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Simon Bolivar Buckner Family Papers, 1780-1900

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Simon Bolivar Buckner Family Papers




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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[Identification of item], Simon Bolivar Buckner family papers, 1780-1900, 98SC125,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


110 items


Simon Bolivar Buckner, governor of Kentucky during 1887-91, was born near Munfordville, Kentucky, in 1823, to Aytell Hartswell and Elizabeth Ann Buckner. He entered West Point in 1840 and saw active duty in the Mexican War after graduation. He later became head of Kentucky's state militia, then joined the Confederate Army as brigadier general at the start of the Civil War. After the war, Buckner was a journalist and businessman in New Orleans until he was allowed to return to Kentucky in 1868. In 1887, he was nominated as Democratic candidate for governor and defeated Republican William O'Connell Bradley in a close race. He later ran for U.S. Senate and was became a vice-presidential candidate on the Gold Democrat ticket with Gen. John M. Palmer in 1896. He died in 1914 and was buried in Frankfort Cemetery.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the papers of Simon Bolivar Buckner family. The papers, dated between 1780 and 1900, include surveys, deeds, letters, complaints, depositions, an affidavit, other court documents, a will, contracts, letters, bills, and notes. The legal documents mostly deal with land disputes in Kentucky during early to mid 1800's. Names represented in this collection are John Thomas, William Pollard, Mary Pollard, Pollard McCormick, James Speed, Dudley Roundtree, John Ramsey, Mark Hardin, Daniel Ashcraft, William W. Bowling, Aylett Buckner, Mary Lang, Thomas Lang, John Roe, George Washington Bowling, James Madison Bowling, Samuel Leedom, Alfred Lang, Mary Vass, Silas Tharp, Robert Balton, Daniel William, Annistead Churchill, William J. Adair, George T. Wood, Joel Compton, William Gerard, Henry Smith, Cadwallader Churchill, Joseph Pane, Philip L. Read, H.A. Read, William Sutherland, Thomas Crump, Jefferson Hodges Crump, John W. Lester, E.A. Tooke, William Richardson, Mary King, Ruthy J. Brown, and Joseph D. Brown. Locations include Jefferson, Hardin, Hart, and Grayson Counties in Kentucky as well as Richmond, Virginia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Arrangement: Chronological order maintained within each folder


  • Deeds -- Kentucky -- Hart County -- 19th century
  • Surveys -- Kentucky -- Hart County -- 19th century
  • Land titles --Registration and transfer --Cases -- 19th century
  • Leases -- Kentucky -- 19th century
  • Lang, Thomas, d. 1827 --Will
  • United States Court of Appeals (7th Circuit)
  • Kentucky Court of Appeals
  • Kentucky Circuit Court (Hardin County)

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