Fontaine family papers

Fontaine family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Fontaine family
Title: Fontaine family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1830-1890
Dates: 1822-1947
Quantity: 1.0 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 and 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.

Index Terms

Fontaine family
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Land grants.
Shorter family
Stewart & Fontaine Co. (Columbus, Ga.). -- Records and correspondence
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Fontaine family papers, ms3011, 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, ms2014.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Biographical information
2-12Correspondence - Family and Personal, 1822-1947
13Correspondence - George H. Fontaine
14Correspondence - Mary Elizabeth Shorter Fontaine
15Correspondence - Elizabeth Hargraves Shorter
16Correspondence - Family and Personal, Incomplete
21-4Correspondence - business, 1832-1895
5Correspondence - business, incomplete
6-7Empty envelopes, Calling cards
9"The 2nd the Battle of Sharpsburg" by J. D. Bethune
10Home School, Diary by Benjamin Bruton Fontaine (Bennie), 1887, 1889
11Robert E. Lee and Civil War material
12Business Papers - Land-Alabama, 1834-1894
13Business Papers - Land Arkansas, 1872
14Business Papers - Land Georgia, Early County, 1830-1897
15Business Papers - Land Georgia, Lee County, 1830-1836
16Business Papers - Land Georgia, Muscogee County, 1832-1868
18Business Papers - Land Texas, 1839-1863
19Business Papers - Accounts, 1830-1848
20Business Papers - Accounts, 1854-1888
21Business Papers - Plantation record-T. S. Fontaine, 1860
21Business Papers - Upper Place, Middle Place, Lower Place
17Business Papers - Land Georgia, Stewart County, 1843-1875
22Printed material