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Benjamin and Richard Rush papers

Benjamin and Richard Rush papers
Creator: Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813
Date: 1791-1856
Originals and copies, sometimes also with typed transcripts, of letters written either by Benjamin Rush or his son Richard Rush, Esq. Topics include yellow fever epidemics in Philadelphia, news about family and friends/acquaintances, current reading, real estate and other property matters, religion and church, advice on health matters, legal and fiscal matters, publishing and writing, the American Revolution, the 1848 revolution in France and Major Poussin, politics and political careers, etc. Also with the papers are some court and legal documents from Richard Rush, engraved prints of Benjamin Rush, articles and other writings (often reprints) by Benjamin Rush or about Benjamin Rush, including an elegiac poem upon his death, and other related materials. Correspondents include Benjamin's wife Julia, former pupils, businessmen and lawyers, and other individuals.

Harry L. Thomas, World War I soldier

Harry L. Thomas, World War I soldier
Creator: Thomas, Harry L.
Date: 1917-1918
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Harry L. Thomas, Battery B, 341st Field Infantry.

James W. Baird and Marjory Dawson correspondence

James W. Baird and Marjory Dawson correspondence
Creator: Baird, James W.
Date: February 1903-February 21, 1903
This correspondence between James W. Baird and Marjory Dawson of the Missouri Historical Society, concerns the activities of Baird's grandfather James Baird. The letter from J.W. Baird to Dawson, dated February 1903, provides details of his grandfather's life, including his birth in 1767, his early training, his friendship with explorer Zebulon Pike, and his travels along the Santa Fe Trail which included encounters with Indians.


Creator: Wright, Nancy Jane (Wood)
Date: 1877
Hand-stitched quilt. Blocks alternate between a log cabin pattern and plain squares embroidered with floral designs, birds, and animals. 17 of the plain squares are also embroidered with genealogical information. Made by Nancy Wood Wright (1797-1880?) in 1877, at which point she had outlived 15 of her 18 siblings and nine of her 11 children. Nancy Jane Wood was born in Washington County, Kentucky. She married Jonathan Wright (1783-1851), originally of Virginia and a veteran of the War of 1812, in 1815. Sometime between 1825 and 1831 the family moved from Kentucky to Owen County, Indiana. Between about 1858 and 1860 they moved again, this time to Logan County, Illinois. Three of their sons served in the Federal Army in the Civil War, with only one, Jacob, surviving. Their daughter, also Nancy Jane, and her husband, Hiram Toliver, eventually moved to Rooks County, Kansas.

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