William Huff Antebellum Atlanta Billhead Collection
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William Huff Antebellum Atlanta Billhead Collection

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: Huff, William A., 1832-1916
Title: William Huff Antebellum Atlanta Billhead Collection
Dates: 1859 – 1860
Quantity: 11.0 Item(s)
Identification: ahc.MSS9f

Biographical/Historical Note

William A. Huff (1832 – 1916) was born in Bibb County, Georgia on 1 March 1832. He married Miss M. E. (Mattie) Virgin, daughter of J. A. Virgin, on 31 May 1860. The name of the other parent has not been determined. William Huff first worked as a grocer in Macon, Georgia. He was elected mayor of Macon in 1870 and served in that position for eight years. He remained heavily involved in politics afterwards, serving as a legislator and as a member of the Board of Water Commissioners, among other appointments. William Huff was also instrumental in the creation and continuation of the Macon Public Library. He died in Macon on 25 April 1916.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains eleven receipts from William A. Huff’s work as a grocer, for a one year period from August 1859 through August 1860. The receipts are from various grocers in the Atlanta and Marietta areas from whom William Huff purchased goods. There are two receipts from Denmead and Wright, dealers in flour, grain, and millfeed, who were located in Marietta, Georgia. The other receipts are all from Atlanta merchants and consist of High, Butler and Company, General Commission Merchants and Dealers in cotton, groceries, etc.; C. P. Cassin, grocery and produce dealer; Cox, Hill and Company., Wholesale Grocers and Commission Merchants; William M. Williams, General Commission Merchant and Dealer in Tennessee and western produce; McMillen and Fleming, Commission Merchants; Clarke and Grubb, Commission Merchants, Collecting Agents, Grocers and Dealers in all kinds of produce; L. C. and D. H. Wells, dealers in bacon, lard, flour, grain, liquors, and groceries; Carroll and High, Commission Merchants, and dealers in Tennessee and western produce, groceries, foreign and domestic liquors, tobacco, cigars, etc.; and Hubbard and Chisolm, Wholesale and Retail Dealers in family and plantation groceries, hollow-ware, pocket and table cutlery.

Index Terms

C.P. Cassin (Atlanta, Ga.)
Carroll and High (Atlanta, Ga.)
Clarke and Grubb (Atlanta, Ga.)
Cox, Hill and Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Denmead and Wright (Marietta, Ga.)
High, Butler and Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hubbard and Chisholm (Atlanta, Ga.)
Huff, William A., 1832-1916
L.C. and D.H. Wells (Firm : Atlanta, Ga.)
McMillan and Fleming (Atlanta, Ga.)
William M. Williams (Firm : Atlanta, Ga.)

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)], William Huff Antebellum Atlanta Billhead Collection, MSS 9F, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Purchase from Dave Horton, 1985 (1985.052)

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.

Container List




1Billheads, 1859-1860 View online.