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John Harding Collection,1846-1914

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John Harding Collection




The Filson Historical Society Special Collections Louisville, Kentucky 40208 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], John Harding Collection, 1846-1914, Special Collections, The Filson Historical Society, Louisville.


2.66 cubic ft.

Scope and Content

Lawyer and stock breeder of Brookwood, Pleasureville, Henry Co., Ky. Harding's papers consist of correspondence, 1859-1914, with his family and friends while a student at Georgetown, Ky., and Franklin College, Franklin, Ind., during the Civil War; letters from his father, Aaron Harding, lawyer of Greensburg, Ky., who served as a Union Democrat from Kentucky from Kentucky in the U.S. Congress, 1861-1867; letters, 1865, relative to the Taylor Petroleum and Mining Co. in which John Harding was a partner; letters and certificates relating to the breeding of Harding's horses; contract, 13 Feb. 1865, agreeing to form a petroleum and mining company; English compositions and manuscript poems, 1899 -1911; letters, 1895, of Sallie Ward Downs to Mary Harding; legal papers, 1881-1890, of John Harding as attorney for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Co. in Henry Co., Ky.; accounts, 1864, 1897-1900, and 1906. Also a contract, 1896, of John Harding and his father-in-law, George F. Downs with W.T. Hanks, contractor, for building a two-story addition to a dwelling house on John Harding's farm in Henry Co., Ky., accompanied by statements of accounts and receipts for expenses of building, 1896 -1898; and promissory notes in favor of the Bank of Commerce, Louisville, Ky., signed by John Harding and G.F. Downs. The collection also includes the papers of George F. Downs (1814-1908), merchant and landowner of Louisville, Ky., and later of Pleasureville, Henry Co., Ky., and fourth husband of Sallie Ward Downs. Included is correspondence, 1897-1908, chiefly about the care of his real estate in Louisville, but including letters from his stepson J.W. Hunt, Mary Margaret Hunt, John T. Moore, Samuel Casseday, and R.T. Durrett; statements of account for upkeep of real estate in Louisville and personal expenses, 1896-1908; tax notices and receipts, 1902 -1905, on real property in Louisville; notes, 1891-1895, of Downs in favor of Kentucky and Louisville Mutual Insurance Co.; eleven volumes of memorandum books, 1846-1878; five volumes of account books, 1866-1895; and four volumes of bank books of the Western Financial Corporation, 1866 -1879


  • Casseday, Samuel, 1795-1876.
  • Downs, George F., 1814-1908.
  • Downs, Sallie Ward Lawrence Hunt Armstrong, 1831-1896.
  • Durrett, Reuben T. (Reuben Thomas), 1824-1913.
  • Horses-- Breeding-- History-- Sources.
  • Horses-- Kentucky-- History-- Sources.
  • Hunt, John Wesley, 1772-1849.
  • Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company-- History-- Sources.
  • Moore, John T., d. 1827.
  • Real property-- Kentucky-- Louisville-- History-- Sources.
  • Taylor Petroleum and Mining Co.
  • United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
  • United States.-- Congress-- History-- 19th century.

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