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William Huff Antebellum Atlanta billhead collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS9f

Scope and Content

This collection contains eleven receipts from William A. Huff’s work as a grocer, for a one year period from August 1859 through August 1860. The receipts are from various grocers in the Atlanta and Marietta areas from whom William Huff purchased goods. There are two receipts from Denmead and Wright, dealers in flour, grain, and millfeed, who were located in Marietta, Georgia. The other receipts are all from Atlanta merchants and consist of High, Butler and Company, General Commission Merchants and Dealers in cotton, groceries, etc.; C. P. Cassin, grocery and produce dealer; Cox, Hill and Company., Wholesale Grocers and Commission Merchants; William M. Williams, General Commission Merchant and Dealer in Tennessee and western produce; McMillen and Fleming, Commission Merchants; Clarke and Grubb, Commission Merchants, Collecting Agents, Grocers and Dealers in all kinds of produce; L. C. and D. H. Wells, dealers in bacon, lard, flour, grain, liquors, and groceries; Carroll and High, Commission Merchants, and dealers in Tennessee and western produce, groceries, foreign and domestic liquors, tobacco, cigars, etc.; and Hubbard and Chisolm, Wholesale and Retail Dealers in family and plantation groceries, hollow-ware, pocket and table cutlery.


  • 1859 – 1860


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

William A. Huff (1832 – 1916) was born in Bibb County, Georgia on 1 March 1832. He married Miss M. E. (Mattie) Virgin, daughter of J. A. Virgin, on 31 May 1860. The name of the other parent has not been determined. William Huff first worked as a grocer in Macon, Georgia. He was elected mayor of Macon in 1870 and served in that position for eight years. He remained heavily involved in politics afterwards, serving as a legislator and as a member of the Board of Water Commissioners, among other appointments. William Huff was also instrumental in the creation and continuation of the Macon Public Library. He died in Macon on 25 April 1916.


11 item(s)



Acquisition Information

Purchase from Dave Horton, 1985 (1985.052)


America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007

William Huff Antebellum Atlanta billhead collection, 1859-1860ahc.MSS 9F
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
June 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305