Bomar-Killian family photographs
Collection number: ahc.VIS287
Scope and Content
This collection contains images of members of the Bomar and Killian family and their close friends. It also contains images of Atlanta street scenes from the early 19th and mid 20th centuries.
- 1846-1921, undated
- Bomar, Thomas (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.
Benjamin Franklin Bomar (1816-1868) was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Reverend Thomas Bomar (1770-1830) and Elizabeth Carlton High Bomar (1782-1856). In 1839, Bomar took one course at the Medical College of South Carolina at Charleston. In 1840, he moved to Cumming, Georgia, to practice medicine; in the same year, he met and married Sarah Elizabeth Lumpkin Haynes Bomar (1826-1916). They had six children: Thomas Haynes Bomar (1842-1927), who served in Company L, 38th Regiment of Georgia Volunteer Infantry; William Andrew Bomar (1848-1905), a courier in Virginia; Amaryllis Bomar (1846-1919), who married Charles Henry Killian (1837-1891), a Confederate veteran; Robert Alexander Bomar (1848-1851); Juliet Tallulah Bomar (1854-1855); and Richard High Bomar (1856-1931). Benjamin Bomar's brother, General Alexander Carlton Bomar (1808-1864) served in the Mexican-American War.
In 1847, Bomar moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and opened a general merchandise business on Whitehall Street. He was elected a member of the first Atlanta City Council in 1848 and became Atlanta's second mayor in January 1849. During his term as mayor, Bomar co-founded Atlanta's first successful newspaper, the Daily Intelligencer, and selected six acres of land to serve as the Oakland Cemetery. In 1854, Bomar became the first clerk of the Fulton County Superior Court. At the outbreak of the American Civil War, he volunteered and served as the paymaster of Georgia' 28th Infantry, at a rank of captain. Additional biographical information on the Killian family has not been determined.
352 image(s) ((352 Images and 5 Postcards) )
Immediate Source of Acquisition
VIS 287 has been previously cataloged as BOM.
This collection was reprocessed in 2018.
- Alabama Street (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Ansley Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Automobiles -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- East Lake (Atlanta, Ga.)
- East Point (Ga.)
- Edgewood Avenue (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Grant Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Horse-drawn vehicles -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Hudson River (N.Y. and N.J.)
- Inman Park (Atlanta, Ga.)
- Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta, Ga.)
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- Bomar-Killian family photographs
- In Process
- Curtia Momon
- July 2018
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid is written in English.