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Troutman and Battey family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1074

Scope and Content

The bulk of the Troutman and Battey family papers are legal documents (many from Floyd Country) generated by those families, including deeds of indenture (many signed by Dr. Robert Battey), wills, and an abstract of title to lands in Floyd County. The collection also contains correspondence, the majority of which was sent to Colonel Hiram Bainbridge Troutman, a book of Minstrel song, and documents pertaining to Atlanta society.


  • 1846-1970, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1846 - 1939


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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

Colonel Hiram Bainbridge Troutman (1797-1880) was born in Stanford, Kentucky. He moved to Georgia, married Balsora N. Ellis (1803-1836), and had seven children; Joana Ellis (1818-1879), Cornelia (1818-1879), John Fielding (1823-), Isaac (1826-1828), Marcellus Lyttleton (1828-1903), Hiram A. (1832-1868), and George W. (1833-1880). In 1851, Hiram married Sarah Williamson Bird (1802-1879). Marcellus Lyttleton married Mary Frances Branham (1831-1895) in 1851 and served in the Confederate Army; they had four children, Valinda Balsora (1854-1866), Henry Bainbridge, Dr. Marcellus Lyttleton Jr. (1861-1912), and Mary Cordelia (1864-1924). Marcellus Lyttleton Troutman Jr., a minister at the Athens Methodist Church, married Elizabeth (Bessie) Battey (1863-1943) in 1883.

Administrative/Biographical History

Elizabeth (Bessie) Battey was one of 13 children born to Confederate hospital supervisor Dr. Robert Battey (1828-1895) and Martha Baldwin Smith (1831-1922). Her paternal grandparents were Cephus Battey (1804-1835) and Mary Agnes Magruder (1805-); her maternal grandparents were William Thorton Smith (1808-1852) and Elizabeth Mayo (1802-). Marcellus Jr. and Elizabeth (Bessie) Battey had five children, Baldwin Lyttleton Sr. (1884-1964), Charles Reeve Troutman (1885-1905), Henry Battey (1886-1978), Grace Branham (1888-1980), and Robert Battey Troutman Jr. (1890-1973). Robert Battey Troutman Jr. and his brother Henry served in World War I and remained active lawyers in Atlanta until their deaths.

Administrative/Biographical History

Both the Troutman and the Battey families lived in various Georgia cities (including Commerce, Augusta, Vinenille, Springs, Atlanta, and Athens) but were particularly established in the city of Rome in Floyd County. The families were active landholders and businessmen.


2.75 linear ft. (one document case and one oversize box)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff, with oversized folders at the end of the inventory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1992

Related Archival Materials

Visual materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2015.

Troutman and Battey family papers
Leah Lefkowitz
December 2015
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