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Shaler Hillyer papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS885

Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence from and to Shaler Hillyer. Also included is his journal, along with Captain John Freeman's estate inventory and the journals of Marian (also spelled Marion) Jean Hillyer, a descendant of Shaler Hillyer's, as a young girl documenting various trips her family took in the 1880s and 1890s.


  • 1797-1892, 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Shaler Hillyer, a merchant, moved to Petersburg, Georgia, in 1799 to work with a Mr. White in Elbert County, Georgia. In order to gather merchandise to sell, Hillyer spent much of the summer of 1806 travelling to New York City. Letters between Shaler Hillyer and his father and brothers indicate that the Hillyer sons were spread all along the east coast which led to discussions about various state governments and the federal government in their letters. Hillyer married Rebecca Freeman, daughter of Captain John Freeman of Walker County, Georgia. The decedents of Shaler Hillyer settled in Atlanta, Georgia, with one of these, George Hillyer, serving as mayor. Additional biographical information about Shaler Hillyer as not been determined.


0.25 linear ft. (one half document case)



System of Arrangement

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995
Shaler Hillyer papers
Laura Starratt
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 the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305