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Caswall family papers, 1821-1965

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Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell


Caswall family papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

63M257: [Identification of item], Caswall family papers, 1821-1965, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.6 Cubic feet

3 boxes


Caswall family.


Born in England in 1810, Henry Caswall became in 1830, the first graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, to be ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1834 he was named Professor of Sacred Literature at the Theological Seminary of the Diocese of Kentucky in Lexington. His son Robert Clarke Caswall, a priest of the Church of England, came to the United States in 1871 and first served parishes in Maine and Canada. He later worked with African Americans in Tennessee and in 1899 became Archdeacon of Colored Work in the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky, establishing a Sunday school and kindergarten for the Black children of St. Andrew's Church. One of his daughters, Muriel Caswall, was a member of the editorial staff of the Boston Post.

Scope and Content

The Caswall family papers contain materials concerning the Reverend Henry Caswall, his son the Reverend Robert Clarke Caswall and Muriel Caswall, Henry's granddaughter. Correspondence from Caswall to his family in England describes early nineteenth century life in Ohio and Kentucky. Included in the collection is a New Testament Bible from 1821 and a Book of Common Prayer from 1864. Also included are documents that reflect Henry Caswall's service as priest for the Episcopalian church. There are pictures of family in England, Ireland, and the United States from the mid nineteenth century through the mid twentieth century.


  • Episcopal Church. Diocese of Lexington.
  • Caswall, Henry, 1810-1870.
  • Caswall, Robert Clarke, 1839-1919.
  • Church buildings--Kentucky--Lexington.
  • Clergy--Kentucky.
  • Episcopal Church--Clergy.
  • Genealogical correspondence.
  • Memoirs.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

New Testament Bible printed in London, 1821
[Box: 1, Item: 1]
Book of Common Prayer, 1862
[Box: 1, Item: 2]
Henry Caswall letter to his Mother, 1833 August 9
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Typed copies of family correspondence, 1830-1835
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
An act to enable Henry Caswell to exercise office of priest for the Church of England, 1843 May 31
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Memoir of Henry Caswall, Diocese newsletter, New Years hymn, 1871-1906
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Newspaper and magazine articles about Caswall family and the episcopal church in Lexington, Kentucky, 1898-1961
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Typed family history, 1952-1953
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Muriel Caswall letter to Francis Smith, 1927-1965
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Muriel Caswall molds of John Keats and Lord's Prayer, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Bishop Burgess of Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire, England, circa 1850
[Box: 3, Item: 1]
Reverand Robert C. Caswall and wife Madeline Jane Frazer in Belfast, Ireland, circa 1860
[Box: 3, Item: 2]
Harry Caswall, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 3]
Reverand Robert C. Caswall in Lexington, Kentucky, 1902
[Box: 3, Item: 4]
Sketch of memorial for Robert C. Caswall in cemetery, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 5]
Reverand Robert C. Caswall at 452 Woodland Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky, 1904
[Box: 3, Item: 6]
Caswall home on Versailles Pike in Lexington, Kentucky, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 7]
Tomb of Bishop Burgess in Salisbury Cathedral, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 8]
Muriel Caswall in Boston, Massachusetts, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 9]
The Old Gately home in Wiltshire where Robert Caswall was born, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 10]
Reverend Henry Caswall's silver badge from the Philomathesian Society of Kenyon College, undated
[Box: 3, Item: 11]
Tomb of Bishop Burgess, uncle of Henry Caswall, in Salisbury Cathedral, undated
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
Negative and print of Henry Caswall, 1965
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]