Theodore Ellis Atkinson (23 Dec. 1851-19 Feb. 1939)

Theodore Ellis Atkinson was the son of John Pepper Atkinson (1804-1873) of Brunswick County, Virginia, and his second wife, Theodora Phelps Ellis (1820-1905) of Putnam County, Georgia. (Phelps) One of Theodore’s brothers was William Yates Atkinson, who served two terms as governor of Georgia, 1894-1898.

Theodore first attended Emory College, graduating in 1871, and attended the University of Virginia in session 48 (1871-1872). He was first employed as a teacher and principal of a high school, then went into business. In the Emory College alumni register of 1910, Atkinson is listed as a merchant whose business—Atkinson Bros.—was located in Newnan, Georgia. (Connally)

Theodore married Mary Lou Cook (1863-1953) in 1879. They had ten children: Louise, Roswell, Theodora, Margarett, Mary, Harold, Mallory, Frank, Ellis (d. young), and Virginia Atkinson (d. young). All the children had the middle name “Cook.” Theodore and Mary Lou Atkinson are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Newnan, Georgia.

References:

  • Ancestry.com. 1860-1940 United States Federal Census [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
  • Atkinson tombstones, Oak Hill Cemetery, Newnan, Georgia & Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Georgia. Findagrave.com.
  • Connally, Thomas W., comp. Occupation and address register of the graduates of Emory College, Oxford, Georgia. Atlanta, GA, 1910, p.73.
  • Phelps, Oliver Seymour. The Phelps family of America, and their English ancestors. Pittsfield, MA, 1899, v. 1, p. 824-825.
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