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Trabue family papers, 1700-1899

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Trabue family papers




University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Trabue family papers, 1700-1899, 1M51M2, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


2019 Pieces.


The Trabue family, of Huguenot heritage, originally settled in Charlotte, Amelia, and Prince Edward counties, Virginia, but many of them migrated to Woodford, Bourbon, Franklin and Adair counties in Kentucky toward the end of the eighteenth century. Some later migrated to Missouri.

Scope and Content

The material is comprised of legal documents including deeds, promissory notes, fragments of court cases, land grants and surveys, correspondence and financial records, among which are bills, receipts, and fragments of an accounts ledger of the Trabue family. Although the bulk of the material is concerned with land acquisitions and land disputes in the latter part of the eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, some later material is present. This includes letters from William Henry Cosby, great grandson of John James Trabue, of Bethany, Missouri, who went west to seek gold in the 1850's. His letters offer a detailed picture of the trip west and of the time he spent in California. Also included is a receipt from Daniel Boone.


  • Trabue family.
  • Cosby, William Henry, fl. 1850.
  • Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820.
  • Land settlement--Virginia.
  • Land settlement--Kentucky.
  • Surveys--Kentucky.
  • Real estate development--Kentucky.
  • Gold mines and mining--California.
  • Pioneers--Kentucky.
  • Migration, Internal--Kentucky.
  • Huguenots.
  • Charlotte County (Va.).
  • Amelia County (Va.).
  • Prince Edward County (Va.).
  • Woodford County (Ky.).
  • Bourbon County (Ky.).
  • Franklin County (Ky.).
  • Adair County (Ky.).
  • Bethany (Mo.).
  • Virginia.
  • California--History.
  • West (U.S.)--Description and travel.
  • Bills (financial).
  • Correspondence
  • Court cases.
  • Deeds.
  • Genealogies.
  • Receipts.
  • Notes (financial)
  • Surveys (land)

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