Wier G. Boyd papers
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Wier G. Boyd papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Boyd, Wier G., 1820-1893
Title: Wier G. Boyd papers
Dates: 1852-1886
Quantity: 31.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS37F

Biographical/Historical Note

Colonel Wier G. Boyd (1820 -1893) was born to William R. Boyd and Elizabeth Burton in Hall County, Georgia on September 14, 1820. His family moved to Lumpkin County, Georgia in 1835. On February 9, 1843, he married Sarah J. Sitton. They had five children: Augustus; Lydia; Marion; Martha; and Sarah. In 1850, Boyd was elected Clerk of the Superior Court. During the Georgia Gold Rush (around 1850), he moved to Dahlonega, Georgia where he acquired a gold mine. In 1856, he was admitted to the Georgia bar and became a prominent attorney in Lumpkin County. He served in both houses of the Georgia legislature. During the Civil War, Boyd served as Colonel of the 52nd Georgia Regiment. After the war, he was chosen a member of the Georgia Constitutional Convention, which drafted the Georgia Constitution of 1877. Colonel Wier Boyd died on November 8, 1893.

Scope and Content Note

This collection mainly consists of legal interrogatories used in Georgia Superior Courts from 1859-1866. One of the interrogatories, dated March 8, 1852, concerns Shands and Co., a partnership represented by Wier Boyd, which filed suit against Andrew Howell and Andrew Mullinax to recover damages for gold stolen from a mine. The suit was initially brought to court in Greenwood Township, El Dorado County, California, and later in Lumpkin County, Georgia, and was tried three times before a verdict was reached. The collection also consists of legal correspondence and documents in which Colonel Wier Boyd was involved in Lumpkin County, Georgia.

Index Terms

Boyd, Wier G., 1820-1893
Court records--California
Court records--Georgia
Gold mines and mining--Georgia

General Notes

America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Wier G. Boyd papers, MSS 37F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information


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.

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