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Julia Willet and Foreacre Family Papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS89

Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection is primarily genealogical documents and materials pertaining to the civic activities of Julia Willet. The Foreacre family papers include service orders for William Foreacre from the Civil War, newspaper clippings, and family histories. The scrapbook, presented to Delia Foreacre at Christmas 1962, includes newspapers clippings relating to family members and a few pieces of correspondence. The majority of the materials pertaining to Julia Willet are newspaper clippings and correspondence chronicling her civic activities. Included in the Ella Brantley papers are two letters signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as governor of New York and one by Woodrow Wilson as president of the United States.


  • 1828-1982


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Greenberry Jones Foreacre (1828-1886) was born in Rainsboro, Ohio, the son of John Foreacre and Hannah Elliott Foreacre. Greenberry moved to Atlanta in 1850 and worked for a stage line and then a railroad. In 1853, he married Delia Henry Nichols. They had five children: William N., Ella Thomas, Waver W.,and Augustus D. Foreacre. Greenberry joined the army during the Civil War and attained the rank of Captain in Company B, 7th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, organized May 31, 1861. Wounded in the Battle of Manassas, July 31, 1861, Greenberry returned to Atlanta for a long convalescence. He never fully recovered from his injuries and resigned his commission on April 7, 1862. During the remainder of the war, he was appointed Provost Marshall of the Military Post in Atlanta for a brief period, a general contractor for the Confederate government, and supervisor of Sugar Creek Paper Mill in Atlanta. Greenberry returned to railroad work after the war until his death in 1886.

Julia Brantley Willet (1900-1984) was the daughter of Ella Thomas Foreacre Brantley and granddaughter of Greenberry Jones Foreacre. She married Lawrence Willet (1896-1980) and records do not reflect they had any children. Materials found within the collection indicate she was quite involved in civic organizations and made significant financial contributions to many organizations.


0.5 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

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

Acquisition Information

Gift of Julia Willet 1951, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1976, and 1980 (1951.9, 1967.51, 1968.105, 1969.49, 1976.83, 1976.98, 1980.305, and 1980.472)

General Physical Description note

(1 document box)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2009

Julia Willet and Foreacre Family Papers, 1828-1982ahc.MSS 89
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
June 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305