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Seaton Family papers, 1788-1956

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Title

Seaton Family papers

Date

1788-1956

Repository

University of Kentucky Libraries, Special Collections

Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Family and Business Papers (1788-1951, undated), Financial Materials (1794-1940, undated), Journals (1839-1927, undated), Scrapbooks (1841-1929, undated), Legal Materials (1897-1898), School Notebooks (1843-1887), Topical Files (1859-1956, undated), Genealogical Materials (1830-1914, undated), and Oversized Materials (1846-1928, undated).

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Seaton Family papers, 1788-1956, 56M307, Special Collections, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington

Extent

circa 21 cubic feet (26 boxes, 18 volumes)

Creator

Seaton family

Abstract

This collection primarily relates to the Means family of Ashland, Kentucky, who played a dominant role in the development of the iron industry in the Hanging Fork region of southern Ohio and in eastern Kentucky. They also played a prominent part in the development of both river and rail transportation in the area and in the formation of Ashland, Kentucky as an industrial city. These papers include both personal and business-related correspondence, financial records, legal documents, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, journals, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Biography/History

This collection primarily relates to the Means family of Ashland, Kentucky, who played a dominant role in the development of the iron industry in the Hanging Fork region of southern Ohio and in eastern Kentucky. They also played a prominent part in the development of both river and rail transportation in the area and in the formation of Ashland, Kentucky as an industrial city.

Colonel John Means was a wealthy South Carolina upcountry planter, who migrated from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and settled in the Union District of South Carolina (Spartanburg). Though a slaveholder, Means had little sympathy for the institution and in 1819 he migrated to Manchester, Adams County, in southern Ohio, where he granted freedom to his twenty-five slaves. In Ohio, he engaged in farming and was a land agent of Albert Gallatin. He also built and operated of one of the first iron furnaces in the Hanging Rock region.

His son, Thomas W. Means, after a brief apprenticeship as a store keeper at Union Furnace, Ohio, formed a partnership in 1837 with David Sinton and took over operation of the furnace. Throughout the 1840s and 1850s, Means and Sinton came into control of several furnaces in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. The Ohio Furnace, purchased in 1847, was reportedly the first charcoal furnace in the country to produce as much as tens tons of iron a day.

Hugh Means joined his brother Thomas in 1831 at Union Furnace, first as store manager and then assisting in the sale of iron. After spending a short time in Alabama on a merchandizing project, he returned to Ohio in 1837 to settle his father's estate. Together with Thomas Means and William Culbertson, he built the Buena Vista Furnace in 1847 in what is now Boyd County, Kentucky. Throughout his life, he maintained a close personal and financial relationship with Thomas and with his nephew John Means.

John Means was born to Thomas Williamson and Sarah Ellison Means at West Union, Adams County, Ohio in 1829. After leaving Marietta College in 1848 because of poor health, he began his apprenticeship as a store keeper at the Ohio Furnace. In 1851 he went to Buena Vista Furnace which was then under the control of his father. There he served in various capacities until 1861 when the furnace was shut down due to the Civil War. In 1854, acting as his father's agent, he purchased the land upon which the city of Ashland now stands. In 1856, John, along with his father Thomas, uncle Hugh, and several other businessmen, formed the Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company to develop the town of Ashland. In the same year, the Meanses formed the Cincinnati and Big Sandy Packet Company, a river line made up of big iron freighters. They also bought up the bankrupt eastern division of the Lexington and Big Sandy Railway and, organizing the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway, extended its lines to their vast timber and coal lands in order to aid in the development of the area.

Aside from the role in which the Means family played in the development of the iron industry, the development of transportation, and the establishment of the industrial city of Ashland, they also founded several banking institutions and personally supported various civic and religious organizations.

John Means married Mrs. Harriet Hildreth Perkins on October 25, 1854. She was the daughter of Dr. Samuel Prescott Hildreth, of Marietta, Ohio, a member of the state legislature, assistant State Geologist, and local historian. Together, John and Harriet had six children: Thomas Hildreth, Eliza Isabella, Lillian, Rosalie, Harold, and Ellison Cooke (E.C.).

Inheriting a vast industrial and financial empire from his father, E.C. Means, attended Marietta College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating from the latter in 1887, began his career as assistant to the manager of the Low Moor Iron Company which his father had helped form in 1873 in western Virginia. He also served as superintendent of the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway from 1891 to 1901, when he then became general manager of Low Moor. In 1916 he returned to Ashland to accept the position of president of the Means Realty Company. He also held various executive positions with the Yellowstone Poplar Lumber Company, the Ashland Steel Company, Norton Iron Works, and the Clinton Fire Brick Works. Aside from his business associations, Means was also active in civic affairs of the community, the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and served as chairman of the Ashland Water Works from 1921-1931.

William Biggs Seaton, who married Eliza Isabella Means in 1885, began his business career in 1872 as a store keeper at the Bellefonte Furnace near Ashland. There he served in various capacities until 1881 when he became manager of the Mount Savage Furnace. In 1886 he took a position of cashier and general manager of the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway Company. The following year he assumed charge of the Bellefonte Furnace for the Means and Russell Iron Company and later became the company president. He held the position of secretary and general manager of the Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company, was a leading factor in the organization of the Independent Telephone Company, and was principle owner of the Park City Telephone Company. In 1908 he became President and general manager of the Ashland Iron and Mining Company and the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway. He also served as the vice-president of the Norton Iron Works, president of the Clinton Fire Brick Company, and director of the Ashland National Bank and the Merchants Bank and Trust Company.

Scope and Content

These papers are primarily those of John Means (1821-1910); his wife, Harriet Hildreth Perkins Means (1826-1895); their son E.C. (Ellison Cooke) Means (1864-1956); his brother William (d. 1837); his uncle Hugh Means (1812-1884); his grandfather, Colonel John Means (1770-1837); his aunt, Margaret A. Means (d. 1921); and his son-in-law, William Biggs Seaton (1855-1927). Materials include both personal and business-related correspondence, financial records, legal documents, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, journals, scrapbooks, and photographs.

Subjects

  • American Rolling Mill Company (Ky.)
  • Ashland Coal and Iron Railway (Ky.)
  • Ashland Iron and Mining Company (Ky.)
  • Bellefonte Furnace (Ky.)
  • Buena Vista Furnace (Boyd County, Ky.)
  • Citizen's Telephone Company (Ky.)
  • Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company.
  • Lexington and Big Sandy Railway Company (Ky.)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Genealogies
  • Journals
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Maps
  • Photographic prints
  • Scrapbooks
  • Ashland (Ky.) - History.
  • Europe - Description and travel.
  • Kentucky - History
  • United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849.
  • Means, E.C. (Ellison Cooke), 1864-1956.
  • Means, Harriet Hildreth Perkins, 1826-1895
  • Means, John, 1821-1910.
  • Means, Margaret A.
  • Means family.
  • Seaton, Eliza Isabella Means, 1858-1942.
  • Seaton, William Biggs, 1855-1927.
  • Seaton family.
  • Iron Industry and Trade - Kentucky.
  • Railroad companies - United States.

Related Material

Photographs from this collection may be found under accession number 56PA307. Please see also the Means Family Papers (56MS301, 56PA301) for additional materials pertaining to the Means and Seaton families. Some materials from this collection, as well as the Means Family Papers, have been microfilmed and can be found under microfilm number M-191.

Collection Inventory

FAMILY AND BUSINESS PAPERS, 1788-1951, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Arranged chronologically, these materials include both personal and business-related correspondence, as well as other miscellaneous papers of the Means and Seaton families.

1788-1813
Scope and Content Note:

These few papers relate to the settlement of the estate of Thomas Williamson of Spartanburg, South Carolina, of which Colonel John Means was appointed executor.

1788-1813
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
1818-1839
Scope and Content Note:

The papers of this period relate primarily to Col. John Means' work as an attorney and land agent for Albert Gallatin, including a letter from Gallatin expressing appreciation for his services. There is also a letter from Means to his son Thomas Williamson concerning Means' work as a member of Ohio's state legislature in 1825.

1818-1829
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
1830-1834
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
1835-1839
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
1840-1849
Scope and Content Note:

These papers include primarily business correspondence and receipts of Hugh Means and James W. Means, a merchant at Portsmouth, Ohio. There are also several land indentures of Thomas W. and Hugh Means.

1840-1844
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
January-June 1845
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
July-December 1845
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
1846-1849
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
1850-1859
Scope and Content Note:

This period includes the business papers of Hugh Means while he was a store keeper at Buena Vista Furnace; of John Means relative to the formation of the Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company; and of John's partnership in the Ashland Steam Ferry Company. There is some correspondence dealing with the purchase of stock in the Lexington and Big Sandy Railway by the Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Co. and miscellaneous papers of John Means.

1854
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
1855-1859
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
1860-1869
Scope and Content Note:

Correspondence from this period is primarily comprised of business letters of John Means concerned with various facets of the iron industry and commercial expansion in the Ashland area. There are a few papers relating to a law suit between the Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company and the Lexington and Big Sandy Railway and on the formation of the Ashland Home Guard. Correspondence between Harriet Means and her mother concerns the Civil War, mentioning the presence of troops and war preparations in Marietta, Ohio.

1860
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
1861
[Box: 1, Folder: 12]
1862-1863
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
1864
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
1865-1866
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
1867
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
1868-1869
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
1870-1879
Scope and Content Note:

Mostly business correspondence. A few letters to Jesse D. Bright in Frankfort requesting favorable legislation action concerning the Lexington and Big Sandy Railway Company. Includes business papers of the Norton Iron Works.

1870-1871
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
1872-1874
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
1875-1879
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
1880-1889
Scope and Content Note:

Includes miscellaneous business papers and correspondence.

1880-1885
[Box: 2, Folder: 9]
1886-1889
[Box: 2, Folder: 10]
1890-1909
Scope and Content Note:

Included here are papers concerning the affairs of the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway, the People's Telephone Company, the Ashland Fire Brick Company, and the newly formed Ashland Iron and Mining Company. There are also several letters to W.B. Seaton from E.C. Means at Low Moor. Other papers concern John Means' donation of land for a public school in Ashland and the estate of Elizabeth Means.

1890-1899
[Box: 2, Folder: 11]
1900-1903
[Box: 2, Folder: 12]
1904-1909
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
1910-1919
Scope and Content Note:

Included here are papers describing the condition of the Ashland Iron and Mining Company, as well as the iron industry in general, prior to World War I and the effect of the war on a declining market. They also describe the expansion of plant facilities in order to meet war demands and government restrictions on the economy, especially price regulation and the effect of the cancellation of large government contracts upon the industry. Some papers concern the negotiations of the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway with various members of the Means family. Papers relating to the Ashland Water Company are also included.

1910
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
1911-1912
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
1913-1916
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
1917-1919
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
1920-1929
Scope and Content Note:

Correspondence between W.B. Seaton and Charles Means of the Means and Russell Iron Company. Condition of the Ashland Fire Brick Company and the liquidation of the Kentucky Coal, Iron and Manufacturing Company. There are tributes to Seaton who died in 1927, papers dealing with his estate, and letters revealing the extent of his wife's charities.

1920-1923
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
1924-1929
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
1930-1951
Scope and Content Note:

Primarily personal letters of Mrs. W.B. Seaton with a few business papers. There are letters to E.C. Means from Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge, as well as tributes to Dawes after his death in 1951.

1930-1938
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
1941-1951
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
UNDATED
Undated, miscellaneous
[Box: 4, Folder: 1]
Undated, cards and invitations
[Box: 4, Folder: 2]
TRANSCRIPTS
Letters to Mrs. Harriet Means, 1855-1866
[Box: 4, Folder: 3]
FINANCIAL MATERIALS, 1794-1940, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Includes account books, cash books, ledgers, journals, and miscellaneous related materials for individual members of the Means and Seaton families and the businesses in which they were involved. Arranged alphabetically by individual or company name; chronologically thereunder.

BUSINESS
American Rolling Mill Company
Cost Sheets, January 1922
[Box: 4, Folder: 4]
Balance Sheets, January 1922
[Box: 4, Folder: 5]
Ashland (City)
Ledger, 1876-1881
[Box: 4, Folder: 6]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes financial information for Ashland, Kentucky, including city statement, debts due to the city, receipts and expenditures, etc.

Ashland Fire Brick Company
Ledger, 1912-1921
[Box: 4, Folder: 7]
Ashland Improvement Company of Kentucky
Ledger, 1890
[Box: 4, Folder: 8]
Scope and Content Note:

Also includes financial information for the Kentucky Iron, Coal and Manufacturing Company

Ashland Iron and Mining Company
Accountant's Report, December 31, 1917
[Box: 4, Folder: 9]
Accountant's Report, June 30, 1918
[Box: 4, Folder: 10]
Balance Sheets, July-December 1917
[Box: 4, Folder: 11]
Balance Sheets, 1918
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
Balance Sheets, 1919
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
Balance Sheets, 1920
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
Balance Sheets, 1921
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
Comparative Statements, 1913-1916
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
Cost Sheets, July-December 1921
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
Creditors, 1919
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
Description of lots sold to the Ashland Iron and Mining Company by the Means and Russell Iron Company and Deeds of Conveyance Forms, 1899
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
Estimates and Contracts, 1915-1916
[Box: 6, Folder: 1]
Freight and Switching Operation Statements, July 1920-November 1921
[Box: 6, Folder: 2]
Statements showing the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway Company's Main Line, Sidings, and Tracks, undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 3]
Map showing the property of the Ashland Electric Light and Power Company, Ashland, Kentucky
[Box: 6, Folder: 4]
Materials Cost Sheets, 1918-1921
[Box: 6, Folder: 5]
Materials relating to the purchase of the Ashland Iron and Mining Company by the American Rolling Mill Company, 1919-1921
[Box: 6, Folder: 6]
Miscellaneous Business and Financial Materials, 1895-1928 and undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 7]
Shareholders, 1921, 1923
[Box: 6, Folder: 8]
Shipments Summary, September 1917-January 1922
[Box: 6, Folder: 9]
Stockholder Information, 1918-1919 and undated
[Box: 6, Folder: 10]
Trading Profit Statements, 1910-1921
[Box: 6, Folder: 11]
Bellefonte Furnace
Ledger, "In a/c with H. Means and Co.," May 13, 1852-March 1, 1857
[Box: 6, Folder: 12]
Inventory, 1885-1916
[Box: 6, Folder: 13]
Buena Vista
John Means' Account Book, 1851
[Box: 6, Folder: 14]
Citizen's Telephone Company
Stocks Journal, January 1899-July 1905
[Box: 6, Folder: 15]
Stocks Ledger, January 1899-July 1906
[Box: 7, Folder: 1]
Journal, May-October 1905
[Box: 7, Folder: 2]
Trial Balance Closing the Books of the Company, May-October 1905
[Box: 7, Folder: 3]
Means and Company
Shipping Book, September 1873-December 1879
[Box: 7, Folder: 4]
Means, Russell and Means
Key to the Abstract of Title to the Clinton Furnace Tracts, May 15, 1895
[Box: 7, Folder: 5]
Abstract of Title to the Main Buena Vista or Princess Furnace Tract... December 16, 1880, by Purchase from Thomas W. Means
[Box: 8, Folder: 1]
N.H. Furnace
H. Boggs, Coon Fork Job, 1849-1850
[Box: 8, Folder: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Account of wood cut and sold.

Ohio Furnace
John Means' Account Book, 1849
[Box: 8, Folder: 3]
John Means' note book, "Catalogue of mineral and other specimens, commenced this the 23rd day of January 1850"
[Box: 8, Folder: 4]
Russell and Means Iron Company
Ledger, December 1894-April 1911
[Box: 8, Folder: 5]
Union Furnace
John Means Memorandum Book, "Goods to be purchased for Union and Ohio Furnaces," 1850
[Box: 8, Folder: 6]
Unidentified
Ledger, May 1906-May 1911
[Box: 8, Folder: 7]
PERSONAL
E.C. and Ruby R. Means
Trial Balance, 1906-1940 (2 volumes)
[Box: 9, Folder: 1]
Hugh Means
Financial Ledger, April 8, 1871-December 20, 1884
[Box: 9, Folder: 2]
John Means
Cash Book, 1855-1860
[Box: 9, Folder: 3]
Journal, October 29, 1858-October 15, 1866
[Box: 9, Folder: 4]
Account Books, 1861-1867 (2 volumes)
[Box: 9, Folder: 5]
Account Book, 1869-1887
[Box: 9, Folder: 6]
Account Book, 1872-1889
[Box: 9, Folder: 7]
Scope and Content Note:

[Includes Personal and Business finances.]

Check Book (Ashland National Bank), 1873
[Box: 9, Folder: 8]
Account Book, John Means Estate, February 18, 1910-December 16, 1916
[Box: 10, Folder: 1]
Margaret A. Means
Trial Balance, 1913-1923
[Box: 10, Folder: 2]
Mary Peck Seaton Means
Journal, 1901-1903
[Box: 10, Folder: 3]
Journal, 1904-1906
[Box: 10, Folder: 4]
Thomas H. Means
Account Book, October 3, 1931-April 13, 1933
[Box: 10, Folder: 5]
John Seaton
Day Book/Ledger, 1794-1825
[Box: 10, Folder: 6]
Scope and Content Note:

Cover says: "John Seaton, Amherst, New Hampshire, Bought in 1794."

W.B. Seaton
Financial Ledger, September 15, 1884-December 31, 1888
[Box: 10, Folder: 7]
Financial Ledger, October 23, 1845-October 1847
[Box: 10, Folder: 8]
Scope and Content Note:

"W.W. Wilson's Book, Locust Grove, Ohio"

JOURNALS, 1839-1927, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Arranged alphabetically by individual, chronologically thereunder. Include personal journals and diaries kept by members of the Means and Seaton families, as well as household journals which convey, among other things, expenses, weather and climate records, and books lent from their libraries.

PERSONAL
Hildreth, R.C. (Rhoda Cook)
Travel Journal, May 23-July 25, 1839
[Box: 11, Folder: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

"Mrs. Hildreth's Journal from Marietta to Boston in 1839."

Transcript of Travel Journal
[Box: 11, Folder: 2]
Dr. S.P. Hildreth
Valedictory Address of Dr. S.P. Hildreth, President, Third Medical Convention of Ohio, May 14, 1839
[Box: 11, Folder: 3]
Means, E.C
Autograph Albums, 1877-1886 (2 volumes)
[Box: 11, Folder: 4]
Means, Harriet Hildreth Perkins
Travel Journal, "Mrs. John Means' journal to California and back in 1882. March 15th to May 20th, 1882. Europe in 1891 - April 22-July 22."
[Box: 11, Folder: 5]
Travel Journal, "Journal of Mrs. John Means during trips north and south." July 10, 1878-March 4, 1883
[Box: 11, Folder: 6]
Travel Journal, Europe, June 18-October 11, 1879
[Box: 11, Folder: 7]
Means, John
Journal, 1880
[Box: 11, Folder: 8]
Journal, March 31-September 22, 1881
[Box: 11, Folder: 9]
Journal, November 14, 1907-May 11, 1915
[Box: 12, Folder: 1]
Stencil of name
[Box: 12, Folder: 2]
Margaret A. Means
Journals, 1874-1879 (2 volumes)
[Box: 12, Folder: 3]
Journals, 1880-1884 (2 volumes)
[Box: 12, Folder: 4]
Journals, 1884-1894 (2 volumes)
[Box: 12, Folder: 5]
Journals, 1894-1900 (2 volumes)
[Box: 12, Folder: 6]
Journals, 1900-1907 (2 volumes)
[Box: 12, Folder: 7]
Perkins, Eliza Douglas
Travel Journal, trip from Marietta to New Orleans and Tallahassee, Florida and back again, October 30, 1848-January 16, 1849
[Box: 13, Folder: 1]
Travel Journal, "Sketches of a trip from Marietta, Ohio to the valley of the Sacramento in the Spring and Summer of 1849."
[Box: 13, Folder: 2]
Mrs. W.B. Seaton (Eliza Isabella)
Journal, 1916-1918
[Box: 13, Folder: 3]
W.B. Seaton
Daily Record, 1895
[Box: 13, Folder: 4]
Memorandum Books, 1883-1914 (4 volumes)
[Box: 13, Folder: 5]
Unknown author
Memorandum Books, 1876-1886 and undated
[Box: 13, Folder: 6]
HOUSEHOLD
Unknown author
"Visits" 1888-1893
[Box: 14, Folder: 1]
Mary Peck Seaton Means
Household Expenses, April 2, 1891, April 1, 1895-December 22, 1897
[Box: 14, Folder: 2]
W.B. Seaton
Inventory of W.B. Seaton's residence at 1401 Bath Ave., Ashland, KY (Includes furniture, pictures, silverware, books), January 20, 1927
[Box: 14, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

[Also includes inventory of property owned by Chas. W. Means.]

Receipts and bills, contracts, and correspondence concerning furniture and work on house
[Box: 14, Folder: 4]
John Means
Records of his orchards and gardens, 1858-1863; Library catalogue, including section for books lent; list of Civil War soldiers from Ashland, Kentucky
[Box: 14, Folder: 5]
Journal, Books Lent, 1868-1871
[Box: 15, Folder: 1]
Weather and climate records, May 16, 1855-May 31, 1875 [moved from Catlettsburg to Ashland circa 1857]; Books lent, February 10, 1872-September 14, 1875; Vote of 10th Congressional District, November 3, 1874
[Box: 15, Folder: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

Thomas Hildreth Means
Weather and climate records, June 1, 1875-September 30, 1884; Books lent, 1875-1884
[Box: 15, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

Weather and climate records, October 1, 1884-December 31, 1894; Books lent, 1884-1894; Boyd County Vote, 1886 and 1888
[Box: 15, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

Weather and climate records, January 1, 1895-December 31, 1901; Books lent, March 27, 1895-December 29, 1901; Rain Fall, 1892-1902
[Box: 16, Folder: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

Weather and climate records, October 1, 1917-May 14, 1919; Books lent, April 16, 1921-May 7, 1925
[Box: 16, Folder: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

Weather and climate records, January 1, 1902-August 31, 1909; Books lent, January 3, 1902-August 4, 1909
[Box: 16, Folder: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

Weather and climate records, September 1, 1909-October 8, 1917; Books lent, September 21, 1909-January 23, 1917
[Box: 16, Folder: 4]
Scope and Content Note:

[includes miscellaneous daily events/happenings]

SCRAPBOOKS, 1841-1929, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Arranged in chronological order.

1841-1869, creator unknown
[Box: 17, Item: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes miscellaneous news clippings, obituaries, poems, and clippings of George Hildreth's "California Letters"

1868-1938, Eliza Isabella Means
[Box: 18, Item: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes primarily family related clippings.

1868-1906, creator unknown
[Box: 18, Item: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes primarily death notices and obituaries for members of the Means family.

circa 1860s, creator unknown
[Box: 19, Item: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes clippings on miscellaneous political figures, poems, memorials for Abraham Lincoln's death, pressed flowers.

1878-1892, Mrs. John Means (Harriet Hildreth Perkins)
[Box: 19, Item: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes pressed flowers and leaves collected on her travels through the United States and Europe.

1876-1888, creator unknown
[Box: 19, Item: 3]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes clippings from the 1876 World's Fair in Philadelphia, Watkins Glen, and Mammoth Cave.

1886-1929, dedicated "To Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Seaton, Sept. 14, 1886 from Hugh M. Compton."
[Box: 20, Item: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes family related clippings and obituaries.

circa 1880s, creator unknown
[Box: 20, Item: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes misc. household and garden tips, recipes, and health remedies.

undated, author/creator unknown
[Box: 21, Item: 1]
Scope and Content Note:

Includes clippings of European royalty and other prominent European and American figures; poems, articles, postcards, and some photos.

undated, Bessie Means
[Box: 21, Item: 2]
Scope and Content Note:

Drawings, cards, clippings on US presidents and other notable figures (authors, musicians, actresses)

LEGAL MATERIALS, 1897-1898
Scope and Content Note:

These materials relate to the following lawsuit involving the heirs of the Thomas W. Means estate:

Benjamin R. Cowen, Evan E. Williams and A.S. Frazer, Trustees, vs. Thomas M. Adams and E.C. Means, Administrators, with the will annexed of the estate of Thomas W. Means, deceased, and John Means.

FEDERAL REPORTER
vol. 78, no. 4, March 30, 1897. Cowen v. Adams, p. 536-554
[Box: 22, Item: 1]
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, OCTOBER TERM 1897, NO. 381
Scope and Content Note:

Thomas M. Adams and E.C. Means, Administrators of Thomas W. Means, Petitioners, vs. Benjamin R. Cowen, Evan F. Williams, and A.S. Frazer, Trustees.

Transcript of Record
[Box: 22, Item: 2]
UNITED STATES CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, SIXTH CIRCUIT
Scope and Content Note:

Benjamin R. Cowen, Evan F. Williams, and A.S. Frazer, Trustees, Appellants, vs. Thomas M. Adams and E.C. Means, Administrators with the Will Annexed of the Estate of Thos W. Means, deceased, and John Means, Appellees.

Brief for Appellants
[Box: 22, Item: 3]
Brief for the Appellees (copy 1)
[Box: 22, Item: 4]
Brief for the Appellees (copy 2)
[Box: 22, Item: 5]
Mr. Anderson's Brief for the Appellees (copy 1)
[Box: 22, Item: 6]
Mr. Anderson's Brief for the Appellees (copy 2)
[Box: 22, Item: 7]
Mr. Anderson's Brief for the Appellees (copy 3)
[Box: 22, Item: 8]
Memorandum Reply to Additional Brief for Appellants
[Box: 22, Item: 9]
Correspondence Between John Means and William Means Arranged Chronologically (copy 1)
[Box: 22, Item: 10]
Correspondence Between John Means and William Means Arranged Chronologically (copy 2)
[Box: 22, Item: 11]
Petition for Rehearing
[Box: 22, Item: 12]
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, OCTOBER TERM 1898, NO. 113
Scope and Content Note:

Thomas M. Adams and E.C. Means, Administrators of Thomas W. Means, Petitioners, vs. Benjamin R. Cowen, Evan F. Williams, and A.S. Frazer, Trustees

Brief for the Petitioners (copy 1)
[Box: 22, Item: 13]
Brief for the Petitioners (copy 2)
[Box: 22, Item: 14]
Brief for the Petitioners (copy 3)
[Box: 22, Item: 15]
Additional Brief for the Petitioners
[Box: 22, Item: 16]
Ledger Accounts of the Children on the Books of Thomas W. Means
[Box: 22, Item: 17]
SCHOOL NOTEBOOKS, 1843-1887
HARRIET E. HILDRETH
Composition book, includes essays and poems, 1840-1843 and books read, 1843-1853
[Box: 23, Folder: 1]
BESSIE MEANS
Composition book, circa November 1878-May 1879
[Box: 23, Folder: 2]
Composition book, 1880 (some pages used as scrapbook)
[Box: 23, Folder: 3]
E.C. MEANS
Notebook, Mineralogy, circa 1886
[Box: 23, Folder: 4]
Notebook, Metallurgy, March 1887
[Box: 23, Folder: 5]
Notebook, Geology, April 1887
[Box: 23, Folder: 6]
TOPICAL FILES, 1859-1956, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Arranged in alphabetical order. Included are newspaper clippings about the Ashland area and various family members, as well as general articles of interest.

Civil War, 1860-1941, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 1]
Coal and Iron Industry, 1860-1954
[Box: 24, Folder: 2]
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), 1914-1929, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 3]
Financial Statements, City of Ashland, KY, 1894-1932
[Box: 24, Folder: 4]
Flood, Ohio River, February-March 1937
[Box: 24, Folder: 5]
Samuel P. Hildreth Home, November 1954 and undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 6]
Historical sketches - Ashland area, 1917-1942 and undated [includes regional history of Huntington, Catlettsburg, Ironton, and Russell
[Box: 24, Folder: 7]
Historical Sketch, Marietta, Ohio, January 8, 1867
[Box: 24, Folder: 8]
History of King's Daughters' Hospital celebrating 40th anniversary, Ashland, KY, May 11, 1939
[Box: 24, Folder: 9]
Kentucky Club Women, June 1919 and undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 10]
Low Moor Iron Company, Charter and By-laws, 1900
[Box: 24, Folder: 11]
Means and Seaton Families, 1859-1956 and undated [misc. articles]
[Box: 24, Folder: 12]
Miscellaneous topics relating to the Ashland area and various interests of the Means and Seaton families, 1859-1950, undated
[Box: 24, Folder: 13]
Proposed Extension: Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railway to Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields via Ashland and Ironton. Ashland Business Men's Association. Circa 1909-1910. Bound copy. Copy 1
[Box: 24, Folder: 14]
Proposed Extension: Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railway to Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields via Ashland and Ironton. Ashland Business Men's Association. Circa 1909-1910. Bound copy. Copy 2
[Box: 24, Folder: 15]
Proposed Extension: Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railway to Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields via Ashland and Ironton. Ashland Business Men's Association. Circa 1909-1910. Bound copy. Copy 3
[Box: 25, Folder: 1]
Proposed Extension: Cincinnati, Hamilton, and Dayton Railway to Eastern Kentucky Coal Fields via Ashland and Ironton. Ashland Business Men's Association. Circa 1909-1910. Correspondence and loose data sheets
[Box: 25, Folder: 2]
Railroads, April 19, 1953
[Box: 25, Folder: 3]
David Sinton, undated
[Box: 25, Folder: 4]
GENEALOGICAL MATERIALS, 1830-1914, undated
E.C. Means, Genealogy notebook, December 25, 1911
[Box: 25, Folder: 5]
Miscellaneous correspondence and notes concerning the Hildreth, Means, and Seaton family histories. Includes worksheet for DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) application
[Box: 25, Folder: 6]
Eliza Isabella Means Seaton, DAR application
[Box: 25, Folder: 7]
Miscellaneous DAR publications and memorabilia, 1914
[Box: 25, Folder: 8]
Holy Bible...with index by Hervey Wilbur. New York, White, Gallaher and White, 1830. Includes family register for the Williamson and Means families
[Item: Item 26]
OVERSIZED MATERIALS, 1846-1928, undated
FINANCIAL MATERIALS, 1851-1912
Business
Bellefonte Furnace
Daybook, January 1, 1884-November 14, 1903
[Item: 27]
"Ledger H," 1884-1905
[Item: 28]
Supplementary journal, January 1, 1890-December 10, 1908
[Item: 29]
Culbertson, Means and Culbertson
Journal, July 1878-September 1, 1880
[Item: 30]
Ledger, July 1878-September 1, 1880
[Item: 31]
Means and Russell Iron Company
Stock Certificates, August 13, 1886-November 30, 1912
[Item: 32]
Cash Book, May 1, 1891-May 31, 1911
[Item: 33]
Supplementary journal, December 18, 1908-May 31, 1911
[Item: 34]
Union Furnace
Sinton and Means, Union Furnace Landing, Ledger, February 1851-April 1882 [indexed]
[Item: 35]
Unknown
Accounts Payable, July 2, 1906-June 3, 1911
[Item: 36]
Personal, 1837-1910, undated
Hugh Means
Ledger, [Hugh Means?], 1837-1850
[Item: 37]
John Means
Ledger, 1855-1908
[Item: 38]
Ledger, June 30, 1887 (July 19, 1909)-February 1910
[Item: 39]
"Index to Ledger A"
[Item: 40]
Journal, July 1, 1878-July 13, 1909
[Item: 41]
Journal, October 22, 1909-February 9, 1910
[Item: 42]
Thomas W. Means
Journal, Thomas W. Means Estate, August 14, 1890-April 2, 1902
[Item: 43]
MISCELLANEOUS, 1846-1928, undated
Scope and Content Note:

Mostly includes maps. Arranged chronologically for the most part, with some materials organized according to size for preservation purposes.

Mitchell's School Atlas, Thomas Cowperthwait, & Co., 1846. [Includes notes by John Means.]
[Box: 44, Folder: 1]
Diagram showing Ashland's flood district. Shows high water marks of February 12, 1883 and February 12, 1884
[Box: 44, Folder: 2]
Map of parts of Scioto and Lawrence Counties, Ohio, showing the lands of Means, Kyle & Co., 1890
[Box: 44, Folder: 3]
Blueprint showing [tract, lands, plot] of the Means & Russell Iron company optioned by the Ashland Coal and Iron Railway Co., 1895
[Box: 44, Folder: 4]
Broadside: Notice of Sale of the Ashland Improvement Company, Wednesday, April 25, 1900
[Box: 44, Folder: 5]
Map of Ashland, Kentucky, March 1923
[Box: 44, Folder: 6]
Map Showing Distribution System, Ashland Water Works, Ashland, KY, September 19, 1924
[Box: 44, Folder: 7]
Blueprint: Means Realty Co. Beech Grove Addition, Ashland, KY, November 7, 1924
[Box: 44, Folder: 8]
Presidential campaign poster for Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis, 1928
[Box: 44, Folder: 9]
Map showing the Poage Tract, undated
[Box: 44, Folder: 10]
Sketch Map of Alleghany County, Virginia, based on U.S. Geological Survey Map, B.B. Ringo, undated
[Box: 44, Folder: 11]
Geological Survey of Kentucky: Map of Boyd, Carter, and Greenup Counties, undated
[Box: 44, Folder: 12]
Plot of a Portion of Boyd, Carter, and Greenup Counties, undated. [includes furnaces and railroads in operation.]
[Box: 44, Folder: 13]
Proposed Extension of A.C.&I. R.R. Tracks to the Ashland Sheet Mill, undated. (2 copies)
[Box: 44, Folder: 14]
Views and descriptions of the construction of Long Lake Dam, a development of the Washington Water Power Company on the Spokane River, undated. (5 pieces)
[Box: 44, Folder: 15]
Geologic Atlas of the United States, no. 160: Accident-Grantsville Folio, Maryland-Pennsylvania-West Virginia, Washington, D.C., U.S. Geological Survey, 1908
[Box: 44, Item: 16]
Geologic Atlas of the United States, no. 184: Kenova Folio, Kentucky-West Virginia-Ohio, Washington, D.C., U.S. Geological Survey, 1912
[Box: 44, Item: 17]
Large Folio which includes maps of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia and mechanical/engineering drawings by John Means
[Box: 44, Item: 18]