Elizabeth Ford papers regarding "The Alexander Letters"

Elizabeth Ford papers regarding "The Alexander Letters"

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Elizabeth Ford papers regarding "The Alexander Letters"
Dates: 1877-2004
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet (4 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3239.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

"The Alexander Papers" was a book published in 1910 and reprinted in the late 1990s. The book concerns the period of 1787 to 1900.

The forward of the book explains its purpose: "In the old days of the South many of the small towns of Georgia contained highly educated well trained families of gentlefolks living on or near the cotton plantations which supported them and their dependent slaves...The six sisters and four brothers children of Adam Leopold Alexander and his wife Sarah Hillhouse Gilbert constituted such a typical family group strongly bound together by ties of affection and accustomed from early childhood to a very free and constant interchange of letters in which have been recorded their history, their accomplishments, and their emotions. This correspondence includes charming word pictures of Southern plantation life and of the environment of the writers in the quarter century before the Civil War."

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, printed material, photographs, and ephemera related to the original 1910 publication of "The Alexander Letters," a selection of family letters edited by Marion Boggs and published by George Baldwin. “The Alexander Letters” was an important work detailing one of the high-profile families of Georgia in the 19th century; the work was copyrighted and reprinted in 1980 and 2002. This collection presents genealogical research regarding the Alexander family descendants by Elizabeth Ford, Carolyn B. Timmann, and David Peters Irwin leading up to the 2002 reprinting.

The collection is divided into two series, the first holding Ford's correspondence and research, and the second having more detailed information on various descendants of the Alexander family line. With materials spanning from 1877-2004, the collection showcases Ford's process as a genealogist as well as the history of the Alexander family.

Ford's correspondence and research contain her interactions with other genealogists and researchers, as well as the editing and publishing process of the second edition of "The Alexander Letters" in 2002. The collection also includes a copy of the 2002 edition of the book, originally published in 1910. "The Alexander Letters" contains the correspondence of the Alexander family from 1787-1900 and a thorough genealogical record of the family line from 1787-2002.

The more detailed information on descendants of the Alexander family includes correspondence and information regarding descendants still alive in 2002. This leads to further information related to many 19th and 20th century descendants of the Alexander family, including Edward Porter Alexander, a Confederate Civil War general who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Other highlights of this series include information about Gari Melchers, an American naturalist artist, and Belmont Manor, a plantation home in Virginia. The collection contains primarily copies and transcripts of materials, rather than originals.


Arranged into two series: Series 1. Correspondence and Research; and Series 2. Descendants.

Index Terms

Alexander family
Alexander, Edward Porter, 1835-1910

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Elizabeth Ford papers regarding "The Alexander Letters." MS 3239. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related material regarding Edward Porter Alexander can be found in the Hargrett Manuscript Repository, ms1135. This collection contains correspondence of Edward Porter Alexander.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence and Research, 1887, 2000-2004

11Correspondence regarding "The Alexander Letters", 2001
22001/2002 Edition, transcripts and copies, 2001-2002 (original 1891)
3Darien Press, 2001-2003
4Mihay, Joan, 2001-2002
5Research Notes, copies (originals from 1990), circa 2000-2002
6Snider Research, copies and transcripts (originals from 1803, 1805, 1813, 1847, 1923, 1927), circa 2001-2002
7Timmann, Carolyn, 2001-2003
8Tremain, Betsy, 2000-2004
9Photographic prints, circa 2003
3 images: 1887 image depicting Charles and Rosa Alexander in front of Fairfield Plantation house in Washington, GA; another image of the same house sourced from the archives at UNC Chapel Hill; and a 2003 snapshot of the Timmann family and E. Ford.

Series 2: Descendants, 1900-2004

Subseries 2.1: Generation III, 1900-2004

21Alexander, Charles, 2001-2002
2-4Alexander, Edward Porter, originals and copies, 1900-2004
5Alexander, James Hillhouse, 2001-2004
6Alexander, William Felix, 2001-2003
7Boggs, Marion Alexander, copies, 2001-2002 (original 1854, 1901, 1914)
8Cumming, Virginia, 2001-2004
9Gilmer, Louisa F.A., copies, circa 2002 (original 1911)
10Haskell, Alice VanYeveren, 2001
11Hull, Mary Clifford A., 2001-2002
12Lawton, Sarah Alexander, copies, 2000-2002 (originals 1850, 1932)

Subseries 2.2: Generation IV and V, 1968-2004

31Alexander, Eleanor "Hard Hearted Hannah", 1996-2001
2Boggs Correspondence, 2001-2003
3Boggs, Emma Converse, copies, 2002 (original 1923)
4Butterfield, Alexander, 2001-2003
5Craig Family, copies, circa 2000-2002 (originals late 18th-early 19th century)
6Ficklen, Bessie, 1968, 2001-2003
7Hull, Harriet Alexander, 2001-2003
8Hull, Lucy Harvey, 2001-2004
9Lawton Correspondence, 2001-2003
10Pope Family, copies, 1996-2002 (original 1967)

Subseries 2.3: Haskell Family, 2000-2004

41Haskell, Adam Leopold, 2001-2004
2Haskell, Alexander Cheves II, 2001-2002
3-4Haskell, Anthony Porter, 2001-2003
5Haskell, Charles Thomson, 2001-2004
6Haskell, Frederika Christina, 2001-2004
7Haskell, Marion Alexander, 2001-2002
8Haskell, Mary Elizabeth, circa 2000
9Haskell, Suzanne Courtonne, 2002-2003
10Haskell Correspondence, 2001-2004
11Haskell Family, 2001-2002
12Haskell Family Association, 2001