Contents of the Library

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The contents John Fox, Jr. Library can best be described as a wealth of vibrant, ever-changing genealogical and historical information. This wealth lies in the uniqueness and volume of the material available that is maintained through continuous appraisal and supplementation by the Library staff. The generous support received through book donations adds to this wealth.

The Library is arranged for the convenience of the patron by separating and collocating the categories of information. These categories include-but are not limited to-the following bound volumes.

Family Histories.
Perhaps the largest collection of books contained in the Library.  The books in this category are filed by family name for convenience of the patron. 

State, County, and Local Records.
The early history of Kentucky including publications dating from the 1800s.  Many Kentucky counties are represented in the County files.   An extensive history of Bourbon County is available.

Colonial History and Records.
All Colonial States are represented with more extensive holdings from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Revolutionary War Soldiers and Patriots   Books and periodicals listed by states as Proof of Service in "Is that Service Right?" include the 51 volumes of J. F. Dorman's "VA Revolutionary War Pension Applications," 3 volumes of "VA Revolutionary Publick Claims," White's "Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files," selected volumes of the "Pennsylvania Archives" and "Archives of Maryland," Harding's "George Rogers Clark and His Men," Pierce's Register," and many, many more..
Lineage Societies.
DAR and complete KYGRC volumes, SAR, Founders and Patriots, National Huguenots of Manakintown, Pilgrims, Society of Colonial Wars, Descendants of Early Quakers, Bench & Bar, Colonial Clergy, and others.

Early Churches.

Publications from various Colonial church denominations.
Periodical Room.

DAR publications.

KY Historical Society "Register," Filson History Society "Quarterly," National Genealogical Society Quarterly and Newsletter, "VA Genealogist".

Also in the Periodical Room are the surname files of Mary Anne Stokes and Duncan Stokes and the Heraldry Files of Helen Hadden containing many family names. 

In addition to the bound volumes, the following reference material is available in the Library.

Early maps from surrounding areas to include the earliest Bourbon County map.

Family History Folders and Bibles.
A substantial number of family names are represented and a myriad of family history is available.  Contents of folders include newspaper articles, obituaries, bible records and other genealogy records donated by families.    Files are continuously supplemented as information is received.

County Folders.
Information pertaining to Kentucky counties that is not specific to family name.  Files also contain information regarding historical sites such as Ruddle's Mill, Bryan's Station, Strode's Station, Battle of Blue Licks, and many others.

Census Records.
Early Kentucky census records plus certain County census records in the County Files.

Cemetery Records.
Includes a number of Kentucky cemeteries and burial location for many Revolutionary War soldiers.
Bourbon County Tax Lists, 1786-186? and the 1850 Census of Kentucky by county.

1880 Census of the United States, family history and genealogy.

New material is continuously received and cataloged in the Library. 

Short List of Contents of the Library

The Library is conveniently arranged for browsing.  The family histories are arranged by family name, not by author; the county histories are arranged alphabetically.  The richest resource is a vertical file of families, which researchers augment as they visit the Library.

Volunteers are on duty to assist researchers at the library and they also work on queries through e-mail or snail mail for a small nominal fee per query.

The following items are available:

*The Illustrated Historical Map of Bourbon County
by Alice Rogers Clay Roseberry Blanton
copyright 1934

*A Booklet on John Fox, Jr.
by Bettie Tuttle

*Beers' Map of Bourbon County, 1877

*Complete set of Dorman's Virginia Pensions

There is a wealth of information about:

Battle of Blue Licks                                                    Kentucky Patriot Indices
Bourbon Agricultural Soc.                                          Logan's Fort
Bourbon County                                                         McConnell Station
Bourbon County Courthouse                                      Millersburg
Bryan's Station                                                            Monterey
Cane Ridge Meeting House                                        North Middletown
Church Histories                                                         Orange County VA Records
City of Paris                                                                Pension Records
DAR Publications                                                       Pennsylvania Archives
Duncan Tavern                                                            Private Graveyards
Hinkston Station                                                         Ruddell's Fort
Historical Magazines                                                   Scrapbooks
Hopewell Spring                                                         Shawhan
Kentucky County Histories                                        Kentucky Histories

............and many more.

Prominent family names include these surnames:

Boone / Buckner / Burns / Bush
Clay / Crawford / Cutwright
David / Dawson / Duncan
Grimes / Garrard
Hawes / Hedges / Hinkson / Hinkston / Hopkins / Hornbeck / Houston
McDaniel / McDonald
Rogers / Ruddell
Col. James Smith
Shropshire / Sparks / Spears / Stoner / Shryock
.......... and many more

Some of our latest gifts and purchases.

*Oldham Co., KY Deed Books B and C (1829-1856)

From Donna Stark Thompson

*Woodford Co., KY Marriages, 1860-1902, Vol 3

*Woodford Co., KY Census, 1860, 1870, 1900, 1920

*Woodford Co., KY Will Book Abstract-three volumes, from 1789-1854

Woodford Co. records are memorial gifts from Margaret Shropshire, Gen. Marquis Calmes Chapter.

*History of Historic Old Cedar Baptist Church and Community, 1816-2004

*Looking Back, Our Smith Family History

*The Power Line and Connections, 9 Generations in America.  Saga of the
Haydon Family and Allied Lines

From Mary Alice Karsner Murphy, Susannah Hart Shelby Chapter.

We've purchased:

*The Cutright Family by Ellen Decker

*The George M. Bedinger Papers in the Draper Manuscript Collection

Duncan Tavern Historic Center 323 High Street Paris, KY 40361 (859) 987- 1788