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South Bend Militia District documents

Identifier: ahc.MSS907f

Scope and Content

This collection contains material about the families who established the South Bend Militia District. The collection includes an account of the Gardner family and their neighbors; copies of newspaper articles and district maps; images of graves, plaques, and aerial shots; and reports on the local families and Orchard Knob Baptist Church. The collection also contains information about the petition to create the South Bend District, including a copy of the petition published in the Atlanta Constitution and background information on the neighborhood.


  • 1881-2018, undated


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

In 1881 Samuel M. Taliaferro (1848-1912) and Edward Mobley Taliaferro (1820-1889), then citizens of the Black Hall Militia District, petitioned the state of Georgia to make South Bend a militia district. The land was occupied by Taliaferro and Poole in addition to the Terry, Gardner, Ballard, and McWilliams families. South Bend is located on the southside of Fulton County with its epicenter at the intersection of McWilliams Road and Jonesboro Road. It did not become part of the City of Atlanta until 1947. The new district, officially Militia District #1348, was home to the Orchard Knob Community and the Orchard Knob Baptist Church, which was established in 1903 by Reverend J. E. (Joshua Edward) Daniel (1862-1930).


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.
South Bend Militia District documents
Emma Jones
July 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305