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Oemler family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Oemler family.
Creator: Oemler, Arminius, 1827-1897.
Creator: Oemler, Marie Conway, 1879-1932.
Title: Oemler family papers
Dates: 1842-1926
Extent: (1 folder) 0.1 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0592
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Arminius Oemler (1827-1897) was born in Savannah, Georgia. He was the son of Augustus Gottleib and Mary Ann Shad Oemler. He was a physician, agriculturist, as well as a promoter of the oyster industry in Georgia. He was educated in Savannah schools and the Dresden Technische Bildungsanstalt in Germany. He studied medicine in the office of Dr. Stephen N. Harris of Savannah and at New York University. He practiced medicine for a short time, but he found it a strain on his health and turned to farming instead. Oemler served in the Confederate States Army, first as Captain of the 2nd Company of DeKalk Riflemen and then with the engineering corps. In 1883, he published his truck Farming at the South. With his son, Augustus (1867-1927), he the first oyster packing plant in the South on Wilmington Island in Chatham County, Georgia. They also established an oyster packing plant on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia. In 1889, Oemler published a paper, The Life History, Propagation and Protection of the American Oyster. He married Elizabeth P. Heyward of South Carolina. Marie Conway Oemler (1879-1932) was a well-known novelist and the wife of John Norton Oemler, the grandson of Dr. Arminius Oemler.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of Dr. Arminius Oemler and some of the Oemler family, including Marie Conway Oemler. The papers include: a marriage contract between Mary Ann Shad and George McCleskey, 1842; a copy of Ann C. Barnard's will, 1850; letters regarding the removal of sand from Elba Island (an island off the coast of Savannah); an account book belonging to Arminius Oemler; a biographical sketch of Arminius Oemler; genealogical information on the Heyward and Gignilliat families; and a clipping from the Savannah Daily Republican, 1850, detailing the sinking of the ship, Isaac Mead of Savannah, it's casualties, and survivors.

Index Terms

Genealogies (histories)
Germany--Politics and government.
Letters (correspondence)
Oemler family.
Oemler, Arminius, 1827-1897.
Oemler, Marie Conway, 1879-1932.
Shipwrecks--United States.
United States--Politics and government.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material (except Item 4) was acquired from the great-grandson of the creator.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Oemler family papers, MS 592, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alan N. Oemler, 1974. Exchange with Mrs. Sam Trotz, 1971 (Item 4).


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: Marriage contract between Mary Ann Shad and George A. McCleskey, 1842 May 5 ( 4.0 pages )
Item 2: Copy of the last will and testament of Ann C. Barnard, 1850 July 16 ( 3.0 pages )
Item 3: Arminius Oemler to unknown recipient, 1857 ( 3.0 pages )
Rough draft; notes in pencil on scratch papers; item is damaged.
Item 4: Account book of Arminius Oemler, 1866 May-1871 April
Has occasional notes on planting.
Item 5: John S. Waver, Agent for Elba Island, et al to Woodward Barnwell at Blue Mud plantation, Levy's Cross Roads, S.C., 1866 April 24 ( 2.0 pages )
Regarding unauthorized removal of sand from Elba Island. Other signers on back of sheet.
Item 6: Woodward Barnwell to Arminius Oemler, 1886 May 9 ( 4.0 pages )
Regarding sale of sand from Elba island by trespassers and plans for collecting from them. Encloses two letters from John S. Waver, April 25 and 30, on the matter.
Item 7: C.O. Howard to Arminius Oemler, Division of Entomology, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 1899 January 10 ( 1.0 page )
Mimeographed letter, signed. Requesting information on geographic distribution of injurious insects.
Item 8: Arminius Oemler to unknown recipient, 1899
Rough draft of a letter in pencil on scratch paper; regarding oyster bill before the Georgia Legislature, his desire for a return visit to Germany; politics in America and Germany.
Item 9: E.P. Dutton & Company letter to Marie Conway Oemler, 1926 July 14 ( 1.0 page )
Asking her opinion of Mary Webb's Precious Bane.
Item 10: Marie Conway Oemler to Mr. Sturgis, undated ( 1.0 page )
Unsigned, ordering books on John Wesley.
Item 11: Biographical sketch of Arminius Oemler, undated
Printed copy of the sketch in Dictionary of American Biography (1934). Reprinted in 1962 ed., VII, 629-630.
Items 12-13: Outlines giving information on the Heyward and Gignilliat families, undated
Item 14: Savannah Daily Republican, 1850 October 7
Contains account of the sinking of the ship, Isaac Mead of Savannah; casualties
Item 15: Savannah Daily Morning News, 1850 October 14
Survivor's account of the wreck of the Isaac Mead.