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John Hunt Morgan II Collection,1815-1940

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John Hunt Morgan II Collection




Transylvania University Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40508 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], John Hunt Morgan II Collection, 1815-1940., MSC 23,Special Collections, Transylvania University, Lexington.


ca. .2 cubic ft.


John Hunt Morgan II, nephew of Civil War general, John Hunt Morgan, was a Lexington, Kentucky native and attended Transylvania Univerity (then Kentucky University) during 1891 and 1892. He resided most of his life in Lexington and Philadelphia where he was engaged in the oil business. Morgan's wife, Virginia Jeffrey Morgan, was the daughter of Lexington businessman Alexander Jeffrey and author Rosa Vertner Jeffrey. The Morgan and Jeffrey families occupied positions of note in the business and social circles of Lexington dating back to before the Civil War. Morgan's father, Calvin C. Morgan, engaged in the hemp industry with his brother, General John Hunt Morgan during the 1850s, and just prior to the Civil War, was his partner in the importation of wool from New Mexico. Following the war, Calvin and a third brother, Richard C. Morgan continued to be active in business ventures, especially hemp production in Lexington. John and Alexander Jeffrey, natives of Scotland, were prominent nineteenth century engineers and businessmen, who constructed numerous gas light systems throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. John Jeffrey, a long-time resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, was superintendent of the Cincinnati Gas Light and Coke Company. His brother, Alexander Jeffrey, worked on a gas light project in Lexington, and while there met and married author Rosa Vertner Johnson and thereafter resided in Lexington.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of family papers and business records relating to the Morgan and Jeffrey families of Lexington, Kentucky. Also present are Lexington area photographs and records related to the estate of Peter Domineck Robert. The business records of brothers, John Hunt Morgan and Calvin C. Morgan (ca. 1850-1880) include letters from business associates and investors related to the status of property purchased in the Kansas Territory, to the firm of McGrath and Morgan, and to the import of wool from New Mexico through St. Louis and Louisville. Materials on the wool import business include letters from the Morgans' partner F. W. Jones, and shippers and associates from Kansas, Missouri, Cincinnati, and Louisville. The papers of John Hunt Morgan II (ca. 1890-1940) include personal and business correspondence, legal papers, and various photographs. Among the personal correspondence are letters from Morgan's wife, Virginia Jeffrey Morgan; his mother, Carrie B. Morgan; his uncle, Basil W. [Wilson] Duke; and various other relatives. The legal papers relate to disputed property claims in Menifee County, Kentucky which apparently involved the heirs of Augustus Waldermarde Mentelle or Henry J. J. Roberts. Also included are several manuscript poems of Virginia Jeffrey Morgan, and information on the family genealogy. The Jeffrey family papers (ca. 1820-1890) are comprised principally of business and personal correspondence of brothers John and Alexander Jeffrey, their business associates, and various members of the Jeffrey family. Included are correspondence and other business records detailing the Jeffrey brothers' construction of gas light systems in Cincinnati, Ohio; Lexington and Covington, Kentucky; Evansville, Indiana; Memphis, Tennessee; and Havana, Cuba. Letters from a third brother, William Jeffrey, in Canandaigua, New York, who apparently handled a portion of the financial affairs of the construction business, are also present, along with numerous letters which relate strictly to the personal affairs of Jeffrey family members. The remainder of the collection is made up of fragmentary personal correspondence from various family members including John W. [Wesley] Hunt, Henrietta Hunt Morgan, John Jeffrey, and Alexander Jeffrey; letters, court papers, and other documents used in the settlement of the Peter Domineck Robert estate (1858-1908); and photographs of Lexington area businesses, homes, buildings, and cemeteries (1938-1940). Card catalog. Condition of material: fair (acid damage). Variant title: Hunt-Morgan Jeffrey papers. Variant title: Jeffery family papers.


  • Duke, Basil Wilson, 1838-1916.
  • Hunt, John Wesley, 1773-1849.
  • Jeffrey, Alexander, 1815-1899
  • Jeffrey, John, 1817?-1881
  • Jeffrey, Rosa Vertner, 1826?-1894.
  • Jeffrey, William.
  • Jones, F. W., fl. 1850-1860.
  • Mentelle, Augustus Waldermarde, d. 1846
  • Morgan, Calvin C., fl. 1850-1880
  • Morgan, Calvin C., 1873-1908
  • Morgan, Carrie B.
  • Morgan, Henrietta Hunt.
  • Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864.
  • Morgan, John Hunt, 1870-1940.
  • Morgan, Richard C., (Richard Curd), 1836-1918
  • Morgan, Virginia Jeffrey, d. 1934.
  • Robert, Peter Domineck -- Will.
  • Roberts, Henry J. J.
  • Jeffrey family
  • Morgan family.
  • Cincinnati Gas Light and Coke Company.
  • Morgan and McGrath.
  • Buildings -- Kentucky -- Lexington --Photographs.
  • Business enterprises -- Cuba -- Havana.
  • Business enterprises -- Indiana -- Evansville.
  • Business enterprises -- Kansas.
  • Business enterprises -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Business enterprises -- Kentucky -- Lexington --Photographs.
  • Business enterprises -- Kentucky -- Louisville.
  • Business enterprises -- Missouri -- St. Louis.
  • Business enterprises -- New Mexico.
  • Business enterprises -- New York (State) --Canandaigua.
  • Business enterprises -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
  • Business enterprises -- Pennsylvania --Philadelphia.
  • Business enterprises -- Tennessee -- Memphis.
  • Cemeteries -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- Photographs.
  • Construction industry -- New York -- Canandaigua.
  • Dwellings -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- Photographs.
  • Engineers -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Engineers -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
  • Gas-lighting -- Cuba -- Havana.
  • Gas-lighting -- Indiana -- Evansville
  • Gas-lighting -- Kentucky -- Covington.
  • Gas-lighting -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Gas-lighting -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
  • Gas-lighting -- Tennessee -- Memphis
  • Hemp industry -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Immigrants
  • Land tenure -- Kansas.
  • Land tenure -- Kentucky -- Menifee County.
  • Petroleum industry and trade -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia.
  • Scottish Americans -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Scottish Americans -- New York (State)
  • Shipping -- Kansas.
  • Shipping -- Kentucky -- Louisville.
  • Shipping -- Missouri.
  • Shipping -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
  • Wills -- Kentucky -- Cases.
  • Women poets.
  • Wool industry -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Wool industry -- New Mexico.
  • Lexington (Ky.) -- Genealogy.
  • Business records.
  • Photographs.

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