"Alexander Smith Atkinsons, 1815-1894, An Appreciation"
The collection contains two typescripts and various documents relating the history of the Atkinson and Floyd families of Camden County and Marietta (Cobb County), Georgia. The first typescript (Notebook #1) is entitled "Atkinson: Being Mostly the Descendents of Burwell Atkinson and Nathan Atkinson Who Settled in Camden County, Georgia in the Late 1790s" and was compiled by Shirley Thomas Joiner. It contains several hundred typed pages of genealogical information, with short biographical sketches of the various family members and some documents, such as Alexander S. Atkinson's 1839 valedictory address from the University of Georgia and various letters to Joseph E. Brown and Alexander H. Stephens. The 1839 address contains some interesting comments on Cherokee character, immediately following Indian removal from Georgia. The address and letters also contain observations on slavery from a product of the aristocracy. The second typescript (Notebook #2: General Floyd's Diary) was typed by James B. Floyd. It includes the following: "Extracts from the Letters of Charles Rinaldo Floyd to Genl. John Floyd and Others"; "The Complete Journal of Charles Rinaldo Floyd during His Visit to Europe in 1821"; "Some Typical Weeks from the Diary of Charles Rinaldo Floyd, 1822 1845"; "Poems Written by Charles R. Floyd"; and" A Fable" by Charles R. Floyd; General John Floyd's Will; articles about the Floyds in the New York Sun. This notebook is also over two hundred pages in length. In addition to the page number at the top of each page, the typed manuscript gives the original page numbers for the hand-written document. There is also an index to the original manuscript. The manuscript is full of duels and matters of honor and gives interesting insights into the character of a prominent member of the Georgia ruling class.
- Creation: 1815-1994
- Other: Date acquired: 1995
- From the Collection: Atkinson, Alexander Smith (Person)
- From the Collection: Atkinson, Mary Ann McDonald (Person)
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From the Collection: .5 cubic feet (1 document case)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English