Murrell family papers

Murrell family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Murrell family
Creator: Murrell, Elizabeth
Creator: Murrell, Ermine
Creator: Murrell, George Thomas, 1848-1909
Creator: Murrell, J. H.
Creator: Murrell, Joseph W.
Creator: Murrell, Leila Wade Morton
Title: Murrell family papers
Dates: 1832-1977
Quantity: 11.1 Linear feet (22 document boxes, 2 cartons, 1 sword, 3 oversized folders A)
Coll. Number: ms2326

Biographical/Historical Note

George Washington Harlan Murrell (b. 1806), merchant, emigrated to Walton County, Georgia where he married Judith Amanda Melvina Elizabeth Stone, daughter of Rene and Sidney Briscoe Stone. They had nine children, the eighth of which was George Thomas Murrell (1848-1909). George T. married Leila Wade Morton.

George Washington Harlan Murrell, son of David and Elizabeth Harlan Murrell, was born in 1806 in Virginia. He emigrated to Walton County, Georgia, where he married Judith Amanda Melvina Elizabeth Stone, daughter of Rene and Sidney Briscoe Stone. They had nine children, the eighth of whom was George Thomas Murrell (19 January 1848-5 October 1909). George Thomas Murrell married Leila Wade Morton, daughter of Joseph and Mildred Matthews Morton. The vast majority of manuscripts in this collection pertain to this family and their descendants. Allied families whose papers are present include the Robert Ulla Hardeman family (he was married to Martha Eugenia Murrell, sister of G.W.H. Murrell, and was a one-time business associate), the Morton family of Clarke County, and the Pittard family of Oglethorpe and Clarke Counties.

The Murrell family changed the spelling of their surname to Murrelle in the early twentieth century.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of the papers of the Murrell family of Oxford and Winterville, Georgia. A large portion of the collection consists of personal family correspondence from 1840 through 1977. There is also a significant gathering of Confererate reminiscences by G.W.H. Murrell relating to his Civil War experiences and those of Cobb's Legion.

Among the extensive business records are papers relating to different Murrell mercantile firms in Walton and Newton Counties as well as farming operation records at Winterville. Most of the post-1900 business records, however, are quite mundane.

Most pertinent among subject folders are those relating to family genealogy, the Farmers Alliance in which George T. Murrell was an active participant, and several folders of clippings on family and business matters. There are also a number of ephemeral paper items relating to Winterville and other Georgia communities and a sampling of artifacts.

The Naval Officer's Light Dress sword, found in artifacts, has a 30 inch steel blade and a single vertical guard brass hilt. This weapon was the property of the U.S. Naval officer, Grady F. Pittard. It has an accompanying scabbard of brass and leather construction, which has sustained damage due to leather rot at the distal end of the scabbard. The hiltwise brass band is engraved with teh initials GFP. The blade is of etched steel and bears teh name Grady F. Pittard below the maker's mark just below the hilt. The terminal 3 inch of point has sustained damage from pitted oxidation and several instances of the blade point having been bent and restraightened. The hilt is of brass piercework and is highly decorated, as is the brass pommel. The wire-wrapped grip around the wooden core appears to be intact.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

Clarke County (Ga.)
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Newton County (Ga.)
Oxford (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Point Lookout (Md.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
Populist Party (U.S.).
Reminiscences.
Soldiers--Georgia.
Walton County (Ga.)
Winterville (Ga.)--Social life and customs.

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

Murrell family papers. MS 2326. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Murrell family papers, 1830-1959.

See also photographic materials from this collection that were removed to the Cased Image Collection, MS 3529.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series 1: General Correspondence

BoxFolder
111840 (1 item)
21841 (1 item)
31843 (1 item)
41846 (1 item)
51847 (1 item)
61848 (5 items)
71849 (5 items)
81851 (1 item)
91853 (1 item)
101855 (1 item)
111856 (12 items)
121857 (10 items)
131858 (4 items)
141859 (2 items)
151860 (2 items)
161861 (7 items)
171862 (20 items)
181863 (5 items)
191864 (4 items)
201865 (5 items)
211866 (5 items)
221867 (5 items)
231868 (1 item)
241869 (3 items)
251870 (1 item)
261871 (1 item)
271872 (11 items)
281873 (20 items)
291874 January-March (20 items)
301874 April-December (16 items)
BoxFolder
211875 (29 items)
21876 (13 items)
31877 January (9 items)
41877 February (8 items)
51877 March (5 items)
61877 April-December (7 items)
71878 (16 items)
81879 (14 items)
91880 (9 items)
101881 (17 items)
111882 (12 items)
121883 (6 items)
BoxFolder
311884 (26 items)
21885 (21 items)
31886 (13 items)
41887 (17 items)
51888 (27 items)
61889 (14 items)
71890 (17 items)
BoxFolder
411891 January-April (26 items)
21891 May-September (21 items)
31891 October-December (22 items)
41892 January-March (18 items)
51892 April-December (20 items)
61893 (12 items)
71894 (2 items)
81895 (5 items)
91896 (3 items)
101897 (1 item)
111899 (1 item)
BoxFolder
511900 (1 item)
21902 (4 items)
31904 (5 items)
41905 (1 item)
51906 (4 items)
61907 (8 items)
71908 (3 items)
81909 (9 items)
91910 (1 item)
101911 (3 items)
111912 (7 items)
121913 (13 items)
131914 (5 items)
141915 (11 items)
151916 (5 items)
161917 (3 items)
171918 (20 items)
181919 (4 items)
BoxFolder
61192 (1 item)
21920 (9 items)
31921 (3 items)
41922 January-July (18 items)
51922 August (17 items)
61922 September-December (14 items)
71923 (9 items)
81924 (5 items)
91925 (3 items)
101926 (7 items)
111927 (21 items)
121928 (5 items)
131929 (12 items)
BoxFolder
711930 (14 items)
21931 (11 items)
31932 (15 items)
41933 (18 items)
51934 (15 items)
61935 (12 items)
71936 (9 items)
81937 (9 items)
91938 (8 items)
101939 (3 items)
BoxFolder
811940 (6 items)
21941 (1 item)
31942 (4 items)
41944 (5 items)
51945 (1 item)
61946 (2 items)
71947 (2 items)
81948 (3 items)
91949 (1 item)
101950 (8 items)
111951 (22 items)
121952 (4 items)
131953 (6 items)
141958 (3 items)
151959 (8 items)
BoxFolder
911960 (6 items)
21961 (1 item)
31962 (4 items)
41963 (2 items)
51964 (5 items)
61965 (6 items)
71968 (3 items)
81969 (2 items)
11972 (2 items)
21973 (23 items)
31974 (4 items)
41975 (3 items)
51976 (2 items)
61977 (1 item)
BoxFolder
101No Date (1 item)
2No Date (2 items)
3No Date (3 items)
4No Date (4 items)
5No Date (3 items)
6No Date
7Empty Envelopes (1 item)
8Empty envelopes (2 items)
 

Series 2: Business Papers

BoxFolder
1111832 (1 item)
21833 (1 item)
31834 (1 item)
41837 (1 item)
51839 (1 item)
61840 (3 items)
71841 (3 items)
81842 (1 item)
91843 (2 items)
101844 (1 item)
111847 (1 item)
121848 (2 items)
131850 (1 item)
141854 (2 items)
151855 (4 items)
161856 (1 item)
171857 (3 items)
181858 (2 items)
191859 (4 items)
201860 (2 items)
211861 (1 item)
221862 (2 items)
231863 (1 item)
241864 (2 items)
251865 (7 items)
261866 (9 items)
271867 (3 items)
281868 (1 item)
291869 (1 item)
301870 (3 items)
311871 (1 item)
321873 (1 item)
331874 (2 items)
341875 (1 item)
351876 (10 items)
361877 (10 items)
371878 (12 items)
381879 (5 items)
391880 (8 items)
401881 (12 items)
411882 (2 items)
421883 (4 items)
431884 (20 items)
441885 (16 items)
451886 (4 items)
11887 (6 items)
21888 (17 items)
31889 (7 items)
41890 (5 items)
51891 (6 items)
61892 (10 items)
BoxFolder
1211893 (36 items)
21894 (27 items)
31895 (32 items)
41896 (59 items)
51897 (70 items)
61898 (57 items)
71899 (48 items)
81900 (18 items)
91901 (48 items)
101902 (32 items)
111903 (52 items)
12(H.R. Palmer & Sons), 1903 (51 items)
131904 (59 items)
141905 (69 items)
151906 (38 items)
BoxFolder
1311907 (13 items)
21908 (28 items)
31909 (32 items)
41910 (45 items)
51911 (60 items)
61912 (50 items)
71913 (77 items)
81914 (63 items)
91915 (41 items)
101916 (98 items)
BoxFolder
1411917 (28 items)
21917 (54 items)
31918 (69 items)
41918 (146 items)
51919 (281 items)
61920 (117 items)
71921 (33 items)
BoxFolder
1511922 (12 items)
21923 (53 items)
31924 (7 items)
41925 (13 items)
51926 (5 items)
61927 (2 items)
71929 (1 item)
81930 (57 items)
91931 (19 items)
101932 (55 items)
111933 (36 items)
121934 (10 items)
131935 (3 items)
141936 (2 items)
151937 (6 items)
161942 (4 items)
171944 (2 items)
181945 (1 item)
191946 (7 items)
201947 (7 items)
211948 (8 items)
221959-1969 (1 item)
23No Date (117 items)
24Checks (1 item)
25Household Records (4 items)
26Land records Clarke County (1 item)
27Land records, DeKalb County (1 item)
28Land records, Walton County (1 item)
29Land records, Wilkes County (1 item)
 

Series 3: Personal Papers

BoxFolder
161Address book and name lists (9 items)
2Autograph album ( Mental Photographs) (1 item)
3Autograph album (Leila Morton) (1 item)
4Autograph album (Jennie Murrell) (1 item)
5Autograph album (Jennie Murrell) (1 item)
6Calling cards (52 items)
7Christmas cards (37 items)
8Confederate reminiscences of George Murrell (14 items)
BoxFolder
171Diary (Elizabeth Murrell), 1905 (1 item)
2Genealogy (41 items)
3Greeting cards and invitations (60 items)
4Journal (George T. Murrell), 1892-1894 (1 item)
5Murrell, Estelle (1 item)
6Murrell, Jennie (4 items)
7Murrell, Mrs. Leila W. (3 items)
8Notebook of George W.H. Murrell, 1849-1843 (1 item)
9Notebook of Nina Murrell, 1890 (1 item)
10Notebook, 1871-1875 (1 item)
11Notebook, 1875-1877 (1 item)
BoxFolder
181Notebook, 1879 (1 item)
2Notebook, 1920-1935 (1 item)
3Notebook, undated (1 item)
4Photographs (14 items)
5Photographs (23 items)
6Photographs (1 item)
7Photographs-album (1 item)
BoxFolder
191Scrapbook (1 item)
2Will, George W.H. Murrell (1 item)
3Will, Mildred Elizabeth Murrell (1 item)
4Writings of George T. Murrell (8 items)
5Writings of Jennie Murrell (11 items)
6Writings of H. F. Pittard (1 item)
7Writings-unidentified (4 items)
 

Series 4: Advertising Pamphlets and Leaflets

BoxFolder
201Advertising pamphlets & leaflets (47 items)
2Advertising pamphlets & leaflets (32 items)
3Advertising pamphlets & leaflets (25 items)
4Advertising premiums (56 items)
5Advertising premiums (miscellaneous) (32 items)
6Advertising premiums (movie stars) (23 items)
7Advertising premiums (Post cereal-Roy Rogers) (11 items)
8Christmas cards (6 items)
9Cherokee Cover Church records (1 item)
10Freemasons. Zanathustra Lodge (1 item)
11Georgia-miscellaneous printed materials (14 items)
12Georgia Farmers Alliance (4 items)
13Monteagle Assembly (1 item)
BoxFolder
211Newspaper Clippings-Miscellaneous (47 items)
2Newspaper Clippings-Miscellaneous (19 items)
3Newspaper Clippings-Miscellaneous (24 items)
4Newspaper Clippings-Miscellaneous (59 items)
5Newspaper Clippings-Miscellaneous (59 items)
6Oglethorpe County Commission Appointment (1 item)
7Panama-Pacific Exposition, 1915 (2 items)
8Paper Dolls (77 items)
BoxFolder
221Post Cards-Greetings (56 items)
2Post Cards-Greetings (68 items)
3Post Cards-Scenes (44 items)
4Recipes (23 items)
5Religious Pamphlets & ephemera (25 items)
6Religious Pamphlets & Ephemera (30 items)
Religious Pamphlets & Ephemera
Specimen pages of No. 5 Songs of Love and Praise
Sample pages from Songs of Love & Praise, No. 4 (Two copies)
Specimen pages of Bright Melodies
Our Christmas Songs, Number One... By Edward Roberts. Dalton Ga., 1893
Christmas Suggestions... By David C. Cook. Chicago, Ill., 1895
The Nazarene. Christmas Number. Vol. XI, No. 59, (December 1924)
Hood's Christmas Annual No. 20
The Advent of the King, a New Christmas Service for Sunday Schools... Dalton, Ga., 1895 (Two copies)
Mother Goose & Her Family as Mission Workers, By Mrs. O. W. Scott
Christ Our Shepherd, a Service Prepared by W. A. Pickell, Phila., 1897
The Enchanted Castle, a Grand Christmas Cantata in Two Parts..N.Y., 1896
Word Edition Anniversary Greetings, No. 12, "On to Victory."
The Prince Trumphant, an Easter Service for Sunday Schools...Phila., 1899
Garlands of Praise for Children's Day. Arranged by Rev. Robert F.Y. Pierce, 1895
Recitations for "Children's Day,", 1895
Anniversary Greetings No. 12. On to Victory, an Origian Childrens Day or Anniversary Service for Sunday Schools, 1898
Supplement to the Children's Day Service for, May, 1898
Supplement to the Children's Day Service for, May, 1899
A Floral Crown, a Service for Children's Day. Compiled by Eliza E. Hewitt and J. Wesley Hughes..., 1900
Money Barrel Concert Exercise. Arranged by Belle Kellog Towne
Monteagle International Training School Session of, 1909 (Two copies)
Rush Hour at the Cafeteria, by Carleton E. Null, Actual Experience Series
An Appeal for Work and Workers. Adult Leaflet, January, 1916
Sample pages from Gospel Songs No. 2. By Palmer Hartsough and J. H. Fillmore
Advertising brochure for David Cook's Sunday-School Papers
A Tithing Talk, by R. H. Bennett
Infidels and their Work. American Tract Society
The Banners of the Nations. A Missionary Exercise prepared by Mrs. O. W. Scott
Mission Study Class Manual: How to Organize and Conduct a Class, by B. Carter Millikin, 1906
The Staple. Athens First Methodist Church, 1959 (Four issues)
First Methodist Church, Athens, bulletin for, 22 April 1934
"Packing Pork to Pay Expenses" : An Incident in the Life of D. L. Moody
The Everlasting Covinant: Message No. 5
Homecoming and Dedication Service, Bessemer City Baptist Church, Bessemer City, N. C. Sunday, Broadside, April 27, 1941
Read this second. We know the first to whom this communication is sent is interested in the organized (Co-operative Helpful) Sunday School movement... Broadside
Paster of The Call of the First Disciples. Providence Lith. Co., 1905
Serving patterns (2 items)
8Winterville Miscellany (6 items)
Annual Exercises of Winterville Academy, G. B. Atkisson, A. M., Principal. Senior Division...Chronical Print, Athens, Ga. Broadside, Thursday, June 21, 1888
Charter and Ordinances Town of Winterville, Ga. (Greensboro, Ga., Press of the Hearld Journal), 1905 (28p.)
Pittard Banking Company Winterville, Georgia "The Growing Bank"... Leaflet, 1917
Winterville High School 11:00 a.m., Pageant by Prof. W. W. Reits. "A Child Shall Lead Them." (History of the Winterville School)... Leaflet, October 26, 1923
Winterville High School Literary Society Program Friday Night, Broadside, March 29, 1929
Big Auction Sale of Lots About Ten Acres Each: The Bruno Winter Property in front of Old Simmons Place, Winterville, Ga. Easy Terms, Friday March 3, Leaflet, No date
 

Series 5: Printed Books, Pamphlets, and Ephemera

Box
23Hill, Mrs. A. P. Mrs. Hill's New Cook Book...New York, 1877
Smith, Charles H. A School History of Georgia... Boston, 1896
Longfellow, Henry W. The Courtship of Miles Standish... Revised Literature Series. Boston, 1886
Official Automobile Blue Book 1920...Vol. 6... N. Y., 1920
Ewell, James. The Medical Companion on Family Physician... Philadelphia, 1836
Phinizy, H. H. In Memoriam Ferdinand Phinizy, Died October 20, 1889...Augusta, 1890
Vermilye, Elizabeth B. The Life of Alexander Duff. Chicago, 1890
Farmers Ready Reckoner. Athens, 1919
Holy Bible. Philadelphia, 1858
(title-page for Old Testament lacking).
Cotton Manual. Athens, 1907
Hymnal (miniature size)
Lacks title-page and first 38 pages of text
Time: The Weekly Newsmagazine, December 15, 1941
(has Pearl Harbor stories-George F. Pittard was there when Japanese attacked).
The Mentor, Vol. 9, No. 4, (May 1, 1921)
National Farm and Fireside, Vol. 18, No. 10 Wash., D. C., (May 17, 1890)
Spring Songs and Sketches. New York, E. P. Dutton, n. d.
Love. Buffalo, Hayes Lithographing Co., n.d.
Good Luck and Love. Buffalo, Hayes Lithographing Co., n.d.
The National Geographic Magazine: Specimens in Miniature...Vol 26, No. 3, 1915
Wilkes-Barre Philharmonic Club...First Public Rehearsal. Phillips' Academy, Thursday Evening, ... Broadside, June 15, 1882
Scenes on the Cripple Creek Short Line. Duncan, n.d. Brochure
A Man from this House is now serving his country at the front in the United States Navy... Broadside card
"Composite picture of the Youthful, New Blood, New Deal Judges... Broadside card
Fragment of an illustrated broadside listing Candidates."
Sketched dittograph map of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Illustrated stationery for the Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D. C. (4 folders)
Sheet Music (4 folders)
Students' Handbook of the University of Georgia. Presented by the Young Men's Christian Association, Second Edition, 1901-1902
To the Military of Georgia: The existence and future progress and prosperity of the volunteer soldiery of the State is dependent upon enactment... Atlanta, Ga., Broadside, August 6,1892
Emery College, Oxford, Georgia. Commencement Day, Wednesday, July 21, 1875. Augusta, Ga.: Chronicle and Sentinel Job Printing Office Leaflet, 1875
L.G.I. Players present Eliza Comes to Stay: A force in three acts by H.V. Esmond. Under the direction of Rosa Hamm Combs. Locust Grove Auditorium..., 1929
Athens High School, Athens, Georgia. Graduation exercises, Auditorium, Tuesday evening, June 4, 1924
Greetings from Gainesville, Georgia. Accordion Fold
Facts about the University of Georgia... Leaflet, 1923
(Advantages of Oxford, Ga., as a residence town), 189-
Booklet lacks title-page
Application for Enrollment "The Mildred Rutherford Reading Circle"... Leaflet
Football game ticket-Yale versus Georgia, October 12, 1929
New Sheet Guide of Atlanta. Record Book and Useful Medical Receipts..., 1924
Strahan, Charles Morton. Clarke County,Ga. and the City of Athens... Athens, 1893
 

Series 6: Artifacts

Box
24Glass-aperitif pale green monogrammed USN
Decorative box (Cardboard)-Colonial Chocolates-empty
Decorative tin-National Biscuit Company-octagonal with pestorial scene on lid
Jack-in-the-box made in Japan-exterior shaped like small book
Game board-wooden with oriental scene
Small cardboard box with label of Simmons Hardware Co. Hornet brand pocket knives-empty
Set of wooden blocks (for inking) with animal designs (6 items)
Candleholder-metal, simple design (2 items)
Strengthining Plaster prepared expressly for E. C. Long & Druggists, Athens, Georgia, cloth label
Envelope containing bead necklace
Small cardboard box advertising Ohio Blue Tip Matches
Doll or child's high-top button shoe
Japanese sash with rising sun emblem
Cloth pin cushion
Small cardboard box advertising "Dr. Haines' Golden Specific" patent medicines-empty
Match box labeled "Exclusively Ohio Blue Tip" and picture of U. S. Constitution-empty
Two bells with handles, small
Stocking with name Sidney Stone written in ink on it
Button: "Official Reunion Badge UCV Memphis Reunion, Kime 8-9-10, 1909."
Metal plated cannister embossed TMC (incomplete)
Doll or baby pink one-button shoe and sock
Small box with family hair clippings
Pince-nez glasses (one lens loose) in case
Gold-frame old-fashioned eye glasses
Metal case with fragments of several pair of old-fashioned metal-rim eye glasses
Small wooden box with label of I. A. Hardy & Co., Atlanta Containing eyeglass lens
Package of ankle straps for shoes
Print sample chart "Color Pack for Painters National Lead Company" for Dutch Boy Paints
Metal bolt stamped "U"
Picture frame velvet-covered with oval opening
Photographic case with American eagle on cover
Wooden inkstamp
Leather pouch for legal papers
Cardboard box advertising Hollingsworth's Unusual Candies
Freestanding shirt collar
J & P Coats' Best Six-Cord Spool Cotton box with label
Rolled wallpaper sample
Sleeve cuffs
Leather card case "Compliments of Pabst Brewing Co., Milwaukee,Wisconsin
Lace Tatting
Powdered medicine in envelope with handwritten note describing dosage
Alphabet Cards (incomplete set)
Author Cards (incomplete set)
Literature Cards (incomplete set)
Envelope with Duke of Durham cigarettes
Item
1Naval Officer's Light Dress Sword, owned by Grady F. Pittard
 

Series 6: Oversized Materials

OS Folder
1ALithograph of Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, GA, 1887
OS Folder
2AHigh school diploma, group portrait, 1900
OS Folder
3AReligious illustration, with and without translation