|Creator:||Blance, Joseph A., 1838-1918|
|Creator:||Blance, Joseph G., 1799-1854|
|Creator:||Dever, James Freeman, Sr.|
|Creator:||Hutchings, Forrest Gordon, b. 1895|
|Title:||Dever-Blance-Hutchings family papers|
|Quantity:||3.5 Linear feet (5 boxes)|
James F. Dever Sr. was postmaster of Rockmart (Ga.) and was appointed Internal Revenue tax collector of the 4th District of Georgia in 1872. He was married to Sarah Jane Blance (1835-1904) daughter of Joseph G. Blance (1799-1854), owner of a slate quarry in Paulding County, Georgia. Their children included Dora, Troupie, James F. Jr. (1872-1924), and Mary Lee (1864-1936) who married Moses C. Hutchings and had a son Forrest Gordon Hutchings. Sarah Jane’s brother Joseph A. Blance was a lawyer in Cedartown, Georgia.
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, and financial papers. The correspondence is mainly to the Dever and Blance family. Although there are some family letters, most letters are business related involving the Post Office, Internal Revenue Office, land transfers, the slate quarry and politics. The photographs are either unidentified or not of the families. Financial papers make up the major part of the collection. There are numerous deeds to land in Cherokee County (Ga.), which was later divided into Paulding and Polk counties. Several ledgers contain accounts for stores in Rockmart, Van Wert and Blanceville, and two Forrest Hutchings’ farm ledgers list accounts for tenants.
Dever-Blance-Hutchings family papers, ms 3761, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.