The Grangerford clan(family) is Twain's example of a traditional aristocratic family living in the pre-Civil War South. They're very rich: each family member has his/her servant; their house is huge and beautiful, and they own a ton of land with over a hundred slaves (we're thinking they live on a plantation). The Grangerford family have all things to be exciting, pleasant and respectable family, but unfortunately, they live in a world of fear and hate. They've had a hardcore domestic strife with a family who live nearby – The Sheperdsons, and they are enemies for almost 30 years!
The Grangerfords in the Essays