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Mattie Lee Baxley Papers

Identifier: Mss 224

Scope and Contents

Documents relate to the research and genealogical records relating the Nunez family. Papers, certificates and diploma relate to the career of Marcos Fernan-Nunez, a direct descendant of Dr. Samuel Ribiero Nunez. Dr. Nunez was a member of the group of 42 Jews who settled in Georgia in 1733.


  • Creation: 1919 - 2002

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There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

Biographical / Historical

Mrs. Mattie Lee Baxley (October 20, 1920 - August 22, 2013) was born on Second Street in Cochran, GA. Mrs. Baxley received her elementary education at Cochran Public Schools. In 1929 her family moved to Decatur where she attended Decatur High School. She graduated from Young Harris in the Class of 1938. She graduated from Middle Georgia College in the Class of 1941 and she graduated from Wesleyan Conservatory, class of 1943. During World War II and from 1946 to 1956, she was Director of Recreation in U.S. Veterans Hospitals at Augusta and Dublin and in U.S. Air Force bases at Robins AFB Warner Robins, at Moody AFB Valdosta, and at bases in Germany and France. Mrs. Baxley taught elementary grades at Cary in 1945 and from 1959 to 1961 she taught English at Savannah High School. From home in Cochran, Savannah, Longstreet and Baxley, she spent 85 summers on St. Simons Island residing at 620 Postell Avenue at Baxley Beach Cottage, which was once the nearest house on the Island to the Lighthouse. After living in Baxley, GA for 25 years, she returned to Cochran in 1990. She was a member of the Cochran First United Methodist Church and Ladies Circle III. She helped organize and support a Wesleyan Alumnae group in Savannah and for many years she was active in the Appling County Chapter and the Hawkinsville Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.


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Mattie Lee Baxley Papers, consisting of 1 cubic foot of material containing documents relating to the career of Marcos Fernan-Nunez, a direct descendant of Dr. Samuel Ribiero Nunez a member of the group of 42 Jews who settled in Georgia in 1733; research and genealogical records relating to the 42 Jewish settlers and in particular to the Nunez family; and a draft and final copy of the manuscript "Gold Buttons," a history of the Nunez family by Mattie Lee Baxley wife of Marcos Fernan-Nunez.


All material is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Separated Materials

Medical Certificates moved to the oversize files.

Processing Information

Processed by Demece Harvey, (November 2013). Entered into ArchivesSpace by Willis Smith, 2020. Revisions and edits by Lindsay Resnick, 2020.

Mattie Lee Baxley Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum Repository

1440 Spring St. NW
Atlanta Georgia 30309 United States