William Croghan Family Papers, 1788-1879

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  William Croghan Family 

Title:  Papers, 1788-1879 

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 C941 

Scope and Content Note 

Includes the correspondence, land, business, and legal papers of William Croghan and his heirs, Dr. John Croghan, William Croghan, Jr., and Thomas Sidney Jessup. 

William Croghan’s papers, 1807-1813, include his 31 Aug. 1813 letter to John O’Fallon speculating about the success of the American fleet on Lake Erie, the fall of Canada, and George Croghan’s abilities. 

Dr. John Croghan’s papers, 1790-1849, include his 1 Jan. 1849 will deeding Mammoth Cave to Joseph Underwood, George Gwathmey, and William Bullock. 

Thomas S. Jessup’s papers, 1845-1877, include correspondence, receipts, and estate papers of him and his heirs. 

Biographical Note 

William Croghan 

  • 1752 Born in Ireland. 
  • 1771 Joined the 16th Regiment of Foot, a British regiment in North America. 
  • 1775 Joined the 8th Virginia Regiment. 
  • 1776 Promoted to Captain. 
  • 1780 Captured by the British. 
  • 1782 Exchanged by the British. 
  • 1784 Commissioned to survey lands in Kentucky for Virginia veterans. 
  • 1789 Married Lucy Clark, sister of George Rogers Clark. 
  • 1790 Attended statehood convention in Danville. 
  • 1791 Opened a land office in Louisville. 
  • 1822 Died and was buried at Locust Grove. 

For more information consult the Kentucky Encyclopedia. 

Folder List 

Box 1 

1 William Croghan correspondence, 1807-1813. 

2 John Croghan: correspondence, 1807-1840; will, 1849; and deed, 1818. [click to access PDF scan of file]

3 Correspondence, 1824-1835.

4 George Croghan correspondence. St. George Croghan papers, 1829-1861. 

5 Thomas Sidney Jesup correspondence, 1846-1853. Will, 1855. 

6 Thomas Sidney Jesup accounts, 1845-1863. 

7 Thomas Sidney Jesup: Correspondence from Jesup heirs to Mr. A. J. Ballard, 1857-1866. 

7a Two assignments by William Saunders to James Nivison of military land warrant no. 605, containing 4,000 acres, dated 1787 Feb. 27 and 1788 Mar. 31. A receipt by William Croghan for George R. Clark to Capt. William Saunders for military land warrant no. 605 for 4,000 acres of land, dated at Richmond, 1784 Jan. 21. Contemporary copies. 


Box 2 

8 Correspondence from Jesup heirs to Mr. A. J. Ballard, 1867-1877. 

9 Papers of the heirs of Thomas Sidney Jesup, 1850-1873.

10 Thomas Sidney Jesup accounts, tax receipts, etc., 1857-1879. 

11 William C. Jesup state papers, 1858-1862. 

12 Bond of John Rogers and William Croghan to James Sherlock for seventy pounds current money of Va., 1785 July 2.