Gordon family papers

Abstract

The Gordon family papers (dated 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859; 2 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 folder) consists of the correspondence, papers, and a diary of the Gordon family of Georgia and Kentucky. The bulk of the collection consists of letters relating to Neal McDougal Gordon of Nicholasville, Ky., and his work in the education of Presbyterian ministers and the colonization of Liberia.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Gordon family papers
Extent
2 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- Training of.
African Americans -- Colonization -- Liberia
Farmers.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
51m40: [identification of item], Gordon family papers, 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Georgia farmer, John Gordon and his wife, Sarah, had ten children, among them Mary (who married John Goss), Eleanor (who married William A. Lewis), Thomas Boston, and Neal McDougal.
Thomas began his legal practice in Owensville, Ky. in 1848. He fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and later ran schools in Pinchard Station, Woodford County, Ky.. He married Frances Fannie Greer, and they had three children: Angus Neal, John Gilbert, and Flora Jane.
Neal McDougal Gordon served as pastor of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Nicholasville, Ky. for thirty years. He married, first, Martha Jane Harris, who died in 1845, then Catherine Smith, daughter of James and Elizabeth Black Smith, in 1848. Their children were Sis, Mattie, Eliza, John, and Logan. Neal founded Gordon's School for Boys, which trained young men for the Presbyterian ministry. Gordon was involved in the colonization movement aimed at the colonization of Liberia with free-blacks and former slaves from America. His involvement included educating men for the African Mission.
Scope and Content
The Gordon family papers (dated 1771-1924, bulk 1840-1859; 2 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 oversize box, and 1 folder) consists of the correspondence, papers, and a diary of the Gordon family of Georgia and Kentucky. The bulk of the collection consists of letters relating to Neal McDougal Gordon of Nicholasville, Ky., and his work in the education of Presbyterian ministers and the colonization of Liberia. The collection contains material relating to John Gordon, Sarah Gordon, Thomas Boston Gordon, and other Gordon family members. Additionally, the collection contains many letters written during the Civil War, the diary of Neal Gordon McDougal's trip to London in 1846, and a prospectus for the abolitionist newspaper True American.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open for 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

1771-1835

  • Box 1, folder 1
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1836-1839

  • Box 1, folder 2
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1840-1842

  • Box 1, folder 3
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1843-1845 March

  • Box 1, folder 4
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1845 April-December

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Prospectus for the True American, abolitionist newspaper, 1845

  • Folder 1
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1846-1847

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Neal McDougal Gordon diary, 1846

  • Box 4, folder 8
Diary detailing Neal McDougal Gordon's visit to a world-wide Presbyterian conference in London, England, in 1846. To top

1848-1849 March

  • Box 2, folder 1
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1849 April-December

  • Box 2, folder 2
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1850

  • Box 2, folder 3
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1851-1852

  • Box 2, folder 4
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1853-1854

  • Box 2, folder 5
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1855-1859

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Colonization and slavery, 1845-1855

  • Box 3, folder 1
  • Box 5, folder 1
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1860-1864

  • Box 3, folder 2
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1865-1869

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Civil War letters, 1862-1866

  • Box 3, folder 4
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1870-1875

  • Box 3, folder 5
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1876

  • Box 3, folder 6
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1880-1883

  • Box 3, folder 7
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1884-1924

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Undated

  • Box 4, folder 1-7
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