Pepper family papers

Abstract

The Pepper family papers (dated 1834-1948, undated; 3.9 cubic feet; 10 boxes) consists of correspondence, financial documents, photographs, record books, and a scrapbook relating to the Pepper family and their horse farm, South Elkhorn Stock Farm.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Pepper family papers
Date
1834-1948, undated
Extent
3.9 Cubic feet
Subjects
Business records--Kentucky.
Correspondence.
Horse industry--Kentucky
Horses--Breeding--Kentucky.
Horses--Kentucky.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged by subject into twelve series: Robert P. Pepper, Sr. papers; Elizabeth P. Pepper papers; Robert P. Pepper, Jr. papers; Laura S. Pepper papers; Mahala May Pepper Goedecke papers; Frederick Goedecke papers; Thomas L. Smith papers; Laura P. Starling papers; Frank Chin papers; South Elkhorn Farm records; Assorted family papers; Photographs and postcards.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Greg Seltzer
Preferred Citation
64m40: [identification of item], Pepper family papers, 1834-1948, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert Perry Pepper (1832-1985) was a distiller and horseman who, with his son Robert Perry Pepper, Jr. (1867-1896), operated South Elkhorn Stock Farm, located near Frankfort, Ky. Robert P. Pepper, Sr.'s distillery, R.P. Pepper Distilleries, burned to the ground, causing him to focus completely on horse farming. Pepper and his first wife, Ann Kinkead (1838-1863), had one daughter Pauline Culbertson Pepper (1858-1938). Pauline, known as "Lena" married lawyer, Clay Hatchitt. Following the death of Ann Kinkead, Pepper married Elizabeth Prudence Starling (1841-1924), the daughter of Colonel Lyne and Maria Hensley Starling. In addition to Robert Jr., their children included Laura Starling Pepper (1868-1958); Mariah Hensley Pepper Clay (1870-1939); Elizabeth "Lizzie" Starling Pepper (b.1871); Mahala Edwards "May" Pepper Goedecke (1873-1910); Louise Pepper (b. 1875); and Lyne Starling Pepper Smith (1877-1947). May Pepper Goedecke married Frederick Goedecke; they had a son named Lyne S. Goedecke. May Pepper Goedecke died shortly after his birth. Robert P. Pepper, Jr. died young and unmarried. After his death, the horse farm was sold. Additionally, Laura and Elizabeth Pepper never married, though author Robert Burns Wilson courted Elizabeth and reportedly based his novel Until the Day Break on the Pepper family. Colonel Thomas L. Smith married Lyne Starling Pepper. Frank Chin, a lawyer in Frankfurt, Ky., worked for the Pepper family.
Scope and Content
The Pepper family papers (dated 1834-1948, undated; 3.9 cubic feet; 10 boxes) consists of correspondence, financial documents, photographs, record books, and a scrapbook relating to the Pepper family and their horse farm, South Elkhorn Stock Farm. The records relating South Elkhorn Stock Farm include horse sales, foaling records, registration records, and breeding records. Other materials include personal and business correspondence of Robert Perry Pepper, his wife Elizabeth Prudence Starling Pepper, their children, and the Starling family. There are about 300 letters written to Laura Pugh Starling; around 200 pieces of business papers, correspondence concerning custody of Lyne Starling Goedecke, and personal correspondence, all belonging to Laura Starling Pepper; and about 100 pieces each relating to Mahala "May" Edwards Pepper Goedecke and her husband, Frederick Goedecke. 370 pices relate to Thomas L. Smith, the husband of Lyne Starling Pepper. One group of 10 letters was written while Smith served as an Army map maker in the Philippine Islands in 1903 and 1904 (Box 5, Folder 4-5). An amateur photographer, he printed cyanotypes and brown prints of island scenes directly onto his stationery.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Robert P. Pepper, Sr. papers, 1866-1902

, 1866-1890

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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, 1891-1902

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1891-1892

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1892

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1893

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1894

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1895

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Elizabeth P. Pepper papers, 1891-1935

, 1891-1909

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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, 1910-1911

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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, 1912-1935

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1895

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1896-1897

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1899-1900

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1900-1901

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1901-1902

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1902-1903

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1903-1904

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1913

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Farmer's Bank of Kentucky account book, 1895

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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Bank of Frankfort deposit book, 1904

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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Cash book, 1904-1908

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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Cash book, 1909-1912

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Robert P. Pepper, Jr. papers, 1895-1896

, 1895-1896

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Address book, 1895 December 12

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Farmers Bank of Kentucky account book, 1895

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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The Deposit Bank account book, 1896

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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Laura S. Pepper papers, 1904-1948, undated

, 1904-1910

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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, 1911-1927

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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, 1928-1933

  • Box 3, Folder 8
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, 1936-1937

  • Box 3, Folder 9
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, 1938-1948

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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Mahala "May" Pepper Goedecke papers, 1890-1909

, 1890-1894

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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, 1895-1909

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Frederick Goedecke papers, 1893-1922

, 1893-1918

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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, 1919-1920

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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, 1921

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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, 1922

  • Box 4, Folder 8
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Thomas L. Smith papers, 1889-1905

, 1889 April-August

  • Box 4, Folder 9
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, 1889 September-December

  • Box 4, Folder 10
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, 1890-1891

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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, 1893

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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, 1894-1895

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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, 1897-1903

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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, 1904-1905

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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Laura P. Starling papers, 1911-1941, undated

, 1911-1915

  • Box 5, Folder 6
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, 1916-1917

  • Box 5, Folder 7
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, 1918-1919

  • Box 5, Folder 8
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, 1919 February-1920 July

  • Box 5, Folder 9
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, 1920 August-1927

  • Box 5, Folder 10
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, 1933-1935

  • Box 5, Folder 11
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, 1936-1941

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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, undated

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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Frank Chin papers, 1889-1911

, 1896-1897

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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, 1897-1898

  • Box 6, Folder 4
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, 1899-1911

  • Box 6, Folder 5
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Going file, 1889-1903

  • Box 6, Folder 6
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South Elkhorn Stock Farm records, 1856-1897, undated

Registration books, 1856-1895, undated

Brood mares registration book, 1895

  • Box 6, Folder 7
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Colt registration book, 1856-1893

  • Box 6, Folder 8
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Horse record book, 1882

  • Box 7, Folder 1
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Horse registry, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 2
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Non-standard animals registration, 1875-1885

  • Box 7, Folder 3
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Registered fillies, 1890-1892

  • Box 7, Folder 4
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Sales books, 1882-1891

, 1882-1883

  • Box 7, Folder 5
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, 1890-1891

  • Box 7, Folder 6
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Breeding books, 1894-1897, undated

Foaling book, 1895

  • Box 7, Folder 7
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Mare foaling book, 1894

  • Box 7, Folder 8
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Outside mares bred to Norral record book, 1897

  • Box 7, Folder 9
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South Elkhorn Stock Farm foaling book, 1896

  • Box 8, Folder 1
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South Elkhorn Stock Farm weening book, undated

  • Box 8, Folder 2
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Assorted family papers, 1834-1944, undated

Assorted family, 1834-1944

Mariah Hensley Pepper Clay correspondence, 1910-1920

  • Box 8, Folder 3
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Lyne S. Goedecke, 1911-1937

  • Box 8, Folder 4
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Clay Hatchitt correspondence, 1882-1892

  • Box 8, Folder 5
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Elizabeth S. "Lizzie" Pepper, 1890-1935

  • Box 8, Folder 6
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Smith family papers, 1910-1944

  • Box 8, Folder 7
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Lyne Starling papers, 1834-1856

  • Box 8, Folder 8
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Will Starling correspondence, 1889-1893

  • Box 8, Folder 9
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Assorted materials, 1872-1939, undated

Mrs. James R. Ely correspondence, 1929

  • Box 8, Folder 10
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A.W. Macklin correspondence, 1900-1901

  • Box 8, Folder 11
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Account book, 1883-1888

  • Box 8, Folder 12
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General correspondence, 1885-1939

  • Box 8, Folder 13
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General correspondence, undated

  • Box 8, Folder 14
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Holiday greeting cards, lists, invitations, 1872-1934

  • Box 8, Folder 15
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Unbound scrapbook, undated

  • Box 9, Folder 1-2
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Photographs and postcards, 1918-1936, undated

Dorothy age 12, undated

  • Box 10, Item 1
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Lyne Harling Geodecke age 25, 1936

  • Box 10, Item 2
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Two unidentified individuals, undated

  • Box 10, Item 3
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Unidentified man in military man, undated

  • Box 10, Item 4
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Unidentified woman with infant, undated

  • Box 10, Item 5-6
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Jimmy and Dan Dorother?, 1921 September 21

  • Box 10, Item 7
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Two unidentified individuals, undated

  • Box 10, Item 8
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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 10, Item 9
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Lt. Col. Geodecke with his nephew John Gardner?, 1920

  • Box 10, Item 10
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Unidentified child, undated

  • Box 10, Item 11
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Unidentified man, undated

  • Box 10, Item 12
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Papa leaving the armory in Akron, OH, 1920 March 5

  • Box 10, Item 13
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Three unidentified children, 1918 September

  • Box 10, Item 14
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Mrs. Imma Klein Gardner? and baby Dorathea, undated

  • Box 10, Item 15
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House at 1604 North Broad St.?, undated

  • Box 10, Item 16
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Antoinette, 1918 September

  • Box 10, Item 17
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John Hensley, 1918 September

  • Box 10, Item 18
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Lt. Col. Ceodecke with nephew, 1920 December

  • Box 10, Item 19
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Imma and Jenny, undated

  • Box 10, Item 20
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James H. Gardner Jr. 5 years old, undated

  • Box 10, Item 21
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Aunt Lizzie to Mrs. Pepper, undated

  • Box 10, Item 22
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Two unidentified men in military uniform, undated

  • Box 10, Item 23
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The Two Jimmys, undated

  • Box 10, Item 24
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Three unidentified children, undated

  • Box 10, Item 25
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James H. Gardner Jr., 1920 December

  • Box 10, Item 26
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Four unidentified people, undated

  • Box 10, Item 27
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Two unidentified women, undated

  • Box 10, Item 28
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Unidentified man in harbour, undated

  • Box 10, Item 29
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Unidentified house, undated

  • Box 10, Item 30
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Men in military uniform "Cussing the delinquents out", undated

  • Box 10, Item 31
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"Marching in manuvers", undated

  • Box 10, Item 32
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Two unidentified children, undated

  • Box 10, Item 33
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Unidentified house, undated

  • Box 10, Item 34
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, undated

  • Box 10, Item 35
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