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Grigsby Family Papers,1818-1884

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Grigsby Family Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Grigsby Family Papers, 1818-1884, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


11.66 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Papers of Susan Preston Shelby Grigsby (1830 -1891) of Traveller's Rest near Danville, Kentucky; her father Alfred Shelby (1804 -1832), youngest son of Governor Isaac Shelby; her mother, Virginia Hart Shelby Breckinridge (1809-1859); her step father Reverend Robert Jefferson Breckinridge (1800 -1871); her husband, John Warren Grigsby (1818-1877); and a few papers of their children. Also papers of the Tobias Gibson (1801-) Family of Kentucky and Louisiana, and the Nathaniel Hart (1770-1844) and Arthur Hooe Wallace (1794-1878) families of Kentucky. Early correspondence, 1818-1859, includes letters of Charles S. Todd discussing revolutionary activity in South America, the election of 1828, and personal matters; Family letters noting day-to-day activity; letters of introduction for Alfred Shelby written by Martin Van Buren and Henry Clay; Letitia Todd's niece's 1 June 1832 letter to Susan Shelby describing the death of Todd's children from cholera; letters, 1833, to Virginia Shelby discussing the cholera epidemic in Kentucky; and letters between the women of the family detailing plantation life and their activities, often mentioning slaves and their activities. Correspondence dated 1860-1865 concerns the secession crisis; attitudes toward secession; slavery; the Civil War in Kentucky; confiscation of property and impressment of slave labor; John Grigsby's military service in the Confederate Army; daily activities; and family news and events. The papers of John Warren Grigsby contain family, personal, and business letters, 1838 -1877, concerning his service as U.S. consul at Bordeaux, France, 1839-1849; his marriage to Susan P. Shelby; European travels; U.S. and Virginia politics; and his service in the Confederate Army. The remainder of the collection includes business accounts, legal papers, land papers, and genealogical material


  • Architecture, Domestic-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Breckinridge, Robert J. (Robert Jefferson), 1800-1871.
  • Breckinridge, Virginia Hart Shelby, 1808-1859.
  • Cholera-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American-- France-- History-- Sources.
  • Durham, Milton Jameson, 1824-1911.
  • Europe-- Description and travel.
  • Fishback, Susan, 1791-1868.
  • Gibson, Randall Lee, 1832-1892.
  • Gibson, Tobias, b. 1801.
  • Gibson Family.
  • Grigsby, Hart Preston, b. 1859.
  • Grigsby, John Warren, 1818-1877.
  • Grigsby, Susan Preston Shelby1830-1891.
  • Grigsby, Virginia Shelby, b. 1856.
  • Hart, Joel Tanner, 1810-1877.
  • Hart, Nathaniel, 1770-1844.
  • Hart Family.
  • Humphreys, Sarah, b. ca. 1830.
  • Letcher, John, 1813-1884.
  • Louisiana-- Politics and government-- Sources.
  • Magoffin, Beriah, 1815-1885.
  • Picot's School for Young Ladies (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Presidents-- United States-- Election-- 1828-- Sources.
  • Slavery-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Stevenson, J. W. (John White), 1812-1886.
  • Todd, Charles Stewart, 1791-1871.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
  • United States-- Politics and government-- 19th century-- Sources.
  • Virginia-- Politics and government-- Sources.
  • Wallace, Arthur Hooe, 1794-1878.
  • Wallace Family.
  • Wheeler, Joseph, 1836-1906.
  • Women-- Education-- Pennsylvania-- Philadelphia-- History-- Sources.

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