E. G. Young papers


Correspondence, account books, legal papers, hymnals, church records, and justice of the peace records comprise the E. G. Young papers (dated 1794-1950; 1.87 cubic feet; 5 boxes) and document the family's interactions over generations as well as the history of Warren County, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

E. G. Young papers
1.87 Cubic Feet
Universities and colleges -- Kentucky.
Education, Higher -- Kentucky -- Bowling Green.
County courts -- Kentucky.
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Amanda M. Reeve
Preferred Citation
62m173 : [Identification of item], E. G. Young papers, 1794-1950, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edward Green Young was born in Warren County, Kentucky, on December 29, 1857, to James and Louisa Young. A lifelong farmer in Richardsville and Rich Pond, Kentucky, Young grew mainly tobacco and fruit. Following his retirement from farming, he moved to Bowling Green and worked as a tobacco buyer for J. W. Goodrum. He married Sarah Jane Runner in 1881; they had twelve children together, including Nora Young Ferguson.
Starting in 1915, Young served two terms as a Kentucky state representative from Warren County and chaired the County and City Courts Committee and the Enrollment Committee. Additionally, he served as a trustee of the R.W. Ogden estate, which created Ogden College in Bowling Green in the late 1800's. He died on October 31, 1948.
Folklife Archives, Manuscripts &, Young, Edward Green, 1857-1948 (MSS 309) (2010). MSS Finding Aids. Paper 1308. http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_mss_fin_aid/1308
Scope and Content
Correspondence, account books, legal papers, hymnals, church records, and justice of the peace records comprise the E. G. Young papers (dated 1794-1950; 1.87 cubic feet; 5 boxes) and document the family's interactions over generations as well as the history of Warren County, Kentucky. Young's papers contain letters to his family, written while he served the state legislature in Frankfort from 1916 to 1918. Also included are receipts, business correspondence, account and bank books, and documents concerning his estate. Papers from familys related to E. G. Young, such as the Enscore family, James and Louisa Young, and Mrs. Nora Young Ferguson, comprise other series in the collection. The collection also contains information on the Leonard Totty and W. E. Runner estates. Finally, the papers include records pertaining to many institutions in Warren County, Kentucky, such as the Halls Chapel Methodist Church, the Craddock School, the Ogden College trust, and the Warren County Justice of the Peace.

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

Craddock School fund, 1854-1911

The Craddock School fund series contains information about fundraising efforts for the Craddock School, account records for the fund, and scholarship recipients from 1854 to 1911.


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E. G. Young family papers, 1889-1950

The E. G. Young family papers series contains family financial records and personal letters sent between the family from 1889 to 1950. Bank books are included for several members of the family. The financial records hold insurance policies, wills, tax receipts, and account books. The letters are mostly written by E. G. Young to his wife and children.

Bank books, 1896-1917

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Financial records, 1889-1919

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Financial records,, 1920-1929

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Financial records, 1930-1939

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Financial records, 1940-1949

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Financial records, 1950

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Letters, 1916-1918

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Enscore family papers, 1859-1949, undated

The Enscore family papers series include family records, a psalm book, and a hymnal.


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Psalm book, undated

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Hymnal, undated

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Halls Chapel Methodist Church records, 1838, undated

The Halls Chapel Methodist Church series contains church records from 1838 and a hymnal.


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Book of Methodist hymns, undated

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James H. and Louisa Miller Young financial records, 1845-1920, undated

The James H. and Louisa Miller Young financial records series contains checks, purchase receipts, business licenses, land deeds, tax receipts, and account records for both James and Louisa Young in Warren County, Kentucky, from 1845 to 1920.


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Leonard Totty estate papers, 1864

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The Leonard Totty estate papers series contains estate papers for Leonard Totty, 1864.
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Mrs. Nora Young Ferguson papers, undated

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The Mrs. Nora Young Ferguson Papers series contains several handwritten notes and a magazine clipping detailing her wedding.
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Ogden College R.W. Ogden trust, 1881-1912

The R.W. Ogden trust records series contains the account records, check receipts, and expenses lists under the trustee H. V. Loving from 1881 to 1912. The trust came about when the bulk of Major R. W. Ogden's fortune was set aside to establish a free school for the city of Bowling Green. This school first became Ogden College and in 1927 Western Kentucky University.


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Warren County records, 1794-1901

The Warren County records series contains government papers, such as Justice of the Peace appointments, 1794-1901; county petitions, including a request from persons living near Green River for a new justice of the peace in 1823; receipts, including 1823 payments for repairs to the courthouse and the erection of road signs; and other miscellaneous records, 1794-1901.

Justice of the Peace appointments, 1796-1840

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Justice of the Peace appointments, 1811-1829

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Justice of the Peace appointments, 1831-1868

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Petitions, 1794-1901

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W.E. Runner estate papers, 1839-1901, undated

The W. E. Runner Estate papers series contains land receipts, purchase records, summons, court records, contracts, checks, and account records for W. E. Runner and his land within Warren County, Kentucky and surrounding areas.

Financial records, 1839-1885

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Financial records, 1886-1901

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Bank books, account books, notebooks, 1885-1901

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Account books and notebook, 1868-1869

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Estate records, undated

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