Foley family genealogy collection

Abstract

The Foley family genealogy collection (dated 1829-2015; 6 cubic feet; 6 boxes) primarily consists of 23 binders of family genealogical research documentation for the Foley family of Kentucky and Missouri.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Foley family genealogy collection
Extent
6 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Gunpowder -- History
Mills and mill-work -- Kentucky.
Pioneers -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is in original order.
Finding Aid Author
Ida Lucille Sell Mangum
Preferred Citation
2019ms005: [identification of item] Foley family genealogy collection, 1829-2015, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Richard and Margaret Foley, both born in Virginia, were one of thirty families who settled at Bowman's Station fort, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky in 1779. Richard purchased an one-hundredth acre farm near Lexington in 1789. He built a mill at South Elkhorn creek to manufacture gunpowder, the first person to do so in region. Richard and Margaret's ten children continued to farm and start businesses in Jessamine, Mercer, and Fayette Counties throughout the nineteenth century. Some Foley family members served the Union during the United States' Civil War, including Richard Jordan Foley who died days after the end of war in an explosion on the Sultana Steamship carrying returning troops. Most of the family remained in Kentucky, although the children of Elijah Foley (1771-1843), son of Richard, moved westward to Clay County, Missouri in the 1850s. Other prominent members of the family include James Spencer McHargue, Head of University of Kentucky Chemistry Department, Agricultural Experiment Station (1934-48) and Ernest Foley (1910-1988), a Second World War veteran.
Sources:
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~kyfayett/nfj/richard_margaret_foley.htm , accessed 2019 March 11 http://sites.rootsweb.com/~kyfayett/nfj/elijah_foley.htm, accessed 2019 March 11 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Bowman#cite_note-10, accessed 2019 March 11
Scope and Content
The Foley family genealogy collection (dated 1829-2015; 6 cubic feet; 6 boxes) primarily consists of 23 binders of family genealogical research documentation for the Foley family of Kentucky and Missouri. The binders are an extensive tracing of the family descended from Richard and Margaret Foley, who settled in Mercer County, Kentucky at Bowman's Station in 1779. The binders were compiled by Nancy Foley Johnson, a Richard Foley descendant, between 1971-2015. Among the sources used for obtaining information were census, tax lists, family Bibles, deed books, newspapers and published materials. Also included in the collection are some original deeds, letters, court records, photographs, books, and ephemera dated 1829-2009.

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

Binder 1: Richard Foley (1745-1794), documentation and maps, 1971-2015

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Binder 2: Land records and gunpowder manufacturing (1720-1812), 1971-2015

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Binder 3: Home and area, Fayette Co. and Mercer Co., 1971-2015

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Binder 4: Bowman Station (1779), Burgin, KY and Society Descendants of Bowman's Station Settlers (1993), 1971-2015

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Binder 5: Elizabeth Foley (1769-1823) and John Henry, 1971-2015

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Binder 6: Elijah Foley (1771-1843), 1971-2015

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Binder 7: Legal, church records, Jacob Miller (1741-1782) and Mary Funk (1790-1885), 1971-2015

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Binder 8: Solomon Rice (1807-1887), Luther Stephens (1775-1845), Edward Coffey (b. 1670), Thomas Roberts (1755-1830), Willis Jenkins (1800-1869), 1971-2015

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Binder 10: Sarah Foley (1820-1866), Thomas Foley (1822-1892), George Lyne (1860-1938), 1971-2015

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Binder 11: Andrew Foley (1824-1890), James Foley (1825-1885), Henry Mundy Marrs (1745-1821), 1971-2015

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Binder 12: Henry Foley (b. 1810), William Foley (1804-1847), 1916, 1971-2015

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James W. Foley Some One Like You P.F. Volland and Co., 1916

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Binder 13: William Henry Foley (1827-1909), 1971-2015

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Binder 14: Pisgah Church, Woodford County, John Smith (1805-1855), Elijah Foley (1831-1881), 1971-2015

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Binder 15: Henry Clay Foley (1812-1870), Richard Jordan Foley (1841-1865), Sultana Explosion, Charles Preston Foley (1844-1934), James W. Foley (1846-1864), circa 1900, 1971-2015

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Musa Foley photographs, circa 1900

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Bullet shell case from James W. Foley Civil War cenotaph dedication ceremony, 2009

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Binder 16: James Foley (1816-1863), Sgt. Elijah P. Marrs Camp 5, Samuel Marrs (1740-1817), 1971-2015

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Binder 17: William Roman (1781-1846), John Foley (1779-1820), 1829, 1971-2015

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Fayette County Circuit Court complaint filed against David Bryan, William Roman and others, 1829 February

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Binder 18: Foley Mill at South Elkhorn, Jacob Stone Foley (1818-1878), 1854-1878, 1971-2015, undated

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Higbee's Mill road photographs, undated

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Jacob Foley land deeds, court settlements, correspondence, taxes, invoices, photographs, 1854-1878

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Binder 19: Alexander Foley (1849-1932), Helm Place, James Spencer McHargue (1878-1960), Ernest Foley (1880-1952), 1900, 1943, 1971-2015

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Photograph of Alex and Ernest Foley at Foley's store in South Elkhorn, circa 1900

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Ernest Foley war ration book, 1943

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Binder 20: Ernest B. Foley Jr. (1910-1988), Sanford Foley (1854-1937), Francis Fannie Foley (1883-1962), 1929-2015

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Ernest Foley, Jr. ephemera and photographs, 1929-1970

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Binder 21: Nancy Foley Johnson (1939-2018), 1971-2015

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Binder 22: David Foley (1786-1858), Moses Foley (1813-1870), Andrew McClure (1781-1849), 1971-2015

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Binder 23: Clay County, MO Foley records, 1971-2015

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