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Dobbins family papers, 1808-1877

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Finding aid prepared by Ida Sell


Dobbins family papers




University of Kentucky Special Collections


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Location note

Housed with multiple collections.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

55M44 : [Identification of item], Dobbins family papers, 1808-1877, University of Kentucky Special Collections.


0.67 Cubic feet

2 boxes


Dobbins family.


The Dobbins famiy papers include correspondence to and by members of the family about life in the south in the nineteenth century. The collection also includes ledgers, an account book and recording notebooks relating to plantation and the medical profession.


The Dobbins family consisted of: Joseph Dobbins, a builder in Northern Kentucky, particularly the Covington and Newport areas; Lawrence and Washington Berry, brothers from the Covington area; Sophia Buckner, also from Northern Kentucky; and John Hawkins Stevenson, a medical doctor practicing in the 1830s and 1840s.

Scope and Content

The Dobbins family papers are comprised of the papers of Joseph Dobbins. They include contracts, bills, receipts, and two account books. There is a letter from Lawrence Berry to Washington Berry about James Madison's and James Monroe's place in the political picture of 1808. Also included is a letter by Sophia Buckner. There are seven letters between A. E. Earle and his son, Frank Earl that described life on a southern plantation in 1865 and 1866. The Earl letters document conditions of the newly freed slaves, agricultural conditions, and comment on politics. There are also records of the Covington and Lexington Turnpike Company kept by L. Timberlake, Treasurer. Finally, the collection contains a notebook and some papers belonging to John Hawkins Stevenson on his medical studies and practice.


  • Covington and Lexington Turnpike Company. (Ky.)
  • Covington (Ky.)--Economic conditions.
  • Berry , Lawrence, fl. 1808
  • Berry, Washington, fl. 1808
  • Dobbins, Joseph, fl. 1820
  • Madison, James, 1751-1836
  • Monroe, James, 1758-1831
  • Contractors.
  • Contracts.
  • Freedmen--Kentucky.
  • Medical records--Kentucky.
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)
  • Toll roads--Kentucky.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1808-1830
[Box: 1, Folder: 1]
Correspondence, 1831-1855
[Box: 1, Folder: 2]
Correspondence, 1861-1877
[Box: 1, Folder: 3]
Correspondence, 1808-1866
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Ledger and receipts, undated
[Box: 1, Folder: 4]
Account book, 1816-1819
[Box: 1, Folder: 5]
Joseph Dobbins' Daybook, 1817-1836
[Box: 1, Folder: 6]
John H. Stevenson's Medical Notebook, 1836-1854
[Box: 1, Folder: 7]
Scope and Content Note:

Stevenson's Medical notebook was also used as a scrapbook.

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