Stephen Elliott and John Barnwell Elliott papers
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Stephen Elliott and John Barnwell Elliott papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Elliott, John Barnwell, 1841-1921.
Creator: Elliott, Stephen, 1806-1866.
Title: Stephen Elliott and John Barnwell Elliott papers
Dates: 1842-1867
Extent: 0.08 cubic feet (1 volume)
Identification: MS 2360

Biographical/Historical Note

Stephen Elliott (August 31, 1806-December 21, 1866) was born in Beaufort, South Carolina to the famous naturalist, Stephen Elliott, Sr. Elliott graduated from Harvard University in 1824. He practiced law in both Charleston and Beaufort in South Carolina from 1827 until 1833. In 1840, he was elected the first bishop of the Diocese of Georgia for the Episcopal Church. He served as the rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. In 1844, Elliott was appointed Provisional Bishop of Florida. He was actively involved in the Montpelier Institute, a girl’s academy active from 1842-1850, in Monroe County, Georgia. In 1860, Elliott was one of the founding members of the University of the South. Elliott also served as a president of the Georgia Historical Society. For further information on Elliott's activities see Eulogy on the life and character of the Rt. Rev. Stephen Elliott D.D. by Solomon Cohen, 1867.

John Gibbes Barnwell Elliott (September 26, 1841-1921) was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, the second son seven children to Bishop Stephen Elliott and Charlotte Bull Barnwell. During the Civil War, he served with the South Carolina College Corps at the bombardment of Fort Sumter and as a lieutenant of the Light Artillery in the 10th Regiment of the Georgia Regulars. He later taught as a professor of chemistry and health officer at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee from 1870-1885. John Elliott married Harriott Lucas Huger in 1870.

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists chiefly of poems by John Elliott (1841-1921), written 1864-1867 with many dedicated to his future wife and others to various Civil War soldiers in the Confederate Army. Also includes writings by Stephen Elliott (1806-1866) including a narrative of a research trip for fossils in lower Coastal Georgia and drafts of sermons, undated, as well as architectural drawings and a photograph of the Stephen Elliott home in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Index Terms

Architectural drawings (visual works)
Atlantic Coast (Ga.)--History.
Elliott, John Barnwell, 1841-1921.
Elliott, Stephen, 1806-1866.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

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