|Title: ||Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon family papers|
11.1 Linear feet
(19 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
|Coll. Number: ||ms3712.TEMP|
Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon (1897-1976) was the daughter of Joseph Thaddeus LaBoon (1852-1932) and Anna Estelle Foster (1858-1952) of Good Hope, Georgia. She worked for the First Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia from 1934 to 1945. She later resided in Athens, Georgia. In 1958, she wrote a booklet entitled "Laboon-Foster Family History: Genealogy."
Family names in this collection are her parents (Joseph Thaddeus LaBoon and Anna Estelle Foster), her paternal grandfather, Mason Carey LaBoon (1813-1887); her brothers, Lloyd Lamar LaBoon (1879-1950), George Mason LaBoon (1888-1969), and James Franklin LaBoon (1892-1979); her sister Nancy Laboon Bradbury (1891-1980); her second cousin William Lafayette LaBoon (1870-1937) and his grandfather Joseph Allen LaBoon (1808-1871) and great-grandfather Peter LaBoon (1772-1828).
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of genealogical records and research, scrapbooks, diaries, personal writings, published materials, financial papers, maps, and photographs. Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon made scrapbooks out of correspondence she received from family and friends, as well as newspaper clippings about Athens and Monroe, Georgia and the people she knew from these areas.
The correspondence hails from Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon's vast collection and focuses on what her family sent her. The scrapbooks contain either cards (for weddings, wellness, or gratitude) or newsclippings regarding individuals in Georgia that LaBoon recognized, particularly in the "People I Know" section of the collection.
Diaries in the collection are written by several men in the LaBoon family. The two diaries of James Franklin LaBoon cover his service in France during World War I. The two ledgers of William Lafayette LaBoon are part diary and part memoir, as he related his past and present experiences. The 1899-1933 ledger includes genealogy, estate records for Peter LaBoon and Joseph Allen LaBoon, and handwritten copies of the family's legal documents and letters. The 1934-1937 ledger is mainly a diary, with some pages devoted to Byrum family genealogy and personal opinions on pollitics and government. In 1941, George Mason LaBoon copied portions of this ledger into a more legible form within the same book. The numerous diaries of George Mason LaBoon, from 1910-1929, detail his work on the family farm, including tasks like plowing, planting, hog killing, cutting timber, hunting, and feeding livestock. He notes the routines in his daily life, such as his reading and meals, as well as social events and church activities.
Financial papers include ledgers (1836-1907) from the blacksmith shop of Mason C. LaBoon and later Joseph T. LaBoon in Walton County (Ga.).
Families represented in this collection include the Laboon, Foster, Fielding, Byrum, and Bradbury families.
Arranged by record type into nine series: Series 1. Genealogy; Series 2. Correspondence; Series 3. Scrapbooks; Series 4. Diaries; Series 5. Financial Papers; Series 6. Miscellaneous Personal Documents; Series 7. Printed Ephemera; Series 8. Photographs; Series 9. Indentures and Land Documents.
Preferred Citation note
Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon family papers. MS 3712. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the University of Georgia Libraries.
Processing Information note
Scrapbooks have been deconstructed from their original state in order to improve access and physical housing. Original order and context have been preserved.