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Joseph Family Collection (MC 26)

Historical Note

This prominent Columbus family was headed by Isaac Joseph (b. Aug.1833 in Germany) and his wife, Louise Wohlborn Joseph (whose birth dates are given variously as 1837 or 1842 and her place of birth as either Germany or New York). Isaac Joseph emigrated from Germany in 1842. Their children include Dan Joseph (January 21, 1858-1930); Charles J. Joseph (November 6, 1859-March 12, 1924); Hart Joseph; Ida Joseph (b. May, 1865); E. Jonathan (John) Joseph (b. July 1875); Nell Joseph (b. Nov. 1879); Mrs. Walter Bicheat Cheatham, nee Eva Castleman Joseph (b. July, 1875); Mrs. W. J. Wood; Louise Joseph (b. Oct. 1876); Allie Joseph (b. Sept, 1880) and Gertrude Joseph (b. May 1887). According to the Roosevelt Rehab history of the Cottages at Warm Springs,Georgia, Isaac was the owner of the Joseph Cottage. It also says that he was the president of a successful steamship line, The Columbus and Gulf Navigation Company, among other business interests. One of the company's steamships was the “Fannie Fearn”, a stern-wheel steamboat, purchased in May, 1887. (Fannie was the name of one of Isaac Joseph's daughters). Boats ran from Columbus, Georgia to Apalachicola, Florida. The “Fannie Fearn” sank in the Chattahoochee River near Columbus in 1902.

Scope and Contents

1880-1940s 4 boxes (2.5 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Joseph Family Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Joseph Family Collection
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


These materials were found in the Joseph House at 828 Broadway, Columbus, Georgia, during its restoration by the Historic Columbus Foundation. They were transferred to the CSU archives at the same time as the other HCF materials in 1979.

Note to Researchers

Most photos were removed from this collection, including all the ones from the photo album. They are cataloged and shelved with the Historical Photographs Collection. A search of “Joseph Family Album” will retrieve the list of photos from the album, while a search of “Joseph” will retrieve these and the rest of the separated photos.

See also: Historic Columbus Foundation (MC 17)

Box and Contents List

Box 1

Item 1 – Bible #1.

Item 2 – Bible #2.

Item 3 – Bible #3.

Item 4 – Bible #4.

Item 5 – Two cookbooks. n.d. but probably 1920s and 1940s

Item 6 – Scrapbook of Poems

Folder 1 – Various Newspaper Clippings and Miscellaneous, mostly covering family weddings and deaths. 1904-1940s.

Box 2

Item 1 -- Scrapbook of Political Cartoons.

Item 2 – Group of Postcards, mostly addressed to Allie Joseph. 1900s

Box 3

Item 1 – Photograph Album (photos removed and placed in the Historic Photos Collection). n.d.

Item 2 – Large photo of St. Elmo in Columbus, Georgia. n.d.