Morgan family papers

Abstract

The Morgan family papers (dated 1856-1940; 3.12 cubic feet; 7 boxes) comprise correspondence, legal papers, maps, scrapbooks, and poems, which document the personal and business interests of John Hunt Morgan (1870-1940) and his family.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Morgan family papers
Date
1856-1940
Extent
3.12 Cubic feet
Subjects
Businessmen.
Land titles--Kentucky--Menifee County.
Poetry.
Women authors.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Alison Sperry
Preferred Citation
60M193: [Identification of item], Morgan family papers, 1856-1940, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Hunt Morgan (1870-1940) an oil businessman, was the son of Calvin Cogswell Morgan (1827-1892) and the nephew of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864). He lived in Lexington, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania and married Virginia Jeffrey, daughter of Rosa Vertner and Alexander Jeffrey.
Scope and Content
The Morgan family papers (dated 1856-1940; 3.12 cubic feet; 7 boxes) comprise correspondence, legal papers, maps, scrapbooks, and poems, which document the personal and business interests of John Hunt Morgan (1870-1940) and his family. The bulk of the papers detail lawsuits over lands claimed by the Morgan family, particularly in Menifee County, Kentucky. The correspondence contains family correspondence, John H. Morgan's business letters, letters from his boyhood friends, and letters concerning Virginia Morgan's efforts to publish her poetry. Correspondents include Calvin Cogswell Morgan, R. C. Morgan, Henrietta Hunt Morgan, James Lane Allen, John Randolph Bolling, Desha Breckinridge, General John Hunt Morgan, Robert Bridges, Claude Johnson, Rosa V.J. Rhett, Otto Arthur Rothert, Edmund Kirby Smith, Henry Watterson, and Robert Wickliffe Woolley. Additionally, the papers include Virginia Morgan's poetry and two account books used as scrapbooks.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note 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

Correspondence, 1856-1940

The Correspondence series consists of letters written by and to members of the Morgan family, primarily John H. Morgan and his wife Virginia. The series is arranged into two subseries: family correspondence and John Hunt Morgan correspondence. Additional correspondents include Calvin Cogswell Morgan, R. C. Morgan, Henrietta Hunt Morgan, James Lane Allen, John Randolph Bolling, Desha Breckinridge, General John Hunt Morgan, Robert Bridges, Claude Johnson, Rosa V.J. Rhett, Otto Arthur Rothert, Edmund Kirby Smith, Henry Watterson, and Robert Wickliffe Woolley.

Family correspondence, 1856-1934

, 1856-1879

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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, 1888-1900

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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, 1904-1917

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Correspondence to and from John H. Morgan and Virginia (Mrs. John H.) Morgan, 1932-1934

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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John H. Morgan correspondence, 1897-1940

, 1897-1913

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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, 1917-1919

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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, 1920-1921

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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, 1923

  • Box 1, Folder 8
  • Box 2, Folder 1
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, 1924-1930

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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, 1938-1940

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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, undated

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Correspondence regarding Indian oil lands, 1936-1937

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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Correspondence regarding Texas oil lands, 1938

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Legal papers, 1874-1911

The Legal papers series contains witness depositions and statements; court transcripts; court filings; maps; and deeds regarding land title disputes in Menifee County, Kentucky. The series is divided three subseries: Cases, Depositions, and General. The bulk of the Case subseries concerns R.C. Morgan vs. Big Woods Lumber Company and R.C. Morgan vs. Union City Lumber Company. The Depositions subseries contains witness depositions for multiple court cases. In some instances the cases are not clearly identified and many are incomplete. The General subseries contains unidentified court records; deeds from Menifee county; maps and plats; and other case notes.

Cases, 1874-1910

Byrns-Hicks vs. Kentucky Land Supply court transcripts, 1904 September 12

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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Katherine C. Forsythe vs. R.C. Morgan, 1903

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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Shakelford Miller vs. Meritee Mining and Lumber Company, 1893

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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R.C. Morgan vs. Big Woods Lumber Company, 1909

  • Box 2, Folder 10-11
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R.C. Morgan vs. Big Woods Lumber Company, 1910 April 8

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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R.C. Morgan vs. Big Woods Lumber Company deposition copies, 1910 December

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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R.C. Morgan vs. Big Woods Lumber Company appeal, 1923

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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R.C. Morgan vs. Union City Lumber Company, 1899

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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R.C. Morgan vs. Union City Lumber Company, 1904-1907

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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R.C. Morgan vs. Union City Lumber Company amended petition, 1908-1909

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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P.D. Robert's heirs vs. James Ballard federal suit, circa 1874

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Depositions, 1898-1911

, circa 1898

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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, 1907 March 14

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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, 1907-1909

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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, 1908 September 26

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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, 1909

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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, 1909 November 26

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 7
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Statement of G.F. Reffitt, 1909 June 15

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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Statement of Richard Watts, 1911 August 31

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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General, 1875-1909

Court records, circa 1904

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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Witness notes, circa 1904

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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Witness notes, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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Menifee county land Robert deeds typescript, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 6
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Menifee county land deeds, circa 1875

  • Box 5, Folder 7
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Case notes, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 8
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Notes regarding Rober Montelle heirs, circa 1909

  • Box 5, Folder 9
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Notes regarding Waldemar Mentelle Sr. descendants, circa 1909

  • Box 5, Folder 10
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Notes regarding Pierre Dominque Robert, undated

  • Box 5, Folder 11
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Maps and plats, undated

  • Box 7, Folder 1
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Writings, 1865-1888, 1917-1921

The Writings series contains Virginia Jeffrey Morgans published and unpublished poems; genealogical notes concerning General John Hunt Morgan; and two scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings regarding land claim disputes.

Genealogical notes on General John Hunt Morgan, undated

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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Virginia Jeffery Morgan poems, 1917-1921

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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Scrapbook, 1865

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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Scrapbook, 1888

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