|Creator:||Phinizy, Ferdinand, 1819-1889|
|Title:||Phinizy-Stovall family papers|
|Quantity:||0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)|
|Abstract:||Collection consists of genealogical materials, correspondence, deeds, wills and stock certificates which chronical the Phinizy-Stovall families of Athens, Georgia. The bulk of the collection consists of indentures, wills and other land documents from Ferdinand Phinizy (1819-1889) and his son Billups Phinizy.|
The Phinizy family was one of the wealithiest and most powerful families of 19th century Georgia, their ancestor Ferdinand Phinizy having arrived an immigrant from Italy in the early 18th century, where he began to build his fortune from nothing. Ferdinand Phinizy the Second was born in Bowling Green, Oglethorpe County, Georgia in 1819, the first child of Jacob and Matilda Stewart Phinizy. He became a major and later moved to Augusta, Ga where he prospered in business. In 1849 Phinizy married Harriet Hayes Bowdre and the couple had eight children: Ferdinand Bowdre, Stewart, Leonard, Louise King, Jacob, Marion, Daniel, Billups, and Harry Hayes Phinizy. After the death of his first wife Harriet, Ferdinand the Second married Anne S. Barrett, and the couple had three more children: Savannah Glasscock, Barrett, and Charles Henry Phinizy.
Billups Phinizy married Miss Nellie G. Stovall of Athens, GA. The couple had five daughters: Anne Barrett, Bolling Stovall, Martha Susan, Nellie, and Louise Calhoun Phinizy.
The Ferdinand Phinizy Lectureship was established and endowed by Phinizy Calhoun, UGA class of 1900 (Dr. Ferdinand Phinizy Calhoun, son of Louise King Phinizy and Dr. Abner Wellburn Calhoun, and a nephew of Billups Phinizy) as a memorial to his grandfather, Ferdinand Phinizy, who was a graduate of the UGA class of 1838.
For more, see Notable Southern Families by Janie Preston Collup French.
Phinizy-Stovall family papers, MS 3527. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.