Gatins Family Papers
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Gatins Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Creator: Gatins, Joseph Francis Miguel, 1946-
Title: Gatins Family Papers
Dates: Bulk, 1999-2008
Dates: 1848-2010, undated, bulk 1999-2008
Quantity: 5.0 linear ft. (13 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS1005

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1849, Joseph Gatins (1827-1905) moved to Atlanta with his two brothers, James and John. Joseph Gatins was a railroad clerk and freight manager of the Central of Georgia Railroad, and later an investment banker . In 1853, he married Bridget Cullen (? - 1905) and the couple had a son, Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr. (1855-1936). Their other children were Mary Theresa Gatins (1861-1869), Julia (1863-1938), Thomas (d. 1868) and Mamie R. (d.1936) . Joseph Francis moved to New York City in 1900 where he continued his career as an investment banker. He was also the first owner of the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Atlanta.

Joseph Francis, Sr. married Kate Thomas (1855-1937) in 1881 and they had five children including a son, Joseph Francis Gatins, Jr. (1882-1927). He became a real estate investor, and in 1914 married Eglé de Villelume-Sombreuil (1892-1990), a descendant of a prominent French family. The couple moved to France in 1915 and had a son, Joseph Francis Gatins III (1915-1983) who served in the French army during World War II and was a prisoner-of-war at five different German prison camps. After escaping in 1943, he married Sylvia de German-Ribon (1915-1987), a Columbian heiress. The couple moved to New York in 1946 and had a son, Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins (1946- ). After Joseph, there came five more children: Charles (1947-1995), Sophie (1949- ), Martin (1950-), Eglé (1950-), and Miguel (1951-). Following a long battle with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the family settled in Atlanta in 1952. Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins lived in Richmond, Virginia and worked as a reporter and special projects editor for The Richmond Times- Dispatch. In 2009, with the help from family members and friends, he wrote the book; We Were Dancing on a Volcano: Bloodlines and Fault Lines of a Star-Crossed Atlanta Family, 1849 – 1989, which chronicles four generations of the Gatins Family .


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, diaries, obituaries, newspaper clippings, financial records, and official United States government documents pertaining to Gatins family members. Included among the latter are files from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), court records, passport application files, and INS records. The collection also contains birth, baptism, marriage, school and death records for various family members. Also included is secondary research on significant events that affected each generation of the Gatins family.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into four series: I. Joseph Gatins; II. Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr.; III. Joseph Francis Gatins, Jr.; and IV. Joseph Francis Gatins III. Each series is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.


Index Terms

Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Atlanta, Ga.).
Court records--Georgia
De German-Ribon, Sylvia, 1915-1987
Gatins, Joseph Francis, III, 1915-1983
Gatins, Joseph Francis, Jr., 1882-1927
Gatins, Joseph Francis, Sr., 1855-1936
Gatins, Joseph, 1827-1905
Georgia Railway & Power Company.
Georgia--Genealogy.
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins, 2010 (2010.122)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2010.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are 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.


Related Material

Gatins Family photographs, VIS 187, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center


Container List

 

Series I. Joseph Gatins Papers, Bulk, 1999-2005, 1848-2005, undated, bulk 1999-2005

0.05 linear ft. (1 document case)
This series consists of genealogical records, correspondence, an election oath, and newspaper clippings. Genealogical records include research related to Gatin’s employer, Central of Georgia Railway; his church, the Church of the Immaculate Conception; and Gatins’ court deposition on behalf of two Irish merchants, John and James Lynch. Correspondence is between Gatin’s great-great-grandson, Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins and Dr. Thomas Dyer about Joseph Gatins. Their letters discussed whether or not he was a Union sympathizer, and his involvement with the Lynch case.
Index terms:
Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Atlanta, Ga.).
Central of Georgia Railway.
Court records--Georgia
Gatins, Joseph, 1827-1905
Georgia--Genealogy.

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11Atlanta City Directory (pages), 1851, 1857-1970
2Central of Georgia Railway research, undated
3Church of the Immaculate Conception research, 2000-2001, undated
4Correspondence, 1999-2002
5Deposition research, 1999-2002
6Election oath, 1867
7Georgia census, 1850-1870
8Newspaper clippings, 1875-1920, undated
9Obituaries, 1884-1916
10Research notes, 1999-2005, undated
11Savannah Census, 1848
 

Series II. Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr. Papers, Bulk, 1910-1912, 1879-2005, undated, bulk 1910-1912

0.05 linear ft. (1 document case)
This series consists of records related to Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr. Included in this series is newspaper clippings, correspondence, obituaries, and a trust indenture between Joseph Gatins, Sr. and his three children. Newspaper clippings document the Georgian Terrace Hotel and the "Bucket shop scandal", an event in which Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr. was accused of illegal gambling on the stock market. Correspondence includes letters from Gatin's great-grandson, Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins, to archivists about the editing of Atlanta Pioneers, a book about community leaders in 19th century Atlanta.
Index terms:
Gatins, Joseph Francis Miguel, 1946-
Gatins, Joseph Francis, Sr., 1855-1936
Georgian Terrace Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.).
Legal documents--Georgia

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21Correspondence, 1993-2007
2Georgian Terrace events, 1991, undated
3Newspaper clippings, 1879-1915
4Newspaper clippings, 1920-1939, 1989-2001, undated
5Obituaries, 1897-1985
6Research notes, 1999-2005, undated
7Trust indenture, 1912
 

Series III. Joseph Frances Gatins, Jr. Papers, Bulk, 1999-2005, 1882-2008, undated, bulk, 1999-2005

1.0 linear ft. (2 document cases)
This series includes genealogical records and other documents relating to Joseph Gatins, Jr., his wife, Eglé de Villelume-Sombreuil, and her brother, Charles. Also included is correspondence, a written memoir about the Villelume-Sombreuil lineage, newspaper clippings, legal documents, French Red Cross documents honoring Eglé, poems by Henry Fischer, and the Legion d’Honneur Award honoring Eglé de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins. Correspondence includes letters written by Eglé de Villelume-Sombreuil Gatins, Joseph Francis Gatins, Sr., and Joseph Francis Miguel Gatins.
Index terms:
Diaries
Gatins, Joseph Francis Miguel, 1946-
Gatins, Joseph Francis, Jr., 1882-1927
Gatins, Joseph Francis, Sr., 1855-1936
World War, 1914-1918--France

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31Charles de Villelume-Sombreuil official papers, 1913-1949, 1963, undated
2Correspondence, 1931-1945
3Correspondence, 1963-2008, undated
4Egle's written memoir, 1988
5Event, 1987
6Family documents (i.e. birth, marriage, divorce filing and death certificates), 1882-1973, 1990
7French Red Cross documents, 1962-1963, 2002, undated
8Henry Fisher poems, undated

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41Legion d'Honneur Award, 1950-1958, undated
2Newspaper clippings, 1901-2004, undated
3Obituaries, 1927, 1999
4Research notes, 2001, undated
5Salon Society research, 2005-2007, undated
6Villelume-Sombreuil Family research, 2000-2008, undated
Villelume-Sombreuil Family research, 2000-2008, undated
 

Series IV. Joseph Francis Gatins III Papers, Bulk, 1998-2010, 1914-2010, undated, bulk 1998-2010

3.3 linear ft. (8 document cases)
This series includes records relating to Joseph Francis Gatins III. Records include correspondence between Gatins and his family as well as letters between his children written after his death. The series also includes four diaries written in French by Gatin’s wife, Sylvia de German-Ribon Gatins. Also included are address books, civilian identifications, marriage and death certificates, school records, French military records, newspaper clippings, and obituaries of Joseph Francis Gatins III, Sylvia de Germa-Ribon Gatins, Eglé de Villelum-Sombreuil Gatins, and others. Other files contain financial records, estate records, and government documents such as a FBI interview, INS deportation records, United States citizenship documents and research on the military service of Joseph Francis Gatins III.
Index terms:
De German-Ribon, Sylvia, 1915-1987
Diaries
Gatins, Joseph Francis, III, 1915-1983
World War, 1939-1945

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51Civilian ID's, 1936-1981
2Columbian investments, 1943-1955
3Concentration camp handbook, undated
4Correspondence, 1923-1937
5Correspondence, 1938-1940
6Correspondence, 1941-1945

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61Correspondence, 1946
2Correspondence, 1946
3Correspondence, 1947-1957
4Correspondence, 1961-1968
5Correspondence, 1973, 1976-1979
6Correspondence, 1980-1987
7Correspondence, 1998-1999

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71Correspondence, 2000-2001
2Correspondence, 2001
3Correspondence, 2001
4Correspondence, 2002
5Correspondence, 2002
6Correspondence, 2003
7Correspondence, 2004

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81Correspondence, 2005-2006
2Correspondence, 2007
3Correspondence, 2008
4Correspondence, 2008, 2010
5Correspondence, undated
6Correspondence, undated
7Correspondence, undated
8Economic spoliation, 2002

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91Elvira de German-Ribon address books, undated
2Estate settlement, 1984
Estate settlement, 1984
3Estate settlement, 1987
4False alias records, 1943, 1945
5Family documents, 1914-1992, undated
Family documents, 1914-1992, undated

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101FBI interview, 1947
2Financial records, 1939-1985, undated
3French military records, 1939-1949, undated
4German-Ribon family research, 2002-2007, undated
5Holocaust research, 1999-2001
6Holocaust research, 2002, 2008, undated
7INS deportation records, 1914, 1943-1948
8INS deportation records, 1949-1957, undated
9La Chezotte guest book, 1924-1968

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111Mamie Gatins estate, 1937
2Newspaper clippings, 1913-1987
3Newspaper clippings, 2001-2008, undated
4Nighttime memoir, 1987
5Obituaries, 1938, 1968-2004, undated
6Prisoner-of-war camp inspection reports, 1940-1944
7Prisoner-of-war camp inspection reports, 2001
8Prisoner-of-war camp inspection reports, 2001-2008

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121Prisoner-of-war camp inspection reports, undated
2Research notes, 1999-2003
3Research notes, 2006-2008, undated
4School records, 1932, 1936, 1961
5Sylvia de Germon-Ribon baby book, 1915-1916
6Sylvia de Germon-Ribon diaries, 1926-1931

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131U.S. citizenship documents, 1924-1977
2War loan account book, 1927-1945