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Grigsby Family Papers
The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA
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[Identification of item], Grigsby Family Papers, 1818-1884, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.
11.66 cubic ft.
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
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