William J. Northen family papers

William J. Northen family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Northen, William J., (William Jonathan), 1835-1913
Title: William J. Northen family papers
Dates: 1790-1959
Quantity: 8.9 Linear feet 9 document boxes, 4 cartons, 1 oversized box, 1 oversized folder
Coll. Number: ms3327

Biographical/Historical Note

William J. Northen (1835-1913) was president of the Georgia State Agricultural Society, and governor of Georgia in the early 1890s. He advocated for reform measures such as prohibition, increased educational funding, and also against lynching laws. For more information, see the article William J. Northen in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of genealogy, land documents, correspondence, financial papers, writings, photographs, artifacts, and printed material. The correspondence includes letters to William J. Northen regarding the establishment of the town of Fitzgerald, Georgia; letters regarding an apparent scandal involving the Farmers' Alliance and Leonidas Livingston; William J. Northen's letters home as he traveled around Georgia in 1907 promoting racial harmony; and two Civil War letters from brothers William and John Henry Neel of the 15th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Company K. The writings contain a journal by William J. Northen in which he writes of his trip to Tallulah Falls, speeches at Mercer University, his 21st birthday, death of his brother, and a letter to his sister regarding conditions at the end of the Civil War. Farm accounts are also included in the journal. Also of interest are slave documents and bills of sale; receipts from Mercer University and the Georgia Baptist Convention when Peter Northen was treasurer; Ruth Northen's photo album containing University of Georgia photographs from 1911-1912 and other travel photographs; and an 1801 indenture between the Catawba Indians and Thomas Neel for land in York County, South Carolina. The following items were separated from the collection: walking cane without the handle and one square back wooden chair with cane seat is housed in Organic storage.

Index Terms

Bills of sale.
Catawba Indian Nation--History.
Fitzgerald (Ga.)--History.
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Journals (accounts)
Neal family
North family
Northen, William J., (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Correspondence
Northen, William J., (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Family
Northen, William J., (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Finance, Personal
Northen, William J., (William Jonathan), 1835-1913 -- Photographs
Rabun family
Real property--Georgia.
Slave bills of sale--Georgia.
Trailor family
Veazey family

General Notes

Related collections held by the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia: Georgia governors' messages, 1872-1943.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

William J. Northen family papers, ms3327, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials held in the following collections of this repository: William J. Northen letter to Charles Edgeworth Jones, ms1470.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Family

2Genealogy-Neel family
3Genealogy-Northen family
4Genealogy- A short history of the Northen family by Rev. E. E. Northen
5Genealogy-Traylor family
6Genealogy-Walker family
7Estate papers-Charles C. Bailey
8Estate papers-Henry McClellan
9Estate papers-Thomas Neel
10George W. Scott Mfg. Co. vs. J. H. Traylor, 1891-1897
11Land documents-Carroll County, Ga., 1827 1843
12Land documents-Hancock County, Ga., 1864-1869
13Land documents-Troup County, Ga., 1826-1926
14Land documents-South Carolina, 1794-1819
15Lock of hair-William J. Northen, Jr.
16Pension-War of 1812, Thomas Neel
17Petitions-Hancock County, Ga., 1881
18School report book-Martha Traylor, 1879
19Wills, Power of Attorney, 1790-1959

2. Correspondence

2William J. Northen/Annie Belle Northen, 1878-1919
3William J. Northen/Martha Northen, 1890-1908
4William J. Northen/Thomas Henry Northen, 1880-1896
5William J. Northen-Alliance scandal, 1890-1891
6William J. Northen-Alliance scandal-typescripts of letters, 1890-1891
7William J. Northen-business, 1872-1912
8Annie Belle Northen, 1881-1934
9George T. Northen, 1902-1957, 1984
10George T. Northen - William J. & Martha Northen, 1907-1912
11Thomas Henry Northen - Martha Traylor Northen, 1884-1933
12Neel family, 1845-1897
13Northen family, 1896-1934
14Traylor family, 1894-1928

3. Writings

2Cookbook-Martha Traylor, 1879
3In Memoriam book-Thomas Henry Northen, 1904
4Journal-William J. Northen
5Scrapbook pages
6University System of Georgia

4. Financial

41Thomas & Nancy Neel, 1826-1844
2Thomas & Nancy Neel, 1845-1880 & nd
3Cotton receipts-Thomas & Nancy Neel
4Slaves-bills of sale-Thomas Neel, 1818-1856
5Northen family/Northen Shivers & Co., 1857-1911
6Account book-Martha Traylor Northen, 1919-1932
7University of Georgia War Memorial Fund Martha Traylor Northen, 1922-1923
8Mercer University-Peter Northen, 1838-1845
9-15Georgia Baptist Convention/Mercer-Peter Northen, 1845-1858
16Georgia Baptist Convention/Mercer-Peter Northen - undated
17Financial papers-Peter Northen, 1838-1849
18Financial papers-Peter Northen, 1850-1861
19Financial papers-Traylor family, 1872-1908
20Financial papers-Miscellaneous, fragments

5. Photographs

51Neel, Nancy Veazey
2Northen, Annie Belle
3Northen, Annie Belle
4Northen, George
5Northen, Louisa Maria Davis
6Northen, Martha Moss Neel
7Northen, Martha Moss Neel
8Northen, Peter
61Northen, Ruth
2Northen, Ruth & William Jr.
3Northen, Thomas Henry
4Northen, William Jonathan
5Northen, William Jonathan
6Northen, William Jonathan & grandchildren
7Northen, William Jonathan Jr.
8Stokely, Susan
9Traylor, John Humphrey
10Traylor, Martha
11Traylor, Mary Bailey
12White, John
6Mercer chapel & Northen graves in Penfield, Ga.
7Travel snapshots
8Travel in Washington, DC
9Veazey graves in Hancock County, Ga.
10Various subjects
81Photograph album
2Photograph album-Ruth Peterson, 1922-1923
3Photograph album-Ruth Northen, 1906-1934

6. Printed Material

91Printed material
2John M. Allen
3Atlanta, Georgia
5Mercer University
6Northen family
9 Tammany Times-Saratoga Convention, 1893
10Traylor family
11Writings by Annie Belle Northen
12Writings by William J. Northen, 1889-1895
13Writings by William J. Northen, 1899-1911

7.Artifacts and Oversize Material

10Walking cane handles (Two)
10Small pictures
Small cloth flag
Gold pocket watch
Kitchen cutlery and knife sharpener
Silver butter knife
Pocket book of Ephriam Northen
Indenture - York County, South Carolina land-Nation of Catawba Indians to William McMurray and Thomas Neel, 1801
Indenture - Troup County, Georgia land-Silas Carter to Charles C. Bailey, 1827
Photograph - Northen, Ruth
Photograph - Northen, Martha Neel
Photograph - Northen, Martha Neel with grandchildren
Photograph - Northen, Thomas Henry or William Jonathan?
Photograph - Unidentified man
Photograph - School class ?
Photograph - Unidentified group of girls
OS Folder
1BGenealogy charts-Neel family, Rabun family, Traylor family, and Veazey family, 1700-1990

8. Books

11Ball, B. L. Rambles in Eastern Asia. Boston: James French and Company, 1856
Bojesen, E. F. A manual of Grecian and Roman Antiquities. New Your: D. Appleton & Co., 1857
Champlin, J. T. The Oration of Demosthenes on the Crown with Notes. Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1860
Cowper, William. The Works of Cowper and Thomson. Philadelphia: J. Grigg, 1834
Drummond, Henry. The Programme of Christianity. New York: James Pott and Company, 1900
Fenelon, M. Les Aventures de Telemaque. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1860
Hale, Edward Everett. The Man Without a Country. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1904
Juvenal. Decimi Junii Juvenalis. Boston: Wilkins, Carter, and Company, 1831
Mell, P. H. A Manual of Parliamentary Practice. Rules for Conducting Business. Macon, Georgia: J. W. Burke & Co., 1888
Rollin, Charles. The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Medes, and Persians, Grecians and Macedonians. New York: S. A. Rollo & Co., volumes I. III. and V, 1859
Scott, W. J. Lectures and Essays. Atlanta, Georgia: Constitution Publishing Company, 1889
Woolsey, Theodore D. The Gorgias of Plato. Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1850
12Knox, Thomas Lowell (ed.). Scenes From Every Land. Springfield, Ohio: Mast, Crowell & Kirkpatrick, 1893
Leonard, John W. (ed.). Who's Who in America. Chicago: A. N. Marquis & Company, 1899
Liddell, Henry George. A Greek-English Lexicon, based on the German work of Francis Passow. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1849
Maunder, Samuel. The History of the World: comprising a general history, both ancient and modern...New York: Henry Bill, 1854
Stoddard, John L. Portfolio of Photographs of Famous Scenes, Cities and Paintings. Chicago: Educational Publishing Company
Latin-English Lexicon (first pages missing)
13Angell, James Rowland. Psychology. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1909
Brooks, Charles. Family Prayer Book. Hingham: Press of Farmer and Brown, 1829
Call, Annie Payson. Power Through Repose. Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1893
Carlyle, Thomas. Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. New York: John B. Alden, 1892
D'Aubigne, J. H. Merle. History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1856
Grady, Henry Woodfin. The Speeches of Henry W. Grady With a Short Biographical Sketch of His Life. Atlanta, GA: Chas. P. Byrd, 1895
Lempriere, J. Bibliotheca Classica... New York: W. E. Dean, 1837
Lucas, E. V. A Wanderer in Holland. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1906
Manly, John Matthews (ed.). English Poetry. New York: Ginn & Company, 1907
Pope, Alexander. Homer's Iliad. Volume I. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1849
Riley, James Whitcomb. Rhymes of Childhood. Indianapolis: Bowen-Merrill Co., 1894
The Spectator in eight volumes. Volume VI. Philadelphia: Robert Carr, 1803
Upham, Thomas C. Life and Religious Opinions and Experience of Madame De La Mothe Guyon...New York: Harper & Brothers, 1864
Whelpley, Samuel. A Compend of History from the Earliest Times... Volume I. Boston: American Stationers' Company, 1837
Woodbridge and Willard's Universal Geography. New York: Collins, Keese & Co., 1836
Morning prayer book and two other books with first pages missing
14Andrews, Garnett. Reminiscences of an Old Georgia Lawyer. Atlanta, Ga.: Franklin Steam Printing House, 1870
Anthon, Charles. The Aeneid of Virgil. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1860
Brittain, M. L. Semi-centennial History of the Second Baptist Church. Atlanta?, 1904
Luthers, D. Martin. Das Neue Teftament. Stuttgart
Notable Men of Atlanta and Georgia. Atlanta, Ga., 1913
Webster, Noah. An American Dictionary of the English Language. Springfield, Massachusetts: George and Charles Merriam, 1860