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Keith family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Keith family.
Creator: Keith, Isham, 1801-1863.
Title: Keith family papers
Dates: 1807-1858
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0455

Biographical/Historical Note

Isham Keith (1801-1863) was a resident of Farquier County, Virginia, and a successful farmer and businessman. He was a younger brother of Marshall Keith (1778-1841), a resident and land owner in Columbia County, Georgia. Mary, one of his daughters, was the wife of William Jones of Columbia County. Their daughter, Sarah, married Joshua B. Griffin, also of Columbia County.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains papers concerning the Keith family, particularly Isham Keith, Marshall Keith, Mary Jones, and Sarah Griffin. They concern the estate of Marshall Keith, family matters, planting, and crops.

Index Terms

Decedents' estates.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Keith family.
Keith, Isham, 1801-1863.
Land grants.
Letters (correspondence)
Railroad travel--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Keith family papers, MS 455, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John A.C. Keith, 1953. Griffin letters on deposit from John A.C. Keith, 1953 (Items 17-23).


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

Item 1: Grant of 61 3/4 acres in the 15th District, Wilkinson County, Georgia, to Reddick Simms, 1807 June 20 ( 2.0 p. )
Survey attached.
Item 2: Grant of 197 3/4 acres in the 15th District, Wilkinson County, Georgia, to Reddick Simms, 1807 June 20 ( 1.0 p. )
Item 3: Deed, Robert Johnson of Columbia County and John M. Kunze of Richmond County, sell to Marshall Keith Lot No. 317 (197 3/4 acres) in Wilkinson County, 1811 December 24 ( 1.0 p. )
Originally granted to Reddick Simms.
Item 4: Deed, Robert Johnson and John M. Kunze sell to Marshall Keith Lot No. 319 (61 3/4) in Wilkinson County, 1811 December 24 ( 1.0 p. )
Originally granted to Reddick Simms.
Item 5: Survey of Lots No. 317 and No. 319
Item 6: Typed copy of three letters of Marshall Keith to Isham Keith, 1836-1838
Letters dated June 22, 1836, June 17, 1837, June 9, 1838. Regarding business, family matters, and politics.
Items 7-10: Four letters of George W. Crawford to Isham Keith, 1841-1843
Letters dated November 30, 1841, October 7, 1842, February 25, 1843, September 20, 1843. Regarding the estate of Marshall Keith, comments on politics.
Items 11-12: Two letters from William Jones to Isham Keith, 1844-1845
Letters dated May 8, 1844, September 20, 1845. Regarding the estate of Marshall Keith.
Item 13: George W. Crawford letter to Isham Keith. Bel-Air, 1846 August 15 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding the estate of Marshall Keith.
Item 14: Account of the estate of Marshall Keith, by the executors, Turner Clanton, William Jones and George W. Crawford, 1842 January 18-1847 January 4 ( 12.0 p. )
Item 15: William Jones letter to his daughter, Sarah, 1854 January 27 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Columbia County, Georgia. News of the family. Sarah was living in the home of Isham Keith at the time.
Item 16: William Jones letter to Isham Keith, 1856 December 31 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Nebraska, Ga. Regarding crops.
Item 17: Sarah J. Griffin letter to Isham Keith, 1857 June 10 ( 4.0 p. )
Sent from Nebraska, Georgia. News of her family, prices of eggs and chickens; tells of her garden.
Item 18: Sarah J. Griffin to her Aunt Ann, Mrs. Ann S. Johnston, 1857 July 21 ( 6.0 p. )
Sent from Nebraska, Georgia. News of family and friends.
Items 19-23: Five letters of Joshua B. Griffin to Aunt Ann, 1857-1858
Letters dated August 11, 1857, August 23, 1857, Oct. 18, 1857, Nov. 21, 1857, Jan. 13, 1858. News of family and friends; tells of crops.
Item 24: Clipping giving schedule of trains and steam packets, Augusta to Baltimore., undated