Dr. Nathaniel P. Jelks House, Circa 1870, Hawkinsville

Nathaniel P. Jelks House, photographed in 2008.

Thought to have been designed by architect J. H. Russell for Dr. Nathaniel Pohill Jelks (1845-1911) and his wife Kathleen Lamkin Jelks, this house has always been one of my favorites in Hawkinsville, even before its restoration. I worried for many years that it would be lost, as it had become weather-worn and abandoned. The present restoration was done using a photograph provided the present owners by descendants of Dr. Jelks.




Author: Brian Brown

Brian Brown is a documentary photographer, author, and historian who lives in Coastal Georgia.

14 thoughts on “Dr. Nathaniel P. Jelks House, Circa 1870, Hawkinsville”

  1. My grandmother, Georgia Jelks McGriff, was the youngest child of Dr. Jelks. When I was growing up, her sister, Ruth Jelks, lived here and my grandparents lived next door. My cousins and I spent many hours playing here. Aunt Ruth was one of seven children by Dr. Jelk’s first wife, Kathleen Lamkin. Grandma’s mother was Katie Pate Jelks. I believe that my great-grandfather’s mother was Mary Polhill Jelks. The house is on the corner of Jackson and Merritt Streets.

  2. Hi Brian, my Mama was from Hawkinsville and I remember her always saying we were kin to the Polhills and her genealogy book says the Jelks also. She was a Pate, her Mama was a Taylor and her grandmama was a Brown. Some from marshallvile I THINK. I love ❤️ your photographs!

      1. It’s on S. Jackson St, on the southwest corner of Jackson and Merritt Streets. Dr. Nathaniel Polhill Jelks was the son of James Oliver Jelks, one of the founders of Hawkinsville, and Mary Polhill, daughter of Judge James Polhill.

  3. Any ability to post a before-and-after since this sounds like a huge restoration project?

    Thanks, ‘Nita Parry


    1. I have before pictures throughout the restoration. I go to different towns taking pictures of the towns and homes as a hobby.

      1. Thank you Jamie for this I was hoping for more photos. I just love these kind of stories in photos!!!

  4. Not to be a smartass, but is it Dr. Jelks or Jenks. Is this Jelks related to the Dr. Jelks who used to practice in Tatnall County and delivered me 67 years ago?

    Keep up the good work!

  5. Thanks Brian. Beautiful house. I am often pleasantly surprised how much sophisticated architecture beyond Greek Revival can be found in small southern towns if you just slow down and look around to see it!

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