Carner, Anthony Wayne (1826-1893) Papers, 1857-1889

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Carner, Anthony Wayne, 1826-1893

Title:  Papers, 1857-1889

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection:  .66 cu. ft.

Location Number:  Mss. A C289

Scope and Content Note

The Anthony Wayne Carner papers consist of financial records related to Carner’s activities as a steamboat captain on the Ohio River Valley in the latter half of the nineteenth century.  These records document the financial transactions related to operating a steamboat on the Ohio River Valley.

Volume one, Account Book and Diary, has both financial accounts (showing a date, name or good, and dollar amount) and scattered, brief entries discussing travel, weather, and significant events in Carner’s life for 1857-1858.

Volumes two, three, and four, Account Books, show a date, name, type of good or service, and bill payable or money received for 1876-1889.

Volumes five and six, Cash Books, show expenditures for Carner’s business dealings.  Volume five lists a date, name or item, and dollar amount for 1858-1859.  Volume six shows a name or item and dollar amount, with expenses broken down by category (balance, freight, passage, and sundries on the left hand page and fuel, wages, stores, expenses, and sundries on the right hand page) for 1861-1880.

Volumes seven, eight, and nine, Freight Books, show shippers, residence, consignee, destination, marks, description of freight, weight, rate, amount, charges, and cash (payment) for 1858-1863.

Volumes ten and eleven, Receipt Books, show a location, date, received of, amount, type of goods (often coal or wood), and signature for 1861-1864.

Volume twelve, the Passage Book, shows names of passengers, their point of embarkation, destination, the amount they were charged, and the amount they paid in cash for 1858-1859.

Volume thirteen, the Cabin Register, lists names of cabin passengers, their city of embarkation, destination, and the amount they paid for 1861-1864.

Volume fourteen, the Portage Book, shows names, occupations, time of service, number of days of service, rate of pay for month, rate of pay per day, total amount of wages, memo of payments on account, folio, amount paid, the signature of the employee showing they received their wages, the signature of a witness, and remarks for 1863-1864.

Folder fifteen is Business Correspondence, 1860-1880, and undated.

Photos in the collection were separated to the Filson photo collection (012PC60).  The booklet A Brief History of Russell Kentucky discusses Carner’s contributions to the town, and was transferred to the Filson library.


Biographical Note

Anthony Wayne Carner was born in 1826 in Olean, New York.  Carner operated a number of steamboats in the Ohio River Valley, including the Victor, Victor No. 2, and the Jessie, and was one of the early settlers of Russell, Kentucky.  He was married to Henrietta R. Kittles, and the 1870 census shows they were the parents of Alice, Alonzo, Nellie, Calvin, Lizzie, and Eveline Carner.  Anthony Carner died in February of 1893.


Folder List

Note: Volumes 1-4, 10-11, and folder 15 are boxed.  Volumes 5-9 and 12-14 are wrapped.

Volume 1: Account Book and Diary, 12 November 1857-1 July 1858

Volume 2: Account Books, 1876-1877

Volume 3: Account Books, 1 November 1886-27 May 1887

Volume 4: Account books, 1888-1889

Volume 5: Cash book, 25 August 1858-5 December 1859

Volume 6: Cash book, 1861-1880

Volume 7: Freight book, 13 September 1858-1 October 1859

Volume 8: Freight book, 8 May 1861-18 September 1861

Volume 9: Freight book, 13 December 1861-19 January 1863

Volume 10: Receipt Book, 16 February 1861-29 May 1879

Volume 11: Receipt Book, 14 December 1861-19 December 1864

Volume 12: Passage Book, 14 September 1858-19 July 1859

Volume 13: Cabin Register, 25 December 1861-7 January 1864

Volume 14: Portage Book, 23 December 1863-2 October 1864

Folder 15: Business Correspondence, 1860-1880, undated


Subject Headings

Big Sandy River (Ky. and W. Va.)

Freight and freightage – Rates – Ohio River Valley


Ohio River Valley

Prices – Ohio River Valley

Rivers – Kentucky

Rivers – Ohio

Rivers – West Virginia

Shipping companies (Marine transportation) – Ohio River Valley

Steamboat lines – Passenger lists

Steamboats – Ohio River Valley


United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Transportation

Voyages and travels

Wages – Inland water transportation – Ohio River Valley

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