Murray State University
200 Pogue Library
Murray, Kentucky 42071
Collection Title: Jones Family Papers
Series Number: MS10-61
Processed and Cataloged by: Processed by Dieter C. Ullrich on June 29, 2010.
Date Listed: June 29, 2010
Date Span: 1783-1882
Size of Collection: 0.25 linear feet.
Number of Boxes: 1 legal half size document case
Type of Material: Correspondence and legal documents.
Condition of Material: Good with some documents difficult to decipher due to adhesive tape stains.
Arrangement: Chronological arrangement.
Biographical / Historical Information: The Jones family can trace its history back to the first settlers of central and western Kentucky. Daniel Halstead moved to Lexington, Kentucky prior to 1805. Alexander Saunders relocated from New York to Lexington sometime after 1815. By the early 1830s, brothers Levi and H. L. Jones had purchased tracks of land in McCracken County near Paducah. The Jones family resided in McCracken County and Paducah until the end of the Civil War when they moved to Evansville, Indiana.
Scope and Content: Collection consists of photocopied correspondence and legal documents associated with the Jones family of Paducah and McCracken County, Kentucky from 1783 to 1882. The bulk of the papers are land grants, property transfers and financial agreements retained by the family for generations. The papers contain correspondence describing significant historic, political and economical events in Kentucky during the first half of the 19th Century. Correspondence of note include letters written by James O’Bannon during the early 1840s discussing political activities in Kentucky and Tennessee, a letter from Mary Ann Lowry on March 30, 1843 from Turkey Run, Iowa describing Winnebago Indians murdering a nearby family and an order of banishment to Canada issued to “Mrs. Marous” from Union General E. A. Paine on August 6, 1864.
Subject Headings / Descriptors:
Saunders, Alexander, d. 1823
O’Bannon, James, d. 1844
Jones, Maria Leonard (Halstead), 1820-
Jones, H. L., 1803-
Paducah (Ky.) – History.
McCracken County (Ky.) – History.
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