Stephens-Reid correspondence

Stephens-Reid correspondence

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Stephens-Reid correspondence
Dates: 1842-1866
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms2973

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Matilda (Mollie) Stephens married Dr. William T. (Bob) Reid in 1858. They had two children, Leidy and W.T., both of whom died in childhood. Dr. Reid himself died in December, 1861, quite unexpectedly, not long before W.T. was born. Mary remarried in December, 1866 to Judge William A. Corry. Mary Matilda (Mollie) Stephens was the neice of Alexander H. Stephens.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence relating to the Stephens-Reid families, who were located in Crawfordville, Taliaferro County, Georgia.

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence to Mary Matilda (Mollie) Stephens Reid, with some interspersed letters to her son, Leidy, and her uncle, Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy. There are a few letters to Dr. William T. (Bob) Reid from his brother, James W. Reid of Thomasville, Georgia, also a physician, and some concerning his practice from a drug distributor. The earliest part of the collection (1842-1849) is made up of letters to Alexander H. Stephens from Mercer University and his brother, John L. Stephens, Mollie's father.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of friendly letters to Mollie Reid with a concentration in early 1962 concerning the death of her husband. Some of her correspondents include Rebecca Burch, a niece by marriage in Thomasville, Georgia, her mother, Mary Elizabeth Booker Stephens, sister Anna Stephens Alexander, and her brothers, John Alexander Stephens, Linton A. Stephens, and William G. (Billy) Stephens. There was also another brother, James Clarence, who is mentioned in some of the letters. Mary's son Leidy (born apparently in 1859 or 1860) is mentioned in nearly every letter. There are very few letters after 1866. The letters concern happenings in the towns where the correspondents live, and news of mutual friends and relatives.

Some points of interest in the letters include discussion of the Civil War adn the conditions under which the soldiers lived, as well as the details of home and religious life. The content of the letters varies with the writer and the tempo of the times and gives a special insight into an educated Southern family's life experiences: politics, health, sympathy, costs, entertainment, anecdotes, and legal matters.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Alexander, Anna Stephens -- Correspondence
Crawfordville (Ga.)--History.
Crawfordville (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
Reid, James W., of Thomasville, Georgia -- Correspondence
Reid, Mary Matilda Stephens -- Correspondence
Reid, William T., M.D. -- Correspondence
Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883 -- Correspondence
Stephens, John Alexander -- Correspondence
Stephens, John Lindsay, 1815-1856 -- Correspondence
Stephens, Linton, 1823-1872 -- Correspondence
Stephens, Mary Elizabeth Booker -- Correspondence
Stephens, William G. -- Correspondence
Taliaferro County (Ga.)--History.
Taliaferro County (Ga.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--Politics and government--19th century.
United States. Army. -- Military life

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephens-Reid correspondence. MS 2973. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Alexander Hamilton Stephens letters, genealogy and biography, 1841-1882; Alexander H. Stephens papers, 1844-1882; Alexander H. Stephens papers, 1831-1843; Alexander Stephens photograph; Alexander H. Stephens letter to R.H. Norris, 1863 August 22; Alexander H. Stephens letters to J. Glancy Jones, 1868, 1871-1872; Alexander H. Stephens carte de visite and envelope.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Stephens-Reids Correspondence transcriptions
2Mercer University Grade Report, July 27, 1842
3T.C. Martin, May 13, 1843
4John L. Stephens, July 4, 1849
5Alexander Stephens, April 4, 1858
6Jo Richards, October 2, 1858
7J.J. Robertson (with envelope), December 3, 1858
8Sallie Jane, December 12, 1858
9Drug Invoice, March 11, 1859
10Anna, October 2, 1859
11W.H.H. Stewart, April 14, 1861
12Rebecca Burch, August 3, 1861
13W.H. Hammack, August 17, 1861
14James R.W. Reid (with envelope), August 27, 1861
15Alex, September 8, 1861
16Alex, October 26, 1861
17James R.W. Reid, November 12, 1861
18J.A. Stephens, November 19, 1861
19James R. Reid, December 6, 1861
20Alexander Stephens, December 26, 1861
21Rebecca Burch, January 6, 1862
22S.O.W. Reid, January 6, 1862
23James Reid, January 10, 1862
24Alex (with envelope), January 10, 1862
25A.E. Beall, January 29, 1862
26S.J.H., February 2, 1862
27W.S. Robertson, February 7, 1862
28George F. Bristow, February 17, 1862
29John A. Stephens, March 1, 1862
30M.F. Durand, March 8, 1862
30Benji L.H. Lindsey, March 10, 1862
32Rebecca Burch (with envelope), March 18, 1862
33Sallie Baker, March 22, 1862
34Mrs. S.J. Herring, October 16, 1862
35M.E. Robertson, December 30, 1863
36J.A. Stephens, January 30, 1864
37M.C. Leydance, February 4, 1864
38M.E. Stephens, February 14, 1864
39W.G. Stephens, February 20, 1864 or 1869
40S.J. [ ? ], February 21, 1864
41G.J. Anderson (with envelope), February 23, 1864
42Anna, March 6, 1864
43M.E. Stephens, March 20, 1864
44M.E. Stephens, April 20, 1864
45Rebecca Branch, June(?) 30, 1864
46C.A. Sadler, September 16, 1864
47Rebecca (?), March 15, 1865
48[?] Burch, March 22, 1865
49W.E. Stephens, April 2, 1865
50Alexander Stephens, August 17, 1865
51E. Stephens, 1866?
52G.A. Lindsey, February 19, 1866
53[M.C. Leydance] (?) (with envelope), April 12, 1866
54M.C. Leydance (no envelope), May 7, 1866
55Sallie Barker, June 17, 1866
56Cousin Sweetie, August 11, 1866
57Williams S. Stephens, August 25, 1866
58Leidy S. Reid, November 3, 1866
59W.S. Stephens (no envelope), January 2, 1868
60Rebecca, December 18, 1868
611 Blank Check with note from Alexander Stephens, August 28, 1874
62E. Stephens, no date
63Miss M.R.C. Ballie, December 24, [1888]
64Love letter to A.H. Stephens
65Hemlock love letter to A.H. Stephens
66Correspondence, ? July 17
67Genealogical materials
OS Folder
1Stephens family tree by Mrs. Horace Moore Holden