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Hilton family diaries
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Hilton family diaries, 1840-1904, 1M65M131, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
Engineer, surveyor. Martin Tobey Hilton, a native of Maine, came to Kentucky in 1853 to work for the Lexington & Big Sandy Railroad Company. He settled in Ashland, Ky. in 1855. He was responsible for surveying and laying out the city of Ashland.
This is a collection of diaries, most of which were kept by Martin Tobey Hilton, and the rest apparently by his daughter, Mary Henrietta Hilton. The diaries record information on weather conditions, social events, and family matters, and Martin Tobey Hilton's contain information about his work as a surveyor and engineer. Two of the diaries, for 1854-1855 and for 1898, contain receipts and other papers folded in.