Benjamin J. Wilson Papers
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Benjamin J. Wilson Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Wilson, Benjamin J., 1823-1896
Title: Benjamin J. Wilson Papers
Dates: 1850-1896
Quantity: 1.0 box
Quantity: Extent: 1 linear ft. (1 document box)
Identification: ahc.MSS208

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin J. Wilson was born in Belfast, Ireland on April 15 1823. He immigrated to the United States in 1839, settling first in New York, later Massachusetts where he received training as a machinist. Moving south he moved back and forth from Hancock County, Georgia and Alabama. He finally settled in Okufuske, Randolph County, Alabama. While he lived in Alabama, he acquired property and part ownership in the Okufuske Cotton Manufacturing Co. In 1866 he moved to Atlanta where he invested heavily in property, banking and land in the city and surrounding counties. He was also active in the Masonic Lodge and Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and West End. Although few details are available concerning the family genealogy, Wilson was twice married, to Miss Cheely and Miss Hill. He had six children, four sons: John B. Wilson (1875-1881), Robert E. Wilson (d. 1920), Will Wilson (d. 1898) Philip D. Wilson; and two daughters Carrie Wilson Tye (d. 1942) and Mary Dell Wilson Potts. Benjamin J. Wilson died on 15 February 1896 while in Colorado Springs, CO.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Benjamin J. Wilson consist primarily of business records from Alabama and Georgia. The bulk of the collection contains receipts and letters written as part of his business in and around Atlanta in the years 1864 and 1896. There are some personal records and family information with one folder of miscellaneous clippings collected by his wife. Other family members mentioned in these papers include his sons: John B. Wilson (1875-1881), Robert E. Wilson, Will Wilson (d. 1898) Philip D. Wilson; and two daughters Carrie Wilson Tye and Mary Dell Wilson Potts.


This collection is arranged by titles supplied by staff

Index Terms

Slave bills of sale
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin J. Wilson Papers, MSS 208, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John T. Ferguson, 1968 (1968.103)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2007


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.

Related Material

Related materials of the same acquisition include: Materials: Benjamin J. Wilson Family photographs and map collection, VIS 142.

Container List




11Correspondence, 1856-1895
2Correspondence, Brickmaking Machine, A-K, 1887-1888
3Correspondence, Brickmaking Machine,L-Z, 1887-1888
4Financial Documents, 1854-1892
5Financial Documents, Receipts, 1863-1894
6Legal Documents, Patents, 1874-1887
7Legal Documents, Riddle v. Wilson, 1883
8Biographical, undated
9Clippings, undated