Shaler Hillyer papers
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Shaler Hillyer papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Title: Shaler Hillyer papers
Dates: 1797-1892, undated
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet (one half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS885

Biographical/Historical Note

Shaler Hillyer, a merchant, moved to Petersburg, Georgia, in 1799 to work with a Mr. White in Elbert County, Georgia. In order to gather merchandise to sell, Hillyer spent much of the summer of 1806 travelling to New York City, New York. Letters between Shaler Hillyer and his father and brothers indicate that the Hillyer sons were spread all along the east coast which led to discussions about various state governments and the federal government in their letters. Hillyer married Rebecca Freeman, daughter of Captain John Freeman of Walker County, Georgia. The decedents of Shaler Hillyer settled in Atlanta, Georgia, with one of these, George Hillyer, serving as mayor. Additional biographical information about hShaler Hillyer as not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence from and to Shaler Hillyer. Also included is his journal, along with Captain John Freeman's estate inventory and the journals of Marian (Marion) Jean Hillyer, a descendant of Shaler Hillyer's, as a young girl documenting various trips her family took in the 1880s and 1890s.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Elbert County (Ga.)--History
Freeman, John, Captain, ( - 1807)
Hillyer, Marian (Marion) Jean
Hillyer, Rebecca Freeman
Petersburg (Ga.)--History
Travelers' writings, American
Travelers' writings, European

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Shaler Hillyer papers, MSS 885, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Container List




11Correspondence from Shaler Hillyer, 1798-1799
2Correspondence to Shaler Hillyer, 1797-1806, undated
3Correspondence from Shaler Hillyer to Rebecca Freeman Hillyer, 1806
4Estate Inventory - Captain John Freeman, 1807
5Marian Hillyer, 1881-1882
6Marian Hillyer - European Journal, 1892, undated
7Marian Hillyer - Journal, 1882-1884
8Marian Jean Hillyer - Journal, 1889
9Marion Hillyer - Autograph book, 1879-1883, undated
10Marion Hillyer - Journal, 1892, undated
11Shaler Hillyer - Journal, 1799-1801, undated