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Benjamin J. Wilson Photograph and Map Collection

Collection number: ahc.VIS142

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection of photographs consist of three generations of Wilson family members, including the images of grandchildren: Caverly, Bessie and Benjamin Wilson Tye; the children of Carrie Wilson Tye and John L. Tye. There are also several unidentified photos. An additional oversize file contains a map, property survey of Fulton County, near Westend, pertaining to the Riddle v. Wilson court case that is part of MSS 208.


  • circa 1870-1930


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

Benjamin J. Wilson was born in Belfast, Ireland on April 15 1823. He immigrated to the United States in 1841, settling first in New York, later Massachusetts where he received training as a machinist. Moving south he moved back and forth from Hancock County, Georgia and Alabama. He finally settled in Okufuske, Randolph County, Alabama in 1841. While he lived in Alabama, he acquired property and part ownership in the Okufuske Cotton Manufacturing Co. In 1866 he moved to Atlanta where he invested heavily in property, banking and land in the city and surrounding counties. He was also active in the Masonic Lodge and Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and West End. Although few details are available concerning the family genealogy, Wilson was twice married, to Miss Cheely and Miss Hill. He had six children: John B. Wilson (1875-1881), Robert E. Wilson (d. 1920), Will Wilson (d. 1898), Philip D. Wilson; and two daughters Carrie Wilson Tye (d. 1942) and Mary Dell Wilson Potts. Benjamin J. Wilson died on 15 February 1896 while in Colorado Springs, CO.


17 item(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged generationally.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John T. Ferguson, 1968 (1968.103).

Related Materials

Related materials of the same acquisition include: Benjamin J. Wilson Papers, MSS 208.

General Physical Description note

14 photographs, 2 tintypes, 1 map

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.

Benjamin J. Wilson Photograph and Map Collection, circa 1870-1930ahc.VIS 142
Inventory prepared by Michael Brubaker
July 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