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Chrisler-Pope Papers, 1829-1871 (bulk 1829-1864)

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Author

Archives Staff

Title

Chrisler-Pope Papers

Date

1829-1871 (bulk 1829-1864)

Repository

Kentucky Historical SocietyFrankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

Conditions Governing Access note

Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

There are typewritten transcriptions, some with annotations and genealogical information, of all the letters found in the collection.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Chrisler-Pope Papers, 1829-1871, 91M03,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.

Extent

1 box, .5 c.f.

Biography/History

The majority of the collection centers around three people: Elias Chrisler (1766?-1848), his son Joseph (1802-1840), and Joseph's wife Nancy (Pope) Chrisler (1806-1891). Nancy and Joseph were married in 1826 and moved from Bullitt County to Hancock County soon afterward.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of the Chrisler and Pope families of Hancock and Bullitt Counties, Kentucky. The bulk of the correspondence chronicles family activities and farm business and is between Nancy Chrisler and other family members, most of whom lived in Bullitt and Jefferson Counties. Most of the correspondence takes place between 1848 and 1859. The collection contains some business papers, including a purchase agreement for a slave named Isaac and a detailed promissory note for the hire of a slave girl named Mary, both signed by Joseph Christler. Christler hired Mary from her owner, William L. Lewis. There are also numerous ledger sheets, receipts, and invoices for groceries, dry goods, and other expenses.

Variant Title: Christler Family Papers. This collection contains the papers of the Chrisler (also spelled Christler) family.

Creator's Occupation: Farmers

Arrangement: Primarily chronological; subdivided by original series.

Subjects

  • Chrysler family
  • Pope family
  • Chrisler, Elias, d. 1848
  • Chrisler, Joseph, 1802-1840
  • Chrisler, Nancy Pope, 1806-1891
  • Chrisler, Isaac
  • Lewis, Mary
  • Slavery--Kentucky
  • Agriculture--Kentucky
  • Genealogy
  • Hancock County (Ky.)--History
  • Bulitt County (Ky.)--History
  • Jefferson County (Ky.)--History

Collection Inventory

Item -, Year: 1829
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Mortgage payment receipt, from Benjamin Pope, signed by Joseph Christler. On the reverse side is another payment receipt from Benjamin Pope, signed by Elias Christler and dated January 7, 1830.

Item -, Year: 1830
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Purchase papers of a slave named Isaac, by Joseph Christler

Item -, Year: 1833
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Description: Promissory note for $19.14 from Joseph Christler to Charles V. Lander

Item -, Year: 1834
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Note for $37.50, signed by Joseph Christler, detailing the terms for the hiring of a slave named Mary, from her owner, William L. Lewis

Item -, Year: 1834
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Description: Receipt issued to Joseph Chrisler for payment of taxes on real property valued at $1800

Item -, Year: 1839
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Description: Hancock County court order appointing Joseph Crisler as overseer of a part of the road from Thompsons Ferry to Hardinburg, Kentucky

Item -, Year: 1839
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Hand-written copy of a poem entitled "Condolence" by B.B. Phares; includes a personal note to "brother and sister Christler" and signed by the author. There is an additional copy of the poem, apparently copied by someone else and not signed or dated.

Item -, Year: 1844
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Letter to "Dear Sister": Nancy (Pope) Chrisler from Jesse Chrisler, discussing legal action regarding the will of his brother, Fielding Chrisler. Enclosed with the letter are three copies of a court summons from the Louisville Chancery Court, dated September 23, 1844.

Item -, Year: 1846
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Receipt for $6 for the "tuition of two schollers: sic."

Item -, Year: 1848
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Letter to Nancy Chrisler from her brother-in-law, Jesse Chrisler, about the death of his father, Elias Chrisler

Item -, Year: 1851
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Description: Itemized ledger sheet for groceries and drygoods

Item -, Year: 1851
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Description: Receipt issued to Elias Chrisler for $1 revenue tax and county levy for the year 1851

Item -, Year: 1855
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Description: Letter to Elias Christler from John Randolph, a circuit-riding preacher, regarding news and events of his circuit

Item -, Year: 1858
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Description: Ledger sheet for medical expenses

Item -, Year: 1858
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Description: Letter to "Sister": Nancy (Pope) Chrisler from James Y. Pope, regarding family business and news about the farm crops

Item -, Year: 1858
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Description: Letter to Nancy Chrisler from her brother James Y. Pope, discussing family news and farm business, including wheat prices

Item -, Year: 1859
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Description: Receipt for $129 issued to Elias Chrisler, "to equalize the division of slaves made by them amongst the heirs of Joseph Chrisler"

Item -, Year: 1864
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Description: United States Army Colored Troops enlistment papers of Amos, a slave owned by Nancy Chrisler

Item -, Year: n.d
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Description: Sketchy genealogical information regarding the Chrisler family, from 1755-1939

Item -, Year: n.d
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Transcriptions, including annotations and genealogical information, of the letters contained in this collection

Item -, Year: n.d
Scope and Content Note:

Description: Family lineage chart of the Pope family

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