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Huckabee Family papers

Identifier: MC-011

Scope and Contents

Bedell family papers. photographs, legal papers, newspaper clippings, correspondence (notably between Susan Bedell Huckabee and Lucille Hadley Chrismon), other materials concerning Woodbine Plantation.

Notable items include a large Bedell Family Tree, deeds, and the lease agreement for the bridge keepers house.


  • 1917-1986


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Historical Background

Cousins, Susan Bedell and Lucille Headlee became close when they were young girls (7 to 9 years). Susan and her family lived at Woodbine Plantation and Lucille’s family would come down and stay during the summers. They shared many happy memories at the plantation home and kept in touch over the years, but only through Christmas cards.

Years later, Lucille Headlee Chrisman became interested in her family’s history and began researching their roots. She began by contacting and corresponding with family members. She and cousin Susan Bedell Huckabee reconnected and began a 26 year correspondence sharing family history and family news. The also began visiting each other in their homes, Susan in St. Simons Island, GA and Lucille in Springfield, MO.

Woodbine Plantation was a huge rice plantation on the Satilla River in Camden County, Georgia. The Bedell’s bought the plantation in 1884. J.K. Bedell deeded property to the railroad for the right of way and station in 1893 and became known as the founder of Woodbine.


1 box (1 Archival Box)

Language of Materials



Series 1, History of Woodbine Plantation and Bedell family

Series 2, Correspondence Subseries 1, Early Christmas cards 1917-1920 Subseries 2, Dated letters, cards, notes, newspaper articles, etc. 1960-1979 Subseries 3, Dated letters, cards, notes, newspaper articles, etc. 1980-1986 Subseries 4, Undated letters, cards, notes, newspaper articles, etc.

Series 3, Bedell Family Tree

Series 4, Primary Documents: Woodbine Plantation and Bedell Family

Custodial History

Donated July 6, 2006 by Bill Huckabee, son of Susan Bedell Huckabee

A guide to Huckabee Family papers
In Progress
Brazell, Connie; Harris, Harland
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Repository Details

Part of the Bryan-Lang Archives Repository

P. O. Box 715
311 Camden Ave.
Woodbine Georgia 31569 United States