Hodgson and Conway family papers now open in Hargrett Library

June 17, 2013 – 9:49 AM

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Marguerite Hodgson family papers and William B. Conway family papers.

Marguerite Thomas Hodgson, the daughter of Ralph Reginald Hodgson and Isabella Thomas, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English, was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and served as their advisor/treasurer for many years. The Hodgsons operated several businesses in Athens, originally beginning in 1842 as Hodgson Brothers carriage makers. They also owned the property on which the Varsity and Dairy Queen are currently located, and some of their family homes in Athens later became sorority or fraternity houses. The collection consists of biographical information, genealogy, correspondence, writings, financial papers, photographs, printed material, scrapbooks, artwork, and artifacts. In addition to the Hodgson family, Marguerite Hodgson did genealogy research on other branches of her family, including the White family of White Hall, Thomas family, Richards family, and Morton family. Of special interest is the correspondence of Isabella Thomas concerning her trip to Europe in 1910.

William Buchanan Conway (1845-1920), son of  Battaile Fitzhugh Taliaferro and Cornelia Buchanan Conway, was born on Ellerslie plantation in Madison County, Virginia. In 1870 he married Julia Ellen Thomas (1848-1916), and after her death married Lee DuBose Armstrong (1858-1919). He served in Company C, 4th Virginia Cavalry. After the war he studied medicine and graduated from Washington University (Baltimore, Md.) in 1869. He was a surgeon for Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College for fifteen years and in 1891, moved to Athens and practiced medicine. The collection consists of biographical information, financial papers, scrapbooks/school books, medical notebooks, printed material, and photographs. Conway’s typed autobiography describes his life as a child on the plantation, his Civil War experiences, and his medical career. He also wrote a notebook about early medicine and remedies. The school notebook of Mamie Conway (Dr. Conway’s daughter) was begun while she was a student at the Lucy Cobb Institute and later turned into a scrapbook of clippings and mementos. Photographs include the wedding of Mamie Conway and William C. Mizelle/Mizell in 1904.

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library is open for research Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, with the exception of University holidays. For more information, please visit http://www.libs.uga.edu/scl or call (706) 542-7123.

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