Marshall Family Papers, 1815-1897

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Marshall Family 

Title:  Papers, 1815-1897 

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 M367 

Scope and Content Note 

Collection mainly centers on the correspondence of Judge Thomas Alexander Marshall. The letters include references to national political affairs and personalities from 1832-1835. Marshall’s wife, Eliza Price Marshall, a niece by marriage of Henry Clay and Senator John Brown, is represented in the correspondence as are the Marshall children, Anna Maria Marshall (Mrs. William Crosby Smedes) and her husband; John Hart Marshall, Humphrey Marshall, Charles Sims Marshall, and Eliza Nannette Marshall (Mrs. William Turner). 

The family correspondence, 1823-1879, discusses California in the 1850s; Nicaragua under the regime of William Walker, 1856-1857; John H. Marshall; the Civil War; and Taos, N.M. 

Correspondents include Thomas E. Bramlette, Henry Clay, James Paxton Harbeson, John Marshall, and Theodore Dwight Woolsey. 

Also included are legal papers, 1815-1866; receipts, 1858-1875; a brief 1897 biography of Colonel Thomas Smith (ca. 1792-1866) of Louisville; and miscellaneous material. 

Biographical Note 

Thomas Alexander Marshall 

1794 Born near Versailles. 

1815 Received his B.A. from Yale. 

1816 Began to practice law in Frankfort. 

1816 Married Eliza Price. 

1819 Moved to Paris. 

1827-1828 Served in the state legislature. 

1831-1835 Served in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

1835 Appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. 

1847-1851 Served as chief justice. 

1854-1856 Served as chief justice. 

1836-1849 Professor of law at Transylvania. 

1863-1865 Served in the Kentucky House. 

1871 Died and was buried in Lexington Cemetery. 

For more information consult the Kentucky Encyclopedia. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

1 Correspondence, 1823-1831.

2 Correspondence, 1832.

3 Correspondence, 1833-1835.

4 Correspondence, 1840-1846.

5 Correspondence, 1847-1849.

6 Correspondence, 1850-1851.

7 Correspondence, 1852-1853.

8 Correspondence, 1854-1855.

9 Correspondence, 1856.

10 Correspondence, 1857-1859.

11 Correspondence, 1860-1861.

12 Correspondence, 1862-1863.

13 Correspondence, 1864-1869.

14 Correspondence, 1870-1879.


Box 2 

15 Correspondence, n.d.

16 Correspondence, n.d.

17 Legal papers, 1815-1866.

18 Biography of Colonel Thomas Smith of Louisville, 1897 Jan. 8.

19 Poems of Nannette Marshall.

20 Receipts, 1858-1875.

21 Newspaper clippings.