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Smith Family Papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS140

Scope and Content

The collection includes warranty and indenture deeds, wills, promissory notes, contracts, title abstracts, and other legal documents pertaining to members of the Smith family, primarily David and Jane Smith, and their son Owen. Warranty and indenture deeds describe title transfers of land in the 14th District of Fulton County, land lots 46, 51, 77, 85, and 117 where David Smith owned property beginning in the 1880s. The property deeds date from 1859 to 1913 and include names of several buyers and sellers who had been parties to transactions of land in these areas before the Smith family secured ownership. In addition, the collection includes the wills of David and Jane Smith, and their cousin Mary Crozier. Other documents include promissory notes, receipts, correspondence, certificates, and a piece of blank stationary with the letterhead of the Ku Klux Klan.


  • 1859-1921, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

David Smith (1841 -1894) and Jane (Jennie) Smith (1844-1904) of Atlanta, Georgia had four children: David, Jennie Isabella, Owen, and May. The elder David Smith was a dentist who bought several acres of property in downtown Atlanta and in West End during the 1880s and 1890s. Jennie Isabella married into the Lovette family and had two daughters, Jane Catherine and Frances. May Smith married James W. Morrow II, and they had a son, James W. Morrow III. Additional biographical information on the Smith family has not been determined.


0.21 linear ft.



System of Arrangement

Files arranged according to titles supplied by staff.

General Physical Description note

Extent: .21 linear ft. (1/2 document case)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2009


Smith Family Papers ahc.MSS 140
An Inventory of Their Papers at the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid 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