Keenan Family Papers, 1842-1880

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Keenan family

Title: Papers, 1842-1880

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

Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss./A/K26a

Biographical Note

Patrick Keenan was born in 1821 in County Ulster in Ireland. By 1842 he had immigrated to the United States and settled in Kentucky. James Keenan lived in Breckinridge Co., Ky. and operated a saddlery business in the late-1840s.

Scope and Content Note

Collection includes a comprehensive handwritten book on mathematical instruction, dated 1842, kept by Patrick Keenan. It contains a detailed description of basic mathematical principles with examples and problems with diverse practical applications. There is also an account book listing the accounts paid and owed for a saddlery business operated by James H. Keenan in Hardinsburg, Ky. during the late-1840s. Additional items include a daily weather report for 1871-1880 (location unknown, but presumably Kentucky), which also contains a number of recipes for various household goods and remedies for several common ailments. There is also a preliminary report made by a patent solicitor for a roller machine dated 1876.

List of Folders

Folder 1: Account book, 1849-1866 (1 volume)

Folder 2: Daily weather record book, 1871-1880 (1 volume)

Folder 3: Mathematics instruction book, 1842 (1 volume)

Folder 4: Miscellaneous (4 items)

Subject Headings

Account books – Kentucky

Estate sales – Kentucky

Keenan family

Mathematics – Textbooks

Patents – United States

Recipes – Kentucky

Slavery – Kentucky


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