Dicken-Troutman-Balke family papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Dicken-Troutman-Balke family papers
Date
1815-1945
Extent
6.38 Cubic feet
Subjects
Cattle--Breeding--Kentucky.
Fugitive slaves--United States.
Land titles--United States.
Prisoners' writings, American.
Railroad companies--United States.
Sheep--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams
Preferred Citation
56M316 : [identification of item], Dicken-Troutman-Balke family papers, 1815-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Frank Troutman was a Bourbon County, Kentucky lawyer and businessman. He made his name in the late 1840s by prosecuting a runaway slave, and was elected to the Kentucky legislature in 1851. He later gave up the practice of law in order to devote himself entirely to his business interests, which included land sales in Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas; railroad companies; cattle breeding; raising sheep imported from England; cotton planting and levee construction in Louisiana; and his farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky. In 1852, Troutman married Josephine Wickliffe, the widow of Robert Wickliffe, Jr., a lawyer and friend of Troutman's, who had served as charge d'affaires in Sardinia under President Tyler. Josephine died in 1859. In 1863, Troutman married Anna Dicken, daughter of his business associate, George D. Dicken, a Henry County farmer. They had three children, Lily, George Dicken and Frank Simmes Troutman.
Lily Troutman married Rudolph Balke, president of the Mellwood Distillery Company of Louisville, in 1892. George became a doctor, and Frank took over the family farm in Bourbon County.
Scope and Content
The Dicken-Troutman-Balke family papers consist of materials related to the family of Frank Troutman. It includes his personal and business papers, which reflect his wide-ranging business interests. There are letters of his first wife, Josephine, and of her first husband, Robert Wickliffe. Also included are papers of Frank's second wife, Anna, dating from before her marriage and continuing past Frank's death, when she took over the management of the farm. Business papers and letters of Anna's father, George Dicken, form part of the collection, along with a journal he kept while imprisoned on charges of misappropriating funds of the Henry County Home Guard. There are letters and papers of Frank's children, Frank Simmes, George Dicken, and Lily Troutman, including a diary Lily kept in 1892 and letters and clippings relating to Lily and her husband, Rudolph Balke.
There are 53 books in this collection; some books contain lists of subscribers to railroad companies, banking transactions, and accounts of the Louisiana plantation.
Photographic materials were removed from the collection and placed in the Photographic Archives of the library.

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

General, 1815-1945

Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1816-1839

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1840-1849

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1850-1851

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1852-1853

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1854-1855

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1856-1857

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1858-1859

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1860

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1861 Jan.-1861 Apr.

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1861 May-1861 Dec.

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1862 Jan.-1862 Jun.

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1862 Jul.-1862 Dec.

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1863 Jan.-1863 May

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1863 Jun.-1863 Dec.

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1864

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1865

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1866

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1867

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1868

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1869 Jan.-1869 May

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1869 Jun.-1869 Dec.

  • Box 4, Folder 6
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1870

  • Box 5, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1871

  • Box 5, Folder 2
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1872

  • Box 5, Folder 3
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1873-1874

  • Box 5, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1875

  • Box 5, Folder 5
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1876

  • Box 5, Folder 6
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1877

  • Box 6, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1878

  • Box 6, Folder 2
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1879

  • Box 6, Folder 3
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1880

  • Box 6, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1881

  • Box 6, Folder 5
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1882-1883

  • Box 6, Folder 6
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1884-1885

  • Box 6, Folder 7
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1886-1889

  • Box 7, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1890-1892

  • Box 7, Folder 2
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1893-1896

  • Box 7, Folder 4
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1897-1899

  • Box 7, Folder 5
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1900-1912

  • Box 8, Folder 1
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Dicken-Troutman-Balke papers, 1913-1945

  • Box 8, Folder 2
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Biographical material, undated

  • Box 8, Folder 4
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Business papers, undated

  • Box 8, Folder 5
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Photographs, undated

  • Box 9, Folder 1
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Newspaper clippings, maps, personal and mercantile cards, broadsides, undated

  • Box 9, Folder 2
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Invitations, undated

  • Box 9, Folder 3
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Drennon Springs, Ky. history, undated

  • Box 9, Folder 4
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Prohibition pamphlets, 1880s

  • Box 9, Folder 5
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Poems, essays, recipes, etc., undated

  • Box 9, Folder 6
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Handwritten poems in small notebook, undated

  • Box 13, Folder 2
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Scrapbook with clippings of poems, 1815, 1879-1881

  • Box 13, Folder 3
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Civil War Journal, 1864 Feb. 2-1864 Apr. 18

  • Box 10, Folder 1-2
Includes both an original and copy of the journal.
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Legal documents, 1844-1884

  • Box 15, Folder 1
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Balke family, 1889-1919

Balke correspondence (Cleveland, McKinley, Taft letters), 1889-1919

  • Box 7, Folder 6
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Lily Troutman Balke diary, 1892 Nov. 3-1893 Jan.

  • Box 7, Folder 3
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Troutman family, 1841-1901

Anna D. Troutman, correspondence, undated

  • Box 8, Folder 3
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John G. Troutman, Bethany College Lecture Notes, 1851-1852

  • Box 12, Folder 2
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George D. Troutman, Lectures in Medical Dept., Univ. of Cincinnati, 1889-1890

  • Box 12, Folder 3
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S. Troutman, Short hand notebooks (5 vols.), 1897

  • Box 12, Folder 6
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S. Troutman, Memorandum book, 1901

  • Box 12, Folder 7
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Fugitive Slave Cases, 1847-1852

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Fugitive Slave Cases: Francis Troutman's journal, 1843, 1849

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Troutman-Balke Marriage Register (book), 1892

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Frank Troutman-Josephine Troutman (Finance), 1852-1860

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Frank Troutman-Josephine Wickliffe Troutman correspondence, 1855-1860

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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Wickliffe family, 1835-1859

Josephine Wickliffe passport, 1857

  • Box 12, Folder 1
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Wickliffe legal papers, 1843-1852

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Wickliffe family correspondence, 1835-1859

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Plantation records, 1868-1884

(No. 1), George D. Dicken, Copeland and Hardscrabble Plantations, Louisiana, 1868-1870

  • Box 11, Folder 2
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(Nos. 2-7), 1869-1871

  • Box 11, Folder 3
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(No. 9), Frank Troutman, account book, 1872-1884

  • Box 11, Folder 4
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Records, 1831-1900

Account books (4), undated

  • Box 11, Folder 1
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 1): Journal, 1842

  • Box 13, Folder 4
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 2): Original volume and copy, 1846 Nov. 6-1847 May 3

  • Box 13, Folder 5
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 3): Dicken & Bourne's Account book, 1847 Feb. 15

  • Box 13, Folder 6
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 4): F. Troutman, Account book, 1849-1869

  • Box 13, Folder 7
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 6): F. Troutman's Journal Accounts, 1857

  • Box 14, Folder 1
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 7): Cash book, 1858 Dec. 15

  • Box 14, Folder 2
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vols. 8-10): Notebooks, 1831-1853, 1860s

  • Box 14, Folder 3
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 11): F. Troutman account with C.S. Brent & Co., 1857 Mar. 2

  • Box 14, Folder 4
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 14): Col. Aquilla Spray's Cash book, 1880 Apr. 15-1881 Mar. 18

  • Box 14, Folder 5
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Account book (no. 15), Ferry receipts and expenses, 1880 Oct.-1895 Jan.

  • Item 1
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Account books, financial journals, and notebooks (vol. 16), 1899-1900

  • Box 14, Folder 6
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Bank Books, Nos. 1-6, 1857, 1860, 1871-1875, 1881

  • Box 14, Folder 9
Book 1: dated 1857 (Mar.-July); titled "Deposit Bank Book of F. Troutman"; Paris, KY. Book 2: dated 1860; handle with care--no front or back cover on this book. Book 3: n.d.; titled "Bank of Louisiana." Book 4: dated 1871-1875; titled "Bank of New Castle in Account with Frank Troutman." Book 5: dated 1874; titled "National Bank of New Castle (KY.) in Account with F. Troutman, esq." Book 6: dated 1881; titled "Banking House of John Howe & Sons, in Account with Frank Troutman."
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Bryant & Stratton Business College, Louisville, KY., 1889-1895

  • Box 12, Folder 4
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Bryant & Stratton Business College ledger, 1889 May 30-1891 Dec. 1

  • Box 12, Folder 5
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Memorandum book, 1871

  • Box 13, Folder 1
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Subscription books, Nos. 1-3, 1852, 1853, 1854

  • Box 14, Folder 7
Book 1: dated 1853; inscribed by James M. Guthrie, president of the Louisville & Frankfort Railroad Company. Book 2: dated 1854; front cover indicates "Geo. D. Dicken's Book, 4025 shares." Book 3: dated 1852; inside front cover inscribed by "Geo. D. Dicken"; subscription for shares in the Louisville & Covington Railroad Company.
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Subscription books, Nos. 4-6, 1860-1861, 1870 Sept. 8

  • Box 14, Folder 8
Book 4: dated 1860-1861; Henry County; concerning shares in Louisville & Frankfort Railroad Company. Book 5: no date; Owen County. Book 6: dated 1870 Sept. 8; Henry County, Kentucky; concerning construction of a turnpike road.
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