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Connally family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS831f

Scope and Content

This collection contains legal documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and ephemera pertaining to members of the Connally family and the First Methodist Church. Content includes land deeds signed by A.A. Sells, cemetery plot contracts belonging to Charles Price Connally, Sr., and a book of poetry. Of particular note is a history of the First Methodist Church. Also included is a program for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Court of Fulton County, which mentions Luther Z. Rosser, Jr.'s appointment as a Chief Judge.


  • 1861-1987, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Thomas Whipple Connally (1809-1884) was born in Bakerstown, Alabama, to David Connally (1776-1848) and Elizabeth Christian (1777-1842). He married Temperance Arnold Peacock (1818-1896) in 1836, after which the couple settled in East Point, Georgia, near Atlanta, and had fifteen children. Connally built a Methodist church on his property in 1845 that burned down in 1864 during the Civil War. A larger church was erected in 1921 and became known as the First United Methodist Church. Luther Z. Rosser, Jr. (1886-1971), the grandson of Thomas Whipple Connally, served as a Fulton County Civil Court Judge for 31 years. Charles Price Connally, Sr. (1867-1945), Thomas' cousin, married Tottie Sells (1879-1959), a daughter of Allen Alexander A.A. Sells (1827-1899), a farmer and Confederate soldier. Charles was the Assistant Chief of the Atlanta Police from 1926 to 1935 and served for a total of 34 years with the department. Susan Connally Hunter (1875-1941), Charles' sister, married George Hunter (1872-1945).


4 folder(s)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1997

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2018.

Connally family papers
Louanne Heintz
November 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305