Stone-Lapsley Family Papers, 1794-1991

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Stone-Lapsley family

Title: Papers, 1794-1991 (bulk 1794-1846)

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

Size of Collection: 0.66 cubic feet

Locator Number: Mss./A/S877

Scope and Content Note

The Stone-Lapsley family papers consist of correspondence and record books of Stone and Lapsley Family. The majority of the papers are the correspondence of John B. Lapsley (1814-1846), who practiced law in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, in the 1840s. Primarily, the letters pertain to collection claims that lenders hoped Lapsley would aid in collecting, although some letters are of a personal nature and contain references to politics and personal feuds. Also included are record books from Lapsley’s practice and his partnership with Eli Stone that give some detail of cases handled by the firm. Other items include a record book of Davis Stone (c. 1761-1827), detailing his expenditures as well as jobs he performed to earn a living, and a music book belonging to Sarah Ellen Stone (1826-1908). The collection also contains one letter from 1911, and another from 1991 containing a legal document from 1794, pertaining to the family’s history.

Biographical Note

The Lapsley and Stone families represented in this collection lived in or near Elizabethtown, Kentucky during the 19 th and 20 th Centuries. They were a prominent family in the region, and one descendant, Eli H. Brown, III, went on to serve in the Kentucky State General Assembly. The collection consists of documents from several authors, including: Davis Stone (1761-1827), who came to Kentucky sometime between 1790 and 1800 and worked various jobs; Sarah Ellen Stone (1826-1908), who eventually married William Sterrett and lived in Nelson County, Kentucky; John B. Lapsley (1814-1846), a lawyer in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and his half-brother Eli H. Stone (1824-1889), with whom he shared a practice.

Folder List

Folder 1: Personal Correspondence, 1840-1846

Folder 2: Personal Correspondence, 1910, 1991

Folder 3: Business Correspondence, August, 1841-November, 1841

Folder 4: Business Correspondence, December, 1841- June, 1842

Folder 5: Business Correspondence, August, 1842-November, 1842

Folder 6: Business Correspondence, January, 1843-March, 1843

Folder 7: Business Correspondence, April, 1943-November, 1843

Folder 8: Business Correspondence, 1844

Folder 9: Business Correspondence, January, 1845-July, 1845

Folder 10: Business Correspondence. August, 1845-December, 1845

Folder 11: Business Correspondence, 1846, Undated

Folder 12: Davis Stone Account Book, 1803-1826

Folder 13: Davis Stone Account Book, Loose Paper, 1798-1826

Folder 14: J.B. Lapsley Account Book, 1841-1845

Folder 15: J.B. Lapsley Account Book, Loose Paper, 1841-1847

Folder 16: Lapsley & Stone Account Book, 1846

Folder 17: Lapsley & Stone Account Book, Loose Paper, Undated

Folder 18: Sarah Ellen Stone Music Book

Subject Headings

Dueling – Kentucky

Elections – United States – 1840

Finance, Personal – Kentucky – 19th century

Lawyers – Kentucky


Stone-Lapsley family

Whiskey industry – Kentucky

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