Hill and Payne Families Papers
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Hill and Payne Families Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Hill family
Creator: Payne family
Title: Hill and Payne Families Papers
Dates: 1887 – 1911
Quantity: 9.0 items
Identification: ahc.MSS15F

Biographical/Historical Note

W. Rhode Hill (1832-1895) and his wife Laura Nance (1847-1900) were prominent citizens of Atlanta in the late 19th century. Before the Civil War, W. Rhode Hill worked as a railroad conductor for Western and Atlantic Railroad. During Reconstruction, he entered into a partnership with W.B. Cox and started Cox, Hill and Company, a wholesale wine and liquor establishment which proved to be enormously profitable. The Hills had one daughter, Helen “Buddie” Hill who married J. Carroll Payne (1855-1936) in 1885. J. Carroll Payne was the son of Major Rice W. and Virginia Semmes Payne of Virginia. J. Carroll Payne was educated at Georgetown University, the University of Virginia and the University of Louisiana at New Orleans. He became a law partner in the prominent Atlanta law firm of Payne and Tye. During his life, he was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and a patron of the arts. J. Carroll Payne and Helen Hill Payne had two daughters, Laura Hill Payne who married Alexander Wyly Smith, Jr. in 1911 and Helen Hill Payne who married Charles Thomas Hopkins, Jr. in 1913 and one son named John Carroll Payne.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of originals and photocopied cards, letters and newspaper clippings concerning major events in the Hill/Payne families. Included are several consolatory letters to Mrs. Laura N. Hill on the death of her husband, Mr. W. Rhode Hill, and to Mrs. J. Carroll Payne on the death of her mother, Mrs. Laura N. Hill. Photocopied newspaper clippings regarding the Payne-Smith and the Payne-Hopkins weddings are included in the collection.

Index Terms

Exposition Cotton Mills (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hill family
Payne family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Hill and Payne Families Papers, MSS 15F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Vernon Ayers, 1964 (1964.013)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2007


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.