Scott family papers

Abstract

The Scott family papers (dated 1746-1962, bulk 1870-1915; 11 cubic feet; 24 boxes) consist of the business and personal papers of Lexington, Kentucky, attorney, Robert Augustine Thornton and his descendants.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Scott family papers
Extent
11 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Business records -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Genealogy.
Families -- History -- 19th century.
Law firms -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Business records -- Missouri -- Lexington.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Courtney Murphy
Preferred Citation
64m98 : [identification of item], Scott family papers, 1746-1962, bulk 1870-1915, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert Augustine Thornton (ca. 1843-1915) was born in Virginia. After serving in the Confederate Army during the Civil War he attended law school in Cincinnati, Ohio. He practiced law in Lexington, Kentucky in partnership at various times with John C. Breckinridge, J. B. Beck, and Charles Kerr. He married Caroline H. Preston, the daughter of General William Preston, in 1870 and had three children: William Preston Thornton, Margaret Howard Thornton who married George Radford Hunt, and Caroline Preston Thornton who married Dr. John W. Scott.
Scope and Content
The Scott family papers (dated 1746-1962, bulk 1870-1915; 11 cubic feet; 24 boxes) consist of the business and personal papers of Lexington, Kentucky, attorney, Robert Augustine Thornton and his descendants. Thornton's papers include correspondence and legal papers from 1870-1915 and include material concerning James M. Haggin and Kentucky Court of Appeals decisions. The Scott family papers contain genealogical material on the Howard and Wickliffe families; letters to Robert Wickliffe, Innes Randolf, Mary M. Scott, Caroline Preston Thornton, Robert Augustine Thornton, Caroline Thornton Scott and Margaret Thornton Hunt; a letterbook belonging to Mathew T. Scott; a law notebook of General William Preston (1881); an account book; and a scrapbook. The Robert Innes series contains genealogical information for the Innes family and business letters from 1746-1876. The Catherine G. Reid papers consist of business documents from Lexington, Missouri, and Lexington, Kentucky, dated 1890-1910. She is believed to have been a Scott family servant. The Hunt family papers contain personal papers related to the marriage of Margaret Thornton Hunt (1904), and expressions of sympathy on the deaths of George Radford Hunt (1945) and Margaret Thornton Hunt (1962).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
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

Robert Augustine Thorton, 1870-1915, undated

Letterbooks, 1906-1909

  • Box 1
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Correspondence and papers, 1870, undated

  • Box 2
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Preston material, 1870

  • Box 2
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Correspondence and papers, 1870-1881

  • Box 3
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Correspondence and papers, 1881-1889

  • Box 4
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Correspondence and papers, undated

  • Box 5
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Correspondence and papers, 1895-1898

  • Box 6
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Correspondence and papers, 1899-1901

  • Box 7
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Correspondence and papers, 1902-1904

  • Box 8
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Correspondence and papers, 1905-1907

  • Box 9
Includes much concerning James M. Haggin.
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Correspondence and papers, 1908-1911

  • Box 10
Includes much concerning James M. Haggin.
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Correspondence and papers, 1911-1913

  • Box 11
Includes Woodford and Ireland vs. L&N RR.
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Correspondence and papers, 1914-1915

  • Box 12
Printed material mostly Kentucky Court of Appeals Decisions.
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Scott family, 1816-1881, undated

Genealogical material on Howard and Wickliffe families, undated

  • Box 13
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Letters to family members, 1861

  • Box 13
Letters to Robert Wickliffe, Innes Randolf, Mary M. Scott (1861), Caroline Preston Thornton, R.A. Thornton, Caroline Thornton Scott, and Margaret Thronton Hunt.
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Letterbook of Mathew T. Scott, 1816-1821

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Law notebook of General William Preston, 1881

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Account book, 1870-1881

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Scrapbook of magazine clippings, non-personal, undated

  • Box 13
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Robert Innes, 1746-1876, undated

Genealogical material, undated

  • Box 14
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Business letters, 1746-1876

  • Box 14
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Catherine G. Reid, 1890-1910

Business papers, 1890-1910

  • Box 15-23
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Hunt family, 1945-1962

Marriage book of Margaret Thornton Hunt, 1904

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Expressions of sympathy and other materials on the death of George Radford Hunt, 1945-1946

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Materials on death of Margaret Thornton Hunt (Ms. George R. Hunt), 1962

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