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MS10-62 Humphrey Lawrence Papers

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Murray State University
200 Pogue Library
Murray, Kentucky 42071

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Humphrey Lawrence Papers

Collection Title: Humphrey Lawrence Papers

Series Number: MS10-62

Processed and Cataloged by: Processed by Dieter C. Ullrich on June 30, 2010.

Date Listed: June 30, 2010

Date Span: 1805-1881

Size of Collection: 0.10 linear feet.

Number of Boxes: 12 legal size file folders; 60 items.

Type of Material: Receipts and legal documents.

Condition of Material: Poor with tears, foxing, fading, water and mold damage.

Arrangement: Chronological arrangement.

Biographical / Historical Information: Humphrey Lawrence was a farmer from Cadiz Precinct of Trigg County, Kentucky from the early 1820s until the 1880s. He was born in Bertie County, North Carolina on May 5, 1798 and believed to have settled in Trigg County, Kentucky in 1821. He resided near Cadiz until his death on August 29, 1881.

Scope and Content: Collection consists of debit receipts and legal documents retained by Humphrey Lawrence of Trigg County, Kentucky from 1805 to 1881. The papers also contain land transactions, tax receipts and purchase agreements. Included with the papers are a receipt signed by Captain E. F. Lemon on February 27, 1865 for taking “ten bushels of corn for the use of government horses”, a claim signed on July 10, 1865 by Lawrence to seek “adjustment” for two slaves who enlisted into United States Army and a hand written notice that he took an oath of allegiance at Fort Henry on November 4, 1862.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Lawrence, Humphrey, 1798-1881

Trigg County (Ky.) – History.

Receipts – Kentucky – Trigg County.

Box List:


          1. 1805-1819

          2. 1820-1825

          3. 1826-1835

          4. 1836-1839

          5. 1840-1845

          6. 1846-1849

          7. 1850-1855

          8. 1856-1859

          9. 1860-1869

          10. 1870-1875

          11. 1876-1881

          12. No Dates