Fall Family Papers, 1748-1915

Descriptive Summary

Title
Fall Family Papers, 1748-1915
Creator
Fall Family
Extent
3 box, 1.5 c.f.
Subjects
Fall, Philip Slater, 1798-1890--Correspondence
Fall family--Correspondence
Clergy--Kentucky--Franklin County
Christian educators--Kentucky--Franklin County
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reconstruction--Kentucky
Great Britain--Genealogy
Kentucky--Logan County--Genealogy
Kentucky--Franklin County--Genealogy
Fall, Philip Slater (1798-1890)--Sermons
Fall, Anne Bacon
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Fall was born in 1798 at Brighton, England. His family immigrated to America in 1817, settling in Logan County, Kentucky. After the deaths of both parents, Fall moved to Franklin County in 1820 to teach in an academy. Having joined the Baptist Church in Logan County, he was licensed to preach at the age of twenty-one and was ordained a minister within a short time. In 1820 Fall married Anne Bacon of Franklin County. Their family would eventually include ten children. Three years later, the Falls went to Louisville where Philip took charge of an academy and a small Baptist church.
Fall began to study the teachings of Rev. Alexander Campbell and became a convert to the Campbellite or Christian movement. His congregation followed his lead and became the First Christian Church of Louisville. Fall established other Christian churches in his career and profoundly influenced the development of the new denomination in Kentucky and Tennessee. In the 1820s the Falls moved to Nashville. The minister pastored a church and ran a small school in that city for seven years. Due to health problems, Fall decided to return to Frankfort where he settled his family on a nearby farm and opened a school for girls.
In 1851 Fall paid a return visit to his native land. He called upon relatives there and was invited to preach in several churches in towns he visited. One notable incident occurred in Nottingham, England where members of the congregation assailed him with questions about his views of slavery immediately following his sermon.
The Falls returned to Nashville in 1857, after living nearly twenty-five years in Frankfort, to reunite the church he had led in the 1830s. They were strong Southern sympathizers during theCivil War. Philip served as a chaplain in the Nashville hospitals and his son, Albert, died at Fort Donelson. Philip and Anne Fall retired to Frankfort in 1877, where she died in 1888 and he died in 1890.
Other important figures in this family include W.R. Fall, a schoolteacher, and son of Philip and Anne Fall; his sister Elizabeth who married Edmund H. Taylor, a Frankfort distiller; their sister Mary who married J.B. Temple; their sister Caroline or Carrie; and Jouett Taylor James Cannon, daughter of Elizabeth Fall Taylor and secretary-treasurer of the Kentucky Historical Society for many years.
Scope and Content
These are the personal papers of prominent minister Philip Slater Fall and his family. The materials consist almost totally of family correspondence among the Falls. The bulk of the collection consists of the letters of Philip and Anne Fall to each other and to their children. These letters discuss family news, Fall's work, and other items of general interest. Of particular significance are Fall's letters home from England during his 1851 visit, and his letter to his children describing the brief military service and death on the battlefield of his son, Albert. Other letters to Fall include discussions of business and financial matters by relatives and associates, invitations to teach at Bethany (West Virginia) College and other schools, and letters concerning arrangements for his English tour. There are also two letters concerning his English tour. There are also two letters concerning the history of the formation of the Disciples of Christ (and dissension within the group). Fall's sister, Charlotte Fanning, and her husband, Tolbert, were prominent Tennessee educators, who ran Franklin College and Hope Institute. The collection includes a number of letters from the Fannings that discuss education.
Correspondence of Elizabeth (Bettie) Fall Taylor, her daughter Jouett Taylor Cannon, and other members of their immediate families constitute a substantial portion of the letters.
Other interesting or significant items in the collection include a letter by George Fall, an ancestor of Philip, written during his apprenticeship in Fareham, England, in 1748; two letters of a family nature written by Philip's grandson, Albert Bacon Fall, who was later Secretary of the Interior in the administration of Warren G. Harding and was convicted for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal; a number of letters from C.I. Lewis, Philip Fall's nephew, when he was a naval officer in the 1870s on a ship that traveled to Spain, Portugal, and Brazil; and a number of Civil War-era letters written by Confederate soldier Albert Boult Fall before his death in 1862. There are a small number of letters to and from members of Anne Bacon Fall's family, and letters from Philip Fall's cousins in England. There are also manuscripts of sermons written and delivered by Reverend Fall. The collection also includes a thirteen-page typescript relating to the history of the Fall family in England and America.
County: Franklin, Logan, Jefferson
Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged chronologically; other subgroups consist of genealogy, clippings, and miscellaneous writings.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence and other papers, 1748, 1759

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1819-1840

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1842-1845

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Correspondence and other papers, 1846-1853

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1854-1857

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1858-1861

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Correspondence and other papers, 1862-1865

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Correspondence and other papers, 1866-1867

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Correspondence, 1868-1870

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Correspondence, 1871-1874

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Correspondence and other papers, 1875-1878

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Correspondence and other papers, 1879-1880

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Correspondence and other papers, 1881-1885

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Correspondence and other papers, 1886-1890

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1891-1908

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Correspondence, 1909-1915

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Samuel Gill

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Rev. P. S. Fall sermons

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Rev. P. S. Fall sermons

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Miscellaneous

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Miscellaneous

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Miscellaneous

  • Box 3, folder 9
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