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Edgar Jones Collection, 1787-1920

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Title

Edgar Jones Collection

Date

1787-1920

Repository

Western Kentucky University Library special CollectionsBowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-3576 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item] Edgar Jones Collection, 1787-1920, MSS 17,Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.

Extent

1 box, 8 folders, 221 items.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised chiefly of family letters, especially of the Burnett family of Rising Sun, Indiana. In 1861, Jacob J. Burnett enlisted in the Civil War as a Union soldier. After suffering wounds in mid-1862, he was hospitalized in the U.S. General Hospital in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for several months before returning to his Rising Sun home in the spring of 1863. Many of his letters are written to his wife, Mary. (Several of these letters are in partial form only.) Later, he traveled to Kansas looking for business and land opportunities, which he described to Mary in the 1867 letters.

Included are other family letters dated from 1882 to 1921 of the Burnett family whose homeplace seems to have been Rabbit Hash in Boone County, Kentucky. Receipts and deeds of Indiana counties complete the Burnett papers.

There are a few letters and papers of the McKnight family who evidently lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio, and Rising Sun, Indiana vicinity. In addition, there are papers, 1833-1847, concerning the Society of Cincinnatus, as well as a record book, 1830-1863.

Flynn letters, 1854-1870, most of which were written from Frankfort, Kentucky, by William and Maria Amelia Flynn to Mrs. Charlotte Purdy of Rising Sun, comprise another segment of this collection.

Letters, 1863-1906, pertaining to the Lamb family of Allensville, Indiana, are included along with a few letters, 1882-1887, of William H. Nose of Miamitown, Ohio. An unidentified four-page Civil War diary relates events occurring in Kentucky between February 18, 1863 and April 6, 1863.

An incoming 1918 letter to Edgar Jones of Bowling Green, Kentucky, from the U.S. Shipping Board and a pamphlet entitled "The Shipbuilder" are the concluding items in this collection. Jones (1879-1955) was an antique dealer in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for several years.

These letters were formerly owned by the Burnett family of Rising Sun, Indiana.

Subjects

  • Boone Co. - Burnett family, 1855-1920
  • Burnett, Jacob J
  • Burnett family letters, 1855-1920
  • Civil War - Hospitals - Philadelphia, 1862-1863
  • Civil War - Military life, 1861(?)-1863
  • Civil War - Soldiers from Indiana
  • Flynn family letters, 1854-1870
  • Indiana - Dearborn Co. - Deeds, 1865, 1868
  • Indiana - Decatur Co. - Deeds, 1865
  • Indiana - Ohio Co. - Deeds, 1880
  • Indiana - Ripley Co. - Deeds, 1865-1867
  • Kansas - Farms and farming, 1867
  • Lamb family letters, 1863-1906
  • McKnight family letters, 1787-1897
  • Society of Cincinnatus, 1833-1847
  • U.S. - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Crow Creek Agency, 1887-1894
  • U.S. - Shipping Board, 1918
  • Indian agencies and agents, 1887-1894

Collection Inventory

Chiefly letters of Jacob J. Burnett. 1861?-1871.46 items
Jacob to Mary.1861?-1863. 11 items
[box: 1, folder: 1a]
Letters from Kansas, mainly Jacob to Mary. 1867-1871. 7 items
[box: 1, folder: 1b]
To mother(?) Charlotte Purdy. 1862-1863. 2 items
[box: 1, folder: 1c]
Letter of Jacob J. Burnett's. 1863.1 item
[box: 1, folder: 1d]
Poem (Civil War) "Soldier's Fare", unsigned. 1 item
[box: 1, folder: 1e]
Partial letters (Civil War). 21 items
[box: 1, folder: 1f]
Undated letters & clipping. 3 items
[box: 1, folder: 1g]
Letters, Mrs. Mary J. Burnett to husband Jacob J. 1855-1867. 28 items
Letters, Mrs. Mary J. Burnett to husband Jacob J. 1855-1867. 28 items
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Incoming letters to Jacob J. Burnett. 1855?-1867. 26 items
From his mother, Mary Burnett. 1862. 3 items
[box: 1, folder: 3a]
From John Magers. 1862-1864. 6 items
[box: 1, folder: 3b]
From his mother-in-law, Charlotte Purdy. 1862-1863. 3 items
[box: 1, folder: 3c]
From Henry Sterling. 1863. 4 items
[box: 1, folder: 3d]
Incoming letters1855?-1867.12 items
[box: 1, folder: 3e]
Burnett family papers, 1856- .1856-1921. 45 items
Letters to Miss Fanny Burnett, father, brothers, & sisters. 1882-1920. 10 items
[box: 1, folder: 4a]
Letters to Lottie Burnett. 1878-1909. 4 items
[box: 1, folder: 4b]
Letters to Mrs. Beulah Smith. 1921. 4 items
[box: 1, folder: 4c]
Receipts. 1856-1897. 6 items
[box: 1, folder: 4d]
Deeds--Indiana counties, Decatur, Dearborn, Ohio & Ripley. 1865-1880. 8 items
[box: 1, folder: 4e]
Miscellaneous items - partial letters, printed items, etc.17 items
[box: 1, folder: 4f]
McKnight family papers. 1787-1897
McKnight family papers. 1787-1897. 15 items
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Society of Cincinnatus papers. 1833-1847. 3 items
[box: 1, folder: 5a]
Flynn letters chiefly from Frankfort, Ky. to Mrs. Charlotte Purdy,Rising Sun, Indiana.1854-1870. 11 items
Flynn letters chiefly from Frankfort, Ky. to Mrs. Charlotte Purdy,Rising Sun, Indiana. 1854-1870. 11 items
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Miscellaneous correspondence. 1863-1906. 43 items
Letters to the Lamb family, Dr. James, L. K., Elvina & Cerelda. 1863-1906. 7 items
[box: 1, folder: 7a]
Letters of Mrs. Rella Lamb Treon. 1865-1906. 17 items
[box: 1, folder: 7b]
Some letters from husband who worked with U.S. Bureau of IndianAffairs
[box: 1, folder: 7b]
Letters to William H. Nose. 1882-1887. 5 items
[box: 1, folder: 7c]
Miscellaneous letters, etc. 1858-1888. 14 items
[box: 1, folder: 7d]
Civil War Diary and Record Book
Diary (Civil War). 18 Feb. 1863-6 April 1863. 1 item. 4 pages
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Record book & receipts. 1830-1863. 4 items
[box: 1, folder: 8]
U.S. Shipping Board
U.S. Shipping Board. 26 March 1918. 2 items
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Letter to Edgar Jones
[box: 1, folder: 9a]
Pamphlet - "TheShipbuilder"
[box: 1, folder: 9b]

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