Older sister of Mary Wadley Raoul, Sarah L. Wadley was born November 26, 1844 at the home of her Wadley grandparents in New Market, New Hampshire. After several years of residence in various places in Georgia and Louisiana she moved with her parents to a large plantation, "Great Hill Place," near Bolingbroke, Monroe County, Georgia in 1873. She remained there for the rest of her life, caring for her mother until the latter's death in 1905. Sarah Wadley died December 7, 1920.
Scope and Content Note
While the majority of the letters among the papers of Sarah L. Wadley are from Sarah to her sister Mary, a number are to her brother-in-law, W. G. Raoul, and to her Raoul nieces and nephews. The subseries also contains a small group of letters to Sarah Wadley from other relatives and friends and typescript extracts from her diary (1859-1862). [Diaries on microfilm in Sarah L. Wadley papers in this department.]
Written primarily from Great Hill Place, Sarah Wadley's letters provide a nearly unbroken account of Wadley family activities from 1874 to her death in 1920. The Raoul children were frequent visitors to Great Hill Place and Sarah often stayed with them in Atlanta during their parents' absence. The letters concern their activities, health and development, romances and marriages, business problems, and families.
Many of the letters describe domestic life and others report on the health of her mother, Rebecca B. Wadley, and her own poor health. Other letters concern her travels, the death of her mother (1905), the disposition of Great Hill Place (1907, 1917), and women's suffrage and voting (1917-1920). Sarah Wadley's letters to W. G. Raoul discuss her editorial assistance to him with Central of Georgia reports, Raoul's loss of the presidency of the Central, other railroad affairs, family finances, and her father, William M. Wadley.
Arranged by record type.
|10||9-10||Undated letters to Mary Wadley Raoul|
|10||11||Undated letters to Raoul family members|
|10||12||Letters from various persons, 1867, 1884-1920|
|10||13||Diary extracts, 1859-1862|