Laura Burt Brantley collection
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Laura Burt Brantley collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Brantley, Laura Burt, approximately 1884-1968.
Title: Laura Burt Brantley collection
Dates: 1828-1916
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0085

Biographical/Historical Note

Laura Burt Brantley (ca. 1884-1968) was the daughter of Willis P. Burt and the wife of Jack E. Brantley. She lived in Savannah, Georgia between 1920 and 1951.

Charles Ward was born in Plymouth, New Hampshire, the son of Daniel and Bridget French Ward. He married Catherine Lindsay and followed a career as an army officer stationed at Fort Delaware in 1829 and Vergennes, Vermont in 1833. By 1837, he had left the army and settled in Kichafoona, Marion County, Georgia, to raise silk worms on his plantation. the Wards had six children: Rebecca (1820-1821); Catherine Lindsey Ward Shorter (1821-1857); James Noble Ward (1823-1858); Marcus Lindsey Ward (b. 1829); Laura Amelia Ward Chapman (b. 1831); and Frederick Arthur Ward (1833-1838).

Willis Perry Burt (1842-1906) was born on a farm near Cusseta, Georgia. After his service in the Civil War, he studied dentistry near Cusseta and later in Baltimore, Maryland. After that he married Kate Laura Chapman of Talbotton, Georgia; they lived in Americus, Georgia, where she had 8 children, of which five survived childhood: Lindsay Wart Burt; Charles Perry Burt; Laura Burt Brantley; Mary Burt Redwin; and Jack F. Burt. Burt died in Atlanta in 1906 and is buried in a Confederate Veterans Circle. Kate Laura Chapman Burt died on Little St. Simons Island in 1924.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers collected by Laura Burt Brantley. Included are photocopies and typed copies of letters containing news of family, friends and business, principally of Charles Ward, 1794-1850; a diary of Willis Perry Burt, 1861-1865, which recounts his experiences with the Company K, 12th Georgia Regiment in Virginia and with the Chattahoochee Sentimentals (Company D, 46th Georgia Regiment) in and around Charleston and in the Army of Tennessee, as well as Joseph E. Johnson's surrender in North Carolina (there is also a typed copy of the diary in the collection), as well as two photographs of W.P. Burt; and genealogical research on the Ward, Lindsey, and Lockett families compiled by Brantley, ca. 1912-1916.

Index Terms

Brantley, Laura Burt, approximately 1884-1968.
Burt, Willis Perry, 1842-1906.
Comines family.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 12th.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 46th. Company D.
Fort Delaware (Del.)
Genealogies (histories)
Letters (correspondence)
Lindsey family.
Lockett family.
Marion County (Ga.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate.
Ward family--Genealogy.
Ward, Charles, 1794-1850.
Ward, Daniel, 1764-1841.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from estate of collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Laura Burt Brantley collection, MS 85, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Estate of Laura Burt Brantley through Cecelia M. Brantley, 1968.


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



1Letters, 1828-1857

R. Lindsey to the Reverend Marcus Lindsey, Brookville, 1828 December 31

Charles Ward to John B. Lindsey and Charles N. Lindsey at Newport, Kentucky, written from Fort Delaware, Newcastle, Delaware, Vergennes, Vermont, Kinchafoona, Marion County, Georgia, 1829-1840

Charles Ward to his brother, Jonathan Ward, his father, Daniel Ward, his sister, Mrs. Clarissa Keeler, written from Indianapolis and Madison, Indiana, Washington, D.C., 1840-1848

Laura to Cousin Louis, Kentucky Home, 1852 September 26

J.N. Ward to Ralph, Fort Columbus, New York, 1857 June 19


2Diary of Willis Perry Burt, 1861-1865
Includes 2 photographs.


3Genealogical data, circa 1912-1916