Madison Bell papers
Scope and Content
This collection contains correspondence, booklets, and newspapers, the majority of which were collected by, or pertain to, the life and work of Madison Bell. The correspondence spans Bell's adult life; most are addressed from family and friends. Documents relate to his family and his career. The booklets pertain to Georgia law, Bell himself, and Georgia's secession from the Union. Items of particular note are a muster roll from the 30th Georgia Cavalry Battalion, posters advertising property for sale near Five Points in Atlanta from 1867, and a broadside advertising a reward for the capture of Jefferson Davis, in 1865.
- 1844-1896, 1945-1951, 1992, undated
- Majority of material found within 1853 - 1896
- Bell, Madison (Person)
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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.
Madison Bell (1836-1856) was born in Hall (later part of Banks) County, Georgia, the ninth of ten children born to Major John P. Bell (1792-1850) and Narcissa Lockand Bell (1801-1861). During Madison's childhood, his father owned the Glade gold mines, located twelve miles north of Gainesville, Georgia, as well as a farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1850, when John P. died, Madison was left in the care of one of his sisters and her husband. He farmed and attended school until becoming a clerk in Gainesville, Georgia, at eighteen years old. He began to study law with Gray & Banks law firm in Gainsville two years later and then attended the State University at Athens (later called the University of Georgia), where he graduated with distinction. Upon receiving his degree, he began practicing law in Homer, Georgia. Madison Bell enlisted in the Confederate Army during the Civil War as a private, was soon appointed Captain, and was later promoted to a Major. After the war, he returned to Homer and married Mary C. Cox (1847-1927) in 1869. The couple had five children: Mary (1872-1928), Nellie (1875-1937), Cora (1877-1955), Madison (1879-1942), and Ulysses S. Bell (1884-1907). Madison Bell continued to practice law in the Georgia appellate courts until his death.
2.83 linear ft. (two document cases, three oversize folders, six flat files)
System of Arrangement
This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff. Oversize material is listed last.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was processed in 2016.
- Bell, Madison
- Businessmen -- Law and legislation -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Cadastral maps
- Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Cavalry Battalion (30th)
- Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
- Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- Lawyers -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Real estate -- Georgia -- Atlanta
- Wanted posters
- Madison Bell papers
- Kelley Warrington
- October 2016
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Language of description note
- Finding aid is written in English.