George Caldwell Granberry

George Caldwell Granberry (Hinds County)

State House: 1882-1883

Born: September 1852 in Hinds County, MS

Farmer, teacher, and postmaster. Attended Tougaloo College. Listed on the 1880 census in Yazoo County with wife Lucinda and family. Listed on the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census in Hinds County with Lucinda and children.

In 1902, Granberry filed an application for himself and his children to be identified as Mississippi Choctaws through his mother. According to that application, he and his mother (Sallie, from Clarke County) were not enslaved, though his father (George) was. Sallie’s mother, to Granberry’s knowledge, was a Choctaw named Betsey Cook. The application was refused based on insufficient evidence.

“The three Granberry boys were on scholarships given by missionary-minded persons in England… The three Granberry brothers caused a disruption at the beginning of the second term, and F. C. Granberry, the talented and popular member of the graduating class, was expelled. When Pope wrote George C. Granberry, who had married and was then teaching near Tougaloo, asking him to pay something on his debt, George C. replied that he owed nothing to the institution—rather the institution owed him. George C. felt he should have his English scholarship while he was teaching, because he was keeping up with his studies and expected to take the examinations… George C. Granberry never graduated.”
(Clarice T. Campbell and Oscar Allan Rogers, Jr., Mississippi: The View from Tougaloo, 1979)

Hinds County Gazette, September 30, 1868
Tri-Weekly Clarion, September 30, 1869
Semi-Weekly Clarion, April 21, 1871
Tougaloo College class list, 1873
State Ledger, October 25, 1892
Clarion-Ledger, April 27, 1900
Clarion-Ledger, April 27, 1900
Clarion Ledger, July 12, 1900
Choctaw application, page 1
Choctaw application, page 2
Jackson Daily News, June 16, 1904
Jackson Daily News, July 10, 1905