Williams family papers

Williams family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Williams family
Creator: Williams, Dawson
Creator: Williams, Dawson J., 1847-1901
Creator: Williams, Desdamona, 1818-1875
Creator: Williams, Joseph, 1816-1888
Creator: Williams, Robert G., 1841-1868
Title: Williams family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1850-1860
Dates: 1786-1905, bulk 1850-1860
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (137 items in 1 half box)
Abstract:The collection consists of the papers of the Williams family of Madison, Georgia from 1786-1905. Includes deeds, inventories, indentures, land grants, receipts, and correspondence. Early materials relate to Dawson Williams, father of Joseph, and include correspondence and bills. Of particular interest is the Civil War correspondence of Joseph Williams, 4th Regiment, Georgia State Reserve who served first in Atlanta, then Camp Anderson (Andersonville, Ga.); Dawson J., Toombs Cavalry who served near Atlanta; and Robert G. (unit unknown) who served in Tennessee. Correspondence contains little information about battles or troop movements, and mainly discusses life for those at home, crops, and requests for food and clothing.
Coll. Number: ms12

Biographical/Historical Note

The Williams family of North Carolina settled in Madison County, Georgia in the early nineteenth century. The family farmed but owned few, if any, slaves. The Williams' family includes Joseph Williams (1816-1888), his wife Desdamona Brown Williams (1818-1875), and their children, Dawson J. (1847-1901) and Robert G. (1841-1868).


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Andersonville (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Atlanta (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia State Reserves.
Confederate States of America. Army. Toombs Cavalry.
Farm life--Georgia.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Madison County (Ga.)
Tennessee--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Williams family papers. MS 12. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1838-1856
2Letters, 1857-1860
3Letters, 1861-May 1864
4Letters, June 1864-1866
5Court papers, 1828-1878, undated
6Notebook, 1780s-1796
7Receipts and notes, 1829-1878
8Deeds, 1787-1905, undated
9Indentures, 1802-1881
10Inventories, 1837-1868
10Benjamin Brown will, January 1865