Dever-Blance-Hutchings family papers

Dever-Blance-Hutchings family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
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
Dates: 1832-1971
Quantity: 3.5 Linear feet (5 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3761

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Index Terms

Internal Revenue--Georgia.
Quarries and quarrying--United States--Photographs.
Rockmart (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Dever-Blance-Hutchings family papers, ms 3761, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Family and Friends, 1872-1881
2Family and Friends, 1882-1916
3Family and Friends, undated
4Business, 1858-1872
5Business, 1873-1874
6Business, 1875-1888
7Business, 1889-1935
8Business, undated
9Business - Post Office Department, 1858-1906
10Business - Postwar visit to North to solicit aid for Georgia families, 1867
11Business - Railroads, 1871-1878
12Business - Slate quarry and mining (Rockmart, Ga.), 1864-1891, nd
13Business - United States Internal Revenue Office, 1872-1877, nd
14Forrest Gordon Hutchings, Sr., 1934-1971, nd
15Empty envelopes

2. Writings

21unknown authors

3. Printed Material

22Dever/Blance/Hutchings family
3Re: slate quarries
54Daily Ohio Statesman, Louisville Daily Journal, 1867 May 7, 14

4. Photographs


5. Financial Papers

25Financial Papers, 1852-1878
6Financial Papers, 1880-1947
7Re: land, 1838-1925, nd
8Re: slate quarry, 1866-1907, nd
9Re: United States Internal Revenue Office, 1872-1888
10Deeds - Cherokee, Paulding, and Polk counties (Ga.), Abstracts of Title
11Deeds - Cherokee and Paulding counties (Ga.), 1832-1839
12Deeds - Cherokee and Paulding counties (Ga.), 1840-1849
31Deeds - Paulding and Polk counties (Ga.), 1850-1859
2Deeds - Paulding and Polk counties (Ga.), 1860-1869
3Deeds - Paulding and Polk counties (Ga.), 1870-1877
4Deeds - Polk county (Ga.), 1883-1927
5Van Wert and Blanceville accounts ledger/Troupie Dever scrapbook, 1866
6Store ledger, 1873
7Rockmart (Ga.) store ledger, 1873-1874
41Farm accounts ledger - Forrest G. Hutchings, 1936-1941
2Farm accounts ledger - Forrest G. Hutchings, 1942-1947
3Real estate accounts ledger - Forrest G. Hutchings, 1941-1960
51Deeds, 1833-1873
2Rockmart Bank certificate
3Treasury Department, Compensation Account, Revenue Account, 1873, 1882