John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers

John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Verner, Esther Virginia Bowers, 1896-1982
Creator: Verner, John Early
Title: John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers
Dates: 1920-1970
Quantity: 0.7 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 half box, 1 oversized folder A)
Coll. Number: ms3180

Biographical/Historical Note

John Early Verner was born in Franklin County, Georgia and attended Canon High School and Atlanta Law School. He was an attorney in DeKalb County, a Notary Public, Ex-Officio JP of Decatur from 1935, Judge of Decatur Recorders Court and Judge of DeKalb Recorders Court (1959-1967). He married Esther Virginia Bowers in 1921 and had one living child with her, Martha Letitia Verner, born in 1929; Letitia married Leonard J. Galati.

Esther Virginia Bowers Verner (1896-1982) was a 1914 graduate of Gibson-Mercer Institute in Bowman, Georgia, attended Shorter College and graduated from the Atlanta Conservatory of Music. She taught music in the Decatur area for many years. She married John Early Verner in 1921 and had one living child with him, Martha Letitia Verner, born in 1929; Letitia married Leonard J. Galati.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters, newspaper articles, photographs and examples of the poetry relating to the career of Judge Verner. Also included are research materials and writings from Esther and John, plus photographs, newspaper clippings, county records and related materials, about the families of Verner, Arrendall, Bond, and Bowers.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Arrendall family
Arrendall family -- Photographs
Bond family
Bond family -- Photographs
Bowers family
Bowers family -- Photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
Government records.
Judges--Georgia--DeKalb County--Correspondence.
Judges--Georgia--DeKalb County--Photographs.
Notaries--Georgia--DeKalb County--Correspondence.
Notaries--Georgia--DeKalb County--Photographs.
Research notes.
Verner family
Verner family -- Photographs
Verner, John Early -- Correspondence
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Early and Esther Bowers Verner papers, 1920-1970. MS 3180. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Arrendall and Fanning families
Nathan Arrendall DAR application for Katherine Barber Gaultney
Typescripts of family vital records
Obit of John Virgil Arrendale, Sr. [1972]
Fanning family information
2Bond family
Charles Bond of Virginia information
Records from Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia
Rowsey family
Photos: Justus Erwin Owens (1893-1918), son of Lettie Bond
Photos: Pink Bowers wife of Edward Bond
Photos: Stephen Pennington Bond (1841-1903)
Photos: James Edward Bond
Photos: Family group includes Bonds, Bowers, etc.
3Bowers family
Photos: Bowers reunion, 1912
Photos: A. N. Bowers
Photos: Lucile Bowers [several and an obituary]
Photos: Lucile & Esther Bowers
Photos: Esther Bowers
Photos: Cree Bowers [1925-1942]
Photos: J. H. Bowers, Jr.
Wedding announcements
'Items from Esther's Notebook'
'Battle of Franklin Tennessee' by Byron Bowers
'A Cousin from Tesugue'
Lucile Bowers family record of Aaron Newton Bowers
County records
4Verner family
Photos: 2-probably John Early Verner as young man
Photos: 1965 reunion-Texas
Photos: 1967 reunion-Texas
Photos: 1973 reunion Georgia
obituaries, correspondence
Hebron Presbyterian Church homecoming program 1972
'A Man of Integrity' by Martha V Galati
Fanning/Ash material
'My Verner/Varner Kin' by John E Verner
'More About the Bold Springs Varner Kin'
Certificate making John E. Verner poet laureate of the Verners
5John E. Verner career materials
Photos, poetry, newsclips
Correspondence-Letter from Ben Fortson, Governor Earnest Vandiver, from people appearing in court
6Miscellaneous records
Includes: Several photos unidentified and the will of Aaron Rice of Elbert County.
2The Verner Genealogy- bound volume compiled by Mrs. Clara Verner Wallace, circa 1968

Oversized materials

Large black-and-white prints of John Harris Bowers (1836-1909) and wife Elizabeth Rice Bowers (1840-1881). (They were parents of Aaron Newton Bowers and grandparents of Esther Bowers Verner.)
Certificate of Esther Virginia Bowers graduation from Atlanta Conservatory of Music, 1919
Decatur Bar Association pictures, 1961-1962
OS Folder
1ADiploma- Esther Bowers Atlanta Convervatory of Music, 1919 June 13
Portrait of John Harris Bowers
Portrait of Elizabeth Rice Bowers
Decatur Bar Association picture, 1961-1962