Melton Family Collection, 1807-1964

Descriptive Summary

Title
Melton Family Collection, 1807-1964
Creator
Melton Family
Extent
1 box, 14 folders, 146 items. Originals
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Repository
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Melton family moved to Henderson County, Kentucky, from Rutherford County, North Carolina in 1826. Charles W. Melton married Rosanna Lee Melton on October 1, 1861. Their children were: Sarah E., Eli S., Cynthia I. (Sibbie), Archibald E. and Fernando, who died before his first birthday. Charles W. was a prominent farmer in the area. Most of the family is buried in the Salem Cemetery in Henderson County.
Scope and Content
This small collection contains the letters, financial and legal papers, of several members of the Melton, Poole, Strum, and Lively families of Henderson County, Kentucky. Most of the correspondence relates to family matters. Of particular interest is a letter from E.Y. Berry of Chilicothe, Missouri, to Charles W. Melton, in which he makes comments about the religious ramifications of the Civil War and his prediction of another war being necessary. Also of interest is a humourous "mock" diploma given to J.V. Stephens in 1860, signed by the principal "J. Duncecap".

Contents of the Collection

1807-1964. 146 items.

  • Box 1

Inventory and separation sheet. 2 items.

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Lively family papers. 1836-1838; 1862-1878. 14 items.

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Melton family - Correspondence. 1842-1898. 17 items.

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Melton family - Legal papers. 1842-1914. 15 items.

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Arch Melton - Incoming letters. 1890-1949. 10 items.

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Charles W. Melton - Correspondence and farm diary. 1860-1881. 9 items.

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Charles W. Melton - Account book. 1876-1881. 1 item.

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Elijah S. Melton - Correspondence and financialrecords. 1894-1924. 10 items.

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Sarah Melton - Autograph album. 1887-1891. 1 item.

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Sibbie Melton - Incoming letters. 1903-1923. 26 items.

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Miscellaneous papers. 1837; 1860-1868; 1945-1953. 10 items.

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Poole family - Legal papers. 1807-1893. 9 items.

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Abby Sellers - Incoming letters. 1921-1923. 17 items.

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Strum family papers. 1919-1964. 5 items.

  • Box 1, folder 14
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