Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon family papers

Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon family papers
Dates: 1822-1990
Quantity: 11.1 Linear feet (19 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Coll. Number: ms3712.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Index Terms

Farm life--Georgia.

Administrative Information

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.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Genealogy

11Genealogical records
2LaBoon-Foster family history
3LeBon-LeBoon families
4LaBoon family history
5Foster family history
6Thomas Patrick Johnston history
7Family record and loose items removed from Rice B. Green Bible
8Daughters of the American Revolution application and research
9Research correspondence on LaBoon family
10Research correspondence on Foster family
11Miscellaneous biographical ephemera, including report cards, locks of hair, World War I discharge papers, and obituaries of various family members

Series 2: Correspondence

21LaBoon family correspondence, including John R. Nichols to family; one Civil War soldier letter; and several Spanish-American War letters, 1836-1917
2World War I letters, 1919
3LaBoon family correspondence, including announcements of family illness and deaths, graduations, and Margaret LaBoon to the Walton Mill Company, 1920-1938
4Letters to Margaret LaBoon from her mother, 1939-1940
5Letters to Margaret LaBoon from her mother, 1941-1944
6World War II letters from Lt. Joseph T. Bradbury to Margaret LaBoon, May-July 1945
7LaBoon family correspondence, including letters to Margaret LaBoon from her mother; genealogy letters about the Pannell Family; and a letter from Joseph T. Bradbury about a 1923 family diary, Bulk, 1945-1955, 1945-1996, undated
8Fielding family correspondence, including letters to Elizabeth and Jane Fielding from their uncle and letters to Samuel Fielding from his brother, 1826-1851 and undated
9Business correspondence of Mason C. LaBoon, 1839-1877 and undated
10Business correspondence of Joseph T. LaBoon, 1894-1920

Series 3: Scrapbooks

31Wedding invitations and graduation materials, 1926-1973
2Wedding invitations, 1924-1968
3Get Well cards to Margaret LaBoon after surgery, 1957
4Get Well cards after 1957 surgery and 1965 hospitalization, 1957, 1965
41Greeting cards, 1949-1967
2Greeting cards, 1968
3Greeting cards from the Stephen LaBoon family, 1952-1968
4Birthday cards from Mr. and Mrs. Golden Michael, 1952-1967
5Birthday cards from Alfred E. Foster, 1952-1968
6Postcards from George Mason LaBoon, 1956-1958
7Thank you notes from friends, 1949-1968
51Thank you notes from Polly Bradbury, 1961-1968
2Thank you notes from John Sholars Bradbury, 1925
63Thank you notes from Mrs. Joseph Thomas Bradbury, 1952-1968
54Thank you notes from children of Joseph Thomas Bradbury, 1955-1958
5Thank you notes from children of Joseph Thaddeus LaBoon, 1953-1967
6Thank you notes from Mrs. John Stephen LaBoon, Jr., 1955-1967
7Thank you notes from Johnnie Alice LaBoon, 1952-1969
8Thank you notes from Libby and Jim LaBoon III, 1961-1969
9Thank you notes from children of Anna LaBoon Powell, 1943-1967

Newsclippings and images

61Business Associates - Insurance and Church, 1928-1945
2Business Associates - University of Georgia
3Business Associates - UGA Center for Continuing Education, 1945-1965
4People I Know - Athens, Ga. - Awards
5People I Know - Athens, GA. - Art
5People I Know - Athens, GA. - Banks and Chamber of Commerce
6People I Know - Athens, GA. - Education
71People I Know - Athens, GA. - Law
1People I Know - Athens, GA. - Merchants
1People I Know - Athens, GA. - Ministers
2People I Know - Athens, GA. - Politics
2People I Know - Athens, GA. - Real estate
3People I Know - Athens, GA. - Sports
3People I Know - Athens, GA. - Miscellaneous
4People I Know - Monroe County (Ga.), 1964-1969
5People I Know - Walton County (Ga.), 1952-1969
6Nancy LaBoon Bradbury (wife of Margaret's nephew)
81Athens Academy, 1966-1969
2Obituaries, 1890-1969
3Eagle Tavern and other museums in the Athens area
4Hope Haven School in Athens (Ga.), 1965-1968
5Old Homes in Georgia
6"Our Yesteryears" in the Walton Tribune
7"Shelton Sanford's Scrapbook," a column in the Athens Banner-Herald drawn from Dr. Shelton Sanford's collections and recollections, 1968-1969
8Tour of Homes in Athens, 1966
9Walton County Churches
10Woman of the Year in Athens, 1964-1968

Series 4: Diaries

91Assorted writings, including poetry, speeches, and anecdotes by LaBoon family members, undated
5World War I diaries of James Franklin LaBoon, 1918-1919

William Lafayette LaBoon

92Diary/Memoir/Estate accounts - William Lafayette LaBoon, 1899-1933
3Diary/Memoir - William Lafayette LaBoon, 1934-1937
4Diary/Memoir of William Lafayette Laboon (with some sections rewritten by George M. LaBoon in 1941), 1934-1937

George Mason LaBoon


Series 5: Financial Papers

121Land documents - Walton County (Ga.), 1822-1843
2Land documents - Walton County (Ga.), 1844-1916
3Estate papers, 1902-1906 and undated
4Receipts/bills of Mason C. LaBoon, 1837-1884 and undated
5Promissory notes of Mason C. LaBoon, 1839-1880
6Receipts - Joseph T. LaBoon, 1883-1930
6Promissory notes of Joseph T. LaBoon, 1879-1931
8Stock certificate for Farmers Bank - Joseph T. LaBoon, 1928
9Tax receipts of Joseph T. LaBoon, 1882-1929

Blacksmith Shop Accounts

21862-July 1864
3July 1864-1865
51875-November 1882
6November 1882-1888
3Farm accounts, 1913-1920
4Account books of George M. LaBoon, 1930-1941


4L.L. LaBoon, 1907, [1920]
5Name index only, undated

Series 6: Miscellaneous Personal Documents

181Arithmetic workbook and recipes of Joseph T. LaBoon
3Book list of Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon
4Census enumerator of Margaret Elizabeth LaBoon, 1930
5Court summons for Mason C. LaBoon, 1844-1861
6LaBoon Museum description of items, undated
7Mt. Carmel School / Literary Club (Walton County, Ga.), 1875, 1897
8Mt. Carmel Church (Walton County, Ga.) - Bible School / Sunday School minutes, 1925-1930

Series 7: Printed Ephemera

191Miscellaneous ephemera- card game, hymns, song book, opera programs, obituaries, circa 1890s-1900s
2Church programs, directory, constitution and bylaws, and monthly paper "The Christian Messenger", 1920s-1990s
3Confederate Money
4Margaret LaBoon's genealogy books: "Laboon-Foster Family History" book (2 copies) and "The 46th Annual Wyatt Reunion" 1952 program (2 copies)
5School and college commencement programs, closing exercises, clipping
6Walton Mill Cotton Company stock certificates and an issue of the "Waltonian" magazine

Series 8: Photographs

197LaBoon and Foster family, 1890s-1918
8LaBoon, Bradbury, and Foster family, 1927-1950s
9Lamar and LaBoon family - particularly Lee Lamar (1931-2006), 1930s-1950s
10Family Reunion, 1990s
11LaBoon House in Walton County (Ga.) - before and after renovations
12LaBoon House in Walton County (Ga.) - during renovations
132 Advertising Slides with "L.L. LaBoon" shown in silent and sound movie houses until 1930, 1900-1930

Series 9: Indentures and Land Related Documents

OS Folder
1AWalton County (Ga.) indenture - William McCord to John Freeman, May 1837
Walton County (Ga.) indenture - James Dalton to John Freeman, September 1837
Walton County (Ga.) plat - estate of David Michael, October 1896
Walton County (Ga.) indenture - John Lowe to Joseph T. LaBoon, December 1896
Insurance policy - Joseph T. LaBoon, 1932