Williams family papers

Williams family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Williams family
Title: Williams family papers
Dates: 1787-1905
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet 1 box
Coll. Number: ms12

Biographical/Historical Note

The Williams family of North Carolina settled in Madison County, Georgia in the early nineteenth century. The family includes Joseph Williams, his wife, Desdemona Brown Williams, and their children, Dawson J. Williams and Robert G. Williams. Joseph served in the Confederate Army, 4th Regiment, Georgia State Reserve; Dawson served in the Confederate Army, Toombs Cavalry; and Robert’s unit is unknown.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of deeds, inventories, indentures, land grants, receipts, and correspondence of the Williams family from 1787-1905. Early materials relate to Dawson Williams, father of Joseph, and include correspondence and bills. Of particular interest is correspondence of Joseph Williams, from camps near Atlanta, then Camp Anderson (Andersonville, Ga.); Dawson Williams, from camps near Atlanta, Georgia, and Brown Hospital, Milledgeville, Georgia; and Robert G. Williams, from camps near Chattanooga, Russellville, and Greeneville, Tennessee, and on the Shenandoah River, “Clark” County. Correspondence contains little information about battles or troop movements, and mainly discusses life for those at home, crops, and requests for food and clothing.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Madison County (Ga.)
Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Williams family papers, ms12, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1838-1856
2Letters, 1857-1860
3Letters, 1861-May 1864
4Letters, July 1864-1866
5Court papers, 1828-1878, undated
6Notebook, undated
7Receipts and promissory notes, 1829-1878
8Deeds, 1787-1905, undated
9Indentures, 1802-1881
10Inventories, 1837-1868
10Benjamin Brown will, 1865