Hillyer family papers

Hillyer family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Hillyer family
Title: Hillyer family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1805-1874
Dates: 1805-1990
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms76

Biographical/Historical Note

Shaler Hillyer (1776-1820) married Rebbeca Freeman, and lived in Wilkes County, Georgia. Their children were John Freeman, Junius, and Shaler Granby. After Shaler's death, the family moved to Athens, Georgia to facilitate the boys' formal education. Junius Hillyer (1807-1886), was a lawyer, judge and politician, and married Jane Selina Watkins Foster, October 6, 1831.

For more information on Junius Hillyer, see his congressional biography.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of the Hillyer family from 1805-1990 with the bulk between 1805-1874. Materials from the early years (1805-1819) pertain to Shaler Hillyer and consist of a letter and account book describing Petersburg, Elbert County, Georgia. The collection contains a memoir written by Junius Hillyer describing life on his family's plantation, slavery, the family's move to Athens, Georgia (1821), Junius' attendance at grammar school, descriptions of and activities at Franklin College (University of Georgia). Also includes photocopies of letters from William Dickerson and Peter Wellborn Martin, friends of the Hillyers; materials pertaining to the publication of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE JUNIUS HILLYER; and dedication of a marker at the Freeman Hillyer homeplace in Popular Grove, Georgia.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)
College students--Georgia.
Elbert County (Ga.)
Georgia--Social life and customs.
Petersburg (Ga.)
Plantation life--Georgia.
Popular Grove (Ga.)
Universities and colleges--Georgia.

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

Hillyer family papers, ms76, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Shaler Hillyer & Peter Mantin Papers, 1828, 1869, 1888
2Typescript of memoirs p. 1-124
3Typescript of memoirs p. 125-234
4Hillyer letter book (1805-1819) and Memoirs of the early life and times of Judge Junius Hillyer typescript (1937), 1805-1819, 1937