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Lochrane and Reid family papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1203

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the Reid and Lochrane families, as well as the associated families Grant and Rudolph. The bulk of papers is correspondence, primarily from Sallie Fannie Reid. Other items include legal material from Osborne Augustus Lochrane such as speeches, legal decisions, telegraphs, and a funeral announcement; a valedictory speech, calling cards, calendars, receipts, and poetry from the Lochrane family; and receipts and Confederate Army military passes from the Reid family. In addition, there is a 1888 playbill, a will, a land deed, Spring Street Elementary School promotional material, newspaper clippings, wedding anniversary announcement, and biography of William Daniel Grant. Of special note are slave bills of sale, Civil War military maps, and a letter written by Governor John Slaton to his brother-in-law regarding the aftermath of the Leo Frank trail.


  • 1833-1977, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1856-1872


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

Sarah Frances "Sallie Fannie" Grant Reid, known as the Belle of Georgia, was born to William Reid (1810-1873) and Martha Wingfield Reid (1814-1889). During the Civil War, she funded the Sallie Fannie Reid Guards, a military company from LaGrange, Georgia, that operated outside of the Confederate Army and whose members were legally exempt from military service. She also served as the secretary of the Ladies of the Soldiers' Relief Society. In 1866 she married Willian Daniel Grant (1837-1901). Grant owned Fannin, Grant and Company with his father, John Thomas Grant (1813-1887); served as a captain in the Confederate Army and as vice president of the Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895; and built the W.D. Grant Building in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1899. The Grants had three children: John William Grant (1867-1938), Sarah Frances Grant Slaton (1870-1945), and William Reid Grant (1872-1872).

William Reid Grant married Josephine Lochrane Connors (1906-1970), who was born to Lillian Lochrane Connors (1873-1964) and Georgie Washington Connors (1865-1943). Josephine was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Piedmont Evergreen Garden Club, and the Atlanta Junior League. Grant and Connors had a daughter, Lillian Lochrane Grant (1928-1988), who married William Edward Rudolph (1927-1996) in 1948.

Josephine Lochrane Connor's grandfather, Osborne Augustus Lochrane (1829-1887), was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, to Edward Lochrane, an Irish physician. Osborne Augustus Lochrane was married twice, first to Frances Victoria Lamar (1830-1858) and then to Josephine Emma Freeman (1836-1919), he had five children who lived to adulthood: Idoline Lochrane Ellard (1860-1945), Elgin Cremorne Lochrane (1866-1893), Elma Bruce Lochrane Westmoreland (1869-1896), Lillian Lochrane Connors, and Ferdinand Bell Lochrane (1876-1944). Governor Rufus Bullock appointed Lochrane Chief Justice of the State of Georgia. During the Civil War, he supported Governor Joseph E. Brown against Confederate States President Jefferson Davis in their disagreement on conscripting soldiers.


1.04 linear ft. (two document cases)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1995, with subsequent additions

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2020.

Lochrane and Reid family papers
Danielle Osakwe
November 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305