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Finding aid, scans and typescripts of selected letters (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 3697. Correspondence of the Pate family of Cloverport and “Brooks Bottom” in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, and of their relatives in the Ramsey and Brackin families (Ohio County), Butler family (Sumner County, Tennessee) and Benton family (Louisville, Kentucky). George L. Pate writes daughter Mary Jane (Pate) Ramsey of conflict with his son Samuel; of his grief over the death of another son in infancy; of the accidental shooting of a young man by his bride-to-be in 1863; and, in 1864, of an attack on Hardinsburg by Confederate guerrillas. Mary Jane’s sister Sarah also writes her in 1863 of the attempted hanging of a civilian by Confederates. From Tennessee, Mollie A. Butler writes of a guerrilla sighting in late 1865, and of being teased for having her hair “shingled.” The letters commonly refer to various other family members by first name only. Includes a twentieth-century letter from a missionary and former boarder at the Benton home in Louisville; handwritten tracts on temperance, the Civil War, the dignity of labor, and the Biblical story of creation; and some brief Benton genealogical data.


United States History

SC 3697 Pate Letters 1-10.pdf (7549 kB)
Pate Family Letters 1-10

SC 3697 Pate Letters 11-19.pdf (3171 kB)
Pate Family Letters 10-19

SC 3697 item 5 typescript.doc (31 kB)
George L. Pate to Isaac & Mary Ramsey, 22 July 1861

SC 3697 item 7 typescript.doc (36 kB)
Sarah Pate to Mary J. Ramsey, 8 January 1863

SC 3697 item 8 typescript.doc (36 kB)
George L. Pate to Isaac & Mary Ramsey, 29 November 1863

SC 3697 item 9 typescript.doc (39 kB)
George L. Pate to Isaac & Mary Ramsey, 12 November 1864

SC 3697 item 10 typescript.doc (37 kB)
George L. Pate to Isaac Ramsey family, 19 March 1865

SC 3697 item 11 typescript.doc (32 kB)
Isabella to Jennie Ramsey, 1 April 1865

SC 3697 item 12 typescript.doc (32 kB)
M. A. Butler to Jennie, 24 November 1865

SC 3697 item 14 typescript.doc (33 kB)
Mollie Butler to Jennie, 1 January 1865



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