Check out the new collections available this month at the Kentucky Historical Society’s Martin F. Schmidt Library!
Risk family letters, 1811-1861, SC 1240
Two letters from James J. Risk dated 10 February 1861 and 28 May 1861. Letters discuss the crops, including hemp, rye and wheat; panic regarding the war and hoarding of supplies; the tyrant Abraham Lincoln; an escaped slave; the murder of a black man; dishonorable conduct among troops, including the killing of prisoners; black property owners; and secession. Court summons for Polly Risk, dated 27 November 1860 regarding dower slaves. Notes regarding permission for marriage of Matilda Middleton to Davis Preston, dated 22 August 1859 and 27 and 28 November 1860. Note regarding permission for marriage of Betsey Twiddle to William Preston, dated 20 December 1811. Find out more!
First Seventh Day Adventist Church records, SC 1262
Two volumes containing minutes, financial reports, and committee lists compiled by members and officials of the First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. Records document activities of the church and its Sabbath school in particular. First ledger spans 1917-1921; second ledger spans 1927-1929. Find out more!
Stansifer, Cleveland, and Nichols family Bibles, SC 1209
Stansifer bible includes birth, death, and marriage information on the surnames Stansifer, Crileigh, Miles, DeWitt, Westbrook, Cleveland, Clori, Riggs, and Yeager from 1785-1883. Stansifer bible published by Isaiah Thomas in 1791. Associated folder includes family records removed from bible, funeral notice for Rachael G. Stansifer, and religious pictures. The family records give alternate spellings of some of the surnames Stinsifer, Stinesifer, Stonesiffer, Stanesiffer, Standifer, Yager, Yeger. Cleveland bible includes birth, death, and marriage information on the surnames Cleveland, Stansifer, Rowl, Stevenson, McCollough, Young, and Brumback from 1791-1901. Cleveland bible publisher and publication date unknown. Associated folder includes handwritten page of family history information, handwritten letter, published minutes, newspaper clippings. Nichols bible includes birth, death, and marriage information for the surnames Nichols, Eckels (or Eckles), Lighthune, Tarlton, Herring, Brooks, Sanders, Gelwicks, Chilton, and Cleveland from 1786-1988. Nichols bible published by Robinson & Franklin in 1839. Associated folder includes typed pages of family history information, various newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous cards. Find out more!
Greathouse and Waring Family Papers, MSS 149
Letters written to John U. Waring and John S. Greathouse dated 1780-1898. Documents include land grants that were issued by President James Monroe, Governor Patrick Henry, Isaac Shelby, and James Garrard between the period 1780-1830. Also includes wills with names of slaves, slave sale records, receipts, settlement of theWaring estate and family correspondence. Topics of the letters include hemp crops, Henry Clay's prospects of becoming President, Cholera, family news and one letter in which John S. Greathouse asks John U. Waring for permission to marry his daughter Catherine Waring. Additional correspondents include Dr. Ridgely Greathouse, and Zadoc Abell. Also includes a list of teachers living in Louisville in the 1890s and a list of founding members of the Sons of the American Revolution. Find out more!
For over 100 years, the Martin F. Schmidt Library and Special Collections has collected research materials which document the people, places and events in Kentucky’s history. The library’s resources include manuscripts, microfilm, county records, maps, published genealogies, oral history tapes, photographs, land records, and rare books. The Kentucky Historical Society is open to the public Wednesdays 10-4; Thursday 10-8; Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-5.