Descendants of Vincent Meigs

Descendants of Vincent Meigs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Descendants of Vincent Meigs
Dates: 19--?
Quantity: 0.03 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 671 to MS 686 housed in 1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms685

Biographical/Historical Note

Vincent Meigs was born in 1583. His descendent Josiah Meigs was president of the University of Georgia and, through his mother, traced his lineage back to William Bradford and the Mayflower. "Meigs, Josiah (21 Aug. 1757-4 Sept. 1822), educator, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Return Meigs, a hatter, and Elizabeth Hamlin. ... By 1800 Baldwin had obtained a legislative charter for the future University of Georgia, had gathered a board of trustees, and had secured a campus site at Athens, then on the edge of Georgia's rugged western frontier. He also had named Meigs as his successor to the presidency of the planned venture. Meigs took over as president in 1801 when Baldwin, by then also serving as a U.S. senator, resigned the school post. Hastily and single-handedly Meigs began teaching the first small group of students in the fall of 1801, with classes held under the trees and in a small log cabin at the Athens site. He also managed a fundraising campaign for public subscriptions and legislative support, contracted for the construction of more substantial buildings, and traveled throughout the state to recruit students. When few were found ready for higher education, he started a preparatory academy at the college. A year later finances allowed for hiring a second professor and for construction of a large brick main building, the three-story Franklin College. Within five years Meigs's tireless recruitment efforts netted seventy students in the college and forty in the academy." - Katherine C. Reynolds. "Meigs, Josiah." American National Biography Online. (Retrieved July 28, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one mimeographed volume containing the genealogy of the Meigs family, beginning with Vincent Meigs, and including Josiah Meigs.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Meigs family
Meigs, Josiah, 1757-1822 -- Family
Meigs, Vincent, b. 1583 -- Family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Descendants of Vincent Meigs, 19--? MS 685. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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