51m40Gordon family papersGuide to the Gordon family papers, 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859 51m40Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric WeigUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research CenterSpecial Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-07 14:09:57 -0500.Description is in English.2018 March 2Collection inventory and description updated by Megan Mummey.
University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center
Gordon family papers
2 Cubic Feet
4 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 folder
The Gordon family papers (dated 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859; 2 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 folder) consists of the correspondence, papers, and a diary of the Gordon family of Georgia and Kentucky. The bulk of the collection consists of letters relating to Neal McDougal Gordon of Nicholasville, Ky., and his work in the education of Presbyterian ministers and the colonization of Liberia.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for researchers by appointment.
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Georgia farmer, John Gordon and his wife, Sarah, had ten children, among them Mary (who married John Goss), Eleanor (who married William A. Lewis), Thomas Boston, and Neal McDougal. Thomas began his legal practice in Owensville, Ky. in 1848. He fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and later ran schools in Pinchard Station, Woodford County, Ky.. He married Frances Fannie Greer, and they had three children: Angus Neal, John Gilbert, and Flora Jane. Neal McDougal Gordon served as pastor of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Nicholasville, Ky. for thirty years. He married, first, Martha Jane Harris, who died in 1845, then Catherine Smith, daughter of James and Elizabeth Black Smith, in 1848. Their children were Sis, Mattie, Eliza, John, and Logan. Neal founded Gordon's School for Boys, which trained young men for the Presbyterian ministry. Gordon was involved in the colonization movement aimed at the colonization of Liberia with free-blacks and former slaves from America. His involvement included educating men for the African Mission.
51m40: [identification of item], Gordon family papers, 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Scope and Contents
The Gordon family papers (dated 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859; 2 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 folder) consists of the correspondence, papers, and a diary of the Gordon family of Georgia and Kentucky. The bulk of the collection consists of letters relating to Neal McDougal Gordon of Nicholasville, Ky., and his work in the education of Presbyterian ministers and the colonization of Liberia. The collection contains material relating to John Gordon, Sarah Gordon, Thomas Boston Gordon, and other Gordon family members. Additionally, the collection contains many letters written during the Civil War, the diary of Neal Gordon McDougal's trip to London in 1846, and a prospectus for the abolitionist newspaper True American.
Conditions Governing Use
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- Training of.
African Americans -- Colonization -- Liberia
Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (Nicholasville, Ky.)
Gordon, Neal McDougal, d. 1871
Gordon, Sarah, d. 1863
Gordon, Thomas Boston, 1816-
Gordon's School for Boys (Lexington, Ky.)
1771-1835111836-1839121840-1842131843-1845 March141845 April-December15Prospectus for the True American, abolitionist newspaper184511846-184716Neal McDougal Gordon diary184648Scope and ContentsDiary detailing Neal McDougal Gordon's visit to a world-wide Presbyterian conference in London, England, in 1846.1848-1849 March211849 April-December221850231851-1852241853-1854251855-185926Colonization and slavery1845-185531511860-1864321865-186933Civil War letters1862-1866341870-1875351876361880-1883371884-192438Undated41-7
Gordon family papers