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Smith family papers, 1859

Part of Smith family papers

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kukm1m64m142 Smith family papers, 1858-1955, Bulk 1859-1874 64M142 Finding aid prepared by Katie L.B. Henningsen University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2011 March 3 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-09-07T08:10-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Smith family papers 64M142 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.45 Cubic feet 1 box Bulk, 1859-1874 1858-1955 Smith family. Biographical note George Washington Smith (1832-1908) was a farmer and, apparently, owner of a sawmill in Henderson County, Ky. Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Preferred Citation note 64M142 : [identification of item], Smith family papers, 1858-1955, Bulk 1859-1874, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Scope and Contents note The collection consists of a diary, a will, a letter and some genealogical material related to the Smith family of Smith Mills and Henderson, Ky. The diary (1854-1874) which comprises the bulk of the collection is that of George Washington Smith. Primarily, the diary is a laconic account of Smith's daily activities, such as supervising slaves, planting and harvesting corn, wheat, rye or tobacco, making trips into Corydon, or into Henderson, attending church or going to parties and other social functions for the purpose of obtaining a wife. The diary sometimes offers insights into the political situation in Henderson County preceding and during the Civil War, the price of slaves throughout the war as well as social and religious life in the area. The original and a typescript of the diary are available. The will of George Washington Smith's father, Robert Smith, is present as are some pages from the Smith family Bible which records births, deaths and marriages from 1753-1955. Also included is a letter from G. W. Smith proposing marriage (which he apparently did numerous times, without success) to an unknown correspondent. Arrangement note Collection is arranged chronologically. Smith, George Washington, 1832-1908 Smith, Robert, 1784-1858 Agriculture--Documentation. Agriculture--Kentucky--History. Corn Corydon (Ky.) Henderson (Ky.) Henderson County (Ky.)--Genealogy. Henderson County (Ky.)--Social conditions. Registers of births, etc. Rye. Slavery--Kentucky--History. Smith Mills (Ky.) Tobacco. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865. Wheat. Wills. Diary 1 1 1859-1862 Diary 1 2 1863-1867 Diary 1 3 1868-1874 Family Records 1 4 1753-1955 Scope and Contents note This folder contains a genealogy, which appears to be from a family bible and a typescript of Robert Smith's will. Proposal of marriage to unidentified recipient 1 5 1861 July 23 Diary Typescript 1 6-8 1859-1874