Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell Family Papers
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Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Creator: Timmons, Willis Menefee, Jr.
Title: Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell Family Papers
Dates: 1827-1980
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft. (3 document cases, 1 oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS142

Biographical/Historical Note

George Menefee (1597-1655) came to Virginia from Wiltshire, England, in 1623. His relation to the rest of the Menefee family mentioned in this collection is undetermined.

William Menefee, Sr. (1723-1797) and Mary W. Strother’s children include George (1760-1840), a Revolutionary War soldier; John (1747-1824); and William Menefee (1750-1791). George Menefee married Elizabeth Tatum and had seven children including William Christian Menefee (1796-1875) who went on to be one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. George’s second marriage to (Anne) Nancy Collier Hardeman (1771-1852) in 1807 produced five children, including Major Willis Pentecost Menefee (1814-1855) who is recognized as the “Father of Palmetto,” Georgia. Major Willis Pentecost Menefee married Jeannette Leonard Watts (1820-?), and their five children included Margaret (Menefee) Wiley (1839-1917); Lucy Colquit Menefee (1853-1886); and Willis Pentecost Menefee (1844-1863). Major Willis Pentecost Menefee’s brother, Richard Alexander Menefee (1809-1893) and his wife, Mary B. Collins, also named one of their sons Willis Pentecost Menefee (1838-1912).

The Timmons family line joined the Menefees when Lucy Colquit Menefee married Reverend Benson Ellison Lane (B. E. L.) Timmons (1845-1907). Their children included Willis Menefee Timmons (1882-1962) who married Aline Eliza Mitchell (1882-1956). Willis and Aline's children were Aline Mitchell Timmons (b. 1914); Willis M. Timmons, Jr. (1907-2000); and Russell Mitchell Timmons (1908-1981).

Aline Eliza Mitchell was the daughter of Russell Crawford Mitchell (1837-1905) and Margaret Deborah Sweet (1847-1887). Other children of Russell and Margaret included Deborah Sue (Ora Sue) Mitchell (1878-1908) and Eugene Muse Mitchell (1866-1944) who was the father of Gone with the Wind author, Margaret Mitchell.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of the Menefee, Timmons, and Mitchell families of Georgia. Included are correspondence, application materials to the Daughters of the American Revolution (D. A. R.) and Daughters of the War of 1812, printed materials, legal records, scrapbooks, and other ephemera.

Correspondence includes letters between F. N. Menefee, Maggie (Menefee) Dean Warden, Josephine Menefee, and Aline Timmons regarding their family genealogy. Application materials for the D. A. R. and Daughters of the War of 1812 were compiled by Aline Mitchell Timmons and Willis Menefee Timmons, Jr. to document the families. Also included are materials about George Menefee’s (1760-1840) grave marker from the D. A. R. as well as Franklin Garrett’s research on Willis Pentecost Menefee (1814-1855) for the Old Campbell Country Historical Society in 1980.

Legal papers include land grants, contracts, deeds, blueprints and maps, and wills. The collection contains land grants from 1827, 1828, and 1834; a number of indentures and deeds (1828-1898); blueprints and maps of the property in Palmetto, Georgia; wills and deeds (1898-1918); inheritance tax information (1900-1917); and two slave bills of sale.

Included in the papers are photocopies of portions of History of Collinsworth Chapel; Virginia Carolorum; There was a Land; A History of Talbot County, 1971; Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution; and Henry County, Georgia: The Mother of Counties that document the family. Also included are histories of Palmetto, Georgia and the Methodist Church of Palmetto, both of which Major Willis Pentecost Menefee (1814-1855) helped found. Miscellaneous materials include Confederate money issued from the Bank of Chattanooga, a Military Oath of Allegiance from 1865, and a ticket to the 1896 Republican National Convention as well as an autograph book from 1889.

Aline Timmons’ scrapbooks (1929-1953) and Ora Sue Mitchell’s scrapbook (1899-1929) contain letters, newspaper clippings, name cards, and photographs. Willis M. Timmons, Jr. also compiled four scrapbooks, titled "Plants, Places, and Things" comprised of clippings from Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Included with these notebooks is an index for each volume.


Alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff

Index Terms

Menefee Family
Menefee, George
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949
Palmetto (Ga.)
Slave bills of sale--Georgia
Timmons Family
Timmons, Aline Mitchell
Timmons, Willis Menefee, Jr.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Menefee-Timmons-Mitchell Family Papers, MSS 142, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Willis Menefee Timmons, Jr., 1980 (1980.232); 1981 (1980.70); 1982 (1982.34, 1982.127, 1982.381)

Description Control

Collection re-processed in 2011


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.

Container List




11Applications for Heritage Clubs, Aline Mitchell Timmons, 1891-1924
2Autograph book, Ora Sue Mitchell, 1889
3Correspondence, 1833-1980, undated
4Correspondence, Aline Mitchell Timmon and Margaret Mitchell, 1936-1947
5Genealogical Notes and Printed Materials, 1869-1982
6History, Menefee Land in Palmetto, Georgia, Bulk, 1900-1917, 1834-1943
7Land Grants, 1827, 1828, 1834
8Legal Papers, Bulk, 1828-1898, 1645-1937



MSS OS 3.251Legal Papers, Menefee Land in Palmetto, Georgia, 1835-1917
2Letter and picture matte, 1833, undated
9Military Records, Willis M. Timmons, Jr., 1943-1947, undated
10Miscellaneous, 1863-1929
11Presentation on Willis Pentacost Menefee (1814-1855) by Franklin Garrett, 1980


2Scrapbook, “A letter book of comfort poems which had its beginning in Miami, Fla. 1926-27 Aline E. M. Timmons”, 1926-1927
Scrapbook, Aline Eliza Mitchell Timmons, clipped poetry, 1949-1955
Scrapbook, Gardening and Nature, undated
Scrapbook, Gardening and Nature, 1945-1953
Scrapbook, Ora Sue Mitchell, 1889


3Scrapbook, “Plants, Places and Things” by Willis M. Timmons, Jr. Vol. 1, undated
Scrapbook, “Plants, Places and Things” by Willis M. Timmons, Jr. Vol. 2, undated
Scrapbook, “Plants, Places and Things” by Willis M. Timmons, Jr. Vol. 3, 1975-1976
Scrapbook, “Plants, Places and Things” by Willis M. Timmons, Jr. Vol. 4, 1976-1977
Scrapbook, “Plants, Places and Things,” Index, undated