to the Branch family farm and to the Planters Gin Co., which was owned by Otho M. Branch and was in operation from around 1920 until it burned in 1953.

The last part of the collection (Boxes 80-97) includes church records, legal documents (1830's-1980's), photographs, scrapbooks, and other miscellaneous items. Of special note are several early legal documents, one of which is a bill of sale of the property of William Scott Branch and includes a list of slaves by name, purchaser, and price of each (See box # 82, Fldr. # 2).


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Branch family -- History
Branch, Marcellus L.
Cotton gins and ginning--Georgia--Bishop.
Cotton--Georgia.
Farms--Georgia
Oconee County (Ga.)--History--19th century
Oconee County (Ga.)--History--20th century
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Branch family papers. MS 2523. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Vivian Branch Phillips Collection was given to the University of Georgia Libraries in May 1987 by the Estate of Vivian Branch Phillips.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Biographical Material and Genealogy

BoxFolder
11Biographical material
2Genealogy-Barnett Family
3Genealogy-Branch Family
4Genealogy-Branch Family
5Genealogy-Branch Family
6Genealogy-Branch Family
7Genealogy-Branch Family
8Genealogy-Breedlove Family
9Genealogy-Elder Family
10Genealogy-Foster Family
BoxFolder
21Genealogy-Manley Family
2Genealogy-Matthews Family
3Genealogy-Milligan Family
4Genealogy-Mitchin? Family
5Genealogy-Morton Family
6Genealogy-Osborne Family
7Genealogy-Phillips Family
8Genealogy-Smith Family
9Genealogy-Swanson Family
10Cemetary Records
11Census information
Box
3Genealogy. McRee Family
1Account Book
2Census Records
3Correspondence
4Deeds, plats, etc.
5Memorial book (Benjamin McRee)
6Memorial book (Helen M. Ashford)
7Notebook
8Notes, Fldr. 1
9Notes, Fldr. 2
10Notes, Fldr. 3
11Wills
Box
4Genealogy and other subjects notecards
 

Series 2: Personal & Family Correspondence



Subseries 2a: General Dated

BoxFolder
511870
21900
31908
41909 January-April
51909 May-August
61909 September-October
71909 November-December
8ca. 1909? Undated, Fldr. 1
9ca. 1909? Undated. Fldr. 2
BoxFolder
5A11910 January-May
21910 June-August
31910 September-December & Undated
41911 January-March
51911 April-May
61911 June-July
71911 August-December
81912 January-February
91912 March-April
BoxFolder
611912 May-September
21912 October & Undated
31913
41914
51915
61916-1917
71918 April-May
81918 June-July
91918 August-September
101918 October-November
111918 December & Undated
121919 January-February
BoxFolder
711919 March-June
21919 July-November
3Pre 1920, Undated
41920
51921
61922 January-February
71922 March-May
81922 June-August
91922 September-December
101923 January-February
111923 March-May
BoxFolder
811923 June-August
21923 September
31923 October 1-15
41923 October 16-31
51923 November 1-15
61923 November 16-30
71923 December
81924 January
91924 February-June
BoxFolder
911924 July-August
21924 September-December & Undated
31925 January-April
41925 June-December & Undated
51926 January-August
61926 September-November
71927
81928
91929
101930
111931
121932
BoxFolder
1011933
21934
31935
41936 January-June
51936 July
61936 August-December
71937 January-May
81937 June-July
BoxFolder
1111937 August-December & Undated
21938 January-May
31938 June-August
41938 September-December & Undated
51939 January-March
61939 April-June
BoxFolder
1211939 July-September
21939 October-December & Undated
31940 January-March
41940 April-June
51940 July-August
61940 September-December
71941 January-February
BoxFolder
1311941 March-April
21941 May-June
31941 July-August
41941 September-December
51942 January-February
61942 March-September
BoxFolder
1411942 October-November
21942 December
31943 January-February
41943 March-April
51943 May
61943 June-July
BoxFolder
1511943 August-September
21943 October
31943 November
41943 December & Undated
51944
61945 January-April
71945 May-September
81945 October-December & Undated
91946 January-March
101946 April-August
111946 September-December & Undated
BoxFolder
1611947 January-May
21947 June-August
31947 September-December & Undated
41948 January-June
51948 July-December & Undated
61949 February-June
71949 July-August
81949 September-October
91949 November-December
BoxFolder
1711950 January-June
21950 July-December & Undated
31951 January-June
41951 July-December
51952 January-April
61952 May-December
71953 January-March
81953 April-September
91953 October-December & Undated
BoxFolder
1811954 January-April
21954 May-December & Undated
31955 January-April
41955 May-August
51955 September-December
61956 January-September
71956 October-December
81957
BoxFolder
1911958
21959 January-April
31959 May-December & Undated
41950's Undated
51960 January-June
61960 July-September
71960 October-December
81961 January-February
91961 March-April
BoxFolder
2011961 May-June
21961 July-September
31961 October-December & Undated
41962 January-April
51962 May-October
61962 November-December & Undated
71963 January-April
81963 May-December
BoxFolder
2111964 January-September
21964 October-November
31964 December
41965 January-March
51965 April-September
61965 October-December
71966 January-April
81966 June-December
91967 January-May
BoxFolder
2211967 June-August
21967 September
31967 October-December
41968 January
51968 February
61968 March-December
71969
81960's Undated
BoxFolder
2311970
21971 January-April
31971 May-June
41971 July-December & Undated
51972
61973
71974
BoxFolder
2411975 January-April
21975 May-December & Undated
31976 January-July
41976 August-December & Undated
51977
61978
BoxFolder
2511979
21970's Undated
31980 January-May
41980 June-August
51980 September-December & Undated
61981 January-June
71981 July-August & Undated
BoxFolder
2611982 January-May
21982 June-December
31983
41984
51985-1986
6Undated
7Undated
8Undated



Vivian B. Phillips. Correspondence with Political Figures & Others

BoxFolder
271Americans for Democratic Action
2Arnall, Ellis
3Barnard, Doug
4Bell, Griffin
5Boland, Edward
6Brooks, D.W.
7Busbee, George
8Califano, Joseph A.
9Carter, Hodding III
10Carter, Jimmy & Rosalind
11Christopher, Warren
12Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
13Democratic National Committee
14Dennis, Jack
15Dole, Robert
16Drinan, Robert F.
17Edwards, Don
18Fowler, Wyche Jr.
19Galbraith, John K.
20Ghorbal, Ashraf A.
21Griffith, Thomas
22re. Harris, Joe Frank
23Hart, Gary
24Helms, Jesse
25Henderson, Nicholas
26Jackson, Henry
27Jenkins, Ed
28Jordan, Hamilton
29Kelly, Peter
30Lance, Bert
31Landrum, Phil
32Levitas, Elliot
33Long, Russell
34McDonald, Larry
35Mattingly, Mack
36Mondale, Walter
37Moynihan, Daniel P.
38Nader, Ralph
39Nunn, Sam
40O'Neill, Thomas P. (Tip) Jr.
41Proxmire, William
42Reagan, Ronald
43Reuss, Henry S.
44Rodino, Peter
45Russell, Richard B.
46Ryles, Tim
47Schultz, George
48Stephens, Robert G. Jr.
49Sternstein, Jerome L.
50Surrency, Ida W.
51Talmadge, Herman E.
52WAGA-TV, Atlanta, Ga.
53Wright, Jim



Subseries 2C: Vivian B. Phillips. Correspondence re. Univ. of Ga. & Other Subjects

BoxFolder
2811965-1975
21976-1977
31978-1979
41980-1984 & Undated



Subseries 2d: Katie Downs to Mamie McRee Elliot

BoxFolder
291Clippings & Notes
21913-1915
31916-1917
41919
BoxFolder
3011920-1921
21922 January
31922 February
41922 March
51922 April
61922 May
BoxFolder
3111922 June-August
21922 September
31922 October
41922 November
51922 December
61922 Undated
71923 January
81923 February
91923 March
101923 April
BoxFolder
3211923 May
21923 August-September
31923 October
41923 November
51923 December
61924 January
71924 February
BoxFolder
3311924 March
21924 April
31924 May
41924 June-August
51924 September
61924 October-November
71924 December
81924 Undated
91925
BoxFolder
3411926-1927
21928 January-April
31928 May-August
4ca. 1920's, Undated
51930-1934
61935
71936 January-April
81936 May-December
BoxFolder
3511937 January-April
21937 May-August
31937 September-December
41938 January-March
51938 April-June
61939-1940
71941
81945
91946
101947
BoxFolder
3611948
21949
31950
41951
51952 January-April
61952 May-August
71952 September-December
81953 January-April
91953 May-December
101954 January-March
BoxFolder
3711954 April-August
21954 September-December
31955
41956
51957 January-February
61957 March-April
71957 May-August
81958 January-February
91958 March-April
101958 June-August
111958 September-December
BoxFolder
3811959 January-February
21959 March-April
31959 May-December
41960
51961 January-March
61961 April-September
71961 October-December
81962 January-February
91962 March-December
BoxFolder
3911963 January-February
21963 March-April
31963 May-June
41963 July-December
51963 October-December
61964
71965 January-March
81965 April-May
91965 June-November
101966-1968
11Undated



Subseries 2e: Ben Cocroft to Claire McRee

BoxFolder
401Notes
21908
31909
41910
51911
6Undated & Fragments
7Empty envelopes



Subseries 2f: Letters to D.H. Waggoner re. Jennings Estate Case. Undated & Miscellany, 1914-1934

BoxFolder
411Notes & Other Miscellany
21914
31917
41922
51923
61924
71925
81926
91927
101928
111929
121930
131931
141932 February-June
151932 July-November
161933
171934
18Undated & fragments
 

Series 3: Business Correspondence, Receipts, etc.

BoxFolder
4211862
21886
31895
41896
51898
61899
71902
81903
91904
101905
111906
121907
131908
141909
151910
16-171911
18-191912
201913
211914
221915
231916
241917
251918
261919
BoxFolder
431-21920
31921
41922
51923
61924
71925
81926
91927
BoxFolder
4411928
21929
31930
41931
51932
61933
71934
81935
91936
BoxFolder
451-21937
3-41938
5-61939
7-81940
BoxFolder
461-31941
4-51942
61943
7-81944
BoxFolder
471-21945
31946
4-71947
BoxFolder
481-31948
4-51949
6-71950
BoxFolder
491-21951
31952
41953
BoxFolder
5011954
2-31955
41956
BoxFolder
511-21957
3-41958
51959
61960
71961
81962
BoxFolder
5211963
21964
31965
41966
51967
61968
71969
81970
91971
101972
111973
121974
131975
141976
151977
161978
171980
18Undated & Miscellany
 

Series 4: Account Books

BoxFolder
5311895-1899
21899-1906
31903-1909
41909
51910-1915
61911
71912
81912-1914
91912-1918
101912-1919
111916
BoxFolder
5411916-1917
21916-1918
31918
41919
51920
61926
71927
81930
91931
101932-1935
111933
121934
BoxFolder
5511935
21935-1939
31936-1937
41938
51938
61939
71940
81940
91940-1942
101941
111941
121941
BoxFolder
5611943
21943-1947
31944
41945
51945-1946
61946
71947
81948
91948
101948
111949
BoxFolder
5711950
21951
31952
4ca. 1955?
51955-1957
61957
71959
81965
91966
101967
11Undated
Box
58McRee Store Ledger, 1898-99
 

Series 5: Planters Gin Co.



Subseries 5a: Business Papers

BoxFolder
591Notes
21916
31917
41918
51920
61921
71922
81923
91924
101925
111926
121927
131928
141930
151931
161932
171933
181934
191935
201936
211937
221938
231939
BoxFolder
601-21940
31941
41942
51943
6-71944
BoxFolder
6111945
21946
3-41947
51948
61949
71950
BoxFolder
6211951
2-31952
4-51953
61954
71955
81956
9Undated



Subseries 5b: Gin, Ticket Books

BoxFolder
6311930 November-1931 February
21931 November & 1932 November
31932 September
41932 September-October
51932 October
61932 October
71932 October-November
81938 August-1940 February
91942 December
BoxFolder
6411943 November & 1944 November
2-31944 September
41944 September-October
5-71944 October
81944 October-November
BoxFolder
6511944 November-1945 March
21945 September
31945 September-October
4-61945 October
71945 October-November
BoxFolder
6611945 November
21945 November-1946 March
BoxFolder
6711946 March-September
21946 September-October
3-41946 October
51946 October-November
61946 November
BoxFolder
6811946 November-December
21947 April-1948 April
3-41947 September
51947 September-October
61947 September-1948 March
71947 October
BoxFolder
6911947 October-November
21947 November-December
3-41948 September
5-61948 September-October
71948 September-November
BoxFolder
701-21948 October
31948 October-November
41948 November-1949 January
BoxFolder
7111949 September
21949 September-October
31949 September-1950 January
41949 October
51949 October-November
61949 November
71949 November-1950 January
BoxFolder
7211950 September-1952 November
21951 August-September
31951 August-October
4-51951 September
61951 September-October
BoxFolder
7311951 October
21951 October-December
31951 September-October
41952 October-1953 September
51953 October
Box
741915-1935
Box
751936-1939
Box
761940-1953



Subseries 5c: Cotton Bale Receipt Books

BoxFolder
771-21920 October
31920 November
41920 November-December
51920 December-1921 March



Subseries 5d: Miscellaneous Account Books

BoxFolder
7811911 October-December
21918
31925
41926
51926-1927
61928
7-81929-1930
BoxFolder
7911930-1931
21931-1932
2A1934-1935
31935-1936
41936-1937
51936-1940
61937-1938
7-81939
91941
101942
11-121943-1944
131952-1953
 

Series 6: Church Records

BoxFolder
801Apalachee Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference Record, 1924-1928
2Apalachee Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference Record, 1927-1930
3Apalachee Methodist Episcopal Church. Conference Record, 1936-1939
4Farmington Methodist Church. Conference Record, 1887-1894
5Farmington Methodist Church. History and other notes
 

Series 7: James Phillips. Corps of Army Engineers Papers

BoxFolder
8111956
21957
31958
41959
51950's undated
61960
71961
81963
91964
101965
111967
121968
131969
141970
151971
161972
171973
181974
19Undated
 

Series 11: Oversize Materials

Box
90Scrapbook
Box
91Scrapbooks
Box
92Photographs: Cotton
Photographs: Girl Scout Troops, Watkinsville
Box
93Account Books, ca. 1918-1927
Account Books, 1948-1955
Account Books, 1956-1960
Box
94Planters Gin Co. Account Book, 1923
Box
95Planters Gin Co. Account Book, 1932
Planters Gin Co. Gin Ticket Books
Box
96Planters Gin Co. Gin Ticket Books
Box
97Miscellaneous curiosa, etc. (decorative thermometers, clothing, wedding invitation stamps, UGA cigarette case, knife, glasses, UGA football and other pins, stamp, patches)
OS Folder
1BGenealogy Charts
OS Folder
2BArtwork
OS Folder
3BMaps, Plats, etc.
OS Folder
4AFamily Portrait, circa 1900
In Memoriam Certificate- Rev. John Calvin Johnson
OS Folder
5APortraits (3)
OS FolderOS Folder
7A6ACertificates and diplomas
OS Folder
10AMiscellaneous
OS FolderOS Folder
8A9AArtwork by Roy Ward & Bo Bonfils
 

Series 8: Legal Documents

BoxFolder
8211830's
21840's
31850's
41860's
51890"s
61900-1909
71910-1919
81920's
91930's
9A1940's
101950's
111960's
121970's
131980's
14Undated
 

Series 9: Photographs and Slides

BoxFolder
831-10Family Photographs
10A-11Photographs of other people (identified)
12Photographs of other people (unidentified)
BoxFolder
841Battleships
2Bishop, Georgia. School, 1922
3Brenau College. Sorority Party, ca. 1912
4Georgia Production Credit Association, 1935?
5Georgia. University. Library. Lobby, ca. 1958
6Kasong-U.N. Headquarters
7Oconee County, Georgia. Branch (O.M.) Farm
8Oconee County, Georgia. High School, 1932-34
9Oconee County, Georgia. Phillips (Wm. F) Home
10Oconee County, Georgia. Scott-Branch Home
11Stone Mountain, Georgia, ca. 1909
12Tractors
13Unidentified group
14Unidentified places
15Watkinsville, Georgia. School, 1902 & 1916
16Watkinsville, Georgia area. Camping, 1900's
17Negatives
Box
85Photo Album-Ashford Family
Box
86Slides
 

Series 10: Miscellany

BoxFolder
871Artwork
2Autograph book
3Calling cards
4Cards (Membership, certificates, etc.)
5Certificates
6Clippings
7Court receipt book, 1840
8-9Diaries
10Estate papers (Lena Elder)
BoxFolder
881Guest books
2Maps, plans, etc.
3-5Memo books, notebooks, etc.
6Military papers (O.M. Branch, Jr.)
7Notes, miscellaneous
8Recipes
9Writings, speeches
BoxFolder
891-56Notes Written on Original Folders
Carton
1Account ledgers, canceled checks, ca. 1940s
Carton
2Canceled checks, bills, invoices, accounts (in cigar boxes), ca. 1940s
Carton
3Account ledgers, canceled checks, ca. 1938-1947
 

Family Bibles

Volume
1Family Bible of James Calicutt Branch, 1792-1869
Volume
2Family Bible of John James Branch, 1835-1921
Volume
3Family Bible of [James] Branch, 1846-1847
Volume
4Ornate Family Bible of James T. and Addie Van-Horne, 1874