Valentine Peers papers

Abstract

Valentine Peers (1756-1830) was a brigade major in the Revolutionary Army and operated saltworks and cotton mills in Maysville, Kentucky. Correspondence, genealogical information, a land warrant, silhouettes, and photographs comprise the papers and document the family's business and personal affairs.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Valentine Peers papers
Date
1789-1911 (inclusive)
Bulk, 1789-1826 (bulk)
Creator
Peers, Valentine, 1756-1830
Extent
0.23 Cubic feet
Subjects
Businessmen--Correspondence.
Cotton manufacture--Kentucky.
Salt mines and mining--Kentucky--Lower Blue Licks.
Silhouettes.
Toll roads--Kentucky.
Wills.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
73M20 : [identification of item], Valentine Peers papers, 1789-1911, bulk 1789-1826, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Valentine Peers was born in Sisburn, Ireland, on May 26, 1756. He immigrated to Virginia briefly in 1773 but quickly moved back to Ireland. After returning to Virginia in 1775, Peers joined the Revolutionary Army and served as a brigade major under General George Weedon. He fought in the Battle of the Brandywine in 1777. Following the war, Peers settled in Loudon County, Virginia. He married Eleanor Grayson Orr, the daughter of John Dalrymple and Susannah Grayson Orr, in 1891 and moved to Maysville, Kentucky, in 1893. They had eight children: Mary Eleanor, John D., Edward, Valentine J., Benjamin O., Henry P., Jane M., and Susan E. While living in Kentucky, Peers operated a saltworks; opened cotton mills in Maysville and Paris, Kentucky; and worked as a landlord. He died on June 6, 1830.
Westbeld, Kirk J. "The Valentine Peers Collection: Guide and Inventory." University Libraries, Rare Books and Manuscripts. The Ohio State University, 2001. Web. 22 Aug. 2011.
Scope and Content
The Valentine Peers papers contain correspondence, genealogical information, a land warrant, silhouettes, and photographs that document the family's business and personal affairs. The papers consist primarily of letters to Eleanor Grayson Peers from her husband Valentine Peers, her sister Betsy Orr Powell, and her children. The letters from Valentine Peers to his wife concern business matters, including the day-to-day affairs of his saltworks. The papers include silhouettes of Valentine and Eleanor; John Dalrymple Orr and Susannah Grayson Orr, Eleanor's father and mother; Colonel William Grayson, Eleanor's uncle; Alexander Dalrymple Orr; and Mary Ball Orr. Other materials include genealogical notes on the Orr, Grayson, Powell, and Peers families; the will of Susannah Orr; Valentine Peers' land warrant; and photographs of Peers' descendant Valentine Peers Collins and his wife Harriet Gates Collins.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence,, 1789-1848, 1911

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Correspondence,, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Land warrant,, 1823

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Silhouettes and photographs,, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Genealogical information,, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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