Atkins Family letters
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Atkins Family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Atkins family.
Title: Atkins Family letters
Dates: 1839-1862
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0030

Biographical/Historical Note

The Atkins family originated in Orange County, Virginia. John Atkins, Sr. married Susannah Brockman; together, they had a son, Joseph Atkins. Joseph married Milly James, the daughter of Samuel James (d. 1755, Orange County, Va.) and Mildred Taliafero (d. 1803). Samuel and Mildred James also had a son, Catlett James, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Joseph and Milly James had the following children: Spencer Atkins; Sarah Atkins (b. 1779); Joseph Addison Atkins (b. 1777); and Jonathan Atkins (b. 1782, married Molly Quisenberry). Joseph Addison Atkins married Mary Mills Dickinson (her brother was R.B. Dickinson) in Orange County, Virginia. They had two sons: William Q. Atkins and Jonathan D. Atkins. Spencer Atkins married Rebecca Yancey on June 11, 1795. Their children were Elizabeth Atkins (b. 1796, married James Waller (b. ca. 1799)); Anna Marie Atkins (b. 1801, married Robert Campbell); Leighton Yancey Atkins (b. 1801); and Catlett Atkins (b. 1797). Catlett Atkins married a woman from Georgia. He worked as a missionary and teacher to the Creek Indians and lived in Georgia for twenty years, then in the Creek Nation for seven years. According to the collection donor, Ann E. Lipscomb (no relation to the Atkins family) turned her home into a Confederate hospital during the Civil War.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of typed copies of five letters, one including a typed copy of a poem, "Our American Star," written by members of the Atkins family. In a letter to his father, William Q. Atkins writes of the land and good prospects in Albany, Georgia; his brother, John D. Atkins, also writes to their father supporting his brother's assessment of the land. An undated letter to Joseph Atkins and Mary Mills Dickinson Atkins from her brother, R.B. Dickinson, reports the news of William's death. An 1862 letter from Catlett J. Atkins to an unknown recipient gives news of his missionary work in the Creek Nation, and includes an original Civil War poem, "Our American Star." In addition, the collection includes a letter from L.A. Lyles to Mrs. Ann E. Lipscomb, thanking her for administering to his dying brother and stating that he will send money to pay for his brother's grave.

Index Terms

Atkins family.
Atkins, Catlett J., b. 1797.
Atkins, John D.
Atkins, Joseph Addison, b. 1777.
Atkins, Mary Mills Dickerson.
Atkins, William Q.
Confederate States of America--History.
Creek Indians.
Letters (correspondence)
Lipscomb, Ann E.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Poetry.

Location of Originals

Original letters in possession of cousin of Ethel Konzelman (donor) in 1950.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Atkins family letters, MS 30, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: William Q. Atkins to Joseph Atkins. Albany, Ga., 1839 July 31
Has just moved to Albany; describes land and good prospects.
Item 2: L.A. Lyles to Mrs. Ann E. Lipscomb. Rehoboth, Wilcox Co., Ala., 1861 November 5
Thanks her for administering to his dying brother; will send for brother's grave.
Item 3: C.J. Atkins to unknown recipient. Piedmont, Texas, 1862 April 19
News of himself and family; tells of time spent in Creek Nation as missionary.
Item 4: Poem by Catlett J. Atkins, "Our American Star." Piedmont, Texas, 1862 April 18
Originally enclosed with Atkins' 1862 letter. Typed copy. On Civil War; postscript addressed to "Dear old uncle".
Item 5: John D. Atkins to father, Joseph Atkins, undated
Supports his brother Wiliam's praise of land.
Item 6: R. B. Dickinson to "Dear brother and sister," Joseph Atkins and Mary Mills Dickinson Atkins, undated
Tells of the death of their son, William.