Henry Family Papers, 1773-1864

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Henry Family 

Title:  Papers, 1773-1864 

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

Size of Collection:  0.66 cubic feet 

Location Number:  Mss. A H521 

Scope and Content Note 

Collection includes the papers of William Henry, consisting of correspondence, 1784-1821; military papers relating to his service as commander of the First Division of the Kentucky Volunteer Militia in the War of 1812; land papers concerning land in several Ky. counties; and a 1783 contract with Simon Kenton. 

Correspondence, 1821-1826, of Robert P. Henry, discussing family news, activities, events, politics, and litigation over land owned by Kentucky Seminary in Christian County; receipts and accounts, 1818-1828. 

Correspondence, 1825-1864, to Dr. John F. Henry, regarding family news, politics, the Civil War. 

Also includes a letter from Mrs. Buford to Mrs. Mary B. Robertson, 1864, relative to relief work among Confederate prisoners at Rock Island Barracks, Ill., 1864 Feb. 9 

Biographical Note 

William Henry of Scott County, Ky. was a major general who fought in the war of 1812. 

Dr. John F. Henry was a physician of Hopkinsville, Ky. and a member of Congress. 

Robert P. Henry was born in 1788 in Scott County, Ky. He graduated from Transylvania University and studied law with Henry Clay. In 1809, he was admitted to the bar. He fought in the War of 1812, serving under his father. He was a member of Congress from 1823 to his death in 1826. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

1 Memorandum of Charles Adams, 1773 Dec. 4, about Jane Henry.

2 Samuel Henry land papers, 1781-1791.

3 Daniel Henry land papers, 1789; bill of sale for slaves, 1791.

4 William Henry correspondence, 1784-1821.

5 William Henry accounts, 1797-1818.

6 William Henry military papers about the War of 1812.

7 Map of the battleground near Detroit showing the position of Ky. troops.

8 William Henry land papers, 1782-1820.Simon Kenton’s receipt for land warrants and a contract with William Henry.

9 William Henry land papers for Christian County, 1818.

10 William Henry land papers for Fleming County, 1801.

11 William Henry land papers for Harrison County, 1812-1815.

12 William Henry land papers for Mason County, 1785-1807.

13 William Henry land papers for Pendleton County, 1815.

14 William Henry land papers for Scott County, 1793-1818.

15 William Henry land papers for Scott County-Turkey Foot Creek, 1782-1783.

16 William Henry land papers for Licking River, 1783-1815.

17 William Henry estate papers, 1824-1828.

18 Robert Pryor Henry correspondence, 1821-1826.

19 Robert Pryor Henry receipts and correspondence, 1818-1828.

20 G. W. Ridgely’s notes on a sermon by the Reverend James Blythe, 1816 July 18. 

21 Agatha Marshall’s letter to Lucy Ridgely, 1827(?)

22 Abraham Stites receipt to Henry Cave for $10, 1815 Apr. Memorandum in reference to John Brown (fragment). 

23 Letter of Jane Weir discussing a trip from Philadelphia to Greenville, Ky.


Box 2 

24 John Flournoy Henry correspondence, 1825-1828. 

25 John Flournoy Henry correspondence, 1839-1849. 

26 John Flournoy Henry correspondence, 1864. 

27 Account against John Flournoy Henry for a subscription to the National Gazette, 1834-1837. 

28 History of the Flournoy family by John Flournoy Henry.