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Breckinridge family papers, 1759-1955

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Finding aid prepared by Heather J. Burke


Breckinridge family papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

68M106: [Identification of item], Breckinridge family papers, 1759-1955, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


1.0 Cubic feet

1 box, 2 items


The Breckinridge family has been prominent in both Kentucky and national politics since Kentucky was established as a state in 1792. John Breckinridge, founder of the clan, was Attorney General of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson; his son, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, was a Presbyterian minister involved in the pre-Civil War rift in the Presbyterian church which has lasted down to the present. Robert favored public education, opposed slavery, and was an ardent supporter of the Union during the Civil War. Robert's son, Joseph Cabell Breckinridge, fought on the Union side during the war, and later made a career in the Army. He married Louise Dudley, daughter of Ethelbert Ludlow Dudley, the noted Kentucky physician and teacher, lecturer in medicine at Transylvania University and the Louisville School of Medicine. Joseph's brother, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Jr., fought on the Confederate side.

Scope and Content

The Breckinridge family papers consists primarily of correspondence, but also includes large family genealogy charts (including a 1910 chart for the Campbell family) and an 1899 genealogy book of the Winston family by Elizabeth Winston Campbell Hendrick.

The papers contain miscellaneous letters and papers by and about Breckinridge family members. Included are a Fayette County indictment of Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, Jr. for treason against the state of Kentucky from June 12, 1862, several letters of Robert Jefferson Sr., and several to Dr. Ethelbert Dudley concerning his teaching career. There are considerable papers on the genealogies of the Breckinridges, Dudleys, Floyds, Scotts, Prestons and Littells. Also included in the papers is a transcript of the Fayette County Court proceedings in Breckinridge versus Lee from 1867 to 1884.


  • Breckinridge family
  • Dudley family
  • Floyd family
  • Little family
  • Preston family
  • Scott family
  • Winston family
  • Kentucky--Genealogy.
  • Kentucky--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Breckinridge, Louise D., (Louise Dudley)
  • Breckinridge, Robert J., (Robert Jefferson), 1800-1871
  • Breckinridge, Robert J., (Robert Jefferson), 1834-1915
  • Dudley, Ethelbert L., (Ethelbert Ludlow), 1818-1862
  • Medical colleges--Kentucky--Faculty.

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.

Collection Inventory

General, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Scope and Content Note:

The general folder contains various undated materials of the Breckinridge family.

Letters and Papers, 1759-1811
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Letters and Papers, 1841-1862
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Letters and Papers, 1891-1899
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Letters and Papers, 1923-1955, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Genealogy Notes and Notebook, Scott Family Notebook, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Histories, Memoirs and Sketches, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Transcript of the Fayette County Court Proceedings in Breckinridge versus Lee, 1867-1884
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Family Tree, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Elizabeth Winston Campbell Hendrick, Genealogy of Jacob Winston and His Descendants, 1899
[Item: 1]
Campbell Family Genealogy Charts, 1910
[Case: 6, Drawer: 2]