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.
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.