Lincoln County, Kentucky wolf pelt receipts

Abstract

The Lincoln County, Kentucky wolf scalp receipts (dated 1787-1896, bulk 1802-1803; 0.01 cubic feet; 7 items) consists primarily of receipts for wolf scalps from Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lincoln County, Kentucky wolf pelt receipts
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Megan Mummey
Preferred Citation
2016ms036: [identification of item], Lincoln County, Kentucky wolf pelt receipts, 1787-1896, bulk 1802-1803, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The early settlers in Lincoln County had a problem with the large number of wolves in the area during the early 1800s. One solution was to place a bounty on an adult wolf. A man could bring a scalp (not an entire pelt) of an adult wolf to a justice of the peace to prove the wolf was dead and receive some compensation for it. Because of the lack of ready cash, barter was often used during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Scope and Content
The Lincoln County, Kentucky wolf scalp receipts (dated 1787-1896, bulk 1802-1803; 0.01 cubic feet; 7 items) consists primarily of receipts for wolf scalps from Lincoln County, Kentucky. These receipts record the number of wolf scalps and the name of the bearer. They document an early way of earning money in Kentucky as well as a local wildlife problem. Additionally, the collection contains a fragment of a document relating to Kentucky politician, most likely a land survey, and a broadside for an 1896 elocution contest.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
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 Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Benjamin Logan document fragment, 1787 May 14

  • Box MS-43, folder 1
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William Nash wolf scalp receipt, 1802

  • Box MS-43, folder 2
William Nash was an early Kentucky pioneer who surveyed land with Daniel Boone and William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition). Additionally, he accompanied them on a part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
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William Smith wolf scalp receipt, 1803 June 3

  • Box MS-43, folder 3
William Smith was an early Kentucky pioneer and slave owner. He owned 9 slaves. He was born in Loudon County, Virginia, in 1789. He died in Lincoln County, Kentucky, in 1821.
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Zacharia Shackelford wolf scalp receipt, 1803 September 6

  • Box MS-43, folder 4
Zachariah Shackelford was an early Kentucky pioneer. He came to Kentucky with The Traveling Church. His father, the Reverend John Shackelford, was imprisoned in the Essex Jail for preaching Baptist doctrines.
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Valentine Peyton wolf scalp receipt, 1803 September 27

  • Box MS-43, folder 5
Valentine Peyton was an early Kentucky pioneer, long hunter, and soldier at Benjamin Logan's fort. He served in the Revolutionary War and was a captain in the Virginia Militia. He later resided in Lincoln County, Kentucky, was a surveyor for the United States government. He was famous for Peyton's Well, which he dug on his property. It provided water to travelers who drank it for medicinal purposes.
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Maurice Brown wolf scalp receipt, 1803 November 14

  • Box MS-43, folder 6
Maurice Brown was an early long hunter in Kentucky.
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Elocutionary Contest broadside, 1896

  • Box MS-43, folder 7
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