George Shall Golladay of Grenada, Mississippi

Son of Isaac Golladay and Elizabeth Shall
Husband of (1) Martha Harper (2) Virginia Carr Thomas


George was in his mid-twenties when he left his home in Lebanon, Tennessee and moved to Grenada, Mississippi. The exact year he moved has not been determined, but he was in Grenada by 1839. He served as Postmaster of Grenada until 06 June 1841.


LETTER TO ANDREW JACKSON

Thomas K. Nelson was a young fellow who left Yalobusha County on a youthful adventure to Texas and wound up in a Mexican prison in Perote. The citizens of Grenada united in an effort to free Thomas. George wrote a letter in March of 1844 to General Andrew Jackson in an appeal to have former U.S. President use his influence with Mexican General Santa Anna with the hope of freeing young Thomas. George's father Isaac Golladay was a friend of Andrew Jackson. This letter was published in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly (Volume 069, pages 228-230), George's last name was incorrectly transcribed as Galladay.


From 1850 to 1854, George was a Senator in the Mississippi State Legislature.


LETTER WRITTEN BY JEFFERSON DAVIS:

After 03 May 1853.  On George S. Golladay's recommendation of Samuel M. Hankins for register, calls Golladay "a reliable man."

LETTERS TO JEFFERSON DAVIS:

10 May 1851.  From George S. Golladay: planter invites Davis to speak at Grenada, reports that Foote's speech last fall created false impressions and that Democrats are viewed as disunionists; believes nomination of Quitman for Governor would doom the party.

22 Dec. 1862.  From Alexander M. Clayton and George S. Golladay: "We deem a visit from you here (Grenada) very important."

- from "The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 5",  Editor-Lynda Lasswell Crist


George was in Tennessee away from his family just three months before the outbreak of the Civil War. In a letter to his wife, George expresses his deep feelings for his family in the prose of that era:

City Hotel, Nashville
03 Jan 1861

God love you my Dear Martha and you my only and dear daughter and you my manly boys George & Sammy and you my blessed baby little Harper - O how I love you all - you never can realize how deep down in my warm heart you are all grafted - a part of me - myself almost forgot, in love for my little family - for their welfare in time and vast Eternity - O that you would all continue to grow in kindness and affection for each other and for Him from whom all blessings spring.


George was on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Central Railroad in 1862, 1863, and 1864.

George filed an application for a Confederate pardon from President Andrew Johnson. This was necessary because the Amnesty Proclamation of 29 May 1865 excluded him because his wealth. George stated in this application that he never held any office in the Confederate government or fought in the military. His pardon was recommended by Governor Sharkey and W. Yerger. He received this pardon on 05 October 1865.

After George's wife Martha died just after Christmas in 1866, he lived in Paducah, Kentucky for a while. It is not clear what George's reason was for leaving Grenada.

On 09 February 1870 in Memphis, George was remarried to a widow, Mrs. Virginia Carr Thomas. She was the daughter of Anderson Buckner Carr. They lived in Memphis and this is where George died on 24 February 1872. His body was brought back to Grenada for burial beside his first wife Martha. He is buried somewhere near or in the old Pine Hill cemetery, although his grave has not yet been located.


This page last updated on September 18, 2012