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UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Griffith Family Papers, 1827-1905
0.5 Linear feet; 1 document box
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Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of correspondence and additional papers concerning financial and legal matters of the Griffith, Nicks, and Gibson families in Fort Smith and Little Rock. The collection documents the estate of General John Nicks (1774-1831), including his slave and land holdings in Arkansas and Louisiana. Also included are documents concerning the slave holdings of Nicks's business partner, merchant Robert S. Gibson, and the estate papers of Robert's wife, Sarah "Sallie" Nicks Gibson.
Samuel Lewis Griffith was born in Harford County, Maryland, on 22 February 1818, the son of George A. Griffith (b. 1793) and Emily Periman (1791-1824). He was a merchant from Fort Smith and later Little Rock. Griffith was a delegate from Sebastian County at the Arkansas Secession Convention in 1861, though he voted for the state to remain in the Union. In September 1862, Confederate officials appointed Griffith as the chief agent in Texas and Mexico for the Clothing Bureau of the Trans-Mississippi Department. After the war, Griffith served on the board of trustees at St. John's College of Arkansas, a Masonic-sponsored school that operated from 1850 to 1882. Griffith died in Little Rock on 1893 January 15 and is buried in Mount Holly Cemetery.
Griffith married Elizabeth Perkins Nicks (1826-1913), the daughter of General John Nicks (1774-1831) and Sarah Perkins (d. 1862). Elizabeth was born in what was then the Cherokee Nation (now Oklahoma). Samuel and Elizabeth Griffith had two sons: John Nicks Griffith (1843-1843) and George Nicks Griffith (1844-1844). Elizabeth was the brother of John Q. Nicks (d. 1861). After General Nicks's death in 1831, Sarah Perkins Nicks married Robert S. Gibson, who was appointed postmaster of the Arkansas territory in 1832 (General Nicks previously held the appointment), and later served as a county judge in Crawford County from 1840 to 1842. The couple had three children: Robert, Jr., Irene, and Mary (b. 1836). Mary married Confederate General Richard Gatlin (1809-1896).
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Cravens, William Fadjo, Jr., 1929-2012, collector
Crawford County (Ark.)--History--19th century
Gibson, Robert S.
Gibson, Sarah Hicks
Griffith, Samuel Lewis, 1818-1893
Nicks, John, 1774-1831
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Griffith Family Papers, 1827-1905, UALR.MS.0058. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, file number, box number, Griffith Family Papers, 1827-1905, UALR.MS.0058.