Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Hornbrook family
Title: Papers, 1857-1879
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: .33 cu. ft.
Location Number: Mss. A H814
Scope and Content Note
Most of the correspondence in this collection is from Theodore Hornbrook to his wife, Lucy (sometimes Lucie), while aboard various ships on which he served as a clerk. The ships on which he worked traveled between West Virginia and Mississippi. During the Civil War, his boat was frequently requisitioned by the military to transport goods and troops. Among the papers are bills for boat parts and repairs to the steamboat Leonora II of which Hornbrook was part owner.
Theodore Hornbrook was born in Ohio in September 1837. In 1861, Hornbrook married his wife, Lucy (b. June 1841, sometimes Lucie, maiden name unknown). He worked as a steamboat clerk on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers and was partial owner of the Steamer Leonora II. Lucy died between 1900 and 1910, and Theodore died sometime after 1920. They had two children, Charles M. (April 1880- after 1930, sometimes Charley) and Theodore (13 April 1883-October 1969). The family lived in Marshall County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in the 1850s and 1860s, and in 1866, they moved to Belmont County, Ohio. Sometime before 1900, the family returned to West Virginia, living in Wetzel County.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1857-June 1864
Folder 2: Correspondence, July-December 1864
Folder 3: Correspondence, January-August 1865
Folder 4: Correspondence, September-December 1865
Folder 5: Correspondence, January-February 1866
Folder 6: Correspondence, March 1866-November 1878
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1879-1888, undated
Folder 8: Receipts and accounts, 1859-1878
Folder 9: Military orders, 1864-1865
Folder 10: Miscellaneous
Folder 11: Envelopes
Business enterprises – Ohio River Valley
Ohio River Valley – Commerce
Steamboats – Mississippi River
Steamboats – Ohio River
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Economic aspects
United States – History – Civil War, 1861-1865 – Equipment and supplies