McDowell family papers, 1779-1924, 1855-1919 (bulk dates)

Descriptive Summary

Title
McDowell family papers, 1779-1924, 1855-1919 (bulk dates)
Creator
McDowell family.
Extent
1.3 cubic ft. (ca. 1000 pieces)
Subjects
Crawford, Jane Todd, 1763-1842.
McDowell, Ephraim, 1771-1830.
McDowell, Samuel, 1735-1817, complainant.
McDowell, William C.
McGinty, James, defendant.
Farms--Kentucky.
Land tenure--Kentucky.
Ovariotomy.
Tobacco industry--Kentucky.
Farmers.
Surgeons.
Danville (Ky.)--History.
Deeds.
Indentures.
Speeches
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ephraim McDowell, a Danville, Ky. physician, is known as the founder of abdominal surgery as a result of his successful operation to remove an ovarian tumor from Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford in 1809. His father, Samuel McDowell, was a prominent Kentucky jurist. A later member of the family was William C. McDowell, who served on the Lexington (Ky.) Tobacco Board of Trade.
Scope and Content
This is a collection of papers of the McDowell family of Kentucky, the product of two distinct accessions. It includes depositions and other legal documents pertaining to a trial in Fayette Circuit Court over land disputed between Samuel McDowell and James McGinty and others dating from 1802- 1805, and a number of speeches and other papers concerning Ephraim McDowell, which were written by Samuel M. Wilson, a Lexington, Ky. lawyer and historian, in the 1920's (52W131). The majority of the collection, however contains papers relating to later members of the McDowell family, particularly William C. McDowell. There are many letters concerning William's farming interests and activities, as well as family correspondence and legal papers such as deeds and indentures (51M20). These papers date from 1855-1919. They are only partially processed.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
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