John B. Bell family papers

John B. Bell family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Bell family
Creator: Bell, Edward H.
Creator: Bell, Elizabeth C.
Creator: Bell, John B., fl. 1891
Creator: Bell, Mollie S.
Creator: Bell, Nolda
Creator: Bolling, Joseph S.
Creator: Bolling, Walter H.
Creator: Hawkins, Florence B.
Title: John B. Bell family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1891-1963
Dates: 1864-1963
Quantity: 4.4 Linear feet (11 document boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of papers of John B. Bell and the Bell and Bolling families of Stephens, Oglethorpe County, Georgia from 1864-1963. The papers include correspondence, bills, receipts, legal papers, bank statements and checks, printed material, and letters of dismission from various Baptist churches in Georgia. The correspondence is mainly personal between family members and friends but also includes letters pertaining to John B. Bell's law practice and business interests (1891-1920), the Georgia Baptist Convention, farming and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (1926-1945), and letters between Florence B. Hawkins and her son Walter H. Bolling during his army service in England during World War II. Correspondents include Nolda Bell, Edward H. Bell, Elizabeth C. Bell, Mollie S. Bell, and Joseph S. Bolling.
Coll. Number: ms740

Biographical/Historical Note

John B. Bell lived in Oglethorpe County at the turn of the century and was a leading lawyer in the area. His family lived near Stephens, Georgia. He married once and had seven children - three sons and four daughters. John owned a considerable amount of land stetching from Stephens to Washington, Georgia, which was passed on his children and so on. John B. Bell died at age 82. The Bell family appeared closely connected to local Baptist churches, in particular the Antioch Baptist Church.

T. J. Bowling also lived in Oglethope County, Georgia. He had a number of children. Included are two daughters named Hallie (who died before him) and Anna, and five sons named Joe, Walter, Willie, Tom, and Harry. He had at least one grandchild by Hallie before she died. He also owned a good deal of land in the area, which he passed down to his children.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Christmas cards--20th century.
Farm management--Georgia.
Georgia Baptist Convention.
Letters (correspondence)
Oglethorpe County (Ga.)
Practice of law--Georgia.
Soldiers--United States.
Stephens (Ga.)
United States. Agricultural Adjustment Administration.
World War, 1939-1945--England.

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

John B. Bell family papers. MS 740. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, July 11, 1864- Nov. 5, 1891
2Correspondence, April 28, 1892- Jan. 22, 1897
3Correspondence, Feb. 8, 1897- Sept. 22, 1899
4Correspondence, Jan. 7, 1900- Jan. 14, 1905
5Correspondence, Jan. 20, 1905- Sept. 2, 1909
6Correspondence, Feb. 25, 1910- Feb. 28, 1915
7Correspondence, March 10, 1915- Feb. 17, 1916
8Correspondence, Feb. 24, 1916- Jan. 1, 1920
9Correspondence, May 21, 1920- May 3, 1922
10Correspondence, May 5, 1922- April 2, 1925
21Correspondence, May 6, 1925- Feb. 16, 1928
3Correspondence, March 5, 1930- Jan. 16, 1931
4Correspondence, Jan. 24, 1931- Dec. 2, 1934
5Correspondence, April 28, 1935- Feb. 1939
6Correspondence, Feb. 11, 1939- 1942
7Correspondence, 1942- July 10, 1942
8Correspondence, Sept. 8, 1942- Oct. 6, 1944
9Correspondence, Oct. 10, 1944- May 13, 1945
31Correspondence, May 15, 1945- Dec. 10, 1945
2Correspondence, Dec. 19, 1945- Dec. 8, 1946
3Correspondence, Feb. 12, 1947- Nov. 12, 1948
4Correspondence, Nov. 18, 1948- April 28, 1950
5Correspondence, June 6, 1950- April 28, 1950
6Correspondence, Aug. 3, 1951- March 16, 1955
7Correspondence, March 19, 1955- April 22, 1957
8Correspondence, May 7, 1957- Sept. 18, 1957
9Correspondence, Sept. 26, 1957- Jan. 21, 1958
10Correspondence, March 8, 1958- Aug. 30, 1958
11Correspondence, August 30, 1958- November 17, 1958
41Correspondence, Dec. 5, 1958- July 8, 1959
2Correspondence, July 27, 1959- Oct. 12, 1959
3Correspondence, Oct. 13, 1959- Dec. 3, 1959
4Correspondence, Dec. 3, 1959- Jan. 29, 1960
5Correspondence, Feb. 1, 1960- May 4, 1960
6Correspondence, May 20, 1960- Oct. 20, 1961
7Correspondence, Oct. 24, 1961- June 16, 1962
8Correspondence, June 23, 1962- Feb. 2, 1963
9Correspondence, Feb. 21, 1963- Oct. 23, 1963
51-9Correspondence, No date
10-11Miscellaneous Pieces
12-13Miscellaneous Printed Material (livestock reports, catalogs, tax forms, booklets, census of agriculture, etc)
3Photographs (family, friends, etc)
4Insurance papers
5-6Legal papers
71Church Bulletins
2Newspaper Clippings (mostly poems, two death notices for John B. Bell)
3Music Books
4-6Memorandum booklets
7Sunday School Recorder Book
8Partial copy of The Good Times Coming
81-3Miscellaneous Printed Material (church, commerce, community, school, 1920s Athens and Atlanta guides, and World War II material)
4-7Miscellaneous Handwritten Material
91Christmas cards, 1912-1939
2Christmas cards, 1940's
3Christmas cards, 1950's
4Christmas cards, 1960's
5Christmas cards, undated
6Invitations and announcements
7Commencement announcements
101Birthday cards
2Sympathy cards
3Assorted greeting cards
4-9Miscellaneous Receipts
111-6Miscellaneous Receipts
7-10Miscellaneous Bank Statements and Checks
11Miscellaneous Checks
12Confederate Ten Dollar Bill