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Gunn family papers, 1816

Part of Gunn family papers

73m28 Gunn family papers, 1816-1926 73M28 Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2012 February 7 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-07-30T13:50-0400 Description is in English. Describing Archives: A Content Standard Gunn family papers 73M28 University of Kentucky Special Collections 0.27 Cubic feet 2 boxes 1816-1926 Housed with multiple collections. Gunn family Custodial History note Fortune, Dr. Carl, Lexington, Ky. Gift, April, 1973. 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 73M28: [identification of item], Gunn family papers, 1816-1926, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Biographical note William Gunn was born in North Carolina in 1797. He became a travelling preacher for the Methodist Episcopal Church's Henderson, Kentucky, circuit in 1819 and then, married Frances Adams, the daughter of a Shelbyville, Kentucky, Methodist minister, in 1826. Their children included William A. Gunn, Thomas Morris Gun, John Tevis Gunn, and James Gunn. William A. Gunn was an engineer and inventor. During the Civil War, he served as chief engineer of the U.S. Military Railroad and constructed several forts in Kentucky. After the war, he built the bridge at Clay's Ferry, Kentucky, and invented the "H" form of column for steel construction. His brothers, Thomas Morris Gunn and John Tevis Gunn served in the Union Army with the 21st Kentucky Volunteers. Thomas acted as army chaplain during the Civil War and later became a Presbyterian minister. James Gunn followed in his father's footsteps by working as a Methodist minister. He also taught at Transylvania University. Scope and Contents note The Gunn family papers comprise the correspondence, legal papers, speeches, and family tree of the William Gunn household. The correspondence series contains letters discussing theological matters and church problems debated at Methodist conferences as well as a number of Civil War epistles between Frances Gunn and her sons. The various legal papers in the collection consist of land deeds, receipts, a will, and marriage licenses from wedding ceremonies presided over by William Gunn, a Methodist Episcopalian minister. The speeches in the collection were made by Reverend Gunn at the 1851 commencement of Shelby College and at the Farmer's Club tenth anniversary. A family tree traces the history of the Gunn family with details from a biographical account and research by William A. Gunn, Reverend Gunn's son. Arrangement note Collection is arranged by format. Gunn, Frances Adams Gunn, James, 1831-1925 Gunn, John Tevis, 1837-1921 Gunn, Thomas Morris, 1840-1917 Gunn, William, 1829-1915 Gunn, William, b. 1797 Methodist Church. Presbyterian Church. (U.S.A.) Clergy--Kentucky. Engineers--Kentucky. Family archives--Kentucky. Kentucky--Genealogy. Soldiers--Kentucky. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865. Correspondence 1816-1926 Scope and Contents note The Correspondence series includes letters to Reverend William Gunn about theological matters and church business, as well as letters between the Gunn family members during the Civil War. 2 1 1816-1849 2 2 1851-1861 2 3 1862-1863 General correspondence 2 4 1860, 1863, undated Correspondence, genealogy, biographical materials 2 5 1910-1926 Copies of correspondence 2 6 undated Family tree 2 11 undated Scope and Contents note The Family tree series contains a copy of the Gunn family tree. Legal papers 1821-1859 Scope and Contents note The Legal papers series includes marriage licenses from ceremonies William Gunn presided over, as well as land tract deeds and receipts. Marriage licenses 2 7 1824-1834 Legal papers 2 8 1821-1859 Speeches 1851, 1888 Scope and Contents note The Speeches series includes a speech made at the Farmer's Club anniversary and a speech from the 1851 commencement of Shelby College. Speech 2 9 1888 Shelby College materials 1 1 2 10 1851 Gunn family papers