Julia King letters and clippings
New Search | Return to Search Results | View/Save/Print PDF

Julia King letters and clippings

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: King, Julia, 1863-1952.
Title: Julia King letters and clippings
Dates: 1930-1935
Extent: 0.25 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 1070

Biographical/Historical Note

Julia King was a descendant of Roswell King, the founder of Roswell, Georgia. She lived on Colonel's Island (formerly Bermuda) in Liberty County. She died at Kings Land on Merritt's Island in the St. John's River.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of letters from Julia King to Mrs. Vera Majette of St. Simons Island and concern the King family and criticisms of Fanny Kemble's Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation in 1838-1839. The collection includes some genealogical information on the Williams, Butler, Maxwell, and Harden families; descriptions of the Pierce Butler house; and the creation of the steamboat.

Index Terms

Butler, Pierce, 1807-1867.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Harden, William, 1844-1936.
Kemble, Fanny, 1809-1893.
King family.
King, Julia, 1863-1952.
Letters (correspondence)
Literature--History and criticism.
Plantation life--Georgia--Savannah.
Saint Simons Island (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Julia King letters and clippings, MS 1070, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Morgan Grant, 1975.


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



1Correspondence, 1930

Sketch by Julia King explaining that a relative, John Fitch, invented the steamboat but that Robert Fulton had received all the credit for it; attached is an article from the Literary Digest about a marker to Fitch erected in Bardstown, Kentucky

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, Colonel's Island, Georgia, 1930 October 24, 14.0 p.
Explains that Fanny Kemble's "journal" was written to insult her (Fanny's) husband and to belittle his friends and neighbors, including Roswell King, Sr., Julia King's great-grandfather.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1930 October 29, 24.0 p.
Provides genealogical information of the King, Williams, Butler, Maxwell, and Harden families.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1930 November 10, 28.0 p.
Regrets that she missed Mrs. Majette's visit to Colonel's Island; explains that she has discovered the Fanny Kemble had a "crazy streak" and was from a middle-class family in England which disliked the aristocratic class and so she belittled the Southern aristocracy.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1930 November 23, 10.0 p.
Reports that Mrs. Kemble was divorced on grounds of incompatibility of temper; refutes Mrs. Kemble's assertion that the people of St. Simons were indifferent to the slaying of Mr. Wylly by Dr. Hazard.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1930 November 29, 20.0 p.
Describes a large Thanksgiving Day dinner including a visit from her cousin William Harden and includes some Harden genealogy. Also includes a description of the Pierce Butler House, Hampton Point.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1930 November, 10.0 p.
Writes that she has located a book by Sir Charles Lyell describing his visit to Butler's Island; describes Woodville, the summer home of her grandfather, Roswell King, Jr.; includes some information on her Pratt relatives.

Newspaper clipping, 1930 November 10
From a Savannah newspaper re the 86th birthday of William Harden; additional information on Harden is attached on a handwritten page by Julia King.


2Correspondence, 1931

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, Colonel's Island, Georgia, 1931 January 17, 3.0 p.
Writes people are searching the river for two drowned bodies; she is sending Mrs. Majette a package by express; she and her brother, Audley, and leaving for Dorchester.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1931 May 4, 20.0 p.
She is trying to locate a portrait of Pierce Butler; mentions visit in the early 1800s of the Hall family from Great Britain to America and notes that they made only unkind comments about the land.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1931 October 1, 72.0 p.
Explains that Fanny Kemble disliked Darien so she wrote unflattering things about it; she also disliked the kings so wrote a sour description of them; she has heard that there was a good relationship between Roswell King and his slaves.

Julia King letter to Mrs. Majette, 1931 October 8, 68.0 p.
Reveals that Fanny Kemble was in love with her ancestor, Roswell King, Sr., and was furious because he did not reciprocate, so she defamed him in her "journal;" supposedly Fanny Kemble quarreled with her husband over his slaves whom she wanted to free but according to Julia King, this is mere propaganda; includes some King family genealogy.


3Undated correspondence and clippings

Notes of Julia King regarding Camden County in Georgia and in South Carolina

Portion of a letter of Julia King regarding King genealogy and family news, 20.0 p.

Excerpts copied by Julia King from the Journal of Mrs. Basil Hall regarding her fourteen-month visit to America, 1827-1828, 38.0 p.
Includes descriptions of her visit to Boston, Massachusetts, and a dinner with Daniel Webster; visit to Philadelphia and to St. Simons Island where she saw sea-island cotton and a flat land covered with swamps; also visited Butler's Island where she saw oranges and lemon trees.

Family sketch by Julia King of Roswell King and his wife Katherine Barrington King

Newspaper clipping, Savannah paper, 1933 April 23
Regarding Christ Church.

The New York Times Magazine, clipping, 1935 May 26
Regarding Virginia scene, 1585.