Girardeau genealogy
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Girardeau genealogy

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Grady, Benjamin, d. 1960.
Title: Girardeau genealogy
Dates: 1917-1957
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 box)
Identification: MS 0312

Biographical/Historical Note

Jean Girardeau (the son of Pierre Girardeau and Catherine Lorraine) left Talmot, France for Charleston, South Carolina, in 1690. Jean married Ann LeSade, who died in 1720. Together they had five sons: Peter (born ca. 1705), John (born ca. 1708), Richard (ca. 1712-1766), James (ca. 1715-ca. 1756), and Isaac (1718-1773). James Girardeau married Mary Postell in 1740; they had two sons, John and James. James (the younger) moved to Georgia. Peter married Elizabeth Bohun in 1730. They had four children: John Bohun (born 1731), Peter Bohun (born 1733), Mary Ann (born 11735) and Elizabeth Bohun (born 1737). Peter remarried to Elizabeth Heap in 1746, with whom he had one son, David. Richard married Priscilla, who died in 1797. They moved to Midway in Liberty County, Georgia in 1757. They had six children: Esther (1740-1763), Sarah (died 1789), Rebecca (died 1786), Priscilla (died 1778), Susannah (born 1757), and Richard II (1759-1807).

Isaac Girardeau moved to Midway, Georgia, in 1755. He had four children: William (1752-1822), Peter (1754-1766), John (1756-1837), and Ann (born 1760). William bore two sons, John and William Pinkney. Benjamin Grady was the grandson of William Pinkney Girardeau. Edward Raynal (1877-1944) was Benjamin's cousin.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is a collection of genealogical materials, including correspondence, on the Girardeau family of South Carolina and Georgia, compiled by Benjamin Grady and Charles Raynal. The collection also contains materials on the Allen, Bacon, Baggs-Way-Grady, Baker-Elliott, Harris, Le Sade, Mayer and Nelme families.

Index Terms

Charleston (S.C.)--History.
Genealogies (histories)
Girardeau family.
Grady, Benjamin, d. 1960.
Letters (correspondence)
Midway (Ga.)
Raynal, Charles, 1877-1944.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from collector.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Girardeau genealogy, MS 312, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Benjamin Grady, 1960.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Benjamin Grady correspondence, 1917-1957


2Edward Raynal correspondence, 1930-1949


3-8Girardeau family lines


9-15Allied lines; Allen, Bacon, Baggs-Way-Grady, Baker-Elliott, Harris, Le Sade, Mayer and Nelme