GEORGE ELBERT and ELIZABETH DIXON (RENDER) DALLIS; and ETHEL (DALLIS) HILL COLLECTION

Manuscript MS-2004.13

1850-1968

SOURCE:  Jane Crayton Davis

SIZE:  2 lf

SHELVING UNITS:   3 boxes

PROCESSING:  BNJ, 2004; FCJ,III 2014

 

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:   

George Elbert Dallis (b. 9-27-1855 d. 8-10-1913), the son of Hulbert Wellington Dallis and Mary Matilda “Mollie” Glanton, was a LaGrange businessman who invested in Unity Cotton Mills and real estate.  In 1891, he and four other men incorporated the LaGrange Street Railway Company, which existed a few years.  He later served as a Director of the LaGrange National Bank and the LaGrange Banking & Trust Company.  On January 25, 1882, he married Elizabeth Dixon “Bettie” Render (b. 9-25-1859; d. 11-4-1939) of Greenville, the daughter of Joshua Lewis Render and Mary Jane Dixon.  The couple had two children, Render and Ethel.  In 1889, Dallis bought the historic Bailey-Heard house at 206 Broad Street and the family has owned and maintained it since.

Ethel Dallis (b. 3-7-1883; d.10-30-1967) was a musician who graduated from Southern Female College in LaGrange and attended Von Ende School of Music in New York City.  She taught violin and took some classes at LaGrange College.  She married Robert Johnson Hill on June 25, 1903.  In the 1920s, she served as the assistant to the pastor of Centenary Methodist Church of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  She also studied at the Moody Bible Institute.  As a genealogist, Mrs. Hill did much to preserve old family records in Troup County by copying Bible and family records of many pioneer Troup County families.  These records may be found at the Georgia State Archives, DAR Headquarters in Washington, D. C., and Troup County Archives.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT:

This collection consists of correspondence and genealogical research notes.  First is correspondence between George E. Dallis and his future bride, Bettie Render, as well as letters to other individuals and family members.  Letters regarding George Dallis’ travels are included as are some Render family letters and genealogical notes collected by Mary Jane Dixon Render, mother of Bettie Render Dallis.

Other correspondence is from or to Ethel Dallis Hill and includes letters written to her parents and grandparents as well as correspondence regarding the Hawthorne Literary Society of Southern Female College, for which she was secretary.  There are letters from her violin teacher, Herwegh Von Ende, family members, and friends.  News articles about her recitals and performances and genealogy.  Genealogical research records and notes written by Ethel Dallis Hill for her family and friends are included, some typed; others handwritten.  She assisted many area residents with their papers to join the D. A. R., U. D. C., and other hereditary societies.

 

CONTAINER LIST:

Box 1: George E. Dallis and Bettie Render Dallis Correspondence

Folder

1              George E. to his parents regarding travels, 1871-1876

2-14       George E. to Bettie 1876-1886

15-18     Bettie to George E. 1880-1882      

19           Mary Jane Dixon Render to Bettie 1882

 

Box 2:  Dallis, Dixon, Render, and Hill Correspondence

Folder

1-3          George E. Dallis from various people 1872-1881, some not dated

4             Mary Dallis to George E. Dallis 1877

5             George E. Dallis to Lucie Heard 1877-1898

6             George E. Dallis from Lucie Heard  1877-1878

7             George E. Dallis from “Cousin Carrie” (Tava Carrie Glanton) 1879

8-9          Dixon Family Correspondence, 1850-1894

10           Genealogical letters to Mary Jane Dixon Render, 1893-1898 on surnames: Abercrombie, Bacon, Culbreath, Dixon, Henderson, Kennon, and Reed/Reid.

11           Invitations, calling cards, 1892-1941

12           Ethel Dallis Hill to parents and grandparents, 1876-1895.

13           Hawthorne Literary Society Correspondence, 1900-1901

14-17     Ethel Dallis Hill from various people 1901-1936

18           Ethel Dallis Hill from Herwegh Von Ende  1907-1914

19           Church and Concert Programs, 1891-1931

20           Society news articles, 1894-1903

21           Family news clippings, 1899-1903

22           Violin Performances, 1907-1912

23           Carrie Fall Benson poems, 1941

24           LaGrange High Clarions, Dec 1947, May 31, 1949

25           LaGrange Garden Club programs, 1957-1958

26           Troup County Confederate Centennial Celebrations, 1961

27           Letters about Moody Bible Institute

 

Box 3: Genealogical Records and Research

Folder

1-14        Records and Genealogies removed from 14 notebooks

15           Cemetery and Bible Records 

16           Pedigree chart of Elizabeth Griffin Wood

17-88      Family Files

89           Meriwether Co., Ga.  Information

90           Troup Co., Ga. information.                             

 

Surname Finding Aid by folders

This comprehensive, alphabetical index refers the researcher to the appropriate folders.  In folders 1-14, the pages were numbered and an index in the front of each locates the page numbers in that folder.  Folders 17-88 generally contain information on a single family.  Cemeteries in folder 15, with location given, are:   Beasley, Boddie, Dallis, Glanton, Jones, Leslie, Lovelace, Potts, Traylor-Wright, Whitfield, Woodward, and Wright in Troup Co.; Bowen and Martin in Carroll Co.; Davis in Coweta Co.; Holt in Talbot Co.; Martin, Old Concord Church, James Render, Robert Render, Strozier, Terrell-Render, and Warner-Hill-Tigner  in Meriwether Co.   Cemetery and Bible records in folder 15 also have specific page numbers.

Abercrombie - 1, 3-5, 13, 17 

Abercrombie-Warner-Hill Bible - 15 (pp.1-3)

Abernathy - 13

Alford - 18

Allen - 2

Anderson - 19

Andrews - 13

Anthony - 2-3, 5, 7, 14, 33

Alston - 20

Aston - 2, 5-6, 21

Austin - 6, 22

Ayers - 14

Bacon - 1-2, 4, 6-7, 9, 11, 13-14, 23

Baldwin - 9             

Ball - 13

Barley - 11

Barry - 11

Baytrop - 13

Baytross - 13

Beard - 9

Beasley Cemetery - 15 (p.21)

Bedell - 13, 24

Benson - 1-3, 5, 9, 11-12, 14, 25-26

Benton - 13, 27

Bigod - 9

Bird/Byrd - 2-3, 5-6, 8, 14

Blasingame - 12

Bobo - 2-3, 6, 12-13, 29

Boddie - 5-6

Boddie Cemetery - 15 (p.23)

Bolling - 1-2, 4-6, 11, 13, 28

Boltwood - 1-2, 6, 9, 85

Bond - 2-3

Booth - 13, 30

Bowen Cemetery - 15 (p.24)

Bradfield - 9

Bradley - 2

Brock - 9

Brown - 2-3, 5-6, 9-12, 14, 31-32, 86-87

Broyles - 9-11, 32, 86-87

Burgess - 9

Burwell - 1-3, 5, 9, 13

Butler - 3-4, 6, 14

Byrd - 81

Carter - 13

Chew - 9

Clark/Clarke - 2, 5, 33

Cleaveland - 2

Cocke - 1-2, 5, 13, 34

Coffin - 1-3, 6-11, 14, 35-36

Cooper - 1-2, 5, 13, 33

Crayton - 32,37

Crowder - 38

Crowder Cemetery - 15 (p.61)

Curtright-Ward Bible - 15 (pp.46-48)

Daggett - 1-2, 6-7, 14, 35

Dallas/Dallis - 2-3, 5, 11, 13, 39-40

Dallis Bible - 15 (pp.49-50)

Dallis Cemetery - 15 (pp.7-8)

Davidson Bible - 15 (pp.38-39)

Davis - 2

Davis Cemetery - 15 (pp.7-8)

Day - 3

DeJarnette - 13

Dixon - 2, 4-5, 11, 13-14, 41-42

Dixon Bible - 15 (pp.84-85)

Dorsey - 3, 9, 43

Douglas - 5

Dowdell - 44

Dunson - 45

Dunson, E.H. Bible - 15 (pp.28-29)

Dunson, Walker Bible - 15 (pp.30-31)

DuVal - 2, 9

Earle - 11

Eddy - 1-3, 6, 9, 14, 35

English - 3

Exum - 1, 46

Fleming - 11

Folger - 1, 3, 6, 8

Foster - 13

Gaither - 2, 9, 47

Gayer - 10

Glanton - 12, 48

Glanton Bible - 15 (p.50)

Glanton Cemetery - 15 (p.50)

Gorley - 2, 6, 11-12

Greenberry - 2, 49

Griffith - 50

Hall - 4, 11, 13, 28, 51

Hamilton - 2, 5-6, 13, 5 2-53

Hammond - 9, 50

Hardy - 2, 5, 54

Harris - 9

Hayes/Hays - 6, 13, 81

Haynes - 13

Hightower Cemetery - 15 (p.25)

Hill - 1, 6, 10-11, 13, 55

Hill, Alex’d.F. Bible - 15 (p.78)

Hill, Burwell P. Bible - 15 (p.79)

Hines - 4, 11, 13, 56

Holcombe - 2

Holt - 4, 11, 57

Holt Cemetery - 15 (p.86)

Howard - 3, 9

Hudson, Charles Bible - 15 (p.80)

Jacob(s) - 9, 50

Johnson - 58

Jones Cemetery - 15 (p.22)

Kennon - 2, 6

Lambert - 1, 14, 59

Lawrence - 3

Leslie - 11, 60

Leslie Cemetery - 15 (p.15)

Lewis - 1, 3, 6, 9, 61

Long - 9, 11, 62

Lovelace Cemetery - 15 (pp.16-17)

Lyddall - 2, 9, 63

MacCubin - 9

Mackelfresh - 9

Mahone - 4

Marshall - 4

Martin - 2-3, 64

Martin Cemeteries - 15 (pp.4-6)

Martin, Marshall Bible - 15 (p.35)

McCorkle - 13

McGee - 13

McGehee - 13

McGehee Bible - 15 (pp.52-59)

McGhee - 13

McKinnie -  1, 65

Morgan - 13

Nash - 2, 9, 11, 66

Neel Bible - 15 (p.51)

Ogletree - 67

Old Concord Church Cemetery - 15 (pp.18-20)

Park - 6

Pierpont - 9

Pollard - 2, 9, 13, 68

Pope - 1-3, 5-6, 13, 69

Porter - 2, 9, 11, 14, 32, 87

Potts Cemetery - 15 (p.11)

Prince - 2, 9, 11, 13, 70

Reed/Reid - 2, 6, 11, 71

Reeves - 72

Render - 7, 11, 13, 73-74

Render Cemeteries - 15 (p.81)

Render, Sallie T. Bible - 15 (pp.40-44)

Ricks - 5

Ridgely - 2-3, 9, 43

Riggs - 2

Rogers - 4

Rolfe - 13

Rousseau - 1, 3

Sassnett - 11

Seward - 4, 11

Scott Bible - 15 (pp.62-68)

Sledge,Shirley Bible - 15 (pp. 32-34)

Sloan - 1, 3, 6, 9-11,14, 25-26

Spotswood - 1-2, 4, 75

Starbuck - 1-3, 6, 9-10, 76

Stith - 1-3, 6, 13, 77

Stockton - 2

Strong - 6, 78

Strozier Cemetery - 15 (p.13)

Tatum - 79

Terrell - 3, 6, 13, 80

Terrell-Render Cemetery - 15 (pp.82-83)

Thompson - 13, 81

Thornton - 2, 5-6

Tigner - 82

Tigner, Phillip Bible - 15 (p.60)

Towles Bible - 15 (pp.69-75)

Traylor-Wright Cemetery - 15 (p.9)

Truitt - 13, 83

Truitt-Fannin Cemetery - 15 (p.26)

Turner - 3-4

Vincent - 2, 9, 35

Walton - 1, 84

Ware - 6

Warfield - 3, 9

Warner - 1-3, 6, 9, 85

Warner-Hill-Tigner Cemetery - 15 (pp. 77, 82-83)

Warren Bible - 15 (p.45)

Washington - 13

Whitfield Cemetery - 15 (p.10)

Wilhite/Wilhoit - 6, 9, 11,86-87

Willis - 3

Wingfield - 3, 5-6, 14, 88

Witherspoon - 2

Wood - 50

Wood-Mullins Bible - 15 (pp.36-37)

Woodward Cemetery - 15  (p.12)

Wooten - 1, 3, 9

Worthington - 43

Wright Cemetery - 15 (p.14)

Yarbrough - 14

 

OVERSIZED ITEMS

OP - Genealogical chart prepared by Ethel Dallis Hill, c. 1925, with mary jane Dixon Render being the youngest person listed.

 

TRACINGS

Businesses – LaGrange

Southern Female College

Troup County Genealogy/ History