Hutton Family papers
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Hutton Family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Hutton family
Creator: Hutton, Alice LaTrelle Bryan, 1864-1933
Creator: Hutton, Hugh Munroe, 1858-1929
Title: Hutton Family papers
Dates: 1871-1936, undated
Quantity: 0.8 linear ft. (2 document cases)
Identification: ahc.MSS945

Biographical/Historical Note

The Hutton family lived in Savannah and spent most summers in McDonough with LaTrelle Bryan Hutton's parents. Alice LaTrelle (Trelle) Bryan was born in 1864, the daughter of George Whitfield Bryan (1840-1912), a Henry County statesman, and Cornelia Caroline Stokes (1842-1906). She and her two siblings, Percival A. Bryan, and Lois Bryan Strobar, grew up in McDonough (Henry County), Georgia. Percival Bryan died in 1893 at the age of twenty-six from an accidental gunshot wound to the head. Lois Bryan Strobar, who married Cecil Strobar, died in 1906 at the age of thirty-four from a long-term illness. On January 8, 1884, Trelle Bryan married Hugh Munroe Hutton. Hugh Hutton was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1858 and educated at Afton College, London. Born in Scotland, his father, John Shaw Hutton (1827-1876) moved to Savannah, Georgia, as a young man. In 1852, John Hutton married Harriet Tabitha Munroe (1832-1884) of Macon, Georgia. He was appointed United States Consul in Hanover in 1860. In 1861, he resigned his consulate and became a commercial representative for the Confederate government in Liverpool, England. After the war, he returned to Savannah. Hugh and Trelle Hutton lived in Savannah for most of their married life, where Hugh was a cotton borker. They had four surviving children: LaTrelle Hutton Robertson, Malcolm, Munroe, and Cornelia Bryan Hazelhurst. Their oldest child, Hugh Jr., died in 1887 at the age of three. In their later years, Hugh and Trelle Hutton moved to McDonough. Hugh Hutton died on November 25, 1929 and Trelle Hutton died on February 15, 1933.

Scope and Content Note

The Hutton Family papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed materials from Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia, business-related items, and genealogical research materials. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence from Trelle Hutton to her husband Hugh from 1884-1898. The letters discuss the antics and illnesses of their children, business opportunities, and local news. They offer an account of the day-to-day activities of a middle class nineteenth century family. Also included is correspondence from other family members and friends, including letters of sympathy on the untimely death of Percival Bryan. Later letters from Hugh Hutton to Trelle reveal a change of fortunes undergone by the couple in their later years, along with Hugh Hutton's concern for his adult children.

Index Terms

Bryan, Percival, 1867-1893
Hutton family
Hutton, Alice LaTrelle Bryan, 1864-1933
Hutton, Hugh Munroe, 1858-1929
Independent Presbyterian Church (Savannah, Ga.)
McDonough (Ga.)--History
McDonough (Ga.)--Social life and customs
Strobar, Lois Bryan, 1872-1906

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hutton Family papers, MSS 945, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1997

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2013.


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, 1871-1879
2Correspondence, 1884-1885
3Correspondence, 1886
4Correspondence, 1887-1888
5Correspondence, 1889-1894
6Correspondence, 1895-1896
7Correspondence, 1897
8Correspondence, 1898
9Correspondence, 1900-1919



21Correspondence, 1920-1926
2Correspondence, 1927-1936
3Business-related materials, 1888-1922
4Geneaological research, 1898-1918
5Geneaological research, undated
6Newspaper clippings, 1899-1917
7Sermon, undated
8Lois Bryan Strobar, 1898-1900
9Miscellaneous, 1884-1936