Eleanore Eulalie Cay Fleming papers, 1836-1920.

Creator: Fleming, Eleanore Eulalie Cay, 1848-1934.
Collection number: 4169
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Abstract: Business correspondence, 1851-1855, of Raymond Cay (1805-1880), general merchant and cotton factor of Liberty County, Ga.; personal and family correspondence, 1865-1920, of his daughter, Eleonore Eulalie Cay Fleming of Liberty and Harris counties, Ga.; and family records of Raymond and Eliza Ann Stetson Cay and their descendants. Family correspondence includes letters to and from Eulalie Cay before and after her marriage to Thomas Quarterman Fleming in 1866. Letters from Eulalie Fleming’s mother Eliza Ann Cay, her cousin Mary Julia Eleanor DeCosta, and her sister Nathalie Cay Hall, describe their daily lives in Walthourville, Liberty County, Ga., including detailed descriptions and sketches of clothes being made, family and neighborhood news, and their work as milliners and seamstresses. Scattered family correpondence, 1882-1920, includes letters to Eulalie Fleming from her sons Lawrence and Louis about life at Georgia Military Academy, Savannah, 1882-1884; her daughter Mamie about her social life; her son Lawrence, 1919, about his military career at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.; and more letters from her mother and Mary Julia Eleanor De Costa. There are also letters from Lawrence Fleming to his siblings about his life with the U.S. Cavalry at Fort Bayard, N.M. In addition to correspondence, the collection includes records copied from a Cay family Bible; Civil War reminiscences of Raymond Cay, who served with the 5th Georgia Regiment in Georgia and Tennessee; a description of Salter’s Creek Plantation in Liberty County, Ga., and its slaves; and reminiscences of individual Cay slaves.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Microfilm only.¬†Letters discuss Yankee depredations in Georgia (1865) and the hire of blacks as seamstresses (1872). The collection also contains a family record that describes Salter’s Creek Plantation in Liberty County, Georgia, the effect of war and Reconstruction on the plantation, and reminiscences of individual Cay family slaves.