Benjamin J. Wilson Photograph and Map Collection
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Benjamin J. Wilson Photograph and Map Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Wilson, Benjamin J., 1823-1896
Title: Benjamin J. Wilson Photograph and Map Collection
Dates: circa 1870-1930
Quantity: 17.0 items
Quantity: 14 photographs, 2 tintypes, 1 map
Identification: ahc.VIS142

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin J. Wilson was born in Belfast, Ireland on April 15 1823. He immigrated to the United States in 1841, settling first in New York, later Massachusetts where he received training as a machinist. Moving south he moved back and forth from Hancock County, Georgia and Alabama. He finally settled in Okufuske, Randolph County, Alabama in 1841. While he lived in Alabama, he acquired property and part ownership in the Okufuske Cotton Manufacturing Co. In 1866 he moved to Atlanta where he invested heavily in property, banking and land in the city and surrounding counties. He was also active in the Masonic Lodge and Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and West End. Although few details are available concerning the family genealogy, Wilson was twice married, to Miss Cheely and Miss Hill. He had six children: John B. Wilson (1875-1881), Robert E. Wilson (d. 1920), Will Wilson (d. 1898), Philip D. Wilson; and two daughters Carrie Wilson Tye (d. 1942) and Mary Dell Wilson Potts. Benjamin J. Wilson died on 15 February 1896 while in Colorado Springs, CO.

Scope and Content Note

This collection of photographs consist of three generations of Wilson family members, including the images of grandchildren: Caverly, Bessie and Benjamin Wilson Tye; the children of Carrie Wilson Tye and John L. Tye. There are also several unidentified photos. An additional oversize file contains a map, property survey of Fulton County, near Westend, pertaining to the Riddle v. Wilson court case that is part of MSS 208.


This collection is arranged generationally.

Index Terms

Clothing & dress--1890-1900
Georgia. Superior Court (Fulton County).
Interior architecture
Tintypes (photographic prints)
Tye, Benjamin Wilson
Tye, Bessie
Tye, Carroll P.
Tye, Caverly
Tye, John L.
Tye, Myrtle May
Wilson, Benjamin J., 1823-1896
Wilson, Lottie
Wilson, Philip D.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[VIS 142], Benjamin J. Wilson Photograph and Map Collection, VIS 142, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John T. Ferguson, 1968 (1968.103).

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2007.


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Related Material

Related materials of the same acquisition include: Benjamin J. Wilson Papers, MSS 208.

Container List



circa 1870VIS 142.1 Wilson, Benjamin J. ( 1 tintype, 1 photograph )


VIS 142.2VIS 142.2 Wilson, Lottie, circa 1880 ( 1.0 photograph )


VIS 142.3VIS 142.3 Wilson, Philip D., 1896 ( 2.0 photographs )


VIS 142.4VIS 142.4 Tye, Caverly, 1910-1921 ( 4.0 photographs )


VIS 142.5VIS 142.5 Tye, Bessie 2 photographs, 1888 ( 2.0 photographs )


VIS 142.6VIS 142.6 Tye, Benjamin Wilson, circa 1920 ( 2.0 photographs )


VIS 142.7VIS 142.7 Tye Children: Myrtle May, Benj. W., John L., Carroll P., circa 1900


VIS 142.8VIS 142.8 unidentified, circa 1880-1920 ( 3.0 photographs )


VIS OS Box 27VIS 142.9 Riddle Land Survey Map, circa 1869