Akehurst - Lines family papers

Akehurst - Lines family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Akehurst family
Creator: Lines family
Title: Akehurst - Lines family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1858-1883
Dates: 1850-1914
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms73

Biographical/Historical Note

Jennie Akehurst and Sylvanus Lines married August 11, 1859. Their daughter Daisy was born August 7, 1864. Other family members include Anna Maria Akehurst, wife of Jennie's brother Joseph.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence and diaries of the Akehurst and Lines families from 1850-1914. The bulk of the correspondence contains letters between Jennie Akehurst, a teacher at Covington, Georgia and Sylvanus Lines of Fayetteville Georgia during their courtship (1857-1860) and married life (1861-1874). Topics discussed include family matters, life in Georgia, and news of relatives. Another portion of the correspondence consists of letters to and from Daisy Lines while teaching in Irvington, Georgia (1882-1898). Includes drafts of letters to and letters from Jerome Reneau, writing from Greene County, Alabama and Texas; correspondence to Jennie Lines; and correspondence from Daisy's aunt Anna Marie Akehurst Barham. Topics discussed include Reneau and Daisy's friendship, Reneau's farming in Alabama, social events, Daisy's teaching, and family news.

The diaries were written by Jennie Akehurst Lines (1859-1861 and 1861-1871) and Anna Maria Akehurst Barham (1861-1871). Jennie's diary entries prior to 1861 mainly concern financial hardships and personal matters. Beginning in 1860, entries discuss the political climate, the 1860 election, abolitionists, and slavery. For 1861-1866, the diary contains information on Georgia's succession from the union, social life and living conditions during the Civil War, problems with slaves, and freedmen. Entries for 1866-1871 again mainly focus on personal matters. The Barham diary contains entries pertaining to the Female Orphans' Asylum (Macon, Ga.), where she was matron, the South's reaction to the Battle of Bull Run, economic and living conditions in Georgia during the Civil War, problems with Confederate currency, cotton planting both during and after the war, and problems hiring and supervising freedmen.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Confederate States of America--Economic conditions.
Confederate States of America--Social conditions.
Cotton farmers--Georgia.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Presidents--United States--Election--1860.
Private schools--Georgia.
State succession.
United States--Politics and government--19th century.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Akehurst - Lines family papers, ms73, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1850-1857
2Letters, 1858
3Letters, 1859
4Letters, 1860-1861
5Letters, 1862-1865
6Letters, 1868
7Letters, 1869 January-February
8Letters, 1869 March undated
9Letters, 1871 May-July
10Letters, 1871 August
11Letters, 1871 September
12Letters, 1874-1878
13Letters, 1882 January-April
14Letters, 1882 May-December
21Diary, Amelia J. Akehurst (Jennie?), 1851
2Diary, Amelia J. Akehurst (Jennie?), 1855
3Diary, A. Jennie Akehurst, 1856
4Letters, 1883 January-March
5Letters, 1883 April-September
6Letters, 1883 October-December
7Letters, 1884 January-August
8Letters, 1884 September-December
9Letters, 1885-1887
10Letters, 1880s undated
11Letters, 1891-1895
12Letters, 1889 1896 1899 undated
13Letters, 1901-1914
14Letters - Fragments
15Letters, undated
31Diary, A. Jennie Akehurst, 1857
2Diary, Jennie Akehurst, 1858
3Diary, Jennie Akehurst, 1858 October-1859 August
4Diary, Jennie Akehurst Lines, 1859 - 1860
5Diary, Jennie Akehurst Lines, 1861 - 1871
6Diary, Anna Maria Akehurst (Barham), 1861 - 1871