Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell family visual arts collection
Scope and Content
This collection consists of photographs, postcards, greeting cards, ambrotypes, tintypes, daguerreotypes, albumen prints, cyanotypes, and negatives of the Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell families. Also included are images of related families including the Benedicts, the Middletons, the Seamans, the Hunnicutts, the Sweets, and the Deakins. There are images from family trips to St. Simons Island, Georgia, and Tallulah Falls, Georgia, as well as images from El Paso, Texas, where Jessie and Russell C. Mitchell, Jr. lived. Other materials include views of the Menefee family home in Palmetto, Georgia; the Mitchell home on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Middleton family home in Hollywood, Georgia.
- 1883-1963, undated
- Condon, Linnie, 1844-1909 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
This material is 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.
George Menefee (1597-1655) came to Virginia from Wiltshire, England, in 1623. His relation to the rest of the Menefee family mentioned in this collection is undetermined.
William Menefee, Sr. (1723-1797) and Mary W. Strother’s children include George (1760-1840), a Revolutionary War soldier; John (1747-1824); and William Menefee (1750-1791). George Menefee married Elizabeth Tatum and had seven children including William Christian Menefee (1796-1875) who went on to be one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. George’s second marriage to (Anne) Nancy Collier Hardeman (1771-1852) in 1807 produced five children, including Major Willis Pentecost Menefee (1814-1855) who is recognized as the “Father of Palmetto,” Georgia. Major Willis Pentecost Menefee married Jeannette Leonard Watts (1820-?), and their five children included Margaret (Menefee) Wiley (1839-1917); Lucy Colquit Menefee (1853-1886); and Willis Pentecost Menefee (1844-1863). Major Willis Pentecost Menefee’s brother, Richard Alexander Menefee (1809-1893) and his wife, Mary B. Collins, also named one of their sons Willis Pentecost Menefee (1838-1912).
The Timmons family line joined the Menefees when Lucy Colquit Menefee married Reverend Benson Ellison Lane (B. E. L.) Timmons (1845-1907). Their children included Willis Menefee Timmons (1882-1962) who married Aline Eliza Mitchell (1882-1956). Willis and Aline's children were Aline Mitchell (Timmons) Nelson (b. 1914); Willis M. Timmons, Jr. (1907-2000); and Russell Mitchell Timmons (1908-1981). Willis M. Timmons, Jr. married Carolyn Benedict (1913-2007), and they had a daughter, Carolyn Benedict Timmons.
Aline Eliza Mitchell was the daughter of Russell Crawford Mitchell (1837-1905) and Margaret Deborah Sweet (1847-1887). Russell and Margaret had eleven children: Eugene Muse Mitchell (1866-1944); Gospero Sweet Mitchell (1869-1888); Edward Russell Mitchell (1869-1870); Jessie Mitchell 1871-1918); Gordon Forrest Mitchell (1872-1956); Mary Leila Mitchell (1874-1891); Robert McKenzie Mitchell (b. 1876); Deborah Sue Mitchell (1878-1908); Russell Crawford Mitchell, Jr. (1880-1916); Aline Eliza Mitchell (1882-1956); and Irene Caroline Mitchell (1885-1908). Eugene Muse (1866-1944) was the father of Gone With the Wind author, Margaret Mitchell.
509 image(s) (421 photographs, forty-five postcard images, five greeting card images, four clippings, two ambrotypes, three tintypes, one daguerreotype, seventeen albumen prints, three cyanotypes, and eight 35 millimeter negatives)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, 1956 with subsequent additions
- African Americans -- Georgia
- Children -- 1860-1870
- Clothing and dress -- History -- 19th century
- Clothing and dress -- History -- 20th century
- Dwellings -- Georgia
- Gardens -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Maddox, Margaret
- Menefee family
- Menefee, George
- Mitchell family
- Mitchell, Eugene Muse
- Mitchell, Jessie M.
- Mitchell, Russell Crawford
- Office buildings -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Palmetto (Ga.)
- Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
- Tallulah Falls (Ga.)
- Timmons family
- Timmons, Aline Mitchell
- Timmons, Willis Menefee, Jr.
- Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell family visual arts collection
- Laura Starratt
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.