Grisham Family papers

Grisham Family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Grisham Family papers
Dates: 1800-1860
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms3002

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Grisham, son of John and Martha Halbert Brown Grisham, was the father-in-law of Georgia's Civil War Governor, Joseph E. Brown.

The Civil War governor of Georgia, Joseph E. Brown, was one of the most successful politicians in the state's history and the father of two-term governor Joseph M. Brown. Born in South Carolina on April 15, 1821, and raised in the mountains of north Georgia, Joseph Emerson Brown capped off a solid middle-class education in private academies with a year at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut (1845-46). Very able and ambitious, Brown quickly prospered as a lawyer and businessman. Soon after his election to the Georgia state senate in 1849 he emerged as a leader of the Democratic Party, and his influence continued after he was elected a state circuit judge in 1855. New Georgia Encyclopedia. ( Retrieved 9/2/2009.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the Grisham family Bible, with extensive family information, and an 1854 mortgage deed between Joseph S. Dial and Joseph E. Brown, Cherokee County, Ga., selling three lots and ten slaves.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Bible records--Georgia.
Bible records.
Bills of sale.
Brown, Joseph E., (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894
Dial, Joseph S.
Gresham family
Grisham, Joseph, 1789-1857 -- Family
Mortgage deeds.
Mortgages--Georgia--Cherokee County.
Slave bills of sale--Georgia--Cherokee County.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Grisham Family papers. MS 3002. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Mortgage deed between Joseph S. Dial and Joseph E. Brown (selling 3 lots of land & 10 slaves in Cherokee Co., GA), 1854
2Grisham Family Bible
Begins with John Grisham, 1715-1814 and continues through several generations, including Joseph Grisham, 1789-9 April 1857, who married 2d Mary L. Steele [3 Dec 1822 - 26 Apr 1860] & had daughter Elizabeth who married 13 July 1847 to Joseph Emerson Brown, who was Georgia's Civil War governor.