Julia Willet and Foreacre Family Papers
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Julia Willet and Foreacre Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Willet, Julia Brantley, 1900-1984
Title: Julia Willet and Foreacre Family Papers
Dates: 1828-1982
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Quantity: (1 document box)
Identification: ahc.MSS89

Biographical/Historical Note

Greenberry Jones Foreacre (1828-1886) was born in Rainsboro, Ohio, the son of John Foreacre and Hannah Elliott Foreacre. Greenberry moved to Atlanta in 1850 and worked for a stage line and then a railroad. In 1853, he married Delia Henry Nichols. They had five children: William N., Ella Thomas, Waver W.,and Augustus D. Foreacre. Greenberry joined the army during the Civil War and attained the rank of Captain in Company B, 7th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, organized May 31, 1861. Wounded in the Battle of Manassas, July 31, 1861, Greenberry returned to Atlanta for a long convalescence. He never fully recovered from his injuries and resigned his commission on April 7, 1862. During the remainder of the war, he was appointed Provost Marshall of the Military Post in Atlanta for a brief period, a general contractor for the Confederate government, and supervisor of Sugar Creek Paper Mill in Atlanta. Greenberry returned to railroad work after the war until his death in 1886.

Julia Brantley Willet (1900-1984) was the daughter of Ella Thomas Foreacre Brantley and granddaughter of Greenberry Jones Foreacre. She married Lawrence Willet (1896-1980) and records do not reflect they had any children. Materials found within the collection indicate she was quite involved in civic organizations and made significant financial contributions to many organizations.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is primarily genealogical documents and materials pertaining to the civic activities of Julia Willet. The Foreacre family papers include service orders for William Foreacre from the Civil War, newspaper clippings, and family histories. The scrapbook, presented to Delia Foreacre at Christmas 1962, includes newspapers clippings relating to family members and a few pieces of correspondence. The majority of the materials pertaining to Julia Willet are newspaper clippings and correspondence chronicling her civic activities. Included in the Ella Brantley papers are two letters signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as governor of New York and one by Woodrow Wilson as president of the United States.


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

Index Terms

Foreacre family
Foreacre, Greenberry Jones, 1828-1886
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Willet family
Willet, Julia Brantley, 1900-1984

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[identification of item(s)], Julia Willet and Foreacre Family Papers, MSS 89, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Julia Willet 1951, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1976, and 1980 (1951.9, 1967.51, 1968.105, 1969.49, 1976.83, 1976.98, 1980.305, and 1980.472)

Processing Information

Collection reprocessed in 2009


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.

Container List




11Brantley, Ella Thomas Foreacre activities, 1918-1982, undated
2Foreacre family background materials, genealogy, 1861-1982,undated
3Willet, Julia civic activities and articles, 1936-1982, undated
4Willet, Julia correspondence, 1967-1981, undated
5Willet, Julie scrapbook, 1930-1940, undated


MSS OS 4.341Foreacre, Delia N. scrapbook, 1862