Heidt family letters
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Heidt family letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Heidt family.
Creator: Heidt, John Wesley, 1841-1909.
Creator: Villard family.
Title: Heidt family letters
Dates: 1848-1870
Extent: 0.15 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0380

Biographical/Historical Note

John W. Heidt was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of the Reverend Emanuel Heidt, Methodist minister and clothier in Savannah. He graduated from Emory College and the University of Georgia Law School. Shortly after his graduation he was appointed Solicitor General of the eastern Circuit in Georgia. He was later an officer in a loan company in Savannah. In 1866 he became a Methodist minister and served in many cities in Georgia. He was president of La Grange Female College. By 1888 he had moved to Texas. Heidt married Leila Villard.

Scope and Content Note

This is a collection of family correspondence consisting of letters to Leila Villard in Robertville, South Carolina (later Mrs. John W. Heidt), from John W. Heidt in Savannah, 1862-1869; letters to John W. Heidt from his wife, Leila, 1864-1866; letters to Leila Villard Heidt from her sister Kate Villard, and a few letters from other members of the Heidt and Villard families. All of the letters contain news of family and friends; some have comments on the proceedings of Superior Court. Those of 1862-1865 comment on War news and conditions at home. His letter of May 15, 1863, has some comments on Charles Colcock Jones, Jr.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Heidt family.
Heidt, John Wesley, 1841-1909.
Letters (correspondence)
Villard family.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was purchased from a member of the family through Alexander A. Lawrence of Savannah, Georgia.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], John W. Heidt letters, MS 380, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1963.


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



1Items 1-26: Correspondence, 1848-1863 September


2Items 27-54: Correspondence, 1863 November-1866


3Items 55-78: Correspondence, 1867-1880 and undated