Barret Family Collection, 1877-1926

Descriptive Summary

Title
Barret Family Collection, 1877-1926
Creator
Barret Family
Extent
1/2 box, 5 folders, 44 items.
Subjects
Barret, Amanda, 1856-1931
Barret, John G, -1890
Barret, John G, -1890 - Photos
Barret, R F - Photos
Europe - Travel and description, 19th century
France - Verdun - Map, 1918 C1-D8,1
*Journals - Barret, Henri, 1883
Great Britain - Travel and description, 1883
Journals - European trip, 1883
Maps - Verdun, France, 1918 C1-D8,1
Montfort, Henri (Barret), 1861-1900
Montfort, John Barret, 1890-1962
Montfort, John Barret, 1890-1962 - Photos
Montfort, Richard, 1854-1931
Travel and description - Great Britain, 1883
U.S. - Army - Corps of Engineers
World War I, 1914-1918
World War I, 1914-1918 - Letters
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John G. Barret, d. 1890, received his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1852 and was one of the organizers of the Citizens National Bank, now Citizens Fidelity Bank and Trust Company, Louisville, Kentucky. He was also a founder of the Louisville Central Presbyterian Church and the Louisville American Printing House for the Blind. In 1855 he married Ann Eliza Rodes, 1828-1915, sister of Robert Rodes, Sr., in Danville, Kentucky.
Of their three children, Amanda, 1856-1931, Clifton Rodes, 1859-1926, and Henri, 1861-1900, only Henri married. Her husband, Richard Montfort, 1854-1931, was born March 4, 1854, in Ireland, son of Dr. Henry and Elizabeth (Colles) Montfort. Richard was educated in Dublin, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1876, and came to the United States that same year. He worked with the Louisville Bridge & Iron Company until 1880 when he became bridge engineer for the L & N Railroad, was promoted to chief engineer in 1887, and then to consulting engineer in 1905.
The only child of Henri and Richard Montfort, John Barret, was born March 6, 1890. Following his mother's death in 1900, Barret lived with his father and his aunt Amanda (Emmie) in Cherokee Park, Louisville. Barret graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1907, received his degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York in 1913, and then studied law at the University of Virginia. He was an army engineering officer in World War I, serving in France. After the war, he joined the Chemical National Bank of New York and later became head of its trust division. He moved to England in 1933, continuing his association with the bank. In 1939 he moved to Canada, where he remained active in real estate and businessuntil his death in New York City on September 12, 1962.
Scope and Content
Twenty-one World War I letters, chiefly from France, an 1883 European travel journal, notebooks, photos, and miscellaneous papers of the Barret and Montfort families of Louisville, Kentucky, comprise the collection. The majority of the materials concern Henri Barret, 1861-1900; civil engineer Richard Montfort, 1854-1931, Henri's husband; and their son Barret Montfort, 1890-1962, who was an army engineer, banker, and businessman.

Contents of the Collection

Henri Barret:

  • Box 1, folder 1

Poetry scrapbook (holographic) 1877 3 items

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Journal of European trip and holographic copy of journal 1883

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Richard Montfort:

  • Box 1, folder 2

Promissory note 1903 3 items

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Will 1921

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Biographical notes 1926

  • Box 1, folder 2
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John Barret Montfort:25 items

  • Box 1, folder 3

School notebook 1900-1901 1 item

  • Box 1, folder 3
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World War I letters 1917-1919 21 items

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Military papers 1917-1919 3 items

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Photos: n.d. 4 items

  • Box 1, folder 4

Barret Montfort, John G. Barret, R. F. Barret, and an unidentified small girl

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Miscellaneous Montfort items, including biographical notes n.d. 9 items

  • Box 1, folder 5
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