John McIntosh Kell papers
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John McIntosh Kell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Kell, John McIntosh, 1823-1900.
Title: John McIntosh Kell papers
Dates: 1815-1891
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (5 folders)
Identification: MS 0456

Biographical/Historical Note

John McIntosh Kell (1823-1900) was born in Darien, McIntosh County, Georgia, and died at Sunnyside, Georgia. Kell graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1848 and later participated in Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan and the Paraguay Expedition of 1858. When the Civil War erupted, Kell resigned his United States commission and served briefly in the Georgia Navy before it was absorbed into the Confederate States Navy. He served as the executive Officer to Admiral Raphael Semmes aboard the CSS Alabama. Following the war, Kell retired to a life of farming and family as his home at Sunnyside, Georgia. In 1856 Kell married Julia Blanche Munroe of Macon. Together they bore ten children, of whom two died in 1863. In 1886 Governor John B. Gordon appointed Kell adjutant-general for the state of Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The John McIntosh Kell papers consist of a planter's journal for three plantations presumably owned or operated by the Munroe family near Macon, Ga.; an undated, unidentified slave list; a diary of Julia Blanche Munroe Kell, John's wife, which records the grief she felt at the death of her two children in September 1863; a letter written by Mrs. Kell to her father at their family home at Sylvan Lodge, October 1864; and a letter from Kell to W.E. Mitchell of New York City, April 30, 1891, Kell declines request of him by Mitchell in behalf of the Young People's Association of Mitchell's church. The collection also includes two cased images: one of John McIntosh Kell taken in the late 1850s and one of Blanche and their son, Nathan Munroe Kell, taken c.1857, and one print of the Kells in front of their Sunnyside home. The collection is arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Ambrotypes (photographs)
Kell family.
Kell, John McIntosh, 1823-1900.
Kell, Julia Blanche Monroe.
Letters (correspondence)
Tintypes (prints)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John McIntosh Kell papers, MS 456, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1961.


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



1Planter's journal, 1815 and 1817


2J.B.M. Kell's Diary and typescript, 1863


3Letters, 1864-1891


4Slave list, undated


1Visual Materials
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

1 1/4 plate tintype: John McIntosh Kell View online.

1 1/4 plate ambrotype: Blanche Munroe Kell with son Nathaniel Kell View online.

"Home of General John McIntosh Kell at Sunny Side, Georgia", undated View online.
John McIntosh Kell, Blanche Kell, Nellie Howard, Caroline Kell.