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Maria W. Tillman-Lowndes County History

 Collection — Box: 1
Collection number: MS-9

Scope and Contents

Maria Tillman compiled sufficient notes, documents, and letters for one to grasp what life was like in Lowndes County during the late 19th Century. The material she has compiled provides a real understanding of the social and economical history of Lowndes County. The box consists mostly of Marie Tillman’s work on obtaining general information ranging from the construction of churches to agriculture in Lowndes County.  The notes concentrate on the establishment of churches and soldiers from the American Civil War and WW I.  Tillman includes lists of Georgia Infantry regiments, militia, and National Guard soldiers from Lowndes County.  The papers also include miscellaneous notes about local organizations, livestock, and education pertaining to Lowndes County. Much of this content is handwritten. Harmful Content Policy:

Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collection’s collection houses materials collected to elucidate the past. We recognize that users may encounter some items within these collections that contain offensive language, viewpoints, imagery or other forms of objectionable content. Such materials document the past and should be viewed within the context of their original time period. Providing online access to these historical materials does not endorse any attitudes, prejudices, or behaviors depicted therein. Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections is committed to upholding the principle of equal and free access to unaltered historical information. (based upon the statement for the Georgia Public Library Service on harmful content)


  • 1861-1963


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


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Arrangement Note

The box is not arranged in any chronological or specific order; the box consists mainly of correspondence, notes, and reports. There are a few major, formal correspondences from Governor Joseph E. Brown and W.C. Wardlaw, chairman, Executive Committee (Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta). The papers include a report on Valdosta from 1863-1865, where Tillman describes the feelings of people after the Lincoln assassination, and the actions of recently freed African Americans. The manner in which recently freed “slaves” are discussed would not be considered politically correct today, but Marie Tillman was a woman of the times. The notes on local organizations, such as the Red Cross, U.D.C., and the D.A.R, provide lists of original members and officers. A Report on the establishment of the Christ Episcopal Church and Hahira Baptist Church provide founders of the church and original members. The notes that list Georgia Regiment Infantry and militia groups include H. Y. Tillman and T. H. Tillman, who were most likely related to Marie.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-019: Revised for DACS compliance by Doug Carlson

Repository Details

Part of the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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