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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


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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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

Gift, 1973

Related Archival Materials

Bomar-Killian family papers, MSS 760, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center


VIS 287 has been previously cataloged as BOM.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2018.

Bomar-Killian family photographs
In Process
Curtia Momon
July 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305