|Title:||Jennie Smith papers|
|Quantity:||0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)|
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.
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.
Related collections held by Florida State University Libraries Special Collections Department: Letters of confederate soldiers, 1861-1865.
Jennie Smith papers, MS 3155. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.