Fontaine family papers

Fontaine family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Fontaine family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1830-1890
Dates: 1822-1947, bulk 1830-1890
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3011

Biographical/Historical Note

John Fontaine (1792-1866), commission merchant and first mayor of Columbus, Georgia, married Mary Ann Stewart (1808-1852). Their children included Henrietta (1827-1857), Mary Elizabeth (1835-?), Benjamin Bruton (1838-1870), Theophilus (1842-1896), Francis (1844-1901), and George H. (1850-1904). In 1868, Benjamin Bruton Fontaine married Mary Elizabeth Shorter, daughter of James H. and Elizabeth Hargraves Shorter. They had two daughters, Mary (1871-1935) and Benjamin Bruton (1870-1952), who was called Bennie. Both daughters attended the Home School in Athens, Georgia circa 1883-1886.

King had returned to Columbus and in the summer of 1855 joined with James Meeler, a local carpenter, to construct a warehouse for "John Fontaine and others." Fontaine and his father-in-law, Charles Stewart, had operated a cotton warehouse business since 1829. Fontaine also served as mayor of the city and invested in the river trade, a textile mill, and land - extensive acreage in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. By 1859 he owned "two plantations on the river and sev[era]l hundred negroes & plenty of money." His fever-season home in Summerville, on the hills west of Girard, sheltered his family during the summer, and his brick Greek revival house in town stood on Front Avenue across from his warehouse. --- Bridging deep south rivers, by John S. Lupold. Athens : University of Georgia Press, 2004.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, business papers, and printed material. Most of the business correspondence concerns Stewart & Fontaine Co., merchants in Columbus, Georgia. The family and personal correspondence is from both the Shorter and Fontaine families. There is also some Civil war correspondence from Charles S. Shorter, George H. Shorter, and others who were probably their friends. The business paper include deeds, land grants and various accounts.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Correspondence.
Deeds.
Fontaine family
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Land grants.
Merchants--Georgia--Columbus--Correspondence.
Shorter family
Shorter, Charles S. -- Correspondence
Shorter, George Hargraves -- Correspondence
Stewart & Fontaine Co. (Columbus, Ga.). -- Records and correspondence
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fontaine family papers. MS 3011. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: John Fontaine papers.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: Biographical information

BoxFolder
11Series 1 Biographical information
 

Series 2: Correspondence

Box
1



Family and Personal

1822-1827
1833-1837
1842-1858
1860-1862
1863-1868
1870-1874
1877-1879
1880-1882
1883-1889
1890-1897
1900-1947
George H. Fontaine, undated
Mary Elizabeth Shorter Fontaine, undated
Elizabeth Hargraves Shorter, undated
Incomplete, undated
Box
2



Business

1832-1839
1840-1845
1858-1868
1880-1895
Incomplete, undated
Empty Envelopes and Calling Cards
Empty envelopes
Calling cards
 

Series 3: Writings

BoxFolder
28Writings
9"The 2 nd Georgia...at the Battle of Sharpsburg" by J. D. Bethune
10Home School, Diary by Benjamin Bruton Fontaine (Bennie), 1887 1889
 

Series 4: Robert E. Lee and Civil War material

BoxFolder
211Series 4 Robert E. Lee and Civil War material
 

Series 5: Business Papers

BoxFolder
212Land-Alabama, 1834-1894
13Land Arkansas, 1872
14Land Georgia, Early County, 1830-1897
15Land Georgia, Lee County, 1830-1836
16Land Georgia, Muscogee County, 1832-1868
17Land Georgia, Stewart County, 1843-1875
18Land Texas, 1839-1863
19Accounts, 1830-1848
20Accounts, 1854-1888, undated
21Plantation record-T. S. Fontaine, 1860?
21Upper Place, Middle Place, Lower Place
 

Series 6: Printed material

BoxFolder
222Series 6 Printed material