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Samuel Williams papers, 1836-1850

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Samuel Williams papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Samuel Williams papers, 1836-1850, 87W3, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


23 pieces.


Businessman, farmer. Samuel Williams was a resident and local businessman of Bourbon County near Paris, Ky. He was owner and operator of a hemp factory and was a slaveholder.

Scope and Content

These are the papers and correspondence of Samuel Williams. The letters from Williams to his son John R, document local business dealings, market prices and land transactions. Williams also writes about agricultural activity including cotton and hemp and slave trading and prices. Several letters include accounts of slaves who committed suicide and one letter mentions the sale of Green Clay's estate. A copy of the funeral notice of Samuel Williams is included with the materials.


  • Williams, Samuel, d. 1848.
  • Williams, John R.
  • Clay, Green.
  • Hemp industry--Kentucky--Bourbon County.
  • Slaves--Social conditions.
  • Slaves--Suicidal behavior.
  • Land titles--Registration and transfer.
  • Cotton trade--Kentucky--Bourbon County.
  • Businessmen.
  • Farmers.
  • Bourbon County (Ky.)
  • Correspondence

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.