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Collection Number: 02783-z

Collection Title: Julia McKinne Foster Weed Papers, 1836-1883.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 90 items
Abstract Julia McKinne Foster Weed was the daughter of U.S. Representative Thomas Fournoy Foster and Elizabeth (Gardner) Foster, and the wife of the Rev. Edwin Gardner Weed, Episcopal bishop of Florida from 1886 to 1924. She was president-general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy from 1899 to 1901. The collection is chiefly personal letters of members of the Foster, Gardner, and Weed families of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, with some poems. Most of the letters were written from Georgia, 1850-1867. Included is correspondence from Julia McKinne Foster Weed in Augusta and Elberton, Ga.; letters to Margaret Gardner, who appears to have been Julia's aunt; and letters to and from other relatives. There are also letters, 1845-1856, from a father offering religious advice to his daughters in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and a detailed description of a journey from Georgia to Louisville, Ky., in 1865.
Creator Weed, Julia McKinne Foster, 1846-1908.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Julia McKinne Foster Weed Papers #2783-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of Southern women and their families in the 19th century, Series A.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Margaret Weed of Jacksonville, Florida, in April 1944 and March 1950.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Julia McKinne Foster Weed, the daughter of Thomas Flournoy Foster and Elizabeth Gardner Foster, was born in Columbus, Ga., in July 1846. Her father, a state legislator and U.S. representative, died when she was five years old, and she was raised by her mother in Burke County, Ga. During the Civil War, the family moved to Elberton, Ga.. After the war, they lived in Augusta, until Julia Foster married the Rev. Edwin G. Weed of Savannah. In 1886, Edwin Weed became the Episcopal bishop of Florida. Julia Weed lived in Florida until her death in 1908.

From 1899 to 1901, Julia Weed was president-general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and she remained active in the organization until her death.

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The collection consists primarily of personal letters, mostly concerning family news, visits, and other routine subjects. Most letters are addressed to Julia McKinne Foster Weed, including many from Samuel Lumpkin of Americus, Ga., and Joseph Winthrop Moses of Montgomery, Ala. (presumably relatives of the Foster or Gardner families).

The earliest letters are chiefly personal letters to Margaret Gardner (probably the sister of Julia Weed's mother) from her husband, and letters from S. C. Dunning of Savannah giving paternal and religious advice to his daughters Sarah (Mrs. Weed) in Connecticut and Gertrude in Rhode Island. There are a number of letters dated between 1863 and 1867 signed "Gardner" or with the initials H. K. G. Also included are letters of Henry G. Weed of Savannah and T. G. Foster of Montgomery, Ala.

Also included in the collection are about fifteen poems, mostly anonymous.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, October 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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