Beckner Family Collection, 1801-1956

Descriptive Summary

Beckner Family Collection, 1801-1956
Beckner Family
34 items, .5 c.f.
Kentucky - Genealogy
Virginia - Genealogy
Beckner family - Correspondence
Cable family
Carter family
Stroud family
Lander, John Strode
Hazard (KY)
Strode's Station (KY)
Baptismal certificates -- Kentucky -- Fayette County
Power of attorney -- Kentucky -- Clark County
Black-and-white photographs; Clippings
Stock certificates
Telephone directories
Beckner, Lucien
Beckner and Beckner (law firm)
Edge, J. A.
Fayette Home Telephone Company (Lexington, KY)
Kentucky University
Kentucky Wesleyan College
Kittrell, Lucien Cartwright
Pilcher, Louis
Winchester Telephone Company (KY)
Finding Aid Author
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lucien Beckner, geologist and longtime curator of the Louisville Free Public Library Museum, was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1872 to William Morgan and Elizabeth Taliaferro Beckner. Beckner was educated at the Louisville Military Academy, Centre College, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania College, and the University of Pennsylvania. His many careers included lawyer, engineer, secretary, naturalist, auditor, historian, poet, artist, teacher, journalist, and mathematician. In 1894, he married Marie Daviess Warren of Danville, KentucKY He once owned and edited the Winchester Sun and Clark County Republican newspapers, aided flu victims in Eastern Kentucky in 1917, assisted in establishing the Lexington and Eastern branch of the Louisville and Nashvill Railroad, helped build a railroad in Ecuador, served as executive secretary of the Burley Tobacco Society and later the Burley Tobacco Growers Association, served as secretary of the Filson Club, was a member and officer of the Kentucky Historical Society, and was a president of the Kentucky Academy of Science, among other accomplishments. He died in Louisville in 1963.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of 34 items associated with the Beckner family of Clark County, KentucKY Many of the items deal with various family genealogies such as the Beckner, Kittrell, Carter, Cabell, Strode, Lander, Fauntleroy, Boswell, Hazelrigg, and Fletcher families of Virginia and KentucKY Also included is a 1941 certificate of baptism for Lucien Kittrell; a notebook of marriages from 1781-1822 and some early wills ca. 1674; a 1906 announcement of the opening of the Beckner and Beckner law firm in Winchester, Kentucky; Beckner family correspondence; essays dated 1841-1842 by Nancy Hickman of Winchester; Clark County Court motion to close a road; three telegrams dated June 23, 1928, congratulating Marie Warren Beckner on her marriage; newspaper clippings from 1883-1942; a mayor's proclamation concerning the Pastime Theatre tragedy in Winchester, KY, March, 1918; two WinchesterTelephone Company share certificates; a photograph of Samuel R. Moseley at Hyde Park and a photograph of John Taliaferro Beckner of Winchester; a 1924 Telephone Almanac; a 1923 booklet entitled "Things Worth Knowing About the Telephone"; a booklet concerning the Husband and Wife Statue of 1894, an address given before the Woman's Club of Louisville by Rozel Weissinger, May 15, 1894; an October, 1906, Kentucky University Transylvanian yearbook; a partial 1910 Winchester phonebook; a 1913 publication by Louis Pilcher called "The Story of Hazard, KY; Pearl of the Mountains; an 1881-82 catalog to Kentucky Wesleyan College in Millersburg; a 1913 booklet by J.A. Edge called "Fayette Home Telephone Company and Others Against The People: A Statement of Facts for the People"; a 1926 University of Kentucky commencement program; a publication about the 1956 session of the Kentucky General Assembly; a 1909 Bluegrass Fair program; an 1899 power of attorney to O.D. Curry for the Elizabeth Quisenberry descendents of Kentucky; menu and guest list for the Queen of Roumania in Bardstown, Nov. 18, 1926; a poem by Marie Beckner; an 1801 survey notice from Ohio County, KY, signed by Samuel McDowell, Jr. for John Holt; an index and notes on the William Hickman charge book dated 1830-1856; notes on the seige of Strode Station in Clark County, Kentucky; a biographical sketch of John Strode Lander; and a humorous diploma created by Lucien Beckner, May, 1930, entitled "Diploma of the Pithecanthropean University."