Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers

Abstract

The Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers (dated 1785-1918, undated; 8.56 cubic feet; 18 boxes, 1 oversize box) primarily comprise business correspondence, legal documents, and financial records that document the legal career of the nineteenth century Kentucky attorney and judge.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers
Creator
Buckner, Benjamin Forsythe, 1836-1901
Extent
8.56 Cubic Feet
Subjects
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Lawyers -- Kentucky.
Judges -- Kentucky.
Court administration -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into 4 series by subject and format: Correspondence, Financial, Legal, and Personal.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Preferred Citation
48m39: [identification of item], Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers, 1785-1918, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lawyer and judge Benjamin Forsythe Buckner was born in Jacksonville, Illinois in 1836 to Kentucky parents. He attended the Kentucky Military Institute and served as a deputy in the Winchester circuit clerk's office before matriculating as a law student at the University of Louisville in 1856. After his admission to the bar in 1857, he began practicing law in Winchester, Kentucky.
In 1861, Buckner joined the United States Army and entered the Civil War as Major of the Twentieth Kentucky Federal Infantry, where he fought with the Union in the Battle of Shiloh and smaller battles in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama.
Buckner resigned from the army in 1863 and returned to Winchester, where he married Helen B. Martin, daughter of Clark County farmer Samuel Davis Martin, and resumed practicing law. In 1865, Buckner was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives on behalf of Clark County. He moved to Lexington in 1870, where he worked in partnership with William Campbell Preston Breckinridge until he was elected Judge of the Common Pleas Court of the Lexington District in 1874.
Buckner served on the circuit court bench for the tenth judicial district from 1880-1883 and then resigned to Louisville to resume a private practice. In 1896, Buckner retired to Winchester, where he died in 1901.
Johnston, J. Stoddard, ed., Memorial History of Louisville from its First Settlement to the Year 1896: Volume II (Chicago: American Biographical Publishing, 1896), 365-366.
Levin, H., ed., The Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky (Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1897), 652-654.
Peter, Robert, History of Fayette County, Kentucky, with an Outline Sketch of the Blue Grass Region (Chicago: O. L. Baskin &, 1882), 571-572.
Scope and Content
The Benjamin Forsythe Buckner papers (dated 1785-1918, undated; 8.56 cubic feet; 18 boxes, 1 oversize box) primarily comprise business correspondence, legal documents, and financial records that document the legal career of the nineteenth century Kentucky attorney and judge. The collection also includes Buckner's correspondence to his wife Helen during his deployment as a Union soldier in the Civil War, an office docket that reflects Buckner's legal practice during the latter part of his career, and a diary from a member of his wife's family, the Martins.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access 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 Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1884-1918, undated

Comprises correspondence between Buckner, his clients, and government officials. Arranged chronologically by year and thereunder alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

A-G, 1884

  • Box 1, folder 1
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H-O, 1884

  • Box 1, folder 2
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P-Y, 1884

  • Box 1, folder 3
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B-C, 1885

  • Box 1, folder 4
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D-G, 1885

  • Box 1, folder 5
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H-M, 1885

  • Box 1, folder 6
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N-Y, 1885

  • Box 1, folder 7
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A-G, 1886

  • Box 1, folder 8
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H-P, 1886

  • Box 2, folder 1
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R-Y, 1886

  • Box 2, folder 2
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A-J, 1887

  • Box 2, folder 3
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K-P, 1887

  • Box 2, folder 4
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R-Y, 1887

  • Box 2, folder 5
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A-H, 1888

  • Box 2, folder 6
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J-Y, 1888

  • Box 2, folder 7
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A-H, 1889

  • Box 2, folder 8
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J-Y, 1889

  • Box 2, folder 9
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A-W, 1890

  • Box 3, folder 1
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A-L, 1891

  • Box 3, folder 2
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M-Z, 1891

  • Box 3, folder 3
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A-H, 1892

  • Box 3, folder 4
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J-Y, 1892

  • Box 3, folder 5
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A-D, 1893

  • Box 3, folder 6
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E-W, 1893

  • Box 4, folder 1
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A-G, 1894

  • Box 4, folder 2
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K-Z, 1894

  • Box 4, folder 3
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A-G, 1895

  • Box 4, folder 4
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H-Z, 1895

  • Box 4, folder 5
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A-G, 1896

  • Box 4, folder 6
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H-W, 1896

  • Box 4, folder 7
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A-E, 1897

  • Box 4, folder 8
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F-Z, 1897

  • Box 5, folder 1
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A-E, 1898

  • Box 5, folder 2
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F-Z, 1898

  • Box 5, folder 3
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A-W, 1899

  • Box 5, folder 4
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1900-1918

  • Box 5, folder 5
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undated

  • Box 5, folder 6-8
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Financial, 1838-1912, undated

Comprises account books, checkbooks, ledgers, bills, and receipts that document Buckner's legal practice. Arranged into subseries by format and thereunder chronologically.

Account books and ledgers, 1857-1897

Ledger of legal accounts, 1857-1866

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Receipt book, 1867-1869

  • Box 6, folder 2
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Ledger, 1874 July 6-1897 December 16

  • Box 6, folder 3
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Masonic Savings Bank account books, 1889-1891

  • Box 6, folder 4
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Bills and receipts, 1877-1912, undated

1877-1878

  • Box 14, folder 4
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1879

  • Box 14, folder 5
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1880

  • Box 14, folder 6
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1881

  • Box 14, folder 7
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1882

  • Box 6, folder 5
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1883

  • Box 14, folder 8
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1884 January-April

  • Box 6, folder 6
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1884 April-December

  • Box 6, folder 7
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1885 January-June

  • Box 6, folder 8
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1885 July-December

  • Box 7, folder 1
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1886

  • Box 7, folder 2
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1887-1888

  • Box 7, folder 3
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1889-1890

  • Box 7, folder 4
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1891

  • Box 7, folder 5
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1892

  • Box 7, folder 6
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1893 January-June

  • Box 7, folder 7
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1893 July-December

  • Box 7, folder 8
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1894 January-June

  • Box 7, folder 9
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1894 July-December

  • Box 7, folder 10
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1895

  • Box 7, folder 11
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1896

  • Box 8, folder 1
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1897

  • Box 8, folder 2
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1898

  • Box 8, folder 3
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1899

  • Box 8, folder 4
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1900-1912

  • Box 8, folder 5
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undated

  • Box 8, folder 6-7
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Checks and checkbooks, 1838-1896, undated

1838-1858

  • Box 8, folder 8
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1860-1864

  • Box 8, folder 9
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1865-1869

  • Box 9, folder 1
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1869-1870

  • Box 9, folder 2
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1880-1884

  • Box 9, folder 3
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1885-1891

  • Box 9, folder 4
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Cancelled notes, 1890-1892

  • Box 9, folder 5
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1891

  • Box 9, folder 6-7
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1892

  • Box 9, folder 8
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1893

  • Box 10, folder 1-2
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1894 January-April

  • Box 10, folder 3
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1894 May-July

  • Box 10, folder 4
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1894 August-December

  • Box 10, folder 5
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1895

  • Box 10, folder 6
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1896

  • Box 11, folder 1
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undated

  • Box 11, folder 2
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Legal, 1785-1905, undated

Constitutes the bulk of the collection, with land surveys, deeds, certificates, resolutions, briefs, subpoenas, and agreements that reflect Buckner's activity as an attorney and judge in central Kentucky. Also includes some financial documents and correspondence, particularly for the early years of Buckner's practice. Arranged chronologically.

1785-1829

  • Box 11, folder 3
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1830-1839

  • Box 11, folder 4
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1840-1842

  • Box 11, folder 5
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1843-1849

  • Box 11, folder 6
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Certificates of the Register of the Land Office, 1843-1860

  • Box 19, folder 1
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1850-1855

  • Box 11, folder 7
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1856-1857

  • Box 12, folder 1
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1858

  • Box 12, folder 2
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1859 January-June

  • Box 12, folder 3
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1859 September-December

  • Box 12, folder 4
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1860

  • Box 12, folder 5
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1861

  • Box 12, folder 6
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1862

  • Box 12, folder 7
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1863

  • Box 13, folder 1
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1864

  • Box 13, folder 2
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1865

  • Box 13, folder 3
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1866

  • Box 13, folder 4
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1867

  • Box 13, folder 5
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1868

  • Box 13, folder 6
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1869

  • Box 13, folder 7
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1870

  • Box 13, folder 8
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1871

  • Box 13, folder 9
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1872

  • Box 13, folder 10
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1873

  • Box 13, folder 11
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1874

  • Box 14, folder 1
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Lawyer's office docket, 1874 July -1897 December 16

  • Box 14, folder 2
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1875-1876

  • Box 14, folder 3
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1884-1885

  • Box 15, folder 1
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1886

  • Box 15, folder 2
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1887

  • Box 15, folder 3
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1888

  • Box 15, folder 4-6
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1889

  • Box 15, folder 7
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1890

  • Box 16, folder 1
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1891

  • Box 16, folder 2
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1892

  • Box 16, folder 3
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1893

  • Box 16, folder 4
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1894

  • Box 16, folder 5
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1895

  • Box 16, folder 6
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1896

  • Box 16, folder 7
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1897

  • Box 17, folder 1
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1898

  • Box 17, folder 2
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1899

  • Box 17, folder 3
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1900-1905

  • Box 17, folder 4
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undated

  • Box 17, folder 5-7
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Personal, circa 1844-1918, undated

Comprises items related to Buckner's personal life, including letters written by Buckner to his wife Helen during his stint as a Union major in the Civil War. Also includes insurance contracts for Buckner and his wife, a tintype photograph of an unidentified woman, a key to a safety box, a diary by one of his wife's family members, a small notebook and calendar, and assorted clippings and pamphlets.

Benjamin Buckner letters to his wife, Helen, 1861-1863

  • Box 18, folder 1
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Clippings, coupons, advertisements, and pamphlets, undated

  • Box 18, folder 2-3
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Safety vault box key, undated

  • Box 18, folder 4
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Notebook and calendar, 1889, undated

  • Box 18, folder 4
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Tintype photograph of an unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 18, folder 6
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R. D. Martin diary, 1918

  • Box 18, folder 7
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Teutonia Insurance agent authorization for Benjamin F. Buckner, 1897 May 7

  • Box 19, folder 2
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Mutual Life Insurance Company contract for Helen M. Buckner, 1896 January 8

  • Box 19, folder 3
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Blow For the Building and Loan Associations: The Court of Appeals Declares the Law of 1893 To Be Unconstitutional , 1893 June 19

  • Box 19, folder 4
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Geological map of South-West Branch, Pacific Rail Road, by G. C. Swallow, State Geologist, drawn by G. C. Broadhead, circa 1844

  • Box 19, folder 5
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