Herndon family papers

Abstract

The Herndon family papers are a collection of the personal and business papers of the Herndon family. The collection includes letters, deeds, wills, court settlements, indentures, daybooks, farm records, account statements, receipts, expense books, and genealogical information on the Herndon, Bate, and Washington families.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Herndon family papers
Date
1830-1942
Extent
1.13 Cubic feet
Subjects
Farm life--Kentucky.
Farm life--Louisiana.
Frontier and pioneer life--Dakota Territory.
Frontier and pioneer life--Missouri.
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas.
Louisiana--History.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Greg Seltzer
Preferred Citation
60m158: [identification of item], Herndon family papers, 1830-1942, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
David Herndon and his wife, Mary Moorman Herndon, came to Kentucky from Virginia in the early nineteenth century. They settled on farmland extending through Meade and Breckinridge counties before moving on to Missouri. One of their sons, Richard S. Herndon, maintained and added to the Kentucky farm. Another son, William Herndon, settled in Texas, and a third, J.M. Herndon, moved to Missouri with his parents. The Herndons also had a daughter, Laetitia Herndon Heth.
Scope and Content
The Herndon family papers are a collection of the personal and business papers of the Herndon family. The collection includes letters, deeds, wills, court settlements, indentures, daybooks, farm records, account statements, receipts, expense books, and genealogical information on the Herndon, Bate, and Washington families.
The letters were most often addressed to Richard Herndon in Kentucky from his relatives, and they contain information about farming and living conditions in Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, and the Dakota Territory in the nineteenth century. A group of letters concerns the operation of the Grayson Springs Hotel in Grayson County, Kentucky, a popular summer resort at the time. There are also some Civil War-era letters. Letters from Richard's son, David C. Herndon, describe his settlement in the Dakota Territory in the 1880s. The majority of the tax receipts relate to Richard Herndon.
While some of the expense books have dates, the relation between a date and a book's contents is not always clear. As a result, and to provide continuity with the grouping of these items, the expense books are all placed in the undated "Expense books" folder. Aside from this particular folder and the other folder for undated material, the general arrangement of the remainder of the collection reflects the collection's original organization.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note 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.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, receipts, and memo book, 1819-1853

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Tax receipts, 1844-1885

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Correspondence and receipts, 1854-1857

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Correspondence, 1858-1859

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Correspondence and government forms, 1860-1864

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Correspondence, stock certificate, and receipts, 1865-1867

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Correspondence and government forms, 1868-1869

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Correspondence, receipts, and government forms, 1870-1871

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Account book, 1870-1885

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Correspondence, account statements, and court documents, 1872-1873

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Correspondence, account statements, and receipts, 1874-1875

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Correspondence, receipts, and deeds, 1876-1879

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Correspondence, bank statements, and receipts, 1880-1883

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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Correspondence, bank statements, and receipts, 1884-1886

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Correspondence, account statements, and receipts, 1887-1890

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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Correspondence and postcards, 1927-1942

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Correspondence, lists, and postcards, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Expense books, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Copy of Richard Herndon's 1885 will, 1896

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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J. M. Herndon's deed for the purchase of the home farm, 1899

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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