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Ballard Family Papers,1840-1899

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Ballard Family Papers




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Ballard Family Papers, 1840-1899, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


37 items

Scope and Content

Prominent Louisville (Ky.) family. Papers relating to Frances Thruston Ballard's (1826-1896) reign as Queen of the May in 1840; letters, 1852-1859, from Frances Thruston to her runaway slave Cecilia J. Larrison living in Canada, relating news about their family and friends, letters, 1896-1899, from Cecilia to R.C. Ballard Thruston requesting financial assistance after her move back to Louisville, and Thruston's 1899 memoir of Cecilia, her family, and his family's association with her; two letters, 1883 -1884, from Lyman C. Draper to Frances T. Ballard requesting information on George Rogers Clark and his slave Kitt; and invitations received by the family. Card index in repository


  • Ballard, Charles Thruston, 1850-1918.
  • Ballard, Frances, 1826-1896.
  • Ballard, Mary H., 1850-1928.
  • Clark, Frances Eleanor, 1773-1825.
  • Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891.
  • Fugitive slaves-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Louisville (Ky.)-- Social life and customs.
  • Thruston, R. C. Ballard.

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