Edward Lloyd Thomas papers, 1825-1855

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thomas, Edward Lloyd, 1785-1852.
Title: Edward Lloyd Thomas papers, 1825-1855
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 479
Extent: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of Edward Lloyd Thomas, a nineteenth-century Georgia land surveyor, including letters, obituaries, a will, surveys, notes, a report, a certificate, clippings, a legal document, photographs, and biographical information.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Related Materials in This Repository

Plans of Oxford, Georgia, by Edward Lloyd Thomas.


Gift, 1967 with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Edward Lloyd Thomas papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Edward Lloyd Thomas, surveyor and Methodist clergyman, was born September 1785, in Virginia, and died August 17, 1852, in Gainesville, Georgia. He learned surveying from his uncle, Levin Wailes, and is credited with planning the towns of Oxford and Columbus, Georgia. Thomas was also involved in the surveys on the Georgia-Alabama (1826) and the Georgia-Florida (1831) borders. He married Mary S. Hogue (1806) with whom he had children; one son, Edward Lloyd Thomas, Jr., became a Major General in the Confederate Army; a daughter, Sophia, married William B. Rivers.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Edward Lloyd Thomas from 1825-1855. The papers include letters, obituaries, a will, surveys, notes, a report, a certificate, clippings, a legal document, photographs, and biographical information. Portions of the collection are photocopies of original materials.

Letters are to, from, or about Thomas or his family; the will is Thomas's (1851). The surveys were done by Thomas for some land in Richmond and Newton Counties (Georgia) and for the towns of Columbus (1828) and Oxford (1837), Georgia; there are notes from Thomas's surveys of the reservation at Cowetah Falls on the Chattahoochee River and Columbus, Georgia. The report on the Georgia-Alabama border (1826; for which Thomas did the survey) was compiled for Governor George M. Troup by the Georgia commissioners. Photographs are of the Thomas home in Oxford, Georgia and of family gravestones.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Biographical information-typescripts, photocopies, and carbon copies of letters, obituaries, etc.
1 2 Will of Edward Lloyd Thomas, Sr., 1851, carbon copy of typescript
1 3 Surveys by Edward Lloyd Thomas, Sr.: Thomas Sandwich land in Richmond County (photocopy); Oxford Georgia-2 photocopies, 1 printed brochure, original filed in Map/Ga.-at Oxford; positive and negative photostatic copies and glossy print filed in Archives DIX (plan files); Columbus, Georgia (10 photocopies); Summerville Brown land in Newton County, 1844, October 19 (original)
1 4 "Notes taken on the Survey of the Reservation at Cowetah Falls on the Chattahoochee River, and also the Town of Columbus, commencing 30th of January 1828" by Edward Lloyd Thomas, Jr. (Photocopy, ca. 124 pages)
1 5 Report to George M. Troup from J. Crawford, R. Blount, E. Hamilton, 1826, October 17; "Report-Georgia Commissioners, 1826, line between Georgia and Alabama, ordered on file 18 October 1826" (photocopy, 18 pages)
1 6 Letters, John A. Tucker to Edward Lloyd Thomas, 1846, April 16; 1846, May 18, (photocopies)
1 7 Letter, Sophia Thomas 1846, April 13, typescript
1 8 Document, Mary Thomas about a debt to W. Futrell, no date (original)
1 9 Mary Thomas, certificate of Life Membership in the Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1855, November 11, signed by Bishop Joshua Soule (original)
1 10 Clippings, 2 original, 1 photocopy
1 11 Photographs of Thomas home and family gravestones
1 12 Letters, documents, etc, re history of Thomas and related families (7 items, photocopies with explanatory note.)