Jennie Smith papers

Jennie Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Way, William
Title: Jennie Smith papers
Dates: 1852-1884
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3155

Biographical/Historical Note

Jennie Smith (1838?-1888) was born to Quaker parents, and her birthplace was possibly Rising Sun, Maryland. She moved to Georgia in 1857 to live with her brother Amos and his wife Fannie (Frances Maddoz). She later moved to Texas with their daughter Eva. Jennie Smith was a schoolteacher in Mountain Hill, Georgia (Harris County) and Amos Smith was the Postmaster.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters written to Jennie Smith from her family and friends in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Georgia. The letters discuss family news, social events, Quaker farm life, marriages, and deaths. Some letters deal with marriage proposals and matchmaking for Jennie Smith, who never married. There are also several letters written to her by soldiers during the Civil War, one describing General Robert E. Lee (April 30, 1864). Her uncle William Way in Pennsylvania wrote her letters which included his strong views on marriage, causes of the Civil War, slavery, and post-war problems.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Marriage proposals--United States.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Single women--Georgia--Harris County--Correspondence.
Single women--Georgia--Mountain Hill--Correspondence.
Slavery--United States.
Smith, Jennie, (Emily Jane), 1838?-1888 -- Correspondence
Smith, Jennie, (Emily Jane), 1838?-1888 -- Family
Teachers--Georgia--Harris County--Correspondence.
Teachers--Georgia--Mountain Hill--Correspondence.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Causes.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Way, William -- Correspondence

General Notes

Related collections held by Florida State University Libraries Special Collections Department: Letters of confederate soldiers, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jennie Smith papers, MS 3155. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1852 - 1859
2Correspondence, 1860 - 1861
3Correspondence, 1864 - 1868
4Correspondence, 1870 - 1876
5Correspondence, 1880 - 1884
6Correspondence, undated/incomplete
8Unrelated Items Found with Collection