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Hathaway family papers, Bulk, 1865-1954

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Hathaway family papers


Bulk, 1865-1954


University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

59M113: [identification of item], Hathaway family papers, 1817-1954, bulk 1865-1954, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.64 Cubic feet

1 box, 1 item


Hathaway family


The Hathaway family papers are letters, scrapbooks, diaries, and general materials of Leeland Hathaway, his wife, Mattie Wheeler Hathaway, and daughter, Carrie Lee Hathaway.


Leeland Hathaway (b. circa 1834), a native of Clark County, Kentucky, served under Confederate General John Hunt Morgan during the Civil War. He was held prisoner at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland. He was captured while serving as a bodyguard to Jefferson Davis' wife, Varina Howell Davis. His wife was Martha Wheeler Hathaway was born in Winchester, Kentucky, in 1845. Leeland and Martha had a daughter, Carrie Lee Hathaway (ca. 1867-1954), who lived in Lexington, Kentucky.

Scope and Content

The Hathaway family papers are documents of Leeland Hathaway, his wife, Mattie Wheeler Hathaway, and daughter, Carrie Lee Hathaway. Included are letters written by Leeland Hathaway which refer to his imprisonment at Allegheny, Pennsylvania and at Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.) during the Civil War after his capture while serving as bodyguard to Jefferson Davis' wife, Varina Howell Davis. There are transcripts and notes of Mattie Wheeler Hathaway's diary (1869-1865) edited by Mrs. Hammund Dugan, a small Bible carried by Captain Hathaway and his scrapbook clippings, poems and pencil sketches. Additionally, the collection contains a child's scrapbook, 13 letters from J. L. Wheeler to Mattie Wheeler and Mrs. Caroline Wheeler (1861-1865), papers concerning Hathaway's parole and release from military prison, and a statement he made concerning Stephen Gano Burbridge and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings primarily about Kentucky and the Confederacy. Letters and papers of Col. James Mason comprise a small portion of the Hathaway family papers.


  • Confederate States of America.
  • Scrapbooks--United States.
  • Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.
  • Burbridge, Stephen G., (Stephen Gano), 1831-1894
  • Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
  • Davis, Varina, 1826-1906
  • Hathaway, Carrie Lee, ca. 1867-1954
  • Hathaway, Leeland, fl. 1845-1901
  • Mason, James
  • Composers--Correspondence.

User Restrictions

The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Collection Inventory

Newspaper clippings about family members, 1904-1954
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Martha Wheeler Hathaway's diary transcription, circa 1860-1865
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Family correspondence, 1861 August 13-1865 July 4
[Box: 1]
Family correspondence, 1861 August-1865 July
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
List of Morgan's Men interned at Alleghany/note about Stephen G Barbridge's command of Department of Kentucky, undated, 1863
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Virginia Hanson Chapter Fourth Annual Convention program/Rock Island Rail pamphlet, 1900 November, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
Notes on a conversation with Miss Carrie Lee Hathaway with Churchill Newcomb's comments in the margins, circa 1926
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Transcription of nine volumes of writing by Captain Leland Hathaway after the Civil War, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Scrapbook given to Carrie Lee Hathaway by her mother, circa 1860-1879
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Correspondence sent to James Mason, 1817 December 31-1839 November 17
[Box: 1, Folder: 10]
Bible carried by Captain Leland Hathaway during the Civil War, 1845
[Box: 1, Folder: 11]
Scrapbook of clippings about the Confederacy and Kentucky, circa 1875-1900
[Item: 1]

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