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Scott family papers, 1746-1962
1870-1915 (bulk dates)
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
Organized: Robert A. Thornton papers, Scott family correspondence and papers, Robert Innes papers, Catherine G. Reid papers, and Hunt family papers. Arrangement thereunder is chronological.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Scott family papers, 1746-1962, 1870-1915 (bulk dates), 1M64M98, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
11 cubic ft.
Robert Augustine Thornton (ca. 1843-1915) was born in Virginia. After serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War he attended law school in Cincinnati, Ohio. He practiced law in Lexington, Kentucky in partnership at various times with John C. Breckinridge, J. B. Beck, and Charles Kerr. He married Caroline H. Preston, the daughter of General William Preston, in 1870 and had three children: William Preston Thornton, Margaret Howard Thornton who married George Radford Hunt, and Caroline Preston Thornton who married Dr. John W. Scott.
See also the papers of Charles Kerr in the Linda Neville papers, 1M61M158.
These are the business and personal papers of Lexington, Kentucky attorney, Robert Augustine Thornton and his descendants. Thornton's papers include correspondence and legal papers dated 1870 to 1915. The papers dated 1905 to 1911 contain material on James M. Haggin. There is also printed matter, mostly Kentucky Court of Appeals decisions. The Scott family papers contain genealogical material on the Howard and Wickliffe families, letters to Robert Wickliffe, Innes Randolf, Mary M. Scott, Caroline Preston Thornton, Robert Augustine Thornton, Caroline Thornton Scott and Margaret Thornton Hunt, one letterbook of Mathew T. Scott, one law notebook of General William Preston (1881), one account book, and a scrapbook. The Robert Innes papers contain genealogical information and business letters from 1746 to 1876.
The Catherine G. Reid papers consist of business documents from Lexington, Missouri and Lexington, Kentucky dated 1890-1910. She is believed to have been a Scott family servant. The Hunt family papers contain personal papers related to the marriage of Margaret Thornton Hunt (1904), and expressions of sympathy on the deaths of George Radford Hunt (1945) and Margaret Thornton Hunt (1962).