Agnes Willson Major Collection,1889-1966

Descriptive Summary

Title
Agnes Willson Major Collection,1889-1966
Creator
Major, Agnes Willson
Extent
12 boxes, 1 oversized box, 6 cubic ft.
Subjects
Kentucky--Genealogy
Virginia--Genealogy--Major, Agnes Willson, 1889-1966--Correspondence
Major, S. I. M., 1877-1952--Correspondence
Major, S. I. M., 1830-1886--Correspondence
United States--Navy--Officers--Correspondence
Journalists--Kentucky--Correspondence
Politicians--Kentucky--Correspondence
Lotteries--Kentucky--19th century
Illinois (Ship)
Daughters of the American Revolution
Ascension Episcopal Church (Frankfort, KY)--History
Saint John's Episcopal Church (Versailles, KY)--History
Scrapbooks
Black-and-white photographs
Postcards
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mrs. S.I.M. (Agnes Willson) Major, 1889-1966, at one time was the society editor of the Woodford Sun. Widow of Cmdr. S.I.M. Major, USN Ret., she was born in Richmond, KY in 1889 to Agnes Hanna and Matthew Willson. She was educated in Richmond and Shelbyville, where she graduated from Science Hill School. Samuel I.M. Major III was the son and grandson of two other S.I.M. Majors, both of Frankfort, KY His grandfather was a noted politician and local civic leader during the early days of Frankfort. His father was the editor and publisher of the influential KENTUCKY YEOMAN, and was also a noted local politician (mayor of Frankfort), civic leader, and entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, S.I.M. Major, Jr., was involved in the local banking industry, a local gas utility company, and a local mule-drawn trolley car operation. However, it was as publisher of the KENTUCKY YEOMAN that he had the greatest impact. His paper was the main Southern Democratic voice in Kentucky during the Antebellum era, hitting its height with his support of John C. Breckinridge for President in 1860. During the Civil War, and later in the Reconstruction period, the YEOMAN continued to be a formidable political presence in the state. Major ceased publishing the YEOMAN in 1885, one year before his death.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of 6 cubic ft. of historical and genealogical records. Included in the historical part of this collection is the correspondence of Agnes Willson Major, S.I.M. Major, Jr., and Cmdr. S.I.M. Major, III, USN Ret. Also included are documents pertaining to the U.S.S. Illinois, D.A.R. research, local church records, local business records, local lotteries, scrapbooks, postcards, andphotographs. The historical documents concerning Kentucky mostly pertain to Franklin, Woodford, and Shelby counties and cover a time period between 1836-1961. Included in the genealogical part of the collection are histories of numerous Kentucky and Virginia families. These records vary in content, form, depth of information and accuracy. These records cover the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into two series: historical records and genealogical records. The historical records are housed in two.5 cubic ft. boxes and one oversized file flder. The genealogical records are housed in ten.5 cubic ft. boxes. The historical documents are arranged chronologically within each record type and format, i.e. correspondence, naval orders, church records, photographs and postcards, and scrapbooks. The genealogical records are arranged alphabetically by family surname.
Variant Name: Agnes Willson Major Collection

Contents of the Collection

Agnes Willson Major Correspondence

Genealogy notes of Agnes Willson Major. n.d.

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Three letters from W. A. Wentworth and Mrs. S.I.M. Major (Agnes Willson Major) on items in her possession concerning S.I.M. Major Sr.

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Notes on the life of S.I.M. Major Jr. (Husband of Agnes). n.d.

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Obituary of Agnes Willson Major. Woodford Sun, Versailles (Woodford County), KY, June 9, 1966.

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K.H.S. Interoffice Memorandum concerning the Microfilming of the Ferguson Collection, September 1, 1982.

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49 page listing of item list of Ferguson Collection, n.d. Possible connection between Ferguson and Major indicated in the obituary of Agnes Major; she was survived by a niece, Mrs. Harley Ferguson.

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S.I.M. Major Correspondence, 1836-1961

Postcard, December 10, 1836, Frankfort, KY To S.I.M. Major concerning renewal of insurance on his stable & etc., W.H. Sneed, agent, Underwriters Insurance. Preprinted card.

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Notice for Establishment of Frankfort City School Lottery, 12 July 1841.

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Articles of Agreement, 21 July 1841, between the Commissioners (Edmund H. Taylor, Thomas S. Page Jr., John J. Vest) and the Commonwealth of Kentucky concerning the Frankfort City School Lottery.

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Lottery Contract between Walter Gregory & Co., and the Frankfort Lottery - September 23, 1841.

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Letter to Managers & Commissioners of the Lottery for the Town of Frankfort. From Walter Gregory, dated October 1, 1842, concerning his (Gregory) involvement in the lottery.

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Letter to Philip Swigert, from Walter Gregory, Louisville, KY, dated July 2, 1843, concerning the lottery.

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Way-bill for Passengers, Lexington & Ohio Railroad - McKee & Swigert, Railroad Office, Frankfort, KY, September 25, 1847. Bill for $19.30. (NOTE: See KHS Register, #31, pgs. 9-28, Lexington & Ohio R.R., Dr. Thomas Clark, additionally: related KHS MSS 91SC06). FOB = Free On Board.

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Two copies of "The Screw" - The Old Guard Dies But Never Surrenders, published, Frankfort, KY, February 15, 1850. A request from the Editors for advertisement in local papers, a rough draft copy of the paper, Note to Postmaster and probable lists of subscribers.

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Bond Contract for the Frankfort Lottery, October 4, 1851.

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Form - Morse American Telegraph. Frankfort, KY, August 5, 1854. From James Vallett to S.I.M. Major. "Sent your shoes Friday week on the car."

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Note, May 1856, Walter Gregory for payment of $3,000.00.

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Note, May 23, 1856, Walter Gregory for payment of $1,666.00 in 18 months.

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Note, October 1857, Walter Gregory, paid $339.32, signed George W. Gwin, Mayor.

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Kentucky State Lottery, for the benefit of the City School of the City of Frankfort, and other Purposes, Frankfort, May 22, 1861, managers, P. Swigert, Tho. S. Page, E.H. Taylor, G.W. Gwin, H.I. Todd

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Form - Wesley Adams, City Weigher, Gauger and Inspector of Liquids, Louisville, KY, August 20, 1864, 50 barrels of Whiskey. For A. Ranson & Co.

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Computation of Value of Lottery Grant in cash money at $10.00 - 1 August 1867.

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Map, Old Surveys around Frankfort, S.I.M. Major, 1869.

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Note, April 11, 1876, Bridgeport, KY, to Col. S.I.M. Major concerning a note being entirely satisfactory, M.T. Carpenter.

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July 31, 1877, Frankfort, KY, to S.I.M. Major from Farmers Bank of Kentucky $292.54, Grant Green, cashier.

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October 13, 1879, Cincinnati, Oh., to S.I.M. Major to pay $15.00 for James Bird's Account, John C. (?) & Co.

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Letter to S.I.M. Major, from Lucius P. Little, Owensboro, KY, dated, April 20, 1885. Requesting information on Ben Hardin. See KHS Rare Books Room, 92-H26, Ben Hardin, Lucius P. Little.

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Envelope addressed to Richardson Hardy Esq., Cincinnati, OH., n.d.

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Card - "What Franklin County, Kentucky, has done. Listing of World War I contributions of Franklin. County, n.d.

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Plan for expansion of the Kentucky State House, by H.P. Bradshaw & Co., Architects, Louisville, KY, with notes from G. Glenn Clift and Agnes Major, dated, June 8, 1961.

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Documents Pertaining to the U.S.S. Illinois

Orders issued by S.I.M. Major, Jr., LTC, XO, U.S.S. Illinois

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Instructions for Coxswains of Power Boats, n.d.

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Daily Routine, May 27, 1918

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Order No. 140, Instruction of Officers, June, 17 1918

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Order No. 141, Discipline, June 18, 1918

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Coaling Ship Doctrine, August 28, 1918

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Roster of Officers, September 1, 1918

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Order No. 161, Officers Leave and Permission to Go Ashore, September 1918

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Typed Copies of Orders, U.S.S. Illinois

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Orders for Corporal of the Guard, Jun3, 28 1917

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Order Concerning Bags and Hammocks, July, 22 1917

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Order No. 99, April, 18 1918

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Order No. 111, Smoking Lamp, May 8(?)

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Order No. 118, Medical Officer, Daily Sanitation Inspection, May 22, 1918

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Order No._____, Swimming, June 1, 1918

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Order No. 133, Daily Reporting, Jun 14, 1918

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Order No. 131, Routine, June 16, 1918

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Order No. 136, Order Book, June 16, 1918

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Order No. 135, Hammocks, June 18, 1918

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Order No._____, Fresh Water Economy, June 20, 1918

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Memo, Division One Battleship Force, Recent Battle Inspection of Division One, US Atlantic Fleet, signed J.H. Hoogewerff, July 10, 1918

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Memo, Concerning Cleaning of Ship, July 21, 1918

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Order No. 144, Doctrine in Regard to Bringing Strangers Aboard Ship, July 25, 1918

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Order No. 153, Assignment of R.D. Arnold as Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) of U.S.S. Illinois, August 22, 1918

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Order No. 125, For Man Overboard, n.d.

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Order No. 127, Armed Boats Crews for Visit or Search, n.d.

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Captain's Orderly Instructions, n.d.

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Orders for Sentry, Brig Post, n.d.

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Postcards and Photographs

Postcards

3 different shots of St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston, VA

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3 different scenes around Frankfort, KY, Daniel Boone Monument, View of Frankfort from the Louisville Pike showing Fort Hill and Quarry and Picturesque Frankfort.

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The Shelby Graded School, 1907

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Photographs

Tombstone of Col. Robert Willmott

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Susan M. (Wood) Hoge

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A Sampler

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A Church

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- A minister

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- Bishop Smith's residence and view of original church

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DAR Information

Handout-Requirements in the Preparation of Papers to be Presented for Membership in the National Society of the Colonel Dames of America in the State of Virginia, 1935

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Information Regarding the Office of the Registrar General, DAR, 1941

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Requirements of the Office of the Registrar General, n.d.

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Paper-Why you have a family name and what it means to you.

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A Selection of Genealogies from Our Large Library of American, Part II - Williams Book Store, Boston, MA, n.d.

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Reference Note-Information for Revolutionary Records, n.d.

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Frankfort Scrapbook

My Recollections of Frankfort, Mary Willis Renick Woodson (age 78), June 3, 1896

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Frankfort, Sesqui-Centennial 1786-1936, Historical Pageant

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Booklet, Frankfort Capital of Kentucky, n.d.

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Booklet, The Devil's Hollow, Henry Thompson Stanton

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Three different copies of Programs of the Frankfort, Sesqui-Centennial

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Six pages of newspaper articles covering different aspects of the history of Frankfort

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Liberty Hall

90 pages of information concerning the history of Liberty Hall and Liberty Hall Incorporated. Letters and newspaper articles.

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Booklet on Liberty Hall, Bayless Hardin, 1937.

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Shelby County Scrapbook

Newspaper articles about Shelby County

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Outline of Shelby County Churches

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Information about Mulberry, Six Mile and Shelbyville Church

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Listing of Shelby County Marriages

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Church of the Ascension (Episcopal), Frankfort, KY

St. John's Church (Episcopal), Versailles, KY

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Church Histories

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LTC. S.I.M. Major Jr., Letters and Correspondence 1931-1940 dealing with his attempts to sell his rare book collection.

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A - surnames

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Alexander of Timber Ridge

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Allen Family

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B-1 - Surnames

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B-2 - Surnames

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B-3 - Surnames

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Bush and Related Families

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C-1 - Surnames

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C-2 - Surnames

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D - Surnames

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E - Surnames

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F - Surnames

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G - Surnames

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H-1 - Surnames

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H-2 - Surnames

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H-3 - Surnames

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I, J, K - Surnames

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L - Surnames

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M-1 - Surnames

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M-2 - Surnames

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M-4 - Surnames

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M-5 - Surnames

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N - Surnames

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O - Surnames

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P-1 - Surnames

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P-2 - Surnames

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P-3 - Surnames

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Q - Surnames

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R - Surnames

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S-1 - Surnames

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S-2 - Surnames

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S-3 - Surnames

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T - Surnames

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U, V, X, Y, Z - Surnames

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Venable Family - 1

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Venable Family - 2

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Venable Family - 3

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Venable Family - 4

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W-1 - Surnames

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W-2 - Surnames

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W-3 - Surnames

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Watkins of Virginia

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Watts Family

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Woodford County, Notations of History, Census of 1810

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Newspapers and Oversized Items

Map, City of Frankfort, KY, n.d. Note: possible used during the Frankfort, Kentucky Sesqui-Centennial programs.

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Program - Frankfort, Kentucky, Sesqui-Centennial

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Newspapers, The Book Collector's Journal, 9 editions, May 1936 to February 1937

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Poster, 130th Anniversary Kentucky's First Sunday School, September 22, 1940.

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