Moxley-Offutt Family Papers, 1818-1978

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Moxley-Offutt Family 

Title:  Papers, 1818-1978 

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

Size of Collection:  1 cubic foot 

Location Number:  Mss. A M937 

Scope and Content Note 

Collection includes the legal and land papers, correspondence, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous papers of the Moxley family. Letters from William White to Sallie Offutt tell of the attitudes in a border state during the Civil War. Letters of S. B. Moxley describe the daily and social life on a prosperous farm in Shelby County, Kentucky. 

Biographical Note 

The Moxley – Offutt are comprised mainly of letters from S. B. Moxley to his second wife Sallie Offutt Moxley. They are written during their courtship and after their 1867 marriage while she was on her numerous visits to relatives and friends. These letters reveal the social life and customs on a prosperous farm in Shelby County, Kentucky. 

Sallie also saved her letters from former beaux. Among these are letters from a Maryland plantation owner writing during the Civil War. He describes his many difficulties with slaves and Federal Troop “occupation” and expresses his firm support for the Confederacy. 

Other letters are from the Moxley children and grandchildren as well as the Offutt family. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

Folder 1: Personal Correspondence – 1818-1851. 

Folder 2: Personal Correspondence – 1860-1862. [click to access PDF scans]

Folder 3: Personal Correspondence – 1863-1864. [click to access PDF scans]

Folder 4: Personal Correspondence – 1865-1868. [click to access PDF scans]

Folder 5: Personal Correspondence – 1870-1885. 

Folder 6: Personal Correspondence – 1886-1893. 

Folder 7: Personal Correspondence – 1894-1900. 


Box 2 

Folder 8: Personal Correspondence – 1901-1911. 

Folder 9: Personal Correspondence – 1912-1921. 

Folder 10: Personal Correspondence – 1922-1927. 

Folder 11: Personal Correspondence – March 1929. 

Folder 12: Personal Correspondence – April – September 1929. 

Folder 13: Personal Correspondence – 1930-1978. 


Box 3 

Folder 14: Legal Papers – 1829-1869. 

Folder 15: Land Papers – 1874. 

Folder 16: Financial Papers – 1829-1912. 

Folder 17: Newspaper Clippings – 1900-1949. 

Folder 18: Miscellaneous Papers – ca. 1850’s-1967.