Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. papers
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Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Knox, Fitzhugh, 1867-1940
Title: Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. papers
Dates: 1938
Quantity: 1.0 item
Quantity: Extent: 1 item
Identification: ahc.MSS201f

Biographical/Historical Note

Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. (1867-1940) was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1867. He was the fourth son born to Elizabeth Welsh Horner (1835- 1923) and John Somerville Knox, II (1827-1906), both of Virginia. Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. came to Atlanta in October 1883. On April 22, 1891, he married Lena Reynolds Baber (1870-?) with whom he had nine children. He worked with Kelly Rosser and Company (cotton factors), then with J. Regenstein and Company for seven years as a bookkeeper and an accountant. Then, in 1892, he became a real estate agent, in which profession he was still working in 1938. He formed the Fitzhugh Knox and Sons building firm through which he built many apartment houses. He was also a member of the Atlanta Real Estate Board, the Society of the Cincinnati (an organization made up of descendents of American Army officers in the Revolutionary War), and of St. Luke Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Atlanta Historical Society. He researched the Knox family and published his findings in 1932 in the book The Genealogy of the Fitzhugh, Knox, Gordon, and Allied Families. He died on September 27, 1940.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one bound volume. Inside are two letters to Miss Ruth Blair, the Executive Secretary of the Atlanta Historical Society, dated March 11, 1938 and March 18, 1938, both from Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. Also included is a short manuscript titled “My Reminiscences From 1883”. The first part of the manuscript is a memoir which mentions many prominent citizens, such as Joel Chandler Harris, Carroll Payne, and Henry W. Grady; businesses, like the Merchants Bank of Atlanta, J. Regenstein and Company, J. M. High and Co., and W. H. Brotherton, a retailer; churches, including St. Philips Cathedral, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, and the German Lutheran Church; events, like the Piedmont Industrial Exposition in 1887 and the Atlanta riot of 1906; and various other items of Atlanta life, such as baseball, building projects and the High Museum School of Art; as well as some biographical information on Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. The second half of the manuscript is genealogical information. There is a chart tracing both his parents’ descent from Colonel William Fitzhugh (1651-1701), as well as various information on letters written by the Colonel held by the Virginia Historical Society, including a list of correspondents, an index of topics, and a detailed content list for the letters.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--Church history
Atlanta (Ga.)--Social life and customs
Atlanta Chess Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Church buildings--Georgia--Atlanta
Fitzhugh family
Kelly Rosser and Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Knox, Fitzhugh, 1867-1940
Real estate agents--Georgia--Atlanta
Young Mens' Library Association (Atlanta, Ga.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fitzhugh Knox, Sr. papers, MSS 201f, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1938

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008.


Conditions Governing Access

The 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.

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1Papers, 1938